Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST February 21st 2022

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For this session we read an excerpt from The Once and Future King by T.H. White, posted below. 

Our prompt was: “Write a magic spell.”

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from The Once and Future King by T.H. White

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewer of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then–to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you. Look at what a lot of things there are to learn – pure science, the only purity there is. You can learn astronomy in a lifetime, natural history in three, literature in six. And then, after you have exhausted a milliard lifetimes in biology and medicine and the criticism and geography and history and economics – why, you can start to make a cartwheel out of the appropriate wood, or spend fifty years learning to begin to learn to beat your adversary at fencing. After that you can start again on mathematics, until it is time to learn to plough.” 
“Apart from all these things,” said the Wart, “what do you suggest for me just now?”
“Let me see,” said the magician, considering. “We have had a short six years of this, and in that time I think I am right in saying that you have been many kinds of animal, vegetable, mineral, etc.–many things in earth, air, fire, and water“I don’t know much,” said the Wart, “about the animals and earth.”
“Then you had better meet my friend the badger.”
“I have never met a badger.”
“Good,” said Merlin. “Except for Archimedes, he is the most learned creature I know. You will like him.”
“By the way,” added the magician, stopping in the middle of his spell, “there is one thing I ought to tell you. This is the last time I shall be able to turn you into anything. All the magic for that sort of thing has been used up, and this is the end of your education. When Kay has been knighted my labours will be over. You will have to go away then, to be his squire in the wide world, and I shall go elsewhere. Do you think you have learned anything?” 
“I have learned, and been happy.”
“That’s right, then,” said Merlin. “Try to remember what you learned.”

(pp. 183-184) New York: The Berkeley Publishing Co. 1958 [originally published 1939]

11 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EST February 21st 2022

  1. Scarlet Kinney

    A Magic Spell

    In the moonlight
    In the sunlight
    In the wind
    In the rain
    In the wild
    In the civilized places
    I speak your name
    Once, twice, three times,
    Inviting you to visit my dreams,
    You who have left my waking life.

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    • al3793

      Scarlet,

      Your speaker invites the one lost into dreams where they can be a reality. And while we dream at night this invitation’s spell can be realized no matter the time nor the elements that surround the reader. Perhaps in the wild would be the best place for this spell to be cast. Andre

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  2. al3793

    Wait until the night of the full moon
    it must me a humid night with the dew so heavy
    that it creates a golden orange translucent highway
    that alights the shadows of life.

    Bring the following with you:
    A dusty pair of sandals
    The tunic you gave away to the man who had none, and
    Five thorns from the Ziziphus.

    Walk onto that lighted highway
    out onto deep water
    with only the sandals for buoyance
    the tunic for a sail and
    the thorns to affix the sail in place.
    Then go where the wind takes you.

    Use what you learned.
    Find peace. Find joy. Find LOVE.

    Andre

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  3. A Magic Spell~~~

    I wave my fiery torch of red and orange flames above your head,
    pushing aside the evil spirits that circle above you.
    May your life be joyous and vibrant from this day forward.
    May each breath bring contentment to your soul.
    May you realize that you can not stand alone,
    that we are all interconnected.
    You share a bond with all who reside among the forests, plains, mountains, sky, and sea.
    They are your brothers and sisters also.

    And remember, there will always be something to be learned, to be experienced.
    It is in this learning that your life will become full and your spirit will become empowered to fly among the eagles that soar in the sky.
    Go forth into the world now and spread these words to all who cross your path.
    You have been anointed with the crown of greatness.

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  4. Terry Hourigan, RN

    You were maybe dead. The spell took over on the drive across the Hudson River, getting closer to that hospital. Stop and pull over; how will I take care of the people gathering there, take care of me? I have to acknowledge that maybe you’re gone, like trying on a new suit at Mens’ Wearhouse: the ‘he’s dead’ suit. I wait till the suit fits, then back on the road. Don’t need it: you’re alive. You’re alive.

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  5. Elizabeth

    Bubble bubble
    Toil and trouble
    How to relieve this woe?
    It’s in the learning
    That you’ll be yearning
    For different ways grow.

    Hocus-pocus
    Try to focus
    On your knowledge gain
    Then learn some more
    Please do explore
    It’s a prescription for the pain

    Then say a chant
    Please do incant
    Study throughout your life
    The awe is real
    Like a magic feel
    That will help relieve the strife

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  6. Trisha

    I don’t know much Latin. Only expecto patronum. The patronus charm that JK revealed to us. That an animal is our protector. Animals are the true knowledge keepers: How to live our lives on this earth. “I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself” – But, I have done. What is the spell for forgetting pain? Learning to trust again? Trust and rust rhyme – there is something in that. If only I had learned Latin, I could write the spell I need. How many lifetimes will that take?

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