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Monday, June 04, 2007

Hannah's report about her visit to "Witch Class"

My daughter wrote a report of her visit to Witch Class; since she lives in Manhattan there are no doubt many witch classes to choose from should you be inclined that way. Hannah even shares, free of charge, one of the spells they learned.

When she was little and we used to drive straight east across North Carolina to get to Nags Head, we'd see, along deserted roads through dead flat tobacco fields, tiny homes with signs out front advertising the reading of palms and tarot cards. It surprised me that there were "psychics" in territory I thought of as very Christian. I guess it's a home industry requiring minimal startup capital.

These days I read our local Spanish language newspaper, "Que Pasa," and in almost every issue there is a luridly colorful ad for at least one witch, from whom you can buy amulets and potions and who can, also, for the right fee, enable you to recover your lost love and stop people who are trying to harm you. I'll try to get hold of one of these ads for you, they are really wonderful...

Come to think of it, there are often witches in the telenovelas we recap over at Caray, Caray! - for instance, in Destilando Amor ("Distilling Love" - the protagonist and his evil cousin run a tequila business) an unwanted wife went to a witch to get a love potion that would fix her husband's eyes upon her. Unfortunately (for her), the husband, to whom she slipped a dangerously powerful dose, fixed his eyes, when first they opened, on the wrong woman. Shades of Midsummer Night's Dream! Now he's been raging around the countryside like a lovesick fool for weeks, breaking things and shouting in the rain and ignoring his unwanted wife completely. You gotta be careful with this stuff.

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4 Comments:

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Hannah said...

There are witches everywhere. All witchcraft is, is Do It Yourself religion. You don't have to go through any power structure to have your prayers answered; you can attract the attentions of the Powers That Be using ingredients that can be found in your local health food store.

I love it.

 
At 2:07 PM, Anonymous susanlynn said...

And don't forget Esperanza's trips to the local voodoo witchy woman in ''Alborada'' in her quest to get Luis into her bed and thus produce a child. That love potion was rejected by our dear Luis and drunk by Diego. You are right...magic is tricky, risky business.

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous sylvia said...

I think there has been some sort of curandera/o, bruja/o, or potion-wielding person in every telenovela I have ever watched. I notice that if something goes wrong they always have a good disclaimer or comeback up their sleeves. And I just watched a special on the local evening news (Spanish speaking station) about how curanderos in Peru are very big business.

 
At 4:04 PM, Anonymous susanlynn said...

On the other forum that I frequent, one of the regulars is a wiccan. I met her twice at get-togethers we had. She is a very nice , quiet person. Whenever someone posts a concern and asks for prayers, dreamfish posts that she will light a candle.

 

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