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Supernatural Beings in fiction

Supernatural beings in every form have been gracing our bookshelves for centuries. As readers we are so used to reading about ghosts, witches, vampires, shape-shifters and so many other beings. Has their popularity run out? Are people wanting more subtle forms of the supernatural? Not according to what is popular on the top twenty fiction lists. Vampires reign supreme at the moment with Stephenie Meyer and Charline Harris standing out as the incredibly popular. But what makes  the supernatural being so very alluring?

Is it the unrequited yearning that is so obvious in these books that calls to our souls and pushes us to read the vampire’s story over and over? Is it the base animatistic primal instinct that has us running for more shapeshifter stories? The magic in stories of witches and parallel fantasy lands feeds our imagination and transports us to a magical place that is beyond the mundane capacity of our daily existence.

Yes, supernatural, paranormal and fantasy books are here to stay. They are obviously tapping into a universal need for magic, fantasy and imagination that we need in our reading. But what is to come next? Are there any other slants on the tried and tested stories that have been with us for generations? How many different ways can a vampire, witch or any mythical creature be portrait? That is what is wonderful about the world of fiction, the possibilities are boundless.

But are we becoming blaze about the nuances of the supernatural. It is everywhere in our popular culture, both fiction and non-fiction. I recently opened a non-fiction book about witches and pagans only to find it filled with pictures from the popular television series “Charmed”. This got me thinking, with all of the special effects in movies and tv and all of the graphic description now prevalent in books, what about the subtlety of real life magic.

Do all these effects and graphics take away from what is really practiced and achieved through real life pagans, witches and the like? Does it downplay the very real magic that is felt at a ritual or when magic happens in your life? Is the real life magic enough or is it an anticlimax against the fiction of today?

I dont know the answer, but I do think that we need to see the real miracle and magic that happens to us on a daily basis. And we need to encapsulate the emotion, culture, history and fun of the fantasy and paranormal fiction that is shaping our modern literature culture.



Moon Magic

Blue Moon

The moon is magic. From the very earliest pagan beliefs and rituals the moon has always played a dominant role. For the most part it is considered auspicious, feminine, part of the goddess, though as the moon waxes and wanes both male and females are affected by it’s pull. From the earliest civilizations people have looked to the moon both spiritually and scientifically.

The moon affects us daily and in ways that most people don’t contemplate these days, but to those living with earthly pagan beliefs it is easy to see where the magic of the moon originates. The moon affects the tides, thus the fishing and sailing arrivals and departures of times gone by. Monthly it affects crops, it’s a well known fact that if you plant crops by certain phases of the moon the plants flourish even more than usual.

As people, the moon surely pulls at us in the same way it pulls at the tides and the earth. Humans after all are made up of 65% water, it must have some affect. Monthly we may find our emotions being swayed by the moons phases. One reason the moon is considered as a feminen deity is because of the cycles women face that may co-incide with the moons cycle.

The moon certainly has a huge influence on our lives, even now in the modern era when we don’t seem as in tune with the cycles of nature as our forebears were. In the time-line of humanity and therefore spirituality, the moon has been shown to have an affect on human emotions. The very word, lunatic was founded from the Latin “luna” meaning moon, as it was believed people were “lunatics” at the phase of the full moon.

All this got me thinking, what happens in the places where the moons phases are thrown out of whack? For example, the northern and southern poles where there can be months of daylight or mostly darkness. Surely this must have an affect on the people who reside in such extremes.

Lycanthropes are legendary shapeshifters who are said to be in tune with the phases of the moon. An example is were-wolves changing at the full moon. In my new up and coming  novel “Dark Moon” I have explored this theory with lycanthropes living in Alaska where they have one full 24 hours when the moon reigns supreme and it is a massive feast for all the lycanthropes. Of course there are good guys who hunt the shape-shifters and try to stop them from devouring the humans.

But the moon is a spectacular place to find inspiration for not only writing and reading, but also for spirituality and even a little bit of peace. Tonight, go out and gaze at the moon, no matter what phase it happens to be in. Moon magic has been around for eons and is there, available for all of us to soak up in abundance.

Thanks for reading,