Thank you for joining me for my fourth installment of blogs on the book Cord Magic by Brandy Williams. If you’re just jumping in and are a little lost, just scroll down to read my earlier blogs on the foundational chapters.
The first chapter of this section was on creating a cord magic kit. I thought, at first, I don’t need a kit, I’m just going to probably do this at home, not ~in the wild. However, this section for me really was about collecting the materials needed and having them somewhere. For someone that’s not me, this literally means a “kit”, but for me, it’s kind of my whole life so it’s just alllll over my house. Now, maybe I can look at how I will go forward from this book and implement its knowledge in my life, and will start making cords out in the wild (not at home). I could see that being a very fulfilling activity. Then, I would need to create a kit! I feel like I kind of do that whenever I take my spinning wheel or drop spindle out, but I couldn’t see taking my loom out into the “wild”.
As I’m reading this book and envisioning all the projects I want to do, I’m imagining almost all of them as Inkle woven bands actually… I don’t know why, but it seems meaningful to me—something to explore…
One of the things I really appreciate about this book is how it combines different magical practices alongside making cords and yarn. Blessing materials with salt water or earth water. Calling a circle, magical phrases, meditations, mantras. Acknowledging and collecting energies. I love the astrological connections, and though all of it may not directly fit into my life, it is helping me to see how I can sanctify all that I currently believe in and celebrate it.
The way Williams writes about energy is how I have always experienced the flow of energy in my spiritual practice of Flamenco. The energy is there for you, you can summon it from any corner of the universe and call on it to fuel you. It never runs out and you can store it until you are ready to release it.
Some of the Magic Proper spells really caught my attention like the traditional “nine knot spell” and “the witch’s ladder”. Something Williams mentioned that I want to dive deeper into is my natal chart and how I can use that for my cord magic. I loved, too, at the very end when Williams talked about handfasting. The idea of such a magic being so important that we invoke it to bond us in our marriage unions is so beautiful.
Overall, Cord Magic was a truly wonderful read. It shows how personal and creative magic in general is, and how versatile cord magic can be. It has already inspired me so much and I can visualize how empowered I am going to feel with these new tools for processing my world and this life, and how to make it just a little bit more magical!
Welcome to book club 2023! This year I have selected 14 books (one for each month, an extra, and a partially read one I will finish) to review for you as I read through them. Feel free to read along if you’d like and leave all the comments you’d like whether you’re reading along or just reading my posts! Stay tuned for extras and fun! Blessings, August Lee
Sacred Actions by Dana O’Driscoll
How to be a Good Creature by ash Montgomery
Cord Magic by Brandy Williams
Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Beauty by Natalie Carnes
World of Wonders by Aimee Nezuhkumatathil
The Wisdom of Birch, Oak, and Yew by Penny Billington
Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics by Dennis Klocek
American Georgics edited by Hagenstein, Gregg, and Donahue
Maddaddam by Margaret Atwoodd
Our Only World by Wendell Berry
The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Tsing
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- Feb 4 2023 Sacred Actions section 1
- Feb 6 2023 The Spinners Book of Yarn Designs, BC Extra