If you keep your eyes peeled, you can find examples of everyday transcendence from our physical reality on a street corner, down an alleyway, or through a door left open which has previously to now, always been found closed.
By instinct we are drawn to examples of sympathetic magic, where objects found or created form a link to the thing they resemble.
Copenhagen love locks – Photo by Irmani Smallwood
Sympathetic or imitative magic involves using effigies, fetishes or poppets to affect our environment, or the people around us. Objects believed to have supernatural powers can range in power from a found copper coin (See a penny, pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck) to the notorious Voodoo Doll.
Who wouldn’t be disturbed if they found a doll made in their image, spindled and mutilated?
The phenomenon we will examine here is a far sweeter…
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