“That’s what magic is, to some extent anyway, isn’t it? Participatory praying. Not just relying on an external divinity, but on our own sacred power as well. People substitute faith for an understanding that God didn’t do it, or let it happen. We do it. We let bad things happen. We are the divine’s self-awareness, its embodiment and expression. It’s by discovering the sacred within ourselves, in each other, that we can stop things like war and murder from happening. By treating each other and the world as embodied divinity. Relying on God to do things for you is like remaining an infant, expecting your parent to take care of you. It’s up to us to take responsibility, to act out of our sense of shared divinity.”

― Phyllis Curott, Book of Shadows

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