Mind, Body and Soul
In western society, magic is ridiculed in public but fully embraced and utilized in secret. Nowadays, humanity's addiction to technology has completely handicapped its ability to think naturally and logically. It has given everybody a false sense of security and hubris. The average person believes that modern medicine is far more powerful than the magic of a seasoned shaman. Magic and its concepts have been reduced to ancient mumbo-jumbo and party tricks. If you're skeptical about how magic can alter our physical reality, here are a few key examples: During the Haitian Revolution (1791-1803) the Haitian slaves were superior in number to their French slave masters. However, they initially lacked the firepower to deal with the French army and navy. Even though the odds were somewhat stacked against them, the Haitian revolutionaries did not fret. They immediately relied on the power of voodoo and the wisdom of their ancestors via the spirit world to vanquish the French.
The Haitians innate ability to use their magic for good help them win their independence and Haiti became the first and only slave nation in the western hemisphere. On the flip side, the Hitler and the Nazis used magic to mesmerize the German masses and devise strategies to conquer Europe during WWII. According to many conspiracy theorists, the Nazis ability to successfully dabble in the occult eventually led to the discovery of interdimensional entities that help them develop technology that was clearly light years ahead of what was being used in the 1940s. The U.S. and the Russians used a form of magic (clairvoyance) in their remote viewing experiments during the Cold War. During the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan relied heavily on another form of magic (astrology/divination) to make major executive decisions during his presidency. In the movie “The Skeleton Key” you immediately see how a skeptic gets a crash course on how magic really works.
“The Skeleton Key” story centers around a nurse (Caroline Ellis) who quits her normal gig at a hospital and takes a personal caretaker job for an elderly gentleman (Ben Devereaux) in a rural Louisiana home. Ben had recently suffered from a stroke and often would wander off while unattended. One day, during one of Ben’s episodes, his wife (Violet) gives Caroline a skeleton key to the attic so that she can see if Ben wandered up there. After entering the attic, Caroline discovered that it was littered with all sorts of hoodoo ritual paraphernalia, i.e. occult books, dolls, beads, markings, etc. After digging through a few boxes, Caroline discovers that a black couple (Mama Cecile and Papa Justify) used to live there around the early 1900s. She also discovers an old record album labeled the “Conjure of Sacrifice” Caroline immediately goes downstairs and tells Violet about her findings. Violet tells her that Cecile and Justify were hoodoo practitioners and were lynched because of their beliefs.
However, later that day Caroline plays the Conjure of Sacrifice record in her room and discovers that is a hoodoo ritual chant. With her curiosity on high alert, Caroline consults with her friend Jill about hoodoo and how she believes that Ben may have been affected by it. Jill recommends that she goes to a local hoodoo store to determine what the ritual chant means. After talking with the store owner, Caroline gets a better understanding of the chant, breaking the spell over Ben, and the protective powers of brick dust. With her new knowledge, Caroline heads back to her house to break Ben’s spell. He immediately gains his faculties and warns Caroline to stay away from Violet. Caroline tells the Devereaux’s real estate lawyer Luke about Violet’s shady behavior, but he predictably blows her off.
Eventually, Caroline attempts to make a power play on Violet so that her and Ben can escape. However, Violet used her magical powers to prevent them from escaping. Caroline encounters Luke and discovers that he was Violet’s secret partner in crime. He tried to subdue her, but Caroline managed to call the police and head upstairs into the attic. She sprinkles a circle of brick dust around herself for protection from Violet and Luke. When Violet enters the attic and reveals that she is really Mama Cecile residing in Violet’s body. Cecile plays the Conjure of Sacrifice record and manages to use the magic of the ritual chant to swap bodies with Caroline, who mistakenly fell into Cecile’s trap. It’s later revealed that Justify had already inhabited the body of Luke. By the time the authorities and medics arrive, Caroline (who’s in Violet’s body) and Ben are carted off into an ambulance. Before the body swap, Justify (Luke) generated a will that left the house to Caroline (Cecile). This action ensured that Cecile and Justify maintain possession of their house after successfully completing another “bait and switch.”
Surely, you’re wondering: What’s the moral of this story? Magic rules everything in the physical realm and is the very foundation of the spiritual realm. Caroline was smart enough to believe in the power of hoodoo and was briefly able to use it to stave off the inevitable. However, Cecile’s and Justify’s knowledge of hoodoo was much deeper than Caroline’s, which is why she naively painted herself into a corner. This scenario mirrors the relationship between the (real) rulers of this world and their subjects. If we can learn to how to use magic the right way like the Haitians did, we can earn our independence from the so-called elites and create a society that is based on true freedom and justice.