Spellcasting In A Storm

Tuesday 16th June ’20, 19:52.

When I was a kid, my grandmother had a strange habit- more of a ritual- of turning off and unplugging all the electricals, and drawing closed the curtains in the house during a thunderstorm. In the rooms with naked windows, she would turn the standing mirrors face-down and cover those with glass exposed.

It made sense to me that she would do this with the appliances- tv, video recorder, satellite box- but I wondered about the purpose of the mirrors. It was never said explicitly; I came to piece together my own reasons for it. My grandfather had been struck by lightning once, so I was told, and perhaps once more, or it was a near miss. Was the process behind the mirror-veiling rooted in subduing the flashes, stopping them before they had a chance to crack off the panes? My mind sometimes wandered to fire and electrocution. I couldn’t imagine lightning bolts would be so afraid of their own reflections that they would recoil at the sight of themselves.

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We’ve had two storms so far this meteorological Summer, one on Saturday and one earlier this evening. I often remark how my body responds to thunder: the sharp-hot tingle from my fingertips, through my hands, up my arms and to my shoulders, the wisdom tooth that pulses with the sensation of a smacked face swell, numb and effervescent over my left cheek. Being affected as I am by the weather makes me feel special: I am a conductor, I am being charged up. We are all natural beings, so why wouldn’t we be nature-responsive?

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