New Orleans, Personal Development, Religion

Magic to the People at Rogue Chateau

Everything I do is founded on my belief that we can change ourselves and, through ourselves, the world.

This involves an essential journey of crisis. It means confronting who you are, and who you wish (or fear) you might become.

Having this held up to us can provoke powerful change. And for that, ceremony is one of the greatest tools we have.

Making Magic Accessible

As you know, I feel a need to be more active as a priest, to work with the people on the street and in the community, and to help them.

I feel called to do that through the practice of magic.

New Orleans is founded on magic. People of all backgrounds rely on it to guide their careers, their relationships and their success. I don’t know if magic has some supernatural power, if mystical forces adjust reality. But magic absolutely has a strong and positive effect on the recipient, helping them change their perspective, their beliefs and their actions.

This can turn entire lives around.

But consulting a magician can be expensive. Our time comes at a premium, and the work we do is intense. Unfortunately, this means the people who need help the most have the hardest time affording it.

I’d like to change that.

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The Salon of Magic

A salon is an open exhibition in a private home. Twice per week, I want to hold a salon where I craft spells for every person who visits. This would be done in the style of a street clinic, supported by free-will donations instead of set fees, and open to anyone. My credo: No one is turned away.

It would work something like this:

  • Doors are open at set times each week. Walk-ins welcome.
  • No fee is solicited. Put a donation in the hat, of whatever amount you feel is right.
  • A portion of the proceeds will be given as charity, a portion goes to me and a portion is used to buy offerings for the spirits who power the spells.
  • There are some requests I’ll turn down (such as curses), but I’ll have an alternative I can offer you (such as a justice spell).
  • The salon will be promoted by flyers and word of mouth in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

The power of magic ritual to change lives continues to humble me, and I feel deeply called to do this work.

After discussing this with close friends, I feel the idea is viable and could have a positive impact. Now I turn it over to you, my readers, to get your reaction. Is this needed? Will it make a difference? How can I make it more effective?

If the idea seems strong, I expect to start a Kickstarter campaign to help launch it. Please, leave a comment and tell me what you think.

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22 thoughts on “Magic to the People at Rogue Chateau

  1. That sounds like an excellent idea, for the most part. I would be cautious about letting strangers into my own home, but that is me. If your place is in a suitable location, and there is community support, go for it. I’ve had a similar idea, but in the guise of a coffee/tea shop. “Sit-A-Spell”.

    Best wishes to you.

  2. Since I’m a Christian, I can only offer my thoughts in the context of ministry: I think it’s a good idea. Like Sunfell said, be cautious about letting complete strangers into your home, but on the other hand, don’t be so cautious that effective ministry can’t take place. Any time that one human reaches out to another, giving time, gifts, and grace to another unselfishly, is an act of love and ministry. And to people who are without much human contact, just being around someone like you may be enough.

  3. It is possible the other (long term and permanent) resident magical practitioners in the neighborhood may not be happy with this plan. I suppose if you are mostly trying to help those who could not otherwise afford any kind of magical service it will not cut into the locals’ livelihoods too much. It might be a good idea to get the word out you are not trying to compete. As Sunfell mentioned you do need to be careful about having strangers in your home. It would be best if you had a friend there with you. Why not offer a local person a free magical working in exchange for acting as a sort of receptionist- bouncer for the magus kind of position? They could offer a cup of tea to anyone waiting their turn to see you. Hospitality is an important virtue and will set people at ease.

  4. JulieV says:

    I wouldn’t do it in my own home and I would expect some sort of energy exchange, be it even a small donation. Don’t you remember that conversation we all had sipping Absinthe and watching porn? There has to be active energy exchange and participation on the recipients part!

  5. Eva says:

    As someone who is low income but doesn’t live in your town, I like this idea, although I’d be ready for backlash from people who don’t understand what you’re trying to do.

    @JulieV You can exchange energy without exchanging money. One of the things poor people often have difficulty explaining to wealthy people is how often we must give more time or physical effort to get things, including money, than wealthy people do. Someone who walks two miles to work and spends her day on her feet carrying heavy things such as a waitress or a person working in a warehouse may make half what someone who drives to work at a desk makes, but she puts a lot more energy into earning that money. Most low wage jobs are more emotionally and physically demanding than jobs that pay more, and I suspect that’s part of the reason certain people who have their symbols on the currency would like more people to work those jobs. If money isn’t available, maybe services or something could be bartered instead.

  6. Kate Jacob says:

    Give a try but keep.. I think you should have a time limit, at least in your mind,as to how long a session should be. People with problems can talk for hours to explain their situation and people love to talk about themselves. This could be exhausting work for little or no money. I would ask for a minimum on the donation even if only a dollar,-, your time is valuable.and you are certainly highly qualified.

  7. As I read what you describe and how you describe it, I feel drawn into it, too. Since I do spell work myself, and that has been an ever deepening “calling” (you used the word) for me in the past 6 months, I feel like I am listening to myself, in a sense, as you describe what you feel you must do. I think you just must do it and then, as with all things, adapt as you learn from it. I hope you will share.

  8. Why such caution about letting strangers into one’s home? That’s where Drew carries out his day to day business. Am I to understand that because someone is too poor to pay full price for his services that they should be treated differently than others? I don’t think so. Even suggesting this sets some bad karma in motion. IMHO. I hope I’m misunderstanding something …

    • Dave says:

      Sarah,

      I can’t speak for anyone else but in my culture allowing anyone outside your immediate family into your home is extremely taboo. Even extended family is only allowed a few short visits once every year or two and even that is viewed with dread and suspicion.

      To allow a friend inside one’s home is the ultimate sign of trust and occurs only very rarely. Almost all socializing outside of the immediate family is done in a neutral third party location. I don’t know why that is, or how it came to be but that is our way.

      Personally, I am more used to having all kinds of people in my home now then I was because my lover’s culture is the complete opposite. In his family it is the norm for people to show up unannounced and to bring extra guests to events they are invited to. It used to drive me crazy but I love him enough I learned to deal.

      Kind of off topic, but thought that might interest you to know.

      Cheers,

      Dave

  9. Beatriz says:

    That CAN change things. Not only for the people who attend your salon, I suspect. It can change the way some people view magic, it can change you, and your friends, and your community as a whole, and also can became a tendency, an idea spread around to the magicians that decide to follow your footsteps. It can happen.
    I think you are doing something amazing and scary here, Drew. This could go so far.

  10. Dave says:

    I think this is a neat idea. You’ve got a good starting point so to my mind you will be able to work out the details with practice.

  11. I hope to reply to all of you individually, but I wanted to give a general reply because one concern has come up so much: letting strangers into my home.

    First, that’s a very valid concern. New Orleans is one of the most dangerous cities in the US and the chance of someone casing the house or stealing something is very high.

    However, two factors mitigate this. First, I plan to conduct business outside in the “courtyard” (actually a small, fenced sitting garden). This wasn’t clear in the post so I understand why people thought I meant in the house itself. I believe the courtyard is private enough to be comfortable, yet sets a clear boundary. And I will have to be very careful with my boundaries.

    However, if it’s raining my plan is indeed to open up the door and invite people directly into my house.

    The second factor is that this is Creole culture. Traditionally, at a Creole house you would be invited into the home to conduct all business. The front of the house opens directly into the bedrooms and you would conduct business in your bedroom. This is less common today, but I like the idea of continuing the tradition and offering that intimate experience. I feel that if I don’t trust the people who want my help, why should they trust me?

    I realize there is an element of risk, and please know that I will take precautions… but as a friend said, the “courtyard” is just about the most perfect place you could imagine for a magician’s workshop. So, as long as I have the space I plan to use it.

    I do appreciate all the concern… thank you for wanting me to stay alive.

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