I did. Longer than most of my friends in fact.
You see there was a universe unfolding everyday afterschool at my house.
My neighbor and sister and I created an elaborate soap opera with our dolls, where we played out scenarios from our lives, our fantasies and the stuff we watched on 80’s television.
Barbie was amazing in my eyes. She was so versatile, could do anything, had the best clothes and was pretty too.
Wait! What? I liked Barbie because she was pretty?
I wanted to be Barbie.
Yup. Truth. (Although Gem was pretty freaking rad too. If you know you know)
But it wasn’t just Barbie. I wanted to be anything but me. Older, thinner, shorter, more popular, desirable. I could tell you all the details about this that I have since unpacked in therapy, but I’ll spare you.
And yes, Barbie did influence my own sense of self. But honestly no more than television, magazines and the general culture that was brewing in my elementary and middle school.
The thing is, Barbie also opened up an imaginary realm. She gave me something tangible to create and imagine with. And I loved her. And still do. And in fact I still have Barbie’s.
I saw the Barbie movie last week and it spoke to me. I hope you take some time to see it and notice if it speaks to you too. (It will speak so perhaps just notice the how).
In magic we often use tangible objects to hold the energy of the in tangible, whether that be a wish, intention, person, ally, element or…the list goes on.
In college I took a psych class where we crafted dolls from muslin forms to symbolize a part of our personalities. Later I took this idea and morphed it into different classes, one where we created our shadow selves with the dolls and one where we created dolls that represented our super powers.
I’ve used this in therapy as well, asking clients to craft dolls that represent certain aspects of themselves.
There is something really powerful about bringing these parts of self into the concrete tangible world.
So why not do this for your magical witchy self?
Make a $10 investment in a simple no frills barbie. They have them in different hair colors and skin tones and these days us curvy girls can get one that is a little closer to our frame. Choose one that speaks to you.
Then create some sacred space for yourself, grab cloth, old clothes that were headed for the rag bag ribbon you have lying around, and even old jewelry then craft away. Is your magical self naked in forest or gothed out? Is she wearing flowy clothing or skin tight leather? Is she tattooed or scaly or even covered in fur? The sky's the limit here!
When I was a kid and I fashioned and sewed all kinds of clothes for my Barbie, there was no “right” way to do it. I just let the muse guide me.
What if you did this now?
What if you took this project on as an ode to your magic, to one facet of your magical self (or more). What would it be like to use this iconic doll with so much history and one might say even baggage and strip it all away to make her your own?
I ordered a Barbie for just such a project today.
I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours 😉
The Season of the Witch Virtual Conference is open for registration.
Early Bird pricing begins now!
If you register before September 4th you can get 20% off your registration.
This investment includes:
2 full days of classes plus one pre conference ritual/workshop for a total of 13 classes.
Access not only to the livestreams but lifetime access to the replays as well
Opening and Closing Circles
A chance to win all kinds of amazing giveaways (one for each presentation plus two additional chances to win)
Connection with your magical community
A private Facebook Group where we will be connecting before during and after the conference.
The line up this Fall is really exciting.
Be sure to grab your spot
Use this link or the code CROW20 at checkout to take advantage of the early bird discount.
6pm Rewild Yourself (a ritual workshop with-Emily Morrison
8:30 Opening Ceremony
9-10:15-Alchemy in the Cave of the She-Wolf with Rachel S. Roberts
10:30-11:45-Dancing with the Divine Lover - Solo sexual magic for every witch with Halo Quin
12-1:15-Ancestral Death Doulaship: Ceremony, Rites & Rituals with Jess the Death Empath
2-3:15-Dancing with Deity: Relating to the Divine with Irisanya Moon
3:30-4:45-Voodoo and African Traditional Religion with Lilith Dorsey
5-5:45-An Alliance with Elemental Dragons with Angelina Caporale
8:30-Welcome to Day 2
9-10:15-Song of the Soul: Voice as a Divine Gateway- with Jessica Fein
10:30-11:45- Create Your Magical Herbal Apothecary with Erin Lafaive
12-1:15- Longing- Energy & Manifestation Workshop with Karena Osborne
2-3:15- Self Care for Your Sun Sign with My Tarot Lady Christine Michele
3:30-4:45-Working with Crystal Skulls with Celena Spolarich
5-5:45 - Creating Your Personal Relationship and Rhythm with the Moon and Lunar Cycles with Pati Diaz
I’ve had two different community members inquire about a daily planner for 2024. I’ve got one in the works with a few additions and improvements over last year's version. (including astrology for each month)
It should be available to order by September 1st.
Stay tuned here for details.
Emily Morrison MA, MFT