Tudorbeth writes articles on the concept of magic and how we can combine it into our lives. Here is an article to get you thinking:
In this world of shopping nothing seems so fine as a pair of shoes. The style, the brand and the colour are all important. Yet there is something infinitely magical about red shoes from the ruby slippers of Dorothy to the red ballet shoes that drove Moira Shearer insane.
There are a number of similarities with each pair of shoes. They are both enchanted. They both possess the wearer. Those who wear the shoes can only remove them by magic or when the unfortunate wearer is dead.
Yet who placed the enchantment on these beautiful shoes? Further, why always shoes?
In our modern capitalistic-shop-till-you-drop society we can find all manner of shoes to buy and indulge our love in. Shoes go on our feet and we go places with them.
Yet shoes have always been enchanted and magical just look at Cinderella’s glass slipper. The fairy-tale stories and legends of other countries always tell of enchanted little beings that create beautiful shoes. The Elves and the Shoemaker are one example while the Leprechauns of Ireland are renowned shoemakers. Did these little beings enchant the shoes to bring doom and gloom on the wearer? Not necessarily.
For a while the red shoes brought magic and mystery to Moira Shearer’s performance. The ballet was phenomenal and the character Moira Shearer played became a famous ballerina, an overnight sensation. While the ruby slippers kept Dorothy safe as she skipped down the yellow brick road. It was only at the end of the journey that things turned a little worse for wear. The pressures of fame and fortune got too much for the ballet dancer as the red shoes took complete possession. While Dorothy realised she always had the power within her to get home to Auntie Em.
The red shoes in both cases did their job; they took the wearer on a magical journey of discovery. In both cases the wearer’s desires came true. It was only our human frailty, which brought our own destruction. We had to go to the depths of the dangerous forest to realise our own power. As the Good Witch says Dorothy would not have believed if told she had the power to go home whenever she wanted. We are indeed our own worst enemies.
The red shoes empower us with the potential of self-discovery and realisation and that is the magic of the red shoes.
If you have bought a recent pair of shoes no matter what colour and would like to enchant them. Then take them out and put them on your feet as you say:
Blessed shoes upon my feet.
Take me places to people I meet.
Give me strength day by day.
Let happiness come my way.
Send me magic in every way.