So what on earth do Bears have to do with magic? Yes, I do mean teddy-bears, not big grizzly totem animal bears, they will come later on. I am talking about teddy bears.
Bears are the first magic most of us come across as a child. Who didn’t hug their teddy and talk to them when they were angry or frightened? Who didn’t treat their teddy as a Fae friend without even knowing they were doing it?
It takes only a very little shape-shift to watch a teddy bear become its real self, yes, a real live helper. If you find a teddy that is lost and doesn’t have a person, they need love and attention but once they get that, they perk up, they find their name again and if you are very lucky, they find a new home which needs a new “protector”. If not, well they have obviously decided to stay with you, which is what has happened to me. I am Mother Superior Giselda Goldenpaws of St Ursula’s Orphanage for Homeless Bears and here is a photo of some of the orphans who were dressed to attend the wedding of a business man and a buddhist lady.
That’s what I do, you see. I’m a one-woman teddy bear recycling centre. It really is magical to see cuddly-one come back to life. The spark comes back into their eyes as I work a little gentle magic on them, fitting their new clothes and they look around. Maybe they even smile.
Finally, here is Baggy Bear who looks after my tarot cards for me and is an inveterate sock thief (he wears them as a hat, bless his little furry feet)
If you can’t believe any of this, then you probably can’t believe in magic, so close the door quietly as you leave, I don’t want you frightening the orphans. Thank you.