Thoughts For This Hallow’s Eve

Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Zen Boo!ism,

As you know, Halloween is a holiday. All holidays come with a different set of rules that makes them different from not only every other non-holiday, but also each other. On this day, the veil between the living and the dead is said to thin, allowing for easier communication between spirits and living folk. While interesting, this is not the Boo!ze Wizard’s main focus for celebrating.

A Boo!ze Wizard’s main interest should be in what they are going to dress up as for whatever festivities they have planned.

“Aren’t costumes for children?” you may be asking.

The simple answer is no they are not.

The longer answer is that a Boo!ze Wizard can, if they are with it enough to realize the powerful affect clothing has on all of us, use this chance to dress up as whatever they want into order to confront some inner muck that is preventing self-evolution.

It is an invitation to cast off all the normal rules of attire and do things your way. This freedom to be who or whatever you have always wanted to be can be used to powerful effect. Do you have a secret desire to wear clothing normally forbidden to you? Perhaps you’d like to appear as a different race or gender. Perhaps you want to express your love of a special-to-you fictional or historical figure. Maybe, you prefer a monster. All those are good things to be on Halloween, but rotten choices for Easter or regular days.

There are several ways a Boo!ze Wizard can use the culturally sanctioned approval of Halloween’s non-standard dress code in order to work some Boo!ze Whizzin’.

Let’s take a look at three of them:

1. Be Your Hero

Have you always wanted a sword or a laser rife? Today’s your day to walk around with one and not worry about the police men. Assuming the form of a figure we admire and surrounding oneself with the objects and symbols of that figure can help re-instill a person with a sense of sacred play.

For some reason, being dressed as one’s hero brings a lightness to one’s chest and a smile to one’s face. It is not the place of the aspiring Boo!ze Wizard to know why this happens- no one knows why. It’s enough to pay attention and notice one’s thoughts and feelings.

2. Cross Gender Lines Without Excess Humiliation

Assuming the role and guise of the opposite gender is a long standing tradition of many magical people. Nothing screws with the head as quickly and efficiently as trying to become accustomed to the clothing, mannerisms, and social roles of what you are not. This practice can bring many insights to those who dare to explore this taboo territory. Experiencing feelings and situations you wouldn’t​ have otherwise is a sure fire way to come in contact with some pretty freaky aspects of yourself. It also provides one with the chance to see how powerfully ingrained certain arbitrary rules of your culture are.

3. Explore Your Attitude Towards Normal Clothing

What is the difference between a pair of pants and a robe or skirt? How does wearing a uniform affect the way you act? Do you change the way you talk and act around people wearing them? Do you feel silly in certain styles or colors? Why?

These are all good questions to ask oneself about something as silly as clothing. Which, as you’ll find out, isn’t that silly a thing at all.

So there you have it. A few suggestions for putting the magic back in Halloween.

As always, you’ll want to try each experiment both sober and slightly inebriated for best results. And be sure to keep good and proper notes, otherwise you’re just drinking too much in a silly outfit.

Next time, we’ll talk about Thanksgiving and how that can also be a day of magic, if that’s what you choose.

As Always, I Remain,

Boo! F. Smith
Alchemist of Blues


B. F. Smith (photo unavailable), also known as “The Alchemist of the Blues”, is a time traveling Bluesman/Alchemist and founder of “Zen Boozism- The Path of the Booze Wizard.” When he’s not investigating chrono-anomalies or having the blues, he runs a mail order mystery school which mails out mysteries to those enrolled and then schools them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


B. F. Smith (photo unavailable), also known as “The Alchemist of the Blues”, is a time traveling Bluesman/Alchemist and founder of “Zen Boozism- The Path of the Booze Wizard.” When he’s not investigating chrono-anomalies or having the blues, he runs a mail order mystery school which mails out mysteries to those enrolled and then schools them.

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