Sep 23, 2011

Welcome to Practical Magic a blog party

Of all the movies about witches and living life as one, I am, as are so many of us, just taken away when I watch Practical Magic. Not that it holds more truth or more feeling or more witchiness but there is a quality to the movie, that mesmerizes me.

The movie is so different from the book and the screenplay. And I must say this is the exception to the rule, I do like the movie much more. Frannie, Jet, Sally and Gilly are woman to be reckoned with, a force of nature. The Aunts are who I aspire to be like.

I could go on and on about my love of the movie as a whole but I will instead, call to your attention my favorite portions of the movie.

The first is Sally's "unlove" spell, Amas Veritas. The scene as Sally picks the white rose petals, paperwhites and sets the spell in motion while Stevie Nick's Crystal plays in the background. The music and the mood are haunting and you just know it is prophetic and wonderful as the magic spreads across the vast expanse to the boy who will fulfill her life and complete her spell.

Amas Veritas
He will hear my call a mile away.
He will whistle my favorite song.
He can ride a pony backwards.
He can flip pancakes in the air.
His favorite shape will be a star.
And he'll have one green eye and one blue. 

The second is the "toady infestation" from where the zombie Jimmy will come out of the ground to inhabit Gilly and take her back to be his own. Quite an icky mess of ugliness and yet......kinda funny. Bags of toads being dumped out from under poor Gilly/Jimmy.

Third has to be the Midnight Margarita scene with the accompanying "Lime in the Coconut" song. This is where the foursome carry on a most interesting conversation about each other while under the influence of Diablo Tequila as provided by someone at the door. My favorite quote from that scene is: "since when has being a slut been a crime in this family?"

Midnight Margaritas Incantation
Filet of fenny snake in cauldron, boil and bake.

Eye of newt, toe of frog, wing of bat, tongue of dog.
Adder’s fork and blind worm’s sting…
Barbados lime is just the thing.
Cragged salt, like a sailors stubble…
Flip the switch, and let the cauldron bubble.

And lastly the closing of the movie when Sally gives this thought as the family of witches jumps off of the roof on Halloween night while holding their umbrellas.

Can love really travel back in time and heal a broken heart?
Was it our joined hands that finally lifted Maria's curse?
I'd like to think so.
But there are some things I know for certain:
Always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder,
keep rosemary by your garden gate,
plant lavender for luck,
and fall in love whenever you can.

Thank you so much for dropping by to visit and read my post for Practical Magic at Practically Magickal. I do so appreciate it.

For Giveaway gifts I have chocolate toads (2 boxes of 4) and a set of two cactus margarita glasses to offer as pressies for this blog party. All you need to do to win one of the three gifts is become a follower of this blog and leave a comment. I will draw the winners names on October 1.

Thank you to our host Anne of Frosted Petunias for her efforts in making this party happen for the second year. Thanks, we appreciate you very much.


Krista @ The Random Dabbler said...

Great post...i often wish my family was as interesting as the Owen's ladies and could have a drunkfest such as theirs! LOL

pam said...

I'm following you and am a dabbler.

maddyrose said...

What a magickal post. I agree the movie is better than the book in so many ways. Your giveaway is so fun too. Chocolate toads? Margarita glasses? Count me in. Now I'm off to see what else is being offered for this magickal blog party.

LyndaB said...

What lovely gifts - happily following you here as well as elsewhere.

I didn't get my personal act together enough to join the party this year, but enjoying following along with everyone else!

My favorite scene (well other than all that you mention - so many high points!) is when the townswomen 'get it' and understand that these women they were afraid of aren't so different after all, and snap to it helping her get past her bad penny ex-boyfriend obsession. "Let's clean house!"

Judy said...

Yea Linda...I've only watched Practical Magic once...I don't remember all those scenes...guess I need to watch it again...Please enter me in your giveaway...

Bird said...

Loved your post, Linda. You're right, the book and the movie are completely different from each other and this is one of the rare occasions when I love the movie far more than the book. I also just love the Aunts. the whole movie and all the characters are just, well, magical.

I hope you are having a simply beautiful day today and I hope you'll visit me for my PM party post as well.

Crystalrainbow said...

Magical post ty :) a wondeful reminder of a wonderful movie x x x Equinox blessings Good luck to all entering. (Please dont add my name to your lovely givaway the postage would be aweful :))

Sylvia said...

Put the lime in the coconut...I love that scene in the movie, makes me want to get up and dance...thanks for a lovely time.


Magic Love Crow said...

I'm a follower ;o) Great post! Chocolate toads sound yummy and I guess there wouldn't be too many calories in them! LOL! Take Care ;o) Blessings ;o)

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love this post because I love the movie's spells, particularly Amas Veritas. It makes me think of the things I wished for, when I began to realize that at one point in my life I would want to share myself with someone. I wasn't young when I started wishing... I wanted a guy who loved me so much that I would wake up every day extremely happy of being exactly who I was just because that was exactly who he wanted too. That is a difficult wish. And I got him. And he is handsome. And talented. And with a heart that barely fits in his chest.

I am a follower.

P.S. I forgot to post my giveaway *sigh* I guess I'll post it in a few days.

Celia said...

This was a great post....I too aspire to be like the Aunts when I grow up!!

Victoria said...

Great post. I agree, the book and the movie are very different, but I love them both. The aunts are much nicer in the movie than the book, however.


Victoria at Brushstrokes

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What adorable (and appropriate) giveaway gifts! I've signed up as a follower and here's my comment! Put the lime in the coconut, baby!

Andréann said...

I just come to realize you had another blog! I'm following now :)

Those chocolate frogs looks so yummy! I have the same mold at home :D

B'ham said...

Oh, you are right on with your fav scenes !!
And your Toads do look SO tasty...Well, I will follow you anytime...

Birgit said...

Dear Linda,

First of all, a big thanks for your support -- your kind words cheered me up. :)

I just love your Practical Magic post. The spells, the photos to make them come to life...

You are a sweetheart to offer door prizes, too. The cactus glasses are a hood. If you know me better, you soon discover my love for all things Old West, so I couldn't help but smile seeing those glasses. :)

Magical Times
and a HUGE hug,

PS: Oh, and -- yes, I have signed up to follow your blog, so that I don't miss any of your posts.

Que Bella said...

Lovely post... The amas veritas and midnight margaritas are two of my favorite scenes as well. Thanks for sharing, Michelle

MJ said...

Hi! I now also follow this blog :) Didnt even know you had this really LOL. Lovely party by the way, hope you will also visit mine! Bright Blessings, MJ

Anonymous said...

That's my favorite scene too!

Sandi said...

Great post!! I really enjoyed it bunches!! Glad you took part in the PM party. I am a new follower witch sister!!

Rinni's Playground said...

Your toads look delicious!! Just the right snack for midnight margaritas!!
I aspire to be like the aunts as well, that will be me and my sister one day! Fly on over for a spell when you get the chance!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am now following you also!

I love the wee toads!

Thank you for sharing your post with all of us to celebrate the magic of Practical Magic! Lovely to visit with you!

LuLu Kellogg

Katy Cameron said...

Oh I so love this film too, and I can't explain why, it certainly draws you in. I read the book after last year's blog party, and wasn't really that keen on it, although I did like another book of hers. I think you get attached to one or other of films of books, and the film in this case was a definite winner! May have to watch it again tomorrow night, you've just put me in the mood (bit late tonight!)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Thank you for a fabulous Practical Magic post!!! :) I love both the book and the movie, too, although they are very different from each other. What wonderful gifts you are offering for your giveaway. Thanks so much! Please feel free to come and visit with me, too. :)
Sincerely, Theresa

Dana Wright said...

New Follower! I am reading the book now and am having a hard time admitting that I actually like the movie better. That seriously never happens.

Love the giveaway. Hope you get to pop over to my crazy big post and giveaways.


Dana @ On the Broomstick

Illustrated Ink said...

Such a fun movie! Chocolate and margaritas - also, quite fun!

Follow all of your blogs! ;) Thank you so much for the fantastic giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful party. Stevie Nicks is my favourite and the song Crystal is so beautiful !!!
Have a magical day.

DogsMom said...

I do not know that I have ever experienced CHOCOLATE frogs...

leave it to you to introduce me to more new things
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Oh Linda, such a magical party! You and I both seem to have the same favorite parts of this wonderful movie. Kindred spirits and all.

I want you to know that you are just like those aunts and that, my dear friend, is why so many of us look up to you and can't seem to get enough of our dear, sweet Oma.

And yummy...chocolate frogs! I'll bet they are full of protein. ;-) Hugs to you!

wickedfaerie said...

I have enjoyed my visit to you party. What a lovely post and blog, it was very hard not to grab one of those yummy frogs. Stop by for a visit and a midnight margarita. Oh, and I would love to be entered I am a new follower, it is so nice that I have met so many other witches this weekend.


Dragonfly said...

Wonderful post and pictures, I love all the quotes in PM, so many good ones it's hard to choose.

I'm now a follower and will be back when I've finished going through the party list (hehe running behind, real life kept getting in the way) to read more of your blog and craftwork

J x

Susan said...

Hey sweetie, I am a follower of your other blogs, now here also :)
Great post and perfect giveaways!
I totally agree that the movie is sooo much better than the book. that is rare.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Hello, I am visiting form the Practical Magic Blog party. :D I love this post. Your photos are so cute!

Kath said...

What fun!
If the sisters had phoned me, I would have taken Jimmy home and saved them all that trouble (wink)
Kath x

Melissa said...

Great post!

I am a new follower!Great giveaways!

I definitely think the movie was as good as the book...if different!!

mk261274 at gmail dot com

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Meanderings

beverly h said...

TOO cute! Love the chocolate toads... what an adorable idea. I signed up to follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!