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Abstract: Goo-Witching: Hydromancy is a culmination of searching for moments of magick, manifesting child-like imagination to rediscover the world, and experimenting with strange materials and creatures that fill the soul with curiosity. Goo-witching explores the need to imagine, dissect, and understand that which can be seen, as well as that which exists on non-physical planes. The majority of the Goo-Witch’s explorations primarily focus in liquid-bound working methods. The element of water transforms, cleanses, and flows as a mechanism of creation and life. Each process utilizes water as a tool, platform for alchemical change, and display mechanism. Crystal chemistry, marbling techniques, spell jars, silkworm husbandry, and meditation pools all demand the presence of water as life-giver and sustainer. Hydromancy, a means of divination by water movement, defines these water bound explorations as a starting point in accessing both everyday magick and that which exists outside of rationalization. Goo-Witching: Hydromancy addresses the intersection of mythology and magick rooted in the textile craft as well as more unique manifestations of making and material exploration. This ever-expanding body of work coupled with the role of female maker is a testament to a growing understanding of spiritual femininity and the making of one’s own magick. Through this work, the Goo-Witch hopes to subtly expose others to ephemeral instances of magick and uncanny otherworldly delectation. Goo-witching constitutes working towards exposing the notion that this world is still a mysterious body worthy of our curiosity, thorough inquiry, and loving care.
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