preserved by women

December 2, 2019

We can remove the lazy habit of gender which creeps into our speech, and say that it is more likely that this symbolic language was created and preserved by women, that they possessed these ritual tools themselves. Witchcraft throbs with a lunar menstrual rhythm. When we look at the acts and tools of the craft: the doll, thread, knot, needle, loom, wheel, poison, plant, chant, hearth, fire, home, it is an inevitable conclusion that these are female mysteries and have been since the dawn of time. But the hunt and the rites of men are also presided over by this pre-eminent figure as Mistress of the Beasts, whom the sorcerer, or devil, is beneath, and these separate streams flow together in the sexual conjoining of the full moon Sabbat.

Peter Grey
Apocalyptic Witchcraft

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The salve has another purpose, hidden in the ingredient list. Not the baby fat suggested in the ‘Malleus Maleficarum’ (which Redgrove intuits to be menstrual blood), but a more subtle one. It is often compounded with soot. A small detail, this is overlooked as not sensational or psychoactive enough, yet for me this small detail has been revelatory. One purpose of the salve with this ingredient is to blacken the face and limbs, just as Shiva is smeared with ash from the cremation ground. We are becoming dead, as spirits invisible to the living who cannot see us risen in the whirlwind. To be as no man, no one, to pass unchallenged in the bacchanal and spirit throng having erased our name among the living, we are now forever changed, at one with the fey and the dead. We are mummers, morris, beelzebus – burned black by the fierce sun of the grave, involved in something archaic yet vital.

Peter Grey
Apocalyptic Witchcraft

goddess of witchcraft…

August 20, 2016

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The wild goddess has passed through the city of whoredom and has emerged intact as the witch on the heath. There was never one goddess of witchcraft, but rather a thousand Ishtars: mild white, blood red, lamp black. There can never be orthodoxy. We are simultaneously possessed, annihilated and forever outside of Time.

She is immanent.

She dwells within us.

Peter Grey
Apocalyptic Witchcraft

Apocalyptic Witchcraft…

April 28, 2016

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Witchcraft is the recourse of the dispossessed, the powerless, the hungry and the abused. It gives heart and tongue to stones and trees. It wears the rough skin of beasts. It turns on a civilisation that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Peter Grey
Apocalyptic Witchcraft