The Witch curse

July 22, 2017

A few years ago a lady who was walking through the market square at Tavistock saw an old woman pilfering small articles from the stalls. She called the attention of one of the sellers to this, whereupon the hag swiftly turning round asked “With which eye did you see this?” “With both my eyes,” was the reply. The old woman muttered quickly to herself, and added aloud: “For meddling with what does not concern you, by this and that you shall see no more.” So saying she waved her hand swiftly across the lady’s face, not touching her, and hobbled away. Within an hour the lady lost her sight, and blind she remained until the day she died, which was in 1931.

Montague Summers
A Popular History of Witchcraft

Gather: seeded dandelions, matches, burnable area, paper, taglock (such as locks of hair, fingernail clippings or blood).

You can choose to make a ring of dandelions, or a bundle, or simply use one. (note: the more dandelions you use the more wishes you destroy).

If you want to target specific wishes, write them down on slips of paper and wrap them around the stems of the dandelion

Place taglock in the middle of the circle, or around the bundle.

Burn the dandelions.

Dispose of them safely but keep the taglock.

Beltane Blessing

April 30, 2017

With Beltane (May Eve) upon us, this is a simple little spell to bless our garden and bring fertility and harmony to your little piece of Green. It is my belief that when conducting spells/rituals for blessings, love and happiness in general you should approach this with a happy heart and with fun it is ‘intent’ that makes any magic work after all…

You will need;

• 4 pebbles/stones
• paint and paint brush
• compass (app on your phone will be fine!)

Firstly with your compass work out which directions of your garden are North, West, East and West, when you know this keep in mind the following correspondences…
• North – Earth
• South – Fire
• East – Air
• West – Water

Choose the pebble/stone that you feel matches the most with each direction/element and then take each stone and paint a symbol or a word on each to welcome the blessing for example:

• North – Earth – Word/Growth or Protection
• South – Fire – Word/Energy or Abundance
• East – Air – Word/Harmony/Clarity
• West – Water – Word/Fertility/Joy

When you are happy with your pebbles/stones and you have taken time devising your word or symbol take them at sunrise on Beltane (May Eve) April 30th and plant each pebble in the corresponding (North, South, East, West etc) part of your garden. This must be at sunrise and you must take the time to feel your garden beneath your feet, the dew on the plants and grass, the warmth or light from the sun and any breeze that may be in the air. Welcome the elements in harmony into your garden and ask them to bless your garden to make it a happy, fertile place.

Source: Bell, book and candle

Potion

November 15, 2016

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Moon
sprung,
winding
orbital
moods. She sits beneath;
held by the anchor of tundra.

Wild
spell.
Nursed on
grasses and
leaves, she breathes again.
Content, she spills joyous laughter.

Laura Swiggum

Incantation

August 24, 2016

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Be hole, be dust, be dream, be wind
Be night, be dark, be wish, be mind,
Now slip, now slide, now move unseen,
Above, beneath, betwixt, between.

Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book

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

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For the Punishment of an Unfaithful Lover:

One must buy a new candle and its price must not be haggled over.

Take the candle to the hearth with three pins and at midnight light the candle.

Heat then the point of each pin within the flame before sticking them into the candle whilst uttering the following words:

“Thrice is the candle broke by me, and thrice thy heart shall broken be.”

Source:
Gemma Gary

(Gemma Gary is a British Craft initiate and occultist, a writer, artist, illustrator and a trustee of ‘Friends of the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft’. Her written work explores witchcraft and folk magical traditions, often with a focus on these traditions as found in Devonshire and Cornwall. See HERE).

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Sign…

September 30, 2015

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Poetry….

May 15, 2015

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“Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe. It is as if forces we can lay claim to in no other way, become present to us in sensuous form. The knowledge and use of this magic goes back very far: the rune; the chant; the incantation; the spell; the kenning; sacred words; forbidden words; the naming of the child, the plant, the insect, the ocean, the configuration of stars, the snow, the sensation in the body. The ritual telling of the dream. The physical reality of the human voice; of words gouged or incised in stone or wood, woven in silk or wool, painted on vellum, or traced in sand.”

Adrienne Rich
Power and Danger: Works of a Common Woman