modern sexual magic

February 17, 2018

ritual

…the origins of modern sexual magic flow out of two very different currents in the Western religious imagination. The first is the largely fantastic, but remarkably enduring, nightmare of sexual license and black magic that was associated with virtually every heretical group from the Bacchae down to the witches. For the most part, the charges of sexual licentiousness brought against them were the mimetic projections of the dominant order’s own fantasies, fears, and desires, now deflected onto the mirror of these marginalized groups. But more importantly, these fantasies tended to center around specific fears of social and political subversion. Many of these groups, such as the Gnostics, Bogomils, and Cathars, did in fact seek some form of liberation from the existing social order through their sexual practices. Ironically, like the early Christians, these groups were usually highly ascetic, at times even antisexual. And yet they were attacked as dangerously subversive, not because of what they were actually doing – namely, challenging the dominant systems of marriage and religious authority – but instead for the imaginary crimes of sexual license and black magic. As we see in popular novels like The DaVinci Code, this highly imaginative narrative is still very much with us today. Brown’s story once again revives the image of ancient groups of Gnostics performing secret sexual rites, even in the face of ongoing persecution from the Catholic Church. Indeed, Brown’s description of the secret Gnostic rites seems to be taken directly out of Epiphanius and other early Christian accounts:

“ On a low, ornate altar in the center of the circle lay a man. He was naked, positioned on his back, and wearing a black mask…. Straddling her grandfather was a naked woman wearing a white mask, her luxuriant silver hair flowing out behind it….[S]he was gyrating in rhythm to the chanting….The chanting rose to a fever pitch. The circle of participants seemed almost to be singing now, the noise rising in crescendo to a frenzy. With a sudden roar, the entire room seemed to erupt in climax.”

Hugh B Urban
Magia Sexualis

might hex you

December 16, 2017

The children on the playground all heard her. They took off running together, as far away as possible from Antonia Owens, who might hex you if you did her wrong, and from her aunts, who might boil up garden toads and slip them into your stew, and from her mother, who was so angry and protective she might just freeze you in time, ensuring that you were forever trapped on the green grass at the age of ten or eleven.

Alice Hoffman
Practical Magic

To those who doubt

November 26, 2017

You think witchcraft doesn’t work? Well, fine. Good for you. Let me practice it in peace, is all I ask. It makes me feel good to cast a spell, to focus my energy, and produce a definite action. A spell has an end and I can tell myself: ‘There, it’s done!’

While you hide yourself away behind your wall of “received wisdom”, what you should remember is we are all the Universe – but trying to be individuals!

In January of this year, scientists created metallic hydrogen for the first time in the world. This was previously believed to be impossible. For the first time hydrogen exists in a metallic state on our Earth. In this metallic state it can act as a genuine superconductor and could revolutionize everything from energy storage to rocketry…The “NOT POSSIBLE” of ‘received wisdom’ was wrong. It can be done. It is possible.

So go in peace with your doubts and leave me to get on with my craft.

Witchcraft and Intent

November 20, 2017

Witchcraft IS intent.

I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t over emphasise this simple, basic FACT.

Your spells can be a single word spoken out loud. Or held silently in your heart. It doesn’t matter. If you must use sigils, keep ‘em simple. Basic shapes. Extravagant spells and rituals are unnecessary. Simply thinking something, focusing on it, is all that’s required to create action. You are powerful no matter how you practice witchcraft. You just need faith in yourself and plenty of practice focusing your mind.

When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling
streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drink
a holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
of being

J.L.Stanley

practice witchcraft

September 10, 2017

In the dead of night she would go up into an old tower adjoining the merchant’s house, and there she would say portions of the Black Mass, offer sacrifice, and thereafter practice witchcraft against the duke. This witchery took a common form, the creation of a wax image and the maiming of the image that, by sympathy, the injuries inflicted on the wax be passed on to the living body of the victim. The woman was capable in what she did. The duke fell sick. He lost the use of his limbs and was racked by excruciating pains from which he could get no relief. Thinking himself on the brink of death, the duke named his sixteen-year-old son his heir. This son was dear to the duke, as everyone knew, and be sure the woman knew it too. She intended sorcerously to murder the young man in his turn, preferably in his father’s sight. Thus she let the duke linger in his agony and commenced planning the fate of the prince.

Tanith Lee
When the clock strikes

spooky but enchanting witch

September 4, 2017

Her one great desire was to be this spooky but enchanting witch living deep in the darkest part of the forest; her cottage there would be filled with the mingled scents of sandalwood and cinnamon, and her pet crow would sit close at hand and engage her in meaningful, magical conversation the whole day through.

Patrus
Witch dreams

Music and Witchcraft

September 3, 2017

Many witches use music to aid in their craft; music can help boost your energy, put an edge to your spell, get you in the right mood, help connect you to your deity/energies/elements/etc, and just create a good atmosphere!

Remember, you don’t have to use just whimsical spiritual music with lots of flute and wind noises. Any music can be used for magic, from pop to rock to classical to jazz. Use music that you connect with and works well with what you’re doing! When doing a spell for strength, and the song Boss Ass Bitch makes you laugh and feel ridiculous, don’t use it. But if it makes you feel empowered and confident, perfect! You don’t have to be a pop culture pagan to use songs like that, just use whatever feels right.

There are an infinite number of ways you can use music.

• while reading tarot, to put you in ‘the zone’
• while dancing, to heighten your energies and unify your body
• while performing curses, to sharpen and manifest your rage
• to make your will more specific when doing luck spells
• to cover up the sound of your verbal spells or chanting (if you’re not out as a witch)
• to feel more connected to your deity
• while meditating to drown out the world

Music is an invaluable resource, and for those people who feel music to a big part of their life, it can be a perfect asset for their witchcraft!

while calling the Devil

August 26, 2017

aiguillette:

A knotted loop of thread, also called a ligature, which witches were said to use to cause impotence, and perhaps even castration, in men; barrenness in women; and general discontent in marriage. The aiguillette also served to bind couples in illicit amatory relationships. The phobia of the ligature, or fear of satanic castration, was widespread in 16th-century France. It was believed that at the instant when a priest blessed a new marriage, the witch slipped behind the husband, knotted a thread and threw a coin on the ground while calling the Devil. If the coin disappeared, which all believed to mean that the Devil took it and kept it until Judgment Day, the couple was destined for unhappiness, sterility and adultery. Couples living in Languedoc were so fearful of satanic castration that not 10 weddings in 100 were performed publicly in church. Instead, the priest, the couple and their parents went off in secret to celebrate the sacrament. Only then could the newlyweds enter their home, enjoy the feasting and go to bed. At least one physician, Thomas Platter, concluded that the panic was so bad that there was a local danger of depopulation.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley
The Encyclopaedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca

The Snow Queen in Eden

August 21, 2017

Boots crunch ice

She crosses the ice orchards at night
pausing to pick, from black trees
the brittle bodies of frozen birds.

Later, she will shake out her long hair by the fire
a thousand melting stars falling loose
and her hands will burn my skin.

My queen’s tongue tastes like razors –

She has devoured her magic mirror
and I have not the power to defy a woman
with a mouth full of glass.

There was a time we gathered wildflowers
and carried them to the edge
and threw them in the River That Eats Memory.

I wrung out my heart in those waters
but still, something clings –
her long fingers tossing petals, a sandal strap, sunlight.

But the river devours and mirrors cut
I spit blood in the bright snow
and comb my lady’s hair with numb fingers.

Laid out on fur coats, I dreamt of a river
where we washed out our hearts,
as winter eats the corners of the world.

Selena Bulfinch