Do you suck at magick with petitions? You, my friend, are not alone. Obviously, if you can write a petition, and you know what works for you, and you don’t have any problems with petition magick, then maybe this particular post isn’t for you.
But the fact is: a lot of people judge themselves harshly when they have trouble writing what would be considered a “good” petition. When you follow all the status quo rules, you sometimes end up blocking yourself. But that’s probably a different post, so on with the show …
Before you even embark upon the journey of working with spirits, please do yourself a favor and ask yourself:
Is working with Spirits really for me?
Asking yourself that question before you start down this road is pretty important. It’s a necessary introspective task for a few reasons.
I might have said this before, but I think it bears repeating.
In the classic sense, a Witch’s familiar was generally an animal. Most of the time, it was probably a cat, toad, crow, etc. – almost always a small animal. In the movie The Witch, released in 2015, the goat “Black Phillip” can be seen as a familiar. While some believe it was possessed by the Devil, Himself, it is more likely that Black Phillip was merely a familiar.
So there’s something that’s been on my mind for the past several months. And it just so happens that a discussion came up about it recently.
There is that something – and it’s not easy to explain – that draws a Witch to other Witches. You meet them and you know, on some deep level, that you’re more alike than different. You feel … like family. And you might as well say you’ve adopted each other. It’s witchblood.
Now you can poo-poo it all you like. There are plenty of people who say things like, “Oh that’s just elitism,” or, “You’re just letting your entitlement show.”
I’ve been asked so many times if I’m a, “heathen.” I suppose that really depends upon the definition of the word. I was certainly called a heathen by my mother plenty throughout my childhood.
The dictionary defines heathen as, “a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew or Muslim) as regarded by those who do.” In other words, if you’re not one of The Big Three, you’re a heathen. The term heathen is, correctly, synonymous with the word pagan.
I hate being generalized and lumped together with people that I am really nothing like.
I found a “definition” of Appalachian folk magic (or witchcraft) that I find to be very, very wrong. And I have legitimate reason to find it very, very wrong. The definition is made up by someone who obviously: (a) isn’t an Appalachian Witch and (b) hasn’t had any connection to Appalachian Witches. It’s rather like saying, “I’m a straight guy – I can tell you exactly what it means to be gay and how it feels.”
The “definition” I found was this:
Those who practice witchcraft in the Appalachian mountains see good and evil as two distinct forces that are led by the Christian God and Devil, respectively. They believe there are certain conditions that their magick cannot cure. They also believe that witches are blessed with paranormal powers and can perform powerful magick that can be used for either good or evil purposes. They look to nature for omens and portents of the future.
What it is, is bull. (Not all of it, but most.) So I’m going to break it down for you real quick. Ready or not, here it comes …
A blog reader emailed me a few months ago and said
My magic isn’t getting any results and I have no idea why. I’ve tried everything on this one particular purpose, but I just can’t seem to get anything going. Can you help me?
My answer may seem a little harsh, but it is the nature of our reality. You can’t get good at drawing unless you practice. You can’t get good at writing unless you practice. You can’t get good at painting unless you practice. Notice that we use the phrase, “magical practice,” a lot. Why? Because its work – it takes effort – you have to practice it to get good at it.
Video – Crafty Cultural Influences – Week 6 of the YouTube Pagan Challenge
This particular video is on my mountain heritage and where my folk magic comes from. I’m of a Scots-Irish background, by way of the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky. And this video kind of explains that a little bit – along with a few other things. Enjoy!
Now I know there are some people who will flat out disagree with this post. And that’s fine ~ that’s your prerogative. But I’ve dealt with all of this for many a good long year. As a Witch, I’m pretty fucking long in the tooth ~ so try to bear with me.
A lot of people would have you believe that Witchcraft is not dangerous.
For example: I saw someone’s post on a forum the other day that said “Graveyard dirt isn’t dangerous ~ it all depends on your intent, as always.” But I take umbrage with this statement in a number of ways.
I can tell when Witches are working, when magic is afoot, when the power is awakened.
I started my spiritual explorations when I was 13 years old. If you’ve seen any of my YouTube videos, you’ve probably heard me mention that fact. You might also know that I entered a Coven at a fairly early age. And part of my early training was what some people might today consider “New Age” – there was a lot of energy work in those early days of learning the ropes. By 18, I’d already attained to the Third Degree and left that group, founded and started another Coven, and it was in the process of being disbanded due to life events (like Member Witches going off to college, etc.).
So at 18 (1995), on the cusp of beginning my (nearly) decade-long Solitary journey, I was feeling somewhat alone.
But I had this friend. We’ll call her “LC.”