I know – we all have goals. And one of the many reasons that we get into magick is to achieve those goals. It doesn’t just support us psychologically while we’re trying to move forward in our lives. There is an actual, almost-tangible, THING that happens when we start to use magick to achieve the things we desire.
Why is it that Occultists (Witches, Wizards, Warlocks, Magicians, Druids, Pagans, WhatTheFuckEvers) get so attached to our bullshit? I understand that humans are creatures of habit, but really, is there any reason to jaunt about poking fun at a paradigm just because it isn’t yours? It’s “occult elitism.” And it makes you a douche.
Seems like there are a lot of folks going around being really crappy people to their Craft Sisters and Brothers these days. And I don’t mean inter-tradition witch-wars. I mean people who claim to be Witches while, at the same time, going psycho, and berating others with no apparent rationale.
Generally, it’s people who don’t understand what life – or the Craft – is really about. Yes, I’m criticizing those people right now.
Because if – like the psycho I encountered last week – you claim to be so “old hat” and “mature,” but you want to email me snide remarks for updating information on my website, and then tell me I need to question my spirituality, you got another think coming, honey. I’m not obligated to you for a gawd-damned thing, and the more you make those snap judgments, the more I realize you need some emergency surgery on your Craft. And maybe a good lobotomy, to boot.
In light of the psycho’s email “conversation,” I’d just like to take a few moments to discuss the top 3 mistakes that I see Witches make. You might think these are reasons to question your spirituality or your magical oomph, but … so let’s get into it …
A couple of days ago, I was talking to a friend who also happens to be a Witch. Thing is, he is more of a Wiccan – he got into this thing for spiritual reasons, rather than magical reasons. So for a while now, he’s not been doing the magic(k) thing – really just working with Goddesses and Gods, and doing ritual celebrations on his own time.
He asked me what, if anything, I thought would be important things to know about spellcraft if/when one decided to go down that road. And here’s what immediately sprang to mind.
Have you ever used Bindrunes?
Bindrunes are one of my favorite, simple methods of working.
A Bindrune is a symbol made by combining two or more runes into one pictorial image.
It can represent a practical goal that you’re attempting to achieve – or a step on the way to that goal. Or it can also be a sort of magical monogram. This latter type is made by combining initials of a person’s name, in runic alphabet. Be we’ll focus on the practical Bindrune for this post.
Do you believe in magic?
I do. I’ve seen some things, in my 20+ years as a Shaman-Witch, that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt have happened because of a spell.
Thing is, though: they don’t always work, do they?
Someone asked me just the other day how I felt about learning Wicca, Witchcraft or other forms of Paganism or magic from a shelf of books. In all honesty, I have no problem with it. I’d prefer, in fact, that people would learn from books as opposed to the Internet any day. But in an ideal world, I’d rather students learn from actual teachers. I’m a huge proponent of Coven-based learning. But also know that I don’t insist every human being who wants to learn Witchcraft drop their lives and join a Coven. Truthfully, Coven-life (or even Witchcraft) is not for everyone. It is not a practice for the masses, regardless of what all the fun-loving gooey light and love authors want to tell you.
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.
Okay, I just have to say it right up front: I love this book. Dawn Rae Downton delivered a great modern mini-compendium of things we can do to get … well, vengeance (among other things). You have to check out The Little Book of Curses and Maledictions for Everyday Use.
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.