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There's an article called "Managing Our Darkest Hatreds and Fears: Witchcraft from the Middle Ages to Brett Kavanaugh" by historian Diane Purkiss, written one year ago (Athenaeum Review, issue 3, Fall/Winter 2020). She considers the perspective on what we can call ' pagan tradition' in the modern way of understanding witchcraft by some groups. Tha article points to the way witchcraft has been taking part of cultural mainstream regarding practice and paganism, and how medieval witchcraft is (mis)understood in these contexts. I think that it is a must read (by the way, she has interesting books) in its best critical perspective. It echoes some points I have been thinking of personally about the same topics (politics, practice, tradition, modern paganism, etc). If you have the time to take a look, it would be good to know what do you think.
Once I found out the Viking might be leaving, I knew I would have to find someone new to carry the charm. Naturally, this stressed me out. However, it being solstice weekend, and with things going all too well on other fronts (such as my love life, which turned out to be a handful of mashed up dead leaves aka faerie gold 😕), I whispered my need to the spirit of the store and knew it would be taken care of. (The masks are great for things like this, ya know?) For the sake of privacy, we'll go with the names I created for the people helping me carry the energy of the ward = The Warrior, The Viking, BB Witch, and now The Guardian of Produce, who I'll call GP, for the sake of brevity. Oh snap. Not two hours later, one of my friends pulled me aside. "He said he put a love spell on me, that was the day I met Boyfriend! He just confessed he practices magick... I think GP is the one to carry Viking's charm! You should ask him..." Skip ahead. I made GP a new charm, from dragon's blood ink and charcoal. The first tip off was when he got really excited, wanting to know every way he could help. I told him who the other people were, and walked him around the store to know the locations of the charms for the ward. He said he would connect with the Viking and find out the deets on the center charm. That night, I was awoken twice to hear his true name in my head. The first thought in my brain? Oh what? It isn't a fluke? -- Previously to this, I had only energetically connected to the Warrior in a similar manner. The Warrior is the only one who doesn't want to be involved beyond lending his energy, and that's valid, so I never mentioned it to him. Over the course of conversation with GP last night, I realized why I never connected with Viking and BB Witch, and why their connections seem so "dead". It's because they not only lied about wanting to be involved, but they also don't believe in the ward, and are just playing around with things they don't understand. They were placeholders, until their charms could be passed on to people who weren't ready yet. My spirits confirmed that BB Witch is a liar, and GP's conversation with Viking came out, proving that the Viking simply does not care and just pays lip service (and is a bit afraid of me, which is sad). Nevertheless, even with their lack of connection, the ward has held. No one at the store has gotten the virus. For a shop right next to the airport, where everyone from the Lower 48 comes (they don't enforce quarantine here, and customers hardly wear masks), that's pretty amazing. As for what to do with BB Witch and the Viking's charms, GP suggested my friend(BB Bat) take BB Witch's. She knows about the ward and has started her Path recently. He's also in love with her which may or may not have influenced his suggestion, so I asked my ancestors and they said "she must be ready. It must happen soon." They also suggested someone else to carry the Viking's charm, but as for that one... I don't know. I ask him for protection when I have to check on the ward, through our shared psychic connection, but we hardly ever speak to one another. Yet he hears me, for on those days he always is around me, as though by his presence he is protecting me from unseen dangers (that's his mundane job, to top it off, lol). Where to go from here? Well, who can say? All I know is that this is the reason I was meant to stay at the store, and that since leaving my ex the unseen has come to my aid more times than I can count. And I have paid it back, by becoming the witch I was always supposed to be. Somewhere in the past, time loops. The me that came before, she did a ward like this one. But I don't think she had enough help. I think she died, trying to hold back the dark all alone.
Hilariously, my Jupiter rite was in a lot of ways, a bust. I'm used to spirit communication, I've done goetic conjurations and though I'm a bit out of practice I feel like all my psychic centers are open and healthy...I guess I was expecting...More? I feel the Jupiter current in my sphere of influence, but It's incredibly subtle... So I preformed the Jupiter rite on the hour of Jupiter on the day of Jupiter (last Thursday). I began the ritual by creating the lamen of Sachiel (archangel of Jupiter). The very second I began drawing the out the lamen, I was bombarded with the impression that I wasn't ready. "Not ready as in I started to early/late?" I thought to myself "Not ready as in I'm not ready for this ritual?" "nonono it's all in my head, just my subconscious trying to get my conscious to chicken out, I've got this". And carry on I did...Until I came time to inscribe the name and sigil of the archangel in the middle of the seal. I thought to myself "That's odd, why would a lamen calling on an angel have four inverse pentagrams on it?". I realized I was messing up when I began writing the name upside down.."OMG! I'm drawing the seal upside down because I'm holding the book upside down!" Witchcraft 101: Come to the ritual PREPARED! All ducks in a row... My excitement and deep desire to do well got the best of me. I got the impression that the spirits were annoyed with me, I kept feeling like they were sighing, feet tapping, arms crossed. I got emotional and felt tears well up in my eyes (something that's never happened in ritual before) as I began making a new lamen. I then went about the ritual, consecrating the space, making the circle etc...All went well. Then I got to the point in the ritual where you meditate on the symbols of the planet and it's intelligence. I felt it necessary to apologize out loud and to make my specific requests. I never got a confirmation that I was heard or anything. The only message I was given was "You are ready for deep companionship, but you are not ready for love". Love is not the most powerful force in my life so I expected to hear something like that...But from Venus not Jupiter! Geez....I closed out the ritual and dismissed the spirits. After the ritual a line form a song I enjoy popped into my head: "well, didn't you know that I'm apart of you? didn't you know I need you to help me through? Please, don't turn your back on me." I interpreted that as Jupiter saying "Dumbass, all the blessings you want are sitting there waiting for you. get your shit together and then you can receive them". I also took it as them telling me not to be upset and to not turn away from them. Just, come back when I'm really ready to make it happen. Funny, it took calling upon the powers of Jupiter to realize that what I really need is the discipline and courage that only Mars can bring. What I've experienced since the rite: The night of and day after the rite I was very depressed and emotional. I just wanted a hug. Then I realized that at the end of the day all we truly have is ourselves. thus began an obsession with all things financial ( better checking account, building credit, better savings account, saving more etc), a desire to go to work every single day, I don't even want an off day. An over all obsession with organization. From papers and files to old check stubs and receipts, from medical expenses to making an eating out budget. Only tim will tell whats next. Jupiter down, Mars is next!