The Blooming Staff: Getting Up on Our Stilts, or, Notes Toward a Manifesto of Catholic Decadence

Unlike the doomed protagonists of the Gothic novel and the later weird writers (H.P. Lovecraft and his circle), who attempted to subdue the forces of darkness with their philosophical reason and were crushed by the noumenal terror of a cosmos indifferent or hostile to humanity, the Decadent Catholics made themselves the villains of a gothic tale of their own making, an appropriate role for English Catholics who were the villains of the Protestant imaginary of the earlier generation. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: A Day in the Life of a Witch

A fellow traditional witch coming to stay the weekend is extra special and we always fill our schedules with magical pursuits. What follows is an abridged diary of a day in the life of a witch seeking spiritual gnosis. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Obliquity and Desire of Result

Economist John Kay recently wrote a book on something called “obliquity.” Essentially that complex goals require us to use indirect methods to achieve the goal. For instance, if you wanted stable reliable money from employment, you might get a computer science degree to augment that process. That is an indirect route to the goal. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: A Charm for Release

We have all known difficult people. Whether they are manipulative, disrespectful of boundaries, toxic or whatever the case may be, our lives improve when we sever our connection with them. Disconnecting is a nuanced and multifaceted process and metaphysical links have to be identified and severed as well. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Is Magick Real?

Is magick real? This is a question I am asked all the time, and to my ears it is a puzzle. Not the actual answer, but how the person gets to a point of asking it. You may as well ask if Science is real. Or Love. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: The Function of Spell Components

A witch gathers their spell components from a legend of traditional and personal correspondences and combines them to create a series of stepping stones for their magic to skip upon to the goal. [Read more…]

Full Frontal Magic: Practical Magic for Time Crunched Magicians

Adaptation in and of itself is a worthy magical skill, and adaptation to modern realities might require new methods. To adjust one’s magical practice to the realities of daily life ensures the suvivability of that practice. [Read more…]

Witch on Fire: Crafting Sovereignty at the Grand Sabbat

This Beltane, we brought both the pomp and ceremony of High Witchcraft plus the nitty-gritty, bare feet, howling at the moon, fire dancing and drumming into the night, of old-fashioned, tree-hugging, dirt-worshipping paganism. We rang the bell at the apex of Spring so loudly and proudly that there are Genus Loci all over eastern North Carolina still tingling with twitterpation, and looking for a smoke. Shazam, I tell you. SHAZAM! [Read more…]

Star Made Witch – Know Thyself

Perhaps the most pervasive and least understood advice in witchcraft is Know Thyself from the inscription over the entrance to the oracle at Delphi. Whereas other spiritual pursuits are not so heavily centered on self, but rather self-denial or even no self, witchcraft is about self possession. [Read more…]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Panic Mode

Have you ever gone into a panic about a perceived danger only to find out it wasn’t such a big deal after all? Sure it was big and yes, it was terrifying, but somehow it ended up alright. [Read more…]


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