A Magickal Use for Anger

A Magickal Use for Anger January 18, 2019

Anger. Let it go, right? A lot of modern, spiritual practices (Witchcraft and Pagan included) focus on letting anger go. But when we rush to let go of anger, we miss out on the information it’s giving us. In talking with our anger, we can find its Magickal purpose. This furthers our work and helps our own growth.

 “Anger is toxic.” “Anger is useless.” “Just let it go….” 

Most of the time, I agree. I was a very angry young adult–furious at the world after experiencing decades of abuse (as well as watching George Dubya steal an election). Anger was my default setting. I deliberately stayed mad at people who wronged me, thinking that letting it go meant letting them off. Eventually, all that anger left me sad and lonely as people couldn’t get close to me.  Through Magickal work and plain old maturity, anger stopped being a main player in my life.

But it still happens.

Anger isn’t inherently negative. Anger is also information. It lets us know when something isn’t right. It calls attention to what needs changing or fixing. Always rushing immediately to “letting it go” denies anger the chance to do its work.

Over the weekend, I got angry. I honestly can’t remember the last time I was so enraged. It was an anger that distracted me to the point that I couldn’t work. I couldn’t even sleep. The emotion wasn’t only unproductive–it was counter-productive.

I should just “let the anger go,” I thought. But how? I didn’t feel like *I* had the anger. I felt like the anger had me.

What was I to do with it?

1.) I acknowledged the information my anger offered.

Clearly, I still have healing to do around some past events. A LOT of healing. I added that to my task list for this upcoming eclipse. 

2.) I thanked anger for appearing in the way that it did.

My need to heal would have manifested eventually. The injury in need of healing could have come through depression or illness (either spiritual or physical). Instead, it came through a series of text messages. Getting those text messages weren’t comfortable, but the person I was angry with wasn’t in the room and they wouldn’t pick up their phone when I called. I couldn’t say anything that I would later regret.

3.) I took control of the anger.

In the past, I would have held onto the anger until the other person apologized to me in the manner that I felt was appropriate. But that time may never come. And that person may never apologize in the way I think they “should.” I embraced the start and end of my anger, on my own terms–not putting it in someone else’s hands.

4.) I asked anger what I could do with it that would be productive. And I immediately got a vision of 45’s wall.

I am angry at this shutdown, this president, this idea of a physical monument to racism and classism ruining communities and natural areas.

5.) I seized my tool–my Altar wand.

I channeled every piece of that anger through the wand and faced it south–envisioning that white-hot anger knocking down the wall, brick by brick. Most of that wall is not built yet, so I was focusing on tearing down the idea of the wall.

It wasn’t about letting it go. It was about putting it to use.

I hope I did some good.

 

About Courtney Weber
Courtney Weber is a Witch, author, Tarot adviser, and activist. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself, and the forthcoming The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might. She is a co-host of That Witch Life podcast. Courtney produced and designed Tarot of the Boroughs, a modern tarot deck set in New York City. She has been featured in the New York Times, Maxim, Playboy, Huffington Post, Vice, and the Thom Hartmann Show. Visit her online at www.thecocowitch.com. You can read more about the author here.

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  • Channeling anger into something constructive is a real good idea.

  • Wired4Reality

    I have been telling my wife that 2019 is the Year of the Warrior – the year I take no sh it. It means speaking up when I would be silent – it means taking action when I would be still. My anger, I find, is focusing me – forcing me to PAY ATTENTION. You can’t forge a blade when it’s cold – the iron has to be hot. Only through this terrible state of molecular annihilation and transformation can you really begin to shape what you want. But with that comes the need to acknowledge when it’s time to plunge that blade into the ice-cold bath.

    All in moderation, I guess.

  • Amanda

    I really like this analogy. Thank you for sharing.

  • Curt Clark

    I understand this way too well. These days, it feels like anger is the only remaining fuel I have left for my magick anymore. Rechanneling that anger is the only healthy way to deal with it…I’ve tried letting it go but for me, that just buries it, makes it come out again (and worse) somewhere down the line.

    I suppose I still have some maturing to do myself, but transforming that anger into intention is a lot healthier than bottling it up and taking it out on someone I love.

  • Sirona Rose

    I feel that the notion of “letting go” of anger is one of the new age (or what I like to call Neo-Christainity) belief. Any one that works with the Occult knows that each emotion has a purpose, and all are ones of teaching. Anger is a justified emotion, one that can be used to create wonderful things. Working through the emotions helps us grow in our Spiritual self. In our Spiritual walk, we undergo many transformations. This is one of many things that I have seen spilled over into Paganism and Witchcraft that doesnt belong

  • Monica V Lucas

    Thank you for this. I was so angry that I completely forgot to channel it and send it away to good purpose. And I’m with you, the wall is a great target.

  • David West

    This is a great post for people to see. Even if they don’t spellcast ( as I don’t ).
    I find anger can be very creative physically, giving you strength to sort out things even when you were tired before you got angry.
    The important thing, I find, is to know where to focus it creatively to do some good. It’s easy to get angry at the wrong things or people, not so easy to use it to build something.