April 9, 2019

Game of Thrones certainly has bewitched millions with its powerful mix of complex plots, breathtaking scenery, violence, sex, and magic. Witchcraft abounds in the television series, from shapeshifting to conjuring shadow spirit babies. Modern witchcraft shares many common practices with Game of Thrones, since George R.R. Martin drew heavily from the same sources who influenced modern witchcraft. From the nature of the spirits summoned to the symbols used, the witchery of Game of Thrones reflects the practices of witches today, and can provide inspiration for our own magic. Natural magic abounds in Westeros, but it’s what the characters do with it in their witchery that’s truly fascinating, especially how it relates to witchcraft today. Read more

April 2, 2019

Time to lighten up a bit, witches. Hekate is a complex, multi-faceted goddess with many different sides, just like her witches. That being said, we, like her, have a certain style that might be strongest. Or maybe we have two, or even three. She is the Three-Formed Goddess, after all. I’ve always felt that she has a sense of humor.  We can understand the energy of these characteristics, referred to as epithets, by exploring how they compare to our own personalities, and maybe even poking a bit of fun at ourselves. Know thyself is the only rule of witchcraft that matters, right? Here’s a list of some of her epithets with lighthearted descriptions of how they might be shown in her witches. Just for fun, which Hekate are you? Read more

March 27, 2019

White advantage is everywhere in modern witchcraft, from pop culture to the common Wheel of the Year. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, it is problematic when all this whiteness blinds us to the problems it causes for those who are from marginalized groups. However, there are ways those of us who want a more diverse witchcraft can be true allies. Diversity strengthens us personally and witchcraft as a whole.  Read more

March 26, 2019

Banishing, binding, cursing and hexing. Some consider these forms of witchcraft “baneful,” implying that these practices are inherently harmful. There are those who avoid these types of workings, instead focusing on “blessings.” However, baneful spells and spirits are a necessary part of witchcraft as a whole. Denying this is dangerous, much more so than working with such fierce energies. Read more

March 16, 2019

Witches, spring is upon us. While I’ll always prefer the glorious darkness of autumn, the wheel has turned  so it’s time to lean into the airy wonders of the season of becoming. There’s much Hekatean witchcraft to be worked during the spring, from celebrating her seasonal roles and companions, to sowing the seeds for our own Hekate’s Garden. Hail the Hekate of Spring! Read more

March 14, 2019

Practicing remote witchcraft on others involves directing energetic currents towards a destination, just like all magick does. The ever evolving world of modern witchcraft includes, for many, the practice of various energetic healing methods, especially Reiki. Along with these new methods being employed by witches has come the rise of social media. Together, they have combined into the common practice of distant energy work that is often seen on social media.  However, a lot of what happens with social media energy work is not witchcraft at all, but the requesting and sending of vague positive vibes. As a witch who’s concerned with such things as authenticity, this is problematic for many reasons, especially in the way that these pithy examples can make energy work, thus of all witchcraft, look trite. While I’m generally in favor of accessible witchcraft, these sorts of posts concern me. Those seeking energy may become discouraged and the senders can also lose faith. Read more

March 8, 2019

Once regarded as the favorite familiar of witches, rabbits have a long history of involvement in all forms of magick, from their power of transformation to their quickness. As a harbinger of seasonal change, rabbits contribute greatly to the Wheel of the Year. Much more than the March Hare or the Ostara Bunny, but yet it’s in spring when the call of the rabbit urges us to get back outside, to get of the couch, and get busy (in more ways than one). Honor those witches of old by adopting their practice of transforming into rabbit to bring about personal rebirth using ecstatic dance. Read more

March 7, 2019

Witches collect the souls of the spirits summoned. We crave the essence of all that life has to offer, from other people to stone spirits. Witches go beyond being an empath by using the souls connected and collected in their magick. Soul collecting has always been associated with witchcraft and the entities associated with us. Although reviled by those who seek to control our natural powers, soul collecting is far from evil. It’s an inherent part of witchcraft. How we use it is entirely up to us. There are several signs of being a soul collector, from mundane to spiritual. Toxic soul collecting is often not the work of witches, but of psychopaths both human and etheric. Claiming soul collecting power as our right enables us to heal and to practice witchcraft that speaks truth.  Read more

February 27, 2019

Hekate’s Horde has followed her throughout the centuries, enduring the same sort of vilification that she has. Phantoms, demons and the restless dead. This collection of outcast souls and reviled spirits is a blessing for her witches and bane for the uninitiated.  Read more

February 23, 2019

You say you put your goddess on a shelf, and that she comes at your command. I don’t understand. My goddesses are wild and free. Why is it that some try to reduce the powers of eternal, timeless, limitless forces known to us as the deities? I’ve always struggled to understand this need to constrain goddesses. To deny their power. To shove them into statues that we can rub like a magic lamp to get whatever we need instantly. I truly don’t understand. Read more

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