May 4, 2019

In Backwoods Witchcraft: Conjure & Folk Magic from Appalachia, Jake Richards shares his memories of growing up with Appalachian folk magic practices as they were passed on to him through generations within his family. In so doing he offers a snapshot in time, recording and preserving a tradition of American folk practices, many of which are being forgotten in the post-industrial age. Richards presents family stories and experiences that came with learning the charms and formulas themselves. In doing so… Read more

May 1, 2019

I had a great time and the conversation also got into the topics of the politics of calling onself a witch, worship, deities, spirits, and archetypes, Carl Jung, service to others, power, and my upcoming book Psychic Witch. Read more

April 26, 2019

You can be taught witchcraft, but you cannot be taught to be a witch. This may seem like an odd statement from someone who teaches witchcraft for a living and has written a forthcoming book on witchcraft, but it’s the truth. Read more

April 13, 2019

There are a few things that come to mind. The first is to not get trapped in the aesthetics, which is easy to do. Witchcraft has a glamoury about it – glamoury in the sense of an illusory spell with an aura of attraction, and the aesthetic is definitely a big part of that. The glamour of witchcraft can prevent folks from diving deeper into its mysteries if they never go beyond that. Now I’m not saying the aesthetics are inherently wrong or bad. I grew up as a goth kid and I love my spooky stuff and a nice witchy aesthetic. But in there’s so much more to witchcraft than that. In some ways I think it can serve as a ward, preventing folks from moving deeper if they can’t go beyond that. Read more

April 13, 2019

Blackthorn is an amazing fount of knowledge and wisdom when it comes to the topic of working with plants and creating formulas and this exudes from the book without overwhelming the reader with too much information or advanced occult philosophy, making Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic practical and approachable for any reader. Read more

March 31, 2019

Along with limiting themselves, one of the things I constantly see people do is curse themselves. Many witches acknowledge that a curse doesn’t have to be formal, but rather strong negative energy directed at someone, which has given rise in history to concepts such as “The Evil Eye.” If ordinary people are able to curse in this manner it would only make sense that one who is an actively practicing witch can do so more powerfully. It also becomes pretty obvious that what we can do to another we can do to ourselves. Read more

March 24, 2019

A lot of our understanding of “Traditional Craft” is based on information from witch trials and folklore. So this is where I think many people seem to overlook something very obvious in regards to “lightworkers”. If people practiced what we call lightworking today, they would without a doubt have been tried and executed for Witchcraft without any debate on it. That’s because lightworking and the new age is perhaps the closest path to that of the witch and one with the most overlapping of practices, whether we go about it through the same means or not or we use a different vocabulary. Whether witches or lightworkers want to admit it to themselves. Read more

March 22, 2019

Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path by Daniel Schulke was partially what I was expecting it to be yet was still refreshingly full of surprises in its contents. What I was expecting was fantastic insights on poisonous plants through a lens that only someone like Schulke can. However, the book’s scope is so much more than just baneful flora within a magical context and included toxic and poisonous elements found within the corpses of humans and animals along with their effects. Read more

March 21, 2019

An Carow Gwyn: Sorcery and the Ancient Fayerie Faith by Robin Artisson is his most complete work to date. What I mean by that is that within this book he provides a complete in-depth system of sorcery unlike any of his previous works. As the title suggests, the book is focused on the relationship between sorcerer and the fayerie. The book is massive coming in at 556 pages and being close to his anthology of musings Letters From The Devil’s Forest. Read more

March 11, 2019

My heart is a bit heavier than normal today. With the passing of Raven Grimassi, we have lost another great witchcraft elder. Raven Grimassi is within the five most influential witches on my own path, and I know he was for many people as well. There’s a profound depth to Grimassi that had to be experienced in person. He was a man very dedicated to the deeper mysteries of witchcraft, the earth, and the spirits. He spoke with a sense of wisdom, stillness, and clarity that can only come from decades of such deep connecti Read more

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