Hexing… The beliefs of a Wood Witch

Hexing… The beliefs of a Wood Witch March 12, 2018

Hexing… fist and foremost I want to say that these are my views and beliefs on the subject of cursing and hexing. I am not trying to start a wicked debate on the subject, nor a war. I’m also not subconsciously crying out to be told “I’m going to hell in a handbasket.” Instead a better understanding hopefully, of why some of us as witches choose to hex.

Hexing, cursing, bewitchment and alike are at the roots of Traditional Witchcraft. Witches where often sought out for their hexing and cursing abilities. Some folk needing viscous slander stopped from another, others wanting ill tidings sent to the family that rejected an arranged marriage proposal.

Marriage was everything for the women of those times. A means of being provided for, a standing in society, and a means to a voice when women alone had none. So darker love spells, or a glamour had to be a biggie on the list of darker workings.

There is plenty of folklore about witches and their hexing and cursing of those who had wronged them. That in itself being a possible part of what its about for those who choose to practice this dark art.

My very introduction into witchcraft was from Sybil Leek. A English traditional witch, a feisty crone, and a woman who stood up for what she believed in, right or wrong. Hexing and cursing being among them. Now this was at a time, when being extremely public about being a witch was not all that common, not to mention openly admitting hexing. So you can see how she’d stand out a bit in a crowd. Although I am in no way a follower of all her beliefs, I choose to honor her in the way of speaking out as she did, about my beliefs on hexing.

People every day find ways to bring karma or balance into their lives. We all seek some form of reckoning, some way to make life a bit more fair. We as witches are no different, we simply choose to do it in a more unique way. That I believe, being the true issue.

The child abuser, the asshole who treats animals poorly, the rapist, these are the more obvious reasons to hex.

Less obvious reasons could be the guy that binds his coworker who’s after his job, or the woman that binds the married man next store from continually hitting on her.
It’s about restoring the balance, about not taking things from people that you would not do yourself. It’s about release, a way to help turn the page in your life, it’s about justice.

When I decided that hexing was something that I wanted to do, I spent a considerable amount of time in meditation over it. I wanted to make sure that in both body and mind, that my decision was something that I was sure of, and truly believed in.

I have rituals I perform when I hex, it’s become a state of mind for me. I have a fetch that resides in some red coral branches. I wrap the branches in black cloth that’s been infused with henbane and dark moon water, placing it in a miniature wooden coffin where it resides. I feed the fetch sorrow, pain, agony, hatred, or rage to do my bidding. I burn herbs of the daemon, I inhale the smoke, I dance, I scream, I release, I conjure.

Hexing for me is an ancient art that I believe in and practice whole heartily. I don’t curse the guy in the grocery store line for being an idiot, although there are times one is tempted. I don’t believe in the “Three fold Law”, for me it’s more about the Web of Wyrd. It’s about balance, protection, prevention, self respect, and self love, and it’s a dark dance on a new moon in this witches wood…. )0(

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  • Taffy Dugan

    For me it’s not about the Rule of 3 but, what I have to do to put myself in the right mindset to curse. I ask myself if it’s worth it. Often it’s not but, sometimes it is.

    I also think about if opening up their heart is more powerful than cursing/ hexing. For example, sometimes the bully whose picking on my kids might be in emotional anguish themself. If so, they get love along with the slap down. They need to know what they’ve done is wrong (hello, I protect my kids) but, if helping that bully to heal can remove their sting and stop them from hurting others, then that’s what I’ll do.

  • That’s a great scenario, and your correct. If restoring balance is done so by kindness so be it. If it’s something that requires a repayment to restore balance then that would be the course of action to take as well. Thanks for sharing. Raven )0(

  • Taffy Dugan

    My previous comment wasn’t as genuine as I had thought it was at the time and, now that I reread it, was rather pompous. I apologize for quickly whipping off a couple of sentences and not checking to see if it truly reflected my opinion. I do stand by my statement about asking myself if the curse is worth it. I believe an unjust hex can come back to hurt you terribly even if it’s not three-fold. As you wrote, “It’s about balance, protection, prevention, self respect, and self love, and it’s a dark dance on a new moon in this witches wood.”

    I spent months planning and then executing a hex against a known child abuser. A man who had abused a friend and her family for many years. I helped to bring him to justice and now he’s in jail. It took a lot out of me but, it was worth it to save my friends and to stop future abuse. That curse was just and me not doing what I could to help would have resulted in me allowing harm to happen.

    Since I wrote my comment, I’ve been thinking about hexing and have been reading up on it. I’ve also asked those of whom I deeply respect. I’ve come to realize that it would be unethical of me to remove or heal the pain in another without their consent. Sure, I may have the best intentions but, it’s still wrong to work on another’s emotional well being with out them asking me to. I can block action and protect others but, messing with their psyche is something else.