Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Forums...bah

I have pages on numerous pagan social sites, though it's been a long long time, probably years (I don't really remember, it's been that long) since I've actually responded on their forums. At one of these sites, just this week, this title caught my eye..."Just What Is Gray Witchcraft?"...I hesitated (and now I really wish I would have just kept moving along, but alas, I'm thinking I have the answer to this question), so I responded with a brief answer in which I directed this individual to my books : The Gray Witch's Grimoire & Natural Magick the Gray Witch Way. It turned out to be the wrong thing to do, though for me it seems that any type of response within a forum is never quite right-- I'm not sure what it is, but it sort of reminds me of public school; I was just never on the same page with those people either. I was reprimanded for 'self-promotion', which it probably was; but I wasn't going to spend lots of time writing out an answer when I spent a year writing a book on the topic.

My response to the reprimand:

Sorry, C******, self-promotion wasn't my intention, but I can see your point. I answered the question as I did because I wrote a whole book on this topic that will give a clear picture of the gray witch and gray witchcraft, and it will give M***** a solid answer to her inquiry. My bad, but I don't know how else I would've answered-- and the topic is what caught my eye in the first place.

The response I received:

I don't begrudge anyone from earning a living or simply additional income. However, you didn't answer the question, you only used the question to promote your site and book: "For more information on gray witchcraft and the gray witch, to find out just exactly what it/she is and what it/she isn't, I'm going to direct you to my website and my books:". Except you gave NO information to provide "more" on. That's not answering the question, that's self-promotion. People come here because it's meant to provide the free exchange of information among practitioners. When books are suggested, they're by recommendation and critique. Of course an author will say their own book is worth buying. Had you actually contributed something of value it would have come off far less self-serving. Plus there isn't a definitive way to establish "grey witchcraft" as there are no absolutes, it's subjective and dependent on the individual and the situation. Magick itself has no color, it's the person who decides how it will be used. Each person has their own moral compass and what crosses what line. A book will only convey what the author personally thinks and adheres to, which may or may not correspond with the given reader.
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So I look at this hoity-toity response and I think to myself...No, there is no definitive way to describe anything, actually. It's all in the mind of the beholder, so in essence any opinion I would've left on the topic would've been like pouring water on a dead plant. And of course a book will convey the author's opinion, that goes without saying, duh...but that's the point. And I'm left to shake my head-- it's so damn weird. Pagans are noted for being 'Free Spirits', for breaking molds, for opening up new territories for train of thought, and yet when it comes to these damn tight little forums on these pithy little websites, they bind and rule themselves to death. I could've been snarky (and a bit egotistical) to have told them that some of these sites are gracious enough to put my book covers on their home pages (for which I'm very honored, by the way), but I already felt such negative vibes from this site and this individual that I just let it go.

I have deleted my account from this site. However, I'm keeping the name of the site, as well as the individual who responded, anonymous...just to avoid any problems in the future and to allow people who are happy at such sites to continue on, why make waves...but honestly, geesh...forums are for the birds.

My advice..."Lighten up!"




Friday, May 24, 2013

Money Chain, Money Charm...keep it going

I ran onto this at Tumblr, and although I don't usually get into the chain letter thing, this was just too intriguing to ignore, especially with the oddity and uniqueness of the timing and the extra days:

This year July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags. So copy this and money will arrive within 4 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui, the one who does not copy, will be without money. Figured I’d pass this on!

 
Just for a little extra "oomph":
 
3. Keep It Flowing
 
This is another spell based on hoodoo tradition-- gotta’ love it. It’s one of those money spells that won’t make you filthy rich, but it will protect you from running out of money for life’s essentials. (One of these days I’ll come up with a spell to make us filthy rich, until then, this will have to do.)

 Items needed:
 1. A small bowl or a decorative container that
resonates with your own energy

 2. Salt
3. Drawing powder

 4. Rice

 5. Crushed mint leaves

 6. An open safety pin-- for this spell I could also suggest, in place of a safety pin, a brooch that you will leave open, unclasped. This could be something that resonates with the idea of money, or in my case-- I used my grandmother’s brooch, a deceased family member who loved me and who would want me to have all that I needed, a family member who would help me in life any way that she could, and who will help me from the spirit world.

 Fill your bowl or open container with a handful or pinch of each of the ingredients listed above, depending on the size of your receptacle, usually an equal amount of every ingredient used. Within the center, place the unclasped safety pin or brooch. If you’ve used a brooch that belonged to a family member, it would be a good idea to include an invocation to this spirit, as well as a thank you for their help.

 Keep this bowl in an open place within your home, and when you feel it needs it, refresh the ingredients; perhaps at regular intervals, such
as every third full moon.
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The spell "Keep It Flowing" can be found in my book,
"The Gray Witch's Grimoire"
 
 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

How do you deal with hexes, curses, & negativity?

I get asked this question all the time, whether through emails or, as in this case, a comment left at my website. This individual had some very good points and this is a typical situation. The answer is really much more simple than you'd think:

The Question: I have been browsing around the internet for a place to inquire about a specific problem I have, and I am hoping you can answer my questions. I married a woman who is a wiccan (I guess that's what you'd call her) back in 2006. We did get divorced in 2011 but that unfortunately has not ended my problem. She has been casting curses upon me nonstop (she admitted to doing so multiple times) and now she's saying she isn't but nothing has changed. Basically, since I've known her I've been unable to hold down a job, my health has been affected, everything is always falling apart for me (it's much more complex than that but that's just a summary). Now as I said, she admitted to being responsible for all of this just 2 years ago and now she's saying it's not her, but everything's still the same. What am I to do at this point? I have asked her what she wants, what I can do to make peace with her, etc., but nothing has worked. Like when you're dealing with a witch that just hates you and wants you to suffer no matter what, what can be done? Thanks for your time.

My Answer: Magickally speaking, Chris, there are spells to throw back negative energy sent your way through hexes and curses. Mundanely speaking, you're still dealing with energy, the nasty energy of people's negative thoughts and wishes-- this is something you can also shield yourself from and rise above. I've dealt with plenty of people who weren't witches (and a couple who at least think they are), who have treated me badly...aside from actual spells to break their negative magick, it helps to put life (and these people) in perspective-- in the end, they are not important, their ill-wishes and negative feelings can only impact you *If You Let It*...in layman's terms-- you have the ability to tell them to fuck off (whether you do so literally to their face, or you do so figuratively in your own mind.)......and that's about all I have to say about this :P

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You'll find more information on protection/defensive magick at these links:

Protection Magick the Gray Witch Way, click Here

The following spells can be found in my book, "The Gray Witch's Grimoire" : hex; bind; binding negative behavior; return to sender; divide and conquer; bind me not; reverse the curse; breaking another witch's spell

Mojo bags for protection & retribution can be found in my book, "Tarot: A Witch's Journey" : (pages 226 and 235)

10/pentacles (Reversed)...the golden coins are falling away for someone, floating to the ground like huge soap bubbles going to pop when they hit bottom. If it's you this card is for, you're involved with a family situation, perhaps multi-generational. You're trying to conduct business without every member of your household being in on it, and this is where the trouble might lay. The idea of 'co-conspiracy' comes to mind, but also the idea of someone who feels left out, perhaps threatened in some way by all the secrecy they feel going on around them, paranoia and suspicion also come into play with this scenario. Of two people involved in this situation, one carries the value of honesty and loyalty, and the other does not-- know this and work from there. Money can be such a sticky subject, even among family, and sometimes especially among family.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spell Casting, Spell Crafting for Successful Magick

(Excerpt)...

Saturday: boy, oh boy, the planet is Saturn, the color is black, and this is “THE” day for revenge and retribution. I consider Saturday “Hoodoo Day”, and I can almost hear jazz music playing down the street and smell the incense burning while some old priestess is hunched over her bowl of chicken hearts cackling to herself. This is the day to magickally ‘clean house’. If there’s an idiot in your life, you can get rid of him today, just give Saturn a kick to wake it up and stand back so you don’t catch the fallout.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happy Beltaine!


Traditions: love/sex magic, leaping the bonfire to bring luck, dancing ‘round the Maypole, honoring garden and house spirits, fertility magic

Pagan Lore: The Maypole…in ancient Irish history there was a sacred tree believed to be the forerunner of the maypole. It was thought that dancing around this tree on Beltane would send energy to the womb of the Earth and awaken her.

May Day Baskets…comes from the ancient Beltane Eve tradition of a young man leaving a garland of flowers at the door of a young woman who has caught his eye. This was an invitation, and if accepted, the young couple would steal away for a night together in the forest, awaiting the Beltane sunrise. In modern times, the garland was replaced with a basket of sweets.

Youth and Beauty…it’s said that at sunrise on the morning of Beltane, those women wishing to recapture their youth, as well as all women wishing to retain their beauty, should go out into the grass at the break of dawn, sweep up the morning dew within their hands, and bathe their faces with it.

This holiday is one of the most Pagan. It is a celebration of fertility. To the modern world, it's more commonly known as May Day. What the Roman Church tried so hard to control, to portray as evil, sinful, or dirty is the very thing celebrated at Beltane...human sexuality. The ancient rites of Beltane celebrate the copulation of the God and the Goddess (the priest and the priestess); and in some Wiccan traditions this celebration of sexuality is honored with a ritual known as The Great Rite. What was once considered wonderfully human, delightful, a miracle of life, and in some cases a spiritual act, was degraded by the Roman Church, the same church which branded women as evil and with it the emotions of lust and passion. Modern-day Pagans have reclaimed the celebration of human sexuality and the miracle of fertility that accompanies it. People still dance around the Maypole, a phallic symbol, while they hold brightly colored streamers spilling from the top of this pole, symbolic
of the creative force of sex.

beltanecouple.jpg picture by Amythyst1
 
The information above was taken from,
 
Correspondences for Beltaine
 
Herbs: cinquefoil, frankincense, marigold, meadowsweet, woodruff
Altar Flowers/Herbs: daisy, hawthorn, lilac, primrose, wildflowers, rose
Feast Foods: barley cakes, oat cakes, red fruit, elderflower drinks, herbal salads
Animals: honey bees, cats, horses, rabbits, white cow
Incense: frankincense, lilac, passion flower, rose, vanilla
Rituals/Spells: bale fire, fertility magick, sex magick, handfasting, beauty magick, love spells, The Great Rite
 
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