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Open Source Magic

“I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics, or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle.” ~ Aleister Crowley am about to get heretical here. I’m going to admit to you why I do not take on students. It’s because I do not believe in gurus. I’m not talking about the original meaning of […]

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Breaking Tradition Or, How the Death of Modern Witchcraft is a Myth

“Witchcraft is already dead as a hag, as barren as the moon, as contaminated as the tar sands. Yet Witchcraft is born again in this sacred despoiled landscape, and will be despised as an abomination by those who cannot navigate by the candlelight of guttering stars. Those who seek to escape the fates and furies will learn that they are inexorable.” ~ Peter Grey, Apocalyptic Witchcraft odern witchcraft is changing its stripes. I need only to talk to elders and attend […]

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Catching and Binding Spirits

“Black spirits and white, red spirits and grey, come ye and come ye, come ye that may! Around and around, throughout and about, the good come in and the ill keep out.” ~ Doreen Valiente (based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth) here are many ways to catch a spirit and many different styles of traps to do it with. What is a spirit trap? It is a device used to trick a spirit into ensnaring itself much like a mouse trap baited with cheese […]

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Banishing, Depossessing, and Devouring

“Raise no more devils than you can lay down.” – German Proverb Let us be honest. There are endless ways, spells, and rituals to summon spirits, gods, and demons but when it comes to safeguards or banishing one when things go sour, our collective knowledge as modern witches and pagans is quite lacking. What do you do when a haunting, an escaped spirit, or a possession is out of your ability to handle? When so many of us barely believe […]

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For Fear of Flying

“Up on their brooms the Witches stream, Crooked and black in the crescent’s gleam; One foot high, and one foot low, Bearded, cloaked, and cowled, they go.” – Walter de la Mare he metaphorical witch’s broomstick is forgotten in the back of an old closet, covered in cobwebs and shrouded in darkness. No one has touched it in so long that it has forgotten its purpose. Those who have not touched it have forgotten how to use it, have even […]

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Tasseomancy

“The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second shatters my loneliness. The third causes the wrongs of life to fade gently from my recollection. The fourth purifies my soul. The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods” Chinese Mystic, Tang Dynasty y Scots-Canadian Grandmother taught me how to read tea leaves. I now possess her tea cup collection of bone china, gold paint, delicate handles, and endless colours and patterns. Sitting at her dining room […]

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Introduction to Traditional Witchcraft

This post is a brief overview of the presentation I gave to the Pagan Society at Simon Fraser University on March 10, 2015. The talk was not recorded, but I am able to provide the power point slides as well as links to articles and resources for those who missed the presentation and wish to learn more about Traditional Witchcraft. All links in bold will take you to my more in-depth writings on each subject. For a more detailed over-view of […]

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The Curse Collection

 dedicate this collection to the cause against the white-washing of witchcraft. It is only in the past few decades that some have tried to reclaim the title of witch to mean a loving, goddess worshipping, tree hugging, non-Christian. I do not view this as a service to witches. Despite the efforts of many this definition is only accepted by a portion of the Neopagan community. The rest of the world still sees witches as dark, mysterious, frightening, alluring, and yes, […]

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Lord of the Beasts Redux

nspired by my recent interview with Midwest man-in-black Steven Posch focusing on my illustration “Lord of the Beasts“, I had a sudden and very strong urge to re-work the five year old piece in my current black and white style. At first I intended to simply redo it as more bad-ass and less cute than the original illustration, but a completely new piece surfaced instead and he became more of a “Witch Father” than the previous “Lord of the Beasts”. Using only India […]

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The Heretic’s Rosary Project

The Heretic’s Rosary Project was two months in the making. The idea came first; to deconstruct and desecrate antique and vintage catholic rosaries and add talismans, charms, and animal relics that simply screamed folklore and witchcraft. Then it was quite the task to collect the right rosaries and the most interesting pieces, some old, some new, and some I made myself. There were late nights of sketching ideas and sorting through my beading stash and aptly named “box of dead things”. […]

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The Toad in the Ointment

It is warty, chubby, clumsy, adorable, and has a very long history of being associated with witches, the devil, and poison. The toad is a beloved symbol and familiar of we witches. I have long wanted a pet toad, just an ordinary little Western Toad (Bufo boreas, pictured), but have not wanted to tame one and keep it in a terrarium instead of its home in the wilds. I have instead been happy just to encounter them in nature whether saving one […]

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The Scots Reading List

 have been asked many times if I had a Scottish book list or if I could recommend some books on Scottish witchcraft. I never did get around to it before now, mainly because so many of the books are rare or out of print that I didn’t want such a list to be discouraging to the serious seeker. Luckily there are so many texts and bits of lore available online now that one can learn about Scottish folklore and witchcraft […]