Love Spells


“A woman could want a man so much she might vomit in the kitchen sink or cry so fiercely blood would form in the corners of her eyes. She put her hand to her throat as though someone were strangling her, but really she was choking on all that love she thought she’d needed so badly. What had she thought, that love was a toy, something easy and sweet, just to play with? Real love was dangerous, it got you […]

All the Better to See You With


Be practical, waste nothing. Save the eyes to see the unseen, to have visions, and dream dreams. Preserve them and keep them to see like the animal and better shift your shape into feather, fur, or silver skin. Eyes to spy. Wear them around your neck or place them under you head to see through the eyes of their living kind far away. Eyes to send the evil eye. Eyes to bind and blind. Eyes to stab and curse. An […]

The Ethics of Malevolence

So I totally stole the title from a chapter in Emma Wilby’s Visions of Isobel Gowdie. It was a wonderful chapter covering the moral dilemma of cursing and why there are actually ethics and good reasons behind cursing people. Wilby divides curses into two types: public curses and private curses. Public curses belong more to common non-magical folk and are either verbal, spoken in front of the receiver and/or an audience, or they can be in the form of poppets […]

Solanum: The Poison Plants of Witchcraft


Once a long long time ago when humans could commune with plants, the spirits of the dead, and the gods the people learned of the Solanaceae genus of plants  – of both their great powers and their dangers. But those who knew of the secrets of these plants were greatly feared and cast out of society as the Solanaceae could bring entire kingdoms to their knees. And it did, many times, when those who knew their secrets used them against […]