All the Better to See You With

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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

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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 […]