Monday, April 13, 2015

Thank You, St. Expedite

Once again, you have come through for me in my time of need in a very quick and efficient manner. Thank you, St. Expedite! 

Hollywood Babylon (1991)

This is a 1991 documentary on the life and books of Kenneth Anger. Anger's main claim to fame were two books, Hollywood Babylon and it's sequel, Hollywood Babylon 2. If you haven't read them I would highly recommend them. The books are about old Hollywood from the golden era and contains a lot of seedy gossip and intrigue on the lives of various celebrities. Some of the information is wrong but overall both books are good. Kenneth Anger is also a filmmaker, though usually his work is more "artsy" as well as an occultist. Toward the end of the documentary he talks about magic.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Etsy Witch Warning

It's come to my attention that there are multiple self-styled witches on Etsy who are performing "spells" for paying clients. Many of them claim to practice hoodoo and are charging $100-$150 for a "spell". I've looked into them and the majority of them are simply lighting candles, usually 7 day glass candles, and are calling it a "spell", as if that's what real conjure workers do, just light a 7 day glass candle because that's the sum of what we know and do. That's what hoodoo is right? We just light a candle and be done with it.

For one, these witches are stealing clients from legitimate workers. For another, they are not actually practicing hoodoo. Finally, these witches are scamming people. Simply lighting a 7 day glass candle should not cost over a hundred dollars. I charge $30 to set a light using a 7 day glass candle. Most workers charge between $25-$50 for this service.

Just another reason why I can't stand these self-styled witches. This is how they come in an destroy. The people who go to them do not know they are being ripped off and they don't know enough about real hoodoo v.s. this self-styled witch shit to be able to tell the difference.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Root Doctor Rap

This little "rap" is taken from a documentary on Voodoo that I don't think has been released. The root worker in the video makes up a hand for a client. The hand consists of multiple John the Conqueror roots that have been smashed with a hammer, possibly to unleash the power in them, some herb that might be 5 finger grass and some powder that is either sachet powder or powdered sugar, I can't tell. Also note how much the root worker wets the hand with oil and that he sprayed the bag with a hoodoo aerosol spray. I remember on a forum once that I mentioned I saw a real-life worker spray a person down with a hoodoo aerosol spray and I was attacked and made fun of as if I made it up or didn't know what I was talking about. This guy is the real deal and he represents the style of real-life workers of days passed. He's a dying breed. Too bad I don't have his personal information nor do I even know if he's still alive.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Witch War

Since season two of WGN America's Salem is titled Witch War I thought I would write a bit about what a witch war is and why they are so bad.

A witch war, a.k.a. wizard duel, magician brawl, rootworker feud, etc. is when two magical practitioners begin to feud and more importantly, begin to throw for each other, to sling crossings, hexings, and curses back and forth at each other in an attempt to establish dominance by destroying the other practitioner. Witch wars rarely end well and even more importantly, rarely end quickly. Instead, they tend to be drawn out and can fester for years with no resolution.

What makes a witch war so bad is the tendency for innocent people, and even pets to accidentally get hit in the crossfire and suffer the consequences. The actual participants in the war tend to know enough on how to protect themselves to reverse any attacks making the victims be the unknowing public who has no idea this sort of thing takes place.

As a rule, I never throw for nor spiritually attack another worker. I may get mad or upset and say some stuff but I never stoop to doing any form of magic on another worker simply because I'm smart enough to realize that witch wars are incredible stupid, time-consuming and wasteful of one's power. All that energy that is directed toward trying to hurt another could be spent bettering my life. Instead, I rely on my spirit guides to warn me when I'm being attacked. They usually don't tell me who is doing it, only that there is something incoming and then I know I need to reverse it.

So there you have it. That's what a witch war is in a nutshell. I strongly caution the newbies out there to seriously think twice before trying to take on another worker. Even though I don't use conjure work against other workers I have been attacked by newbies who think they are all big and bad and all powerful. Unfortunately they tend to underestimate me or what I can do and usually suffer for it. And that reminds me of a very important bit of knowledge that practitioners should always keep in mind. You can't tell how powerful a person is by looking at them. You can't tell how powerful a person is by their online presence. Spiritual power is not firmly connected to physical power and so the signs of physical strength are not going to provide hints of how spiritually powerful a person is. There is always going to be somebody out there that is more powerful than you and if you go around biting off more than you can chew by throwing for that person then you could be in for a rude awakening. Also keep in mind that spiritual power can ebb and flow, wax and wane with time. So you may think that a person is weaker than you but then you end up trying to hit them when they are at a peak in their power and you will suffer the consequences.

So my best advise is to avoid succumbing to the temptation to perform conjure work on another worker. It's just not worth it. You may not come out on top and you may end up losing your life in the process.

Two of my favorite references to "witch wars" can be found in the 1963 Disney cartoon, The Sword In The Stone and in the 5th episode of the sixth season of Charmed titled Love's A Witch.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Is Not Named After A Pagan Goddess And Easter Traditions Are Not Pagan

Note: I'm not sure why my typing is all wonky below. I don't even know how to fix it. 

It's Easter-time again. One of the most popular myths that have been spread by both self-styled witches and pagans as well as certain types of Christians, is that Easter, the most important holiday in the Christian religion, was named after a pagan goddess. This is an error that takes some additional knowledge to be able to see through to the actual truth of the matter. It all started with this:

Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated "Paschal month", and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.
-Bede, De Temporum Ratione, Chapter 15. 

This is the only written reference to any goddess named "Eostre". There is zero corroborating evidence to indicate that such a goddess ever existed or was worshiped. And the reason why there is no evidence is because there never was such a goddess. Instead, what has occurred was a popular folk practice of personifying a feast or holiday and giving her a female form. For instance, there is a figure called Frau Perchta, Berchta or Bertha in English. She is similar to Frau Holle or Frau Hulda. Today she is viewed as a bogeyman figure or a witch that punishes lazy boys and girls during the 12 days of Christmas. Self-styled witches and pagans claim she is a surviving Germanic goddess. They are wrong. Frau Perchta is in fact a personification of the Feast of Epiphany. The name Perchta or Berchta, comes from the word Berchtentag, which is another name for the Feast of the Epiphany. Perchta/Berchta also means "shining, bright". Keep attention of that last bit because I will make a connection. 

Eostre is not a pagan goddess. She is the folk personification of Easter which Bede and possibly others confused with being a pagan goddess. Now for that connection I mentioned. Easter means "east, dawn, to shine". So we have two holidays that both mean "to shine" or which are connected to light and both have been personified into female figures. So clearly this was a trend of the time. These "to shine" names for the religious holidays possibly is a reference to them being holy or heavenly. 

So what about the Easter Bunny, dying eggs, Easter egg hunts, wearing new clothes, Easter lilies, etc. Isn't all of that stuff pagan?  NOPE! 

The overwhelming majority, if not all, modern Easter traditions only date back to the 1800s to Germany and to the same people who gave us the Christmas Tree, which is also not pagan. 

Well, what about Easter being so close to the Spring Equinox? Doesn't that mean that Christians stole that from the pagans? NOPE! The Easter story is firmly connected to Passover, not any pagan holiday. The date of Passover changes each year. So if Easter falls near the Spring Equinox then it's just a coincidence. The Spring Equinox will always be from March 20-23. Easter can fall well into late April. So there really is no attempt to try to steal a pagan Spring festival. Besides, the Spring Equinox was never a real big thing for ancient pagans. May Day (Beltane), a.k.a. or the night before, Walpurgisnacht, was the big fertility celebration of the year and it occurred on April 31-May 1.

I plan on writing some more blogs about uncovering the truth about a lot of stuff, especially from witches, that is being spread around that is wrong. In the meantime, I wish every reader a very happy Easter or Passover.

Trivia: Easter is not the proper name for the holiday. The proper name for the day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus is called Pascha. The Germanic peoples were using terms that meant "to shine" or "bright" for Christian religious days and so they called Pascha "Easter", from "east, dawn, to shine". The Saxons were a Germanic tribe which is why the English and Americans use the term Easter instead of Pascha. Today's personification of Easter would be the Easter Bunny, just like Santa Clause is the personification of Christmas.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Where There Real Witches In Salem?

While watching the special on the series Salem that I posted in the previous blog I wrote and will re-post below, I became fascinated with information I had long suspected and pondered, mainly that there was a kernel of truth to the Salem Witch Trials.

Salem Season One - The Witchcraft Of Salem

We've all been taught that the people arrested, tried and/or executed in Salem, let alone in Europe during the European Witch Hunts, were completely innocent, that there was and is no such thing as witches. However, from my viewpoint I take issue with this. The prevailing opinion today is just that, an opinion. People of the past firmly accepted the existence of magic, the supernatural and witchcraft. They were as real to the people then as the rising and setting sun. Additionally, the practice of folk magic was incredibly widespread. In a world without the science and medicine that we know today, magic was turned to for cures of common illnesses, afflictions, aches, and pains, be they physical or mental. Almost every single person took part in this aspect of magic. In fact, this "folk magic medicine" was so popular and widespread that it often wasn't viewed as magic at all. It was just "what you did" in such circumstances. Even today people do things that have zero medicinal value because it's been ingrained in them that "this is what you do" for this circumstance. Take putting butter on a burn. It has zero effect on the burn, usually does not stop the pain, or does so only temporarily, and does not help in the healing process. However, it's part of this magical body of lore that has survived the centuries and which people still perform because they have been taught as children that "this is what you do" for this circumstance. If you get burned, put some butter on it. Another classic example is rubbing a potato or apple on a wart and burying it.  So people didn't even recognize the healing folk magic they did to be actual magic. For them it was just as real to them as our medicine is real to us today.

In addition to folk medicine there were people who took things farther, using folk magic to effect reality. The most common would have been using magic for protection or to ward off evil. Most people did not have a problem with this form of magic. However, for the super-religious like the Puritans, any form of magic unconnected to folk medicine, would have been taboo. We know that Mary Sibley, a minor character of the Salem Witch Trials but who figures prominently in the series Salem, was practicing this sort of thing, more specifically, magic to detect witchcraft or determine the identities of witches. She did this openly and must not have realized that any form of magic would have raised eyebrows in Puritan society. So we do have proof that folk magic was being practiced in Salem. Mary Sibley would have been a "good" practitioner. However, every coin has an opposite side. If there were good practitioners of magic in Salem then there likely were bad practitioners as well, practitioners of folk magic that were motivated by jealousy, greed, desire for power, desire to steal another woman's man, desire to acquire another person's possessions, the desire to destroy a rival. Such people may have even gone all the way to actually selling their soul and making a pact with the Devil. If you are raised in a Judeo-Christian society and accept that world view and if you are desperate and suffer in poverty, ill health, or have suffered a great loss and have prayed to God with no relief you might be tempted to see what the other side has to offer.

Where there witches in Salem? If your definition of witchcraft is loose, meaning anyone who practices magic, then yes, there most assuredly were because we have record of folk magic being practiced in Salem. If you speak of the traditional concept of witches who sold their soul to Satan in return for powers then there were also likely to be people who believed they did just that and that they were witches. What we can rule out is that they definitely were not Wiccans, nor Pagans. They were practitioners of Christian folk magic with some possibly turning to the Devil out of evil desires or else in a time of need.

This is why I have written that "we", practitioners of folk magic traditions, not Wiccans, not Neopagans, are the real witches of old, though the good practitioners of our ranks would likely not identify as witches or use the witch label. It is we, good and evil practitioners of folk magic, who were targeted in the witch hunts. It is we who were arrested, tried and executed, not the wannabes of modern times.

Salem Season 2 - Witch War Special