Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Please Stop Asking Me For A Spell Caster In Your Area

I know people mean well but when a person emails me asking me for the phone number or address of a worker or spell caster in their area/city it immediately sets my warning bells off and here's why.

You don't just call up a spell caster. You don't just pull up in their driveway and knock on their door and say you need help with a spell. You just don't. Anyone who contacts me who is operating under this assumption makes me realize that this person is an outsider, has no experience or understanding of this, and could very well be mentally ill.

I've blogged on this before but I guess I have to continuously repeat myself until certain people get it.

Conjure workers and spell casters are like drug dealers. I'm not saying they are evil or criminals, I'm saying that it's a similar process. A person just doesn't show up at a drug dealer's home and ask for drugs. Anyone who is stupid enough to do that is putting their safety at risk. You could get the shit beat out of you or worse. Likewise you don't just show up on a conjure worker's porch and just assume that you are going to get what you want.

Instead, to get an in-person audience with a conjure worker or spell caster you have to have someone who vouches for you, meaning you were referred by a past client of theirs or you have someone who is acting as a go-between to help you.

If you ask me for the contact information of a worker or caster in your city because you want to see them in person then I will tell you that I may or may not know workers and casters in your city. Assuming I did know some I would never give you their information because I don't know you. I'm not going out on a limb for a stranger and risk upsetting another worker because you turn out to be a raving lunatic or a client from hell.

Also, I've had the pleasure of coming home to find someone on my porch who I don't know and have never talked to who knew me and what I do. This person was a lunatic and was obviously troubled. So I've been on the receiving end of this and I know how it feels and I would never do that to another worker.

Another thing I want to discuss here is why people insist on seeing a worker in person. It's perfectly understandable for an older person to insist on seeing a worker in person. That's how it's worked for centuries. However, today when a young person insists that they have to see a worker in person then it's usually because they believe they can talk a worker into doing shit for them for free or because they are lunatics.

So to sum it up, if you don't know someone who knows a local worker and who can vouch for you then you most likely aren't going to be able to see a worker/caster in person. You can do your homework and research and if you play your cards right you just might get to see one but it's going to take time. Learn the process and play by the rules.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Reminder For The Halloween Season

Every year I remind my readers around Halloween time that now is the perfect time to stock up on some goodies that are available now in local stores but may be hard to find during the rest of the year. Well, today's the time for such reminder!

Some hints of what can be found in stores around Halloween time which can prove useful in your conjure work:

-Black candles
-Orange candles
-Skull candles
-Spooky accouterments (candle holders, altar cloths, & decor) for your altar

Try stores like Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar (and other dollar stores), CVS, Walgreens, Party Galaxy, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, as well as Halloween-themed stores like Spirit.

Walmart has large skull candles for only $3 something. They have both white and black ones. I picked up 6 the last time I went. Some years you can find really interesting stuff. Before I bought my large crystal ball I had a small faux-crystal ball that I bought at Party Galaxy for about $10. It was a glass globe filled with water and secured on a gold-colored base. It looked like a genuine crystal ball. However, some of the other ones had small air bubbles in them that ruined the effect. I ended up giving it as a gift to a friend once I purchase my genuine crystal ball.

Sometimes you will truly hit the jackpot so to speak. One year Dollar Tree had jumbo black candles that came in a pack of two for just $1. I bought all of their stock. The woman who checked me out gave the suspicious look when I unloaded twenty-something packs of candles on the counter! LOL

Now is also the time to stock up on gifts for a magically-inclined friend or loved one. Spirit has a lot of stuff that would appeal to a magical practitioner, such as Ouija board nick-knacks and novelties, actual Ouija boards, Magic 8 Balls, blank spell books, etc. The one by myself has these cool Ouija board hand towels that I thought would be cool. I decided to pass on them as I already have a couple of Halloween hand towels that I use on my altars and work space that I use to clean and dry my hands.

If you have Wiccan friends or family then don't let this opportunity pass you by. Lots of witch-themed gifts and novelties, talking about witch and black cat figurines, jewelry (one year Spirit had some very authentic looking pentacle jewelry), and lots of signs like "The Witch Is In!", "Witches Parking Only: All Others Will Be Toad", and the like. One year Spirit had these awesome staffs for sale. They were reminiscent of something Gandalf from Lord of the Rings would have.

When going shopping just be observant and open minded. You may come across stuff that you may not have thought about before. For example, if you work with Native American spirits then you may be shocked that many Halloween-themed stores will carry things like peace pipes, tomahawks, flutes, medicine bags, dream catchers, and the like which can be used as decorations and offerings.

Happy Haunting! :)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Make Your Own Broom

Don't want to purchase a broom to use for cleansing? Here's a nifty project that is perfect for Halloween time. I like to make these as decorations for Halloween and for gifts. After you make your broom you can decorate it with Halloween ribbon and fall leaves. I place one outside my front door with a pumpkin and a fake black cat.

What is not shown in the video is that the straw needs to be soaked in water for about 15-30 minutes before you make it. Then you take them out of the water and the pat them dry with an old towel.

If this is not your thing you can also buy a cinnamon broom and then cut it apart. Arrange this around a stick and tie off. You can't really bend these over like with straw so just do your best to arrange them on a stick and tie them off.

You can also use other items like raffia, birch twigs (or other small twigs), or even tall grass with sturdy stems (you have to harvest yourself from nature). If you are making it for decorations birch twigs or any small twigs look really cool for Halloween decorations. However, if you are making it for normal use or for cleansing purposes then you will want something a bit softer.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kratom Update

The DEA has officially withdrawn it's proposal to make Kratom a Schedule 1 drug. Many might claim this as a victory but I assure you that the battle is not over. You see, the reason why the DEA has backtracked is because numerous congressmen and senators advised the DEA that any implementation of their proposed ban on Kratom would be illegal as they did not follow the law with regard to allowing a time for public commentary first. So this is what is happening now.

The DEA has now opened up public commentary with a deadline of December 1, 2016. I will post more links as to how readers may respond and make sure their voices are heard. This also means that it is still perfectly legal to sell, buy, possess and use Kratom at least until December 1.

A good thing about this is that if after the public commentary phase has concluded and the DEA then chooses to disregard public opinion and proceed with a ban, then this leaves them vulnerable to lawsuits which may tie up any implementation of such ban for years to come and may get it overturned.

As I stated in the my previous blog, it's important to strike before the DEA officially classifies a compound as a Schedule 1 as the likelihood of such compound ever being removed from this list is extremely remote. This is how the DEA makes their money and they aren't going to give up their cash cow despite how horribly wrong they would be.

Just to restate a little info about Kratom for my readers who are unaware, Kratom is an Asian herb that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for the treatment of pain. It possesses two molecules that interact with the opiod receptors in the brain which give it it's pain-relieving abilities. Kratom is a relative of the coffee plant and is not dangerous. Ingesting Kratom does not make you high such as other drugs that are currently classified as a Schedule 1 drugs do. Instead, ingesting  Kratom in small doses makes you relaxed and a bit more energetic and helps you to focus, as well as alleviates pain, and ingestion in larger doses invokes a sedative effect. It is perfectly safe and I do recommend my readers to try it out for themselves so that they can see that it is not harmful or dangerous.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Black Lives Matter and White Privilege

I'm going to intentionally keep this blog entry short and sweet. There's no need for a lengthy essay when it is far easier to communicate my feelings with a few paragraphs.

I've found that many white people have problems understanding the Black Lives Matter movement. Many white people seem to incorrectly perceive that protesters are claiming that black lives are more important than the lives of other people. This couldn't be more wrong. "Black lives matter" is a response to the perceived notion that black lives do not matter, and especially to police who seem to readily shoot and kill mostly unarmed black men and then get away with just a slap on the wrist. Meanwhile, police are perceived to be very hesitant about shooting unarmed white men. It's almost as if police go out of their way to not shoot and kill white men, resorting to using tasers, bean bag guns, and other means, while black men are immediately shot and killed.

The problem here is something called "white privilege". Many white people do not think that such a thing exists but it assuredly does. Many of these people wrongly conclude that since they themselves are not wealthy or have positions of power that such does not apply to them. They would be wrong. Think of it like this. Ask a woman if she thinks that there is such a thing as "male privilege". Most likely she will answer yes. Most women will agree that there is indeed male privilege. However, most men would deny that such a thing exists and even though the double standards imposed upon women are quite blatant. If a man is in touch with his sexuality then he is praised and patted on the back. If a woman is in touch with her sexuality then she is a slut. Males can act horribly and their actions are dismissed with, "Well, boys will be boys!", meanwhile women are taken to task over insignificant character faults.  Well, the same applies for white privilege. So it doesn't matter if you live in a shack, don't have a car, or are on welfare. If you are white you automatically are born into a state of privilege over minorities.

I came across a picture on FaceBook that I can no longer find or else I would post it here. It sums up white privilege by showing how the media treats white and black people different. There were two pictures of looters wading through water after Katrina. One picture had white looters. The second picture had black looters. The captions were completely different. The caption for the black looters correctly stated that they were looters. The caption for the white looters stated that they found supplies. So blacks are looting and whites are just finding supplies. This is white privilege.

Now, the Black Lives Matter movement is not perfect. I openly critique them for not self-censoring certain violent hate-speech that certain protesters have been using. I also find fault with their allowing of uneducated and inarticulate leaders to be their voice. A leader needs to be intelligent and well spoken in order to be effective. Hate speech and threats of violence against white people in retaliation for perceived wrongs will ultimately doom the movement unless members begin to voluntarily clean house and remove people who continue to engage in such behavior. If the Black Lives Matter movement can do this then they will become a power to be reckoned with and will see great strides and victories leading to real change. Failure to do this and the movement will just fizzle out with time. Only time can tell what will be. However, it's time white people wake up to this reality. This only started with how the police are killing unarmed black men at a rate nowhere similar to unarmed white men and is just an introduction to a real problem with our society as a whole, one that can be fixed.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Semi-Victory In Kratom Battle

As my blog readers know, the DEA announced that it was going to classify Kratom, a benign Asian herb that has been used for centuries to treat pain, anxiety, and the stresses of work, as a Schedule 1 drug, putting it in the same category as heroin, cocaine, meth and similar drugs. The change was supposed to take place on September 30, 2016.

As you may have guessed, the public issued forth an outcry. Kratom users banded together and to protest and take action against the DEA and hopefully prevent such from happening. To date, Bernie Sanders and 10 other bipartisan senators have sent the DEA a "Dear Colleague" letter, asking the DEA to delay it's decision to classify Kratom as a schedule 1 drug. Additionally, 51 members of Congress have sent letters to the DEA and to the White House to urge them to stop this ban as well.  So far it seems to have worked. The ban that was supposed to go into effect on September 30, has yet to be enforced.

Although it is still currently legal to sell, buy, possess, and use Kratom, the battle is not over. More than likely the DEA is just taking a breather to give the impression that is considering public opinion. Do not be discouraged if the DEA continues with it's plan in months or even a few years into the future. We will still have to fight to ensure that the DEA does not do what it plans to with regards to Kratom.

The DEA has insisted that Kratom is dangerous and that people have died from taking it. In reality, not a single person has died from taking Kratom alone. All of the handful of deaths have been from persons who had multiple drugs in their system. Some of these cases involved people dying because they thought they were taking Kratom extract but were in fact taking Tramadol, a deceptive and dangerous trick made by certain unscrupulous sellers.

Kratom contains two main molecules that give it's pain-relieving and sedating qualities. These molecules work by interacting with the opiod receptors in the brain. Though Kratom works in the same way that an opiod does, it is in fact not an actual opiod, and as such, does not produce the same high and dependency that opiods can cause, assuming it is not abused. Any substance can be abused and it's been reported that users who take Kratom multiple times a day for extended periods of time may develop withdrawal symptoms similar to caffeine withdrawal. This should not come as a big surprise since Kratom is related to the coffee plant.

I urge all my readers to give the herb a try to see for themselves that this is not a dangerous plant. I've used Kratom off and on for pain relief and it works. When purchasing Kratom I opt for the standard powdered leaf, though extracts and powders that have been sprayed with extracts, are also available. A dose for me is just shy of half a teaspoon. I use a plastic spoon to dump the powder in my mouth and then quickly take a drink and swish it around in my mouth and swallow. This method is called "toss and wash", which is pretty much the easiest way to take Kratom. Other methods of use include making a tea, making a slurry with liquid and then drinking it, or taking it in liquid extract or capsule form. Kratom is not smoked. Those who have tried smoking Kratom have said it was horribly disgusting and it did not produce the pain relieving effects. It's possible that the heat of burning destroys the chemicals.

So what can you expect when taking Kratom? Well, I've taken it numerous times for pain. I have a shoulder injury from my teens that flares up every now and then and have intense back problems from time to time, not to mention migraines. Kratom works wonders for me. So I take a dose of Kratom, always on an empty stomach, and then about 2-4 minutes later I begin to feel relaxed. Within about 20-30 minutes the pain is gone and remains gone for maybe 2-4 hours. You do not get high with Kratom. It's not like marijuana. However, depending on the level of dose you can have different experiences. Smaller doses relax you, give you a bit of energy and help you focus. Large doses are sedating.

It's extremely important that we stop the DEA from classifying Kratom as a schedule 1 drug. Once a substance is classified as a Schedule 1 it is pretty much never going to be removed from such. Because Schedule 1 drugs keep the DEA in business and to lose one off the list means less money for them. I urge my readers to show support to keep this natural substance available to all who can benefit from it.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Black Moon Tonight

Tonight, Friday, September 30, 2016, is a Black Moon. A Black Moon is the opposite of a Blue Moon. The lay definition of a Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a calendar month. So a Black Moon is the second New Moon in a calendar month.

Both Blue Moons and Black Moons occur on the first day of a month and the last day of a month. February, because it only has 28 or 29 days (Leap Year), can not have either a Blue Moon or Black Moon. However, such moons can appear in the other 11 months.

There are other definitions of Black Moons, just as with Blue Moons. For example, a calendar month with no Full Moon or New Moon is also sometimes said to be a Black Moon. This definition can only occur in February because it is the shortest month of the year. Likewise, the third New Moon in a season that has 4 New Moons is also said to be a Black Moon. The same is also true for Blue Moons.

As far as magical significance goes, since Black Moons are the New Moon then tonight would be a good time for spells for new ventures and beginnings. Just as with the Full Moon, a New Moon will last about 3 days. So this Black Moon started yesterday, will continue today, and will conclude tomorrow.

The next date of a Black Moon will be on February 18, 2017. It will be the variety that is the 3rd New Moon in a season that has 4 New Moons.

There's no need to try to go outside to see the Black Moon, as there is nothing to see. It will just be a moonless night, like with every New Moon. If you want to take advantage of the darkness to try to see the stars and planets the tonight, weather permitting, would be a good night to do so.