This curse is the first one in almost 8 years of practising witchcraft that I have created. It has been a long time coming, and a long time in the making as I have used it once before, with success, and it is centred around,… personal trauma. It has come into being as the result of me being unable to feel any real closure or justice after being put through years of emotional abuse and sometimes violent outbursts.
Please, feel free to use it.
A jar you can securely seal.
Chilli flakes or powder (adds oomph, represents fire (burning) and sends people away).
3-6 Nails – rusted, preferably but not necessary. (destruction, decay).
A bodily fluid of yours (blood would be most potent, but if you’re not comfortable with that, spit or tears will work too).
Cemetery Dirt (feelings of emptiness, emotional distress).
If you were to look up the definition of both of the words on a search engine (hello, Google!) they are defined as follows:
Curse: (aside from meaning vulgar words) is “casting the evil eye or an evil spell upon someone.”
Hex: to curse someone.
Oh, dear sweet Google, you have tried your best but in this instance, every witch will tell you that you are wrong.
The general consensus is that ultimately, curses are worse than hexes; the target tends to suffer more at the hands of a curse than they do at the hands of a hex.
Usually more serious than hexes.
Can live on through generations if that is what the caster intended.
Tend to be long-term in nature.
Usually, curses are borne of anger; of hatred and even a need for justice.
They can usually be reversed or undone; reversals can be done by the caster, and undoings may be done by the caster, target or a third party.
Often cast as a “one-off” piece of magick.
Their effects are apparent very quickly, but they are not long-term – seen sometimes as an instantaneous form of malevolent magick.
Hexes are borne of revenge and/or annoyance, and they usually cause irritation and subsequent annoyance to the target – hexes are a way for the caster make their target feel what they have been made to feel for a short time.
Due to their nature, hexes are usually over and done with quickly and do not require a reversal or undoing.
Both of these forms of magick, are forms of malevolent magick that is used for many reasons.
Some people curse their abusers, or people who have hurt them and some people hex their ex-partners, or someone who has brushed them up the wrong way. Like all magick, what you do is circumstantial and no one can tell you whether you should or should not perform magick of this kind (I am pro-curse and hex, but not everyone is).
You’ll notice that I’ve bunched the common ingredients for curses and hexes in one list – that is because these two are simply lesser and greater forms of the same kind of magick, so you must bear in mind what your intent is when you choose your spell/ritual ingredients.
Do you want to frustrate, annoy and irritate your target? Do you want to bring them bad luck? Do you want to bring them untold misery? Consider this carefully.
Hi! I’ve been wanting to look into Earth/Nature magick and deities… Any ideas where I could start?
Firstly, you may want to determine whether you want to within a certain pantheon or not, but I’m going to just hit you with some broad spectrum information which you can then choose to delve into or research more.
*These lists will likely miss some deities out because I want to give you the basics, but further research will help if you would like to find out more.
Aztec Nature/Earth Deities:
Xipe-Totec (god of force, lord of the seasons and rebirth, ruler of the East).
Tonacatecuhtli (god of sustenance).
Tonacacihuatl (goddess of sustenance).
Tlaltecuhtli (god of the earth).
Chicomecoatl (goddess of agriculture).
Centeotl (god of the maize).
Celtic Nature/Earth Deities:
Abnoba (Gaulish – associated with forests and rivers).
Artio (Gaulish – bear goddess of the wilderness).
Arduinna (goddess of the Ardennes forest, portrayed as a huntress).
Cernunnos (god of male animals, produce and fertility).
Druantia (goddess of trees).
Nantosuelta (Gaulish – goddess of the earth, nature, fertility and fire).
Sucellus (god of agriculture, alcoholic beverages, and forests).
Viridos (god of vegetation, agriculture and rebirth).
Egyptian Nature/Earth Deities:
Aker (god of the earth and the horizon).
Geb (god of earth).
Iah (god of the moon).
Nut (goddess of sky).
Renenutet (goddess of agriculture).
Shu (embodiment of wind/air).
Greek Nature/Earth Deities:
Antheia (goddess of flowery wreaths).
Anthousai (flower nymphs).
Aristaeus (god of shepherds, cheesemaking, beekeeping, honey, honey-mead, olive growing, oil milling, medicinal herbs, hunting, and the Etesian winds).
Artemis (goddess of the hunt, the dark, the light, the moon, wild animals, nature, wilderness, childbirth, virginity, fertility, young girls, and health and plague in women and childhood).
Aurai (nymphs of the breezes).
Chloris (goddess of flowers).
Cybele (Phrygian goddess of the fertile earth and wild animals).
Demeter (goddess of the harvest, crops, the fertility of the earth, grains, and the seasons).
Dionysus (god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, and festivity. Roman equivalent is Bacchus).
Dryads (tree and forest nymphs).
Epimeliades (nymphs of highland pastures and protectors of sheep flocks).
Gaea (the goddess of the earth and its personification. She is also the primal mother goddess).
Hamadryades (oak tree dryades).
Hegemone (goddess of plants, specifically making them bloom and bear fruit as they were supposed to).
Horae (goddesses of the seasons and the natural portions of time).
Karmanor (god of reaping).
Meliae (nymphs of honey and the ash tree).
Nymphs (nature spirits).
Naiades (fresh water nymphs).
Nereids (salt-water nymphs).
Oceanides (fresh water nymphs).
Oreades (mountain nymphs).
Oxylus (god of forests & mountains).
Pan (god of shepherds, flocks, mountain wilds, and rustic music).
Persephone (Kore) (goddess of spring growth).
Physis (primeval goddess of nature).
Rhea (goddess of fertility, motherhood, and the mountain wilds).
Satyrs (rustic nature spirits).
Slavic Nature/Earth Deities:
Berstuk (Wendish – god of the forest).
Jarilo (god of vegetation, fertility, spring, war and harvest).
Porewit (god of the woods, who protected lost voyagers and punished those who mistreated the forest).
Porvata (Polish – god of the woods).
Siliniez (Polish – god of the woods for whom moss was sacred).
Tawals (Polish – blessing-bringing god of the meadows and fields).
Veles (god of earth, waters and the underworld).
Norse Nature/Earth Deities:
Idun or Ithunn (goddess of spring who guarded the apples that kept the gods eternally young; wife of the god Bragi).
Fjörgyn (female personification of the earth. She is also the mother of the goddess Frigg and, very rarely, mother of Thor).
Freyja (goddess of fertility, gold, death, love, beauty, war and magic).
Freyr (god of fertility, rain, sunlight, life and summer).
Skadi (goddess of mountains, skiing, winter, archery and hunting).
If you check Richtor’s tags [here] they have a tonne of resources to help you!
If you follow me on tumblr [click here for my blog], you may have seen a post that asks those who wear pentagrams and pentacles to recount their weirdest and/or rudest encounters with fellow humans.
I reblogged it and added my own anecdote to the post, but I am going to post it here for non-tumblr users to see.
Here it is:
I live in a village that is an hour away from the closest city, a city that is very dear to me.
In my village, everyone knows everyone else, whether the connection is direct or by varying degrees of separation, so I don’t tend to have any trouble with the people here.
My city, however, is a vastly different story.
Due to the size of the city, and its importance to my country, the population is huge and therefore, so is the cultural mix within it.
However, you only really ever see Christian and Catholic preachers – they come in different forms: some have booths set up along the main shopping street; some wear sandwich boards and holler at you through megaphones, their words incomprehensible. Some have little booklets lined up on portables shelves, and others wonder in droves, targeting individuals like prey.
Once upon a time, as I walked alone down the main hgihstreet with my earphones in, a man with a sandwich board and a megaphone stepped straight into my path. I stopped abruptly, muttered an apology and tried to pass him on the left.
He stepped sideways and blocked me.
Panic started to set in at this point, because I tend to avoid confrontational situations and this felt like it could turn into one of those.
I took out my earphones and went to ask the man if he would would kindly step aside.
Instead, as soon as my ears were devoid of music, he started talking. But, he wasn’t talking. His voice was raised – not yet a shout, but close – and he was reciting something.
I don’t think it was a Biblical passage, but it went like this: “She is only a child; cleanse her soul and bring her forth to the kingdom of our Father. Lift her from condemnation!”
Naturally, I felt awful at this point because I was being singled out and shouted at/to in a street that lead off from a public square, was lined with shops and banks and eateries, and had a tram stop running down it. The place was absolutely brimming with people.
I said that I was in a rush and had to go and (I will admit to being rude by doing this), I used my elbows to work my way around him and the other people passing by.
As I squeezed past him, he reached out and touched the pentacle that hangs from my tattoo choker (if you look through my tumblr you’ll see the choker in photographs of me) whilst saying, “Condemned to Hell be those within whom Satan works.”
I walked away as quickly as I could, red faced and angry. I was scared, and felt humiliated. I have always wondered why, if he thought I was a child (I was 20) he deemed it justifiable to subject me to that whole shit show.
I never saw what was written on his sandwich board. Or I did see it, and have forgotten the minuscule details of the whole encounter.
I would first like to say, that I am not being rude or trying to tarnish the reputation of Christians and their denominations. It just so happens that this whole debacle happened because a preacher of that faith approached me.
Whilst I was in the city that day, I saw a booth that said “Islamic Literature”, and two or three groups of Mormon missionaries.
There are two reasons why this whole thing has stayed with me since it happened.
Although it is likely that the preacher did not mean to come across as aggressive, his blocking of my path, raised voice and eventual invasion of my personal space came across as such.
This was exacerbated by the fact that I was alone, clearly had earphones in and have a lot of anxiety surrounding confrontation and sometimes, even just social interaction.
You cannot make assumptions about people like that. You have no right to demonize and humiliate people simply because you want to make often radical assumptions about something you see.
Assumptions can be damaging. Assumptions hurt. Assumptions spread false information if they’re shouted loud enough.
There is nothing wrong with Satanic witches, traditional or LaVeyan, – let’s make that clear – but there is a lot wrong with condemning innocent people to Hell; with scaremongering and hateful comments.
The lesson here, it to engage your brain before your mouth. Think about what you’re doing, and who can be hurt through what you say.
That is a brief etymological explanation of liminal/liminality, but,… what
is it? What is it in relation to witches and witchcraft?
Historically, witches have been considered as liminal figures; as creatures who exist on/in the threshold between this world and another.
“Liminality” is a term used primarily by anthropologists to describe a stage during a ritual or process, during which the participant transcends their previous state.
In modern (and possibly older, and traditional) witchcraft, magick itself is considered to be a liminal practise.
In simple terms, liminality is what we know as an inbetween. It is an inbetween space; a transition period.
Known Liminal Spaces:
Beds regularly slept in
Hospitals/museums/petrol stations at night (especially after midnight)
Oftentimes you will find that when in a liminal space, reality may feel,… altered. Time may feel as though it is passing differently – usually more slowly – and sometimes, people will feel out of sorts. You may feel floaty, or dreamlike.
Magick for Liminal Spaces
It is important to remember that there is a latent energy in liminal spaces that causes the effects mentioned above. As these spaces are thoroughfares and hold a form of astral power because of it; they have power stemming from both sides of the threshold.
This is some bath magick that you can tailor to you. Make sure you have the basic materials but because this magick is specifically made to make you feel better, change some herbs up or you know, whatever.
Do your thing.
Rowan’s, “Bathe Me the Fuck Better” Bath Spell
You Will Need:
As many candles as you want (I chose six, and had red, white and blue ones. Not because I am a mad patriot but because they’re associated with health, love (of self), and cleansing.)
Filter paper to make a lil’ bag out of (if you don’t have this to hand, you can chuck the stuff into the bath water as long as it’s safe to do so).
A small elastic (rubber) band to tie the bag off with.
A bath full of favourably temperatured water.
Smoky Quartz, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz (you can have some of those, all, or one).
Pink Himalayan Salt.
To make this easier, prep your bag before you run and intend on getting into, the bath.
Open your filter paper and place the salt in the centre first – remember that you’re going to seal the bag with a rubber band, so leave room around the edges.
Then add the rose petals and lavender buds into the centre of your little salt pile.
Lastly, add your crystals and then seal the bag by pulling all of the edges upward towards each other, and tying the band tightly around the neck you should have.
Once your bath is run and you’re prepped, you may want to do this optional step:
To add an extra oomph, pass the baggy through the smoke of your favourite incense. Mine, in this case would be vanilla.
Place your candles around the edge of your bathtub, and as you begin lighting them, repeat this phrase (you can do this aloud or in your head) until each candle is lit and flickering deliciously:
“By the warmth of the flame, I am cleansed. By the crackling of the fire, I thrive once more. Et sic factum est, et semper erit.”
Now place your bag into the water and climb in. Allow the troubles of the day to melt away as you soak amongst the flames.
Trees are important in magick, and in paganism. They are often symbolic, and have inherent magickal correspondences and powers that were used and revered by ancient Celtic people and Druids.
Alder (Aldus Glutinosa):
This tree is sacred to the Druids and is associated with protection and oracular power. You can use Alder to draw Air spirits to you, by binding shoots of it together and creating a whistle.
The wood is oily and water resistant, and thus can be used to make various tools for magickal workings, such as wands.
Known as “The Lady of the Woods”, Birch was used to bestow fertility upon cattle and newlyweds. Cradles for newborn children were crafted from the wood.
Element: Air and Water
Magickal Associations: warding, banishing, courage, healing, new beginnings, purification, protection, creativity, renewal, fertility and birth.
Ogham Letter: 1st consonant, “Beith”.
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa):
Known as “The Mother of the Woods”, Blackthorn is associated with introspection, whilst also being associated with the strength of fate and outside influences in our lives.
Element: Earth and Fire.
Magickal Associations: purification, protection, combating fear and anger, death, curses, Samhain.
Deities: The Morrigan.
Ogham Letter: “Straif”.
Elder (Sambucus canadensis):
Elder was used by Druids to both bless, and curse.
It is said that when one stands beneath an Elder at Midsummer, they are more likely to see the Fae. Wands crafted from Elder have the ability to drive away evil spirits and thought forms, – so do whistles or flutes made from it.
This tree is oft associated with Goddesses of Earth and Motherhood, or deities with a Mother aspect to them. Elm was used in tool crafting due to its resistance to splitting, and because it adds stability to magick.
Magickal Associations: balance, love, protection, psychic power, crossroads. the Fae.
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha):
It is said that the Fae are particularly fond of Hawthorn, and wands made from the wood are supposed to be wands that contain much power.
The Tree of Immortal Wisdom, Hazel is sacred to the Fae and a wand made of this wood can be used to draw them to you. In Celtic mythology, the Salmon of Knowledge – [click here to learn more about this] – is said to eat the 9 nuts of poetic wisdom dropped into its sacred pool from the Hazel tree growing beside it. Each token of wisdom consumed became a spot on the Salmon.
Magickal Associations: manifestation, spirit contact, protection, prosperity, divination, dreams, wisdom and knowledge, marriage, fertility, intelligence, inspiration, poetry, the Fae.
Ogham Letter: 9th consonant, “Coll”.
Holly (Ilex aquifolium):
Holly is primarily associated with the death and rebirth aspects of Winter in both pagan and Christian lore.
Magickal Associations: Lughnasadh, protection, prophecy, healing, animals, sex, vulnerability, good luck, and consecration. It is also said to have the ability to enhance other forms of magick.
Ogham Letter: 8th consonant, “Tinne”.
One of the Druidic sacred 3 (Oak, Ash and Thorn), the leaves were burned to purify the atmosphere, and listened to and observed by Druids and Priestesses for divinatory messages.
Oak has been considered sacred by myriad cultures, but it was held in particular esteem by the Norse and Celts because of its size, longevity, and acorns.
Magickal Associations: Litha, protection, strength, success, stability, healing, fertility, health, money, potency, and good luck.
Also known as “Witchwood” and “Mountain Ash”, the Rowan was sacred to the Druids and the Goddess Brigit. It is a very magickal tree used for wands, rods, amulets and spells, and runes were carved into sticks made of the wood.
Magickal Associations: Imbolc, divination, astral work, strength, protection, initiation, healing, psychic work, spirit work, psychic powers, personal power, and success.
Ogham Letter: 2nd consonant, “Luis”.
Willow (Salix babylonica):
Groves of Willows were considered to be magickally potent that priests, priestesses and myriad types of artisans sat among them to gain eloquence, inspiration, skill and prophecies.
Deities: Cerridwen, Brigid
Ogham Letter: 5th consonant, “Saille”.
Yew (Taxus baccata):
Yew was used by the Irish to make dagger handles, bows, and wine barrels despite all parts of the tree being poisonous bar the skin of the berries. The wood and/or leaves were laid on graves as a reminder to the spirit of the departed that death is the path to rebirth.
Element: Earth and Water.
Magickal Associations: enhances magickal and psychic abilities, induces visions. Transformation, reincarnation, eternal life and immortality, death, rebirth, change and regeneration.
“Can I ask about the whole issue with smudge sticks?”
This issue with smudge sticks is a little bit complex, but I’ll try my best here.
If you strip it down to the bare bones, the issue is cultural appropriation if the term is used by someone outside of the Native American culture and community.
Cultural appropriation is the act of stealing something from a closed culture or religion and using it without the proper knowledge or consent. It is very damaging to the people you are taking from; it disrespects them, their culture, their heritage and can often contribute to erasure.
The reason why there’s an issue surrounding the use of the term “smudge sticks”, is down to the fact that unless you are Native, have been taught by someone from that culture, or have been adopted into it through marriage, adoption or otherwise, you have no right to practise this ritual.
And there is the other issue.
Smudging is not what many of us are lead to believe. You may see lots of people saying “yah, justspreadthesmokefromthesagethroughyourhometocleanseitofnegativeenergy!” and that’s fine. But that’s not smudging. That right there, is smoke cleansing. You can do it with any cleansing herb.
Smudging is a ritual that unless indoctrinated into Native culture, most of us know nothing about.
TL;DR By claiming we are smudging when really, we’re smoke cleansing, we are stealing, spreading false information, contributing to the erasure of cultural practises and being massive bumholes.
Hello, my freaky darlings. I have been away for some time, though it has been with due reason, I still feel some guilt regarding my absence.
I won’t say that I am sorry, because my continued cycle of absences and apologies will cause the word to lose its meaning. I will, however, divulge some vague reasoning to you, for I believe that you deserve justification.
We have discussed my ill-health here before, and I am afraid that a deterioration in the aforementioned in the reason behind my disappearance.
For at least a year, but likely longer, I have been suffering with chronic pain and fatigue; with chronic vomiting and (even less pleasantly), diarrhoea; migraines; dizzy spells; episodes of passing out; weight loss; loss of appetite and more.
I have a completely broken sleep cycle; some nights I may sleep for 20 hours or more, and some nights I might sleep for 0. It doesn’t matter which side of that scale I fall on, though, for I am permanently exhausted.
It has recently come to light that just maybe, none of that is normal and after many hospitalisations and trips to various GPs, a condition has come to light.
I am in the process of being diagnosed with Dysautonomia, more specifically, Peripheral/Autonomic Neuropathy and Mononeuropathy. I was also told just two days ago, that I have kidney damage, and a small cyst on my left kidney.