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Celestina’s Curse

"I conjure you, sad god Pluto, lord of the infernal deep, emperor of the damned court, proud commander of the fallen angels, grand signor of those sulphureous fires which the flaming mountains flash forth, governor of the torments and chief tormentor of the sinful souls that lie howling in hell! I, Celestina, your most noted client, conjure you by the virtue of these vermillion letters, by the blood of that bird of the night with which they are charactered, by the power and weight of these names and signs which are
contained in this paper, by the fell and bitter poison of those vipers whence this oil was extracted, with which I annoint this clew of yarn ̵ ̵ I command that you come without delay to obey my will that Melibea shall buy this yarn of me, so that the more she shall behold it, the more her heart be mollified and the sooner wrought to yield to my request. I also command that you will open her heart and wound it with the strongest and crudest love for Calisto in such a manner that, despising all honesty and casting off all shame, she may discover herself unto me and reward both my message and my pains. Do this and I am at your command to do what you will have me do.” spell from Celestina

Thank you, Santi!

The Witching Hour – Ep. 6 (The Power of Song)

Tune in live Tuesdays at midnight EST!


The purpose of The Witching Hour is to discuss various aspects of witchcraft: namely contemporary and historical folklore and practice with some insights into the life of the contemporary magical community. This episode covers the role of music and song as a preservation of culture and a conduit of power in both pagan and magical traditions.

Links related to the episode:
When The Song Dies
Finnish Charms Article
The Witches’ Reel
Orisha Praise Music (Santeria)


Host: Zachary Zimmerman

Song: Griogal Cridhe (The Lament of Glen Lyon) by Martyn Bennett

Intro Theme: Freedom Kutumba

Station WSLC

Blue pigment

"The ancients made a very good blue dye from the plant woad.

To achieve the dye, the aerial parts (above ground: leaves, flowers and stems) of the plant were finely chopped and packed tightly into a wide mouthed container.

Boiling water was added until the plant material was completely covered and the container was set aside for about an hour. Then the infusion (liquid) was strained off.

At this point lye was added and the mixture was beaten with a whisk or similar implement for about fifteen minutes or so and the mixture would have been set aside to settle.

Every day or so, any of the clear or very pale liquid that rose to the surface was poured off, until the remaining liquid was very thick and very dark.

This concentrated liquid was poured into a wide pan and slowly evaporated off.

The resulting dye was a dark blue powder that was usually mixed with animal fat to make a blue body paint.

Please NOTE This process was messy and the dye was permanent, so those making the dye carried the stains for quite a while.”

The Witching Hour show tonight!

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Hey guys! Don’t forget to tune into my new radio talk show, The Witching Hour, tonight (Tuesday) at 12am EST! 

Tonight I’m going to be covering the topic of music, and the power of songs throughout many magical and cultural traditions. Spirits know, I’ve fallen in love with so much beautiful and amazing music while researching this project.

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To Pour the Wax

To cure the Fear (Strakh) collect fresh water from the well that no one has touched, early in the morning just before sunrise. Pour into a large bowl or pot. Water blessed on the Epiphany in Church will help if a little is added to the well water. Set natural beeswax in a covered pot to boil.

Bless the water, cutting three crosses in it with a knife, saying “In the name of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, amen. Holy father help ___ to be healthy.” Follow with the Lord’s Prayer. Tilt the patient’s head forward and above it, pour the hot wax into the water where the knife sits in it, saying “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen.” Let the wax cool in the water, then slide it off the knife, and read the wax to see what Fears plague the patient.

Perform this three times total: over the neck and shoulders, then the legs and hands, folding the wax up and melting it again. The wax takes away the fear.

Finally, the patient blows on the water, then drinks a bit. They blow again and drink from a new part of the bowl, then again. Wash the patient with a cross, saying “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen.”  Cross the head, the hands, the back of neck, and then sprinkle them with the right hand.

Pour the remaining water on a tree over your shoulder.  

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Based on the healing methods of Stepania Kuryliak, and Katerina Paleska & her granddaughter shown in the documentary Shapes in the Wax by Sarah D. Phillips. 

Shapes in the Wax: Tradition and Faith among Folk Medicine Practitioners in Rural Ukraine | by Sarah D. Phillips

Thank you Magicscreeches for this beautiful video. Very informative documentary on Ukrainian babky and their healing traditions. 

Blue Bottle Trees

"Did you see a bottle tree and think it was a beautiful piece of folk art. Well it is that indeed but it is also a form of folk magic. And that folk magic can be traced back to northern Europe and Egypt in very early times. The Egyptians made bottle trees in much the same way that we do today. In Ireland in early times blue bottles with candles in them were hung up in the trees at night to help keep away evil spirits and to draw helpful spirits nearer.And in case your wondering clear and colored glass bottles were popular in ancient Egypt by 1600 B.C. They were filled with precious oils and spices and with in the next few hundred years they had made their way all over Africa and northern Europe.

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It is the blue bottles that are said to have the most power and magic associated with them. And it wasn’t long before people came up with the belief that spirits can live in glass bottles. Maybe it was the noise that the wind can make as it blows over the openings in bottles. Or the noises you can make if you blow over the lips of a bottle. However it happened it wasn’t long before legends and tall tales began to be told around camp fires of spirits or haints ( ghosts ) being able to live in bottles. Remember the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp. Well that lamp was likely a cobalt blue bottle. Because blue glass has always been associated with imps, magic, and genies.

It is likely that the first bottle trees in America were made by newly arrived slaves in and around Charleston South Carolina and that area. There are records of bottle trees in that area going back to the late 1600’s. But before long the bottle trees made it up the hill and into the gardens of the big plantation houses. There they were mostly for decoration.

After the Civil War bottle trees were used to show the location of Folk Magic Practitioners. A blue bottle tree in the yard meant that a practitioner of folk magic lived there. People would then stop and ask for things to be done by the folk magic practitioner.

And it wasn’t long before people began to make bottle trees just because they thought they were lovely garden art.”

Thomas Byers

My mother and I have always collected blue bottles and placed them around. Glad to know we’re coming from somewhere.

A (Brief) Blurp on Easter

Easter is a Christian holiday celebrated by many cultures around the world to honor the resurrection of Jesus. The name Easter comes from the Germanic name Eostre, the ancient goddess of the dawn and spring. At the same time of the year, Germanic pagans celebrated her festival with bonfires and feasts, the women appearing in white garments along the mountainsides at sunrise. However this name is only the English word for what is otherwise referred to as Pascha, Pasque, Pâques, Pasqua, etc. This shows the origins for the holiday, which are actually related to the Jewish holiday Passover. However, the celebrations of Jesus’ resurrection have elements from the Germanic festivals as well, including the use of fertility symbols such as Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny as these represent the budding growth of spring.

Anonymous asked: Hi! I tried looking through your archive for a post on men within witchcraft/men can be witches too/history on the male witch - something along the lines of that. If you could find it, and link it to my ask (please), it would be very appreciated :)


Answer:

I don’t know if you’re thinking of a specific post, but I can answer any questions you have on the subject. Men have a strong place in contemporary and historical witchcraft, but the tradition will determine the involvement of different sexes and genders. The answer to a common question is that men were indeed referred to as witches in the medieval-Early Modern witch craze, along with other titles such as sorcerers, wizards, and warlocks, but often these are found in English translations of the original language of the trial or confession.

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