To know the balm, you have to know the bane: this is an idea I firmly invest in. The question of harming others, hexing, cursing, etc come up frequently in magical ethics. While I do not believe in relying solely on magic or prayers to affect changes in one’s life, I am certainly one that […]

The idea of powers or gifts are fairly common among pagan/magic folk. Some may have a talent for healing, others for healing, cursing, or divination, or any of them numerous other arts that folk from around the world relate with spiritual practices. We tend to think of these of gifts as innate, something that one […]

Generally found in the swampy, marshy lands, Eupatorium purpureum, a.k.a.,Gravel root, Gravelweed, Joe-Pye Weed, Jopi Weed, Kidney Root, Queen-of-the-Meadow Root, and Trumpet Weed, is a root commonly worked to cure cysts, malaria, gout, fevers, arthritis and more. There is a folk belief that was used by Jopi or Joe-Pie (not sure of what tribe he […]

Sack and Sugar. Vinegar Tom. Pywwacket. Jamara. These are some of the names of some of the familiar spirits Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins wrote about in his book, The Discovery of Witches. He extracted confessions via torture (like all witchfinders) whether via sleep deprivation, bondage, physical/emotional abuse. He stripped accused witches naked to find the spot on […]

Spring is officially here! I am anxiously awaiting Nebraska-land to get the memo and warm up so I can plant my seeds. While I can’t heat up the earth and turn the frosts into the more palatable rains, I can trying envoking Filomez. Just look at this veve. Doesn’t it speak to you of spring […]

Cross-culturally the evil eye and how to thwart it have fascinated people for generations. So much can be conveyed with a glance, that it is unsurprising that our ancestors felt the need to protect against the evil that can emanate from the malevolent gaze of the envious. In some cultures, the evil eye is done unwittingly. In others,  one can […]

I watched Alien Planet today. If you’ve never seen it, it’s a study in the hypothetical. A bunch of scientists, physicists, biologists, et, all, come together and discuss what different types of life could be like on a planet that may or may not exist. It features at first some singular and multi-celled organisms, and […]

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