“THINK on THESE THINGS” for September 24th

“THINK on THESE THINGS”
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

So often it is difficult to know where the line lies between kindness and domineering. It doesn’t sound as if the two could possibly ever mix, but sometimes in our watchfulness over those we care about we’re inclined to thin it is a kind of goodness when it actually becomes domineering.

It is often the best and kindest thing to let others think for themselves. Even though the helpfulness is a love, it can be smothering to the ones who want to breathe freely, even of their own problems.

Concern can turn to possessiveness in the space of a moment and do it do subtly it is almost impossible to comprehend. All individuals have the right to make their own mistakes and also the undeniable right to correct those mistakes. It makes help appreciated when it comes and then help is recognized as help and not as ownership.

If we were all told what to do, it would relieve us of the burden of the responsibility of thinking, planning, or making decisions. Out lives would be literally free of care. And there are those among us who love to direct the traffic of other people’s lives. But have you noticed how detestable it is to them to have the smallest suggestion made concerning their own? What a display of vanity!

There are always sycophants, or “apple polishers,” if you will, who fawn and flatter the vanity. But to have one’s vanity built to great heights is not always an act of love, but more often subtle scorn.

Love is the only force against vanity. Love does not wish to command, but only to serve. If love cannot tell the truth it does not speak. Vanity separates, love joins. Love does not ask that another take the responsibility, but it asks only the strength to bear it.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 24

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – September 24

“Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise men turn to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.”

–Tecumseh, SHAWNEE

It’s not an accident that firewater is also called spirits. Firewater affects our judgments. The Great Spirit created a set of laws and principles by which we are to live our lives. When we have problems we should pray and ask for the wisdom of these laws. If instead we turn to liquor, our judgment will be affected. It is the decision and choice made under the influence of booze that causes us to be fools. We need to learn to lean on prayer and not on the spirits of alcohol.

Great Spirit, teach me to pray. Let not one drop of liquor touch my lips today.

September 24 – Daily Feast

September 24 – Daily Feast

When we have a genuine interest in something we seldom lack the energy to do it. Hour after hour thought and energy flow into the routine and weariness has no part. There will surely be some necessary work that will not excite us – but we can refuse to be dull and slow of mind and spirit. How many times we have nearly given up because we could not see creativity or color. And then a change would come – a different view and energy would flow in and the misery would be forgotten. Energy can only flow when it is connected to a live circuit. Our work is to stay connected.

~ I am not talking anything badly or angrily, but simply the truth. ~

SATANTA – KIOWA

‘A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II’ by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The Daily Motivator for September 24th – Missed opportunities

Excerpt of The Daily Motivator message for
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Missed opportunities

by Ralph Marston

There is no limit to the number of ways you can experience joy. So there is no reason to ever stay disappointed about missed opportunities for joy.

Take that disappointment and let it push you forward to express and experience new joy. It could very well be that you discover a joy even more profound than what you missed out on.

Life’s good possibilities keep on coming. Don’t miss the next one because you’re too wrapped up in disappointment over the last one.

Read the full message at http://greatday.com/motivate/150924.html

The Daily OM for September 24 – Grounding Ourselves

Grounding Ourselves
Being a Strong Container

by Madisyn Taylor

As a human being living on earth it is important to learn to ground yourself in relation to your earth mother.

We often hear people telling us to ground ourselves, but we may not be sure what that means and how we might do it. Grounding ourselves is a way of bringing ourselves literally back to earth. Some of us are more prone than others to essentially leaving our bodies and not being firmly rooted in our bodies. There’s nothing terribly wrong with this, but while we are living on the earth plane it is best to stay grounded in the body.

One of the easiest ways to ground ourselves is to bring our attention to our breath as it enters and leaves our bodies. After about 10 breaths, we will probably find that we feel much more connected to our physical selves. We might then bring our awareness to the sensations in our bodies, moving from our head down to our feet, exploring and inquiring. Just a few minutes of this can bring us home to bodies and to the earth, and this is what it means to ground ourselves.

We can go further by imagining that we have roots growing out of the bottoms of our feet, connecting us to the earth. The roots flow with us so we can we always move, but at the same time they keep us grounded. We receive powerful energy from the earth just as we do from the forms of energy we associate with the sky, and our body is a tool that brings these two energies together in a sacred union. When we are grounded, we essentially become a strong container in which our spirits can safely and productively dwell. This is why grounding ourselves every day, especially at the beginning of the day, is such a beneficial practice.

Fortunately, it’s as simple as bringing our conscious awareness to our bodies and the earth on which we walk.

 

 

Source:
Daily OM

Left Hand Path Paganism

Left Hand Path Paganism

Author: Sickle

Before I realized my spiritual practices were those of the Left Hand Path, I had a pretty clear picture of what I believed LHP to be about. In that mental picture were inverted pentagrams, baphomet, and blasphemy against Christianity. I imagined a worship of oneself with total disregard for any higher power, and disdain for any who bent a knee to any so-called “gods”. Practitioners always wore hooded, black robes in my scenario of the mind, and occasionally made blood sacrifices.

Sheesh, was I wrong.

Left Hand Path is a rather broad term. All of the world’s religions can be broken down into either Right Hand Path or Left Hand Path, and each is defined by the ultimate goal of the practitioner. Usually (and for purposes of this writing will be defined as such) RHP seeks to dissolve the outer layers of individual personality and either merge with a greater consciousness, or dwell in an existence in which some being other than oneself is the focus of existence.

LHP, on the other hand, seeks to evolve the present self into the highest potential while retaining the isolate personality. In other words, one seeks to retain a unique, personal “I”, and become an entity of the highest caliber (usually seen as godhood or some equivalent) that is independent of any other consciousness.

Of course, this does not cover all LHP practices; any time one seeks to categorize something there will always be some component that defies classification. However, in my studies of LHP, especially in the West, this description portrays my findings accurately.

Paganism has its own flavor of LHP spirituality. In Pagan LHP, also known as Dark Paganism, one of the first things noticed are the gods who are venerated or worshiped. Whereas RHP has gods of love, LHP has gods of lust and passion. Where RHP has gods of peace, LHP has gods of justice. Loki, Kali, Hecate, and Hel are a few names one may hear whispered from the lips of the LHP adherent.

But why call on such forces? Why pray to such names?

While there are those who seek a reality in which all things are revealed in glorious luminance, there are those who brave the unknown darkness in order that they might discover for themselves the mysteries of the universe. Some choose to obtain enlightenment, sloughing off the mortal coil and choosing to be part of a collective bliss.

Others delve within, past the murkiness and slimy things that have never known light, in an effort to discover the core of their quintessential nature. Once found, this core can be cultivated and nurtured into evolution. Getting to this core, to which I have alluded, involves coming face to face with the most primal, and often frightening aspects of oneself and the universe. The dark gods aid us in working with such forces. They lead us through our terrors, and let us know that, as others have gone before, so too can we.

But doesn’t working with such beings and forces ultimately end in the seeker getting stuck somewhere in the mire and becoming demented? In truth, this does sometimes occur. Traversing the Left Hand Path takes a will of iron and an equally strong sense of identity. To know that you are not those things that hint at the sinister can be difficult, and at times the seeker becomes lost to the monsters, both within and without. However, this is not always the case. Like any other spiritual practice, the LHP traveler must have determination and discipline. Those who honestly pursue spiritual growth from going within can overcome the obstacles inherent in such a practice.

With all this talk of the self, one could speculate that the LHP seeker would have no interest in community, which has been a long sought after aspect of Paganism. While those on the LHP do have an egocentric worldview, it is not at the expense of community. The best way I can think to describe it is with an analogy of the human heart.

The heart pumps blood to all other parts of the body, providing the life giving fluid to even the tiniest pieces. Still, the heart pumps blood to itself first. Before that miraculous organ can fulfill its duty to the rest of the body, it must nourish itself, and can then go on to perform its function. Those on the Pagan LHP can be viewed in a similar fashion.

After nurturing oneself, the stress of daily survival diminishes, and one can go on to help and nurture others without the immediate concern of replenishing ones own vitality. The candle that is alight, fueled, and protected is the one most suited to spark others to life.

Let us not forget that LHP is not a specific tradition, but a means of traversing the spiritual path. If Paganism is generally concerned with community, then in general a Pagan LHP seeker will be concerned with community. Even if godhood were the goal of the LHP, that is not to say that one would not desire to be in a group of others who have attained such evolution. To desire independence, growth, and strength is not the same as desiring isolation.

Given that, in general, a Pagan LHP seeker desires some sort of community, it is a given that there must be some code of ethics and social engagement. After all, a community without some sort of order is chaos, and not community.

For a lot of Pagans, including non-Wiccans, the Wiccan Rede serves as the standard of conduct. “Harming none, do what you will” sums up the moral compass of many the Pagan practitioner. The Left Hand Path, however, favors personal codes of ethics, rather than adherence to a dogma. A LHP seeker could surely adopt the Rede for their own, but only if they made the conscious choice to do so, as it was congruent with their personal beliefs.

Many the RHP adherent prescribes himself to a specific doctrine because “that’s what followers of (insert religion) do”. Those on the LHP opt to follow guidelines because it is suitable to them and synonymous with what they feel at their core, rather than an attempt to fit into a religious system. This doesn’t mean that those on the LHP walk in some moral gray area. LHP, as I’ve said, is concerned with developing the core self.

If a person’s core includes ethics and morals, which are equivalent to those of society and provide for a harmonious existence, those ideals will only become richer and more defined. Those with sinister urges will eventually be weeded out, either by society or some would-be victim taking preventive measures against said urges.

It is, I have found, a matter of respect and harmony that serves as the basis for morals and ethics of many of those on the LHP (which does not take into account personality and essential beliefs which help shape personal conduct). It becomes a matter of live and let live. However, those on the LHP tend not to be keen on turning the other cheek when it comes to a matter of provocation.

Attack me, and my reaction will be with the mindset that you must be stopped and prevented from attacking again. That, of course, is not permission to go to extremes to prevent another attack. Many times the mere act of stopping an attack (no more, no less) is enough to halt another. It is these fundamentals that lead to the mentality that works to create a harmonious existence with those of the LHP: If I respect you, you will respect me. If I attack you, you may very well reciprocate that attack. If I allow you peace, you will grant me that same courtesy.

I have personally been told that the Rede is part of a nature-based paradigm. I disagree. The Rede is born of a human-based paradigm. Anyone who has ever seen a cat catch a mouse knows that nature is not always kind. It is not evil for a cat to kill a mouse, but from the perspective of the mouse it can be quite cruel. For that matter, weasels are widely known for killing chickens and not eating them. It would seem that they kill for the sake of killing.

That is part of nature’s paradigm, and in order for humans to live in peace, we have created our own paradigm. We agree to not chase each other down as the cat does to the mouse and torture each other. We agree to not sneak into the domiciles of one another, killing and leaving the body behind as does the weasel. These things do still happen, sadly, but we have agreed that there are consequences for such actions; consequences that include preventative measures. In short, we have agreed to create a paradigm to suit our function.

Let me point out that, in almost any scenario, it is left up to the individual to decide what is right and wrong. It is the individual who decides if some action falls within the guidelines of “God’s will”. It is the individual who decides if something is “harming none.”

LHP practitioners can be found in nearly any religion: The Buddhist monk who calms himself first, and then looks to aid others in finding their own calmness; the ascetic Christian who finds his calling while in the vastness of the unforgiving desert; the Pagan who develops his own code of ethics based upon his concepts of right, wrong, and harmony while praying to Saturn for inspiration. The LHP and Paganism are not incompatible as some, including myself, have thought.

Gone are the ideas of all black, blasphemy, and baphomet. These images are sometimes seen, it’s true, but not necessarily, nor even mostly. The LHP, in Paganism, is about seeing the gods as spiritual parents. Like our mortal parents, we can learn and grow and become as they have become.

We can do this, not only by looking for some colossal spotlight to point the way, but by seeking that single flame within. It is about developing the self to be all it can be, without the dissolution into another consciousness.

It is about taking personal responsibility, growing, and learning self-love so that such love may be shared.

Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits

Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits

Author: Crick 

When one incorporates Ceremonial magic into their practice they are in essence, engaging in the art of connecting with spirits. I personally believe that there is a misconception of such a practice in today’s society. There is the belief that such a pursuit is endorsed primarily by those who engage in Black Magic.

As an old school witch, I frequently engage denizens from the spirit world. I do this as a useful mode of understanding and enlightenment without the connotation of evil that has been embellished upon by Abrahamic religions and Hollywood studios. I personally don’t differentiate between White and Black magic.

Allow me to explain this viewpoint:

I see spirits, demons, divas and so forth as entities not of this material world. As such, I personally believe that they don’t fit into the moralistic views that humans strive to label them with. Such labels generally derive from man-made religions and are used to validate the precepts of such religions. I personally see religion as an anathema to the freedom of the mind and soul. And hence I see otherworldly entities as beings that have their own sense of awareness of being/reality that may or may not coincide with human concepts, much like a wild animal that has a different level of comprehension and awareness than a human.

This is not to say that humans will not incorporate such entities in an effort to arrive at results, which their fellow humans may view as evil or dark outcomes. But again, such results are based upon moral interpretations as they currently apply to society.

On the other side of the coin, if one accepts the premise that these beings are of their own level of awareness, then there is also the possibility that such beings/spirits will engage in activities that are detrimental to the practitioner/summoner of these beings. If I may use an analogy, it is like being in the shoes of a lion trainer; you prepare the best that you can and then take your chances.

As a further disclaimer of the moralistic aspects of summoning spirits, if one were to take a close look at ancient texts involving Ceremonial magic, one would see constant reminders and exhortations to meditate intensely on the undertaking at hand, and to make one’s desired goal known to the God that is utilized in such a process.

Adonai is the Hebrew name used in place of “YHWH” as a name for their concept of God and is the God that is frequently invoked during Ceremonial magic rites. There are four Grimoires I personally reference when seeking guidance on the preparation of summoning spirits (or demons or what have you) .

They are the Secretum secretorum (Secret of secrets) not to be confused with “Kitab al-asrar” (Book of Secrets) , which was written by Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi: The “Grimorium Verum“, or the “Most Approved Keys of Solomon” which was published by Alibeck the Egyptian in 1517 C.E, The “Grand Grimoire” and “The Constitution of Pope Honorius the Great.”

I use these references because I personally believe that preparation is of the utmost importance when connecting with otherworldly beings for whatever reason. I tend to substitute the Christian/Hebrew implications with my own insertions based upon my own interpretation of Deity, but I do follow the descriptions of talismans, symbols and such to the letter. The reason for this is that the summoning of spirits began centuries ago, long before my presence on this planet and such experience from learned folks is invaluable when engaging such a discipline. For instance, the Grimorium Verum contains 45 Talismans to be used in conjunction with the art of working with otherworldly beings. Within the Grimoires are tables, which contain certain periods of the day and night that are ruled by certain planets. These tables are invaluable when engaging otherworldly entities.

The “Key of Solomon the King“, states that the hours of Saturn, Mars and Venus are good for communion with spirits, the hour of the first named planet for invoking souls in Hell/Hades, and that of the second for those who have been slain in battle. Another example from the same Grimoire states that the best time to converse with spirits should be made in the day and hour of Mercury: that is the 1st or 8th, or the 15th or 22nd day.

In addition to these tables, there is information as to the proper method of purifying and consecrating, the type of tools to be used, how to properly cast a protective circle and many other topics which should be adhere to in detail. It cannot be stressed enough that such preparations are imperative in order to arrive at a desired goal when conjuring otherworldly beings. Short cuts can lead to deadly results for the practitioner.

In addition to the Grimoires previously mentioned, there are of course other Grimoires of equal importance. The practitioner must choose that which works in favor of the individual. For instance, if you follow the path of Vodou, then you are probably familiar with “Le Veritable Dragon Rouge” (“The True Red Dragon”) , which was discovered in the tomb of Solomon in 1750 C.E.

Another example is the Munich Manual of Demonic Magic that was written in the 15th. Century. Other examples are The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage also written in the 15th century, the 6th and 7th Books of Moses, published in 1849 C.E. The Heptameron (Seven Days) of Peter de Abano (1496 C.E) . The Libri Tres de Occulta Philosophia (Three Books of Occult Philosophy) by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa which was written 1531 C.E. and so forth.

In closing, no matter what source material you use to summon spirits, do not undertake such an endeavor as a matter of curiosity or approach such a discipline in a cavalier manner. There are no second chances and short cuts and/or mistakes carry a heavy penalty for you the practitioner…

Curses! And the Magical Mechanics Thereof…

Curses! And the Magical Mechanics Thereof…

Author: Treasach 

I’m not above quoting fantasy books myself if they say it well. “The most professional curse ever snarled or croaked or thundered can have no effect on a pure heart.” — The Last Unicorn. This is essentially true.

Curses work the same way other magic works. A Contact spell, for example, sends out feelers across the chaotic systems. A lot like a computer match up. If the potential person/s you are interested in meeting is also interested, as some of your energy is going along with it, you both work together to pull the chaos strings so that you will both meet up in an appropriate location and time for you to pursue an acquaintance. Rather like “your people” and “their people” calling a meeting. It is a two way street.

Curses are much the same. It is a two way street between the curser and cursed. The curser has decided that someone really need a kick in the ass for something, and sends out feelers. Their energies comes in contact, and if the ‘cursee’s’ own guilt, that is, their own inner Goddess of Vengeance, decides that they must be punished, both humans use that energy to create the curse effect. Rather like a karmic string tied around one’s finger to remind one of this guilt, which might not have remembered otherwise, or not gotten to it as quickly. Which is why someone must go to the trouble of cursing another in the first place, and why a curse has no effect on a pure heart. No self-need for punishment, no curse.

I believe we should most definitely treat others by the Golden Rule. There is indeed a version of that in every major tradition. But that’s almost entirely for our own benefit. We cannot become enlightened and self fulfilled without it. With neophytes terrified to practice spellcraft on their own without the aid of their ‘teacher’, the Three Fold or Karmic Laws has become an enslaving chain left over from our reClaiming days that should be abandoned as quickly as possible.

The 3 fold, ten fold, or even 11 ‘Law’ is a MYTH, told to keep newbies in line.

I’m sorry I’m breaking the conspiracy of some of the Adepts in disabusing you of this notion. There are many reasons for it, but I break from much of the crowd and teach like a heritage. I believe we must always and only discuss the true metaphysics of witchcraft to prove ourselves a mature spirituality and not a mystery cult.

Spewing the pat fluffy Threefold or Karmic Law is such an oversimplification of the complexity of the Universe that it is an obscenity to the dignity of seekers of Enlightenment and those who assist them. How does witchcraft compare as a viable path for those of intelligence and wisdom with such an obvious disprovable flaw as it’s main tenant? It’s deeply embarrassing for a spirituality of maturity and strength.

That doesn’t mean that the Universe doesn’t slap you if you choose to be an ass. You often do get what’s coming to you. But that is most definitely NOT the same performing so-called ‘black magic’ (which sounds abominably racist) and expecting to be punished for it.

Cursing, for example, is simply a form of dispensing justice where you believe it required, same as you would protect someone from getting beat up. You should get punished for NOT redressing a serious imbalance, in my opinion, same as you would for not getting stopping someone being physically victimized.

No. It’s simply that the ‘Rule’ or ‘Law’ or whatever that many teachers tell newbies when they are first starting out is merely fantasy. There are numerous reasons for this, but it is designed to scare them, control them, and ensure that they don’t go trying spellcraft on their own.

The truth is really much harder. The Universe does pay people back, but certainly not in such a lovely symmetry like three or any other number. It is ridiculous to assume that a quantitative quality can be put on someone trying to harm another, and take into account whether it was deliberate, or only slightly, or not at all, and ‘repay’ that back in some sort of mathematical formula. Like some suffering or blessing of mine can even compare to someone else’s in sensitivity, or life disruption, or level of joy, or some other feeling or quality in the first place.

If you are nasty to people, they will be nasty to you. Most times. Sometimes you can be nice to everyone, and you will be assassinated. Sometimes bad guys really do win. Totally and completely. The Universe is not so cut and dried as the ‘Law’ makes it out to be. It is not fair. And it certainly doesn’t balance. And even if it could, it is so vast that we would never be able to see it, with our limited shells.

But that’s where we come in, as Her representatives. We can see what’s in front of us and report back, so to speak, to draw Her attention to something that we would like to see remedied right now, and we specify a manner that we can comprehend. That’s one of the functions of spellcraft, particularly blessings, curses, and healings.

All people are intelligent and sensitive to some degree and deserve to be treated like seekers of truth and self-fulfillment. We do them and ourselves a great disservice when we do not teach the metaphysics and theology of witchcraft correctly from the start. In all it’s complexity.

My curses are extremely good. They can take up to two years to manifest, and they attack whatever it was that caused the person to be cursed in the first place. Completely. And, due to my style of asking the Goddess to take care of it Herself without my suggestions or too much interference, they manifest in a far more creative and complete manner than I ever could have imagined, exactly matching the infraction with the punishment. So I never worry about justice for infractions against me, though it would be nice to have the wisdom to avoid them in the first place…

And as aggressive as I am, curses come far more naturally than Blessings. Perhaps that’s where my real challenge lies…

Is There a Right Time to Curse?

Is There a Right Time to Curse?

Author: Sleeping Moon

First off, I want to get something straight that even pagans seem to misunderstand. Or have been misguided into believing. (Not all, mind you, but most.) Hexes are NOT curses! Hexes are painted signs posted on barns down in the south to promote positive influences over the property and those that live there.

Curses are quite different. From the Wikipedia (on-line dictionary) the definition is: A curse (also called execration) is any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to some other entity—one or more persons, a place, or an object. In particular, “curse” may refer to a wish that harm or hurt will be inflicted by any supernatural power, such as a spell, a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft, a god, a natural force, or a spirit. In many belief systems, the curse itself (or accompanying ritual) is considered to have some causative force in the result.

They claim that a curse holds no power unless the recipient believes in it. I don’t believe that’s necessarily true. A curse has merit no matter what. It’s a solid form of magick just as a spell is. It has its purpose and has a place. They exist for a reason and if used correctly, they can be a force of nature to be reckoned with.

There are a few pagans who have called a dark deity as their matron/patron. Kali, The Morrigan, Calliach, Hecate, Badb, Skatha, Nemisis, Morgana, Innana and Lilith, Hades, Anubis, Setesh, Hoder, just to name a few.

What’s the difference with calling one of these dark deities and a curse? There are many forms of magic to use in calling forth the dark deities, but all in all, the dark deities are: Dark. You wouldn’t call on Kali or The Morrigan to cast a love spell. They are more for revenge and war than love and laughter.

In the beginning I would never have even thought about cursing any one. For any reason whatsoever. Many years later, my logic has changed.

I feel that there is a time to curse and a time to use another approach. If harm befell upon your loved one, for example if he/she was raped, shot, or killed, (these being the more serious offenses) , I can agree that a curse is more of an appropriate form of magick than to send that person ‘peace and love’. The damage has been done and is irrevocable so in my opinion, a curse is warranted and justifiable. Surrounding yourself with protection and that loved one (whether living or not) is always a positive take, but you would want to see that person get the justice he/she deserves. Right? You wouldn’t want that person to be able to harm other folk, right? You’d do every thing with in your capable means (with in the law) to get what they deserve.
So why not a curse?

I understand that Wiccans, the traditional ones, wouldn’t condone such a notion because of the three-fold law. But, as I stated beforehand, the damage HAS been done, so there is no further harm. Every thing in life has a good and bad side to it, just as it does in magick. No matter what we do in magick, we are taking something from some one else. That extra energy we use to cast a spell could be used for some one fighting a serious illness. In the air we breathe, we are taking that air from some one else. We use a candle to focus. We use that source of light from some one that may need it during a power outage or in a third world country that has no power what so ever. The list could go on and on. It’s a nice rule, but it’s an oxy moron. It doesn’t fit. Not technically.
Of course I would never agree to a curse just because I didn’t like some one. The damage that would warrant a curse from me would have to be severe.

Curses have a long history. It dates back to ancient Egyptian times. Probably dates back to the cave men, but for theory’s use, I will stick to then.

In Haiti, curses are called getting “crossed”. In Voodoo it’s called a jinx as well as a form of foot track magic. The “evil eye” is thought to stem from the Middle Eastern and the Mediterranean areas.

In Greece they are called katadesmoi and in Rome, tabulae defixiones. In Ireland there are many known forms of curses such as curse stones or egg curses, New Year curses and milk curses. Chinese peoples have them. The Indonesians, the Indians (not with the feather!) the Europeans, the Brits and the Scottish people have curses in their history. Even Native Americans.

The Native American people of the southern plains called these types of witches Skin Walkers. Skin Walkers where as nasty as one witch or wizard could possible get with the use of black magick. These beings are supposed to be able to extract revenge upon the help less victim by placing an animal skin over their human bodies and thus shape shifting into the form of that animal. While in the guise of the animal they choose, they can wreck havoc upon the poor soul they choose to victimize.

Even in the bible there are curses hidden within. God himself placed a curse upon the snake “You are cursed more than all cattle”, (Genesis 3:14) . As a result of Adam and Eve disobeying God, the ground is also cursed: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.” (3:17) . Cain is cursed from the earth, “So now you are cursed from the earth”, (4:11) . In the New Testament Paul sees curses as central to the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion. In Galatians 3:13 he says: “Christ redeems us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us…”. He refers to Deuteronomy: ” anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse.” (21:23 RAEDM)

So if even God himself used them, they are credited aren’t they? Why can’t we use them if the damage has been done?

I wish the world were all frilly and white. But, it’s not. There are lines of grey that border on crossing over to black; there are lines of grey that border on crossing over to the lines of white. That’s the way life works. It’s the way Nature lives and the way humans are bred. Nature is neither cruel nor loving, it just is. And magick is the same, in my book.

Again, if the damage has been done, why can’t a curse be warranted?