Kicking off April with a new Dead Author Dedication, this month's subject is Bram Stoker, author of the renowned Dracula and many other novels. Next up I wrote another piece highlighting a short horror film by ALTER, where I gave details of the kind of grief that people go through when they lose a child, [...]
When it comes to casting spells, there can sometimes be confusion as to whether or not it is the appropriate course of action. Of course, there is a spell for everything, from quitting smoking, to landing that great job that you really want--but when is it appropriate to incorporate magic into your life and when is it simply overkill? To be honest, it takes a practiced hand to figure out that magic is not always the best course of action for an everyday problem, but an important part of being a witch is knowing when it is and when it isn't appropriate to cast a spell for something that may or may not deeply affect your life.
Blood Magic--the very utterance is something that may bring to mind sacrificial rites that showcase most occult-themed horror movies, where there are either animal sacrifices, virgin sacrifices, or some type of deadly deal with the devil or cut-throat demons. Typically, the story ends badly for everyone, evil triumphing over good and ruining the good night's [...]
There is what seems like a fine line between real witchcraft and fantasy witchcraft--for example, the difference between Harry Potter and real witchcraft... which many beginners may not realize, is not so much of a fine line, but a huge break in reality. Sometimes newcomers are not aware that magic doesn't manifest in such fantastic visual forms--it can and will manifest in the most mundane ways possible. So much so, that at times it doesn't seem like anything has happened at all, because when we ask for the universe to manifest certain things in our lives they come about in ways that we question whether or not it is just coincidence. In the reality of magic, it can sometimes seem like things aren't happening at all and therefore causes disbelief.
A Book of Shadows (BOS), or a Grimoire is a way for a a witch to keep track of their craft. More than that, it is essentially a journal of everything that a witch has learned, thinks is important, and spells that they have cast or intend to cast. It can contain affirmations of the way they live their life, details on the pantheon of deities that they call upon, uses for herbs and crystals, as well as pertinent information about various divination techniques. Suffice it to say, every witch will have different information available to them in their personal BOS. It is for this reason, that it is silly to think that another witch's BOS or grimoire will necessarily be relevant to your practice.