Witchcraft is rebellion

“She does it to be rebellious” 

In my younger years, I believed those words to be of someone who merely wanted to play pretend. But now, I smile when I hear those words. Of course she is rebellious, witchcraft is the very act of rebellion.

Witchcraft is the recourse of the dispossessed, the powerless, the hungry and the abused. It gives heart and tongue to stones and trees. It wears the rough skin of beasts. It turns on a civilization that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

-Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey

People rarely become witches for benign or gentle reasons. Its sought for power, for justice, for control. To look at something and wishing to no longer bare its pain, it is, in its very definition, an act of uprising; of heresy. It is a force, not an order. It is a rallying cry, not chaotic anarchy.

It is forged by those with little to lose. Witchcraft is the beauty which is terror.– Apocalyptic Witchcraft by Peter Grey.

The next time you are told you are simply being “rebellious” smile in pride. You are not helpless….

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the manifesto of apocalyptic witchcraft

Pagan Devotionals

1. If the land is poisoned, the witchcraft must respond.

2. It is not our way if life, it is life itself which is under threat

3. Witchcraft is our intimate connection to the web of life.

4. We are the Witchcraft.

5. Our World has forever changed. The trodden paths no longer correspond. Witchcraft thrives in this liminal, lunar, trackless realm.

6. We are storm, fire and flood.

7. We will not be denied.

8. Witchcraft is the recourse of the dispossessed, the powerless, the hungry and the abused. It gives heart and tongue to stones and trees. It wears the rough skin of beasts. It turns on a civilization that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

9. If you have no price you cannot be bought. If you do not want you cannot be bribed. If you are not frightened you cannot be controlled.

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Witches’ Sabbat

Going to the place of promise,

where fairies and devils dwell.

Taking salves, fearless, lawless,

witches gather to cast their spell.

The others, foreign, unknown,

Spirits dance along with them all.

Alive and dead, young and crone.

Plotting, scheming, witches enthrall.

Familiar selves ride upon those hags,

all together they take to the sky.

Caught around an otherworldly snag,

bursts of mad ecstasy as they fly.

Moans and cries call out, “More! More!”

A scene of addicting intoxication.

Their bodies rising upon the floor,

groans go forth full of temptation.

Until the very peak, they shall go forth,

Weasel, Cat, Toad, and Rabbit.

To all corners, East, West, South, North,

The end of the Witches’ Sabbat.

Indwelling of Spirits and Forces: A bit of a ramble

The moment I started along the path of Faery and being a Fairy Doctor I had not known how deeply it would physically, mentally, and spiritually effect my body. One such thing was my sense of smell. Over time, it became so dull to what it is now. It is worth noting that I do not mind such a thing. I have never really been obsessed with how things smell. However as my smell grew weaker, I came to notice something else. A spiritual sense of smell arose.

 

I can sense unseen beings through my nose and even communicate with them in some ways. Why had this occurred? For the last year or so, I accepted it as a part of my “Sight” that was given to me by the fairies long ago. But within the last 6 months, my view changed. My nose is away with the fairies….to say the least.

 

I can certainly understand skepticism and eye rolling. It sounds a bit silly, but I am being very honest. What I am experiencing is Indwelling, as a priestess of the Morrigan informed my friend. Indwelling is when a specific part of your body is housing (or dedicated to) unseen forces or beings. From this, you can gain certain spiritual senses and aid from those beings and forces taking house inside those parts of your body.

 

From research into this, I haven’t found quite what I was experiencing; though, what I could find included the following: the belief when people experience sickness because of spirits dwelling inside their bodies or tales of the Fair Folk and various other spirits sometimes dwelling inside of objects and landmarks to make their homes in.

 

The best comparison I can relate to this, though, is either mediumship or possession; unlike taking control completely or taking temporary hold, indwelling is when forces or entities house in certain places in the body for long periods of time. Sometimes it is agreed upon, though sometimes not.

 

What sort of things can such a thing grant? There isn’t really a lot of information about this subject, so I must go on from personal experience and word of mouth. For me, it aids in my Sight as well as my practice in fairy doctoring. A connection and tie to Faery is an inherent thing for a fairy doctor, and with fairies indwelling in my body I have an even stronger connection. The powers, treatments, charms, potions, and spells of fairy doctors are taught either from a family member, a teacher, from fairies, or are given to directly to fairy doctors through unknown forces. A majority of my fairy doctoring is learned from my connection to the fairies and the dreams they, and Faery itself, give to me.

 

Indwelling also, from what I’ve experienced, allows for more easy communication between yourself and the being or force dwelling inside you. Though, it can be difficult sometimes to forcefully remove the indwelling spirit. Physical means are usually needed, so intense banishing would be key. It would be something that, at least I can’t reasonably see, be done alone. Another separate person would make the process a lot easier. Of course, there are some hints in folklore as to another method, which would be to remove the body part that is housed in. You can find this in tales of fairies plucking out eyes of mortals given “The Sight”.

 

This is definitely a very in-depth subject that requires more research and thought, but I wanted to share with everyone what I had discovered and what my thoughts were.

 

Hope you enjoyed the read! Even if it is a bit of a ramble.

Day 16: Strawberries Are Easy Witched

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Old_Woman_with_Ducks_tail-piece_in_Bewick_British_Birds_1804“Strawberries Are Easy Witched” an Ozark folk tale from “Who Blowed Up the Church House” by Vance Randolph

“One time old Judge Culpepper set out a big patch of strawberries, and they done fine at first. But the Judge’s wife was mean and hard to get along with, always having trouble with the neighbors. Old Gram French come along the road selling sassafras roots, but Mis’ Culpepper didn’t want no sassafras roots, and she says Gram French don’t know enough to dig sassafras anyhow. One word led to another, and pretty soon both of them women was cussing and blackguarding loud as they could. So Gram went out in the road and drawed a little circle in the dust. Then she marked the circle with a cross, and spit on the cross. Everybody knowed Gram French could talk the Devil’s language, and they figured she was throwing a spell on Judge…

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Day 17: She Wouldn’t Be a Witch

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“She Wouldn’t Be a Witch” an Ozark folk tale from “Who Blowed Up the Church House?” by Vance Randolph

“Once upon a time a crowd of country women were having a quilting bee, and they all got to talking about witches. One lady says she had heard a lot of peculiar stories about things like that. ‘I’d like to see one of those initiations,’ she said, ‘and maybe I’d even ride a broomstick myself.’ She was just a-talking for fun. But the joke seemed to fall kind of flat, so she didn’t say any more about it.

“When the party broke up the lady started for home, and one of the neighbor women walked along beside her. ‘Did you mean what you said, about becoming a witch?’ she asked. The lady was a little sore because her joke wasn’t appreciated, but she decided to carry it through. ‘Yes, I did,’…

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Day 18: Quaker Healing

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I can’t have a blog about folk healing without talking about some of the faith healing traditions I’ve encountered over the years. One such tradition comes from my own faith, the Religious Society of Friends, more commonly known as Quakers. This faith healing tradition has deep roots that go back to the fervent Protestant movements of 16th Century England. The Religious Society of Friends was only one of several movements that emphasized a personal and direct relationship with the Divine, simple worship, and radical political reform. Friends were a wily bunch in those days, there’s one story I like to tell about 16th century Friends running naked through churches as a protest against the greed and intolerance of the Church of England at that time.

Friends also inherited a rich healing tradition, influenced in part by folk healing traditions of England that were still prevalent in the 16th century, and…

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Day 22: A Rant and Some Tree Lore

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Before we get to talking about tree lore I’d like to have myself a little rant. I’ve gotten quite a few negative responses in the past week or so to my folklore posts. These responses seem to want to tell me that this folklore is useless, that the world works in such-and-such way and we should believe such-and-such. I don’t mind people sharing their opinions, even if they are obviously misinformed, that’s your freedom, but don’t think I won’t call you out on your bullshit. This is a blog that’s focused on Ozark folklore and folkways, Ozark people share a certain culture, and within that culture there are beliefs and practices that interest me. So when I talk about cursed trees, or plants associated with the dead, or how to get rid of a ghost, I don’t give two shits if you don’t believe that trees can be cursed, I…

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Day 23: White Animals

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We’ve talked a little bit about the significance of black animals like the “boogers” in Ozark folklore, e.g. they are often supernatural creatures, they are sometimes ghosts in animal form, they are sometimes witches, they are sometimes used to terrify children. Now I’d like to talk a little bit about white animals. These hold a lot of the same significance for Ozark people as black animals do. It seems they are both viewed with a certain amount of suspicion and are often believed to have supernatural powers. From what I can tell, however, there aren’t the same associations with witchcraft as there are with black animals. White animals are often associated with ghosts and spirits of the land, some are also considered symbols of luck, others as omens of death.

Here are some examples from Vance Randolph’s “Ozark Magic and Folklore.”

“It is very generally believed that the appearance of…

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Day 25: Rabbit Lore

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This post came about when I was looking through “Folk Beliefs from Arkansas” by Mary Celestia Parler and I found a series of verbal charms related to the rabbit. Here are the charms I found, although if there are this many recorded, from several different locations in Arkansas, there are probably even more that have been passed down without being written down.

“Good Luck; if the first word you say on arising on the first of the month is rabbit.”

“If you sit up in bed on the first day of the month and say, “rabbit, rabbit,” before you do anything else, you’ll have good luck all month.“

“Dr. Riley of the History department told a friend of mine that her mother strongly believes in superstitions and on the last day of each month before going to sleep, the last thing she says is, ‘good night hares.’ The next morning…

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