Today many forms of traditional witchcraft still use that dual observance heritage. Cornish Pellars still use psalms. Clan of Tubal Cain and Cultus Sabbati use heretical figures like Cain, Lilith, Tubal Cain and Nemheah, Lucifer, and Samuel. Some forms use inversions or parodies of the Lord’s Prayer and so on.
Do you mark out space before doing any of your witchery?
I do a variety of ways of drawing myself into the interworldly space around me. One is to call out to land, sea, and sky. Sometimes I work with summoning the traditional four elements. Other times, I tread the mill. Still other times I pull starlight down and earth blood up and mix them up as a lightening pole for the cosmos. I also like laying out the compass using the seven directions. I am a connissour of witchcraft altered space.
Circle Casting from the Internet Book of Shadows.
The Four Cities and Seven Directions by RJ Stewart from the Western Esoteric Tradition and Faery Faith.
Guardians from House Shadow Drake an Irish Traditional Witchcraft website.
Land, Sea and Sky a blessing ritual from Gaol Naofa a Celtic Recon group.
Circle Casting and the World Tree an essay about circle casting and witchcraft by Sarah Lawless.
Calling the Quarters an essay about different types of circles by Christopher Penzack
I think both. My cat and I chose each other. I was dreaming and wishing for a magically inclined cat for my birthday over ten years ago now. And I was drawing pictures of my dream kitty. My partner came home one day and said that his friends cats had a litter. I went to visit the kittens and one ignored anything else that happened and would just gaze fixedly at me and purr. She and I chose each other for sure. I dreamt her and she dreamt me and we are a dream together. She is looking out the front door right now at our porch garden.
Sometimes you just go pick out a cat. Those can be a wonderful companion or not. They might just live in your house and tolerate you. Sometimes a cat just shows up and insists on living with you, those are often bestfriends who completely steal your heart. Sometimes you go out and go out and go out looking for the right cat to look into your eyes, and that cat could also be the one.
I think just going to the store and grabbing the cutest cat or the cat that looks a certain way or just a certain breed has less chance of working than looking for that cat that just melds with your energy.
My mom and I both have a knack for finding those purrfect friends.
Thanks for asking me this question, it really means a lot to me actually. My cat and I are like parts of one soul.
As for spells I have done. I sought healing with a very elaborate ritual of a very painful chronic condition in my lady parts. The result of the spell led me to a doctor who actually correctly diagnosed my condition and to therapy that healed me. The disorder was so painful, in such a centrally important part of my body to me, that this is one of the most significant results for me.
Those two are just some highlights. Magic has been such a significant part of my life that most of my significant life changes have had magic at play. My current and last two partners were magic practitioners. I have done a spell to get an infertile couple pregnant and now I am a goddess-mother to a lovely little girl. I have gotten a call out of the blue offering me a job I didn’t apply to when I was unemployed. I am still there and its the best job I have had in this field, its been three and a half years, and I still influence my success here with magic when I need/want too.
This one took me along time to think of answers too, and I haven’t even gotten into the magic that brought Puck and I together and to where we are today. But that’s too private anyways.
Cleansing and Cleaning.
How do these play into your witchcraft, if at all?
What do you do to cleanse and clean yourself internally and/or externally, and your space? What customs do you have around it?
I sometimes cleanse myself energetically and align my souls. I don’t usually need cleansed inside unless I had a terrible day and am obsessed with unwanted thoughts. So that is really rare. But I will take a shower or bath to wash off any unwanted outside influence along with just cleaning my skin. I used to cleanse too often and it made me feel empty—no sense in sweeping the shore clean so to say.
I clean the air with a nice incense. I am just as happy honestly with nag champa as a fancy incense on charcoal. Anything to just make the place smell nice and smoke out any nasty lingering smells and spells.
I don’t keep my area as clean as I should really. I am improving, I really just have too much stuff. I have been de-cluttering and learning to keep cleaner. It really does make it easier to focus on magic and spiritual matters when things are organized and tidy. There is less to distract me.
I find that cleanliness is useful to my witchcraft because it is a part of pure intention and will. Too much distraction from extraneous thoughts, distracting piles and mess, itchy skin, tense neck muscles or off smells and energies in the air that aren’t to the point keep me from real concentration on the work at hand.