Voodou is an afrodiasporic religion and set of folk magical practices that is a mixture of Yoruba and Caribbean and Louisianan traditions. I don’t know a lot about it, to be honest. But I recommend books by Zora Neal Hurston, Tell My Horse and Jambalaya by Luisah Teish. I really know very little about it, but I respect it very much and I am very interested in any American folk magic traditions. Let me know what you find out. There are lots of frauds out there! So watch out
Yes, but only a couple times. More often I do witch’s balls, witch’s bottles, etc. that are counter-hexes that only activate if someone (or myself) is attacked.
Honestly, I am pretty easy going and people don’t often make me mad enough to arise a cursing response out of me. But I know how to and my curses have been effective, both times I have done them.
I can’t find anything online about it either. My information is from a book called Silver Bullet and other American Witchcraft stories.
This is the only thing I could find online about hill people and witches and beetles and it is Ozark not Appallachian: http://archive.org/stream/ozarksuperstitio032343mbp/ozarksuperstitio032343mbp_djvu.txt
“Another common treatment for earache is to prick a betsey bug with a pin and put a drop of its blood into the ear. There seem to be several species of insects called betsey bugs or bessy bugs; one is a big black beetle, nearly two inches long, found in old stumps and rotten wood. People subject to earache some-times keep several of these betsey bugs alive in a glass jar, to be used as needed.”
“If you hear raps, knocks, ticks, or bells, with no apparent cause for these noises, it is a sign that death is coming to some-one near you. The famous death watch or death tick, a sharp snapping noise sometimes heard in log houses at night, is sup-posed to mean a death in the building within a few days. This noise is similar to the sound made by cocking a pistol and is said to be produced by a beetle with a singular gift of divination. “
Oh, looks like I didn’t put the link in my post, doh! My shop is on etsy, itsSpiritscraft. Thanks for asking!
Yes, Sisoula wrote up something amazing about this, she is a an MDiv Wiccan, thats pretty awesome and her information is really good: http://tmblr.co/Zl_QXwokWXiY a spirit guide is a friend you always have with you that can listen when you are lonely and tired of “bugging” your other friends. Your spirit guide will always want to listen to you and won’t ever be bugged by you.
Seashellies is another one of my favorites, she wrote this one for a friend and as you can see its really customized.http://seashellies.tumblr.com/post/55146851678/an-anti-depression-spell-by-shelly If you were to use this you would probably need to customize the herbs and stones to your situation. But this would create a sachet pouch you could carry on you and focus on when you needed a little happiness.
A very powerful technique is for when you do have a little extra happiness or energy, store it up to access later. This one probably won’t help you right now, but remember it next time you are giddy and store up a little something against future need: http://lunar-lavender.tumblr.com/post/51844651552/alright-my-chronically-ill-witchy-friends-i-have Honestly, this spell is pure genius for any one with a chronic illness, including clinical depression.
If you don’t have a good counselor yet and/or have little access to one, at some point it may be worth doing a spell to summon up the means to gain/find one. What you need:
An old phone book, tear out a page from the psychologist section. A photo of yourself. A magnet. A rubber band. Lavender or another mentally healing herb like St John’s wort. Take the picture of yourself, lay the herb on it and the magnet (if you have a lodestone use it instead), wrap the whole photo in the pyschologist page from the phone book like wrapping yourself up in a blanket burrito. This is something I do with my blankets when I am depressed to retreat so I can heal. You are going to make a sanctuary with the focus being a good counselor becoming available to you and serving as balm to your hurting soul. When it is all wrapped up, secure it with the rubber band or a elastic hair band that will help you bounce back when you are ready to go out and face the world again restored.
After you have created the magic object, place it somewhere safe. In your pillow or between your mattresses is perfect. Now you can expect one of two things to come into your life, the means to obtain therapy or a person or group of people who enter your life who serve as a counselor. Keep a lookout, its just a matter of being in the right place at the right time now. It could mean you or your parents get a job that has mental health insurance, that you notice a flier for free counseling sessions through your school, or that you get a windfall of money that you should dedicate to counseling. It could be a friend who is an especially good listener that comes into your life or a poster for a youth group like an lgbqt group or a alanon group or similar that catches your eye. After doing the spell you should expect the unexpected, something is coming along now.
does anyone have tips for witches and pagans in college?
i am heading off to college at the end of august and i realize that my practice will have to change. my current method of giving offerings to deities tends to be lighting candles/incense for them on my altar, which obviously is not allowed in dormitories. i probably will not even have room for an altar, so i am also trying to think of a way to create a tiny space dedicated to my path…
anyways, does anyone have suggestions for making this transition?
Battery operated candles. Suitcase/lunchbox altar (fits under your bed, slide it out and open it for working in it—you can paste up pictures on the top inner lid, and set out your ritual set up in the bottom of it. Keep it from getting jostled and slide it carefully in and out and it will serve you well. Feathers, potpourri, scented oils or bells instead of incense. Kindle books instead of regular books (more private). Work outdoors. Often on campus there are trees you can climb, little hidden spots you can get out and meditate and practice and set up natural altars.