El Negro Matapacos

This is El Negro, aka El Negro Matapacos. This courageous dog has been (unofficially) canonized as the protector of peaceful protestors who are assaulted by the police or military of unjust, corrupt governments. He’s also the patron saint of street dogs. He’s one of my heroes. There’s lots of great information about El Negro online, wonderful demonstrations of valor on the part of this ultra brave and loyal animal. A Tradition of Read More

Animal Sacrifices?

chicken-livered – adjective: Cowardly; easily frightened. ETYMOLOGY: The word chicken has traditionally been used to describe a coward. Also, earlier people believed that the liver was the seat of courage. But chicken-livered or chicken-hearted, it’s all the same. Earliest documented use: 1616. Source: Word A Day, by Anu Garg ———— Why am I starting with that definition? First, because it was the word of the day in a newsletter that I get Read More

Staying Healthy

Everyone is turning attention to staying healthy, with the ever-present threat of the Coronavirus looming over us. It’s clearly making a huge, negative impact on day to day life. While this strain of disease appears to be particularly aggressive and highly infectious, the advice we’re being given is relatively basic. It’s things like “wash your hands and avoid contact with the public”. That’s sound information, certainly. But luckily, there’s a lot more Read More

Curses

I’ve been seeing more and more justifications lately of how cursing is supposedly no big deal. Here’s a short list of why yes, it’s actually a big deal. Please note as you read, how the idea of spiritual karma is conspicuously absent from my points. If you happen to believe in karma, then that just adds even more layers of why you shouldn’t do this, to what I’m saying here. Of course, Read More

Initiation Struggles

Initiation struggles… one of the things that a magician must understand is that initiation into a true magickal current, brings struggles, complications and tests. These arise, as a result of the work and even serve as benchmarks of the same. This is true of any enduring practice, whether it’s witchcraft, Thelema, Santeria, The Golden Dawn or Vodun. You will not be able to simply waltz in, learn the mystical secrets, rise up Read More

Thank you, Santa Muerte

Thank You, Santa Muerte One member of my spiritual court is Santa Muerte, or La Santisima Muerte, the “Most Holy Death”. While she frequently helps me with a great many things, granting various requests for myself and my patrons, one thing She typically does not do is “talk” to me. I don’t ever hear audible voices from Spirits, personally. For most conjure practitioners, when they “talk”, it’s a type of telepathy that Read More

It’s Called A Reading For A Good Reason

It’s Called A Reading For A Good Reason   Thoughts on the  art and science of divination   It’s a funny business, life. Sometimes we have all the wrong ideas about something and it turns out just fine, anyway. Sometimes those wrong ideas lead us to disaster. Other times we did everything right and it still turned out badly, no fault of our own. Luckily, we can sometimes do everything right and have Read More

Medicine Bottle Spells

  A traditional type of Hoodoo spell is the medicine bottle. You can find classic, antique medicine bottles online in the usual places, like Etsy, Amazon, Ebay, etc. However, it isn’t necessary to spend $5-20 on a really cool bottle. You can, if you want to but you don’t need anything special for this.   The basic, plastic bottles that you get from any Rite Aid, Walgreen’s or any other pharmacy will Read More

Cleansing with Elemental Fire

  Anyone who has done any serious magickal work knows that if you do any work on the astral at all, then every once in a while, you’re going to attract a certain amount of psychic sludge. The Elements get imbalanced, due to focussing on a single Element. When you do ritual, you light up on the astral plane. Doing white light work? Intense meditation? Doing pentagram rituals or casting circles? Honoring Read More