“Made to Measure, Wrought to Bind”

My respect for the members of my family whose creativity has manifested in forms related in any way to weaving has been unfathomably increased. My aunt, who constantly spins yarn only to feed it into a loom; my great-great-great-great grandmother who was a Parisian lace maker; my grandmother who sews and weaves; and all of…

On Taking a Witch’s Name

The notion of a ritual name or a “craft name” (insert your preferred variants here) has long been a concept I have wrestled with. The reasons for this have changed over time, but there are two which have remained at the root of my hesitance during the entire history of my awareness of this practice:…

The Athame – Consecrations

The next tool up in the list of consecrations – and possibly the most expected – is the Athame, or the “Witches’ Blade”. For the longest time I have held an aversion to the idea of having an athame but, after exploring some grimoire work and studying the Ian Watts writings on the tool, my…

The Cup and Thurible – Consecrations

Quite in keeping with the tradition of magical texts, Huson’s ‘Mastering Witchcraft’ turns quickly to the process of creating what he terms ‘the tools of your trade’. Being fundamental in the process of consecrating the other tools, the first two you are tasked to create are the Cup and Thurible. Huson gives the clear instructions…

The Man In Black

The first of the Devil’s Dozen: a rite to initiate contact. As mentioned in my previous post, a friend and I had agreed to work our way through Gemma Gary’s ‘Devil’s Dozen’ rituals for a spot of fun. The Devil is an entity who fits snugly into both our cosmologies and has been somewhat prevalent…

A Rededication

Having recently been discussing the years plans for my Craft explorations and development with a fellow practitioner, I have recommitted myself to the idea of working through the Huson manual. 2018 finished with somewhat of a shake up and a flurry of unexpected activity which meant a series of massive changes. Whether the dust has…

Preparations For Chapter 2 – A List

So, looking ahead to beginning the practical aspects of the book I have read through the chapter (and the Martial list from chapter 6, which is referenced in the process of consecrating the Athamé) and compiled a list of the items used throughout. My friend and I have begun the process of collecting the materials…

Chapter 1.3 – Casting Your Spells

This section of the chapter is fairly small, but rather dense as you realise once you begin to extrapolate.  It deals broadly with two main topics: Incantations, and; Religion and Spirits On Incantations The use of incantations (or chants/charms/mantras) are a useful focal point for focusing and applying your Imagination, Will and Faith (as discussed…

Chapter 1.2 – The Witches’ Pyramid

“Now you can begin developing your powers, the initial step of commitment having been taken.” Having dealt with the arena of mythology, or establishing a magical worldview, and performed a ritual act of beginning this path, Huson begins to explore the groundwork for developing the Witch Power. He provides us with two broad concepts from…

Chapter 1.1 – Reversing the Lord’s Prayer

The first chapter (appropriately titled First Steps) starts us down the practical path of the Huson system. It is broken into a handful of subtitles, each addressing specific pieces of the foundational information which will provide the floor for all the work going forward. These categories are: The Powers and Their Attainment (really the subheading…

On Mythology – Introduction to Mastering Witchcraft

“Before taking any practical steps upon the road to becoming a full-fledged witch, it would be advisable for you to be acquainted with at least the essence of witch history.”  – Paul Huson Following on from my previous post, it is inevitable that the beginning point for this project would be the introductory chapter of…

Mastering Witchcraft: A Project

The first text I found along my path which provided a framework I was interested in testing (and subsequently achieved results with) was the infamous – and often maligned – ‘Mastering Witchcraft’ by Paul Huson. Chances are good that you’ve heard of it, if you haven’t actually read it. A cursory look at some of…