On Geomancy

So, the tool which is pending generation – and has caused quite a bit of delay – is what Huson refers to as the “Rune Sticks”. In fact, this is a cool tool for generating the figures used in the divination system known as Geomancy, which has quite a lot of history behind it and…

Mercurial Tuning and Trance

In an effort to get the ball rolling again in the lead up to this full moon, I committed to making my square of mercury. Despite my expectation that this would be a simple throw-away step of the system which was symbolic in gesture more than entirely essential, I figured it would be less demanding….

Ruminations, Crafts, and Seasons

It has been a period of activity which has not been communicated in this blog. I guess I’m having some trouble developing the habit of writing these posts – and sometimes it just seems a little unusual to me. However, the weather on the east coast of Australia has decided to give us a very…

On the Acquisition of Things

I have been contemplating the fact that it has taken me so much longer than planned to get through the second chapter of the Huson Book Project and wanted to put down a few thoughts about it. I’ll admit to harbouring some notions of gracefully completing the entire set-up process in one fell swoop like…

On the Ancestors

In a recent blog post, Jason Miller, of Strategic Sorcery, gave some insights about his thoughts and practices in relation to the ancestors. I must stress that this was by no means the point of his blog post but rather an answer to one of several questions. Reading his response has, however, prompted some thoughts…

“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…