Out of the Ashes

So it’s been a while… a really long while. Perhaps, more than a year sort of while? I suppose it’s the sort of occurrence which would lead people to assume one – or their practice – dead. However, blogging aside, this could not be further from the truth. It has been a year of trial…

The Witch’s Pyramid: Origins

We’ve all come across it. It waxes and wanes in popularity but any degree of initial research into Western Esoteric practices will eventually turn up the familiar “To Know, To Dare, To Will, and To Keep Silent” or some variation on it. But what exactly does it mean and where has it come from? It…

A Foray Into Initiation

So, I’ve been pondering the concept of initiation a little lately – considering different perspectives of what constitutes a valid initiation; wondering what exactly initiation was; mulling over how the concept varies across cultures and traditions – and I found myself full of questions and a nagging need to understand more. I set about exploring…

A Challenge, A Contract, A Guide

I return to my body – the location burnt into my mind, the words still fresh and ringing in my ears. I feel weak and a little spaced out, but that’s normal after connecting with Spirits in this manner. Incense pools and drifts over the altar and my eyes fall on my notebook – I…

The Trouble With Structure

If you are anything like me you like a bit of structure. I tend to make the assumption that we – as humans – seem to like a degree of organisation, of rational order, of clarity and delineation to assist us with understanding and functioning in the world around us. But Witchcraft isn’t rational. I…

On The Malefic Witch

Witches have long been associated with death, stillbirth, and bad luck for individuals, farmers, and communities. This is true across numerous cultures and in much folklore. But what if this actually stands for something more than a morally inept individual with a voracious lust for the Christian Opposer? The Desecration of the Sacred This was…

Eat the Fruits of Your Own Making

Here, on the East Coast of New South Wales, Australia, we have just been hit with a sudden shift in season. After stretches of dry baking soil and weeks of high temperatures with higher humidity never relieved by storms, we have suddenly stepped into a noticeably chilly temperature range and days of torrential rain. It…

Kindling the Black Flame

The candle light flickers in the inky darkness: four for the quarters and one for Him. I lay the boundary and prepare the water… “Water and Earth, where you are cast…” The incense is kindled… “Creature of Fire, this charge I lay…” and then I call the wards – the Serpent, the Bull, the Bird,…

Depth in Practice

I am often interested to observe people making their way along their path and the stumbling blocks they encounter. There is an obvious pattern, particular snares which catch even the best of us for a time, and the dangerous allure of certain perspectives, opinions, or ideas that prove unfavourable for progress, development and action (analysis…

Labels, Community, and Tarostar

So I recently spoiled myself with a purchase of a book by Tarostar; It’s called ‘A Book of Shadows’. This act highlighted, for me, the last vestiges of a mangled world-view foisted on my mind by online communities and self-proclaimed experts when I was young and first struggling to find my feet in the Craft….

Lunch With the Raven

It was a stressful day at work. I took advantage of my lunch break and moved to a green space at the edge of the carpark. I sat, feeling disconnected and irritable. A nearby feather and some sticks provided me with a distraction: I found myself forming a pentagram with the feather in the centre….

Religion, Spirits, and Witchcraft

I am one of those who do not have a community surrounding my practice. My rituals are often those of an ecstatic nature, arising like the primal blood from the roots to the branches of the Great Tree; my practices are the result of experiences, of mistakes and adaptations, of guidance from the Other Worlds…