A Witch Who Cannot Hex Cannot Heal

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

 As witchcraft and various forms thereof begin to become more and more popular these days, I'm seeing so many of the discussions about witchcraft leave out the darker, less goddess-y side of the craft.  Truth is, one cannot be a witch without knowing both sides of the coin.

I have long been known to criticize the breed of new-age witches and those who only claim they are "pagan" and offer no other distinction.  Witchcraft is not a t-shirt and it's not a candle or crystal, it is a way of life and something that is very important and taken very seriously by those who practice it.

Whether you practice alone, with others, or offer your services, one thing that frequently comes up is curses, hexes and general "ill will."  It is important to know these things.  It's important because if you don't know these things, you cannot fully understand the other side.  Also if you cannot create a curse, how can you undo one? Truth is, the dark side of witchcraft is a necessary and very important part of it.

Witchcraft is older than Wicca, and Wicca is a religion whereas witchcraft is not.  Not all witches follow the "Wiccan Rede" and I do not subscribe to the law of "And it harm none, do as ye will."  Truth is, I believe that anything you do to manipulate energy or nature harms something.  I also do not believe in the law of threefold, and I do not need to cast circles or "set the stage" in order to practice.

Witchcraft has been around for thousands of years, and Wicca was created in the 1950s.  Witches of all kinds, everywhere, were called up on to cast lovespells, to seek revenge and to curse.  I think mostly Wicca tries to gloss over this very important historical aspect of witchcraft. Witches are not only light or only dark, they must be both.  If you cannot be both, then you are doing yourself a very big disservice, and not working to your full potential.

Simple curses are easy enough, though do not have longevity.  It is easy to bring ill will to one for a brief period of time, but as most things go, it takes a more complicated approach to make something stick.  A simple curse may require one to collect something from the intended subject.  Hair, nails, and even a preserved footprint are used.  Traditional witchcraft isn't pretty, and often times requires things to be left to rot, or otherwise spoiled in some way.  Poppets made of wax, dough, or cloth are also used and can be sealed in a vessel, buried, burned, etc.

Countering a curse requires the same effort, but the physical collections will be from yourself, instead of another.  Sealing your hair mixed with witchpowder and bent nails or thorns in a glass bottle and then burying it in a place of power will oftentimes do the trick.

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