Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Devin Hunter, author of The Witch's Book of Power, Witch's Book of Spirits, and the new Witch's Book of Mysteries.
For years I was one of those witches who scoffed at the idea of adding affirmations to my practice. The idea of training the mind made sense, but I always felt ridiculous looking at myself in the mirror and reciting a litany of positive sentences. "I am capable of doing the thing!" "I am the master of the thing!" "Life loves me and so does the thing!" The worst, of course, were group affirmations where there would be a room full of us all droning on about how we were going to be the "co-creators of our own lives." None of
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jason Mankey, author of The Witch's Book of Shadows, The Witch's Athame, and the new Transformative Witchcraft.
When people ask me what I do for a living, I generally reply with, "Write Pagan books and do some other Pagan stuff." When talking to people outside of the magickal community, this often leads to questions such as, "Just what is a Pagan?" I think we've mostly moved beyond people equating Paganism with the imagery of the 1980's Satanic Panic, though I'm not sure it will ever completely go away.
Today, when dealing with preconceived notions of Paganism I find that it generally falls into two camps. There are many who equate
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Storm Faerywolf, author of the new Betwixt & Between.
Magic is the heart of witchcraft. The casting of spells, the making of charms, the speaking of incantations… Whatever the particular method, or practice, or tradition, one thing has remained constant in my years practicing the Craft: the shifting of awareness into the ecstatic. Famed occultist Dion Fortune notably defined magic as "the art of changing consciousness at will." This definition has served as a basis for the practices and philosophies of many successive witches and occultists since.
Often when the new student begins in the Craft we are inclined to assume that whatever
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Aaron Leitch, author of several books, including Secrets of the Magickal Grimoires, The Angelical Language Volume I and Volume II, and Essential Enochian Grimoire.
When I began my occult path—so many years ago now—there were two things I lamented above all else: 1) that Western culture had abandoned its official belief in magick, and 2) that what little remained of Western occultism had abandoned the Old Magick in favor of post-GD psychological models. I would have to say, in some sense, my entire career as an author/teacher and all-around very public occultist has been dedicated to setting those two things right again. I wanted to live