I’ll doing four prompts a week, on Wednesdays, tagged #WitchyWednesday on Twitter. I’m happy to clarify anything and respond to any questions or comments. Feel free to contact me as well! As for the prompts, they’re originally from a Tumblr post by user Baduhennasraven.
Here’s this week’s prompts:
- What are my views on cursing/hexing?
- Formal or informal rituals/spells? Why?
- What do I believe is needed for a successful spell/ritual?
- What is my favorite type of magic; candle, sympathetic, sigils, etc?
What are my views on cursing/hexing?
Oh, boy. This is a complicated one. I consider cursing a bad idea, what with whatever you send out is likely to come back compounded on you. And while it isn’t always possible to always send out positive things, it’s important to be cautious in what you cast.
Hexing, for me, is different than cursing. Cursing is casting against someone with negative intent. Hexing, by definition, is just casting a spell on someone. I don’t normally do so without explicit permission from the individual in question, or a damned good reason, like protection for myself.
Formal or informal rituals/spells? Why?
Informal rituals and spells are more my speed. As someone who primarily considers themselves a kitchen witch, informal casting, without a circle or with mostly edible components, is how I roll.
I also do a lot of simple inscribed candles. I don’t work with a lot of oils or anything fancy because we have cats and some oils, regardless of their purpose, can be toxic to cats when burned. Same reason I don’t burn herbs in the house. I wait for a bonfire or outdoor event. With the candles, I use Shabbat candles. Maybe it’s a hold-over from being raised Jewish (more -ish than Jewish these days), but they’re clean burning, easy to use, and easy to get a hold of from various retailers. This is the type I use.
What do I believe is needed for a successful spell/ritual?
When it comes down to it, every successful spell or ritual requires the same three things: yourself, proper focus, and the right mental head space. That’s all. Full stop.
Everything else, every tool, herb, candle, or incantation, that’s all icing on the cake. Sure, it can help with focus, or head space, to do a full ritual with casting a circle, calling the Quarters, etc. But without you, focus, and mental capacity to cast no magic is getting done.
What is my favorite type of magic; candle, sympathetic, sigils, etc?
I would actually say, yet again, divination is my favorite kind of magic, followed closely by standard kitchen witchery. I do use candle magic for friends, but my favorite way to practice magic is with an edible spell.
That’s it for this week. What are your answers? I’d love to know.