Archive for October, 2008

Peru shamans perform magic on U.S.

Posted in Weird on October 31, 2008 by Patrick

Peruvian shamans perform rituals in an attempt to influence the U.S. election.

Do you think it’s ethical to try to use magic to influence an election?

via BBS


Getting the Message

Posted in Magical Systems, Techniques on October 24, 2008 by Patrick

So last night I did a ritual divination to determine how I’m doing, you know, like Ed Koch but with spirits.  I invoked the HGA, then pulled out a major arcana card for each of the four worlds.  For Assiah, I got The Moon — which isn’t too terrible.  Stumbling along the path, not sure what the destination is, and potentially self-deceptive.  For Yetzirah, I got — The Moon.  Okay then.  For Briah, though, I got The Devil.  So there’s some block in the world of forms, some concept or notion chaining me down.  For Atziluth, I got Temperance, which seems pretty good, considering it’s samekh and so on, yadda yadda.

Then I went to bed and dreamed that I was lecturing my class on the City of Pyramids.  When I came home, I opened up my tool drawer and took out my wand, which split lengthwise into two pieces, both of which were soft and kind of rotten.

So, yeah.  Something’s wrong.

An Actual Survival of Witchcraft

Posted in Magical Systems on October 12, 2008 by Patrick

Most “survivals of ancient Witchcraft” are nonsense.  But this looks like evidence for a real one.

Over the centuries, many in the British Isles have appealed to witches in times of need–to cure a toothache, concoct a love potion, or curse a neighbor. Witchcraft, the rituals of a number of pagan belief systems, was thought to offer control of the world through rites and incantations. Common as it has been over the past several centuries, the practice is secretive and there are few written records. It tends to be passed down through families and never revealed to outsiders. But archaeologist Jacqui Wood has unearthed evidence of more than 40 witchy rituals beneath her own front yard, bringing to light an unknown branch of witchcraft possibly still practiced today.