Tuesday, 28 June 2016

What is Energy?

Me in drag make up raising energy and shit.

This post is a revised version of a piece I originally wrote for my old blog. It's a brief exploration of this concept of "energy" all magical practitioners are introduced to in their studies and training, whether they make use of it or not. The post was originally inspired by a conversation I had with some friends whose magical practices could be described as being "energy free". They mainly practice folk magic. Largely Hoodoo – that 19th century African American organically grown system of effective and practical magic that works extensively with herbs and roots and operates from a Christian worldview. 
Hoodoo makes use of magical herbal folklore from African, European and Native American traditions. It also has influences from mystical Judaism and European medieval grimoires. Christian prayer and The Holy Bible are used extensively, particularly with the recitation of the psalms (with different psalms being deemed appropriate for different situations) although other Biblical passages are also used (a classic example being “The Song of Solomon” in love workings). Hoodoo has a reputation for working well and bringing successful results, which is probably one of the main reasons for its popularity.
I have practised Hoodoo myself on occasion over the years, but I am by no means an expert, and tend to just make use of a few techniques I know to work well, but it's not a major part of my personal practice. These friends of mine practice their rootwork (one of the many alternative names you hear being used to refer to Hoodoo, other common terms being “Conjure” and often, simply “Spiritual Work”) on a professional basis for clients and I highly recommend you pay a visit to their website The Occult Consultancy. Their oil blends are powerful and gorgeous smelling and their emailed Tarot and other divination readings have knocked the socks off more than a few of their clients. Whilst Hoodoo could be argued to originally be most closely associated with African American folks attending Baptist Churches, there were also many Catholics who started using Hoodoo, often incorporating it in with petitioning saints, and it is this Catholic flavoured Hoodoo that tends to be the practice of my friends. I feel I should point out also, that petitioning saints in folk magic is not just a Hoodoo practice, it's much older than that and has been common in Catholic countries for centuries. If you are interested in Hoodoo, don’t know much about it and would like to know more, the single best online resource for information, hands down, would have to be Lucky Mojo.
To get back to the purpose of this post – the main magical practices of these friends of mine would fall into the categories of Hoodoo and European (and often Catholic) folk magic, with the occasional smattering of grimoiric influence. In other words, my friends don’t do “energy”. It isn’t a thing for them. Their approach to working magic, which has a long historical precedent (see Agrippa’s “Three Books of Occult Philosophy” and probably any grimoire or medieval magical text) is that this stuff works because it works. All the herbs and roots are made by God (because God made everything because he’s God!) and they each have different abilities. It's a case of gathering the suitable ingredients (materia magica) which are in harmony with your intent (the materials themselves are important, again a very classic and old world, traditional approach to magic found in all cultures, none of this “Oh, it’s just a prop or a tool” attitude you find amongst so many today - though I also understand and see some value in this approach too, magic is paradoxical). The ingredients are then worked with in some way: magical oil blends are made with the correct ingredients and prayed over, herbs and roots are stuffed into pouches (mojo bags or gris-gris bags) along with other magical ingredients – animal parts (like a chicken’s foot or raccoon penis bone, for instance) seals or talismans from grimoires (which are regarded as inherently powerful for the symbols and Hebrew names of God that are inscribed on them) and perhaps, a passage from the Bible written on a piece of paper along with a personal petition. All of these activities are done with prayer and intent. There is no “energy” concept, no symbols are traced in the air and visualised, no white (or blue, or green or any colour) of “energy” needs to be raised, felt or visualised emanating from your hands into your working. It’s all about combining the correct or suitable ingredients with strong faith and heartfelt prayer. Much European folk magic in general seems to work in this way.
"Holy Fire, Panel 1" by the psychedelic Alex Grey.

Whilst familiar to a point, with the concept of “energy” that so many magical practitioners of modern Western systems and New Age practices speak of, my friends’ personal dealings with it were little to none. I then discussed some of my personal experiences over the years of the kinds of sensations and feelings of “energy” I experience when I engage in energetic work such as Chakra opening exercises and The Middle Pillar ritual. I mentioned the subtle feelings and tingles I get from crystals and the variations depending on different minerals, the sensations of power flowing through my body when working Craft based magic and how, when being attuned to Reiki Level One a few years ago, I became aware of strong heat and flowing forces circulating about me that were so palpable I could see moving circles in my mind’s eye mimicking the cyclical movement. The feeling of tightness I experienced in my head after the Reiki symbols had been traced in the air over me and that left me for an entire week afterwards with a strong spaced out feeling and that “ear popping” sensation you get when you are in a plane that is about to land.
Whilst I totally appreciate that the concept of a subtle force may well have been completely alien to the magic of many of our medieval European forbears (be they angel summoning magician or folksy down in the dirt cunning men and wise women) there is definitely an historical precedent for working with this “energy” in other parts of the world. Teachings on auras, subtle bodies and currents of invisible force that flow through our bodies in channels and can be controlled and projected from us humans have been in existence for centuries. Many cultures recognise this same “energy” as being found in all natural objects – trees, plants, rocks, rivers and the very earth itself, in flows and currents. In India we have terms such as prana and kundalini. In Hawai, mana (for some reason this particular term became very popular in a lot of sword and sorcery style fantasy role playing video games, as any geeks reading this may well be aware). To the Chinese, it is known as Chi and martial arts students the world over are introduced to this concept. The famous Czech Hermetic magician Franz Bardon was referring to this force when he spoke of “vital power” (“lebenskraft”) and electric and magnetic fluids (not to be confused with the usage of those terms in actual Physics!). In 1939, Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich discovered what he described as life-force or cosmic energy and labelled it Orgone and even went as far as to construct orgone accumulators. If you have a penchant for kooky looking gadgets, I’d definitely recommend googling those!
My knowledge of this subject is limited, but Asia appears to have the most detailed and sophisticated understanding of this topic. Tantric, Hindu, Buddhist, Daoist, Shinto, and undoubtedly many more traditions go into teachings on how to regulate, cultivate and channel this power for all manner of goals from healing to harming.
In the West, I don’t know if Celtic or Norse tribes had an awareness of this energy, but I would not be at all surprised.
So why is there such a huge emphasis on it by so many Magicians, Pagans, Witches and New Agers in the West today? I think that most of it boils down to the early trailblazers of the occult revival in late 19th century England, whose work continues to inspire and inform so many in the Western magical traditions (although I am well aware of a movement away from this material by some modern occultists now that we live in the information age and have access to better translations of magical and mystical texts from around the world) I am of course, referring to the likes of the Golden Dawn magicians, the Theosophists and the infamous Aleister Crowley. The Theosophical Society had a strong Eastern influence which continues today in their philosophy and practice and Crowley had a keen interest in Yoga, Buddhism and Tantric practices. In Victorian England, amongst occultists and I’m sure at least a few spiritualists, opening your Chakras became a thing (it must have been tough in all those corsets and waistcoats they used to wear!).
"Eternal Flow" by the awesome Rassouli. 

A little later in history, the aforementioned terms of Reich and Bardon would have gained popularity amongst practitioners familiar with either of these men’s works. Baron Carl Von Reichenbach’s term Odic force, which is again, described as life force or vital energy (and in this case, named after the Norse god Odin) was also used in some circles.
In terms of modern Witchcraft/Wicca, early Gardnerian and Alexandrian Witches seemed to simply refer to the use of the “power” and the importance of raising a cone of power in coven based magical workings. In his first factual book on the practices and beliefs of modern Witches, “Witchcraft Today“, Gerald Gardner discusses the notion of power emanating from the human body and how ritual nudity in the Craft is necessary so as not to inhibit the flow of this power.
The dreaded “E” word seems to have gained more prominence in Witchcraft, Pagan and Ritual Magic terminologies as a result of the New Age movement. Many today still use the word “energy”, whilst continuing to profess to hate it for it’s pseudo-scientific connotations and vagueness as a term, probably for its convenience and universality. The equally popular pseudo-scientific New Age usage of the terms vibrationfrequency and wavelength can also be found to make their way into the speech of some occultists.
No longer purely the domain of the mystical and magical, "Energy", like "Karma" has become a common term used in everyday language for everyone these days. I'm an unapologetic fan of the reality TV show Big Brother (I think it's because I find people fascinating) and people are always talking about the "energy" of their fellow housemates and whether someone has "good energy" or "bad energy" or how they don't like a person's "energy" or how the "energy" in the house has been brought down by negative activities such as gossiping and confrontational arguments.
Terminology aside, I find the concept of  life force/Chi/vital power to be a very interesting and necessary aspect of some of my key magical practices and I think  it’s a shame that it's met with such derision from some quarters. Not all traditions acknowledge it or seek to work with it, as I have mentioned.
 Jason Miller (whose work I greatly admire: Love his books and highly recommend his year long email correspondence Strategic Sorcery course) gives a simplified but pretty nifty way of looking at magical traditions in his book “Sorcerer’s Secrets: Strategies in Practical Magick“. You have three levels. One deals with the physical ingredients and tools, another with all things energetic and the other with the divine and all spiritual beings etc. Some traditions work with all three in their magical process (such as Wicca) others may work with just two, completely bypassing one of the levels, such as is the case with Hoodoo, which deals solely with God, spirits and material ingredients.
I feel ultimately that those interested in magic and mysticism on a global and universal level, keen to explore more than just one or two traditions, will find the study of “energy” and the practice of energetic work to be a fascinating and worthwhile piece of the “Mysteries and Magic of the Universe” puzzle, especially if drawn to some of the Eastern paths of mysticism and sorcery where, quite frankly, it's fundamental.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Prayers and Intention Setting: Magic by another name.

"Natural Magic" by Francoise Strachan

When you live your life studying and practising magic, over time, you come to see the magical at work in many different forms not thought of or described as being magical by mundane society. You notice and probably pay more attention to the synchronicities and "coincidences" that happen all around us (I use quotation marks there because I'm personally sceptical of the concept of a coincidence, it doesn't fit into my worldview very well as I see coincidences as a mundane way of covering up or unsatisfactorily explaining away magical and divine moments in life). You also realise just how many religious practices are inherently magical. There has always been a relationship between magic, religion, spirituality and even science. All of those pursuits are concerned with being a quest for truth in the world and we all know that astronomy and chemistry wouldn't be where it is today without the input of our ancestors with their astrology and alchemy (subjects these days deemed by the modern world as magical, superstitious or otherwise not to be taken seriously). Developments in some areas of science (quantum physics being an especially good example) sound so similar to certain magical and mystical teachings of ages past that some occultists who actually have a good knowledge of the sciences (I am NOT one of these!) have told me they feel they have scientifically explained certain magical practices and how they work.

I'm not going to be talking science here, though. The examples I'm about to give are practices generally categorised as religious or spiritual. I have other examples I can think of, but I will save those for a future post. I'm not talking magical in the "Oh look, isn't that sunrise just magical!" or "The birth of every baby is a miracle" sense. I'm talking about the practical manifestation of specific intentions into the world. I'm talking hands on get-shit-done magic.

I suppose I do need to give a brief definition of how I am using the term "magic" here, as not everyone reading this blog may be a practising occultist of any kind. So, to be clear, I'm talking practical magic, and I'm talking about accomplishing goals in life through non-mundane methods. I'm talking about accomplishing goals through disciplining your mind to focus on a specific intention and bringing that intention to manifestation in the real world through performing spells and/or rituals (sets of actions, often working with physical tools or props that symbolise what you are aiming to achieve, combined with your intention and usually performed whilst experiencing altered states of consciousness, usually nothing more than a mild trance state, not necessarily anything heavier than that) working with "forces", be they spirits, deities, planetary influences, elemental energies etc Whether they are viewed as literal forms of "energy" or literal beings with their own wills, personalities and agendas, or simply very old archetypal symbols (or all of those!) is down to the practitioner.

Contrary to some who go along with the Crowleyan derived idea that magic is simply causing changes to occur in conformity with will, I feel that for magic to be magic, it HAS to involve what I might refer to as non-mundane methods, or non-mundane channels (the spells and rituals and forces, I just mentioned above, what some might describe as supernatural elements). In other words, opening a door, or making a cup of tea, is not a magical act as far as I am concerned, though according to some people's definitions they are, because they involve causing a change to occur in conformity with your will, after all!

Without further ado, here are some concrete examples of practices I have personally come to realise as being magical, despite the fact that some of them come from traditions or ways of thinking that demonise or otherwise separate magic from themselves.

Praying for Stuff

Prayer is a universal practice found within all religions. There are many different forms of prayer to be found throughout the world and many religions include all the various forms of prayer within them: 

Prayers of gratitude to the divine for the general blessings in our lives.

Prayers for the dead (whether it's praying for souls of the recently deceased to find peace, have a better afterlife, leave purgatory and enter heaven, or be reincarnated into more fortunate life circumstances) 

Prayers for guidance, asking the divine for guidance and wisdom to be bestowed upon them as a means of aiding them in navigating themselves through life and better coping with the human condition.

Prayers for big general blessings of benefit to the entire world, praying for world peace or that all sentient beings eventually attain enlightenment. 

Last, but by no means least, we have the prayers that are about asking for specific concrete stuff: prayers to help your son get into medical school, prayers to help your daughter pass her piano exam, prayers to help your sick relative get that donor, prayers to help you find a husband, etc.

It is this last form of prayer that I personally consider to be an active form of practical magic. Many "asking for stuff" prayers understand and promote powerful and effective techniques found within the realms of officially recognised magical practices. Some people will disagree with me on this one, but I consider it to be a form of practical magic because it's about making something very specific manifest in your life or the life of another. I also consider such prayers to be a form of practical magic as they often involve the following: 

The power of sound and vibration (the droning rhythmic chanting of mantras, the "magic" of other "special" languages: Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit, etc) 

An understanding of the power and efficacy of repetition (this is a BIG one): Saying prayers a specific number of times is a practise recognised by many traditions: Catholics place a big importance on specific prayers being recited a specific number of times, be it in the concept of performing a novena prayer to a saint every day for 9 days or more, or the Hindu and Buddhist teachings on reciting mantras so many thousand times in order for their power to come into effect (e.g using a 108 bead mala as a means of keeping count and doing so many rounds of mala so many times a day for so many days until the mantra has been recited 10,000 times, etc)

The use of candles, incense and offerings to the beings who are being petitioned (food, flowers, etc): Catholics even consecrate their candles, I mean, really! (If you haven't noticed yet, Catholicism is dripping in magic)

When we take into account the use of such tools and "spiritual technologies", praying for stuff appears to be less about passively asking the divine for help and sitting back to see what happens, and more of an active practice in which the one praying is making a concerted and disciplined effort to ensure success in their endeavour. 

Other reasons to consider these forms of prayer as especially effective forms of practical magic: 

The importance of the prayer being directed to the most appropriate being (angel, saint, god, goddess) or aspect of the one God (if we are dealing with a religion that has that particular theological standpoint) e.g using a mantra dedicated to Lord Ganesha if you need obstacles removing from you life, praying to St Joseph if you are want to sell your house (for those that don't know, you can buy St Joseph "Sell your House" kits in Catholic supply shops that come with a statuette of the saint and instructions on how to perform the novena, along with the relevant prayers) 

The teaching, found in many traditions, of physical objects becoming imbued with power that can enhance and boost your prayers. Catholics and many other religious followers place great emphasis on the power certain objects have to bring things into your life. Mala beads that have had so many thousand repetitions of certain mantras chanted over them may be considered more powerful than a fresh set bought at the local religious supply shop as they will have accumulated the power of the mantra over time. The same can be said for well used rosary beads. 

Relics, items that have some physical connection to some saint or holy person or place can be regarded as powerful: a piece of wood from the true cross, a bit of a sandal that once belonged to a saint, a piece of fabric that came into physical contact with an object that had a physical connection to a holy person, dirt from the ground of a sacred temple, etc I have heard of a group of nuns who stitched blankets for breast cancer patients. Each and every stitch had a "Hail Mary" recited over it: powerful stuff. None of this, in my opinion, is essentially  any different to a talisman or charm of a Witch or ceremonial magician. Relics are what many magical practitioners refer to as "magical links".

Does this mean that spells and prayers are the same thing?

Most Witches are familiar with that particular old chestnut of an argument. My personal take is that to say prayers and spells are the same thing is sloppy as it ignores or demonstrates an ignorance of all the other forms of prayer out there. It treats "prayers for stuff" as being the only kind of prayer, whereas in reality, for many religious people, these are a less used form. Prayers of gratitude and communing with the divine, often being regarded as far more important and used far more frequently.

One last point I would like to make about prayers: I see all prayers as beneficial in their own way. Many hardened atheists get their knickers in a twist when religious people claim to pray for people who died in a tragedy or pray for world peace, but I think there is something pretty big that I think a lot of religion haters just aren't aware of, and wouldn't be aware of. Praying changes the person praying. As an activity, it is beneficial to you, even if the prayer is not directed at yourself. Regularly reciting prayers of gratitude and making requests of love and blessings upon others will slowly but surely cultivate compassion within you as a person. This may all sound very lovely and unpractical to people who don't engage in these kinds of practices, but if you do it with regularity you will find over time that some very practical benefits come from it that enhance your experience of life. 

Studies have been done on Buddhists who perform Metta or loving kindness meditation (and many other spiritual practitioners who've adopted the practice, since many Buddhist practices have been converted into non-denominational spiritual practice as increasingly, the benefits they can have upon any of us are being scientifically proven). Regularly devoting some time each day to send loving thoughts towards people you love, people you feel indifferent about and people who you genuinely have a hard time thinking anything positive about, cultivates compassion within you, which can help you to release jealousy and other unhealthy mental conditions. Being less jealous, more loving and more able to experience inner peace can have tremendous impact on your experience of life and even your physical health. These qualities alter your thought processes, and thus your actions and behaviour, which can all filter down into some very physical and practical blessings in your life.

Focusing on accomplishing your goals and being more productive can become much easier when your mind is not being plagued by jealousy or unnecessary fears. The happiness you can begin to feel as a result of sending love to others in prayer and meditation on a regular basis can shine through you and result in other people behaving more favourably towards you. 

The trick, however, is not to let these positive benefits be your sole motivation in engaging in these practices and also to remind yourself that it is not enough to just engage in these practices once in a blue moon. They should be practised with regularity. You don't get to just do it once or twice and then live happily ever after in a perpetual state of jealousy and stress free enlightenment. It's work.

Vision Boards, "Manifesting", "Intention Setting", The Law of Attraction, making use of "The Secret", "Cosmic Ordering"

All of these often described "New Age" practices, are simply practical magic re-packaged to suit a non-denominational, largely non-religious contemporary Western audience. These techniques work for plenty of people. Addressing and being clear upon your objective and writing it down, visualising it, creating a collage of images that correspond to what you want to manifest, making a physical symbol of your intention and regularly spending some time on a daily basis to allowing yourself to believe the very real possibility of possessing that Thing. God is replaced with "The Universe" and certain prayers are replaced with stock affirmations. 

Whilst I personally dislike how certain authors have copyrighted their own terms for universal truths, and in many cases watered down more sophisticated and nuanced magical teachings on the relationship between internal goals and dreams and their physical manifestation in the life and world of the dreamer, these modern practices definitely fulfil a need for a lot of people today. People who aren't interested in being members of specific religions or thinking too deeply about theology and magical philosophy. Yes, it can be frustrating to see people up to their eyeballs in "The Secret" who think they have discovered something no one else knows about and are completely ignorant of thousands of years worth of magic and occult thought, but if it works for some people, then as far as I'm concerned, it's doing it's job. 


None of the methods I have given examples of in this post are particularly complex procedures, all of them are aimed at everyday people in need of additional options and extra help in having some control over their lives. They are simple and powerful and largely involve repetition and faith, No different to a lot of folk magic practices from around the world.

In my personal practice, I have experimented with quite a wide variety of manifesting methods, from the more typical forms of spellcasting found in Wicca and Witchcraft, through to chanting mantras with mala beads, reciting prayers to Catholic saints and writing intentions on slips of paper. I have found success in most forms and continue to explore and experiment and go about my magical work.

By Seth David Rodriguez
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

How to be a Traditional Witch on the Internet

***Disclaimer: This is humour. Parody. I hope we can all laugh and not get offended. Do not follow any of the suggestions regarding poisonous herbs or cutting yourself. All authors mentioned write interesting books and I mean no offence to any of them.Chill. Relax. Read and hopefully enjoy.***

1. Be young, American and white. Probably male and gay too, although the most powerful traditional witches are genderqueer or non-binary.

2. Spell traditional witchcraft "Tradytionale Wytchecraefte", or any combination of letters of your choosing to make it sound more old, archaic, authentic and traditional. Tip: If in doubt, add a "Y" or an "ae", those letters are so cool and old. Suggestions: Wytchcraft, Wytchcrafte, Wytchecraeft, Whytchaecraefte, etc. Referring to witchcraft simply as "the arte" is pretty cool, too, just don't forget that "e".

3.Skulls. Buy yourself one of these gothic mystic alchemical plastic skulls and make it the centrepiece of your altar. It's impossible to practice traditional witchcraft without owning one of these.

You also need animal skulls. You need as many as you can get your hands on. Ram and goat skulls are always cool. Stag skulls sometimes, but they can look a bit Wiccan at times (and you don't want anything to look Wiccan) Try and think outside the box with skulls. More and more wild animal skulls are coming into traditional witchcraft practice now. Start with ram and goat skulls, but progress onto collecting others to show how advanced you are in your Craft (sorry, Craefte).

4. Get a fucking stang.

5. Get yourself a fuck load of jars of herbs and roots and barks. All herbs are good, all really deadly poisonous, toxic and hallucinatory herbs are better.

6. Get yourself accounts on Instagram and Tumblr to post photographs of your altar, books and traditional witch stuff. Instagram and Tumblr are great platforms to share photographs of every single ritual or spell you work (including plenty of ones that you don't). Not enough time to cast a spell or do a ritual or craft working? It's ok, just light the candles on your altar, take some photos and upload them to your Instagram and Tumblr.

7. Just some tips for those altar photos: Make sure you aren't holding back with the skulls, include as many as you can, you really can't have enough. If you want to include some of your crystals on your altar, that is OK, but no more than say three crystals, and always make sure that there are way more skulls than crystals on the altar, otherwise the altar could risk looking Wiccan (Cain forbid!) and a lot less traditional witchcraft.

8. Liberally sprinkle your altars with as many toxic and deadly herbs and plants as you can. This is a really powerful way of demonstrating how much of a fuck you don't give about accidentally killing yourself because you're not afraid of death or the darker aspects of life because you're a traditional witch for crying out loud! You love death, you fucking love that shit.

9. Call yourself a cunning man even though you're 19 and don't provide magical services to various people in a Cornish village because you don't live in a village and have never been to Cornwall or even the UK, for that matter. Select an area of England, Ireland, Wales or Scotland to base your traditional witchcraft on. This is where your ancestors come from. If you go with England; Cornwall is the most magical place. If you want something more magical, go for Wales, Ireland or Scotland.

10. Mention Robert Cochrane and Andrew Chumbley quite a bit.

11. Pretend that you understand what the fuck Robert Cochrane and Andrew Chumbley were talking about.

12. Buy academic books on folklore relating to Witches, cunning men and wise women, European and British folk magical practices, witch trials and accounts of witches' sabbats.

13. Don't worry about not reading the academic books (it CAN be very time consuming, especially when you've got Instagram and Tumblr posts to make). Their true power is revealed through posting photographs of their covers on your social media platforms. Decorate the photos with skulls and poisonous herbs.

14. Talking about spells? Always make sure to let everyone know that you "aren't afraid to get your hands dirty", remind everyone that you DO curse and hex people because you "don't shy away from the darker side of things".

15. What does your practice involve, exactly? If anyone asks, remind everyone how much you "work with the dead" especially your ancestors. If the conversation goes any deeper, try saying that you work very "shamanically".

16. Roadkill. Find it, bag it, take it home and get it on your fucking altar. Photograph with more skulls and poisonous herbs.

17. Spirits! Spirits everywhere, you're an animist! Feed them. Feed the spirits. Photograph the feeding of the spirits (include some skulls and poisonous herbs).

18. You just did a guided visualisation? No, you didn't! You crossed the fucking hedge and journeyed to the sabbat in spirit flight, that's what you fucking did! (sadly this is something that can't be photographed, yet, maybe if you get the photoshop skills?)

19. Blood. Oh my Lord Witchfather, the bloody blood! Blood is COOL. Cut yourself and pour your blood on everything! Finish every spell you ever cast by cutting yourself and spilling some blood on your ingredients. Blood is what makes the spells work. Offer your blood to all of the spirits you work with on a regular basis, especially your familiar. They love blood, it's so powerful.

20. Make sure to remind everyone on your Facebook just how powerful you are, it can never hurt to remind them. In fact, you're probably doing them a massive favour by reminding them because, fuck, they do NOT want to get on the wrong side of you.

21. Remind everyone on Facebook how Witches SHOULD be feared, goddamnit! They aren't safe or polite or politically correct, OK? Witches are DANGEROUS!

22. Make Facebook posts about litter picking, protecting the environment, the importance of safe space and not offending anyone by using incorrect pronouns. Go vegan.

23. Keys. Old keys. Old rusty keys. Keys are magic.

24. Stuck on which gods to work with? If you even work with them at all? Cos, you know, you don't HAVE to work with deities, it's not like you're Wiccan or anything. Go for any of the dark ones...any of them. There's plenty of dark faeries and all sorts of bogeymen you can pick from folktales. They can be your gods too.

25. Refer to the horned god as the devil. Wiccans hate it.

26. Post quotes from "Apocalyptic Witchcraft" by Peter Grey. Start a Witchy revolution. On Tumblr.

27. Read books by Gemma Gary, Peter Paddon, Shani Oates, Peter Grey, Robin Artisson, the Robert Cochrane letters, Andrew Chumbley, anything published by Troy Books. Post photographs of the books, even if you don't own them.

28. Skulls.

By Seth David Rodriguez
Rodriguez Mystic on Youtube
Rodriguez Mystic on Facebook

Monday, 13 June 2016

An Introduction

Hi! I’m Seth of Rodriguez Mystic, welcome to my thoughts! I decided to create this place as a means of getting myself into the habit of writing more and following and interacting with bloggers I already enjoy. I’m dedicating this blog to topics related solely to the magical, esoteric and spiritual as I like to talk, write and teach about these subjects. My posts will often relate to or expand upon some of the topics I cover in my youtube videos, but other posts will cover material only discussed on this blog.
For those that don't know me, I thought a brief introduction would be helpful, so here we go:
I’ve been involved in the study and practice of various magical and spiritual disciplines since the late 90's. I go by the labels of Occultist, Witch, Pagan and Wiccan. I'm an Alexandrian High Priest. My interests are many and varied and include but are not limited to:
Wicca, Paganism, Witchcraft, Ceremonial Magick, Folk Magic, Hoodoo, Folk Saints, Goddess Worship, Mythology, Folklore, Superstitions, Sorcery, Tarot, Divination, Dream Work, Mantras, Meditation, Spiritual Development, Spirit Work, Astral Projection, Crystals and Gems, Planetary Magic, etc. You get the idea!
The first few blog entries I aim to post will be brought over from my old, dusty and forgotten blog The Painted, Bearded, Mystic Witch. I will also share some of my youtube videos on this blog, but they will not always be the main focus of this space. Stay tuned for some hopefully thought provoking entries.