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The Gift of Hamenight

So just around the bend is what I (and many other Pagans) consider the “new year.” I call it Samhain. Others may call it All Hallow’s Eve, or All Souls Night. Some Traditional “old world” Witches call it Allantide or Hollantide. My great grandmother called it Hamenight, because “hame” means “home,” and at this time of year, you set lights in the windows so your Ancestors can come home and sup with you (as in celebrating with what’s known as a “dumb supper”). I didn’t spend every Hamenight visiting the mountains and the family. But there were a few. And

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How Operative Witchery Was Born

The first few books I read on the Craft, prior to my Initiation, were The New Pagans (Hans Holzer), In The Shadow Of The Shaman (Amber Wolfe), and The Magic Power of Witchcraft (Frost and Frost). And then in 1990, I was Initiated into Feycraft, and was running my first Coven in 1994. But despite reading, casting spells that actually resulted in achieved goals was a bit of an issue. I was able to cast an effective spell, but the results were generally off somehow. (Except for the very first few that I picked up from my great grandmother.) There

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How Operative Witchery Is Different From Other Systems

Most folks probably are just now becoming aware that I’ve been working on a brand new online training program called, “Operative Witchery.” It’s mostly for people who don’t want to search high and low for a workable system of practical spellcraft. But, even “old hats” may pick up a few awesome ideas, and maybe a new-to-them way of going about things. The focus is on achieving goals through folk magic, also called spellcraft, which I call, “operative witchery.” But you have to know: Operative Witchery is a bit different from most of what I’ve found online as far as magical

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3 Common Spellcraft Mistakes

Seems like there are a lot of folks going around being really crappy people to their Craft Sisters and Brothers these days. And I don’t mean inter-tradition witch-wars. I mean people who claim to be Witches while, at the same time, going psycho, and berating others with no apparent rationale. Generally, it’s people who don’t understand what life – or the Craft – is really about. Yes, I’m criticizing those people right now. Because if – like the psycho I encountered last week – you claim to be so “old hat” and “mature,” but you want to email me snide

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3 Myths About Spellwork Every Witch Should Know

A couple of days ago, I was talking to a friend who also happens to be a Witch. Thing is, he is more of a Wiccan – he got into this thing for spiritual reasons, rather than magical reasons. So for a while now, he’s not been doing the magic(k) thing – really just working with Goddesses and Gods, and doing ritual celebrations on his own time. He asked me what, if anything, I thought would be important things to know about spellcraft if/when one decided to go down that road. And here’s what immediately sprang to mind.