Interview with the author of “Black Magic for Dark Times: Spells of Revenge and Protection”
The following interview was conducted on July 17th, 2013 with A. Kaelin, author of Black Magic for Dark Times: Spells of Revenge and Protection
Winter Tempest Books: So, tell us about the book, Black Magic for Dark Times. What’s it about?
A. Kaelin: It’s a unique spell book for crime survivors and people who have gone through some kind of trauma. I don’t think there’s anything else quite like it. I partly wrote it for my own catharsis and it contains some of the techniques I’ve personally used to deal with criminals and to cope with the aftermath of surviving crimes. I’ve personally dealt with most of the situations in the book or I’ve known other people who have. I, also, rail against the acceptance of the culture of crime, victim-blaming and the expectation that victims should exercise Christian precepts of turning the other cheek. It’s really harmful for victims. It’s great for criminals, of course, but it’s really hard on the victims.
Black Magic for Dark Times, also, discusses the inherent witchcraft powers of people who have been deeply wronged. This is a very old belief and there’s a reason why. I talk about that.
Winter Tempest Books: Isn’t black magic evil?
A. Kaelin: Witchcraft can be used for nefarious purposes or beneficial ones. Black magic usually involves some ideas that society as a whole, especially Christian-influence society, might object to. But, Black Magic for Dark Times is about making justice in a world where criminals more often than not act with impunity. There can be no peace for crime survivors if they never receive justice. If things aren’t made right, they can heal properly. Just the message in this books seems to help some people because they’re being told they shouldn’t be angry about what has happened to them. Also, they’re facing invalidation from people who should be supporting them. Things go on in this world that are outside the conditioned norms and a lot of them are really frightening, so often people close to the victim go into denial and this is really harmful to survivors. If you’ve ever had something bad happen to you and you go to tell your family or a close friend and they just refuse to believe you – this is something a lot of people deal with and they have to do it alone. Sometimes the reaction from people you once trusted is almost as bad or worse than the crime, itself. Black Magic for Dark Times can be a real comfort to people in these situations and that’s exactly why I wrote it.
A. Kaelin: Yes. That’s correct. In fact, Magical Healing really complements Black Magic for Dark Times because the same techniques shown there and the exercises can be used either to heal a person or to harm them. But, it’s all witchcraft, so it’s not accepted – either by the allopathic medical establishment or by law enforcement authorities. You can use the techniques to help yourself, to help others or to harm your enemies when you don’t have any other recourse.
Winter Tempest Books: How were you first introduced to the ideas you write about in these books?
A. Kaelin: I suppose it was over 25 years ago that I first recognized the cause and effect that was going on. It doesn’t work in every circumstance – if for example, you are in the throes of a violent physical attack, you have to do whatever you must to survive and witchcraft isn’t necessarily the thing that’s going to help you. But, if you are in a situation where, for example, you are being harassed by someone, it is possible to sabotage those people before they have the chance to harm you. It’s a matter of focusing your very strong, nearly physical, energy at the perpetrators and causing something to happen that disrupts their activity. Conversely, you can remove energy from the perpetrators to get them to stop doing something. The first few times I did it, it just happened. When I began seeing a pattern of cause and effect developing, I began to analyze why it was happening and mastering the skill of making it happen intentionally.
I got into the healing aspects after a health crisis. I think that’s a pretty common experience. Healing is really at the core of all occult practices, in my opinion. It is really the key discipline that will help you to master all of the others. If you can heal, then you can do all kinds of other things, including harming people who want to harm you. By mastering the concepts in Magical Healing: How to Use Your Mind to Heal Yourself and Others, you are proving the reality of witchcraft to your conscious mind.
Witchcraft to me is not a matter of faith. It’s not a religion. It is really a science – a hidden set of working scientific theories. It’s how the world really works.
Winter Tempest Books: What about the question about ethics with regard to black magic and healing. There are those who say black magic is evil and healing should never be done without someone’s permission. How do you respond to those concerns.
A. Kaelin: Well, first of all, black magic can be used for truly evil purposes. There are some things – things that are beyond the imagination of decent people – which I do not discuss because they are so exceedingly wicked and depraved.
But, it is precisely because such people and practices exist that knowledge of black magic is needed and it’s why people shouldn’t be afraid to use it against their enemies. Self-defense is your right and it is not wicked or evil. It’s my personal belief that you should protect yourself and all other innocent people from harm whenever possible.
There are some Christian and New Age moralists who disagree with me, but any position that denies innocent people the right to protect themselves or denies them justice when they have been grievously wronged is obviously immoral. I don’t argue with such people because there’s nothing to argue about. Furthermore, I don’t let such people around me because they’re dangerous people – they are victim-blamers and criminal enablers.
When people tell you they hold such values as “forgive and forget” and “turn the other cheek,” this means they allow the abuse of other people and expect them to shut up and take it – if someone you know is telling you something like that, you should probably listen carefully.
As far as having to have someone’s permission to heal them goes – No. I don’t believe suffering teaches people a lesson. This is a Christian belief that has crept into some New Age philosophies. It’s very wrong. Pain and suffering are not normal or natural conditions and if you see someone in pain, someone suffering and you can help them, then you should do everything you can to help them. You don’t need the person’s permission. That’s ridiculous.
Some of these New Age Christian types feel the same way about crime and they won’t intervene if they see a crime taking place because they think this is part of the victim’s life journey, part of their life’s lesson. That’s sociopathic. It’s evil to see evil going on and not intervene to help the victim, if you can. Their non-intervention philosophy is an excuse for not doing the right thing.
No one needs to experience crime, pain or suffering as part of a life lesson. I have run into a lot of people with this philosophy, especially among the Unity Church members, the positive thinking cult members who believe they can control their environment and other people with their thoughts, those who are into the Secret or the Law of Attraction and some of what we jokingly call the “White Lighters.”
People who are part of the “you attract what you’re thinking” philosophy are very dangerous because they make excuses for all kinds of evil and they will not intervene to help anyone in any way. It’s a dangerous philosophy. If they commit a crime against someone, they blame the victim for attracting the experience by their wrong thoughts. It’s insane. The philosophy of the Left Hand path is extremely generous and kind by comparison.
Winter Tempest Books: So, what is your moral philosophy?
A. Kaelin: I don’t really have a moral philosophy. I know myself and I trust myself and that’s all I need to know. There’s no rule book. But, I know evil when I see it, as a crime survivor, I have come face to face with it and with death. Once that happens to you, you cannot deny its existence.
Winter Tempest Books: So, do you have to have a belief in god or gods and goddesses to successful perform black magic?
A. Kaelin: No. It really has no relationship to that. You don’t have to believe in anything, really. You just have to have an open mind and a curious nature.
There are people who say that atheists have no psychic abilities or that they can do certain things like dowse, but that’s absolutely not true. If anything, religion tends to be a hindrance to genuine, open-minded inquiry.
Winter Tempest Books: What if I am not a crime survivor, can I still use the things in Black Magic for Dark Times?
A. Kaelin: Yes, you can. But, crime survivors and anyone who has experienced any amount of prolonged trauma, whether because of an accident, a death in the family or about with fraud and official corruption, which is now rampant, can more easily use them than someone who has not experienced such a trauma. The wronged party in such a case has a natural power, which I discuss in the book, and they really don’t have to go to as much effort to make witchcraft work for them – it’s an inherent form of self-defense.
I wrote Black Magic for Dark Times especially to help people who really have no other help. Witches don’t often have churches, pastors, counselors or even close family members who have any capacity to understand what they are going through if they have been the target of criminals. Furthermore, we all live in a society that punishes victims and rewards and encourages criminal behavior. So, there are some aspects to this book that will be irrelevant to those who are not crime survivors. But, it is still usable by other people and might be of interest to them.
Winter Tempest Books: Well, that’s all the questions we have for now. Thank you!
A. Kaelin: Thank you.
Learn more about developing your witchcraft abilities with the following Winter Tempest Books:
Magical Healing: How to Use Your Mind to Heal Yourself and Others by Angela Kaelin
Black Magic for Dark Times: Spells of Revenge and Protection by Angela Kaelin, the only spell book especially written for crime survivors.