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Traditional Witchcraft and Occultism: The Importance of the Black Santa Muerte for Protection, Revenge and Cursing

Posted in Black Magic, Holy Death, Mexican Witchcraft, neo-paganism, occult, protection spells, Santa Muerte, self-defense, spell books, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by littleredridinghood

smredwhiteblueThe problems of injustice and impunity in Mexico have been well-publicized and this is clearly one important reason for the rise of Santa Muerte in popularity there. But, here in the U.S. and in other supposedly more peaceful and just countries many people, especially those who are members of traditionally disenfranchised groups, live daily with injustice and the fear of crime and corruption.

Enemies of Santa Muerte malign her devotees, calling us criminals and prostitutes. But, this is malignant ignorance because the vast majority of devotees of Santa Muerte are not criminals or prostitutes, but are simply not members of the establishment and do not enjoy the privileges of being part of the in-group. The truth is many people become devoted to Santa Muerte after they are victimized by criminals of one class or another. Very often they discover her immense power only after turning to her as a last resort. Very often, they are people without special privileges and without a voice.

There are those who must suffer in silence because giving voice to what is happening to them will only open the door to more crimes against themselves – those who are victims of domestic violence, rape, harassment, stalking and other violent crimes that far more often than not go unpunished. Those people whose lives have been sabotaged over and over again, who have had to rebuild over and over again that which their enemies have destroyed will most understand and appreciate the value of the black aspect of Santa Muerte.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1)

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1) by Sophia diGregorio

This is why the black aspect of Santa Muerte is very important. The color, black, represents the most important and powerful aspects of Santa Muerte‘s primordial powers. Before there can be healing, love, prosperity and the other necessities of life, there must be peace.

Before a seed can grow in the soil, it must be covered in darkness and protected, it must not be deprived of its nourishment by thieves, its young shoots must not be trampled by the feet of the wicked.

The cover of darkness in which to work on your plans without falling subject to envy, jealousy, greed and sabotage. Secrecy is important for people who may be targeted in some way.

Santa Muerte, working through her black aspect, can help you to establish your privacy and protect you from those who would harm you in any way. Santa Muerte works in secret, in the darkness, to right wrongs, to protect the innocent, to avenge those who love her and to conceal you from anyone who might wish to do you harm.

Not only does the black aspect of Santa Muerte have the power of stopping dangerous and powerful enemies, even causing the death of enemies who wish devotees harm, but provides extremely powerful protection under the cover of darkness. The great owl companion of Santa Muerte provides eyes in the night with which to see an approaching enemy, to learn of his plots and thwart his sabotage.

Keepers of the status quo warn against the evils of revenge. They admonish the wronged parties to forgive their oppressors. They taunt the victims’ because of their need for anonymity. But, there is no peace without justice.

And, to go forward with your life, to pursuit happiness and fulfill your life’s purpose, you must first have peace. You must not be tormented by evil-doers and those who perpetrate evil against you.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1)

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1) by Sophia diGregorio

This place of peace is a protected one from which you can live and work in safety. All people are naturally entitled to that kind of peace and opportunity to live their lives without sabotage, without betrayal, without constant victimization.

The black Santa Muerte is the most powerful aspect for all those who have been denied justice, who have been left behind by the established system in some way, those who were not born to privilege, those who do not have the benefit of equality under the law, those who have no representation in places of power, those who are oppressed. Santa Muerte is our greatest ally and a source of personal power.

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Traditional Witchcraft is Medical Heresy: The Patriarchal Medical Establishment Vs. Witches as Healers

Posted in Alternative Health, Healing, Magical Healing, occult, spell books, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2013 by littleredridinghood
Healing and harming were both crimes, if done by women

Healing and harming were both crimes, if done by women.

In the modern age, it is a fairly established fact that witchcraft, in whatever form, is a heresy against the establishment religion, however, traditional witchcraft is, also, a heresy against orthodox science and allopathic (modern Western) medicine. Moreover, this is still probably the most dangerous and controversial heresy because there is still a state persecution of healers who stand outside the ordained class of professional men – and, the practice of medicine, at least, in the U.S., is almost entirely dominated by men.

So, when I say that the old witch hunters are still with us – that we have not changed and they have not changed even now in the 21st century – this is true, especially in the realm of medicine.

Modern Western Medicine is a De Facto Priesthood of the Old Catholic Church

If we trace the history of the witchcraft persecutions and the history of allopathic medicine in W. Europe we find that allopathy is a de facto priesthood of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, which was formed by men in the 13th century. The men who did such work could only do so through the power of the priesthood, by permission of the Church and with the blessing of a priest by his side to assure that his power was derived only from God. No women were allowed access to this new priesthood class, just as they were not allowed any other position in the Church.

By the following century, the first persecutions of women as witches were underway. While the character of the witch persecutions in W. Europe involved victims from all classes and both sexes and motivations for such violence varied, the targets were primarily women.

By our very natures, women are regarded as being “in league with the devil.” It is women who are able to bring forth new life, a power outside the authority of God and his Church. It is, also, women who knew the most about their own health and human health, in general, since it is only women who possess female bodies and it is primarily women who care for infants and children. Women as a class of people, therefore, were regarded by the authorities of church and state as evil and Satanic.

Women who healed without a "license" from the patriarchal establishment were tried and executed.

Women who healed without a “license” from the patriarchal establishment were tried and executed. Allopathic doctors actively participated in the persecutions; they conducted the sexualized examinations and torture of women and determined whether or not they were to be tried as witches.

Only men were allowed to practice medicine. Only men were allowed into this new priesthood. And once the doctors became a professional class, only men were allowed into their schools. In the United States up until fairly recently only white men were permitted to formally study allopathic medical doctoring.

This patriarchal medical establishment has survived and thrived only because of its willingness to use violence against its opponents and with the advent of socialized medicine in W. Europe and the current attempt to force allopathy on every single person in the U.S. it has almost entirely triumphed and it has done so on the sea of blood and broken bones of centuries of women as witches and women health practitioners.

The primary impetus for terrorizing, torturing and murdering unknown numbers of women in W. Europe for centuries was to rout out and destroy the last vestige of true healing – to destroy the knowledge base and those who held it – primarily women, women as doctors and women as witches, which is really all the same thing.

The Difficulty of Talking about Witchcraft as Medicine

Bloodletting: An early, dangerous and unnecessary allopathic practice.

Bloodletting: An early, dangerous and unnecessary allopathic practice.

95% or more of allopathic medicine is unnecessary. It almost always does more harm than good, but it is a difficult subject to broach with most people, even the most educated and enlightened. This is because the patriarhal establishment with its artifices of religion, pseudo-science and quackery, coupled with its complete domination of popular culture for well over two centuries in the U.S. has made it nearly impossible.

In the U.S., a country where freedom of speech is held above nearly all else, it is difficult to even write about alternative health practices without worrying about the consequences. (Oddly enough, I could churn out pornography all day and not have a care because my freedom of speech as a pornographer is protected, while my freedom of speech as an alternative healer is not.) Therefore, all kinds of disclaimers must be made. Before you even begin writing the book, you must pay homage to the various reincarnated orders of the old Holy Roman Catholic priesthood who now call themselves the FDA (Food and Drug Admin.) and the AMA (American Medical Association).

Freedom of speech – real freedom of speech – is only for those who are members of that privileged class who are sanctioned by the vestiges of the old patriarchy of medicine – the descendants of the same men who persecuted and murdered my ancestors for so many years. That enemy is never far from the door, although, now he wears a suit and tie.

But, to the people, the greatest enemy of all is the ignorance and lies perpetuated by this patriarchal medical establishment, which was nourished in the blood of centuries. Their crimes continue to this day, as they hide behind lawyers and legislation very often written by their own membership. The number one cause of death in the U.S. is allopathic medicine. It is a money-making machine whose members literally have a license to kill.

Today as in centuries past, witches – largely an underclass of women – who can heal are persecuted, although, in new ways. It is not possible to legally heal others without going through the allopathic program, which is 8 years of training (not education, but training) – ie. brainwashing. In order to even start down such a path, you would have to be a “true believer” in the religion of allopathy. You would have to be a worshiper at the altar of the patriarchal medical establishment with its priests in their white coats, bearing their emblems and ritual instruments, the stethescope and the hypodermic needle. It is unlikely that a traditional witch would ever venture down such a path.

The persecution of feminine healers continues.

The persecution of feminine healers continues.

The reason the men of medicine have persecuted and destroyed witches for centuries is because they simply cannot compete on a fair playing field. They can only succeed by terrorizing, torturing and murdering their competition almost entirely – but not quite – out of existence. This is something that the traditional witch cannot forget, especially those who have great power and knowledge of healing, because we live with a similar persecution every day. We are still forced into the shadows by the descendants of these patriarchal authorities within both religion and state. Their threats of imprisonment and violence ring in our ears with every word and deed.

After all, their laws are not our laws – they were written to allow them to persecute us and to protect only themselves. The U.S. Founding Fathers made no provisions for the protection of either women or real medicine. This was not simply an oversight. Women – some brought to the new World in chains to be servants and sex slaves to good Christian men – and witches were not allowed a say.

But, there is another reason traditional witches are not drawn to the study of patriarchal, slash-and-burn medicine. If your interest is truly in healing, it is a waste of time and money to study corpses and learn how to be a drug pusher, which is what most of this training amounts to. Maybe this is why so many doctors and men of science are Christians – there’s certainly no place for witches, no room for dissent and despite the gains of the past century, still little room for women. Men and especially white men remain dominant among allopathic doctors, especially in the U.S. – after all, it is their invention, their forefathers lied, raped and committed mass murdered for it. It is wholly theirs.

The bloodletter: Ancestor of the modern patrairchal form of medicine.

The bloodletter: Ancestor of the modern patrairchal form of medicine.

Moreover, the entire science upon which their medicine is supposed to be based is fallacious – a mystery even to its priesthood holders – while the esoteric science behind witchcraft makes perfectly explainable and logical the things that appear to this highly trained, but poorly educated, white-coated class as “miracles,” “placebo effects,” and “spontaneous healing.”

Most doctors probably don’t believe in witches or witchcraft, yet it is within the practice of witchcraft and within the knowledge base held by witches that all true healing may be found. It was and is witches who know the healing properties of various herbs, minerals and other agents and how to effectively apply them. It was the likes of Paracelsus and other men in the Church who wrote such things down and published them, of course, but the knowledge came from witches. The basis for all modern alternative healing, including homeopathy, is rooted in this knowledge. Homeopathy and related practices work the same way as witchcraft works because it is based on the same esoteric science (as discussed in “How to Write Your Own Spells for Any Purpose and Make Them Work). It is not mysterious or spooky, it’s just science – but it’s not their science, so it is either denounced it or its existence denied by the patriarchal establishment.

The Esoteric Science Behind Witchcraft Allows for Healing that Appears “Miraculous” or “Impossible” to the Allopaths

The human body, when it is fortified with appropriate nutrition, including the right minerals (and the allopaths have a superstitious fear of minerals, it seems) the energetic pattern encoded into each and every cell manifests itself as a whole and healthy organism, impervious to germs – thus belying the Germ Theory, which is the basis of allopathic medicine, especially their use of allopathic vaccines, since the mid-19th century and has been the basis of their vast, ill-gotten profits.

This is why the allopathic priesthood tells so many lies, especially, about nutrition. It has caused the average person to be terrified of certain nutrients, thus causing widespread health crises in the form of cancers, endochrine disorders, reproductive disorders, general malaise and eventually a miserable death, enabling them to better push their expensive drugs. All this they do without apology and without remorse.

Victorian doctor with his hands on a women - this was ONCE considered improper

Victorian doctor with his hands on a women – this was ONCE considered improper

Along with such belief in unproven “scientific” theories such as Germ Theory and their insistence that human beings are comprised of physical matter, they insist on resorting to aggressive means for “combatting” disease. Note, they never talk about healing or curing, but they express what they do in very war-like terms. Ever adversarial, they “fight” disease with such weapons as knives (scalpels) and radiation – and in the not-to-distant past with acid, leaches and a chisel. If they don’t know what to do about a diseased organ, their first impulse is to remove it! If they don’t know how to treat a symptom, they push pills at the patient often without informing him or her of the consequences, which are often addiction and even more dreadful side effects. It never occurs to them to work with the body’s own nature, nature herself being an anathema to the God of their origins.

Philosophically, traditional witches and alternative healers are at complete odds with the patriarchal medical establishment and the scientific orthodoxy upon which it is predicated. Mostly, they deny our existence. When they acknowledge us, they ridicule us and double-down on their lies. Alternative healing is increasingly being driven underground – the amount of regulation on alternative health care agents and devices is mind boggling and it is being done entirely secretly. (I know about it because of previous work as a freelance alternative health writer – I gave up because, one by one, all of my clients were being sued by federal agencies for all kinds of absurd reasons. Interestingly, you don’t read about these things in the daily news. That’s because they are executing this persecution very quietly so as not to stir a public outrcry.)

But, the allopaths are only interested in making money – they do not care who they maim or kill. They enter the medical field to have power within the entire patriarchal establishment (to obtain the Porsche, the house on the hill, the trophy wife, etc.). This profession grounded in scientific materialism revolves around material goods and the exploitation of those with less power in every way. They are not healers. They never cure any disease.

Patriarchal Medicine is Violent and Obscene

Victorian allopath and a woman

Victorian allopath and a woman

It’s also worthy of note that it is members of this patriarchal medical profession who have undertaken the most sadistic medical and psychological experiments, mostly on women, children, the poor and indigent and on prisoners. They had a heyday in 1930s Germany – incidentally, it is from Germany that the modern allopathic system was exported to the U.S. in the mid-19th century. It is by no means native to us and it is particularly vehement in its opposition to alternative healing because of various Women’s Health Movements. It is members of the allopathic medical profession who work with law enforcement agents and public schools, usually to no good or ethical end.  This is the modernization of their role as medical examiners and sexual torturers of witches. They are sanctioned child molesters, rapists and killers, yet most of the public believes this barbarism somehow necessary – so if you object to such perversion and brutality, you are likely to be branded a crackpot. This is how much control these brutes have over the public mind.

Real healing does not require 8 years of medical training. It does require some research and an open mind. Our methods are simple, we use our knowledge and our senses. If it works, we do it. If it doesn’t, we discard it and try, again, until we finally succeed.

Real healing is devoid of barbarism and impropriety. That should go without saying, but because of the behavior of the allopaths, it requires stating. Alternative healers don’t require you to take your clothes off and they do not insert either objects or parts of their own bodies into your privates the way allopathic medical doctors, who seem especially obsessed with inserting things into female orifices, do. There is no need for any of this; it is a natural outgrowth of their history of centuries of barbarism toward women as witches in W. Europe.

Real medicine works with the reality of nature

Real medicine works with the reality of nature

It is the methods of old, traditional witchcraft – that which is regarded as either non-existent or impossible by orthodox science, allopathy and Christianity – that makes real healing entirely possible.

Traditional Witchcraft is Alternative Healing

Alternative health works on the same esoteric scientific principles that make the other practices in witchcraft possible. For example, distance harming (black magic) is related to distance healing. It is a function of the will and energy over energy –  not mind over matter, as the doctors might say because they think of everything as matter. It is at the energetic level that all healing takes place.

By means of forbidden medicine (witchcraft), neuropathy is relieved in minutes, diseased teeth and gums are healed, grey hair returns to its normal color, healthy hair grows where hair has been lost, traumatic injuries are healed overnight, scars – sometimes decades-old – are healed and new, healthy skin grows in its place, all kinds of unsightly skin conditions are relieved and the body’s youthfulness and energy is revived and maintained. With forbidden technology based on esoteric science underlying witchcraft, kidney stones are dissolved overnight at home (this practice is absolutely forbidden in the U.S., therefore, no one who has the ability to do this talks about it here.). “Incurable” diseases are cured. Virtually every virus is eliminated. The flu is conquered in fifteen minutes. The author of this article has not experienced either cold, flu or other viral infections in the past 20-plus years because of such methods – deemed quackery and rightly called witchcraft by the establishment authorities and skeptics.

Once you have this knowledge and ability yourself, it is impossible not to be a medical heretic and a scientific heretic, as well – especially as you get more involved in the science and technology that makes such “medical miracles” perfectly logical and explainable. And while there are alternative healers who do not consider themselves witches, as far as the medical establishment is concerned, it is all superstitious hocus pocus, delusion and fantasy. Healing outside the bounds of the established medical authority is essentially witchcraft, whether the word is used or not.

Furthermore, once you have this knowledge and ability, it is likely you will become frustrated by all the misery that could be very easily and cheaply relieved – if only people had a real education about medicine. I find allopathy and allopathic practices enraging – I never fail to be angry when I hear about another man, woman or child being maimed, medically raped, tortured and murdered by the white coats.

How the Persecution of Witches as Healers Continues at the Present Time

How I want to tell you all I know! But, I cannot easily do so.  The scope of such learning is large and requires a lot of un-learning of disinformation and the telling, itself, must be done very carefully. It is especially difficult to legally discuss the use of forbidden science and technology. And, you must know that this is witchcraft – it has been forbidden, persecuted, prosecuted and driven underground for centuries in Europe and since the early 1800s in the U.S., when the European doctoring style got a foothold here. And, you must understand that those persecutors have more power than ever now because they control literally every aspect of modern life.

Now, instead of outright killing as they did in past centuries, they imprison or place in mental institutions those who step out of line. But, mostly they kill us with silence and whenever that fails, with lies and mockery. Few such healers dare to practice, although I have known a few knowledgeable women who served people in secrecy out of their homes. The legal threats from authorities loom constant and it is not something anyone who values their freedom would dare to undertake.

The result has been a sick and fearful population – a population dependent on allopathic medicine and its patriarchal system of violence, perversion and drugs in lieu of real healing. Most people are mal-nourished, poisoned and so brainwashed (thanks to the efforts of popular media – movies, television, magazines, news) that despite all the harm the doctors do to them, they still return to them for help. The difficulty is that so much of the population has unwavering faith in the religion of allopathy and reveres its priesthood in white – so, it requires deprogramming from this cult. Education alone is often not enough to free them from the cult. It requires an awakening.

Fortunately, there is a remedy for this condition… and it lies in an understanding and application of the esoteric science of traditional witchcraft. This remedy is a combination of education and personal experimentation, which allows every woman to become her own doctor and every man to become his own doctor.

For it to be effective, it must involve both the knowledge and the application of this information by every woman and man, so that they leave the faith-based religion of allopathy and enter into the experimentation and outcome-based practice of alternative medicine, which deals with reality instead of insisting on slavish adherence to unproven, allegedly “scientific” theories.

The knowledge of real healing releases all fear of disease and it makes the individual highly self-reliant. It, also, releases the fear and hysteria generated by the patriarchal medical system and its brothers in arms in the media.

This goal is not something that can be accomplished in a day or a year, but it is very much attainable. The study of real healing and its underlying esoteric science is also, a lifelong learning process. You can begin by choosing to take responsibility for your own health and resolve your own health problems. If you simply cannot imagine living without the patriarchal medical system, at least, consider looking for common sense alternative health solutions first before leaping straight toward the knife, the needle and the pills.

There is hardly a medical problem that isn’t better and more safely, cheaply and efficiently solved by alternative methods or, in other words, some form of traditional witchcraft.

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About Santa Muerte or Holy Death: Ritual to Consecrate a Talisman to the White Lady of Mexico

Posted in Black Magic, Holy Death, Mexican Witchcraft, occult, Santa Muerte, spell books, spell casting, Spells for Money and Wealth, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2013 by littleredridinghood

smredwhiteblueby Sophia diGregorio

Sophia diGregorio is the author of The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

Santa Muerte or Holy Death Death is believed by some to be a representation of an ancient Aztec goddess called Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead. Although, this origin is disputed by other researchers who point to a long history of death goddesses throughout Mexico and in Western Europe, as well. She may be a little bit of both. It is highly improbable that she has any relationship to the spirits of Afro-caribbean traditions as some have suggested because there is historically really no substantial African influence in Mexico.

Santa Muerte was practically unknown until a few years ago. According to one account, her influence grew in Tepito, which is a neighborhood in Mexico City that the police were unable to control. She is sometimes described as a “narco-saint” and is associated in the minds of law enforcement agencies with the drug trade. But, her significance and popularity is much broader than that.

Santa Muerte is not necessarily associated with crime, but she might be characterized as a spirit of defiance, which has grown out of the injustices perpetrated by the government and law enforcement agencies on good, hard-working Mexican people. The police and the organized criminal class is intertwined in Mexico (just as they are in many large cities in the U.S.).

Los Zetas, the infamous drug traffickers said to be responsible for a great deal of violence in Mexico, was formed by police officers. In cities like Juarez, it is estimated by some that 1/3 of the police department is comprised of members of drug cartels. In other parts of Mexico, the police engage in the human trafficking of people from Guatemala and El Salvador. Sporadically, there are reports of good townspeople fighting the police to rescue the victims.

So, you can see that, at least in some places in Mexico, if you have been victimized by criminals, the police and the legal system may not be the best place to turn for help.

In past centuries, the Catholic Church has stood between criminal governments and the people, but the Catholic Church in Mexico has failed to meet the needs of many Mexicans either physically or spiritually.

Because of this, Santa Muerte has become a refuge for those who need protection from criminals of both the common and police classes.

In circumstances of oppression like this, witchcraft always grows darker and stronger. Such is the case with the Santa Muerte.

Her popularity is, also, growing in parts of the U.S. where people face similar injustices and dangers from the same two classes of people.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

Getting to Know Santa Muerte

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial  by Sophia diGregorio

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial by Sophia diGregorio

In most representations of Santa Muerte, she is depicted as a skeleton wearing a hood and holding a scythe like the grim reaper. The scythe and her deathly appearance symbolize her power over life and death. Essentially, she is the spirit of death and probably a combination of several such spirits from both Mexico and southwestern Europe.

Because of her thin, skeletal image, she is sometimes called “la Nina Blanca” (the white lady or girl) or “la nina flaca” (“the skinny girl”). She is quietly referred to by many as, “mi amiga” (my friend).

Commonly, she holds the earth in her hands as a representation of her earthly powers. Sometimes she stands on it, similar to some depictions of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In some depictions, she seems to be holding what looks like a crystal ball, however, in other representations it is clearly the earth with the various continents she holds in her hand.

She often holds the scales of justice. This is reminiscent of the Egyptian goddess Maat, who represents law, order, balance and justice. One of Santa Muerte’s most important functions is to mete out justice in instances where crimes and criminals would otherwise go unpunished.

Frequently, she is depicted with one or two owls either perched at her feet or behind her shoulders. The owl has associations with witchcraft in Mexico, Europe and around the world. In Mexico, it is believed by some that witches can turn into owls and there are many reports of human-looking owls (Lechuzas) flying in the air along the Rio Grande and all the way from Monterrey, Mexico to northern Texas. Furthermore, the owl is regarded as a bad omen in Mexico and to hear an owl hooting is seen as a sign that death is nearby.

As further evidence of Santa Muerte’s connection to other goddesses of death in Western Europe and earlier civilizations, the owl is associated with Hecate, the Greek goddess of the Underworld and Minerva or Athena the Roman goddess of Wisdom. The Akkadian goddess Ishtar, who is depicted with owl-like claws and wings, is accompanied by two owls, one on either side of her.

Less often, we see Santa Muerte depicted with a black cat, which is among her chief pets. Cats are associated with both good and bad fortune and with protection, however, they are often considered an omen of bad luck in Mexico.

Santa Muerte statues used primarily for success in business and finances are usually painted gold and she is depicted with golden coins.

Sometimes she carries an oil lamp to light the way. The light is, also, a symbol of illumination and always a symbol of Luciferian rebellion and the willful desire to obtain the knowledge of the gods.

She is, also, often pictured with caskets, skeletons, skulls and horseshoes.

The horseshoe is an ancient symbol with many different meanings. In this instance it may be associated not only with good fortune and protection, but with the crescent moon because Santa Muerte is similar to other goddesses from the Mediterranean. Our Lady of Guadalupe is, also, frequently depicted with a crescent moon.

Statues of Santa Muerte commonly have a cavity in the bottom filled with amulets, seeds or other representations of her power

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

Colors Associations of  Santa Muerte

The colors, altar cloths, candles and other dressings used to honor Santa Muerte and to facilitate magical working differs slightly from those used by most modern witches in the U.S. and England. In some ways, they seem closer to the color associations of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Gold, red and black are probably the most commonly seen colors.

Gold or golden yellow is for money, success and financial concerns

Red is for matters of love, romance and protection, especially from the Evil Eye

Black is for total protection from enemies, hexing and revenge

White and bone-color are for peace and harmony in the home and among neighbors

Blue is for increased mental powers and concentration

Green is used in matters pertaining to the law, courts and justice

Amber is used for healing and releasing habits and addictions

Purple is, also, used for health and healing

Santa Muerte is typically approached like any Catholic saint. Unlike other saints her powers are not limited and she does not pass judgment on you or your needs or desires. People often giver her a special altar, which becomes a place of power over time as you work with her.

Once you are used to working with her, you can ask her to lend her power to any of your spells. She is extremely versatile and will be able to help you with all your needs. Simply, tailor your candles and other dressings for her altar, accordingly.

In the U.S., you may have difficulty finding Santa Muerte articles unless you live in Texas or the southwest. If you are fortunate enough to have a Mexican grocery store near you, you may find Santa Muerte candles, scapulars, pendants and other articles sold along with images of other saints. Most Mexican tiendas, also, keep dried herbs, incense and magical powders on hand.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

Ritual to Consecrate a Talisman to the White Lady of Mexico

If you would like to keep the power of Santa Muerte with you, always, you can use the following ceremony to consecrate a pendant to her to create a talisman.

You will need the following:

A statue of Santa Muerte (a prayer card or even an image of her printed from the computer)

Red Ribbon or Cord
White Candle
A glass of fresh, clean water
A Santa Muerte pendant (you may substitute a skull, skeleton or grim reaper)
A red or black cotton handkerchief
Santa Muerte Money Spell

Cleanse the pendant and chain by rubbing it with a little alcohol. Then, allow it to dry.

This consecration ceremony takes place over the course of 3 nights. So, place two marks on the candle to divide it into three sections.

If you are using a prayer card or paper image of Santa Muerte, place it under the candle holder on your altar. Place the glass of water near the candle. Water is the most basic offering to the spirit. You may, also, bread, candy, fruit or some other small offering to her in a little bowl.

On a Tuesday or Thursday night during a Full Moon, light the candle and pray to Santa Muerte, asking for her protection while holding the pendant in your hand, as follows:

“Most Holy Death, I ask that through this image you will cover me with the cloak of your protection, that you always take care of me and guide me through all snares and dangers. Give me your blessing so that I never lack the things I need. Give me strength, health, prosperity and protection. [Add any other petition.]”

You may use a different prayer, the above is only an example. In fact, the words and actions in this consecration are less important than your own energy. There are a lot of prayers to Holy Death, but there is no standard prayer. Many people like to begin and end with a recitation of The Our Father, but this is not a requirement. The best thing you can do is really speak from your heart and make a connection with the spirit of Santa Muerte. Whatever wording you use, ask for her protection to be granted to you through the pendant.

When you have finished your prayer. fold the pendant and cord up into the handkerchief and place it on or in front of the Santa Muerte statue. If you are using an card or paper image, place the handkerchief in front of the candle. Allow it to burn down to the first notch. Then, snuff out the candle and take the handkerchief and place it in the bottom of a drawer.

On the second night, retrieve the handkerchief with the pendant from the drawer and repeat this procedure. It is not necessary to cleanse the pendant, again, as long as no one else touches it. When the candle as burned to the second notch, snuff it out. Place the handkerchief in the drawer.

On the third night, repeat this procedure, allowing the candle to burn down completely. Now, the pendant is ready to wear.

Whenever you need help, touch the medal and ask Santa Muerte to be with you.

Some practitioners repeat this ritual every three months to maintain its power.

The Judeo-Christian god demands worship and his followers consider themselves his servants. By contrast, Santa Muerte serves the people. She doesn’t take anything from the people; she doesn’t demand service and she doesn’t pass judgment or punish. She only gives protection and power to those who have no other advocate and no other recourse.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

Santa Muerte is a Mexican saint, but her devotion is truly a gift from Mexico to the world!

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial by Sophia diGregorio

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial by Sophia diGregorio

In January 2013, a new book in English, The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico is the first book especially for American (and English-speaking) devotees of Santa Muerte. There have been numerous books in Spanish from Mexican presses written for Mexican audiences, but few in English written especially for people who are not as familiar with Mexican culture and Catholicism. This book was written by an American Santa Muerte devotee and lover of Mexican history, culture and language especially for non-Spanish speakers.

It contains information about Santa Muerte, her history and legends. It shows how to construct an altar for her, how to consecrate it and it gives prayers, spells and rituals for obtaining the assistance of Santa Muerte for love, protection, prosperity, healing and all of the necessities of life. The next book in the series delves into how to really tap into the power of Santa Muerte and is set to be released in the winter of 2014.

Comments

Duby

Very captivating to say the least. Your knowledge and research on these subjects must be very time consuming, but well worth the effort. I fear with the way things are changing within the US we may soon need Santa Muerte to protect us as well.

TraditionalWitchcraft

Thank you for your kind comment, as well. I really live and breathe the occult. I think it occupies most of my waking time and a lot of my dreams.

And, yes, I think for some of us, this is happening already here in the U.S. and actually has been for a long time. I have had protection from Santa Muerte and a host of saints. In my experience, they don’t work for the Catholic church, they just work! Mexico is a really magical place, so maybe they get their power from something down there.

Dominique

Thanks for this article!  I’m taking notes…

TraditionalWitchcraft

Dominique,

The above prayer could be expanded. She is sometimes called Santisima Muerte or Most Holy Death because some say she is actually a high ranking spirit who commands armies of both angels and demons.

My natural tendency is to start with the Our Father and to end the same way and to address her as Most Holy Death or Santisima Muerte. I always ask her to enlighten my home and cloak me with her protection. Since I’m a person who needs a lot more spiritual protection (we all have as many locks and alarms on our houses as we feel we need – some of us need more than others to feel safe) I always invoke her darker side for protection from evil.

The longer you work with her, the stronger and more powerful her presence seems to become in your life.

magicman

Hi,

I have been living out of my car for 5 years. Now I just have enough money to rent a space in a persons living room for a wile. I desire some more income for my own apartment and a girlfriend. Will Santa Murte help with this? Can I have other things as well like I have St Romo and some Buddha things or is she jealous ? Thanks For the help Grant What color should I get?

TraditionalWitchcraft

Magicman,

It sounds like you have had a streak of bad luck. Santa Muerte is appealed to by people who have had had difficult times and need a little boost. Gold Santa Muerte statues and golden yellow candles are used to appeal to her for financial help. Red Santa Muerte statues and red candles are used to request favors in the romance department.

If you have limited space or are in a situation where you are not free to burn candles, you might want to just get a small Santa Muerte statue – I’d start with the gold. Keep her with you, say prayers to her, invoke her power and generally establish a relationship with her. I suggest gold because you’ll probably want to get your finances straightened out so that you’ll have time to devote to a relationship. You can still use the gold statue, but use a red candle – most practitioners agree that the color of the candle dominates. Also, you can always sew a little red cape for your gold statue to use in love rituals.

Some people say she is jealous. I don’t find this to be true – I work with an army of spirits, including Hindu ones. I find her to be perfectly compatible with other saints and spirits – although she is less specialized and more powerful than most of them. I do have a special altar for her and this is recommended by most people.

Thank you for your comment and your question. I hope this helps. And, I hope things improve for you very soon. The fact that it’s hard times for so many people is exactly why Santa Muerte has become more and more popular.

She does seem to demand devotion. Many people who work with her grow to genuinely love her, so if you work with her for very long the devotion will probably follow very naturally. She is one of the most powerful spirits I’ve run across.

My continuing research on Santa Muerte suggests that she is an ancient spirit that has been helping people – much like Our Lady – for a very long time.

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Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial by Sophia diGregorio

As the authority of both church and state have crumbled, Santa Muerte’s following has grown ever larger.  Devotion to Santa Muerte is not so much a matter of faith or belief, but a matter of experience. To know the power of Santa Muerte for yourself, you must forge a personal connection with her.

The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico was written especially with non-Catholic, non-Spanish speaking people in mind. The author attempts to make Santa Muerte accessible to English-speaking readers. You can find it at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and other online outlets.

A nice article and review of the book may be found here: http://ideefixemon.blogspot.com/2013/02/santa-muerte-unoffical-saint-of-mexico.html

 

Review of “Season of the Witch” (1973) or “Hungry Wives”

Posted in Black Magic, Clairvoyance, neo-paganism, occult, spell books, spell casting, tarot, Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by littleredridinghood

by Sophia diGregorio

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(I am a huge fan of this movie and this is my second review and analysis of it at this blog. The first one is entitled, “Traditional Witch’s Review of the 1973 George Romero Movie, “Season of the Witch,” aka. “Hungry Wives” and “Jack’s Wife, and the third one involves an analysis regarding Green Man symbolism, entitled “Green Man Nature Spirit Symbolism in George Romero’s Movie “’Season of the Witch or Jack’s Wife’”, which follows this post chronologically.)

About Season of the Witch or Hungry Wives

“Season of the Witch” was originally filmed and directed by George A. Romero in 1972, but not released to theaters until 1973 as “Hungry Wives.” The original title was “Jack’s Wife,” which really describes the main character, Joan Mitchell (played by Jan White), who, as a suburban, middle-class housewife has no real identity of her own.

Although, the director has expressed regrets about this film, which was one of his earliest efforts, it is truly an amazing work of art and one I just can’t stop watching. It is outstanding for its script and its actors, but possibly the first amazing thing about the movie is the opening dream sequence, which makes wonderful use of symbolism to tell us almost everything about the main character in just a few minutes.

Although, Romero denies any personal belief in “the devil,” it is evident that someone was familiar with the work of Paul Huson and his book, “Mastering Witchcraft,” which is quoted throughout the film. Rituals are taken verbatim from the book, in fact, the exact symbol of the Goetic demon Vassago from Huson’s book is used in the conjuration rite, along with other spells for new witches.

Season of the Witch seems to tell two stories depending upon the viewer’s perspective. Based on the deeply divided reviews of this film, it seems that those unfamiliar with witchcraft see a completely different movie than those familiar with the subject.

Other viewers are confused about the kind of witchcraft that is portrayed in the film, which is not Wicca. Wicca, although not entirely unknown in the U.S. at the time this film was made, was not very popular. It was certainly not popular with the author Paul Huson, who was originally from England and familiar with British Traditional Wicca. Wicca, mainly in the form of Neo-wicca, would not become popular in the U.S. for another 20 to 25 years.

This movie is, at least, as relevant now as it was back in the early 1970s when the Women’s Movement was first getting underway. It may be even more relevant now as women’s basic human rights in the U.S. are more threatened than ever by extremist Christian organizations and the increasing violence of the secular patriarchy.

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The Representation of Witchcraft in This Movie

Some reviewers have complained that there is too little about witchcraft in this film because we only see a couple of ritual scenes at the end. But, the theme of witchcraft runs throughout this film from beginning to end, if you know what you’re looking at. This film is not an in-your-face kind of horror film and it is sure to disappoint people who are looking for something sensationalistic. What it is is a remarkably realistic movie about real witchcraft.

From the beginning, we see that Joan has the power to dream things that later happen in one way or another. For instance, her dream of being locked up at the dog pound by her husband is realized that night at the cocktail party. They do a Mad Lib reading wherein,”Jack Mitchell works at the dog pound.” Joan’s psychiatrist, who locked her into the kennel in her dream, is present at the party, too. And, while these things are subtle, they are the kinds of things that happen to people when their psychic abilities begin to open up.

At the cocktail party, Joan’s best friend Shirley mentions a friend of theirs who is involved in witchcraft. The following night, the two of them visit this lady and Shirley has a tarot reading. Joan expresses both an interest in and fear of witchcraft. The tarot reader gives a very accurate reading, acknowledging to Shirley that her husband has been having an affair and describing the woman involved. This is something Shirley already knew about, but had not told anyone else.

After the tarot reading Joan and Shirley return to Joan’s house where her daughter Nikki and her boyfriend, Greg get into a discussion about the power of the mind. Joan has never met Greg before, but she’s had a dream about him, in which his sexual services were offered to her. During the discussion Greg expresses his doubts about the reality of witchcraft and says its effects can all be explained psychologically.

Joan’s dreams continue to carry a great deal of meaning, especially to the viewer, because they tell a lot about her life and her state of mind, however, they become increasingly frightening and violent. Some of the nightmares feature an intruder wearing a Green Man mask. Interestingly, this mask has been interpreted as a “devil mask” by some viewers. But, the Green Man is Puck or Robin Goodfellow, a familiar motif in pagan literature and lore as a spirit of the forests and nature, also, at times associated with lust and licentiousness.

Read more about Green Man Symbolism in Season of the Witch at the hub: “Green Man Nature Spirit Symbolism in George Romero’s Season of the Witch or Jack’s Wife.”

From time to time throughout the film, when something significant to the plot happens, we see a shot of of an interesting bull figurine, which represents the pre-christian era. It is a representation of the Sacred Bull of Mesopotamia and has been used to represent pagan gods and goddesses, such as Moloch of Canaan and Hathor of Egypt.

After Joan comes home early and overhears her daughter having sex with her boyfriend, the girl runs away. Her husband is angry at Joan’s response to the situation and hits her across the face. As Joan’s oppression becomes more profound, her interest in witchcraft deepens and she continues to read more about it.

With the song, “Season of the Witch,” by Donovan playing in the background Joan shops for all the ritual items and things she needs to set up her altar, paying for it all with MasterCard!

When her husband returns from his most recent business trip, Joan has to pretend that she’s still Catholic. But, we see that her witch powers have grown because as her husband speaks angrily on the phone with a colleague during dinner, a pitcher on the table rocks back and forth.

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Joan Performs a Conjuration from Paul Huson’s “Mastering Witchcraft”

Joan does a ritual, as recommended in Paul Huson’s “Mastering Witchcraft,” to renounce Christianity. We see her opening up a page of the bible and writing the Our Father prayer backwards. Afterward, she attempts to bring her daughter’s boyfriend Greg to her by means of witchcraft. When this fails or, at least, doesn’t work quickly enough, she calls him on the phone.

To many viewers this appears as just a little extra-marital sex justified by dabbling in witchcraft, but it is far more than that. We know from Joan’s own words that she is very sexually repressed. This programming is related to her relationship to the conventional morality of the patriarchy and the Catholic church. Reversing this kind of repression is not a simple matter, but anyone who has done it will recognize the procedure in the film. After doing the ritual to renounce her Christianity, she embraces witchcraft by having sex with Greg and breaking down the psychological and emotional barriers she has attached to sex.

In other words, this is not sex simply for the sake of sex. At least, it isn’t to Joan. She is using him for her own purpose. Although, Greg (and a lot of viewers) believe this is just a “cop out.” It isn’t. It is a method of deprogramming one’s self that is used by many women who escape a misogynistic mind control cult.

Joan tries to conjure a spirit with the help of Greg. The sigil of the Goetic demon Vassago will be immediately recognized by anyone who is familiar with it. Although, the spirit is renamed “Virago.” The word “virago” means a strong, brave or war-like, Amazon woman, which seems to indicate that this entity represents her own power.

The conjuration is a success. We know this because we see a cat (the form taken by familiar spirits) entering through a basement window and crawling up the stairs. When Joan leaves the room and comes back, she sees a strange cat standing in the middle of the circle and she screams.

In the final scenes, Joan’s nightmares seem to come true in a very real and violent way. These scenes are woven in between scenes of Joan being initiated into the coven.

At the end of the film, Joan is sitting among her friends at a cocktail party, again. But, this time she looks very regal and powerful. Someone comments about how good she looks an her last words are, “I’m a witch.” According to Romero, during the filming of the scene as she said these words, the ceiling cracked above her head. He called this one of many coincidences that occurred during the filming.

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The Theme of Misogyny

Throughout the film, we see hints of the varying types and degrees of repression the women suffer from. Joan has a daughter, thus fulfilling what woman’s purpose was thought to be by some people at this time. In fact, there are still people who think this way. She finds her role as Jack’s wife unfulfilling and lonely and she feels more like the family dog than a real human being.

At the beginning, we see a woman at the party being assaulted and degraded. While this man should have been prosecuted or, at least, chastised for what he did, it is just brushed off. Anyone who has been in this situation knows that all of the blame always falls on the victim or she is told that it’s no big deal and just something she knows she has to put up with.

The sexualized sense of ownership that Jack has of his daughter Nikki is disturbing, although it is subtle. It, too, is the sort of thing that many people might write off as just the words and actions of a concerned, loving father. But, it is in fact a form of sex abuse and we can imagine that it is something he has made a habit of. In the patriarchy, wives and children, especially daughters, are property. As Jack tells us when he hits Joan, they are to be brutalized into conformity, if necessary.

Some of the last lines of the film are from misogynistic police who say that “she’ll get away” with what’s she’s done to her husband. “Women always get everything in the end,” one of them says bitterly.

This film depicts something that was really happening in the 1970s and is still happening today, which is the fusion of the original Women’s Movement with witchcraft. This is why “Season of the Witch” is mentioned in “What’s Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan Occult Practices and Traditional Witchcraft,” in reference to the growing interest in this subject of witchcraft as a social under-current in the 1960s and ’70s in the U.S.

I can’t recommend “Season of the Witch” strongly enough to anyone interested in the portrayal of witchcraft in movies or witchcraft, in general. This film has been called “feminist” by some and maybe it is, given the era it portrays and the way in which this is done. But, more than this, it is a film about the lives of women and about witchcraft. It depicts both realistically. It has as much value as a lot of great literature that gives us historical insights into the lives of people. Although, it is hard to imagine a film more relevant to many women’s lives.

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“What’s Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan and Traditional Witchcraft“ was written to show the true history of Wicca in Britain and the development of neo-Wicca in the U.S. It tells the benefits and the drawbacks of what has become the most popular, accessible and socially acceptable form of witchcraft. Wicca is the most popular aspect of the occult today, but it is certainly not all there is. This book encourages readers who want more to continue their exploration of witchcraft and their study of its origins.

It was written by a metaphysical bookstore owner who often heard the question, “What else is there?” Find “What’s Next After Wicca? Non-Wiccan and Traditional Witchcraft“ by Sophia diGregorio at Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Amazon.com: “What’s Next After  Wicca?  Non-Wiccan and Traditional Witchcraft

Other books  by Sophia diGregorio

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Witchcraft and the Occult: Good Reasons for Staying in the Broom Closet and How to Keep Your Private Business Private

Posted in neo-paganism, occult, Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by littleredridinghood
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The following is an old witch’s advice for other witches, atheists, Satanists and independent thinkers who do not live in a supportive environment.

Since, at least, the 1990s when a form of witchcraft, Wicca, became mainstream, there has been a lot of discussion about “coming out of the closet” as a witch. This is usually a big question for teenagers or college students whose lives may be heavily dominated by their parents. But, it’s, also, a problem for many adults whose families, employers or general environment is dominated by religious fanatics.

Coming out of the closet is not a light consideration, nor should it be approached with a cavalier attitude. Once you’re out, it’s hard to get back in and the consequences can be very unpleasant, depending on your particular circumstances.

A lot of bigotry, some of the dangerous kind, remains in parts of the U.S. where Christianity dominates, although, if you live in a bigger city or a place like Salem, Massachusetts where witchcraft is celebrated, you might find it hard to believe. Similar intolerance may exist in other countries, as well.

If you happen to live in a less than forward-thinking place, considering the following ideas while you make your decision may be beneficial.

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The Pros and Cons of Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Even if the climate is not bad where you are now, this can change – and it has. The churches are businesses that exist with the benefit of billions of dollars annually in U.S. government taxpayer funds since George W. Bush signed the Faith Based Initiative into law by executive order. Many, also, enjoy 501-C-3 status with the IRS, which means they are classified as non-profit organizations. By claiming to be religious organizations and meeting certain standards, they are exempt from Federal and State taxation. This gives them a great advantage over other types of businesses and, as a result, they have grown abundantly in the past few years while other businesses have failed under the burden of taxes and, in some cases, the domination of Christian “morality.”

As they have grown fat on the back of the American taxpayer, they have grown more powerful. This means that where their influence was problematic a few years ago, in some places, it is becoming unbearable. In some parts of the Midwest, the South and in the Mormon Corridor, it is a challenge to find an employer or an employment situation that isn’t dominated by Christians, often very tyrannical, fundamentalist ones. If you are out of lockstep with them, you can lose your job. If you have a business, you can lose your customer base, if they find out you are not one of them.

If you conform or appear to conform to their “standards,” you won’t encounter many problems.

If you can run your business without it interfering with the laws established by the churches with regard to alcohol sales or certain types of entertainment, you are better off doing so.

For most people, witchcraft is a quiet personal practice and there is really no need to discuss it with anyone else. In your interactions with other people, let them make the first move toward any open discussion about the occult. Never initiate the discussion.

If you do have a few friends and hold meetings at your house, be discreet. If you have a spiritual development group, for example, you have a few friends who gather together each week to practice mediumship development or discuss occult-related subjects, try to keep your meetings low-key. You might even devise a cover story and tell outsiders that it is a “Bible Study” group. Religions are given special status and if people think you’re holding a Christian religious meeting, you won’t have any problems.

If you live in a heavily Christian area where people’s lives revolve around their church, you may want to devise a story to tell people who inquire about your “faith.” Usually, if you tell people you’re Catholic, the questions stop there. Many protestants don’t really like the Catholic Church, but they will respect a Catholic enough not to nag or harass them. Tailor your choice of cover story based on the area you live in.

Make a game out of dealing with Christians. If you have religious co-workers, keep them off the scent by throwing a little “Bless You,” or “Thank the Lord,” into the conversation at appropriate times. You can laugh quietly to yourself once their backs are turned, knowing that your privacy is being maintained and you are secure from being hassled.

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Tips for Staying Safely in the Closet Online and In Real Life

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The following are some ideas to consider if you want to guard your privacy online and remain in the broom closet, both online and in real life:

If you have a job working for a Christian-dominated company, do not post on “anti-Christian” sites while at work. It can be traced by your employer and people have lost their jobs this way.

Always stay anonymous online. Never use your real name, disclose your location or family relationships or anything else that could identify you to someone who knows you. There are millions of people online, but it can become a very small world in some online communities. Furthermore, never post pictures of yourself, your family, your pets. Never talk about your work place or your school. People who know you may be able to identify you just from you giving too many details.

  •     Use different UserIDs.
  •     Do not integrate social networking sites with other social networking sites or your e-mail account.
  •     Use multiple e-mail accounts.
  •     Never give personal information that could identify you.
  •     Do not give information about your location.
  •     If you suspect someone is tracking you, leave disinformation crumbs.
  •     If cornered by your employer or anyone who could do damage to your life, remember the words of Bill Clinton, “Deny, deny, deny!”

What is bad about following this advice is that when everyone follows it, it can prevent you from connecting with people you know.

For instance, I joined a closed online witchcraft group once and recognized someone I knew and was friends with by his moniker and photo. I introduced myself and we re-established contact after a couple of years. If everyone is in the closet, it’s much more difficult to make these kinds of positive connections. But, especially, if you are vulnerable, you are better off staying in the closet and letting those who have less to lose by being out (for example, this guy is the head of a Satanic order and is something of an intimidating figure to many people) do so, then you can connect with them, as you like.

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Other Reasons for Staying in the Closet

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Peace of Mind: By staying in the closet, you enjoy more peace of mind. Not wasting time and energy dealing with people you don’t want to deal with gives you more time to focus on your personal goals.

Privacy: Privacy is part of safety and security, online, at your job and in every aspect of your life. People cannot attack you very easily if they know nothing about you.
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Efficacy: It is often easier to get things done and to have influence, for example, within an organization, if you appear to be a team player. It is an easier position from which to try to persuade others to see things your way. If you come out of the closet in an “in your face” fashion, this will predispose others to oppose you in all matters.

You’re not going to change the minds of religious fanatics by being a good person or setting a good example as a witch (or an atheist). It is their goal to dominate other people and force them to conform to their “standards.” They don’t consider morality, decency, goodness or the content of a person’s character. If you have not accepted the redeeming blood of Jesus, they will regard you as “Satan.” Again, you may have a better chance of influencing them by remaining in the closet and playing along.

All of this advice is meaningless if you are fortunate enough to be living in a place dominated by educated, non-superstitious people who are grounded in reality. If you are not so fortunate, then you really must consider the danger that being out of the closet could pose to you, your safety, you family’s safety and your financial well-being.

Notes on the Regional Nature of The Problem of Intolerance of Witchcraft in the U.S.

The decision to come out of the broom closet or not is absolutely an individual choice. Each witch will have to realistically evaluate the environment he or she lives in to come to the right decision.

Coming out can be liberating and really seem like a relief. But, it can cause some problems, too.

The following is a famous example of what could go wrong:

Brandi Blackbear is a woman who was persecuted at a public school in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in 1999-2000, when she was 15-years old. Lifetime Movies did a dramatization of her story called “Not Like Everyone Else” in 2006. Brandi was not a witch, but her trouble began when she was caught reading a book on the subject of witchcraft from the library. Brandi suffered persecution at her school to an extreme until she received help from ACLU and hers became a landmark case upholding the 1st Amendment. She gave an interview in which she commented that what happened to her was partly related to the region of the country in which she lived. If she had lived in Seattle, WA or Salem, MA, it probably wouldn’t have happened.

Other recent incidents:

You may notice that most of the victims listed below are Wiccans. Wiccans are often encouraged to live openly in Wiccan books, which is just not safe for everyone everywhere, as you can see.

The woman in this story objected to having to stand and bow her head in prayer to Jesus before city council meetings in South Carolina. She was prevented from speaking, then things got worse.

‘Wynne … said her home has been vandalized and townspeople have tried to forcibly “exorcise” demons out of her, poisoned her cats and threatened to burn her house. “They flipped over my refrigerator. They squirted ketchup and mustard everywhere. They’ve written ‘Die, witch.'” (“South Carolina: Witch Persecuted by Christians” By Austin Cline, About.com GuideAugust 11,2004 http://atheism.about.com/b/2004/08/11/south-carolina-witch-persecuted-by-christians.htm)

Burnet, Texas has been the scene of two cases of witchcraft persecutions in 2003 and, again, in 2009.

In the first instance in 2003, Wiccans who ran a store in Burnet were threatened and eventually forced to leave town by the local Christians. The original KXAN report cannot be found, but an article, “The Persecution of Wiccans” by Austin Cline, remains at About.com:

“The group says they relocated to Burnet in April after pressure to leave from community groups in Kingsland. They say they’re receiving threats in one case to burn down their business.”(http://atheism.about.com/b/2003/08/03/persecution-of-wiccans.htm)

The original Austin-Statesman article about the 2009 event cannot be found, but a brief article by the same author as referenced above is found at About.com: Austin-American Statesman:

“Over the past 10 months, Allen said, threatening phone calls have poured in and strange cars have followed her home from her store at night. The police dismissed her requests for protection, she said. Allen also claims that in March, one Llano County sheriff’s deputy told her daughter that “we had a family practicing witchcraft awhile back, but we ran them out of town.” (http://atheism.about.com/b/2003/08/06/more-on-the-persecution-of-wiccans-in-texas.htm)

In South Carolina, a Wiccan couple endured extreme harassment from their neighbors and a government agency, DHHR, took their children. They had to sue the government to try to get them back after being accused of engaging in the human sacrifice of their own children.

“A family of Wiccans falsely accused of sacrificing their children during religious ceremonies sued the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources for allegedly harassing them and taking possession of their children.”

“The couple contends they have been continually harassed since moving to West Virginia in 1999.”

“On one occasion, DHHR officials and a State Police trooper were called to investigate an allegation that the couple had killed their youngest child in a sacrifice and were carrying the boy’s body with them. A later DHHR visit came from another false report that the couple’s children had been sacrificed.” (“Wiccan family files suit against DHHR” by Charles Shumaker “The Charleston Gazette,” July 28, 2004 http://wwrn.org/articles/9560/?&place=north-america&section=occult)

Another case from 2008 highlights the dangers of living openly as a witch when you have children and how government agencies that purport to protect children can be manipulated by persecutors. A family was completely torn apart and forced to flee as fugitives because of false reports to the Department of Social Services (DSS) by their Christian neighbors. ( “Pagan Persecution a National Travesty” by Lady Passion, High Priestess, Coven Oldenwilde, Asheville, NC Published February, 2008, in Oracle 20/20 Magazine. http://oldenwilde.org/oldenwilde/members/lady-passion-articles/pagan-persecution-a-national-travesty_part-1.html)

Sometimes the harassment is not as overt, but it can still be very damaging. The following is an example of how witches may be undermined or sabotaged at work. TSA worker, Carole Smith was fired from her job under the pretense of poor job performance, but it seems likely there were other reasons. As a person of integrity, she was concerned about lax security at the airport and became a whistleblower. She was, also subjected to witchcraft accusations by co-workers:

“A co-worker even complained that Smith cast a disabling spell on the heater of her car one snowy evening,” (“Wiccan Lawsuit: Carole Smith claims TSA fired her for being a ‘witch'” by Larry McShane, Daily New Staff Writer, March 31, 2011 http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-03-31/news/29386452_1_tsa-wiccan-witch-hunt)

Some witches do not feel safe or comfortable telling their own family members about their witchcraft practice. The following article is from the New York Times:

“A stay-at-home mother of two in Northern Virginia who was raised Southern Baptist keeps her Wiccan faith secret. Not even her mother knows.” (“Wiccans Keep the Faith With a Religion Under Wraps” by Stephanie Kuykendal, The New York Times, May 16, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/us/16wiccan.html)

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