black and midnight hags

You weren’t born with a talent for witchcraft: it didn’t come easily; you worked hard at it because you wanted it. You forced the world to give it to you, no matter the price, and the price is and always will be high… People say you don’t find witchcraft; witchcraft finds you. But you’ve found it, even if at the time you didn’t know what it was you were finding, and you grabbed it by its scrawny neck and made it work for you
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I Shall Wear Midnight

I don’t think I can overemphasize how important Sir Terry Pratchett’s witches are to me, and how they helped me articulate what *I* believe about witchcraft.

lilibat replied to your post:Could you recommend any books or resources on witchcraft? I’m getting back into hedge-witching after awhile away, and your extra spooky witchery appeals to me greatly.

“Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman.” ― Terry Pratchett

To be perfectly honest, that quote sums up a lot of my approach to religion. 

anonymous asked:

Could you recommend any books or resources on witchcraft? I'm getting back into hedge-witching after awhile away, and your extra spooky witchery appeals to me greatly.

Thank you for the nice compliment! 

My usual disclaimers: I don’t care what religion you are or if you’re an atheist - my spiritual beliefs are my own. I won’t roll my eyes at you or tell you you’re wrong, so please do me the same courtesy. Flame wars and lecturing are not the same as discussion.

My first recommendation is head to the largest public library that is near you and start reading all the books on folklore, folk magic, charms, myths, and faerie tales that you can find. All of that will give you a good background of common symbols, correspondences, and so on. 

As to specific books: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham and Charms, Spells, & Formulas by Ray T Malbrough are ones I refer to fairly often. (However, I don’t really use the words of the spells as they’re written out in the Charms, Spells, & Formulas book - I use them as a starting point for research, but when I do ritual work, it’s always in my own words.)

The most important thing is to remember is this sort of witchcraft is magical DIY at its most primal roots: does something feel right to you, even if you can’t find some sort of reference for it? Then you should use it. The form of witchcraft I practice is MY particular version, and therefore won’t be identical to anyone else’s. Sure, I compare notes and have discussions with other witches (hi staxilicious! hi fanboy-news-network!), but in the end, it’s an intensely personal thing. 

anonymous asked:

Just out of curiosity, do you practice witchcraft/some sort of magick system? I've seen yo reblog some things about it before, and I didn't know if you practiced or just like the aesthetic. :)

Oh, I practice. I’ve been doing some sort of magic or spellcraft since I was … six? Seven? Since I was old enough to find the folklore section of the local library and start poring through books on folk magic and charms. (Yeah, I was one of those super-early-reading kids. Go on, look surprised.)

I have NO issues with people who just like the aesthetic, but I call myself a witch for some very serious-to-me reasons.