cauldron born


Disney, how this got to color is beyond me. 

Call to the Black Serpent

This rather simple ritual could easily be construed as a curse, but to label it simply as such would be a bit premature. A curse is punishment for action, and while this ritual does return any ill-will they may have inflicted upon you, its true purpose is cleansing: cleansing you of your anger (or any other residual emotions) toward them and theirs aimed at you. It is punishment for their actions, but not for their emotions – which I think is a subject often neglected when it comes to curses. While it is their actions that have hurt you, these actions stem from emotion and if that emotion is not dealt with, a curse can only correct their action via punishment (indirectly). This ritual is intended clear that resentment as much as it is to return what harm they may have inflicted on you.

The Black Serpent is fire – it is cleansing and it is destructive: it is the insatiable inferno devouring vice and it is the flaming spear that impales those who seek your destruction. It is preservation – for it is the Anchor that binds us to the physical world, so that we might face our trials and learn from these tribulations.


The methodology for this ritual is very lax and craves personalization. I offer unto you only a generalized course of action that may be adapted in whatever way a witch sees fit. I do – however – encourage the use of fire, as (mentioned above) the Serpent is ruled by it. A personal affect or photo of he/she to whom you will dispatch the Serpent is also recommended.

To begin, light your fire – Spirit Fire would work very well – and present, before the flames, your target. Conjure the Serpent:

From the Earth – from the Depths, Hark: Black Serpent rise –
From the poisoned garden,
From the earthly cauldron,
From my shadow – born,
There is – yet – work to be done:

While the “hymn” suggests the Serpent’s lair is within the Earth, it resides at your spine (where its divine twin – the Light Serpent, your Soul/Spirit – coils around it) and anchors you thusly to the Earth. Offer to the flames the affect or photo – command the Serpent:

Go forth now – at my behest,
To the throat of my transgressor:
Wreak on them thy vicely clench – and
Dip thy poisoned-tooth to vein,
Devour at their prideful altar,
And bestow on them – my wrath,

When you feel the Spirit or energy of the other person and have developed a temporary bond, proceed:

Oh great serpent – writhing
Anchor to the middle world:
Bind the eyes –
From seeing;
Bind the tongue –
From speaking lies;
And bind the mind –
That does derive falsehoods
From my Truth,
Feed – O carnal beast of man,
On their deception – their predilection
For my misery,
And in thy gilded gullet –
Imbued with my redemption –
Churn the harbored hate
They hold,
And turn out – unto me
Nubile and golden
That I might wear
As a diadem
Of Victory;

When the work is done and when you have been purged of your anger, sadness, etc., call the Serpent home:

Hark, my Shadow servant – return,
From whence you came,
Gorged on vice and anger,
To the Earth – to the Depths,
To the black specter that trails
Ever behind me –
Til’ I call on thee again.

Extinguish the fire – the working is complete.

photo source – from the book Serpentine by photographer Mark Laita


Dɪsɴᴇʏ Eʀᴀ Fɪʟᴍ Cʜᴀʟʟᴇɴɢᴇ | Kʀɪsᴛᴇɴ’s Rᴀɴᴋɪɴɢ Oғ Tʜᴇ Dᴀʀᴋ Aɢᴇ Mᴏᴠɪᴇs
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