The term hex comes from Early American Folk belief, and implies the use of magick to hurt or harm another person’s body, family, or property. The hex was usually cast by a hex-doctor or sorcerer, who used deep concentration and symbolic imaginary to affect his or her target. Although the[…]

Hex

Most magicians are familiar with the legend of the Golem,a figure made of clay and wood that was brought to life through a process discovered by Rabbi Yehuda Low. According to Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, the formula for creating a Golem was found in the Sefer Yetsirah, a theory of creation derived[…]

Golem

Please Scroll down for Audio Compliment There are plenty of spells from various witchcraft traditions that use coins, especially silver coins. Even in Hoodoo and Conjure – which are uniquely American traditions borne of the union of European and African folk magic, with a healthy dose of Native American lore[…]

A Crooked Sixpence

As if there weren’t enough twists and turns in the Way of the Crafter already, there are at least three distinct things that can be referred to as a Fetch in modern crafting; the Fetch Beast, “fetch-and-carry”, and the “shapeshifter’s skin”. The Fetch-Beast, also known as the Fetch-Wife, has been[…]

The Fetch

Money In folklore, money that comes from fairies, witches, sorcerers  and the Devil turns out to be worthless. The victim accepts payment for goods or services and discovers, after it is too late, that the gold coins or currency are actually toads, cat claws, shells, lead or other worthless—and sometimes[…]

Money

Mirrors One of the most ancient forms of divination is crystallomancy or catoptromancy, performed with a magic mirror. The Magi of Persia are said to have used mirrors, as well as the ancient Greeks and Romans. In ancient Greece, the witches of Thessaly wrote their oracles in human blood upon[…]

Mirrors

Metamorphosis The ability of witches, sorcerers  and other magically empowered persons to transform themselves and other humans at will into animals, birds and insects. In witchcraft trials, people testified that the accused witches had appeared before them or tormented them in some nonhuman shape. For example, in 1663 Jane Milburne[…]

Metamorphosis

The severed hand of a hanged murderer, magically preserved, once was used as a charm in hand of glory black-magic spells and was believed to aid burglars in breaking into homes and buildings. The hand of glory was the right hand of a murderer, ideally severed while the corpse still[…]

Hand of Glory

Hair and nails possess magical attributes that contain the essence of a person, and thus are important ingredients in many magic spells. Hair is associated with strength and virility, and with psychic protection. Abundant hair was considered an asset for many monarchs. The ancient Egyptians believed that a potion made[…]

 Hair and nails

Ornaments with magical properties, and in contemporary Witchcraft, sometimes worn in various rituals and as badges of rank. Garters may have been used in rituals in Paleolithic times: an ancient cave painting in northeastern Spain portrays nine women, wearing pointed headdresses, dancing in a circle around a naked man, who[…]

Garters

A pledge to serve the Devil or one of his demons. The pact may be made orally, but according to lore it is best to write it on virgin parchment and sign it in blood. The pact provides that in exchange for allegiance and one’s soul, the Devil will grant[…]

Devil’s pact

 According to witch-hunters, the Devil always permanently marked the bodies of his initiates to seal their pledge of obedience and service to him. He marked them by raking his claw across their flesh or using a hot iron, which left a mark, usually blue or red, but not a scar.[…]

Devil’s Marks

Christianity’s Prince of Supreme Evil. The Devil, or Satan, is not a god of Wiccans and Pagans. The association of witches with the Devil grew in the Middle Ages and Reformation, when belief in a personal Satan as the agent of all evil was particularly strong. Accusations of Devil-worship were[…]

Devil

Demons have been catalogued, ranked and classified since at least 100–400, the period in which the Testament Belial and djinn presenting their credentials to King Solomon (Jacobus de Teramo, Das Buch Belial, 1473) demon 95 of Solomon appeared, describing Solomon’s magic ring for commanding the djinn and listing the names[…]

The Hierarchies and Functions of Demons

A lesser spirit that intervenes in the physical world. Demons usually are associated with evil, but in pre-Christian and non-Christian cultures, demons were, and are, not necessarily good or evil. There are good and bad demons, and demons capable of both kinds of behavior. The study of demons is called[…]

Demons

Baphomet The symbol of the “sabbatic goat,” portrayed as a half-human, half-goat figure, or a goat head. It is not a symbol of modern witchcraft. Baphomet by Eliphas Levi Baphomet 17 The origin of the name Baphomet is unclear. It may be a corruption of Mahomet (Muhammad). The English witchcraft[…]

Baphomet