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So Cold

Cold Readings are something every diviner should have done at least a good dozen time before saying they're certain divination works. Although occasionally nerve wracking, they're necessary. What cold readings are is exactly that, reading a person on practically zero information, forcing the reading to work on its own merits instead of analyzing the person somehow and using whatever gathered as an aid.

I did them when I first started out in divination through Mystick Wicks and even…

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Added by Black Witch on March 16, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments

White Out: If You Can't See it, it's Not a Success!

Storytime! So one day I was at my local metaphysical shop and I saw a goddess statue for sale among many on the wall behind the register and mentioned, “Hey, that's a nice Brigid you have.” It had a white dress on, pale skin, flowing hair, I figured it was a Celtic goddess. Then the shop assistant, who I have known for years, snorted a laughter and said, “That's Yemaya.”

What?

I immediately responded, “You lyin', she's White,” and as solid proof, she took down the figurine and…

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Added by Black Witch on March 16, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

Busted

So, now my mom knows that I'm Pagan.

It wasn't through my choice or this would be waaaaaaay down the line. Newp. I got outed by my sister out of some kind of show of concern trolling. None too happy about this because this is something I tote very often on the column: If you know someone who is of some kind of alignment that is not readily socially favorable such as gay or Pagan, you leave the battle alone. It's not your choice to decide whether the person wants to have that big…

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Added by Black Witch on November 16, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Divination and Samhain

Firstly, don't forget the Ustream chat today at 4:30 PM EST. It's on the Black Witch Channel, be there! Interact with me via Ustream or through twitter (@thisblackwitch). Samhain Pickers winners are announced on the Black Witch site (The selection was after the post’s deadline, sorry folks).

 

Halloween time is a great time for divination. The…

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Added by Black Witch on October 21, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Not Gonna Work - Spells and the Internet

So I was on the Black Witch tumblr, tumblin' like always and look at what I found on my dashboard:

Oh. My. Gods. No. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

I don't know what site this is - I shall hereby declare thee webpage Spellz-R'n-Us, and it is done - but man, I really hope no one took that seriously. I mean, really? Okay, let's go over what's wrong with the whole picture,…

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Added by Black Witch on October 16, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Hooray for Samhain!

So, Samhain is around the corner and Afro-Punk asked me to write some pieces on it. No problem. Already was on it.

 

Samhain is Halloween and one of the biggest holidays for witches, wiccans and Pagans and personally one of my favorite holidays. It's so nice and spooky and fun! And you get free food from your neighbors, always spiffy. Halloween is a fun holiday but also a holiday filled with a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions. Let's start with the biggest misconceptions:…

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Added by Black Witch on October 16, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Religion and Mental Illness

I remember on a discussion forum I was on at Heavenly Hair, a hairfall forum, that had the discussion of religion as a mental illness. The basic gist is that religion, when seen from a different perspective, can be seen as a widespread mental illness, near schizophrenia. I mean, to have religious faith, you have to believe in something that you can’t see, feel, hear or justify the existence of the same way you can with anyone else. All that one knows about that mythical being – emphasis on…

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Added by Black Witch on August 18, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

Trolololo - She Rachet

So, there’s been something recent occurring in the online Pagan community. There was a rehash on Pagan.about.com about minority Pagan bloggersand of course, some commenter named Silvia felt mighty brave in her Whiteness and cried tears about how Wicca should be left to the White folks. Everyone, please witness this demonstration of why saying “Post-Racial America” is a long way…

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Added by Black Witch on July 24, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

"Happy 2nd Anniversary, Black Witch!"

Another year has ended. Yep. BW just recently passed into its third year on June 9th. I am still surprised it is still around. To be honest, it has not been an easy year to keep up things and it pretty much, personally, became a year of disappointments and being slowed down to the point I couldn’t achieve major goals for the column/blog. I’m glad people are reading and interacting but I’ve been slipping. I haven’t been on time with the Afro-Punk side of Black Witch (even this column is…

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Added by Black Witch on June 13, 2012 at 1:22pm — No Comments

"Okay, Mr. Illuminati": Redux

Before we start, know that there will be a Black Witch vcast on Ustream on Saturday, March 19th at 4:30 PM EST to answer questions about the upcoming BW Meet and Greet in June so please do come and bring good questions! Onward with the column:

 

If you’ve been a long time reader of this blog, you most likely saw my first (and only?) mention of secret societies on BW:…

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Added by Black Witch on May 16, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Firstly, I wanna start off with saying that starting today, I would like to try a contest that will stretch through next Friday, April 13. It’s a literary contest to celebrate the fact that it is Poetry Literature Month. That means I would like for you readers to send in your poetic works, it can be text or it can be on video. The winner will be featured on this month’s The Arts! So get them in! You can submit them through twitter, the Black Witch fan page or email. Check the end of this…

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Added by Black Witch on April 9, 2012 at 9:19am — 5 Comments

Ask Black Witch: Another Off Day

Hey! Black Witch: Life from the Black Pagan Perspective, vol. 1is out now! It's for sale in both hardbound book (which I made by hand thanks to doing bookbinding as a teen) and e-book form in the Black Witch Etsy shop! More details below! Onward with the column!

Not really any questions to answer, it’s been a slow month for Black Witch. But that’s kinda a good thing as the book version of this blog…

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Added by Black Witch on March 1, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Different View

Alright, some news on the book Black Witch: Life from a Black Pagan Perspective, Vol. 1: It's coming out on Feb 25, 2012. No more pussyfooting or anything, it will come out on that day and that's that. I will be posting pictures in the near future of the book as it is further and further in progress, possibly updating every Saturday to the Black Witch FB Fan Page. The book will be in hardbound…

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Added by Black Witch on February 6, 2012 at 12:38pm — No Comments

The Invisibility Cloak: Race and the Pagan

Awwww yeeeaaahh. A topic I’ve been meaning to get at for a long ol’ time. 

I was just reading a book I had recently gotten, The Magical Household: Spells & Rituals for the Home, penned by Scott Cunningham and David Harrington. I kinda wanna take it back to the store. I bought it because I just recently moved into a new apartment and I was so stoked about it that I pretty much bought practically any crap that was witchy and pertained to it. I would have purified my cat if…

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Added by Black Witch on January 9, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Coming Out of the Broom Closet and Choosing your Supporters

Ustream chat! Details at the bottom of the column!

Coming out of the broom closet – revealing that they are a Pagan or a Witch – is not an easy thing to do.

I am all for someone coming out of the broom closet - revealing that they are Pagan/Witch - but please keep in mind, it's just as risky as coming out of the closet, if not more because there are still stronger stigmas out there that doesn't get addressed. Plus Hollywood needs something to run to when they're fresh out of…

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Added by Black Witch on December 2, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

How Romantic

I talk about a lot of things here on Black Witch, and believe you and me I have more up my sleeve, but ever notice I’m not very flowery in my talking? As in, I don’t talk about the positive energies that are in rivers and how I would love to wash my clothes in said river because it connects me to mother earth and how I wish I could fetch wood from a forest to heat my simple home out in the empty but lush wilderness?



No doubt these are beautiful notions that harken back to a “simpler”… Continue

Added by Black Witch on November 4, 2011 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Stop Asking Me!

As a diviner, I love getting a plethora of questions – but not always. Sometimes I rather be much left alone instead of sought out for advice or getting a constant question and/or from a constant person which makes me wanna pack up and go home.



The question that I get waaaaaaaaaay too constantly as a diviner? Love or death but love has got to take the cake along with the pastry shop it sits in and the bakery it came from. Too many love questions, far too annoying. Look, I understand…

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Added by Black Witch on October 7, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

"I Dun Wanna Die!"

NB: I will be short on time to do the Ask Black Witch for this month due to the Afro-Punk Festival so if you have a question to submit, please send it now!



What’s a fairly common question I get when doing divination? Death. “Am I gonna die?”, “When am I gonna die?”, “Can you see when my death is?” Seriously wanna make you speed up the process while doing Darwinism a favor.



First and foremost: Yes, you’re going to die. Everyone is. It’s a terrible fact of life… Continue

Added by Black Witch on August 19, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

I Am Such An Enigma

Lord, I saw this on my twitterfeed a few weeks back, someone had a dream about Janelle Monae and they thought it was yet another one of their “layered, complex, and seemingly random” dreams (I seriously quoted that, copy and paste, no edit). Monae was a Marvel comic-styled superhero. Not something mega far-fetched, mate.



Y’see, I don’t mean to single this one person out but he resembles a people that I all too commonly come across as a dream interpreter, the… Continue

Added by Black Witch on August 5, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

Back In The Day: “Faker Faker: How to Spot a Con”

I made these when I was the president of my university’s Pagan Student Union. This mini guide is basically for those who want to seek out a psychic parlor to get a reading and not want to be jipped. Now while I do personally suggest people simply learning divination on their own since it’s a lot cheaper and not that difficult, some folks would like to still go to a diviner for guidance. Here are the tips:



Faker faker #1: Conduct of diviner

Does the diviner act like… Continue

Added by Black Witch on July 22, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments


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