new experiences with new magical entities as well as developing strong relationships with thespiritual world. Witches work magic in the Otherworld sometimes in order to affect the world,and we may find we connect deeply to some spirits there
such as a fetch or familiar spirit.Guided meditations, light trance, and hypnotism are usually the methods employed to reach theOtherworld, but for some members, other techniques may be attempted as well.
In general, the emphasis is on doing magic, especially folk magic, in one’s daily life.
The groupcan draw from myriad traditions when doing magic, many of them New World, and many OldWorld. Some of the systems the group works with include:
An African-American based folk magic system which can be found throughout theAmerican South. It emphasizes practical results, and includes spells for things like getting moremoney (Attraction and Gambling mojos), improving relationships with others (Sweetening Jars),and getting rid of troublesome people (Hot Foot Powders).
Magic which is very similar to hoodoo, but with a slightly broaderscope. It includes elements of magic found in the more mountainous areas of the South, like theOzarks and Appalachians. Work to control others (Command & Compel), magic performed incemeteries (Graveyard work), and divination with playing cards all mark this particular system(though there is some overlap with hoodoo even in these areas).
Also called Braucherei, this is the system of magical healing which comes from thePennsylvania-Dutch communities. Using written and spoken charms and prayers, a worker inthis tradition is able to help fix problems like bruises, sprains, small wounds, and burns. Thereare also livestock cures and anti-theft spells regularly included in this practice.
These are Mexican-American folk magical systems which tackle twosides of everyday problems, with Curanderismo focusing more on healing, spiritual cleansing,and blessing and Brujeria working to undo hexes, reverse misfortune, and occasionally battleagainst negative magic being used against a person. Egg cleansings, smoke fumigation withsacred herbs, and doll or talisman work are all fairly common in these traditions.
While most of our Romany influence comes through our divinationtechniques, there are also candle-burning rituals and some charms (such as Evil-Eye pendants)which will appear from time to time in our work, and which descend from the Roma and theirmagical traditions.Techniques from these folk magical systems will be taught over time through various workshops(usually held at Full Moons) and during one-on-one instruction sessions.