Podcast Special – Spellcasting Greatest Hits

-SHOWNOTES FOR SPECIAL – SPELLCASTING GREATEST HITS-

Summary
This mid-hiatus special is all about successful spellcasting.  We discuss our most effective spells, our favorite techniques, and some of the philosophy and mechanics of potent magical practice.

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Download:  New World Witchery – Podcast Special – Spellcasting Greatest Hits

-Sources-
*The Lucky Mojo page on “Honey Jars” contains great information on this lovely little family of spells.
*Here are a few pages on lost item spells, particularly the St. Anthony charm mentioned by Cory.
*John George Hohman’s Long Lost Friend contains the Pow-wow spells mentioned in this show.
*The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, by Judika Illes, contains many wonderful spells, and is a book we both turn to often.

Music
“Grifos Muertos” by Jeffery Luck Lucas, from his album What We Whisper, on Magnatune.com

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8 Comments on “Podcast Special – Spellcasting Greatest Hits”

  1. Colt Chaney Says:

    Hmmm, I am new to this site and have a question, and do not know who or where to ask. Not that I don’t appreciate it but, my only real interest here is articals on the Appalachian tradition, Granny magic, water witches, etc. Is there anyway that I can limit notices recieved only to a particular subject?


    • Hi Colt,

      I’m not sure if there’s a way to do that or not. Depending on how you’re getting your messages, there may be an option that lets you only receive posts with specific “tags” on them, but I’m not an expert on that at all. Your best bet is to look around in your RSS software/app and see whether it lets you filter incoming posts in any way. Sorry I can’t be of more help, but I hope you do find some info on what you’re looking for here!

      -Cory

  2. Roger Says:

    As usual, the show was wonderful! I really just can’t enough of your podcasts! I always feel like I’m having a conversation with two good friends when I listen.

    I wanted to comment on Cory’s story about instinctively knowing to tell his friend to put a yellow ribbon around her wrist to find her watch. Several weeks ago, I had a stretch of about a week where every time I would fall asleep, I would have horrible nightmares. One night, as I woke up startled from one of the nightmares,I heard myself saying, “Eat a drop of honey from your fingertip to sweeten your dreams.” I did, and the nightmares stopped. (I’ve learned to pay attention to those first few thoughts after I wake up…esp if I’m speaking them!) Like you said, I hadn’t ever heard of that before that I can remember…it was just kind of a natural thing. Anyway, my comment on that is: I wonder how much of that is really us just conjuring up a spur of the moment idea that happens to work (pun intended) and how much is us pulling from some kind of collective consciousness without even knowing it. Presumably, someone at some time somewhere could have used either one of those charms to gain the desired effect, and perhaps we were able to access the same information because we identified the same need? Just a thought!


    • Roger, that’s an excellent example of the sort of “collective mind” magic Laine and I were discussing! Even if it’s just personal intuition guiding you, it seems like you’ve tapped into something with a broader scope. I think there are other examples of honey being used in dream-work (I think there may even be something like “dreamer’s honey” or the like in folklore, but I’ll need to do some rooting around to find it). At any rate, a prime example and a great story! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Be well,

      Cory

  3. Emma H Says:

    I’m glad you did this episode! I have missed the podcast!


    • Awww, shucks! Thank you, Emma. We miss being able to do it as regularly, too, but hopefully we’ll be doing episodes again in the next few weeks. It’s always nice to know we’re missed though 🙂

      All the best,

      Cory

  4. Liz Says:

    I am also glad that you guys put this out — I finished a marathon listen of all of your shows a while back and I do so love all of them! (Also, any time Laine wants to talk about knitting, I’m always happy to hear ((in fact, it makes me very happy when knitting is mentioned even in passing… like in your interview on the Standing Stone and Garden Gate Podcast)), if you have a Ravelry account you should look me up… but I digress).

    I also look forward to reading all of the articles posted here, because the ones I’ve read so far are great. I’ve been recommending your show here and there, and will probably drop links to you again in an upcoming blog post.

    Enjoy your hiatus!

    Liz

  5. Nancy Says:

    Hello, Cory and Laine –
    First off – absolutely LOVE the show! It’s a potent reminder of the folk magick practices that attracted me to witchcraft in the first place. I work in a metaphysical shop and help others with their magick all day, but my own practice had lost its savor for me until I came across what you guys are doing. It’s really lit a fire under my armchair and sparked a yen to learn more. So thanks!

    I was really interested in what you both shared in the current episode about tricks to find lost items. I have a trick I wanted to share with you that I learned from a book with the wonderful title of David St. Clair’s Lessons In Instant ESP. (If you two haven’t encountered this one, I encourage you to grab a copy if you see one in a used bookstore – it says it’s about “ESP” but I swear it’s about magick, really smart magick) The trick that I use can be used to find lost things as well as remember forgotten info. You imagine that there’s a little person in the control room in your brain who knows where all the data is stored. You command them 3 times to give you the info, and then put it out of your mind. Shortly the info you need will rise to the surface. I’ve used this for years with great accuracy. My little person has evolved to a team of three, and if I’m seeking a lost object, one of them will actually point to the area where I’ll find the item. They are almost never wrong.

    As far as creating your own spells goes, I’ve always compared it to being able to cook. Once you’ve grasped the basic techniques of cooking and know how ingredients tend to work together, then you can make up recipes in an intuitive way. Spellcraft is the same. You input the raw information about herbs and stones and correspondences and so forth, and then open an intuitive channel to synthesize it all when you need to come up with a spell. At least, that’s what it feels like I’m doing. I’ve come to believe as well that I’m tapping into ancestral wisdom when I do this.

    Keep up the good work! And thanks again for what you’re offering.


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