We’re discussing the power of names, both magical and mundane (and if there’s really a difference). We discuss the names we keep, the names thrust upon us, the names we lose, and the power of knowing a “true” name.
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Download: Episode 155 – Names and Magic
We pull in a whole heap of sources for this episode, including:
We mention Shalom Auslander’s story: “Honor God,” from This American Life
We talk about the Freakanomics podcast: “How Much does your Name Matter?”
The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, by Judika Illes
Spirited Away, a film from Studio Ghibli featuring a girl whose name is stolen by a witch
Oxford Dictionary of Superstitions, by Opie & Tatem
Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore & Folklife, by Lee & Nadeau
Promotional image modified from image via Pixabay, public domain.
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One thought on “Episode 155 – Names and Magic”
Speaking of names and having power over those who’s names u know–
Referring to the spell you described where you wrote the target’s (your intended boss) +your future job title +your name in a circle in cursive, then put the petition paper in a honey jar… (traditionally, the worker burns a candle on the lid of the jar) -that is a traditional hoodoo spell sweetening spell, which I’m sure you know.
I’ve only listened so far to two episodes; the other being another episode in which you discussed job getting, and one spell that was described involved using the logo of the company you want to work with, and -if memory serves- making a sigil from your name/ your photo/ name paper/ petition paper/ Solomonic Seals, etc. That was also an old traditional hoodoo working, which in this case was updated to our current times where we can print out company logos ourselves and use them. Current technology with old downhome hoodoo work.
It appears you’ve grown quite an audience of baby > adolescent > mature witches, who download your podcast in order to tune into your robust and educational discussions, and who are excited to learn new spells- and congrats for the growth and success of your work, btw! -which obviously reaches many seekers, far and wide.
I’m writing to say that it would be really cool for you guys to give credit where credit is due to all the hoodoo-conjure-rootwork spells that you share on your podcast; newbies to magickal practice should know where working such as these ones originated from.
Rev. Diana P
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