Title: Hexbreaker (Hexworld #1)...
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Lots of plants have thorns on them; roses, brambles and blackthorn spring to mind and these thorns can be used for magic. Think about what a thorn does, they are protection for the plant, they guard it against predators and they are sharp and defensive. They can pierce, they can cut and they can draw blood.
Folk lore says that blackthorn thorns were always used to curse but folklore says a lot of things that we have since twisted around to our advantage but if that is the choice you make…thorns (any type) are very good for cursing and hexing spell work, rose thorns work especially well in affairs of the broken heart....
One day the youngest warlock goes to the oldest and says:
I don't understand. I sing the songs, I make the offerings, I dance the prayers. But in my heart, I am not there. What more should I be doing that I am not already doing?
The eldest rises, lifts his hands, and splays his fingers. At the tip of each finger licks a tongue of fire.
My son, he says, If you will, you can become entirely flame.
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My specialty is small group rituals and retreats for women. However, a primary reason behind having women-only rituals at this point in my life is purely logistical. I find it nearly impossible to have a complete “retreat” experience with kids also present! Someone has to take care of the kids during said retreats…hence, single-sex rituals/ceremonies often make the most sense for my local community. However, shorter and simpler rituals are possible with kids, though they have a completely different feel and even function and so that energetic output needs to be balanced with the renewal and restoration we often need as parents, mothers, and women.
The Sign of the Horns has been a sign of power since long before it became a Heavy Metal cliché.
Because horns aren't just for beauty or display.
They're weapons. They ward because they warn. Theirs is the power of protection.
You could call the Horns a mudra. (In Witch we usually just say: hand-sign.) You could call them an invocation. (You know Who I mean.) In Anthropologist, you could call them an apotropaic: a turning away, an averting.
The Horns have been warding off the hostile, the unchancy, the ill-favored, for centuries, if not millennia.
You can mutter “Horns ward [me]” or “Horns protect [me]” if you like. It certainly won't hurt.
But only make the Sign and the Horns will do their work, seen or unseen, spoken or unspoken.
Some might call this a fire-fight-fire scenario: like warding like, the unchancy against the unchancy.
The worship of La Santa Muerte, Mexico’s iconic Lady of “Holy Death,” is blossoming throughout the Americas. Much like death itself, the hauntingly powerful skeletal figure of Santa Muerte is maligned and feared by the powerful, but loved and venerated by the desperate. Millions of faithful throughout Mexico, the southwest United States, and all of Latin America, most of whom identify as Roman Catholics, flock to her temples to venerate the Lady of Death who holds the entire world in her hands.