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How Public Hexing Works

So: first they hexed the Blowhard-in-Chief.

Now they've hexed the Dishonorable Judge Kavanaugh.

I say: good for them.

I'm not of the “An it harm none” school. Personally, I feel that the power to curse is one of the arrows in the witch's quiver, one of the powers that our gods have given us.

It's a terrible power and, as such, not one to be used lightly.

So “the witches” (and whatever your position on the subject, don't think that you're not tarred with the same brush) have publicly hexed the A-hole-in-Chief and the newest Supreme Court Injustice. If either of them knows about this—and I'd be willing to bet that they both do—their response was probably laughter.

So much the better.

A public hex, for one, is a public shaming. It says: We hold you responsible.

And then there's the corrosive knowledge that somewhere out there, there are people that wish you ill. That's a poisonous kind of thing to know. Whenever something goes wrong—as things always do—you wonder, if only momentarily.

Magic works by indirection. The wound of the witches' hex may seem a slight one, only a scratch.

But, of course, the arrow that dealt it was poisoned.

Its venom enters the bloodstream and, festering, spreads, undermining confidence and function.

Or so we intend.

Good speed to the ill-wishing, and to the Accursed President, Accursed Injustice—and let me add, to the Accursed Senate majority leader, “Mitch” McConnell (cursèd be he)—I add my voice to those of my brothers and sisters and say: Cursèd be.

A curse for a curse. You've brought it on yourselves.





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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Murphy Pizza
    Murphy Pizza Sunday, 21 October 2018

    A catholic priest performed an exorcism at the same time to protect Kavanaugh (whoop de do) ...
    ...what are your.toughts on that?
    ...and on the long held.belief that one's magic is more effective when you keep silent about it , and not make a public spectacle.of it?... curious for opinions on this...

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Monday, 22 October 2018

    Oh, I think that there's room for both private and public magics.
    The witches of America never saw fit (whatever they may have been doing in private) to publicly curse Presidents Obama, Clinton, Carter, Bush 1. We didn't even publicly curse Bush 2 or even (much has he may have deserved it) Donny Dragon.
    But we (v. supra) have seen fit to call down public condemnation on (cursed be he) the accursed Ronald Rump.
    That's a statement, and (frankly) it makes me kind of proud.

    Exorcism? Feh. No Catholic priest has any right to call anybody on anything.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Monday, 22 October 2018


  • Tyger
    Tyger Monday, 22 October 2018

    An exorcism? To repel the devil? Or demons? Well that should have no effect on a good hex.

  • Greybeard
    Greybeard Sunday, 21 October 2018

    "and whatever your position on the subject, don't think that you're not tarred with the same brush"

    Indeed. Many conservative witches support President Trump and his appointments. Such public hexes serve to create animosity within paganism and divide witch from witch.

    "And then there's the corrosive knowledge that somewhere out there, there are people that wish you ill. That's a poisonous kind of thing to know. Whenever something goes wrong—as things always do—you wonder, if only momentarily."

    An athame has two edges to remind the witch that magic always cuts both ways. The corrosive effects of the public hex will effect the community of witches more than the President or his appointments. Whether its 3x as much corrosive effects is a matter of conjecture but corrode it will. This kind of Public Hex has already created a great deal of negative publicity, ridicule, scorn, and animosity that the pagan community did not need. And as Steven observed it falls on all pagans, not just those who support the public hex.

  • Tyger
    Tyger Monday, 22 October 2018

    I'm good with the public hex. It will re-enforce all the private hexes that witches have been casting this past year. It is the anchor for all our spells against this evil administration. If there are witches who support this moron, I don't really want to be in community with them.

  • Greybeard
    Greybeard Monday, 22 October 2018

    Oh the irony:
    According to a news report the public curse of Kavanaugh included a Christian reading. (Psalms 109) How witchy is that? Ironic that those who run the Catland Occult Bookshop appear to be the ones clothing themselves in curses. Perhaps its an example of how curses tend to fall harder on those who set out to curse.

    From the Psalm they read, "As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones."

  • Lady Bridget
    Lady Bridget Monday, 22 October 2018

    Tis not irony, but simply using the beliefs of the person being hexed to do the hexing. Very old school actually, and gives me hope that the ones doing this actually know what they are doing and are not Witches of the "Charmed" variety.

    Some of us have been doing my own private magic, not to bind, but to have the light of truth shone on those who supposedly serve us but in reality only serve themselves. Put them into the light that allows nothing to be hidden in the shadows but brings all to the front to be clearly seen. I invite anyone else who shares that vision to do their own workings along the same lines.

  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Monday, 22 October 2018

    I saw an issue of Fortean Times in the bookstore that asked if the Alt-Right was using chaos magic. I didn't purchase the magazine because I thought it was overpriced so I don't know what there conclusion was. I suspect that the Donald is well warded against hexes.

    In one of his books Bonewits described a ritual in which all the magical groups in an area had there spells turned back on themselves. I think he called it a mirror spell though I tend to think of it as instant karma. I would like something like that on the Federal government. That the court reap the harvest of their decisions both good and bad. That the executive branch reap the results of actions in the here and now, and that the legislative branch reap the consequences of their actions and results of their inactions. By inactions I mean their abandonment of constitutional responsibilities like setting tariffs, passing a budget on time, declaring war, and all those responsibilities listed in the constitution that they've fobbed off onto the President.

  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite Tuesday, 23 October 2018

    Indeed, like I always say, "A witch who cannot hex, cannot heal!" As a devotee of Sedna, and not Wiccan, I am not in that particular, one-sided "An it harm none" school either. To the Inuit, revenge & justice are one and the same. I get that.

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