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An unnatural witch was not born a witch

She came into her mother’s faith

Catholic.  Jewish.  Muslim.  Atheist.

Her power is in her struggle

Everything she had to bleed for –

The stove is hot.  You will fall down.  That girl/boy

will only break your heart.

Her power is not in the gifts she was born with

(they never serve you for long anyway)

Her witchcraft was not her birth right

(long nights of divination and cupboard spells)

She is not the favored child of the Universe

She cannot hear the earth sing

Or smell the perfume of her goddesses

She leaves gifts for her ancestors –

the Stella D’Oro cookies her uncle once liked

Potato pancakes for her father

(never cigarettes)

Her power is shaky, the threads tangled and snarled

An unnatural witch demands her place at the table

(it’s the only way she can sit there

instead of the kitchen)

She works for what she wants

She makes her own way when slighted

The Law of Return is a story told to keep her/them safe

Her goddesses are too busy actually working to be bothered

to be bothered to right every wrong for her

They trust her to take care of herself

That’s why they made her an unnatural


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Deborah Castellano's book, Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want (Llewellyn, 2017) is available: . She is a frequent contributor to Occult/Pagan sources such as the Llewellyn almanacs, Witchvox, PaganSquare and Witches & Pagans magazine. She writes about Charms, Hexes, Weeknight Dinner Recipes, Glamoury and Unsolicited Opinions on Morals and Magic at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her craft shop, The Mermaid and The Crow ( specializes in goddess & god vigil candles, hand blended ritual oils, airy hand dyed scarves, handspun yarn and other goodies. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their two cats. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.


  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Thursday, 06 July 2017

    Thank you, as someone who feels they are ineptly stumbling down the path of witchcraft/conjure, it is refreshing to hear that I am not the only one who stumbles, but keeps on going.

  • Raynet
    Raynet Tuesday, 11 July 2017

    I grew up in a Christian Household, and was always interested in paganism. My parents would never let me have anything to do with it though. They even ripped up my tarrot cards once they found I had some. As an adult who is openly Pagan now, they constantly tell me that they hope I realize my mistake, and that they are glad I was saved as a child so at least I wont go to hell.
    It's very hard to continue doing something that everyone I care about is against, but things like this are very heart warming. I know I am following my own path, and that for me, this path is good.

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