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Witchcraft Workshop
Roaming the Wild Path
Cooking Up A Storm
Throwing Stones
Open Source Witchcraft

Episode 10 Show Notes

In the beginning of this episode, we answer a listener’s email about introductory books on Wicca.  While none of us identify as Wiccan, we are happy to recommend several titles and authors for our listeners.

Wicca:  A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
Doreen Valiente
Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner
Silver Ravenwolf


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Hey everyone, Blackbird here!  A few gatherings ago, we sat around the fire and proceeded to extemporaneously come up with some chants.  We use chants for raising and/or focusing energy when we are together.  We basically just used the voice recorder on a phone and let it go, while we made up some pretty fantastic rhyming chants.  Here are just a few:

You are the torch, I am the flame – I see your spirit, I say your name.

Moonlight brings us forth in flight – Come hither, sisters, in the night.

Hand in hand ’round the Sabbat pyre – come and join the Autumnal fire.

I am the voice, I am the call – I am within you all.

In the grotto, in the cave, in the forest, in the den,
you are the ocean, I am the wave
I sing a song with no end
(or) you are the wound I seek to mend.

We encourage you to come up with your own improv ideas for chants, sayings, or any magical words that you might find useful!  This exercise could be done alone, or with a group.  We had a great time doing it, and there were some silly ones too.  It’s a fun way to connect with others, or with your own sense of poetry and wordsmithery.  Yeah.  I just made that up.  BLAM!  Happy chanting, y’all!

What the books get wrong about Sagittarius dudes

yd2Sagittarius guys are not jocks and don’t usually enjoy playing sports!

Think about it, the archer is really a stationary sportsman taking aim and hitting his mark with precision.  Also, a horsedude with two arms, four hooves, and a bow and arrow is clumsy as fuck.

Unlike martial Aries or sunny Leo, Sag is ruled by philosophical Jupiter.  This is not a rough and tumble ‘roid-raging footballer. Running until he pukes will not satisfy or exhaust the Sagittarian brain that is whirling with strategy and statistics.

Nerdy number crunchers and tech geeks, Sag boys like to compete with the mind in intense MMO gaming, numbers-driven-gambling, or tinkering with their rally car.  A Sag guy always plays to win, even at the silliest party games.  He will usually be quietly annoyed as everyone else drunkenly forgets the rules or makes wild guesses while he counts cards, watches for tells, or rigs a perfect hand that generates an infinite loop of victory points. His favorite sports movie is “Moneyball.”

Because they are travel junkies, they may adopt an outdoorsy hobby or sport, but this is really more a mode of transportation than a flair for athletics. Common interests are:mountain climbing, cars and racing, biking, or skating.

image source: Uranographia, Johann Bode (1801).

Roaming the Wicked Path with Jaye

yd2Ancient walkways unfold,
Broken stones speak,
The verdant land sways,
As wind whispers through the grass.

My mouth waters,
My body aches,
My voice trembles,
Completely humbled by the power that swells before me.
I kneel to the grass and crawl to the edge.
Waves crashing beneath me.
The cliffs calm and hypnotize.
The ruins sing tales if you listen close.
Swirling clouds and rain roll in at a moment’s notice.
Don’t stop. We must hear what these hills have to say.
Stories need to pass on, even after these bricks and tombs have crumbled and are gone.
Listen to the locals and their lore.
You will find the best whiskey and trails that way.

No words can fully express Ireland.

Ten years married and we knew this was the place to honor our love.
We danced on the cobblestone streets to the sounds of the street musicians.
We drank libations poured and sworn upon by the merry men of the pubs.
We dined and laughed with strangers,
And made friends we could never forget.
Ireland has that effect. Intoxicatingly true.

We reached the stone circle that hums with the power of the Ancestors.
At the center was an offering stone.
We left the candle from our dinner the night before when we were gifted with cake.
We left a small compass from our past travels.
Both items were unplanned.
Both symbolic of our love and adventures over the past ten years.
Ten years of wandering paths with a compass and a trust in each other to find our way home.

I sat down in the circle and closed my eyes.

Ancient ones,
Spirits of the Circle,
We thank you.
Spirits of salt and stone,
of Earth and bone,
Spirits of the air and sea,
of grass and tomb,
We offer these tokens as gratitude for the road you have shown.
We thank you for the love that has grown.

I hear my partner’s footsteps and open my eyes.
Looking forward to the adventures ahead.

There are so many possibilities in Ireland for adventure, but here are some of my favorite highlights:

-Rock of Dunamase
-Glendalough Valley
-Cliffs of Kerry
-Drombeg Stone Circle
-Ballinskelligs Castle
-The Burren Way
-Ballycarberry Castle

Good journey.
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Cooking Up a Storm with Blackbird

Well, both Jaye and I have been pretty down with the sickness lately, so I figure this is a great time to share a recipe about a little cure-all drink yd2that we like to call WITCH SAUCE.  Scarlet actually has made this for years, and when I stopped drinking alcoholic bevvies in 2014, I adapted it for sobriety.  I wholly endorse both versions, and I will give you both below!  It’s a hot beverage to be slowly sipped (or, if you are me and in desperate need of some relief from sore throat/congestion/allergies/general malaise, CHUG THAT SHIT AND TAKE A NAP.)  All measurements in this recipe are pretty random – I will give you some measurements, but you can make as much or as little as you like, and can reduce or increase any ingredient based on your taste.  You cannot really fuck up Witch Sauce.

You will need:
1 bottle red wine (whatever you like)
For non-alcoholic version, use more Apple Cider and OJ instead of wine
24 oz (or more) Apple Cider (you can also use apple juice)
Juice of 2 oranges (or a 16 oz bottle of OJ)
1 c local honey
1 tbsp – 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar (to taste!  I like a lot of vinegar)
1 tbsp – 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (same as above)
handful cloves
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp turmeric
dash of pepper
2 tsp nutmeg

Pour all your liquid in a big pot.  Squeeze the oranges to get the juice out, but then add the rinds (I always stud the rinds with the cloves but if you’re sick just THROW IT ALL IN).  Add your honey, vinegar, and all your spices, then bring to a boil.  Turn it down and simmer until all the flavors have had a chance to mingle, then pour in a vessel and DRINK IT.  Take a nap.  You will feel much better!  You can also add cardamom, lemon, anything you’d like to help your sinuses out.  All of us swear by this mixture – it has lots of healing properties.  Take care of you!

Throwing Stones with Lily 

Welcome back to the Elder Futhark, a roughly two-thousand year old alphabet that is pretty fucking baller. Before we launch into Ur, second rune in tyd2he futhark, I wanted to take the time to briefly remind y’all that all of the names we use for the runes in the Elder Futhark are reconstructed Proto-Germanic, and are based on attestations in the three runic poems which are written in three different languages: Old English, Icelandic, and Norwegian. If you are truly looking for a deep and personal connection to any of the futharks, I cannot stress enough the importance of the rune poems. There is no better way to begin or strengthen your runic journey. Now, on to Ur!

Ur, often Uruz or Ura, is the second rune of the Elder Futhark and represents the u sound within the alphabet. Though Ur has a stanza in each rune poem, the poems all contains a different meaning for this rune, making Ur one of the more complicated and nuanced of the runes. The Anglo- Saxon poem, written in Old English, refers to this rune as “auroch,”  while the Icelandic poem refers to Ur as “rain,” and the Norwegian poem speaks of “dross/slag.”

All of these are completely different things! Why you do dis, rune poems?! These words don’t even have the same roots! The Old English word for “auroch” and the Icelandic word for “rain” come from two different Proto-Germanic words, “ūruz” and “ūrą“ respectively, and from an etymological sense, these words are not related in a way we can currently trace. It’s possible the Norwegian word for “slag”, which is the stony liquid byproduct of smelting or refining ore, could be derived from “water/ūrą,” so perhaps the Icelandic and Norwegian meanings are distantly related…but slag and rain are completely different concepts.

Most sources and modern interpretations that I have read accept “auroch” as the meaning for Ur, as a rune for “water,” “ice,” and “hail” already exists within the Futhark, making “slag” and “rain” all but unnecessary. I generally agree with that conclusion, however one should not ignore or discount the layers of meaning afforded to Ur by the Icelandic and Norwegian poems. The Icelandic poem calls Ur “rain” and proclaims it to be the “lamentation of the clouds and ruin of the hay-harvest and abomination of the shepherd,” while the Norwegian poem warns that slag “comes from bad iron.”

I tend to think of Fehu and Ur as complimentary runes. Where Fehu is the domesticated “mobile wealth,” such as cattle and sheep,  Ur is the auroch, a savage and proud wild bovine yet to be brought low by mankind’s harness and fences. When Ur appears in a spread, I consider it a symbol of the querent’s untapped potential, a messy beast yet to be wrangled and the wealth inside which we may not even be aware we possess. Sometimes that wild cattle has horns and is difficult to capture; left to its own devices, Ur can easily become the “ruin of the hay-harvest”. But, if one can take control, then that untamed beast inside can become a powerful ally or a cleansing storm. 

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An on-going list of political and social action items to keep you aware in these rage inducing times. 

– Head to the  House of Representatives website to find your rep in congress and contact them! Emails are great, phone calls are better, but do something. Contact them until the poor, unpaid interns who have to answer the phones all day know you by name. Contact them until everyone cries because you will not stop until your rep knows exactly where you stand on all the issues.

– Follow your congress(wo)man on Twitter or periodically check-in (if clouding your social media feed with their trash is too repulsive), representatives will often tweet about upcoming town halls. Attend town halls.

– If you are in a time crunch and want to contact your senators or representatives but can’t get to a town hall, check out this genius texting bot called  Resistbot.  You will have to come up with a short message, but the bot will fax your legislators DAILY if you so desire.

–  Women’s March has created a ten item action list for the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency with a new action suggested every ten days.  Take action!

– Check out  The American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) handy-dandy doc  Know Your Rights for when you’re out there on the street peacefully protesting and expressing your motherfuckin’ right to civil disobedience. In fact, while you’re at it,  donate some cash monies if you can. Here in ‘Merica we vote with our dollars.

– One of the handiest resistance guides out right now is the  Indivisible Guide.  A wealth of information and actions.

The March for Science will be on Earth Day, April 22nd, in Washington D.C., but if you won’t be in the Capital that weekend, check out this  list of sister marches. Science and science education is important, the last thing we need is a (bigger) society of idiots.

-If you are a Texas resident, you can go to the Texas Legislature Online and sign-up for an account, allowing you to view legislative content and add bills to an alert list. Whenever a bill you’ve put on your list is updated, you’ll receive an alert. Also, feel free to check out our list of Texas legislative bills that we are monitoring and updating. Stay woke, witches.

– Don’t over extend yourself! Yes, we’d all like to fix all the problems right the fuck now, but that’s not practical. You will burn yourself out if you try to keep up with everything in this country (and world for that matter) that needs fixing, so we recommend you come up with a short list of the most important social issues to you. This does not mean you don’t care about everything! We know you do! But we can’t all be doing everything all the time. Our lists are:

Lily: ​public education, freedom of speech, separation of church and state, women’s health, LGBTQA rights
Blackbird: women’s equality, economic equality, institutional racism, free press, LGBTQA rights
Scarlet: freedom of speech and first amendment rights, separation of church and state, women’s health, LGBTQA rights, animal welfare
Jaye: Animal rescue and advocacy, wildlife conservation, environmental issues, women’s rights, LGBTQA rights

Full ImageOpen Source Witchcraft: Hexennacht/ Walpurgisnacht

Our rituals are Frankensteined and Mad-Libbed together and they are free for you to share!  Keep what you like, ditch what you don’t.  Cut, paste, curse, and cure. Tell us what happens.

Lily’s Hexennacht/ Walpurgisnacht Ritual
On the opposite end of the year than October 31st; Lily thinks of Hallow’s Eve and Hexennacht as book ends, two sides to the same coin laid upon the mouth of the dead so that they may pay their way on Charon’s boat.
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Hocus Pocus, bitches.

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