Uncoven Issue #4
Episode 12 Show Notes
On this episode, we discuss hexing, cursing, and banishing. We talk about rituals we’ve done together and separately, magical items that we and others use to enhance our abilities, and we discuss controversial aspects of using offensive magic. We are all fans of Sarah Anne Lawless, and she has several great articles on hexing and banishing at her site.
Also in the podcast, we wondered what the statute of limitations is in most states for rape – well, here’s a handy list.
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I have a good friend and years before we met, she was attacked and sexually assaulted in her home. A few months ago, her rapist was apprehended and tried for his crimes against her and the other women he had violated, to which he was found guilty. My friend took the stand during the trial and gave her testimony against this cretin, but before she did she asked for strength and power.
Filled with righteousness on her behalf and on the behalf of all women who have suffered at the hands of men, I sent her my power and I cursed her rapist.
To begin, I drew a picture of his true self, his disgusting self, his decayed inner self. I sewed his eyes and nailed his tongue down with my pencil. I split his penis and stuck pins into it.
In the middle of my kitchen I laid out my supplies. A picture of my uroma, my mother’s pocket knife, my red drum, wine, vinegar, oil, garlic, my runes, a cord, and white sage. I beat my red drum and my chest, I called to me the spirits of Blood, Bone and Shadow. I banged my fist on my counters and doors, waking up the house wights; I yelled to them to attend me. Around my table I sharpened my mother’s pocket knife, whispering of the power and viciousness of the Bitch, singing to the knife to hone my intent.
I invoked Hekate, Durga, and Sehkmet. I let me voice reverberate through my house.
Three Faced One! Guardian of the Crossroads! Keeper of the Keys!
I call on thee, attend my rite!
Lend [my friend] your power of justice, look upon this evil she faces with your dark gaze,
feast upon him with your three mouths! Hail, Hekate!
Creator and Destroyer! Three Eyed Lady! Fearless one!
I call on thee, attend my triangle!
Lend [my friend] your power of strength, turn this evil from her,
Bind him with your many arms! Hail, Durga!
Mighty One! Great Lioness! Destroyer of Men!
I call on thee, attend my triangle!
Lend [my friend] your power of destruction, consume this evil she faces with your savage teeth,
Maim him with your bloody claws! Hail, Sehkmet!
I rubbed garlic into his eyes and salt into his wounds. I drowned him in beer and saliva and blood and offerings to these vengeful goddesses. I cursed him.
I spit on your grave. I piss on your doorstep. I chanted as I worked.
I folded the paper with his cursed visage, I bound it tightly. I laid the runes Tiwaz, Thurisaz, and Ansuz upon him. A binding. A curse. The spirits would hold him down.
To Tisiphone I give your penis, may she split it in half. To Megaera I give your hands, may she chop them off. To Alecto I give your tongue, may she pull it out. I cursed him.
I took the bound and cursed drawing outside and I dug into the dirt with my bare hands and I buried him, laying a line of rocks to seal his grave. Into the dirt and soil, so the twisted roots of the ancients could pull him to the underworlds.
I curse you. I yelled to him. I bind you. The justice of the wronged will destroy you, the righteousness in her words will castrate you, the truth in her testimony will render you impotent under the fierceness of her gaze.
I curse you. I bind you.
*All invocations and spells are original and written by Lily. Use them or modify to your black heart’s content!
Quirks the books overlook:
A hooker with a heart of gold, Libra’s sleepy-eyed, round-cheeked smiles make everyone feel like a million bucks. When asked her secret, a Libra friend once cooed, “It’s because I smile from the heart!” Flirt game: level 100.
Speaking of gold, Libras are some of the only people in the universe that look good in yellow. Their skin often has a golden color regardless of how tawny or fair the hue.
That effortless glow usually tips the scales in their favor. Libras are always getting free desserts and a wink from the chef whether they’re dining at a 5-star bistro or a grabbing a bite at the corner taco truck.
Libra girls thrive as middle children. Most middles become neurotic trying to compete with the authority and seniority of the eldest sibling on the one hand and the attention and leeway doted on the baby sibling on the other. In contrast, Libra, the symbol of balance, somehow blossoms as the connector between family members rather than chaffing at being caught in between.
image source: Bengali, circa 1890s.
In Episode 12, we discuss the use of music as one way to affect your aura, puff up your self-esteem, and generally make you feel like the badass you truly are, inside and out. Here is a list from all four of us, and while we all have different tastes and styles, we wanted to offer you a smattering of awesome songs that we all use to get our witch on. Make your own Ultimate Sorceress playlist and strut that shit. You are awesome in every way, get the soundtrack to your life and prove it to yourself.
Spellbound – Siouxsie & the Banshees
Black No. 1 – Type O Negative
Around the World – Daft Punk
Gett Off – Prince
Attention – The Raconteurs
Sleep Now in the Fire – Rage Against the Machine
Midnight – Yazoo
Everything is Everything – Ms. Lauryn Hill
I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
The Glamorous Life – Sheila E.
→listen on YouTube
PJ Harvey – One Time Too Many
PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
Queen Adreena – Medicine Jar
Joan Osborne – Dracula Moon
Poe – Trigger Happy Jack
Bikini Kill – Feels Blind
Hole – Gutless
Hole – Garbage Man
Garbage – Hammering in My Head
Garbage – Supervixen
→listen on YouTube
I am Moana – Moana the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Black Sheep – Gin Wingmore
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Trouble Hunters – Astronautalis
If Wishes Were Horses – Claire Lynch
Harvester of Sorrow – Metallica
The Bitch of Living – Spring Awakening
What’s Left of the Flag – Flogging Molly
OctaHate – Ryn Weaver
The Last in Line – Dio
→listen on YouTube
Speaking in Tongues- Eagles of Death Metal
The Day I Tried To Live- Soundgarden
Figure It Out- Royal Blood
Kill of the Night – Gin Wingmore
Burn the Witch- Queens of the Stone Age
Just a Little Bit- Etta James
Down- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Good Girls – Elle King
Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen
→listen on YouTube
On the latest episode of the podcast, we discuss that tomatoes are actually a nightshade – in fact, Europeans waited 150 years before deeming the tomato safe to eat! While not poisonous, they can be used as a representation in magical potions or spells for other nightshades. They can also be used for protection or love. You can set a tomato plant by your door to ward off negative influences, and tomatoes would be a wonderful offering to Native American deities or spirits of land.
I have a pretty simple and amazing grilled corn and tomato salad recipe that is really great for harvest festivals or anytime in the summer. It is one of my go-to staples to bring to any Uncoven meeting or potluck! Hope you enjoy.
GRILLED CORN AND TOMATO SUMMER SALAD
YOU WILL NEED:
4-6 ears of fresh corn, shucked and cleaned (I also add a can or two of corn to supplement)
2-3 big tomatoes or 10-12 cherry or patio tomatoes, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced or chopped
1 or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
2-3 tbsps. Olive Oil
1-2 tbsps. Oregano (fresh or dried)
7-10 fresh basil leaves, (chiffonade)
1/2 – 1 tbsp. sugar or sweetener of your choice
Salt and Pepper to taste
If you have access to a grill, baste your cleaned ears of corn with a little olive oil and grill until the corn has a nice toasty color, with some char marks. You can also achieve this in a pan on the stove or roasting in your oven, it just takes a little longer. Once the ears are grilled and cooled, cut off the kernels and place them in a large wooden or glass salad bowl. Add the cans of corn to this if you choose to use any canned corn. Add sliced/chopped tomatoes and red onion. Add all other ingredients to taste, mix well. Chill for at least an hour and mix again before serving. It is a delightful burst of summer hitting you right in your taste buds! I usually make way too much and eat it for a few days…MORE FOR ME. Hope you love it! Happy creating your own twist on this dish!
Thurisaz is the third rune of the Elder Futhark and represents the d sound in the alphabet. This is a powerful rune, an aggressive ally, and a violent force if not given proper attentions. All three of the runic poems mention Thurisaz with warnings of giants and thorns; they speak of “exceedingly sharp evil things” and the “anguish of women.”The Anglo-Saxon Poem names this rune the thorn (Ðorn), calling it “uncommonly severe” and “sharp.” According to the poem, Thurisaz is an “evil thing for any knight to touch.” Thorns are instruments of protection, grown by plants to ward away animals, and though the poem regards the thorn as evil, what is good for the plant is not always good for the beast. A thorn is also a visible, if not a somewhat passive, form protection: if you cut your hand on a thorn, well then you should’ve heeded the plant’s warning.
The Icelandic Poem and the Norwegian Poem both refer to Thurizas as a giant (Þurs). The Icelandic poem specifically seems to be referencing one particular giant, calling Thurizas the “torture of women and cliff-dweller and husband of a giantess” and “Saturn’s theign” (a theign being Old Norse for an attendant to the king). The Norwegian poem warns that “misfortune makes few men cheerful.” The Jötunn, the giants of Norse mythology, are proud and fierce and as mighty as the Aesir and Vanir with whom the Jötunn have a very complex relationship.
One can also not discount the similarity the word Thurizas bears to the son of Odin and wielder of Mjölnir, Thor. Though he is not mentioned specifically in any of the poems, Thurizas is often called “Thor’s Rune.”
When Thurizas appears, it is a warning and an ally, a call to arms. One must be able to protect one’s self with all the sharpness of a thorn and the ruthlessness of a giant when it is time to pick up the hammer.
– Send a thank you note or call to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R) for speaking out against the terrible “bathroom bills” that would mandate which public restrooms transfolk can use. He was quoted as saying, “I’m disgusted by all this. Tell the lieutenant governor I don’t want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands.”
Address: 7373 Broadway, Suite 202A, San Antonio, TX 78209
-Good Job, Washington state! I-1552, another “bathroom bill” that targeted transfolk, students, and would have overridden city laws protecting their citizens from discrimination, failed to make it to ballot.
-Oregon House of Representatives passes HB 3391. The $10 million bill requires health plans sold in Oregon to include coverage for a wide range of reproductive health care services.
Below you will find items from previous newsletters that are still relevant:
– 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.
– The Women’s March is a goldmine of resources and suggested actions to combat the growing voice of racism, bigotry, and sexism. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well!
– 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.
-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 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.
Midsummer 2017 – Feast of Salome
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Many pagan traditions for Midsummer were co-opted for Christian masses in honor of John the Baptist. We were inspired to invert that tradition with a ritual centered around his murderess: Salome. Portions of the ritual are adapted from Oscar Wilde’s play.
Other invocations include calls to pagan Hebrew and Middle Eastern goddesses Asherah, Lilith, and Anat as well as Biblical badasses Judith and Herodias.