for you, rising witch
It’s spooky month on planet Earth, but it seems like this whole year has been nothing short of terror. Halloween is leveling up this year with a cosmic shower of retrogrades and a Blue Moon. So, I’m here to spill the tea on rising witches and binding spells, so we can truly harness the power of this month’s blue moon to release stored negative energy and banish misogyny, in the name of womxn everywhere, past, present and future.
Witch, please -
When we hear of witches, we might imagine a hag with a hooked nose and undesirable warts. Or maybe, we imagine a young Emma Watson. The figure of the witch has changed over time with the help of esoteric culture and the decline of surreptition. But behind the witch’s redemption, there is a dark and degrading history that recounts the gruesome tale of womxn exploitation.
Beyond the spiritual aspects of witchcraft [divination, herbal medicine, energy healing] the practice itself was used as an excuse to punish womxn who were not obeying the rules. From the 1500’s to the 1800’s, the world saw a brutal purge of womxn through witch hunts, in which an estimate of 35,000 to 65,000 people were executed.
In ‘Women who Run with the Wolves’ Clarissa Pinkola Estes explains how stories are medicine with great healing and meaning, but over time, the old pagan symbols that built stories have been overlaid with Christian ones; the old healer has became the evil witch, a spirit became an angel, and sexual elements were omitted. Stories have been ‘purified’ to the extent of making what was the helping animal or light deity a demon or monster.
This was, perhaps, the beginning of the satanic association of witches and 'witchcraft' naming those healers and wild womxn Devil worshipers. This is how fairy tales and myth have been distrubed for the oppression of the natural Wild Feminine within us all. It's not just Salem Ilease who's mad at Disney.
The material domination of the female body through these executions should also be considered a catalyst that spurred the transition from feudalism to capitalism. Marxist-feminist writer Silvia Federici claimed this phenomenon was just as relevant as other forms of domination over a group of people, such as colonisation, by saying that
‘it is generally agreed that the witch-hunt aimed at destroying the control that women had exercised over their reproductive function and served to pave the way for the development of a more oppressive patriarchal regime’ (Caliban and the Witch, 1998).
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Today, witchy practices (tarot, moon rituals, divine feminine embodiment, goddess werk, wicca, neo-paganism, and more) are resurging modern culture and online communities; places in which womxn can find safe spaces to talk about their experiences both in the mystical and in the mundane.
I mean, even Netflix is drinking that Witch Tea, with the newest incarnation of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (now renamed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina). The series had the eponymous main character utilise her witchy knowledge to cast curses on misbehaving, entitled men and organise a womxn’s collective with her friends.
You don’t have to follow the spiritual elements of witchcraft to identify with the symbolic power of the witch. If you identify as she/her, chances are, at some point in your life you’ve been persecuted, assaulted or burned, in a sense, for being femme, as well as chastened for being somehow the ‘wrong kind’ of femme. Maybe you’ve been called a whore for engaging in sexual behavior, or for rejecting sexual advances. Maybe the abuse and harassment you’ve lived through has been justified through sexist dogma.
If you’re a woman, you’re a witch, you can reclaim your power. And that’s not to say that there are only femme witches, no, of course not. All womxn are witches, but not all witches identify as womxn. The point is, you are made up from that feminine power, that creatrix energy, the cauldron of your magick and creative potential.
Our bodies and minds have been appropriated by a patriarchal society for too long, and we are the rising witches here to wake the rest, and recover our sovereignty.
I Bind you Trump, from causing more harm -
Each month, thousands of witches have been casting binding spells against Donald Trump. For real, just search Bind Trump on Google or use the hashtag #MagicResistance (!). Doucette is one of the 'resistance witches' an at least 13,000 strong umbrella group of solo practitioners who self-identify as 'hedge witches' in various traditions, and committed activists.
They’ve come together each month since Trump’s inauguration with one goal: to perform a spell to bind the president, forming a collective known as the Magic Resistance. The spell, a variant on a traditional binding spell found in many contemporary and occult practices, involves channeling energy to limit Trump’s power, 'so that he may fail utterly and that he may do no harm'
Trump, You’re Fired.
Binding is an ancient magickal practice, so old, it's been mentioned in several holy scriptures, ancient shamanic folklore and the bible. Many different cultures and practices have their own versions of binding spells. The core purpose of casting a binding spell is to stop something or someone from causing harm. This can even be applied to oneself, to bind one from causing self-harm, harmful patterns or harming others.
These spells are often cast through a string of words, though in some cases, the words are replaced by a physical string. If you’ve ever been to a shamanic or witchy wedding and watched the bride and groom’s hands or wrists get tied together in a symbolic knot, you guessed it: that’s a form of binding.
Ancient Greeks and Romans would often connect themselves to a god or goddess and use binding techniques for good luck in big events, such as a wedding or sporting event. Some forms of binding can have a similar effect to invoking a spirit or deity. To a lesser extent, binding magick can be used to charm an object that may represent someone or something to you. That’s right, it’s similar to voodoo (voodoo dolls are not cool, please don’t).
People practice binding spells like this by wrapping string, ribbon or cord around a symbolic object, while reciting a spell or chant after setting their intention. But just like voodoo dolls, there can be good and bad versions of binding. Binding someone from catching covid isn’t quite the same as binding your new boyfriend to you. On that note, always ask for consent.
With the growing popularity of modern witchcraft, one can easily search the internet and find some kind of binding spell for everything from losing your phone to cursing your ex (not recommended). What is really important to remember is, the physical spell is less important than the intent of the caster.
People too, can accidentally bind themselves to something negative, through the power of the subconscious. Repeatedly reciting things like ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I will never find love’ is binding ourselves to those negative false beliefs; turning our thoughts into self-fulfilling prophecies. In this way, binding spells are similar to affirmation work.
The Blue Moon October 31st
Halloween’s full Moon on Saturday the 31st will be extra special, since it will be the second of the month and, therefore, a ‘Blue Moon’.
The first full moon was on October 1st, the Harvest Full Moon in Aries, and this Blue Moon is in the sign of Taurus. Despite all the creative Halloween full Moon pictures, a full Moon occurring on Halloween is not actually a common occurrence. This only happens every 18 to 19 years, meaning the will next happen in the year 2048, when a monthly Blue Moon falls on January 31, and a seasonal Blue Moon on August 23.
The origin of Halloween itself can be traced back to Samhain (pronounced 'sow-in'), which was an ancient Celtic festival that was celebrated to mark the end of harvest time. It was also the end of their year and the beginning of the new year, so it was 'in-between' the two years. It’s said that the spirits of the dead wander around during this time in the moonlight, whatever moon it be.
According to the Astrology King, ‘The October 31 blue moon is extremely close to Uranus, the planet of change and revolution. So unexpected change and uncertainty may cause anxiety, impatience, and an inability to relax.
The impulsive and unpredictable October 31 full moon has consequences for the US presidential election on November 3, 2020. Mercury stationary direct square Saturn on that same day increased the risk of delays, frustration, and disagreement. Civil unrest, violence, and rebellion are possible.’
Not to mention, MeRcUrY ReTrOgRaDe <upside-down smiley face>. Because of this, it is extremely important to listen carefully, pay attention to detail, and think twice before making important decisions.
Seek trusted, professional advice if involved in contracts, business, or legal matters. And with the Blue Moon conjunct Uranus + Mercury retrograde square Saturn, we may experience distance in relationships and a sense of isolation. I mean, the pandemic is still a thing. Hang in there witch, it's only in the darkness that the Moon can shine.
Both of the October full moons clear the way for a major shift away from selfishness and towards doing things for others, and for the greater good. These two full moons symbolise the need to let go of conflict and materialism, with the cosmos moving us towards a world where there’s nothing to kill or die for and a vision of people sharing the world in peace.
So, in light of 2020, rising above oppression, waking the witches, freeing the wild feminine, healing the wounded masculine, and breaking the chains of patriarchy,
I will be spending this full moon in ritual, letting go, releasing, and binding our world from the harmful hands of misogyny. I’m calling a sister circle, on zoom, for this ritual and if you feel called to get involved, just slide right into them DMs.
If you are doing some ritual work at home, may it be cleansing and clearing and divine, just as your essence is.
Love and Moonlight for the cycle ahead,
charge your crystals, cry if you want to, and remember to always, always,