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Laine and Cory discuss the role of the standard “five senses” within their witchraft, as well as how impairment or differences in those senses can inform or change our magical practice. We talk about incense, rune cookies, sensory deprivation, BDSM (this one may not be one for the youngsters!), and audio spellcasting.
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Download: Episode 127 – Witchcraft and the Senses
There are a LOT of previous episodes we should mention here that are related to our topic:
- The Audio Spellbook Volume I and Volume II
- Our “sound” tours of Memphis and an Appalachian forest
- Our discussions of a Silent “Red” Meal or Dumb Supper (and the folktale about it)
- The episode on Sex Magic
- Laine revisits a topic we discuss in our Special Episode on the Eclipse from last year
We mention a couple of Scott Cunningham books during this episode, including Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (for the “Ritual of Gestures”) and The Complete Book of Incenses, Oils, & Brews (for incense/scent-based magic). Cory also mentions a favorite book that deals with scent and magic (sort of), called Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbins. We also discuss Uncle Bucky’s Big Blue Book and the Witches’ Bible Compleat, by the Farrars.
Cory briefly mentions an album of Scottish folk charms, which is called “Tales of the Taibhsear.” Checking out the Kickstarter page for that project will tell you more about it.
Cory mentions the “honey” ritual in Jewish traditions, which is called “upsherin,” and which he learned about from his colleague Amy Milligan’s article on the ritual in the Children’s Folklore Review.
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