We’re bringing back a classic.

Before I head off into the night to celebrate the fairy raids and the lifting of the veil to the other side, I wanted to post these links to the yearly Halloween Magic threads on Barbelith.com. “Not pagan Samhain celebrations or the like,” to quote Chiropteran, “but bright-orange, screaming-pumpkin, Trick-or-Treating Halloween.” It’s all about doing magic with the wild, pop mystery explosion that Halloween has become. The Universal Monsters (Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, Mummy) as the spirits of the North, South, East, and West; invocations of Jack Skellington; Jack-o-lanterns as the undead spirit servants we all carve every year to protect our homes from evil.

Halloween and Black (and Orange) Magick

Chiropteran – Well, yesterday was October 1st, the official opening day (by my reckoning) of the Halloween season.

This year, as part of my overarching goal to get my magickal butt in gear, I’ve decided to do a nightly meditation/devotion/working to hammer my Halloween Magick system into shape.

(I don’t know if anyone’s interested in the particulars, but here goes anyway, for any of you who are…)

I started last night by turning the lights down and reading some H. P. Lovecraft (“The Moon-bog”). Cheesy, maybe, but it set the mood nicely. I’ll probably do this with a different horror short story or novel excerpt every night.

Then I got things rolling with the quasi-improvised Four Monsters Banishing. Basically “calling the quarters,” with Dracula to the North (air), The Mummy to the South (earth), The Wolfman to the East (water) and Frankenstein’s Monster to the West (fire). (I’ve spent a while trying out different combinations of associations, and this seems to work out best, for now.) Then I read aloud a short passage from Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (the bit about the Autumn People).

As silly as it might sound, I have never had a more powerful opening to a ritual, whether solo or group. As I finished the final “call,” the air in the room charged up with an almost audible *thunk*, and my hands positively swarmed with gathered energy.

The feeling was so powerful that I almost considered charging a spontaneous working, but I decided to stick with the original plan, which was the “skull mask” meditation, the first step toward a full-blown Pumpkin King invokation.

Sobek – Yes, I think of the trick-or-treating as being the “Rade” of the fey. So I load the candy up with lots of goblin energy.

The Halloween Black and Orange Magic threads are some of the most fascinating occult writings I’ve ever read. I love the ideas behind them, the Halloween Current, ghosting, the recipes for Halloween Dust (sugar and graveyard dirt!), the exploration and shamanism of it all. It has definitely effected my vision of the holiday.

The thread quoted about above is the first of the Black and Orange Magic series, with a new one starting every year since.

A Black and Orange Update?
The Black and Orange, Autumn 2004
Black and Orange Magic 2005
Black and Orange Magic 2006
Black and Orange Magic 2007

The Halloween Tarot Deck should be looked at as well.

Read it all. Make your Halloween magical.


(Image by Yasmine-Chan)


One Response to “Halloween and Black (and Orange) Magic”

great posting! thanks! i love that pic of jack.

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