Magicks of the World: Spells and Rituals from Different Cultures
My Journey Around the World
Hello everyone, I know it has been a while since I have written, however, I have been traveling. A lot. I have traveled literally around the world in just under 2 years. My blog has let me meet a lot of people, and my trip was preplanned to visit 7 different countries and learn about the land. I did a lot of museums, saw the famous tourist landmarks, and then also visited a magick shop or coven to learn about the magick of the area. Each country has a different culture and each culture has a different form of spiritualism or magick (at least one). This is a brief journal that documents my travels. I will follow up with more in depth entries about each country’s magick soon as well.
Different Types of Magick
Magick comes in all types and flavors. These are the seven different countries I visited and their corresponding magickal or spiritual practices.
What better place to start my journey than a spiritually-awaken country such as Haiti? The Haitians have a long history of working with their very own style of Voodoo. It is best known as Haitian Vodou. Those who practice Vodou there are called Vodouists by the outside world, or “Vodouisants” as French is used their frequently. This word literally translates to “servant of the spirits” and their magick is spirit-based.
Although there were many types of magick available for study in Mexico, I had preplanned to stay with an ancestor of the Aztecs. Her family still practices authentic Brujeria. Brujeria is a form of Mexican witchcraft. My host was known as a Bruja, or a female practitioner of Brujeria. She showed me a variety of magick rituals, including some really steamy lust spells.
Brazilian magicks are interesting and plentiful in ritual-type and ingredient-usage. My visit to Brazil involved staying with a group of practitioners of Macumba. They are living on a plantation and make money with their farm, while helping the community with their Macumba magick. Although they insist it is merely a religion, not a magick, religions (like Wicca) are sometimes exactly that. Macumba is absolutely spiritual and they do cast the equivalent of spells. Although it is not an evil magick, it is sometimes mistaken as black magick.
The Aboriginal people of Australia practice a few different magick arts. My cousin happens to live near a tribe and has a close relationship with a few of the tribesman through an outreach program. They agreed to share some of their Kurdaitchas. Kurdaitcha is the term used to describe their sorcerer, or priests who practice the Kurdaitchan magick.
China is a large country with a lot of varying culture. My magickal host in China was a lifetime practicing family of Daoism. They have a lot of rituals which are very openly considered to be a mantic art. Mantic by definition is all about divination. They also have some broader “magick-like” rituals. They were very sweet people who helped me understand the power that can originate from the proper type of focus and meditative practice.
My visit to West Africa was focused on studying the arts of West African Vodun. Vodun, much like its Haitian relative, focuses on the prayer, worship, and manipulation of spirits. There are many different types of Voodoo in Africa, and many different tribes and cultures practicing the different types of magick. This particular type of West African Vodun was being taught to me by an authentic member of the Fon people in Benin. In addition to a lot of spirit-based magick, Vodun uses a lot of divine essence naturally present throughout the Earth.
United Kingdom (Celts)
The concluding country of my trip was the United Kingdom, where I met with a modern, practicing coven of Celtic Magick. They were a very nice family, mostly all sisters. A lot of the Celtic magick (druid magick) comes from bestowing jewelry, tattoos, and artwork with the power of nature and natural divine elements. Willpower plays a close role alongside ancestral rituals to create powerful Celtic spells capable of massively influence.
Although there are many differences between the varying countries and their magicks, ultimately each culture has found a spiritually efficient way at casting effective spells. The rituals can be dramatically different in ingredients, casting techniques, spell lengths, permanency, and specialty. There almost always seems to be a “magick of the land” though for each region. I had no problem finding a practicing specialist for each country I visited. Each culture also had a great deal of respect for the practitioners of their land; And many cultures treated these practitioners as though they were prominent leaders or politicians of some kind.