Episode 78 – Baneful Bitchcraft

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Hello friends and thank you so much for tuning in today for episode 78 of the show Baneful Bitchcraft, the beginning of a series of episodes where I talk about the formerly taboo topic of hexes, curses, and magical acts to cause pain or misfortune in the lives of others. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about this type of magic, where it comes from, why it’s used, and finally, how to create a curse or hex for yourself.

For your own research:

https://www.missaida.com/books.html

https://www.livescience.com/20483-black-magic-ancient-curses.html

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-myths-legends-africa/ancient-art-magic-curses-and-supernatural-spells-002253

https://www.italiangenealogy.com/articles/italian-culture-traditions/il-malocchio-the-evil-eye

https://keepingherkeys.com/blog/f/what-is-baneful-witchcraft

https://thefatfeministwitch.com/2020/05/11/book-review-of-shadows-utterly-wicked-by-dorothy-morrison-2020/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36284932-cursing-and-crossing

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44442902-the-magic-of-marie-laveau

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3 thoughts on “Episode 78 – Baneful Bitchcraft

  1. I’m descended from Italians. I grew up hearing, and giving, compliments or congratulations with a blessing attached.

    “What a beautiful baby, God bless her!”
    “You bought a house? Congrats and God bless!”
    “Congrats on your new car! Drive it in good health!”

    That’s literally the only kind of well-wishing I ever heard growing up, and I internalized it. Congratulations sound incomplete to me without the blessing tacked on.

    I came to understand, as an adult, that this blessing was done to ward off any accidental malocchio being cast out of envy. Or, possibly, it’s warding off the jealousy of the gods who might then decide to lay the other person low. So I’ve been blocking curses all my life without even knowing it. I’d bet big money that my American-born Italian relatives are as unaware as I was of how this tradition came about.

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  2. I think it’s good that baneful magic is becoming acknowledged again, really enjoyed this podcast episode. The mention of the evil eye was interesting, but you left out the fact that the evil eye is a Jewish thing too, very much so in fact! We use amulets and evil eye jewellery to ward off the ‘stink eye’ 😅 I’d love it if you did an episode on Jewish folk magic some day

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  3. Also, on the subject of curses and most of the info being connected to hoodoo traditions, here in Britain we have centuries worth of curse spells in our history of traditional witchcraft, I went to the witchcraft museum in Boscastle Cornwall years ago, and the majority of the spells, dug up from hearths, found in chimney breasts etc, were curse spells, they were hundreds of years old. One that always sticks in my mind was a tiny child’s ballet slipper filled with nails, a curse spell created by a ‘pushy mother’ who was jealous that her friends child was doing better in ballet lessons than her child! Sent a shiver down my spine.

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