Thursday, January 04, 2007

This Could Rune Your Night

Headline: Alleged African witches still outcast to camps

Ghana - Mariama Alidu was cast out as a witch from her village by her own family, yet she swears she has never cast a spell.

The mere suspicion of witchcraft was enough to see her and 80 other suspected witches expelled to a scruffy camp of mud huts on the fringes of the town.


It's a good thing I don't live there or I would've been tossed into one of those mud huts a long time ago and left to rot.

So many things I have tried in my lifetime: ouiji boards, seances, tarot cards, but to no avail. I guess I'm just not one of those people who gets to know what's going to happen ahead of time.

Once I bought a set of runes, and boy, was that a mistake. Carefully, I laid that stuff out onto my living room floor, read the instructions, and started to do whatever it was I was trying to do at the time.

I was alone and could be as intense about it as I needed to be to make it work correctly. With every wave of my hand over those stones, my palms got warmer and warmer - practically hot - that meant it had to be working, right?!

Nah. Not quite.

Oh yeah, I was getting hot alright - somewhere in the neighborhood of 103. And, by morning, my entire body was covered in hives.

It was horrifying. I had them from head-to-toe, literally. When I noticed I no longer possessed arches on the bottoms of my feet, I knew it was time to go see a doctor.

There was nothing else to blame this reaction on. I hadn't used anything new or different, other than the newly purchased divination device. Which, unfortunately, didn't let me know that was going to happen.

You'd better believe, that crap was tossed into the dumpster faster than you could say abracadabra. Of course, it was nothing a shot of cortisone didn't cure and everything turned out fine.

But being banished to the mud huts might have worked just as well. I hear mud has some unique healing properties.

12 Comments:

Blogger X. Dell said...

About ten years ago, here in NYC, we had a case where a substitute teacher cast a voodoo spell on some unruly middle-schoolers. An hour afterwards, the students began itching uncontrollably, and panic set in among them that they might be really sick.

An investigation revealed that the teacher had combined a slight of hand trick with a weak acid solution to cause the itching. Maybe that's how some wizards, seers, etc. actually maintain some credence within their communities.

From what I understand of actual witchcraft, though, spells are far more like prayer than anything ghastly or metaphysical.

8:22 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger SJ said...

Mud has healing properties and years back villagers in India believed cow-dung and elephant poop have medicinal properties too. Not that i am making any suggestions just saying :)

8:33 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger JohnB said...

For some reason I am not surprised by your experience...when one looks in those "non-places", one never knows what they'll find.

9:44 PM, January 04, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

X: How terrible? but I'm sure that teacher is still reaping bad karma for that trick. You're probably right about people using smoke and mirrors to maintain control. And I agree with your understanding of witchcraft.

I figured that out when I lived in CA, close to a rather large pagan community. But I wasn't close enough to anyone to really know what they did or didn't do. I never tried anything against anyone else anyway, concerned with my own life path. Although a while back my friend made a love amulet for me and that actually worked for a little while. I never really delved too far into things on my own out of fear and my own religious upbringing.

SJ: thanks for the tip. But I'll just use claritin instead. ;)

John: No doubt, that's why I leave that stuff to the pros now. Even the instructions pretty much stated not to mess around with it if you didn't know what you were doing. Point taken. ;)

3:46 AM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger Seven said...

Actually the idea of placing all the witches together could create more problems. If they combine their power, say witches x 80, imagine the spells they can cast on the judges.

6:24 AM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

Seven: no joke! but the stupid thing is that they probably weren't really witches in the first place, but who knows what happened after they got there...bubble bubble, they're in trouble. ;)

6:33 AM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger David Amulet said...

Ha! It's been a long time since I've seen a post with such a focus on mud. Well done!

Go pagans!

-- david

8:10 AM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger Fated said...

Oh my, what a reaction. That would scare the pants off me. :S

I'll be honest, I tried the whole voodoo doll thing once. I did not get the desired results.

4:02 PM, January 05, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

David - Yep, it's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Fated - So did I, but it was a cheap touristy one so I didn't expect much anyway.

6:57 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger mindy said...

you remind me of willow on buffy..
she was always doing her magic a little wacky.
:)

7:17 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

Mindy, as long as I don't get all veiny and try to skin someone alive in the woods, then things will be okay. :) (I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

7:30 AM, January 06, 2007  
Blogger mindy said...

yay!! a fellow buffy lover!!
what a great show. i miss it!

8:11 AM, January 07, 2007  

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