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[Witch Way] Volume #6 Issue #11 -- I Loves Me Some Sex!
April 13, 2014
Hi, Happy Beltane!

Ken's Korner

I guess the subject of the email got your attention!

Well, it seems that it has been a very busy month! If my columnists are any indication, Spring has Sprung with full force! I only got half the usual articles, so this month’s Witch Way is going to be a little smaller than usual.

It’s Beltane! All that fertility energy we’ve been working on the fields and the animals is now coming back to us! Time to do a little sex magick, or fertility magick, or just have sex! Coming from a place where sex was looked at as being bad at the least, and sinful at the worst, many people have a hard time letting their hang-ups go.

This isn’t about publically announcing that you enjoy swinging from a chandelier, it’s about letting yourself enjoy something that feels SO good, and recognizing the Sacredness of the act. We call ourselves Witches, but I have run into some real prudish Witches in years past. You don’t have to like, agree with, or even understand what turns another on (unless you want to sleep with them), you just have to enjoy what the Gods gave you, in whatever fashion pleases you most, and always remember to thank the Gods for this orgasmic gift.

I hope everyone reading this gets laid, and has the BEST Beltane ever!

On a side note, if you happen to live in the Denver area (or are willing to drive to get here), our Petals & Potions columnist, Julie Andaverde is opening a new store in just over a week. I hope all who are able, make a trip out to see what she has for the Local Magickal Community.

Grand Opening April 19th

Ye Olde Magic Shoppe
9635 W. Colfax Ave. #2B
Lakewood, CO 80215
(720) 514-9255

Blessed Be,



Plants, Petals, & Potions

by Julie Andaverde

Herb: Catnip
Latin Name: Nepeta cataria
Family: Asteraceae
Parts Used: Aerial parts; leaves, flowers, upper stems
Gods and Goddesses: N/A
Magical Uses: cat magic, love, beauty, happiness

Magical Uses:

You can give this herb to your cat to create a psychic bond between the two of you. Or you can use in love sachets with rose petals. Attracts good spirits and great luck when used in prosperity spells. Used in beauty and happiness spells will intensify the effects. Large pressed leaves are used for bookmarks in magickal texts. Mix with dragon’s blood in an incense to rid oneself of bad habits or behavioral problems.

It’s believed that a gift of catnip from you to your cat will create a magical and psychic bond between the two of you. Since I’ve experienced this myself, I have to say that it truly works in beautiful ways. If you make a catnip talisman for your kitty, keep this in mind.

Remember that concentrating on your intentions when crafting magical items imbues that piece with the magick. Catnip is also used in love spells, often as an ingredient in mojo bags or candle magic. Just as the cat finds this herb intoxicating and irresistible, so will the one you target in love magic, using catnip to draw them to you.

If you hold catnip in your hand until it is warm, then hold anyone else’s hand, they will forever be your friend, as long as you keep the catnip you used for the spell in some safe place. Grown near the home or hung over the door, catnip attracts good spirits and great luck. Catnip is also used in spells designed to enhance beauty and happiness.

Catnip leaves are used by many folks for luck in love affairs. Catnip is called a Woman’s Love Herb because it is said to make women enticing and charming to thus to make men ready and increase their nature — and for this reason, we hear that women use it to aid in bringing about relations. Some of our customers tell us that if you carry catnip in a flannel bag, the man you want will be attracted to you like a cat to catnip. They also say that you can use it in an herbal bath, sprinkle it at the 4 corners of the bed, or burn it with incense to attract a new lover. Another way we have heard to employ it is to soak catnip leaves in whiskey and sprinkle the liquid on your doorstep for 21 days, starting on the full moon.

Medicinal uses:

Catnip is a famous herb for its fun and excitatory effects on our feline friends, but it also has many powerful medicinal properties for us too! A part of the Mint family, Catnip has a lightly green and minty flavor, rich with aromatic oils. A top choice for indigestion, Catnip is used by all ages to settle the stomach, sooth flatulence, and colic. Safe for infants and breast feeding mothers, it provides a gentle remedy for colicky babies as well as calming the mother's digestion. Catnip also has mild sedative effects and combines nicely with your other favorite sleepy time herbs. Catnip is anti-inflammatory and is effective for digestive related headache, is helpful for gentle pain relief, and cooling a fever.


Contraindications: There are no reports of contraindications or side effects when used properly.

Love, light, and blessings!
Julie Andaverde


  • Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. St. Paul, Minesotta; Llewellyn Publications. 2000
  • Grieve, Mrs. M. A Modern Herbal. New York; Dover Publications, Incorporated 1971
  • Hopman, Ellen Evert. A Druid's Herbal. Rochester, Vermont; Destiny Books. 1995

DISCLAIMER: It should be understood that Julie Andaverde is not a medical doctor, nor is Witch Way a medical journal. Some of the herbs and ingredients discussed in this column can be dangerous or even deadly if misused. Proportions and ratios discussed are based on personal observation and experience. Use of any herbs or ingredients is at your own discretion and risk. None of the information contained herein should be construed as medical advice. Always consult a trained medical professional.

The Witching Hour

by Marcus Leader

Shadow People

You have all seen them at one time or another. Out of the corner of your eye a fast moving dark shadow scurries across the floor. Often you will see them as you sit in front of your computer and when you turn you head quickly to see NOTHING is there.

Then there are times when you step into the darkness of a room or walk outdoors in the night and you suddenly stopped in your tracks by the site of a dark mass often darker than the ambient background light. This can be an amorphous dark cloud or a distinct shadowy outline of a human form. These forms tend to be fast moving and can race right by you in the blink of an eye.

There have been so many sightings around the world of shadow people or shadow entities that one can not question the legitimacy of the phenomenon, but what is the nature of this phenomenon and who are these shadow people?

To answer these questions lets first take a look at what is known along with a few theories and then I will share with you my own theories based on my experience as a Toltec Shaman and my knowledge of hyper-dimensional physics.

Those who are experiencing and studying the shadow people phenomenon say that these entities almost always are seen out of the corner of the eye and very briefly. But more and more, people are beginning to see them straight on and for longer periods of time. Some experiencers testify that they have even seen eyes, usually red, on these shadow beings.

The mysterious sightings have become a hot topic of conversion in paranormal chat rooms, message boards and websites, and it was given widespread attention on The Coast to Coast am radio show. What are shadow people and where do they come from? Several theories have been offered. Let’s take a look at a few you can find on the internet.

The Imagination

The explanation we get from skeptics and mainstream science - and who are usually people who have never experienced the shadow people phenomenon - is that it is nothing more than the active human imagination. It's our minds playing tricks on us... our eyes seeing things in a fraction of a second that aren't really there - illusions... real shadows caused by passing auto headlights, or some similar explanation. And without a doubt, these explanations probably can account for some if not many experiences. The human eye and mind are easily fooled. But can they account for all cases?


To call these entities ghosts demands first a definition of what we mean by ghosts. (But by almost any definition, shadow people are somewhat different than ghost phenomena. Whereas ghost apparitions are almost always a misty white, vaporish or have a decidedly human form and appearance (very often with discernable "clothing"), shadow beings are much darker and more shadow-like. In general, although the shadow people often do have a human outline or shape, because they are dark, the details of their appearance are lacking. This is in contrast to many ghost sightings in which the witness can describe the ghost's facial features, style of clothing and other details. The one detail most often noted in some shadow being sightings are their glowing red eyes.

Demons or Other Spirit Entities

The dark countenance and malevolent feelings that are often reported in association with these creatures has led some researchers to speculate that they may be demonic in nature. If they are demons, we have to wonder what their purpose or intent is in letting themselves be seen in this manner. Is it merely to frighten?

Astral Bodies

One interesting idea suggests that shadow people are the shadows or essences of people who are having out-of-body experiences. Based on my research and that of others at the Monroe Institute where I am a private researcher in the field of human consciousness, we all travel out of the body when we are asleep. Perhaps, this theory says, we are seeing the ephemeral astral bodies of these twilight travelers.

Time Travelers

People from our own future, another idea states, could have found the means to travel to the past -- our time. However they are able to accomplish this incredible feat, perhaps in that state they appear to us merely as passing shadows as they observe the events of our timeline.

Inter-dimensional Beings

Even mainstream science is fairly convinced that there are dimensions other than the three we inhabit. And if these other dimensions exist, who or what (if anything) inhabits them? Some theorists say that these dimensions exist parallel and very close to our own, although invisible to us. And if there are inhabitants in these other dimensions, it is possible that they have found a way to intrude on our dimension and become, at least partially, visible? If so, they could very well appear as shadows. It has long been held by psychics and other sensitives that beings on other planes of existence are of different "vibrations." Science is beginning to look at reality, on a quantum level, in the same way -- that particles of the smallest size exist as vibrations. Perhaps, some theorize, the vibrations of our existence is beginning to mesh with those of another dimension, which accounts for the increase in such phenomena as ghosts, shadow people and possibly aliens.


The alien and abduction phenomena are so bizarre that it's no surprise that extraterrestrials are suspects as the shadow people. Abductees have reported in many cases that the alien grays seem to be able to pass through walls and closed windows, and to appear and disappear abruptly, among other otherworldly talents. Perhaps, too, they can go about their alien agenda disguised in the shadows.

There's a good deal of overlapping among the above ideas, of course. Aliens and ghosts could be inter-dimensional beings, or aliens could be time travelers - and some believe demons are responsible for all of these disturbing phenomena.

Based on my experience and training, I believe that there are several types of shadow entities and it is impossible to group them under just one explanation. For example many people today are reporting seeing small dark masses about the size of a rodent suddenly streak across a room as they sit at their computer. My theory on this is based around the refresh rate of our computer monitors reacting with our nervous system speeding up our vibrational awareness. I have been experimenting with flicker resonance to increase visual perception and my experiments are generating results that support this theory.

Another possibility is that shadow people are inter dimensional travelers coming close to our physical world with out entering it. Such creatures would enter the buffering zone between the worlds which we call the veil. This would be as far as they could come without generating enough energy for a full body manifestation. They would only be able to press against the buffering zone like pressing against a balloon giving them a dark two dimensional appearance just like a shadow. One main difference is that if you were to shine a light on them the light would be absorbed and it would not make the shadow disappear. This is also what an elemental energy would look like in our three dimensional world.

My teacher, Carlos Castaneda once told me that there is great knowledge found in shadows and that you could know everything about a person or object by learning to see in a process he called shadow gazing. I still have not yet mastered this technique but I have seen some amazing results that I will reveal in a future article on the topic.

A dear friend of mine, author Rosemary Ellen Guiley, has conducted extensive research in this field and has uncovered evidence indicating that these “shadow people” could be a class of creature known for thousands of years as Djinn. These creatures are said to dwell within a separate dimension very close to our physical dimension and have learned to enter our world through a complicated angular shift in which they remain invisible to humans, but have at times appeared as shadows. This is a topic that I am also researching and what I am finding is that these creatures are somewhat hostile to humans. This too will be a topic in upcoming articles in The Witching Hour.

One of the most bizarre types of sightings being reported around the world is that of a male figure wearing an odd hat. Another strange characteristic of these shadow people is that they seem to be physical to a certain extent able to touch or even attack humans especially when people are sleeping. This is rare, (thank the Gods!), but still a very frightening scenario that I had the misfortune of experiencing once when I was a kid. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw one of these shadow people in the corner of my room and once it recognized that I was aware, it jumped on my chest with the weight of what seemed to be a small child. The next thing I knew it had its hands around my neck squeezing which scared the heck out of me and I tried to leap from my bed but found myself completely paralyzed. I was 16 at the time and an athlete in school, but I could not physically fight this thing. Then a sudden calm came over me and I knew exactly what to do….I closed my eyes and used my will, my personal power to dissolve this creature and suddenly it was gone. The fear I felt at that moment was so overwhelming that I threw the covers over my head and stayed there until the sun entered my room the next morning. I still am not sure if I was under attack or if this event could have other more scientific explanations, but it never returned which was fine with me!

This shadow people phenomenon has many mysteries yet to be discovered. Are they the result of aliens, demons, astral travelers, Djinn or other possibilities? Then again, perhaps these shadows are just shadows and nothing more. Time will tell.

Blessed Be, Marcus

Recipes for This Month's Herb


Peace Bath

2 parts Catnip
2 parts Hops
1 part Jasmine
1 part Elder Flowers

Mix these herbs together, and infuse a large handful of the mix in your bath to stem anger and to relieve stress. Visualize yourself letting go of the anger or stress - letting it float away into the water as you sit in it. Feel the anger floating out and sense the water absorbing the hurt, pain, nerves, and wrathful feelings. Splash fresh water onto your body after the bath.


This combination of herbs helps you relax to start the day.

1/4 C. dried spearmint
1 C. dried lemon balm
1/4 C. dried lemon grass
½ C. dried catnip
1/4 C. dried chamomile flowers
2 Tbs. Dried lavender flowers

Combine the herbs and store in an air tight container in a dark cool location. Make tea using 2 teaspoons of herb blend for each cup. Turn on some relaxing music and write in your journal.

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Until next month, may you be blessed in all that you do, or as we usually say,

Blessed Be,
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