Seasonal Musings

autumn new englandHere in New England the trees are putting on a riotous display of color, the air is crisp and the light is all gorgeous golden-slanty.  Pumpkins are showing up on porches.  Dinners are becoming progressively heavier.  There are nights when I’ve almost given in and turned on the heat in the house.

This is the season that makes the whole year of disappointing weather worthwhile in New England:  Apple cider, sweaters,  leather boots crunching in the fallen leaves, the sweet-tang of decay on the wind and the landscape colored so intensely it’s actually hard to drive around without pulling over and gaping in awe.  This is the stuff, Witches. right here and now.

Drink it in.

We are fast approaching Samhain–The End of the year followed by six weeks of living in the liminal space between endings and beginnings, death and birth, decay and renewal.  As we Witches gear up for the myriad Samhain celebrations, it’s easy to forget that this time of year is actually meant for slowing down, gathering in and quietening ourselves. Costumes and parties are wonderful!  Big rituals with dramatic displays can be powerful.  At the same time,  it would do us good to take some cues from nature.

Stand still.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Sink down.  Connect.  Let go.

Pour a cup of tea to share with the Ancestors.  Take it out by the fire and chat.  They’re already slipping in and around the Veils.  They are ready and willing to spend time with us no matter the time of year.

This time ’round the Wheel, I’ll be talking with my Uncle who moved further and further gulf autumnsouth as he aged.  New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and finally, Florida.  It was hard to recognize him as my Dad’s brother.  He was so lively, open and happy.  Dad, on the other hand, had taken on the dour attitude of New England. My earliest memories of them together put them at the age I am now.  When I look in the mirror I see the worry lines and disappointment I saw on my father’s face.  I think it’s not too late to be more like my Uncle.  If I’m going to have wrinkles, I want laugh lines.  It’s not too late.

He was brash, inappropriate (by today’s standards), loud and called attention to himself. He jokingly referred to himself as a “Dirty Old Man.”  He wasn’t really, but he loved the idea of himself in that character.  He left people laughing wherever he went.  This Samhain Season, I’m calling him close.  I guess there’ll be Bryer’s Ice Cream and raunchy songs. Maybe I’ll even flirt outrageously with folks “way too young” for me when I head South where it’s still what I know think of as “summer.”  I’ll walk with him along the coastline there as I do with my parents here on the New England Coast.  I’m going ask him how he stayed so happy and fiesty.  And, I’m going to follow his lead.

Blessed Be You Samhain Season, Witches.





Blackheart Witchcraft Now Accepting Students


Blackheart Witchcraft  is a culmination of twenty-five years of study, practice and teaching the Craft.  It includes teachings from all of the Craft traditions in which I am an initiate–Feri Tradition, the Circle of the Goddess, The Third Road Faerie Tradition–as well as esoteric teachings from other magical, shamanic and mystery-traditions.  I am not an Initiate of any Wiccan tradition and will not be teaching from those systems.

BHW is Old School Witchery in that our Craft is practical, gritty, provocative and powerful. In fact, one of the fundamental goals of BHW is to bring the Witch fully into her/his own personal Power.  A Witch needs Power, works with Power and is Power.  Witch-Power is natural like the sea, a storm, a gentle breeze, the cry of a coyote, the glint of the eye, the infinite and silent expanse of starlit space.  A Witch does not cringe at the thought of Power but revels in it and learns to wield it with precision and care.  Witch Power should not be confused with the power of ego, celebrity or narcissistic charisma.

First Year students in Blackheart Witchcraft will train for thirteen months using internet video, audio, email, an online classroom/discussion forum and video-chat.  They will engage with personal practice and assignments designed to deepen their embodied experience of the Craft.  Theory is well and good but is useless without practice!  During this First Year we will explore the origins of the Craft as well as “Witch Blood” and the nature of the Witch her/himself.  We’ll study and practice the Art of Magic alongside our relationship to the Unseen realms.  We’ll come to embody an understanding of the Witch’s role in the world(s) and why s/he must live a life of self examination and personal responsibility.  Emphasis will be placed on mastery of visualization, soul alignment, kala, effective spell-work, ethics and communication with the inhabitants of the unseen realms.

This Training will challenge what you know of the Craft.  It is an appropriate training for everyone serious about deepening, developing and honing their Craft tools–and the Witch her/himself is the first and foremost tool.

As you know, I’ve been teaching the Craft a long time.   As of this date (and into the foreseeable future) I am no longer taking students for Feri training as I feel the Tradition has (d)evolved into something I no longer recognize.  The small core of BHF Initiates and Students and hence, the Lineage remains intact but closed.  I do not wish to bring anyone else into that Tradition.  Please understand that Blackheart Witchcraft is not Feri Training nor will it ever lead to Feri training with me.

I do, however, wish to continue training Witches in the Craft!   My goal for Blackheart Witchcraft is to train and develop capable powerful, healthy, effective, responsible and ethical Witches whose own goals are centered around living the life of a Witch rather than utilizing the Craft as a means of attaining small-time celebrity.
Blackheart Witchcraft is an initiatory path.  At minimum, students will work three years toward that end which is really another beginning.

This training requires an energy exchange in the form of dollars.  I will not negotiate terms nor entertain offers to barter.  Witches live in the real world. Our distaste for monetary exchange is a leftover from judeo-christian dogma and does none of us any good.   The “cost” of training covers the many expenses required to create and deliver to you a high quality, thorough training experience . A small portion of your payment is an exchange for my service to you as an experienced Witch and Teacher.

If you want more information on Blackheart Witchcraft, please email me directly at and put “BHW Training” in the subject line.  This initial inquiry from you matters a lot as it is my first impression of you.  Put your best Witch-foot forward!

I am making a one time offer via Daily Witch this week which would make it possible for you to receive the first year of  Blackheart Witchcraft training free.  If you aren’t subscribed to Daily Witch, you won’t hear about that opportunity.  Please subscribe by clicking the SUBSCRIBE button in the right upper margin of this page.

I will not run BHW at this time for fewer than 12 students.  I promise I will never take on more students than I can give personal attention to.  Should the training cancel due to lack of committed students you will be refunded any registration costs or tuition in full.  I cannot say if or when I will offer this again.

I will accept students from today, September 2 though September 27 and no later.  You must contact me via email to be considered for Training (click here to do so: ).  Email arriving at other CTW email addresses, addresses from my other websites, messages via facebook or twitter will be ignored.

If you would like to hear from students who have trained with me in the past, I would be happy to put you in touch with them.

Blessed Be Your Journey.
Karina BlackHeart

Feast of Brigid

brigid1The Celtic Triple Goddess of Poetry, Midwifery and Smithcraft is traditionally celebrated on what is more commonly referred to as the sabbat of Imbolc or Candlemas.

We call upon Brigid in contemporary times when we desire Healing, Transformation or Creative Inspiration.  In reality–you cannot attain any of these without the other.

This week, CTW is offering The Feast of Brigid, a guided magical visitation with Brigid.
During our journey we walk the Triskelion Path and meet with the three faces of Brigid at her Forge, her Flame and her Well.  Available for immediate download (or listen here at the CTW website) upon purchase.

Upon completion of your purchase via paypal you will be immediately redirected to your mp3 on the CTW website–please allow paypal to redirect you!




To Each Witch, Their Own Way


Sincere thanks for all your powerful responses to yesterday’s Daily Witch (December 7).
I honestly appreciate every single opinion, every description of your Craft–be it your religion, your belief system, your discipline and/or your Way of Life.

Whatever your thoughts, opinions and beliefs are about your Craft, they are yours.  They are right, true and correct for you.  They may not be and should not be right, true and correct for everyone else who dares to name themselves Witch.  When we go down the path witches teaof defining ways of being as incorrect or lesser, we are on the dangerous road to fundamentalism.

None has the right to tell another what to believe or practice.

We say, “A Witch bows before no one.”   That includes other Witches.

Words have Power.  Words are Power. We can safely assume everyone using the title/descriptor “Witch” has had his or her own struggles and processes in coming to clarity on what that means. It’s got to be okay, for unique individuals to come to uniquely different definitions or we find ourselves engaged in war with one another over ideology! In standing apart and in judgement of one another, we do the work of the persecutors for them.

There are enough forces in the world(s) working against us.  Let us not work against one another as well.

I vowed to uphold all my Craft brothers and sisters. Whether I agree or disagree with them. Whether, in my opinion, they bring honor or dishonor to the Craft.  Whether they worship the Gods I do,  or some other(s) or none at all.  I don’t have to like everyone.  I don’t have to agree with everyone.  But, I do have to allow them their Truth.
Blessed be your Way,  Witches.

Daily Witch’s Bragging Rights

Today, Daily Witch was delivered to the email boxes of 600 Witches!  That’s a big milestone, in my opinion.

Aside from the opportunity to write about the Craft, one of the things I enjoy most about Daily Witch is the sweet feedback I receive from subscribers.  It makes my day to know that Daily Witch is striking a cord, opening up new ways of approaching our Craft and helping Witches touch base with what’s important to them.

Here are some quotes from recent feedback:

This is just beautiful, Karina. Thank you. It is just the message I needed today.

I have been completely enjoying the past few weeks of Daily Witch.  I have been using them as a jumping point for journaling.

Thank you Karina for your wonderful, inspiring messages. I feel very in tune with you and I look forward to them everyday.

Super love it and its a wonderful way to wake up in the morning. Sip my tea, and in my still half-dreaming state read something that reminds me to be the witch I am even in my most mundane moments. I ease into a full speed day feeling full to the brim.
I signed up for ‘daily witch’ a few month or so ago and have been enjoying every post.  Well done!

 I appreciate your posts every day. EVERY day. 

As I was walking into work this morning, I was doing my usual fretting and worrying about all the little things that add up in my mind, and then I remembered that I can choose to channel everything through love; that love can make the process much smoother. Then I got this e-mail. So serendipitous! 

Can I just say that I love you? :)  Thanks…I so needed to hear this today. You are *always* just what I need to hear, when I need to hear it.
Right on the mark as always!!
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A Witch Needs Magic

It’s true that when we’re “going through stuff” the last things we feel are magical, powerful or enthusiastic about our Craft practice. We can shy away from practicing magic “until witch napthings get better.”

Here’s the problem with that thinking: We’re Witches. When a Witch isn’t doing magic, she isn’t practicing the Craft. Rather, he’s practicing self abuse.

We need our magic. Even if all we can manage is a long soak in a hot salted bath with a candle and some incense burning, it’s something. Even if all we can do is offer a quick prayer of thanksgiving over our food, that means something. If we can’t do anything else other than sweep the floor with the intention of moving the negative energy out the door, we’re doing something.

We need our magic most when life is throwing its worst at us. Use every breath, every act of self care and every last drop of Will to get some magic done.

Don’t let a rough patch steal your Will. A Witch bows before no-one.

Magic heals, Witches.  And, Magic heals Witches.

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Witch seeks power, courts power, flirts and dances with power; kisses power; honors power; runs power; generates power; revels in power.  A Witch is Power.

Just as all things in nature have and generate power–the sea, moon, trees, storms, frogs, monkeys, mountains–so too is the Witch a force of nature.

aradiaTo negate or refuse our power is to negate or refuse what is natural within us.  It is akin to the bird denying her song for fear of awakening someone!  Preposterous!

The magic of the Witch is power-full.  To tone it down in order to make it safe, palatable or otherwise acceptable is to deny ourselves of our birthright.  It also denies the Seeker what they desperately long for–the very thing that interested them in the Craft–the experience of ecstasy.

Be not afraid nor ashamed of your power, Witches.  Be who and what you are.  Don’t apologize or dial yourselves down.  For you, Witches, are a glory to behold!



Left + Right Handed Magic

We’ve been discussing magic as conscious creation in Daily Witch. If you’re a new subscriber and want to catch up, please check the archives.  If you’re not subscribed, go ahead and click that big button to the right .  It’s free.

Having identified the beliefs that lessen or block our ability to attain our desires through magic (or other means). We’re ready for the work of transformation.

Here, we choose between what are commonly referred to as the Right and Left Handed Paths.

magic handThe Right Handed Path acknowledges that while we might know what we don’t want (the negative belief), we don’t have a clear idea what we do want. Right Handed Work involves trust in powers greater than ourselves to look out for and manifest what’s in our best interest. It is a path of Surrender: “Your will, not mine, be done.” If you really trust the Unseen (Gods, Goddesses, GodSoul, Angels, Allies, Animal Spirits, etc.) more than your own best laid plans, this path is safest and best. Brace yourselves, though, for you cannot be sure what They will have in store for you.

The Left Handed Path is the path of Will. We opt for the Left Hand Path when we have a clear and precise idea of what we want. Left Handed Work involves trusting ourselves more than anyone or anything else. In transformational magic, we need to have a clear idea of how we want to be instead of the way we’ve always been (with our beliefs and blocks). This is no small feat! If you really trust you know best, this path is the correct one. Your Work will be to transform your old beliefs (and how they manifest) into new ways of being. Likely, this will require some research so you have a very clear idea what you are attempting to manifest within yourself. Be prepared, though, this kind of transformation can feel jarringly rapid. Like wearing a new pair of shoes, your new way of being may take some breaking in and getting used to.

Which Path calls to you, Witches?


Karina BlackHeart

The Art of Witchery

So often these days I read Pagan blogs, news outlets and social network posts that name Paganism and Witchcraft as a religion.  This is true for some (including myself), but Witchcraft is also an art.

Considering what we do as Art and ourselves as Artists brings a fresh perspective to the Craft.  I often emphasize the importance of a Daily Practice but even more strongly encourage students and practitioners to blur or entirely erase the boundary between “Practice” and “Life.”

Understanding Witchcraft as an Art and Witches as Artists helps us do this because it undermines the enculturated dichotomy between “religion” and “real life.”

An artist is an artist all the time.  Yes, there are the hours set aside for creating art at the easel or writing desk, but the eye and sensibility of the artist can never really be set aside.  The artist is always paying attention to light and shadow, pattern and color, rhythm and  meter, texture and feeling.

So, too with the Witch.  We set aside time for our Daily Practice but, eventually that practice expands to include the whole fabric of our lives.  The Witch is always paying attention to the patterns of energy.  Our eye is trained toward life-death-sex-rebirth, silence, the sacred and many of the same things an artist gives his attention to.

Craft and Art are often differentiated along class and gender lines.  But, in our art and craft, they are one and the same.  It’s important for the Witch to seek out, give attention to and manifest beauty (and power is Beauty-full).  Our practices are the “piece” we’re currently working on.  Our lives, however, are the Masterpiece.

Go make beautiful magic, Witches!


April  16, 2013

I want to take a moment with you this morning to give attention to the bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday in Boston, MA.  Let’s just stop for a moment.  Stop reading.  Close your eyes.  Be still and breathe.  Find your center and breathe.  Send a positive thought to those affected.

We’re all affected.  Perhaps not in a personal way.  But, this happened and it impacts every one of us.

kwan yin2A quick survey of my social divination tools, Facebook, Twitter and G+ early last evening clearly revealed the impact this event had.  The emotional responses ranged from outrage to disbelief, angst, anger, fear, panic, paranoia, apathy, grief, hopelessness and even some self-satisfied, “I told you so’s.” Calls to action included donations of blood (the Red Cross says they have enough so please don’t flood the blood banks), to demands for justice, war, prayers for peace and compassion for victims and families to curses against the perpetrators and even the sending of “white light” to the bomber(s).

We’re all affected.

Far be it from me to tell anyone how to interpret these events.  I suspect that our outrage, our desire for revenge and our proclivity to call for more violence doesn’t really serve us.

Anger is an ally.  It tells us something is wrong.  Our outrage at random acts of violence feels justified.  It’s easy to go to the place of dread, panic or paranoia.  It’s almost a default setting to shut down our responses.

I would ask though, that we continue to ground and return to Center. That we enter a state of stillness deep enough to access our core response to this violence (and all violence).  Can we find the  courage to sink beneath our adrenaline-fed emotional states and access our grief?  Below the anger, disbelief, apathy and panic, lies grief.  It is seeded by Love.

Love for humanity.  Love for the strangers wounded or killed and their friends and families.  Love for the people who witnessed in person and through the media.  Love for the first responders.  Love for the city of Boston.  Love for humanity — even in the midst of violence.

From the deep well of love (that might make you weep, which is appropriate), flow compassion and connection.  Open your heart.  Stay with your center.  Here lies the wisdom concerning correct action.  Follow that wisdom with the actions which arise naturally from it.  Every action taken from that deep well–no matter how small or seemingly insignificant–has an impact as great as those bombs exploding. This is your Power in a time when we are angered by our sense of powerlessness.

Love is stronger than fear.

Bless this Life and make it right.

Karina BlackHeart