Welcome to the Museum of Contemporary Witchcraft. Located in Olympia, Washington, this private museum researches and curates modern witchcraft artifacts.
A queer writer and artist from the tidal flats of the Salish Sea. Author of Between Death and the Devil: Tarot Poems, So Our Idols are Dead: Empowerment Poems, and Persons of Consequence: A Pacific Northwest Gothic Novel.
I am overwhelmed to have gotten 200+ responses to the Witchcraft Census overnight! When I wrote those questions yesterday, I thought I might get a couple dozen responses, if I was lucky.
Thank you to all the magical practitioners who have answered, and the folks who reached out with thoughtful suggestions about wording or choices. Keep reaching out if you have ideas for further questions or choices to add, or if you’re interested in taking part in the cataloging and research part of the project.
It’s just been me so far, so the current questions and collected artifacts are the result of my curiosity. I’m ecstatic that others are also interested in this project, and look forward to widening the scope of research to include others curiosity.
Without further ado, here are the results of the Witchcraft Census, as of 2 PM PST, March 28, 2021.
I’ll do updates on the Witchcraft Census when I see significant increases in total answers, or when there are new questions to answer.
“Pride: made in honor of the LGBT community and my many beautiful friends.
I used threads to create a rainbow, the knots represent friendship and connection.
Red for life, orange for healing,yellow for sunshine, green for nature,blue for harmony, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit. I chose stones not only for their color to match the rainbow of Pride, also for their healing energy and vibrations.
Garnet revitalizes, purified and balances energies, bringing serenity or passion. ( depends on how you need it ) it inspires love, alleviates emotional disharmony, activates and strengthens courage and hope. Something we need more of in this world.
Red aventurine with its lustrous orange color, provides physical, emotional and mental healing that can lead to a more joyful and balanced life.
Citrine opens intuition, imparts joy, wonder and enthusiasm. It raises self esteem and self confidence.
Green aventurine brings good luck and prosperity and positivity.
Lapis lazuli encourages self awareness, allows self expression, reveals your inner truth, helps to instill honesty and compassion for yourself. It stimulates creativity and clarity. It assists you when you need to confront and speak your truth with confidence.
Amethyst relieves stress and strain. It soothes irritability and balances any mood swings. It dispels anger and rage, fear and anxiety and dissolves negativity.
I know she is little, but she is very magical. She stands with you, beside you and will hold you up if you need.”
“A healing doll is made to represent a person, animal, Goddess or God. They are used in meditation, self help or ritual magic and spell work to effect change through the application of imitative magic. The use of healing dolls, poppets and dolls in healing, magic and art dates back to ancient times. They can be fashioned from all kinds of materials. I try to use as many natural resources as possible, such as: roots, branches, herbs, shells, stones, clay, metals, cottons and natural fibers. All things hold energy, from the growing herbs, bending branches, even the flowing dress worn on special occasions. I often use cloth donated from women worn during healing circles. These energies, along with the universal energy, give life to the doll.”
“A pass key or skeleton key can be used as a ritual talisman to open the way to new beginnings, help you pass through a metaphysical,magical block, help open the path to a new beginning. In Hoodoo conjure and root work, a key can be used to assist in opening up locked situations and to help open doors to any situation.
You may take the plaque to a crossroads and harness the magick to unbind a block and reverse the evil eye / or binding curse.”
“Mandrake babies grown in my Witches garden, I have carefully harvested these enchanting organic Mandrake Babies with natural herbs, crystals and fabrics. They carry with them the essence & power of this magickal plant! They bring protection, divert demons, and negative forces. They bring enhanced ancestral spiritual contact, good luck in business and gambling, better contact with spirits, the powers of LOVE and attraction and if need be assist if needed with fertility. Wrap a $10.00 bill around the mandrake because he is a money multiplier!
This is a handmade Mandrake Poppet Doll. I made sure all the knots I stitched were in numbers of 3,6, and 9, which adds magical protective qualities.They do vary in color and nature as they are made to order. So fabrics threads and greenery will vary. They are filled with herbs, crystals, and cotton. This is not a toy. He measures about 6″ or 10″ with out the greenery. They vary slightly in size per they are each handmade with no pattern, Please do not get wet.
As with all things magical your energy is what makes it work!
As always crafted with Love )O(
My dolls are very powerful handmade tools, and they are brought alive by me and will be sleeping until you awaken them with your needs. True magick lies within them. Each will be unique in size and features as no two are ever alike. Please use caution when using these dolls and never ask for anything you can’t handle! These are not made to harm anyone. Only to truly help you in your needs.”
Lindsay Disidore, Owner of LindsayLightWeaver on Etsy
“Prayer cords have a way of giving us prayerful and meditative focus, much like a rosary or mala. Holding them or wrapping it around your hand during your prayer practice can help infuse your practice with intention. After your prayer or meditative practice the prayer cord can be tied around your rear view mirror, worn like a bracelet, carried with you, or kept on your altar or bedside table to help your intentions and prayers be brought to fruition and remind you to hold those desires in your heart and pray continually. The color and charm you choose indicate the energy and intention you want your prayer to carry. All cords are made from 100% recycled sari silk and are braided to represent the trinity.
“This necklace is made of metal and has a turquoise stone at the center.
This spirit is a succubus. She has blonde hair and green eyes. Her height is five foot and three inches.
Her energy is very sensual and energizing. She has a very witty sense of humor, and often enjoys making suggestive jokes. She is very outgoing and truly enjoys being around others. She isn’t particularly fond of children. She can sometimes find them annoying and avoids interacting with them.
This spirit prefers offerings of red and white wine, champagne, and turquoise. She enjoys listening to classical music, jazz, and swing. She enjoys watching romantic movies and dramas.
She is looking for a keeper who will engage in a romantic and sexual relationship with her. She is a lesbian and would prefer a female keeper.
I will message you the name of the spirit after the purchase of this vessel.
As per Etsy’s policy, the seller is selling a tangible object for entertainment purposes only. The seller is not responsible for any spiritual activity that may or may not occur. This necklace is for entertainment purposes only. Also, as per Etsy policy, I am not claiming this object will change the buyer’s life in any capacity.”
Note from K. D. Hume
I wear this necklace often, and have chosen to keep this demon’s name secret as a fun party game. If you are ever at MoCW, take a guess.
“Witch Balls date back to the late 18th century, and were often used by hanging in houses to protect against witchy curses and spells! Hanging these wonderful balls near a window or on a porch are thought to ward off any negative energy that might be affecting the house!
The lore behind these balls is that the negative spirit and energies will be so attracted to the ball that when they touch it, they get sucked inside and trapped!
Each ball will come with a random charm attached to it.”
“These Talisman are made from 150 years old oak tree, which was broken after a full Sun Eclipse March 09 2016 year’s storm. We couldn’t stand the thought of turning it into firewood, so we make boards out of it.
Sator Square Wooden Wall Plaque with saw toothed wall hanger.
The Sator or Rotas Square is a word square containing a five-word palindrome:
S A T O R. A R E P O. T E N E T. O P E R A. R O T A S.
Found in Pompeii (destroyed in AD 79) the square is believed to be a house protection spell.”
One of the things I love about witchcraft is how differently everyone does it. Witches have opinions. Lots of opinions. We’re a rebellious bunch, and I love that. I don’t want everyone to practice magic the way I practice magic, anymore than I want everyone to paint the way I paint. The joy of any art form is in variety and experimentation. And to me, witchcraft is first and foremost an art.
Which is the main reason I’m starting the Museum of Contemporary Witchcraft. I’m slowly collecting witchcraft zines, books, and artifacts, with an emphasis on DIY and handmade artifacts instead of the mass-produced items. I’m also getting ready to ask a lot of witches a lot of questions, starting with the Witchcraft Census, a short survey you can fill out here.
I don’t have a huge budget for this, but currently I’m buying zines and small magical items from folks who would normally be selling at events. Once the world gets less distant again, I’m planning on taking my show on the road, doing outreach at witchy events, trading zines and spells, soliciting donations of old spells folks want to be rid of, interviewing witches, etc.
So with that, welcome! I hope you’ll join me on this journey!