Archive for December, 2017


I have been late on postings but I haz a reason (I have been posting a lot of non-Pagan-y posts, mainly site updates (can they be called updates? Whatevers, it shall be.)) I have mostly finished the cat feeder! The automatic cat feeder that I have been working on for a little over a year. The reason why it took a little over a year is because I kept changing my mind and, thus, changing the design.

For those who are going “What does this have to do with being Black or Pagan?” I made a robot and it didn’t blow up, chuck my cat, murder me, prank call the CIA with terrorist threats, or set anything on fire so hush. (It did throw food at me once and tried to randomly tell the time from 2021). And I’m Black and I’m Pagan, there ya go.

Here is a crappy video of it working:

So crappy, such wow, very amaze. It was late at night, I got tired of setting up things again and again and testing things again and again that I just laid out some aluminum foil for easy clean up and called it a day. All I cared about was not having to solider things together again. I got annoyed that I figured I’d have to 3D print another container for the cat feeder and I’m impatient so I went to the craft store and bought a cardboard box, glue gun, some oven clay (clay that is hardened in an oven). In the video is what you get from all of that. And a hackneyed chute that basically is notebook paper. Eventually, it’s going to have a 3D printed form but I just want this to work now since my 3D printer is away. I’ll eventually have it under the same roof as me, just needs the space for it. Either way, I have a functional robot.

Yes, that is a Pringles can. I usually try to paint stuff and basically make it mine but I am just in the testing/prototype phase so I’m not slapping bolts and BW’s on everything. That and it’s a machine designed to feed my cat – she seriously does not care what it looks like.

Does not care at all

When I originally thought this up, I figured that the cat feeder should have a camera, bluetooth, wi-fi connectivity, two motors and an LCD screen.

A cat seriously does not need all of that. As long as it vomits food once a day, it does not matter to her what it looks like or what it does. So now I have a spare servo motor and teeny LCD screen that’s currently sitting in my project box.

I had coded everything from scratch, which actually didn’t take as much time as I thought it would, especially since I whittled everything down to a single motor and some teeny clock to tell the mini computer the time and when to feed the cat. It’s only 60 lines of code (because I love spaces and gaps). I already have a background in code from since I was in high school (I had one Intro to Tech class, that was it) but I pretty much put it all together with ze power of the internets.

Woo! This is why I took so long posting stuff and suches. The second post will come later. And, look! I 3D printed a water dish for my cat as well.

It’s a gravity watering dish. You use a random soda bottle, fill it with water, flip it upside down and there you go. The dish says filled with water, nothing overflows, I never have to worry about my cat being thirsty because of my forgetfulness.

Amazing news, everyone! Black Witch is now outfitted with a 3D printer!

The World is Mine! I can print whatever I want!

This is great! I used to repair them and make CAD files to 3D print for others so I got one of my own. I’m still sorting the code out on the profile files so I can have a more plug-and-play experience.

I plan to add these 3D printed items to the Black Witch Gift Shoppe (which is currently empty because I very sporadically fill it). I plan to restock the shop with journals but I also plan to add knickknacks to the store. Here is a WIP of a sample CAD (Computer Aided Design) shot:

 

More will be added! The thing about 3D printers is that they are fairly versatile – if you can think it, it can be printed. Things can be printed in a variety of materials: wood, metal, plastic, flexible, etc.

This also means that I can eventually open up a small custom 3D print design service because 3D printing is still new to a lot of people and thus still not very present or chatted about much in the Black community, where we could get a lot of usage out of this. It isn’t because Black folks are tech-adverse or not bright, it’s because tech (and the rest of STEM) has a serious racism problem they like to gloss over a bunch that basically boils down to this: keep them out by any means necessary – tokenization, make subject appear too complex or boring, plain old micro-aggressions or blatant “we seriously don’t want you here – get the hint and leave, dummy” racism.  I could go all day about this but long story short, hopefully having a small 3D print custom design service on Black Witch will be useful to those who could really use it. I’ll be creating a page for it quite soon, I just want to make sure all the details and pricing make sense, especially for those who are new to 3D printing and thus don’t know the terms.

Huzzah, hopefully, this will make things super easier!

Not a Demon

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I get a lot of pretty dumb questions here on Black Witch. I honestly wish I had a better spectrum of inquries. Here’s one from the BW Facebook fan page:

Why do people ask me stupid questions like these? I got some weird guy in Australia with a super obvious fake name of “Nixon See Dee” who probably is a teenager or a young adult with no life.

Some may think I’m harsh. Let me break down why this is stupid.

People who have “weird” experiences – which usually turns out to be normal human life experiences – tend to believe it is proof that they are part of the supernatural or metaphysical automatically. It isn’t. Part of the basic litmus test for if you are part demon/angel/undine/gnome/whatever is that you wouldn’t have to ask about it because it is already part of your life. Your parent would have remembered being with some random spirit (this is another thing – the person will believe they are half-whatever magickal but can’t trace which side of the family that half is…because it isn’t there) and the magick would have shown up significantly during child rearing.

Also, it seems people in the West are obsessed with being demons or angels. Can’t even recite a single line from the Book of Enoch or a single word of Latin but somehow are on the family tree of fearsome entities. Does this mean I don’t believe people could be part of mystical families? Not necessarily, it’s a big world and truth can be stranger than fiction. However, it is extraordinarily improbable. Especially when the person asking has to actually ask.

Obviously, my initial response was too difficult to understand for this guy, hence his reply:

“Ra sounds”? “Noises of the devil?” Sounds like a super Christian who is having a hard time adjusting to life and hence crafted this up. Like I said above, hearing a “Ra ra” noise is not a demonic noise personified. Demons can make a variety of noises but they’re not exactly the loud crowd, honestly. Unless it involves knocking stuff over to troll people, then they are all for noise. (Note: If stuff is getting knocked over inside your home, it is not automatically demons. Please read more books besides the Bible. Thank you.) Also, two things about the interacting with animals: A) Interacting with animals telepathically isn’t inherently demonic (Not everything potentially metaphysical is not demonic – remember, everyone, this isn’t a Christian site, so the unexplainable isn’t shoved in the “work of the devil” pile) B) These occurrences with the birds and dog are not exactly iron demonstrations of telepathically talking to them. Given how this dude is, he’s probably reading into everything he sees and interacts with as him somehow interacting with them and “proof” that he is of at least partial demon heritage. I’ve practiced witchcraft, psionics and am fairly studied up on the occult, I’ve seen the type a million times: male, usually young (but can go well into mid-age or more), and very self-absorbed.

If you have to ask “What counts as demonic?” it is very safe to say you are not any parts demon. You’re just a normal person with a possible complex. Like Austin Gillespie (he calls himself Augustus Sol Invictus), the neo-nazi who thought that he was a god – even when he was battling stomach flu. He’s just a self-absorbed, dumb nazi.  Seriously, read up on the SPLC write up of this guy, it’s a great demonstration of what self-absorbed bullsh*t personified looks like, the Pagan edition. Befriends a woman he met online, she was nice enough to put him up in her home for his stay but she had to pay for all his expenses and he broke into her phone to basically pry through all her life. That’s not all the crap he’s done, frankly. This is why there are women-only sects in Paganism, sheesh.

Back to this dunce at hand:

Firstly, I think he meant “Western Christian culture” because “English culture” literally zooms into England only. And England’s occultic history isn’t exactly chock full of demons – that’s a Christian repainting of indigenous faiths. And I doubt he’s smart enough to be so hyper focused on the occultic history of England or I would have probably heard the name of some random entity by this point of the conversation. I haven’t.

Now, it really does depend on the culture because – surprise, surprise – different cultures perceive the same thing differently. With their own names, background stories and everything. It’s called “cultural diversity”. And once you take Christianity way off center focus and try to see the culture for itself, you find way less demons. They do exist in other cultures but when looking through the Christian gaze, everything Pagan is demonic, including the neutral and benevolent deities and spirits. I mention the Christianity so much because that’s usually what the asker at least passively believes in and frames their “amazing story” by.

And note that I said about two or so times at this point to the guy some variation of, “if you have to ask, you’re not demonic”. And note how he’s just plain not listening. Feeling intense energy doesn’t make one demonic. Many people feel that. Many people invoke that at music shows and while creating something. It’s part of being human. Nothing incredibly metaphysical or occultic there and definitely not demonic.

If he feels that he is part demon, it really is from the media he interacts with. The full bit below:

It really is. Usually teens get this kind of thinking because they’re super new to the world of magick and witchcraft and they’re coming from the usual pop culture depiction of it being dark and scary and how nothing is as it seem but everything is jaw-dropping…and they’re doing it. This wows them. And then they spend way more time beyond “dabbler” status and calm down.

Again, the guy is bringing up the “ra sound” as his groundbreaking basis of proof that something spooky is definitely afoot. Which is a super low threshold of proof. And here comes the reference to a satanic meditation. Given this guy so far, for all I know, it’s a 100% normal, garden variety meditation that involves a focus word and he probably decided to use “devil” or something equally fluffy bunny/dabbler. Even if it were a bona fide satanic meditation, that doesn’t make you half-demon still. Not at all. Potentially engaged in demonic practices but not a demon – or even a partial demon – yourself.

This guy really doesn’t get it and I’ve said it as plainly as I could. Actually, at this point, it begs the question of “why did this guy ask if all he wanted was blatant confirmation bias done for him?” It’s pretty pointless to ask if you already think you know the answer. At that point, you’re wasting someone else’s time out of complete selfish vanity.

I got confused with the “Ra” stuff because frankly, I still didn’t know what was the sound he was talking about and I do know that dabblers tend to mishmash Christian rhetoric with very orientalist ideas about Egyptian deties commonly. Too commonly.

Instead, the guy says “monster sounds”. Now things are getting very childish. It probably is a normal sound. This dude is seriously reaching for something that just plain isn’t there.

Yep, this guy is basically the super basic version of Austin Gillespie (the dude’s Latin name is incredibly ridiculous and I actually have Thelmites for friends so I’m 100% not using the alternative). Like, the selfish stupidity of it all. The obsession with their genitalia (I’m certain if I let the dude talk longer while gassing his ego, it would have devolved to that – it always does) at the end. The absolute refusal to listen to reason. I don’t practice demonology or anything of that nature – this site is called Black Witch because I’m a Black person that practices magick, pretty simple to understand – but I know enough about it to tell that this isn’t it.

I’ve encountered a lot of people who would believe they are part something magickal, besiged by demons or something else that is outstanding. In the scope of the human experience, it is entirely understandable that some people will feel that their life is a little more magickal than others. However, it’s not entirely common to be part-fae/demon/undine/etc and finally discover it when you’re much, much older. At all. Unless it was already in the family tree, it’s extremely unlikely. Extraordinarily unlikely. I remember one person telling me they believed they were part werewolf because they liked raw/rare meat. That’s a low threshold of proof. Believe it or not, there are many people who prefer their steak not so well done. It simply just isn’t. Same thing here. Low threshold and, on top of that, very self absorbed. That doesn’t mean there’s a demon here, just a dense person.

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