Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Witch Marks, Witch Blood, and the Kuthun

Witch Marks

Some witches are born with a special mark upon them that singles then out as a person gifted with power.  Some traditional variations on this mark include: a specially shaped birthmark, a supernumerary nipple, polydactylism, red hair, extra teeth, and being born with a caul (a portion of the birth sac over the head).

Witch marks are created at certain rites of passage within our tradition.  They consist of a special symbol marked on the body, either astrally or physically, as in a tattoo.  Both the symbol and its placement of the body are significant to our tradition.

Witch Blood

Some witches claim blood lineage from witches who have gone before.  This is known as possessing witch blood.  It is based on a very ancient notion from the book of Enoch that T'Qayin once mixed his seed with that of the daughters of Adam, producing a race of supernaturally gifted beings.  These beings are sometimes referred to as The Watchers.  It is said that this divine spark runs through the veins and sings from the bones of every witch.  Remember that you are made of the same materials as the stars, and that magic lives within you.  Even if you cannot trace your familial lineage to that of a known witch, know that through the forging of the Red Thread, the magical link that this tradition creates between you and the Mighty Dead, you share the blood of T'Qayin.

The Kuthun

Is is told that for a witch to pass from this life into the next, she must pass her power on to another.  This provides incentive for teaching the Craft to others, ensuring that our ways do not die with us.  The Kuthun is a tangible object that links the power of a witch to her descendant. It may be a beloved magical tool, a piece of jewelry or regalia, or a formal document of lineage.

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  1. My name is vanessa and I am really interested in learning more about Witch Marks. I was wondering if you could provide me with more types of markings other than the ones described aboce. I have a stork bite that covers the back of my neck and head. It also looks like the water element sign. I also have thick dark wavy red hair. I actually have many different types of shades of natural red hair with natural red highlights.

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    1. I have the same mark, on the back of my head. It's often very sensitive as well

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  2. I don't know if I agree that the "Kuthun" has to be a tangible item to be passed. I do believe that you can pass heritage on with spoken word, energy or deed.

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  3. I need to find a group of witches that wont be so predjudice about blood liniage. Most are wiccan that tell me that one cannot be born a witch and that it takes years of practice in the craft. from the very first day that i was in the craft though i have had all my prayers answered and my magic works the first time around. I really want to know whats going on.

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    2. The Wiccan know nothing, walk your own path since it seems no one knows the answers except ourselves

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  4. I know i sound kind of weird, but i o remember reading that back in the old days, the most powerful and true witches were of blood liniage. I sound like i am trying to be special i know, but that is not at all where i am getting at. How can one be like the witches of old again. I have so many questions about the craft. Its not about a "self journey" and "reasearch" any more. I do belive in the spirits out there and i am through with the new world idea of the craft.

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    1. I am at least 3 rd generation. My father's grandmother, his mother, aunts, myself. He doesn't speak much of it but encourages my learning. Knows as I always have, my place and gifts in this world. I have practiced without outside knowledge and continue to grow on my own before knowing what I was doing. So yes, I believe in lineage, known or not. It is our path we have already set before us. I embrace it amd thank God and Goddess everyday for tje gofts I have.

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    2. Although, I do wish I had someone to help me along the way. I never really had the chance to learn from my family. It really is hard on your own. A lot of lessons learned that could have possibly been avoided. But, I will pass those down myself. We cannot let what is within us die. It won't. Destiny will prevail. Might as well pass down truth.

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    3. Try to focus on something like a deity, spirit guide, God, and or Gods

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    4. Do it with a prayer combined into a meditation, I tried something like this it seemed to work on what I wanted

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    5. My great aunt said my ancestors were something like powerful sorcerers but she wasn't sure but through her stories it seemed like really bad ones

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    6. I want to know truth though and if so am I a black witch or sorcerer, ...I want to walk a pure path now though but I feel drained with the dark me having been casted away

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    7. I want to know truth though and if so am I a black witch or sorcerer, ...I want to walk a pure path now though but I feel drained with the dark me having been casted away

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    8. Do it with a prayer combined into a meditation, I tried something like this it seemed to work on what I wanted

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    9. Genesis Killmore if you are still interested in meeting with ppl that do not judge then look me up on fb @Blackhawk Thunderstorm. An I will introduce you to some.. We will help as much as u want.

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    10. I am truly intrigued with the answers and questions in this post. My mother, myself and my brother and all 5 of my children were born with a bunch of red dots on our necks, they go away within a year. However my mom has always had strong pychic dreams and infinity for crystals. She is a Christian but when I mentioned that I thought I may have something within myself due to "feelings" dreams and a sense of things about to happen as well as signs. She was actually supportive, saying just stay "white" that being said. I have always felt I was different and quite excited that maybe just maybe I am a natural witch.

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    11. I am truly intrigued with the answers and questions in this post. My mother, myself and my brother and all 5 of my children were born with a bunch of red dots on our necks, they go away within a year. However my mom has always had strong pychic dreams and infinity for crystals. She is a Christian but when I mentioned that I thought I may have something within myself due to "feelings" dreams and a sense of things about to happen as well as signs. She was actually supportive, saying just stay "white" that being said. I have always felt I was different and quite excited that maybe just maybe I am a natural witch.

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  5. Genesis, IMHO, there is no substitute for dedicated study with a knowledgeable elder witch or coven.

    Think of being "of the blood" like having a Gods-given knack for any of the arts. You may play an instrument very well without any formal training. You may even become a respected and famous musician. However, genuine study with another talented musician or a conservatory can only assist in your growth and proficiency.

    So it is with Our Craft. The Arte Magical is truly an art like any other. Even if you are of the blood and can trace your lineage back for generations; even if your magic has worked perfectly from your very first attempt at spellwork; even if the Gods whisper truths to you, you still can only benefit from study.

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  6. I also am curious regarding lineage. I also believe I have such a specific mark. I know my grandmother maternal claimed christian, had visions of future tragic events, saw people, fireballs hail from the heavens and disappear on hee lawn, etc. I do know as far back as 4 grandmother's all maternal we were from a Cherokee Indian princess. My family doesn't support any of my questions.

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  7. Hi I have a very interesting mark in my leg is three letters mark along with my veins they change into a deep color purple.... Had omen's come to me and my mom and say that I will do good and bad... idk what is that supposed to mean. All I know is that my Dad's mom practice some black magic. I never seen any one else with a birthmark like mine. I am trying to seek for some answers.

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  8. Just a brief question...
    Why spell it T'Qayin? not see that spelling before

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    1. BC it is really old magic and u have to know what u r doing

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  9. My family is not practicing but there are inherent gifts. I have made alot of strides in my development but would love to have a coven or teacher to help me.

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  10. Hi, I'm Rae, I recenetly learned Im a blood born witch. I need to learn how to protect myself and someone else, for a battle is coming soon. I'm looking for a sensei to teach me or for someone to help me out. I would highly appreciate it.

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  12. I don't know which generation I am but I can trace our line to sir callahan. I was born a witch as well as my daughter

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  13. I don't know which generation I am but I can trace our line to sir callahan. I was born a witch as well as my daughter

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  14. Does anyone know what an aleos is?

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  15. Does anyone know what an aleos is?

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    1. Aleos was the king of Arcadia and founder of the cult of Athena Alea - not sure if this is helpful.

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  16. I do have a broth mark and my natural hair color in redis blonde like strawberry blonde

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  17. I am a witch my grant grandmother is one to so ward he silbbing mother and father I practice as much as I can but I hide it to my husband BC he doesn't aggree with it his family are hard Christians one thing that scared me that I learned back in the day when the witch trails was going on his many grant grandfather was in it they killed pleope like me and I came from a long line of witches from my mother side and father side

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  18. could you help me?
    im 15 yrs old and i have this huge birth mark and a third nipple it sounds weird when i say it on this and im really into this stuff ever since i was 11 yrs old and i would love to learn more

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  19. I need answers on things I have experienced in life. Please contact me. 661-573-6531, txt me.

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  20. I need answers on things I have experienced in life. Please contact me. 661-573-6531, txt me.

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  22. hello everyone, for some years now i have always felt different in many ways i some times feel like i am in tune with everything around me in a connected energy kind of way it seems as if i can feel things but i never actually see anything, i feel liek i can look at someone and see through them and know so much about them and how to be around them and i an say things that surprize them, and i can talk to animals and almost feel how they do and know what they want i have weird feelings about much around me and sometimes get thes overwellming sence of energy that seem to pulse through out me they almost change how i feel, no im not crazy, i just feel like thier is much more for me out thier and i have always have had felt pull towards magic, nature and the surrounding elements and energys around me i barly know anything about magic or the history or have tried any and or the ways to go about it, i see,feel and hear alot that most ppl arnt effected by or can understand it in ways i can.i am a libra born on 10/07/1993 i have damn near a solid thick red beard, and extrodinary blue eyes that are greyish whiteish and yellowish and they often change by moods or different energies with in me or around me someone plz help me im in dier need of a help i feel like it is very important to find out.please feel free to contact my on facebook or my cell 716-378-3141 my name ic jacob hanigan. Thank you agian i am not crazy. and i also have these two spots one on each side on my chest about 2 inches below each nipple and the grow hair around them like nipples they dont patrude but they are thier and are even they same skin type as my nipples wierd asf lol and i have no oporations done or so forth im very intreged about this artical maybe it with help sheed some light to these phanominas

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  26. My name is Heather and I am a Leo. I have a very small mark on my right thigh that resembles a Nordic bind rune. I have had it my whole life and noticed it at a very young age and thought it was odd, I always wanted to know more. The most I could learn was that it is a bind rune called Ziu (Sowilo and Tiwaz combined). Sowilo being a rune of the warrior and represents the lightning of the god Tyr. Tiwaz represents the god Tyr and his sacrifice (the son of Odin?). I know the meaning of the runes but I do not know what it means to be born with a bind rune.... But I believe this is my "witch mark". I am a truth seeker, and am not afraid of venturing into the dark to find what I want to know. I would fight to the death for what I feel is right and that is always how I have been. But I know when to hold my tongue. Whether people think my choices are right or wrong is no difference to me. Ive also recently been manifesting with dark energy. I find everything very interesting, I do not know if I have witch blood or not. I do know however that magick is real. Even if you are born with witch blood, you may not know how to get the most out of your power without knowledge of the craft. I definitely do not know everything, but I say if you have a power, do what you can to make the most of it. I used mine to find my twin flame and it happened instantly. If you have any info or just want to talk about magick feel free to reply to this comment or message me.

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  27. Hi- crazy question.... I have a mark on my leg that is extremely light just like my skin until I get in the water and then it becomes tanner than my skin tone- is this a Mark? I've shown it to a few doctors and they can't understand why it only shows up when its wet...

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  28. I have more questions about the marks ive had the same 2 scratches on my che st since I can first remember and my mother was know as a witch to some and I take completely as after her someone please help me ive had alot of strange unexplained things go on in my life and people think im crazy but im not

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