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Love Spells from Mistress Tiger Pussy: Wanting Words

Love Spells from Mistress Tiger Pussy: Wanting Words

Mistress Tiger Pussy,

Help my heart. I'm in love with a poem. How do I break free from a space that doesn't exist? Objects continue to materialize in a room where I feel safe but isn't real. When I have time to daydream, all I can think of is being a part of this unreality. When I'm busy doing other things, my heart is heavy because my head isn't where it desires to be. It feels like I'm in a long distance relationship with the world I want. Please provide a few suggestions on how to empty my own emotions before reading this poem again. I have to read it again, not reading it is not an option. 

Love, 

Wanting Words


Dear Wanting,

If you love this poem so much why don’t you MARRY it?

Write it a dang sonnet. Take it out to dinner and buy it a steak. Cut a lock of your hair and put it in a locket for the poem to keep while you’re away. 

But seriously, this thing has you under quite the spell. Do you know the poet personally? If I were you, I’d be concerned that someone is trying to bind me with this incantation. The way in which it has taken over your reality is beautiful but also concerning. Any form of infatuation is like a drug: it has the power to help you transcend reality and enter a new dimension of aesthetic possibility, but too much and it begins to crowd out all other aspects of your life and mind. No bueno. 

We know solipsism is a slippery slope to narcissism and antipathy. But in your case I’d say try on a bit for size: consider that this unreal world you wish to enter is of your own making. Your read of the poem, after all, creates a different world than that which is created by any other reader. Therefore you could conclude that this poem’s world is indeed as real as anything else created in your own mind (which is, arguably, your everything). 

Does that make it more manageable? Is it easier to deal with the real than the unreal? Then try this conversion spell: 

MTP’s Unreality Conversion Spell

Prep: Perform your favorite cleansing ritual. Avoid using your bath as you’ll need it to be dry later. You can meditate before a white or silver candle. Be sure to wrap the smoke from your smudge stick around your head three times. Dress yourself in loose white or silver clothing.

Step 1: With pen and paper, rewrite the poem, leaving lots of space in between words and lines.

Step 2: Go gaga for Dada and cut out each image. Scatter the pieces on your floor or table or ground outside and sprinkle with glitter.

Step 3: Scoop it all into your favorite hat or makeup bag. Add a clear quartz crystal and add a pinch of salt.

Step 4: Shake the hat or bag to mix the ingredients. Dump the contents into a dry bathtub lined with black paper.

Step 5: Rearrange the images to create your own version of the poem. When you are satisfied, use clear tape to seal the deal.

Step 6: Hang the poster on your fridge or somewhere you’ll see it all the time and be able to verify its physical reality. 

(Optional) Step 7: Record a video of you reading or singing the new poem. Make this your ringtone.

Live with this for a while and then read the poem again. It will have a different magic now. 

Before you read the poem again, put on the hat and chant three times:

I enter this world willingly

and create my own within it.

If you do know the poet and suspect that they are trying to put you in a trance, you may need to draw a shield of protection around you before you read the poem again. I suggest you involve the following materials:

Ruby to protect against hexes aimed at your emotions

Wormwood to break hexes or curses

Obsidian and Cinnamon for protection

Gather these into a pouch or mojo bag and wear it close to your body whenever you read the poem again.

Throw a birthday party for the new poem and let others gaze upon your artwork. You now have third party confirmation. It has official existence in the real world where you can continue to love it freely. This will hopefully purge the infatuation from your mind, and allow you to move forward on your path rather than running around in circles.



Mistress Tiger Pussy is gladly accepting your questions about your relations with others of all genders and levels of intimacy. Email her at witchcraftmag@gmail.com with the subject line 'Love Spell, Your Name' for a personalized love spell. You may also include a pen name such as "Can't Get Off The Floor In Seattle" or "Open Heart Hubby" or whatever seems fitting, otherwise your response will not include your actual name.

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