July 6, 2003

Listen to the words of the Great Computer

New Witch magazine has some useful advice for Windows-using Pagans:

TURN THE COMPUTER OFF COMPLETELY WHEN YOU ARE WORKING MAGIC, the Rev. Galina Krasskova writes in New Witch's spring issue. I cannot emphasize this enough. I've had friends who have had their computers completely crash due to simple energy overload when they inadvertently left them on while doing spellwork.
Krasskova also suggests that a witch should name her computer and talk to it in a soothing, friendly manner. This is because vaettir, which are nature spirits, can take up residence in your hard drive.
Do not curse, yell, smack or otherwise vent your anger on your computer, she writes. Most vaettir are extremely sensitive to emotions.
If you do curse at your computer -- and even the most even-tempered witch sometimes does -- you can clean away the bad energy by shaking a coffee can full of coins around the computer. Or, better yet, you can bless the machine.
Simply put your hands on the computer, Krasskova suggests, and bless it in the name of your patron Goddess or God.

Personally, on those rare occasions when she does play silly buggers, I find Saya responds promptly to a well-chosen swear word or two.

The magazine is published by the same people who publish SageWoman, PanGaia and Blessed Bee, and they've had some problems with their choice of title:

In fact, it was too hot for one natural food store chain -- she won't say which -- that carries her other magazines but refuses to stock anything bearing the W-word. Borders bookstores carry the magazine, though. New Witch is selling nearly 10,000 copies an issue and growing steadily.

Hex Advice, Coven To Coven - Washington Post, 3rd June 2003. (Thanks, Charlie)


Good idea not to slap or drop your hard disks though. Swearing of course, is to be encouraged.

Aye, I've ended up with my wrist in plaster before, through hitting an old, metal, computer in frustration.

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