Wu: The female sorceress, witch and shaman in ancient China



Quin Yin and the Lotus



The strong pattern of female shamans in eastern Asia has been erased from the history that most people know. Yet women predominated in shamanism of ancient China, Japan, and Korea, and have persisted into modern times in eastern Siberia, Korea, Manchuria, Okinawa, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Today I’d like to talk about the female shaman and sorceress in China’s earliest written Taoist records.

Old sources show the Wu performing invocation, divination, dream interpretation, healing, exorcism, driving off evil spirits, and performing ecstatic rain dances. Dramatic descriptions recount the powers of the wu in their ecstasies: “they could become invisible, they slashed themselves with knives and swords, cut their tongues, swallowed swords, and spat fire, were carried off on a cloud that shone as if with lightning. The female
wu danced whirling dances, spoke the language of spirits, and around them objects rose it the air and knocked together.” [Eliade, 454, citing DeGroot, The Religious System of China , VI, 1212]


The character for wu depicts shamans dancing around a pillar, or the long sleeves of a shaman’s robe swirling as she dances. Some archaic Da Chuan forms show hands making an offering which is received from above. Possibly the oldest glyph from which the wu character arose represents a quadant of the directions (sifang), and was also influenced by a glyph meaning “dance,” showing a person with outstretched arms in long sleeves. Ancient oracle bone inscriptions use wu most frequently in relation to spirit sacrifices and for calls to “bring the wu.” One Shang oracle bone was inscribed, “divination, the wu proclaims…” Another mentions a group of nine wu who did a ritual dance before sacrifices. [Boileau, 350, 355-6] Other inscriptions refer to the female shamans Yang, Fang, and Fan performing rain-making ceremonies. The oldest Chinese dictionary,Shuowen Jiezi ,equates wu with zhu, a ritual invocator, and with ling, “spiritual, divine.” It underlines the female signification of wu : “ wu is a zhu
(invoker or priest), a woman who is able to render [herself] invisible, and with dance to invoke gods to come down. The character symbolizes the appearance of a person dancing with two sleeves.” [Erickson, 52. Another translation of this passage runs, “An Invoker. A woman who can serve the invisible, and by posturing bring down the spirits. Depicts a person with two sleeves posturing.”

The Shouwen also refers to “an inspired shaman serving the spirits with jade.”

Another word with the sound wu (but written with a different character) means “to dance.” The relationship of these two words has been much discussed, since dance looms large in descriptions of the wu.

The shamanic character wu also appears in many compound words, combined with other radicals signifying “woman,” old woman,” “male,” “spirit” and “immortal.” The wu radical also acts as meaning-signifier in the characters for, “male shaman,” for “yarrow” (whose stalks were and are used in divination with the I Ching), and in the most archaic form of the character yi , “doctor” (and here the “shaman” radical was later replaced by that of “wine,” indicating a shift away from ritual to medicaments and alchemy ).


The title Wu also figures in legendary place-names. “Snake Wu mountain” (you don’t have to be Fellini to figure out where that came from) appears in the ancient Shanhai Jing as the home of the shamanic goddess Xi Wangmu. This book also says that wu live on Mount Divinepower, “where the hundred drugs are to be found.” Another passage describes them as possessing the herb of immortalitity.  Real place-names survive too: the celebrated Mount Wu, dwelling of the Divine Woman, and the famous Wu Gorge of the Yangtze. Written histories about the archaic Xia-Yin times focus on the powers of shamanic kings like Yao, Shun, and Yü. “It was said that Shun was the first person to journey to the sky, and he was taught by the daughter of his predecessor, Yao.” [Eva Wong, Online] Reading through these masculinizing lines, we deduce that a woman was the first to attain shamanic flight. Elsewhere this female precedence is clearly stated: “The emperor Yao’s daughters, Nü Ying and O Huang, revealed to Shun the art of flying ‘like a bird’.”  this explains further that the daughters of Yao came to his aid during his ordeals—imposed by cruel parents—in a deep well and in a high granary. As Granet summarized it,

“Shun knew what awaited him in the granary and the well: he asked advice from his wives, the daughters of Yao. If he descended to the ground without accident, it was because they taught him the Art (Gong) of the Bird ; if he came out of the earth, it was that they had taught him the Art of the Dragon. We even know that Shun succeeded in these magical feats by dressing in the robes of Bird Work (Gong) or those of the Dragon.”[Granet, 127]


The word gong is the same as in chigong and kungfu; it “designates magic, all its techniques, from Alchemy to Dance, have been taught from a goddess or female Witch/Spirit to a male Wu.I’ve found the commentary on Sima Tian saying that the daughters of Yao taught their husband Shun the Art of the Bird. Yet another source says that in his ordeal of the well, the two sisters advised him, “Take off your clothes and put on the Dragon work; [that is how] you will get out of it.” [Granet, 346-47, n. 693] Most Chinese literature dwells on the exploits of Shun and ignores the two shamanic sisters who married him. But they were remembered in much later times in southern Hunan, where they had a temple, and peaks were named after them. By the 9th century they were synchronized with the ancient river goddess known as the Lady of the Xiang. [Schafer 1973: 86-87, 50, 176]


Although she does not seem to have been called a wu, the best-known female ritualist of Shang times deserves a mention. Fu Hao personally inscribed oracle bones and presided over divinations and other rituals. Her personal seal shows a woman making ritual offerings to spirits. Tortoise shells inscribed with the characters “prepared by Fu Hao” prove her status as an important diviner. Married to the king, Fu Hao was also his best general. Her tomb is the richest Shang find ever discovered. It was filled with a massive collection of bronze offering vessels, half of them inscribed with her name, including the colossal Si Mu Wu ding. Hundreds of jade vessels and thousands of other treasures were found in her grave. [http://history.cultural-china.com/en/48History10355.html] Among them were “small bronze mirrors and knives” not found in other burials, and little jades with possible ritual functions. Sarah Nelson remarks, “While no evidence points to [the king] Wu Ding performing ecstatic rituals, perhaps Lady Hao was the shaman.” [Nelson, 160]


Jade objects were important in ritual and witchcraft. The Zhouli says, “Blue Jade Bi to worship the heaven, Yellow Jade Cong to worship the earth.” (Cong is pronounced tsoong.) Commentators say that the circular bi and the squared cylindrical cong symbolized Heaven and Earth. The cong has an extremely long history, going back to the neolithic Liangzhu culture (circa 3300 BCE), and replicas persist into the Song dynasty. But while great emphasis is placed on the emperor and his ceremonial acts as Son of Heaven, little attention has been given to the ancient queens who are mentioned as keepers of the cong ( I would love to know more about these queens, so if anyone has any info, stop by and leave a message at the beep)

The cong is said to be a shaman’s tool that ‘encapsulates the principal elements of the shamanistic cosmology.’
[Nelson, 137, quoting Chang 1994a: 66] and I currently carry one around my neck, consecrated by the White Goddess and three pole stars.


Eva Wong, a Professor of Taoist studies and adept that I greatly admire and respect, highlights the wu women as healers. “We are told that, in the healing ceremony, the shamaness grasped a green snake in her right hand and a red snake in her left hand and climbed into the mountains to gather the herbs that would restore life and health to a sick or dying person.” Wong explains the central importance of dancing and singing in the rainmaking ceremony:


“The Chinese word for spirit (ling ) consists of three radicals: one meaning rain, another (showing three mouths) chanting, and the third, shaman.” [Wong, Online] This word ling is used for shamans in the Nine Songs of Chu. The
Liji (Book of Rites) referred to the ceremonial dances called yue ; they combined music and movement with regalia: “shields, axes, feathers, and oxtails.”


The Lushi chunqiu described the harmonizing and unifying power that arose from these rites. As Dallas McCurley explains, “throughout the cosmos, everything both resonated and responded to other resonations… that if one strikes a bell of a particular note, all other bells of that same note, regardless of octave, will resonate.” [McCurley, 142]

The Chinese used sounding stones and chimes in ceremonies. “When I knock on the musical stones, the hundred animals all dance.” [Karlgren 1946: 258, in Nelson, 114] Many scholars see Chinese shamanism as underlying what developed into Taoism. [Schipper, 6] The Taoist word for ecstasy ,kuei-ju, “coming in of a spirit,” was derived from shamanic possession: “For it was said of a sorceress in trance and speaking in the name of a shen: ‘this body is that of the sorceress, but the spirit is that of the god.” (The word shen is ungendered in Chinese.)

The wu prepared herself to receive divinity by purifying herself with perfumed water, putting on ceremonial robes, and making offerings. Then, “with a flower in her hand, she mimed her journey by a dance accompanied by music and songs, to the sound of drums and flutes, until she fell exhausted. This was the moment of the presence of the god who answered through her mouth.” [H. Maspero, in Eliade, 453] One of the oldest, comprehensive descriptions of the wu appears in the 3rd century BCE Guoyü:
“Anciently, men and spirits did not intermingle. At that time there were certain persons who were so perspicacious, single-minded, and reverential that their understanding enabled them to make meaningful collation of what lies above and below, and their insight to illumine what is distant and profound. Therefore the spirits would descend upon them. The possessors of such powers were, if men, called [xi] (shamans), and, if women, wu (shamanesses).

It is they who supervised the positions of the spirits at the ceremonies, sacrificed to them, and otherwise handled religious matters. As a consequence, the spheres of the divine and the profane were kept distinct. The spirits sent down blessings on the people, and accepted from them their offerings. There were no natural calamities.”


Later, says this old classic, the divine and profane became intermixed, causing misfortune, so that the communication between Heaven and Earth had to be cut. This lost connection to the divine world is an extremely widespread theme. [See Anne Solomon (1997) on the San in South Africa, where the primeval connection is lost between animals and humans, not heaven and earth.] The above translation of the Guoyü neatly reverses the primary gendering of wu as female, using English words that imply that the word “shaman” is masculine and only secondarily applies to women (“shamaness,” “shamanka.”) But in Chinese, the more ancient character wu is incorporated as a signifier into the word xi , demonstrating that the explicitly masculine term is derived from the feminine, and not vice versa. However, not long after the Guoyü was written, we find the authors of the Zhouli
regendering the concept, as “male wu” and “female wu. This is not a well accepted idea in our male dominated western society , yet as a Left Hand Path practitioner, I feel the Yin and female Wu should be brought to light once more. We are born of Goddess, shall learn and die at her feet. Indonesian conceptions of the wu retained a strong female stamp: “Such was the force of tradition in respect to the basic femininity of the shaman, that male shamans in the Far East often impersonated women…. The shamans of Central and Southern Asia, called tuan-kung
and nan-wu [“male-wu”], are men disguised as women… The male shamans (shih-wu) of Kuangtung in the eighteenth century impersonated beautiful girls (Li T’iao-yüan, op. cit., 1.5). Doré observes that the possessed boys of Amoy, with whom he was familiar, were occupied by female spirits…” [Schafer 1951: 159] In modern parlance these would be gay or trans shamans….

But, that is for another time, and a different post. I hope you enjoyed my musings and ramblings, I plan on writing more on this in the future as my studies progress, but my Chinese is still at kindergarten level, so such studies are slow going. I leave you with a Poem from the Yun zhong jun, where the female and male shamans sing and dance, arrayed in magnificent robes and perfumes:
“See the priestesses (ling),

how skilled and lovely,

Whirling and dipping like birds in flight Unfolding the words in time to the dancing,

Pitch and beat all in perfect accord!

The spirits, descending, darken the sun.”[Erickson, 53]


Stay Gold everyone……

Art- Quan Yin and the Lotus- copyright 2015 Vincent Piazza


Wu Ancient Female Shamans of Ancient China© 2011 Max Dashu
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Susan N. Erickson, “ ‘Twirling Their Long Sleeves, They Dance Again and Again…: Jade Plaque Sleeve Dancers of the Western Han Dynasty.”
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Eva Wong,Teaching the Tao: Readings from the Taoist Spiritual Tradition. Boston: Shambala, 1997 Karen Laughlin and Eva Wong, “Feminism in Taoism,” in Feminism and World Religions , ed. Arvind Sharma and Katherine Young, SUNY Press, 1999 Eva Wong,The Shambala Guide to Taoism. Online:http://www.shambhala.com/html/catalog/items/isbn/978-1-57062-169-7.cfm?
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Wu: The female sorceress, witch and shaman in ancient China was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

The Blood is the life : Using the vital fluids in the Evocation of Spirits



“And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.”- Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 16, Verse 6.


The Bathroom is dirty,lights flicker, a man in a leather jacket calmly walks in whistling “Easy” by The Commodores. He is wearing a Top Hat,a stained white buttoned down shirt rolled up at the sleeves,Red vest,black jeans,black boots. Turns and locks the door,walks to the sink and mirror like he owns the place,takes his Hat off with a flourish and puts it on the sink,stops whistling.Smiles at his reflection.He reaches in to his vest and pulls out 4 objects,lines them on the sink,a Straight razor, a zippo, a pack of camels and a small lead coin with something etched upon it.Takes a cigarette out, light’s it up, puts it on the rim of his Hat.In a soft respectful voice he chants-


“I lite this cigarette in the name of Belzebuth, in your honor do I send up this smoke in an offering to thee.”


He picks up the straight razor,then cuts his right arm with it,winces at the pain,then with his left hand draws the sigil with his blood on the mirror In a Strong,Commanding voice he calls out-


“In the Name of Belzebuth, King of the powers of Air,Prince of Demons,I inscribe your Signature in my own blood,to call upon you so that you may honor the pact we have Previously made.You who May send or avert plague or sickness, whose vessel is the fly, I adjure you……”


No, I’ve not lost my marbles, but thanks for asking. This is an example of a ritual that I’ve performed (I wrote this as the opening scene for a script), and it’s quite typical of off the cuff evocation that I prefer with spirits that I have a relationship with. I’m talking to you straight about using Cum, Blood, Shit and Piss in ritual magic. When you have no Incense, or powders, or magic wands, this form of Spirit working is the last resort.


But after a number of years, it becomes the quickest way to call something to you, but there is danger in speed. Now note, By this I am not talking about animal sacrifice but that does have a time and place. In fact, it is an all-purpose Taoist ritual tool. Useful for mixing chicken blood with ink to write talismans, to throw the blood at ghosts, to offer en toto to ghouls or demons who may be appeased by the chicken instead of attacking humans, and more. Whenever it looks like a living sacrifice is necessary, out comes a chicken. Which is a shame, because I could think of a few of the modern occultists that probably could’ve used a ritual murder. But I digress….



Most types of Demonolatry have all incorporated some form of blood letting or blood ritual.   the sacrifice, which is the act of making something sacred, of a few drops of your own blood as offering to deity is the most personal offering you can give. Not all Spirits demand or insist upon blood sacrifice, but most Taoist ones do, and many from the west expect it out of hand. As a matter of fact some prefer sexual fluids instead, and I will cover this later on.


Now please, don’t go cutting your Arm and bleeding out in some back Alley, if any of you try this and come crying to me, too damned bad, your horrible choices are not my responsibility. Spirits can and do feed off the ‘Vital force’ in blood, ( the bio electricity in the red blood cells ), but only if it’s fresh from the vein and you only have a 10 to 20 minute time window before the Gore loses it’s potency.


The human body stores about 5 litres of blood and after 2 litres have been lost, major organ failure occurs and it is pretty much the end, one way or another. Keep this in mind, when starting to work with this part of your essence .Blood, contains all the mysterious secrets of existence, no living being can exist without.


The Arabian Art workers thought It profaning the great work of the Creator to eat blood.” In his turn Moses, following the universal and traditional law, forbids eating blood. Paracelsus writes that with the fumes of blood one is enabled to call forth any spirit we desire to see; for with its emanations it will build itself an appearance, a visible body. The hierophants of Baal made deep incisions all over their bodies and produced apparitions, objective and tangible, with their own blood.


The followers of a certain sect in Persia, many of whom may be found around the Russian settlements in Temerchan-Shoura, and Derbent, have their religious mysteries in which they form a large ring, and whirl round in a frantic dance. Their temples are ruined, and they worship in large temporary buildings, securely enclosed, and with the earthen floor deeply strewn with sand. They are all dressed in long white robes, and their heads are bare and closely shaved.

Armed with knives, they soon reach a point of furious exaltation, and wound themselves and others until their garments and the sand on the floor are soaked with blood. Before the end of the “Mystery” every man has a companion, who whirls round with him. Sometimes the spectral dancers have hair on their heads, which makes them quite distinct from their unconscious creators.


The taboo connected with this subject, shows us how carefully guarded are its mysteries, as well as how powerful they can be. And we can add to this the taboo connected with a women’s menstruation, but I leave that to the Ladies to write upon. Feces can work well as material for evocation, but only when piping hot out the shoot. The time of use is quite long, 30 mins to an hour, but can only be used with Earth entities and the unsavory idea of it and our deeply implanted social aversion to the unclean makes this a difficult working to pull off. Sperm and vaginal fluids gathered after masturbation can be used in the calling of sexual and love dominion entities, but your window is even smaller (about 5 mins) and it often times works best as an accumulation offering with other methods to “Prime the Pump”, so to speak.


When it comes to urine, nothing is better for banishing an entity, if a brazier is lit at the start of a calling in the name of the spirit, and you feel that it has decided to hang out after you have asked nicely for it to leave, piss in the brazier commanding it to flee, as the fire goes out, so will the spirit. It goes without saying to only use your own Blood or Body leavings in such workings, if you disregard this advice and do something foolish with an animal or human being, the results could be destructive, outside of a very structured spiritual tradition like Vodun, Taoism or Palo Mayombe.

I hope some of you can put this info to good use, stay Gold Everyone.

Sources: Blood Evocation, paper by: Frater K.C. , The Grimorium Carceris by: Vincent Piazza (unpublished)





The Blood is the life : Using the vital fluids in the Evocation of Spirits was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

The Black Left Hand of Taoist Sorcery :GONG TAU and Traditional Witchcraft both East and West




GONG TAU (降头 In Hokkien/Teochew/Cantonese) or JIANG TOU((降头In Mandarin) is a kind of  Traditionalist witchcraft prevalent in South East Asia. I will try, in my small way, to take a look at it here, as well as draw a few comparisons to Left Hand Practices here in the west.

Whenever someone is cursed , the Chinese Folks in South East Asia will refer it as “TIO GONG TAU” (中降头).

GONG TAU evolves from the fusion of Poison Magic Skills (GU-SHU) of Yunnan China and the Traditionalist Witchcraft / Black Magic of South East Asia ,which originated in India.

Most Traditionalist Witchcraft or Black Magic of different Cultures East and West look almost the same, but the rules are different and must be followed for the best results. They are just called by different names and different rituals are performed due to their unique religious influence, and yet, the land knows the rituals that have been worked upon it, and by working with the spirits of the land, you can learn much.

GONG TAU is often executed for the purpose of revenge or relationship matters and money issues.

The rituals of summoning Ghosts/Spirits/Demons by the Taoist Sorcerers whereby the typical style of using Paper Talismans to command ghosts/spirits/demons for the purpose of possessing, harming or disturbing the subjects. It is also popularly known as GONG TAU by the Chinese living in South East Asia.
In Taoist Black Magic, usually Paper Talismans alone with rituals are enough to summon ghosts / spirits and demons to hex the victims. However, to add personal power and also self-protection , the Chinese who migrate to other parts of South East Asia , such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia combine their own Taoist Black Magic Skills with whatever witchcraft is practiced in the area that they chose to settle down. This kind of combination of Taoist Magic and Witchcraft of S.E.A can be found in MAO SHAN SECT Practitioners, who settled down in South East Asia. The group of Chinese Folks of Mao-Shan-Sect (茅山派) that settled in Thailand is known as SIAM MAO SECT (暹茅派).


Taoist Sorcerers often need to also understand, study and research on the witchcraft practiced in the country that they had chosen to settled down, in order to create new Talismans and rituals to handle and counter-strike the Black Magic of the area. This is not as well covered here in the west, but I think it should be. If you move to New Orleans, for example, and you are a Practitioner, it is a good idea to gain an understanding of Hoodoo and Voodoo. This goes the same for Western North Carolina and Appalachian folk magic or Pennsylvania and Pow-wow, called Braucherei in Deitsch.  I could go on and on about this, but my point is learning the magic of the place that you live with increase your power and sense of flowing with the Geni Loci. Back to South East Asia…..

GONG TAU can be Spiritual Related or Non-Spiritual related..

1) Non-Spiritual Gong Tau means to have a direct consumption of the Evil Magic Concoction(GU DU) by the Victim. It is mixed in the food or in the drink for the victim to consume. The victim will be controlled or torture by the Black Magic Practitioner later at a far distance. In some cases, it is to let the Victim has a slow death. Modern Medicine has no cure on Black Magic Poison ( so far…). The only solution or antidote can only be requested from the Black Magic Master who cast the spell or from a Taoist Master well trained in Sorcery.


2) Spiritual Gong Tau means to cast the Gong Tau from a far distance, by ritual and spells. In order to do so, the Gong Tau Master need to have high level of spiritual power to execute it. The birth data , personal belongings or hair and finger nails are needed. The location of the targeted person has to be known as well.

Listed below are the popular Gong Tau most people come across:

Straw Effigy Gong Tau (草人降)
Straw Effigy is often used by Taoist Black Magicians as it is very cheap or free to obtain. A soul capturing mantra is recited to summon the soul of intended victim to be attached to the Straw Effigy. Needles are then stuck to the Straw Effigy to inflict pain and harm on the victim. Sorcerer with strong spiritual power can kill an intended victim living in another part of the world. This can be found in almost all traditions, East or West, and The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion By Caroline Skehill, can give you a number of examples. Definitely the most extraordinary examples of is this life-size straw effigy of King Alfred. Reminiscent of the terrifying final scene in cult classic The Wicker Man, it’s hard to get a sense of just how imposing and spooky this figure is without encountering it in person. All the more reason to check out British Folk Art at Tate Britain, and experience a branch of the arts that, despite generally being overlooked, often retains an ancient, even mystical sense of wonder. It can be found here: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/british-folk-art


GONG TAU OIL(降头油) – Corpse Oil
Gong Tau Oil is collected by using the fire of a candle to burn the skin of the chin of a dead woman. The oil collected is known as Gong Tau Oil. It is mainly used to make someone fall in love or lust. Women usually use Gong Tau Oil for relationship matter and Men usually used it to make girls/women want to have sex with him.Today it is comes mainly in the form of Nam Man Prai Oil or “Minyak Dagu” as it is known in Malay. This falls under the providence of Thai magic. Nam Man Prai Oil can also be purchased from on the net, but most if not all of it is snake oil. The price of this oil ranges from USD200~USD1200. Much info can be found on the Practice here : http://liewsp1-magicsea.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-making-of-nam-man-prai-oil-minyak.html



GU Poison(蛊毒)- Black Magic Concoction Of Poison
Gu Poison is created by sealing several venomous creatures ( centipedes, snakes, scorpions, poisonous frogs, lizards etc) into a closed utensil, where they devoured one another and allegedly concentrated their toxins into a single survivor. GU Poison  is used for the purpose of manipulating sexual partners, creating malignant diseases, and causing death. Popular Example: Five Poisons Gong Tau(五毒降头) see this post for more info http://thehiddenlefthand.com/2015/08/the-black-art-of-corpse-magic/


Flying Head Gong Tau (飞头降)
The Black Magician detached it’s head at night and capable of flying about on its own. The head will glide in the sky searching for human blood.This stems from the Penanggalan or ‘Hantu Penanggal’, a ghost of Southeast Asian folk mythology. It is a variation of the vampire myth found in the Malay Peninsula, or as Balan-balan in Sabah. It is similar to the Manananggal, a similar creature of Filipino folklore. “Penanggal” or “Penanggalan” literally means “detach” or “remove”. Both terms—Manananggal and Penanggal—may carry the same meaning due to both languages being grouped or having a common root under the Austronesian language family, though the two creatures are culturally distinct in appearance and behavior. A good representation of this can be found here ( this guy is also an amazing Artist) http://nathanandersonart.tumblr.com/post/118575615309/name-penanggalan-hantu-penanggal-area-of-origin



Menstrual Blood Gong Tau (经血降)
Menstrual Blood of a Girl/Woman is added to the food and consumed by the intended Victim. The intention of Menstrual Blood Magic is often to tie or bind a lover or sexual attraction. It is also often used by Maids from South East Asia to make the employers nicer or even listen to them.This make the perfect taglock, or magical link.

In hoodoo and some folk magic customs, a woman’s menstrual blood is considered vital to some types of magic. Jim Haskins says in his book Voodoo and Hoodoo that “to keep a man crazy about her and uninterested in wandering, a woman simply has to mix some of her menstrual blood into his food or drink.”


There are few choices of destroying the Gong Tau attacked on the individual.
The victim will seek the help from a Monk (Buddhist Faith), Bomoh ( Malay or Indonesian ) or Taoist Master. Sometime there will be a spiritual battle fought between the Gong Tau Master and the one engaged to destroy the Gong Tau. Often the best option is just to wipe out the Gong Tau on the victim without fighting a spiritual battle, if not, the chance of the Master being engaged might lose the battle and get killed. The spiritual battle is truly fighting spiritually with spells and rituals, without bodily combat.

Most Western Folks and also many English Educated Chinese and also Singaporeans are too Modernized and immediately condemn GONG TAU, Just as the man from New York with a Rolex thinks all that Santeria his Cuban cabdriver performs is bullshit – But when in Rome, you eat pasta and go to the Vatican.All I’m saying is that just from the Geni Loci you can and will be influenced . Always keep a Taoist Talisman close to You or get a Thai Buddhist Amulet ( also call as Takrut / Tangkar), whenever You are going to any Countries of South East Asia.

Stay Gold Everyone….

Sources and more information on the subject can be found at :The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion By Caroline Skehill,Voodoo and Hoodoo: The Craft as Revealed by Traditional Practitioners by: Jim Haskins   http://taoist-sorcery.blogspot.com.au/ ,http://waynedhamma.blogspot.com/2010/10/maoshan-taoist-black-magic.html ,https://taobabe.wordpress.com/black-sorcery-and-ng%E1%BA%A3i/ , http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/british-folk-art http://liewsp1-magicsea.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-making-of-nam-man-prai-oil-minyak.html

Art Work- Dolls-2015  Copyright- Vincent Piazza

The Black Left Hand of Taoist Sorcery :GONG TAU and Traditional Witchcraft both East and West was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand

A Luciferian amongst the Pagans: Hexfest 2015

herologoI write about a number subjects on this blog, It’s not all Demons and virgin sacrifice (such a hard ritual to pull off in the days of Tinder and 4chan),I have readers from the Pagan community, even a wiccan or two who stop be and say hello. So gentle reader, it was no surprise when I was approached by a local witch to  Moderate a Panel at Hexfest, a modest sized convention for Witches, rootworkers, Voodoo priests and other magical teachers, to meet and greet the fans, sell books, and teach classes.I was only there for the last day, so my experience was quite limited with what goes on a such affairs, I was hoping to see a few SACERDOTES extra Romam, or even the Vestal Virgins (Vestales) and Flaminicae, (wives of the flamens ) to tell me what I bad boy I’ve been.But alas, no luck.I did meet a few interesting folks and Occult Personalities, a few of witch ( sorry, Just couldn’t help myself) truly seemed to know their subject matter quite well.Christopher Penczak, whom I remember from the Temple of Witchcraft series of books he penned in 2002-04 ,was quite down to earth and personable.His comments and answers for the Panel (called, Ritual Possession: Inviting the Gods and Spirits Within) came from a place of his own experience,and as he told us himself “I have the least amount of experience with this subject, but I think Cristian Day just threw me in here because he had no idea what to do with me.” And I for one am quite glad he did so.



Now, I know what you must be thinking ” Vincent, what are you doing?!?! Luciferian, Goetia Heretic, LHP Taoist Renegade, why are you hanging out with a bunch of Pagans? Even, Gasp! a few RHP, Drawing Down the Moon types who would run at the thought of the Qlippoth.” Well,  the terms ‘Pagan’ and ‘Luciferian’ are not as far apart as it may seem at face value. While Lucifer is a patron of mine, he isn’t the only deity i’ve worked with, and to be honest I’ve done far more work with Lilith and Belzebuth.When going to an event like this, its much easier to say that I’m pagan, because let’s face it,If A Satanist Or Luciferian Defines Themselves As Pagan, Then They’re Pagan. Luciferianism is a living philosophy that values and honors the dynamic principles essential to the characteristics of Lucifer. The name Lucifer can be translated as “Light Bearer”, lux=light and fero= to bear. Lucifer also denotes Venus, as the morning and evening star. Under this definition, I’m a pagan who bears light and works with Venus, the goddess of love (oh won’t my mom be proud)Pagan is a very very broad term. And, believe it or not, you can be a Christian pagan as well. Surprise! You don’t get to define the term pagan. If you don’t like it,Tough titty said the kitty.  I embrace my fellow aware pagans, the Crazy Anti-Cosmic Void Magi, my fellow pagans that follow Satan or Lucifer(or in the case of the TST, don’t ),even the Pastafarians ( “R’amen) and all who reject dogma and formalism . I reject the pagans that say Satanism or Luciferianism can’t be pagan.  The stigma attached to that term is far more negative and far-reaching than ‘pagan’, because even non-christians think of the biblical devil when the name Lucifer is mentioned. In pagan communities, however, at times we find ourselves almost equally as ostracized. In their attempts to make paganism more acceptable to the public or innocent, many make statements such as ‘pagans don’t believe in or worship the devil/satan/lucifer’, trying to separate the public’s concepts of satanism and paganism.But as an unnamed Author said to to me at Hexfest “I’m a Closet Luciferian.”I believe this is more often the case, then not.

Moving on to the Fest and Panel, Lilith Dorsey,a Voodoo Priestess and editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly,was quite enjoyable as well. We immediately connected with our Anthropology backgrounds, and she helped me out in a pinch during the panel when one of my Questions wasn’t translating well to a more Pagan format.The stories of her eating Dirt during possession wowed the crowd, and her knowledge was quite extensive when it came to the practical aspects of Ritual Possession.


Bloody Mary and Sandra Mariah Wright gave the Witch/mambo asogwe and High Priestess’s take on the subject of Ritual Possession, and from my seat did a fine job of it.To be given an interpretation of how the Alexandrian Tradition of Witchcraft sees Becoming the Goddess was a real treat for the audience, and Bloody Mary’s down to earth swamp magic stories were quite refreshing.


Steven Bragg, a Santa Muertero,and a devotee and spiritual worker of the Mexican folk saint La Santisima Muerte, gave a fascinating account of being ridden by the Loa and the preparation of objects used in his practice of Haitian Vodou and Palo Mayombe.He formed the New Orleans Chapel of the Santisima Muerte, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting information about la Santisima Muerte,this is quite interesting to me from a writer’s standpoint and I plan to visit the public shrine for this saint quite soon (and yes, a write up on it is forthcoming, I promise)


All of the Panelists did an excellent job, the subject matter was well covered, and they made my job very easy ( I didn’t have to take out the whip, or drop the Hat once) and for this I am extremely grateful.I attended Raven and Stephanie Grimassi’s talk on Greenwood Magic and learned a few things about herbs and the spirit of the mandrake plant that I did not know previously.I had a blast gently heckling Raven about his “Chaos Magick” methods of using the mortar & pestle for magic,but he was a good sport about it.I also spent some time talking with Judika Illes,The author of such books as The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells (2004); The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft (2005) and one of my favorites, The Encyclopedia of Spirits (2009).One of her newest works and The Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages, is going on my must read list, just from the stories she told me of her inspiration to Interview Cabbies about what Saint they use to protect them on the daily drive.


This Luciferian had a great time doing it, and hope to be asked back again in the future. Thank you everyone for making me feel welcome and comfortable at the Fest,Ty Siddiqui did a Bang-up job making sure that everything ran smoothly, and Hex-Fest could have never gone on in such a successful way without her.Stay Gold everyone, and don’t forget your Hat….


If you would like to know more about the authors I’ve spoken about here, a number of Website Links are provided below.

Christopher Penczak=christopherpenczak.com

Lilith Dorsey=blackbrigit.com

Bloody Mary=bloodymarystours.com

Sandra Mariah Wright=https://www.facebook.com/SalemWitch

Steven Bragg=https://www.facebook.com/HouganSenJosef

Raven and Stephanie Grimassi=ravengrimassi.net

Judika Illes=judikailles.com

Review by: Vincent Piazza Copyright 2015










A Luciferian amongst the Pagans: Hexfest 2015 was originally published on The Hidden Left Hand