The first issue of Black Magick opens with a pagan ritual being done during full moon. A circle member's phone rings, and the ritual is interrupted, and the following panels take place (behind a spoiler because there is some nudity there, but not too much):

I should also note that those two women really are witches.

Two questions:

  1. What does the gesture with the knife mean? Was it meant to be intimidation, or is it some ritualistic thing?

  2. The woman with the knife says

    Make sure you ground yourself before you leave.

    What is that supposed to mean?


Grounding is creating balance and stability in yourself

  • both before you receive and transfer energy when casting a spell or healing

  • and also afterwards, either by shedding excess energy or by replenishing, for example from the earth

  • Is this a pagan practice, or a witching practice, or..?
    – Gallifreyan
    Jun 27 '17 at 12:14
  • It is both, but doesn't have to be either.
    – user1747
    Jun 27 '17 at 12:16
  • That's interesting. Is there any further reading on this? Also, what does she do with the ritual knife?
    – Gallifreyan
    Jun 27 '17 at 12:17
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    @Gallifreyan: The knife is known as an Athame. Each witch will create her own so that is imbued with her energy. There are several books available, you shouldn't have trouble finding one.
    – Chenmunka
    Jun 27 '17 at 12:42
  • @Chenmunka What would I search for title-wise? I'm guessing there's no "Witchcraft for Dummies".
    – Gallifreyan
    Jul 5 '17 at 18:11

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