I love necromancy. I LOVE it. But due to the lack of legitimate practitioners, there’s very little information about modern necromancy. Many of the techniques listed seem … questionable to me at best. I’m going to logically examine some of the rites I see listed over and over again, and argue with my own opinion as a death witch whether they’re necessary.
Breath stealing is the idea that you should be present when someone dies, and breathe in their last dying breath, in order to allegedly achieve knowledge on the symptoms of life and death. Having spoken to many death witches, I know I’m not the only one who believes that this is disrespectful as fuck.
Unless you are a medical professional or a priest, most people won’t want you around in their last dying moments. They’ll want to be around friends and family–not some stranger who’s doing this for a necromantic rite.
The only way I can see this working is if you were around a friend or loved one who is dying, and even then–would you really want to use their last moments as a necromantic rite? Anyone can do what they want; but to me, even the thought of that feels terrible.
Is it Necessary? While it is certainly a unique experience to be present during a death, I do not believe that this rite is necessary one bit. No one knows the symptoms of life and death. And that’s okay.
Grave sleeping is the rite of sleeping in a graveyard/cemetery overnight in order to lose your fear of death and familiarize yourself with death energy. The rite is harmless in itself, but it’s the practicality of it that makes me wonder.
Most cemeteries and graveyards close during the night in order to prevent graverobbing and vandalism. You’d have to get permission of the cemetery caretakers or possibly the town you’re in to be able to sleep there overnight.
I have seen people say that you need a blanket, some incense, and/or a weapon in case you need to fight off people (which seems highly unlikely). I’ve never seen anyone recommend that you bring a pad to sleep on, a pillow, a sleeping bag, a flashlight, matches and holders for the incense, water and food, and make doubly sure that you’re sleeping there on a dry clear night. This makes me wonder if the people claiming this have ever actually done the rite themselves.
Also, I’ve seen some claim not to bring cell phones into the cemetery, because the cell waves will scare the spirits away or some shit that I’ve never once experienced myself. Please bring some method of contact with you in case anything happens. This isn’t “disbelieving” or “cowardly”, it’s self-care.
Some necromancers and death witches have recommended sleeping in a coffin as an alternative to grave sleeping. This is certainly plausible if you can gain access to one, and way safer. Just make sure you can breathe in it if you keep the lid closed.
Is it Necessary? Actually, there are very credible alternative techniques for familiarizing yourself with death energy and reducing your fear of the dead. I can make of post of some if people are interested. That being said, if you’re interested in grave sleeping and have the means to do it, go for it. I’m sure it’ll certainly be affective!
“Bring a shovel into a local cemetery …”??????
Literally never bring a shovel into a graveyard or cemetery. If you’re caught, people will assume you’re graverobbing, and you’ll be in A LOT of trouble.
Also, why would a necromancer, who ideally cares about the well-being of the dead, desecrate their resting place by digging it up for their own gain? Even if you dug a hole in the path or nowhere near a grave, I imagine it’d still upset the spirits dwelling there. The element of earth is directly linked with spirits of the dead, after all, and you’re digging up their earth. I’ve never seen any spell require a deep hole; any hole you dig can be carved out with your hands.
Is it Ne– No.
“Place this very specific herb/stone/whatever on a grave as an offering.”This is more of a precaution than anything, but if you’re looking into death witchcraft, I recommend researching different cultures’ burial traditions. In some cultures, people don’t put flowers or herbs on their graves. These graves will sometimes be in a culture-specific cemetery or have specific markings on their graves. Be careful not to disrespect any soul.
Is it Necessary? It is necessary to leave an offering, especially for the collection of graveyard dirt. Just be respectful and thoughtful about what you offer.
“The life of a necromancer is a lonely one. People may leave you, but allow them to leave. Necromancy requires devotion and pain and destruction of the self.”This mentality stems from a common misconception among necromancers and death witches. To idea goes as follows: to completely embrace death, you’ll need to accept spiritual deaths in your life as well. This can take the form of people leaving, because they don’t accept a part of your life that’s helpful for you. Unfortunately, that tends to happen to a witch.
That being said, witchcraft should never be self-destructive. Perhaps this is a naive opinion of mine, but even if people tell me not to believe that, I will tell that that they’re wrong every single time. If you’re abandoning too much to pursue this path, pause and consider re-organizing your life. Witchcraft should improve you and reward you, spiritually. That’s why people become witches.
In addition, becoming a death witch has not made me a loner. Quite the opposite. I have met many wonderful people and interacted in wonderful communities due to my craft. Any craft carries the potential of bringing people together. I hate to rip apart some peoples’ dark edgelord persona, but the necromancer path is not inherently lonely.
It’s not necessary.
I’ve been itching to make this post for a long time, if only to reassure people who are interested that you don’t have to do these rites. I will try to make more necromancy and death witch posts in the future, since I know a lot of people are interested, and there are very few resources on tumblr. As always, you can comment or send me an ask about your opinion.