QUESTION - Can a witch's power be sealed? By sealed I mean put into a dormant state. I used to be able to control weather and see spirits, but now I can't do anything. They only ability I've retained is empathy, which I can't seem to gain control of which makes me miserable most days. I know I have much more potential inside me but it's as if someone locked it up inside me. I'm new to all of this so any guidance is appreciated.
ANSWER - As with any talent or skill the desire and ability to practise witchcraft will peak and wane. This may be on a cycilic basis (some witches feel their power more at various times of the year), it may be a relation to a life event that creates a mental state of mind which is not suited to practise of the craft or it may simply be that life gets in the way.
It is also important to note that as we travel through the different aging periods of our lives our abilities change. Many children, for example, have the ability to interact with spirits but in most cases this ceases before adolescence or adulthood.
As a witch goes through his/her life there are periods of time that are less suited to the craft that others. Feeling miserable and depressed will certainly have an impact on your ability. If you are channelling all your mental strength into functioning then it is no surprise you do not have enough left over to fuel your other abilities. I’d suggest not pushing it, we all need to take a break sometimes.
The counter position to this however is you use your craft to get yourself out of this low ebb. Rather than waiting for your specific powers to return get yourself into a good head space spiritually. Regular meditation, interaction with nature, returning to good basic practises like grounding and shielding will help you become more focused and create a better head space for the return of your abilities.
A witch’s power could theoretically be sealed by another witch. It isn’t something I have personally come across but I can see no reason why a more experienced witch would not be able to cast a binding that would limit the efficacy of another. However I think this unlikely. A witch would only cast such a spell if the intended individual was a threat to him/her and it follows that if the target was a threat they would either have too more power for the binding spell t work or it would inflame further animosity between the witches.
As with most things in life the simplest explanation is probably the best. You are working through a low ebb and will get back your abilities when you have worked through this period in your life and also taken steps to improve your spiritual strength.
QUESTION Do you have any tips on how to attract my familiar? Everyone in my family has one (other than the children) and they say that I just have to wait but I feel like I'm in a place where it would be very beneficial to have mine with me. Any ideas would be appreciated.
ANSWER - It very much depends what you mean by the term ‘familiar’ as the word is commonly used for different purposes these days. Historically a familiar would be an animal that a witch would occupy (possess if you like) which would allow the witch to leave her body and use that of the animal for journeying.
Influences from Shamanism have led to the term being used as a synonym for spirit animal. This is an animal which can be summoned to the individual in a vision or trance and who may have wisdom to impart to the caller.
A more generic interpretation of a spirit animal is an animal which has characteristics a witch strongly identifies with. Searching for this animal can be a positive meditation exercise as it encourages us to be introspective and to understand our own personality traits as we relate them to different animals.
The term familiar is sometimes used in a modern and colloquial sense to refer to the pet of a witch. This doesn’t have much historical precedence but seems to be widely used, particularly among the younger community. (Which is a good thing, language and definitions should change and evolve with each generation, it helps keep our craft relevant.) I’d argue that a pet who is going to be referred to as a familiar should have a close spiritual bond. Not every animal owned by a witch is going to qualify. I have four cats, all of whom I am very fond of but none of whom I have bonded with to the extent that I would consider them a familiar. Beware of trying to push your own hopes onto a pet. Even the most beloved animals in the home may never have this kind of relationship with you.
In terms of attracting a familiar I think it is very much about which definition you mean. Think about what the term means to you. If you believe it to be a physical tangible creature then start looking at the type of animal you may be comfortable having in your home. If you are looking for a more ethereal relationship then start to put some time aside for meditation and open yourself up to the possibility of being called by the animal who chooses you.
QUESTION - Can a person do weather magic and love spells without trying? When I was in grade school I used to "play" with the wind all the time. I would ask it to wiggle trees or cool me off, I quite frequently asked it to shut doors for me. I used to spend a lot of time outdoors and at the time I thought the wind listened to me because it was my friend but I just recently learned that witches can "whistle a wind" and influence the weather. I also used to wish very hard that it would rain when I was sad because the rain calmed me... and there has almost never been a time where it hasn't rained when I'm sad. I also used to use, what I now know is a pendulum, quite frequently... so I was just wondering how I did these things? Or better how I KNEW to do these things...
I'm 90% sure my great grandmother and my mother are witches... or empaths? They never told me but they always just knew things. I'm not sure if these things just came naturally to me because they are witches? I don't know. I thought I was crazy so I looked up if it was possible to "play with the wind" and that's how I stumbled deeper into the world of witchcraft. So if I could do these things without being fully aware/having any knowledge of what I was doing could I have also cast a love spell? I fell in love with this boy in middle school and he had no interest in me. Every night I prayed or wished really hard that he would like me. After about 2 weeks he just randomly told me he loved me? We hardly spoke or were even friends... but flash forward 6 years and we're happily married with two babies... I know he loves me from his own heart now but is it possible I could have accidentally sparked his love for me? I told him how I was learning more about witchcraft and how I had unknowingly done some witchy things and his only words "is THAT why I randomly fell in love with you one day!?" Like he's been trying to figure it out for years XD bless his heart.
ANSWER - Yes, you can sometimes control/manipulate the weather. In certain Witchcraft Traditions there is also mention of Elemental Magic, where witches work with the elements within their castings/rituals. The most popular Elements seem to be Water, Air and Fire (not so much of Earth, which is a shame as I love working with the Earth Element when planting/burying my castings) there are also quite a few accounts floating around on the internet very similar to yours, where people mentioned they were able to manipulate the weather when they were younger, mainly when they were upset, angry or scared, so it got me thinking that perhaps weather magic is closely tied in with emotions .
One of the accounts I encountered in reading round this subject was about a lady who recalled being a teenager, and very upset over something that had happened with a family member. She told of how she was staring into the flames of the fireplace as they were starting to die down, thinking about everything that had happened when, all of sudden, the flames got bigger, as if somebody had put more firelighters onto the blaze. She also recalled how immediately after this happened that she felt calmer, as if all the emotions she had been feeling had just gone.
This makes me wonder if all this manipulating of the weather/Elements is indeed tied in with peoples emotions and is somehow a release of those emotions. Pretty much all the information I could find onthe subject of weather magic was about people who were emotional at the time of the incidents yet who all stated that after their manipulation of weather they felt so much more calm and grounded.
To answer your first part of your question, yes it is totally viable that you can work with the Air element as and when you choose to. I would seriously suggest researching into working with Elements (if you haven't already), to see what you can find and also to see if there are ways that you can control it instead of it just happening, so to speak. I have also found this subject fascinating so I will also be having a good nosy into it to see what I can find to add to my Elements part of my Book of Shadows.
With regards to the Love spell part, I don't actively practice Love spells as I personally believe they go against a person's free will, as the spell 'makes' somebody fall in love with another person,. With your partner, I honestly believe that this is a different matter to a love spell....as you say you didn't actually cast any spells or anything, you just 'prayed or wished really hard' for him to love you etc. This, to me, sounds more along the lines of Manifestation than an actual love spell. You were clearly putting it out into the Universe that you wanted to be with your partner and for it to happen...without you casting ANY spell or ritual. To me that is nothing to do with magic and everything to do with Fate/Destiny. If your partner wasn't supposed to fall in love with you, he wouldn't have. Maybe when you were wishing for it to happen, you just gave the universe the green light to make it happen, and then the universe also gave him a little nudge at his end to realise he wanted to be with you too. Like that whole scenario of 'right person right timing' where the Universe saw it was all lining up perfectly and helped to make it happen! (you cant beat a good old bit of serendipity in your life)
I am so happy that it has all worked out for you the way that it has and I hope you manage to find out more about your gifts (which you evidently have) and ways to learn to use them within your everyday life.
If there is ever anything you need or would like to ask/discuss then please don't hestitate to get in touch with me and I will help as best as I can.
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