QUESTION - Thank you for your blog! It's wonderful for a new witch, and I'm sure for those with more seasons.
My husband's ex wife, who left him after she had affairs, and who takes reality and bends and changes it so she can feel in the right, has been taking him to court over and over for the last few years. She has told their adult child that she will never stop taking him to court until she gets what she deserves. She has lied to the government about her income and has lied to the court about how "evil" he is to her and their child. (I have not only his say in this, but also his child's- who is estranged from mother has chosen to live solely with father).
Please tell me how to banish this woman from our lives, and still do no harm? We have spent $60k in legal fees and it is time for this to be over.
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Your question is a tricky one. It isn't the banishing element itself that is the problem. It is the do no harm bit that concerns me. You might get a different answer from a different witch but it's my strong opinion that you need to make a choice here. Do it and be comfortable with the harm element or leave spell work out of it. I say this for a couple of reasons. The situation itself is full of negative energy that you will need to draw on to get any success out of a banishing. If you are not comfortable doing this then any spell work will fall flat on its face. Also, the kind of working you intend - a banishing - is by its very nature magic that involves harm.
Think of it as self defence in a fight, a little push isn't going to stop anybody, you need to give someone a good thump or a hard punch to win the fight.
You need to be comfortable that you genuinely want this woman out of your lives at any cost and you need to be happy with the fact that this will probably not end very well for her. If you really can't abide the idea of harm you could try a binding but many witches would agree that a binding also causes harm as it negates a person's free will and prevents them from acting in the direction they would have taken without magical intervention.
I think your best bet is to use this woman's own negativity against her, that way you won't feel guilty about projecting your own animosity toward her. I would suggest you go along the lines of a mirroring spell where the women receives back whatever she projects toward you. This can be achieved with a simple working involving a mirror and a poppet. The key to this kind of spell is establishing the link between the hate she is sending your way and the "bounce back" to her. I can talk you through banishing spells in more detail (just ping me again) if you like but I honestly think that if the harm none caveat is important to you this kind of spell will be more effective for your needs.
QUESTION - I have always called myself the death witch, because I wake up knowing to tell someone that they can let go and go home. It's their time. They all have died within 24 hours. Am I a witch, if so, a good witch or bad? I've always felt different. Not lucky, but I can sure make people lose a game of pool 95% of the time.... does that make me a bad witch, or a witch at all. When I feel angry or spiteful is when it works best.
ANSWER - I think the ability to foretell a death is interesting but to me it suggests a developed sense of precognition as opposed to witchcraft. Witchcraft at its simplest level is the channelling of intent and energy toward a specific goal. The ability to know when somebody is about to die is closer to clairvoyance (telling the future). There is an overlap, many witches do have clairvoyant abilities but it isn't part of what defines a witch and it is an ability enjoyed by many people who not practise witchcraft as well.
The second ability is closer to witchcraft as you are deliberately trying to bring about a specific aim by utilising the power of your emotions. This doesn't necessarily make you a witch but it does mean you are starting to have a go at working with energy and intent which is a path that may well lead you toward witchcraft. (I've added a link at the bottom explaining the made a witch/born a witch thing).
In terms of does it make you a bad witch. Probably not. The fact you are experiencing this ability when linked with darker emotions like anger and spite just means that you are finding these negative emotions easier to manipulate. If it was something you continued to work with you would probably find that over time you would find it easier to direct gentler energies. There are people who would tell you that any element of harm makes you a bad witch but in my opinion that isn't true. It makes sense to me for a witch to use both negative and positive energies in her workings. I'd probably suggest that if you do have these abilities it makes good sense to have a go at using them for something more constructive than winning games of pool though!
How do I know I'm a witch?
It is and it isn't. The Theban script was not invented by witches and it wasn't created with the purpose of being an alphabet to be specifically used by witches. However over the years it has become popular among witches as a way of keeping private writings secret. It is particularly prevalent among Wiccan witches and a common language to write Books of Shadows or Grimoires in.
From a historical perspective I did a bit of research for you. The Theban alphabet first turns up in 1518 (during the reign of Henry VIII) and was referred to as the Honorian Alphabet after Honorius of Thebes a Magus from the Middle Ages. Some sources do claim it was used as a substitution for the runic alphabet but I can't find anything conclusive on this and to be honest I doubt it.
I think there is a value to the Theban script as quite often a spell does involve having elements written down and it makes sense to have those in a format that isn't accessible to most people. I'm not sure there is much value to the alphabet beyond that, certainly there is no magic or mysticism inherent in it. However it does provide a link to the past and it is possible that another purpose of the Theban script is to link the witch of the modern day to the traditions of her ancestors.
QUESTION - How does one know if they are a witch? Are there any "typical symptoms" or signs? Thank you.
ANSWER - We've had a question very close to this before so I'm going to link you the answer and a couple of other relevant questions and answers that I think you will really benefit from reading.
I do think that the answer to your question depends very much on how the word "witch" is defined. If you believe a witch is born and not made then it makes sense to talk about looking for ways to discover if you are a witch. However others tend to use the word "witch" as a descriptor of what a person does rather than what a person does. In this case a witch is somebody defined by the practise of witchcraft and it follows that unless you are intentionally and consciously practising witchcraft you cannot be a witch.
My own view is that there are people with a natural predisposition toward witchcraft but that this does not make them a witch until they start practising. I see it as similar to someone who may have a natural ability for playing the piano. They will be very gifted when they start but until they do start playing the piano they cannot consider themselves to be a pianist...
Am I meant to be a witch?
Do you have to be born a witch to be a witch?
How do I know if I am a witch?
QUESTION - Years ago, I made a poppet of myself, using my own hair etc. The spell involved finding a new place to live, but I cannot even remember its exact origin. I am somewhat ashamed to admit I have dragged this thing around in its own little box for ages because I am not quite sure how I should dispose of it. Somehow the oft-used "throw in running water" never felt quite right. Maybe I should keep it?
ANSWER - There is no one answer to this and I think it is important that you are guided by what feels right. The running water thing as you said is a common way of disposing of a poppet but depending on what the poppet is made of this may have implications for the environment. I would only dispose of a poppet in running water if it was properly biodegradable (I sometimes string twigs together in the form of stick men to use as a poppet).
Other good alternatives are burial of the poppet (again this is only an ideal solution if the poppet is made of a substance that will easily break down into the earth) or tying to a tree in the middle of a wood and leaving to decompose in the elements. However if it is a poppet made specifically to depict yourself I would be very reluctant to embrace any method of disposal that leaves the poppet intact in case it fell into the wrong hands. I'd suggest you either need a permanent method of destruction or you retain the poppet in your keeping.
My own preferred method of disposal is to collect all my disused spell workings together every few months or so and then burn them in the back garden. If you do this I would suggest you disassociate yourself from the poppet first - this can easily be achieved by dismantling it and breaking the link with yourself by covering in salt.
There is no reason you cannot keep the poppet and if it feels more right to you then it probably is the best option. However if you are not intending to use it again then it would make sense to perform the disassociation anyway in case it gets lost or falls into the hands of others.
QUESTION - I was wondering about The recent trend toward using names in TV shows of a negative connotation. There are a lot of People in a lot of different religions talking about This But when you look up the networks Fox and W.G.N. The new sit com on Fox is Lucifer the show on W.G.N. is Sleepy Hollow. I no longer watch these shows. But I just wonder what you make of this trend in Television?
ANSWER - I'm a bit torn on the subject. On the one hand I think it is good to debunk some of the myth around the craft and get people talking about what it means to be a witch in the modern era. On the other hand a lot of the television programs sensationalise and misrepresent the craft and lead to me getting questions from hopeful young dreamers along the lines of can I send them a spell to make their broomstick fly... This can be frustrating as I think there is a lot more inaccurate information out there than there is truth and this can lead to young people in particular getting their hopes up about embracing the craft as a "solve all problems path" only to be disappointed when magic doesn't work like it does in the films.
I also think there is a danger that the misrepresentation of witches can lead to some concern about integrating with us in society. I probably wouldn't feel comfortable living next door to someone who could throw cars down the street with their mind and this popular presentation of witches could encourage people to think we have powers likely to be a danger to the communities we live in. I'd like to think most television viewers have enough common sense to take TV drama with a pinch of salt but sadly as we know, some viewers take everything on the small screen very literally.
I do watch some of the dramas that touch on the craft (Can't abide Charmed but I enjoyed Once Upon a Time) and some can be quite entertaining. Witchcraft, like any esoteric craft is always going to hold a certain appeal for people with no personal connection to it and I can see why as a concept it appeals to filmmakers and television producers. I don't think as witches we can really object to this as other major faiths, paths and crafts have had their fair share of fictional representations too.
In terms of the names themselves I don't think it is a problem as they are not used with actual intent. I must admit if I was an actor I'd be reluctant to use wording to perform something like a demonic summoning, even in character but as there is no actual intention behind it then I strongly doubt it will yield any results.
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