QUESTION - I am 30 years old and have always been interested in magick. I am from a very conservative christian background that always felt different from my family. Due to this I have no one to seek information or ask how to start my journey. I did read Barbs intro and I do relate to her path. I would consider myself an eclectic spiritual witch. Can you please direct me on good books or courses for starting out?
ANSWER - Thank you for reading my intro and its nice to hear that you can relate also. witchcraft/spirituality has always been something I have been drawn to myself from a very young age and as a grew up I spent many hours researching online or reading books about all the different types of paths there are out there (the list is endless).
In regards to starting out, I wouldn't really say there is any set way as to how you should start out, as magick is personal to each of us, so all I would suggest is pretty much what I did.....research on google (google is amazing for finding things out) all the different things involved. I literally typed in things like ' how to write spells', 'how to perform spells', 'the basics of being a witch', ' witchcraft for beginners'. Anything I could think of or that I heard of I typed it in. I also went out and bought as many books on witchcraft, Paganism, Spirituality and occultism as I could get my hands on. I even went to my local library and found that they surprisingly stocked quite a few spiritual books. (ebay is also a really good source for either brand new or second hand books on all sorts of different subjects). I found that when I had first started to really get into witchcraft, I was a little overwhelmed as to where to begin. especially with the books as there are literally thousands out there that all claim to be for beginners or people interested in becoming a witch.
I found books by authors such as 'Silver RavenWolf', 'Silja', 'Raymond Buckland' and 'Kate West', were all very easy to read and follow. plus all the things they wrote about were actually already things that I related to or felt that could be parts of my life (the rituals/spells/practices etc). I also spoke to as many people as I could, either in person or online. I met lots of lovely people in witchcraft shops too, who always made me feel so welcomed and didn't make me feel inferior or anything for not knowing much about it all. Witchy people always understand that we all start somewhere and that we all have to learn in our own ways and at our own paces. they will always help you out or point you in the right direction if they cant help you themselves. (one of the many things I love about the witchcraft community both online and in my local community). I have also found over time that there are lots of different groups/pages on Facebook (I myself have one I personally run) that are really helpful with lots of information on and they also have ways for you to connect with other like minded people (Facebook has fast become one of my favorite ways of interacting with people and sharing information etc) the internet is easily one of the simplest and fastest ways to find out information and also the most convenient as we can use it on our phones, tablets or laptops and while we are out and about (commuting to work etc). I spend a lot of time researching on the internet now, almost as much as I did when I first got really interested in witchcraft, and I found some really useful webpages.
Here are some of the webpages I have used and still use that I find really useful, as some of them also have online courses for free etc that you can study for further information:
www.molochsorcery.com (information aswell as 20 online lessons for free)
www.thewitchescollective.com (needs an account creating for this one)
www.silvermooncrow.com (seven lessons)
www.witccalessons.wordpress.com (download avalonia lessons pdf for free...I have this and its really good!)
www.themagicalcircle.net (online lessons but have to create an account)
As I mentioned, when we are starting out on our paths, it can be very overwhelming and sometimes can feel like an information overload! I have always found that whilst researching or reading books about witchcraft it helps to have a notebook and pen handy to jot down topics that interest me or things that I would like to research further. All I can suggest is read read read...and nosy online as much as you can!
You will also find that as you go along you will probably mix and match all the different parts of witchcraft paths etc to make something that is perfect for you and your life. but also...dont forget to have some fun! its not supposed to be all stuffy and boring! Magick is fun and exciting!
I hope this helps and I wish you all the best on finding your way in this magickal world of ours! if you need any further information or would like to talk about anything else then please dont hesitate to contact me.
QUESTION - I need help to unbind my magic. I am a 19 year old male witch. To my knowledge I’m a fourth generation witch. I have a strong gift of empathy. I came into the craft when I was about eight years old my mother was supportive. When I turned 11 I had serious anger issues and in one of my “fits” there was a tornado. I think my mom believes that my magic had something to do with it, so she bound my magic. The thing is my magic is slowly breaking through the spell but it’s driving me crazy because I have no control over my gifts! I either have to have full control of my gift or bind my powers completely!
ANSWER - Without knowing what it is you actually want to do in regards to either binding your powers fully or learning to control them…it is slightly difficult to answer your question, but I will go ahead and just answer it as if we are looking at both scenarios.
So…if we look at wanting to fully bind your gifts first, there are lots of different ways that this can be done. But more importantly it raises the question as to “why?”. Why did your mother not only feel the need to bind your powers or gifts but also in a pretty permanent way (if they are only slowly beginning to show again through the binding after so many years then her castings must have been pretty powerful & precise). If as you say at 11 years old you had “anger” issues, how bad did these get? Were there any other incidents as you grew up that gave your mother any reason to think or believe that your powers were harmful? Without fully knowing the reasons as to why your mother chose to cast a binding against you, it is pretty hard to fully answer this part. However I will quickly mention a few bits about Bindings and how they can be cast if that’s what you chose to do.
Binding spells usually take something away, usually someone’s ability to do something. People usually cast a binding spell against somebody who is hurting or bothering them to make them stop. You can also cast a binding spell on yourself to help you break a bad habit or negative behaviour.
Binding spells can also cause physical problems for you like feeling “stuck” but not knowing why, feeling like you are being ‘restricted’ by something unseen and lots of other afflictions that you cant really explain. Binding spells can be used for lots of different purposes- can bind forces of nature, spirits and even people. They can also be used to reduce someone’s influence upon you. They aren’t the same as curses, where you inflict harm on another person. They are also similar to protection spells which are meant to protect you from bad things occurring. Binding spells are typically used on people who are acting abusive towards others.
Here is a basic Binding Spell that can be used by yourself if you wish to bind your gifts instead of wishing to learn to control them. I was given this by a very close witch friend of mine and I find that it works really well. For the binding spell which is pretty much a basic, all round type ( which can be used for almost any binding purpose) you will need
Cast a strong protective circle around yourself and all participants before you begin. Take the pieces of cardboard/paper and write words on it to represent what you are wishing to banish. For your situation maybe write things like “my gifts/powers” etc. take a piece of black yarn/thread and wind it around the pieces of cardboard/paper 9 times, whilst saying out loud what it is that you wish to banish, with each time you wrap it around. Tie off the ends of the yarn with 3 sturdy knots to seal the spell. When you have done this with all the pieces, burn them and say these words until they have burned away to ashes “Goddess of darkest night, send my troubles all to flight, burn them in your sacred fires and replace them with my hearts desires.”. Once they are all burnt, do a positive visualization of yourself without the situation, you have banished, to replace the negative of what you have removed.
I think that before you decided to do a banishment to keep your powers at bay for good, you would have to seriously think about whether or not this something you want to do, as it would affect your life in lots of different ways, spiritual and physical, so that would be something you would have to be fully sure of (but you can always reverse the binding if you chose to do so later down the line).
In regards to having full control over your gifts, as an Empath, there are ways that you can learn to control this or build upon what you already know. Meditations can help you find out the extent of your gifts and ways that you can work with them, there are lots of guided meditations available online or you could just get yourself into a meditative state and do some guided writing after asking for guidance on your gifts etc. you can research into Empathy and how to live with the gifts in your everyday life (this is something I have personally done and found it very useful, in terms of blocking whilst out in public and also for ways of coping with all the emotions/moods I was picking up from other people, as this can also be a very difficult situation to cope with as sometimes it can get very overwhelming). Grounding techniques are very useful for empaths, as this helps to keep your ‘head’ whilst dealing with having these gifts. (again these can be found online).
I personally, as a fellow witch, would rather try to control my gifts and learn to use and cope with them in my everyday life rather than bind my gifts, but it is obviously your own personal choice as to which way you would like to go. But I would suggest maybe journaling the pro’s and con’s of each choice, to work out which you would rather do and why. As witchcraft and our gifts are after all our own personal paths and ways that we chose to live. Then one you have done that you could maybe make a better judgement on what you want to do.
I hope this helps you, please feel free to contact me again if you would like any further information or would like to discuss this further.
QUESTION - I had a lucid dream of 2 Ravens circling overhead dropping a feather, then a very old Raven brought me a white feather in its beak. Do you have any general meaning for this?
ANSWER - I have always found dreams such a tricky thing to try to interpret…as there are literally hundreds of different ways that a dream could mean totally different things! But I will go ahead and give as general a meaning for your dream as I possibly can (although it doesn’t mean what I say is gospel!)
So….in your question you mention that it was a Lucid dream….which as you are already aware is where you are dreaming but you yourself have some level of control over your dream and the things that happen during them (like the scenery, clothes people wear…the reactions you make to things etc) as this was a Lucid dream it gives the impression that the things you dreamt were possibly things that you are needing to pay attention to, possibly more than seeing them in a ‘regular’ dream rather than a Lucid one. You could have been given this dream because the Universe or your Guides/Angels/Spirits etc knew that you would pay more attention to it this way!
With the Ravens in your dream…there could be lots of different reasons as to why there were Ravens and not say, Eagles or Owls or Swans etc (to name but a few of the widely dreamt about birds), Ravens typically symbolize two different things…in some Pantheons/traditions Ravens are considered ‘Bad Omens’ or bad luck, whilst in some they are symbols of transformation and wisdom! So its all a matter of the way you look at the dream….what were the situations when they appeared to you? What were you doing at the time? How did you feel? How did your surrounding area appear, bleak, bright, stormy etc.
Here is a little basic information on Ravens and what they symbolize…..A Raven is a dark and shiny black crow that symbolizes Misfortune and failures in a dream. However to see a Raven in a dream is not always a bad omen. When appearing in a dream, Ravens can also mean Misfortune AND wisdom at the same time, so possibly a negative experience is on its way but you will know exactly how to handle it without it getting to far out of hand. So it’s a negative and positive meaning to the dream. It all depends on how you can relate your dream and its contents to the current situations in your life. Ravens are dark coloured birds, so they depict the darker side of life. These birds also represent a person’s ‘dark side’ too and the darker fantasies that we hide away from the world and possibly from ourselves. Its mentioned that seeing a Raven flying in your dream is a sign that there will be some bad luck in your life, but only temporary, this isn’t something that will last! But flipped across to the positive side, This bird is revered as sharp and wise birds (lots of traditions worship them for how intelligent they are), so this dream could be signifying your own clever nature and your sharp mind in handling challenging situations within your life.
Ravens are the masters of flying between light and dark, through the veils of illusion it is said, and they remind you that those around you only reflect to you the lessons you most need to learn. You already know what to do in regards of situations and possibly people in your life, so the Ravens are showing you that you can do whatever it takes to manage the situation. Ravens bring perfect timing, your life will soon be blessed with synchronicity, your life will become magickal as Raven shows you how to move through the changes and to accept through the fears, joys, love, uncertainty and change that is coming. This is a time where you will move through changing emotions and new cycles with ease. Everything falls into place. These changes may be in the way you see. You may change your perspective and discard old, negative habits. Watch out for opportunities that can take you where you want to be.
Most of the places where dreams are including Ravens are describes, state that seeing just Raven feathers on the ground or floating from the sky, or being surrounded by Ravens mainly means that you are surrounded by negativity/betrayal. So stop, look and listen! It will be difficult to discern who this is as they may be very close to you and beyond you doubting the trust between you there is no acutal evidence as to who it actually is. So you are being told to watch out! Put up extra protection to keep the negativity out. Feathers are also a symbol of giving thanks and appreciation. They are also a sign of fertility. There wasn’t too much to find on Raven feathers and what it could mean is an older bird passed you a white feather, but whilst writing this I have been getting the message that the white feather is a symbol of protection and love (the joys of being a medium as well as an empath, even writing something also brings all the connections and messages through)…that the Older Raven was known to you, maybe not by you personally, but I got the feeling that it has always been there in the background of your life, either in reality or in your dreams. I got the feeling that it was a male Raven, so possibly the Raven could represent a strong male figure within your life who you always seek guidance and comfort from when you are unsure of the path your life is heading towards. The white feather kept standing out to me…like anytime I was shown a raven, with slightly greying feathers (compared to the sleek and glossy ones of the other Ravens I was shown) the white feather looked like it was lit up almost! Like it was glowing….hard to explain other than when you see images of Angels and their wings are glowing with that ethereal glow.
The feather is a symbol that you have all the support and love beside you that you need to get through whatever hard time it is that you are facing or currently already going through. And the message from the Raven which I heard clear as day as soon as I begun to focus on the white feather was this “ Breathe my child! You have all the power you need to get through this. Do not worry, for you are never really alone. Even when you look around you and see nobody, do not fear…there are more people standing with you than you know and we are all here, right beside you, giving you love and courage and the support you need and crave right now! Stand tall, you can get through anything. You have been through worse and this will all pass in time and you will see you never had anything to fear! We love you my child and are always with you!”…….what a lovely uplifting message…I got slightly teary eyed as I typed that as I could feel all the love and support within that message! It felt like I was being wrapped up in a huge fluffy warm blanket! Ravens are a big part of your life, even is just under the surface within dreams etc and I feel like this dream was to show you that they will always ‘have your back’ so to speak. Maybe you could look into the symbology of Ravens some more and see if there is anything that speaks to you, or maybe do a meditation to see if they will come to your during that time too.
I hope this helps you and if you need anything else please do not hesitate to contact me.
'QUESTION - I know there are many different types of witches, like the ones you have listed on your site, however my family has a very Pagan and Hedge witch, Wiccan roots that I have grown up in, but Ive always leaned more towards crystals and stone healing. But I cant find anything that talks about a stone witch path. Is a stone witch a thing? Or would that fall under eclectic witch because it’s a personal preference?
ANSWER - As you have mentioned, you are more drawn to crystal/stone healing than the Pagan and Hedge witch path your family follows, and that is totally ok, as not everybody follows or believes in the same paths as others do. Crystal healing is a very big subject within lots of different paths of witchcraft, as we all use crystals within ort castings or healings etc…so it's not a totally ‘out there’ choice to want to work solely within this bracket so to speak. I have a very close friend of mine who is a witch but he also only works with crystals and healing (reiki) and that works for him. He doesn’t do any casting etc like I do or anything but is a still a witch.
There are lots that can be done with crystals and stones. I use them pretty much every day within my life and some of the times without even realising it! As for wondering what ‘path’ you would come under if you only worked with crystals and stones….does it really matter? I mean, not wanting to cause any offence or anything…but a witch is still a witch no matter what he or she uses or what tradition they say they follow!
Being a witch is NOT determined by the tools we use, or the spells we cast, or the clothes we wear etc….being a witch is inside of us.it is our choice. It is our path to travel down in life, and nobody else. Just because your family may all follow one path…that doesn’t mean you have to. You can just as easily walk down the path beside theirs and still be happy. I don’t follow any set path…I do what feels right for me.
Witchcraft is quite personal when you think about it. It uses our energy. It uses our inner intentions, our inner dreams, desires etc. so for me, I would say don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about putting a label on it. If you want to work with crystals and stones only…you go right ahead! Your ‘calling’ as it were could be just that….being different isn’t always something bad, and clearly the fact that you don’t feel the same about your families path as they do, is testament that you are heading towards the path you are meant to be on.
Research as much as you can about crystal healing and ways to incorporate them into your life. Read as many books as you can get your hand on. And most importantly…get out there and start using crystals! Buy as many as you can….visit witchcraft shops and spend time with the crystals and see which ones call to you (this is a fun way of finding what crystals you need to use at that time. I do this with my boys and they love it! Is so much fun!). Crystal magick is very powerful and very important, as there is literally a crystal for everything! So this is a very exciting and interesting path to head down (I have been practicing since I was a little girl and I am still learning about all the different crystals out there and their uses).
Just enjoy learning about your gifts and how to use them….also…what more of an excuse could a girl need to buy herself some more pretty crystals? Lol.
I hope this helps you some. Please don’t hesitate to email again if you need anything else.
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