QUESTION - I am 24 years old, and was brought up Christian, but always have been drawn to magick. I remember the first pull I felt was at the age of 7. Since then, I've tried to abstain from practising, but sometimes I just can't help it. I feel this strong pull, and I just do it. I've noticed this usually happens during a waxing moon. Anyway, since the moon began to reappear Monday, I've been practising a lot. And about 30 minutes ago, I was outside drinking a cup of herbal tea and was saying a short spell, trying to ease my troubled mind. A lot is going on in my life and I'm struggling with anxiety, confidence, and success with a new job. I was saying my spell, when two small black and Brown birds flew up to me. They flew in a small circle around me, one coming around me from each side. As soon as this happened, I almost felt fear. They landed on the ground in front of me. I looked at them, they both looked at me, and then they flew away. As soon as they landed, I felt without a doubt it was an omen. Like they were a sign of something, I'm just not sure what. What could this mean? Any thoughts?
ANSWER - I think a lot of people coming to the practise of witchcraft from a background of Christianity do feel some reservations about taking a path in such a different direction. Magic is often (not always I’ve met some very tolerant and open minded Christians) viewed with suspicion and distrust and it can be hard to put those feelings aside when they have been so prevalent in a lifetime of the Christian faith. Whether you choose to abstain or not is entirely your decision but what I will say to you is that magic is just another tool to use on life’s path. It is not inherently good or evil it is simply a neutral tool to be used in line with the intent of the user. Chances are if you feel a strong pull toward it then you have natural abilities in that direction which, if used within your own person moral framework, could assist you in helping both yourself and others. It is not the practise of magic that has earned witches their reputation of dubious morality, it is the choices some witches have made in using it.
I think your birds are interesting and I agree that they likely have some significance. There are a lot of signposts to be found in our lives, it is just a case of being aware enough to notice them and open minded enough to consider different interpretations. I’ll give you my interpretation but this is a subjective view and not an absolute. Part of the value in any signpost is being open to more than one interpretation and looking at something from different perspectives.
My interpretations is that these birds both represent a different part of you. One represents your faith and your desire to lead a good life and the other represents your magic and the pull you feel toward craft work. The fact that the birds both flew around you in a circle shows you that both elements of your life are embracing you and when they stood together and looked at you they were symbolising the unity and harmony that both parts of your life can be fused together ad you do not have to make a choice in preference of one over another. I’d take it as an omen to be yourself and use all parts of who you are rather than breaking the perfect circle by rejecting part of yourself in favour of being incomplete.
QUESTION - I had my book of shadows stolen along with my cards and pendulum. It was stolen by another witch and had pics of my son who died and my daughter, stepson and husband in it. Right now I'm going through so much - my ex husband has kidnapped my daughter for the second time and I need help. I want to find the person so I can possibly get my book back and I want help in dealing with the court case on 5-11. I know short notice but I had to fight most the battle myself. there is a lot more to my story but all the people involved in hurting my daughter and myself I want them held responsible for what they did. The thing is that all the proof I had is gone because they took that too. please help me my heart is so sad I cant think like I normally could.
ANSWER - Apologies for not getting back to you sooner on this (although i did like a candle for help with your court case.) Technical troubles :(
There is something so nasty about any witch stealing the private workings and thoughts of another. I am particularly shocked that anybody would do this knowing that you had such very personal pictures in there. It is good practise when keeping notes in a written book to have a dormant hex on it that activates when and if the book is stolen. This can act as a deterrence to would be thieves and also get you some justifiable revenge if the book ever is stolen. When you start your next book think about doing this.
Of course this doesn't help with the fact that your book has been stolen. It's hard to see what you can do. I wonder if the witch who stole it actually knew it had pics of your deceased son in it. If you know the person it may well be worth appealing to their sense of morality and explaining that this wasn't just an ordinary Grimoire it was a living memory of a deceased child. It would have to be a very spiteful and bitter person not to give your book back under these circumstances.
If you don't know who stole your book you could try doing a working for the item to be returned to you. I've found spells with magnets to be particularly effective in this area. Try using a very simple spell wording long the lines of the saying "needle in a haystack." Take a small pile of woodshavings or hay or grass (whatever you've got to hand really) and place a small magnet within it while visualising the magnet being your book. Anything you can do to mark the magnet, to personalise it as being a part of you will help. State your intention clearly and run the other magnet over the pile visualising your book being drawn back to you and pulled back into your possession. Rhyming unnecessary but state a few well chosen words about what it is you are expecting (note not wanting - expecting) to achieve with this spell.
If you do know this witch and she refuses to give your book back then you may have to get nasty. I'm not in favour of witch wars and the whole my broom is bigger than your broom nonsense but equally there are times when aggressive magic is appropriate and the bit advantage of threatening another witch is that they will take the concept of magic as seriously as you and may well back down if you threaten a hex. They may not of course, some witches believe themselves impervious to pretty much anything (which makes the an excellent target!) in which case you may have to go ahead and produce some results to persuade her that giving your book back is the right thing to do. Have a go at being reasonable first and then making the threats. If she still refuses to give your book back, message me again and we'll work something out to fix her.
The other thing I would caution is not to invest too much of yourself in this book. A witch is not the sum total of the contents of her Grimoire, she is very much more than that. Frustrating as it must be to lose your book it important to retain the perspective that this has not weakened you as a witch in the slightest. It is the same with your deceased son. She can steal as many photographs as she wants but she will never break that connection between you and your son. Both your power and your maternal bond will remain beyond the influence of this petty person.
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