QUESTION - What does it mean when a witch cries and puts her tear in the palm of my hand and holds it and says "I'll always be with you and protect you?". It happened when I was a little kid. I was just wondering if there are any other meanings for this. Was she telling the truth or actually doing something else other than what she said about always being with me and protecting me? It's been running through my head ever since.
ANSWER - My gut reaction would be that it is a genuine offer of help and protection. Of course witches do lie as much any anybody else but given that there appears to be no ulterior motives for her offering to protect you and in the absence of any suggestion that she might have anything other to gain by telling you what she did I would conclude that she had your best interests at heart. It's unusual perhaps for a stranger to have such a strong reaction to another stranger but on occasion we all get powerful vibes from people we don't know. In your case she may have seen something in you that appealed to her or perhaps she picked up something in your future that she felt she could help you with by lending you her strength and energy. It's equally possible that she was one of the New Agey "love everybody and everything" types and she had a similar conversation with everybody she encountered. You''ll never find out for certain.
What I can reassure you about though is that her actions were not synonymous with any negative magic toward you. It sounds very unlikely indeed that she wished you any harm. My conclusion would be that you were an attractive child who inspired a sense of maternal protection in a passing witch and she gave you a blessing to protect you through the years. A nice thing to do (though witch etiquette is normally not to bless unless asked to do so) and hopefully her kindness to you has been the source of support she intended.
QUESTION - At 4am in the morning I lay awake screaming for someone to help me. I was lying in bed dreaming that I was lying in bed in a house but aware I was in my own. I felt the covers being pulled down from me & both sides of the bed depressing as if someone were kneeling or sitting beside me. I could FEEL someone touching me. Normally when I'm scared in a dream I can not scream or call out but this time apparently I was so scared I did.
My son came stumbling into the room having been startled awake, asking me what's wrong. I kept repeating someone's in the room, touching me, pulling down the covers. He tells me the covers are up and there's no one there. I grabbed my blanket realizing I'd woken him and stumbled into his room up onto his bed at the bottom to try to silence my tears so he can go back to sleep, but really wanting to burst. He tried to console me for a few seconds before drifting off, but I pretended to be asleep. already.
I've had nightmares that felt "real" but this was different. I swear to you what I felt was real. The covers did not seem to have been been moved unless I pulled them back up which I vaguely remember doing...I think.
I have never felt uncomfortable in my home this whole time. I don't know if I do now or not, I haven't had time today to think about it.
What do you think? Am I crazy? Anxiety-ridden? or is there a chance this was real and my fault?
Both the question and the answer here are abridged from private correspondence, the individual concerned agreed to the publication as I suggested the discussion may have value for others as well. The only background you need to know is that the individual has been very concerned about her son and has called upon external sources of help to support her.
It sounds to me that in your desperation to help your son you tapped into an ability you haven't consciously used before and called upon spirit energies to help him. For all the earnest assurances on the internet that results can only be obtained with the right tools at the right time the truth is that we are all capable of far greater power when in desperate need. Think the mothers who temporarily gain the strength to lift cars off their children. Adrenaline is as powerful a conduit of magic as it is of any physical force. It is my belief that the anxiety and stress gave you the extra push to make spirit contact feasible.
Now let's assume I'm right. The other options seem fairly implausible. There's no other evidence to suggest you have mental problems, you've discounted the idea of a nightmare yourself and although hallucination through anxiety is a possibility hallucinations usually manifest themselves in a more dramatic manner. Factor in the fact that you were consciously trying to mentally reach out to entities beyond your own consciousness and it seems reasonable to deduce that you succeeded.
It's plausible to believe that in the state you were in you managed to make contact with a spirit but there is nothing you have told me that would suggest that spirit isn't benign. Think about it, you're crying out for help and you're clearly summoning - albeit it subconsciously. You're asking for help and comfort and I think that is what you were being given. Unfortunately though a physical spirit manifestation can be very startling (you should have seen my face the night one came and sat on my bed) and you were understandably frightened.
I don't see any reason why logically you should feel uncomfortable in your home though I do understand why the experience has left you shaken. But you made contact in a very heightened state of emotion and it is unlikely the experience will be repeated unless you choose to deliberately make contact again. You ask if it is your “fault” but blame isn't really relevant here. It's simple cause and affect - yes your actions caused the contact but there was no harm involved in doing so. The only negative consequences were those of your own fear which is as I say more than understandable given your lack of experience with the spirit world.
QUESTION - Is there a ritual or prayer for a person who has became disconnected with her path? I have found myself adrift lately and have failed to do a daily divination by lighting a candle and incense. I feel guilty.
ANSWER - I can really identify with this question because it was something that really bothered me when I first started practising as a witch. I felt very much that if I wasn't dedicated to it with all my free time I wasn't doing it properly...
Witchcraft/Spiritualism is no different to anything else in life - there is an initial honeymoon period where it is all you think about and it absorbs every element of your life. Then the initial enthusiasm drops out and it becomes harder to maintain the energy you used to invest in it. Eventually you either give it up or adapt your life to fit around it.
The thing that does set the Craft or spiritualism apart is, as you so rightly observe, the guilt you feel at neglecting it. This guilt can take many forms, you might feel you are letting the Gods down, you might feel foolish for having told other people this is your world and then deciding it isn't the reason for your existence. You might feel frustrated that you can't summon that initial passion back again. And if your path has worked for you it is likely you feel some element of cheating yourself. All this is entirely normal and understandable.
The trick to committing to your path in the long term is to achieve a balance. Speaking personally Witchcraft is part of my life but it isn't everything I do. If I pushed everything else to one side I would eventually start to resent the Craft which would be a shame. There are times it plays a more significant role in my life than it does at other times but I feel no guilt if something else takes priority. I barely bothered to acknowledge the Solstice yesterday due to being immersed in a series of very enjoyable books but that doesn't make me feel guilty or less of a witch, it just means that as with most people different things take precedence at different times. Think of it like a new relationship -at the start you want to spend every moment together but after a while you rediscover the value of spending time alone or with friends. It doesn't mean you love your partner any less, it just means that you can't sustain an existence based on him alone.
I think where you are going wrong is making the following of your path into a must do. No matter how much you value you get out of doing something if you make doing it into a daily task you are going to find it becomes mundane and repetitive. Eventually the acts loses significance and becomes another job on the job list. This is worse than useless because it breeds discontent and frustration directed at the very act that was supposed to be helping you in the first place. Setting yourself the challenge of doing anything daily is pretty much always doomed to failure. Life always gets in the way...
My advice is this - strip your path back down to its basics. Drop the idea of daily divination and focus on performing fewer rituals but with greater meaning and undertaken when you feel like doing them not because you feel you ought to do them every day. Set time aside on an adhoc basis to perform divination when you have a need to divine not as part of your daily structure. I often say the same thing to witches who seem to believe their magic will run out if they don't cast on a regular basis. I can go weeks without casting - if I have no discernable reason to use magic then I'm not going to the trouble of casting just for the sake of it. Same thing here, just because you can do something doesn't mean you have to do it everyday. You don't lose the ability and it doesn't make you less of a Witch/Wiccan/Pagan/Spiritualist if you don't work with the skills and abilities you have on a daily basis.
Shrug off the guilt and focus on what your path means to you. You ask for ideas for ritual - I would suggest a binding ritual to remove you from the monotony that your path has become. Take a cloth and tie up all the things you currently associate with your path. Seal the bundle with candle wax and a simple incantation and store them away carefully.
"I seal the work I have done
For a new way has begun."
Then with your tried and trusted (repetitive) ways of following your path behind you, start to look for new ways to move forward. If you've always relied on your tarot cards to divine - go lie on your back in a field and use the clouds. If you've always used candles for spell work try some cord magic. Make yourself the promise that you won't undo your bundle of old ways until you have learned how to be innovative and how to inject new vitality into what you do.
And above all, don't let it become a job. Your path is something you follow because you want to. Embrace it as a part of who you are and take the control back that you will walk it when it suits you to do so and not from a misguided notion that you must do it.
QUESTION - Hi I'm a psychic, and healer and have recently been told that I'm a volunteer. In a past life I was a witch and that I was sent as a volunteer. I don't understand the meaning of this and was wondering if you could possibly shed some light on this for me please? Many blessings.
ANSWER - I can give you an interpretation but you haven't given me all that much to go on here. It would have been helpful to know who told you that you have been sent as a volunteer and in what context you were told this. There is also a touch of confusion in the sentence "I was sent as a volunteer..." The nature of a volunteer is one who does something voluntarily. You cannot be extorted to volunteer, you do it from free will.
With the above in mind the "sent" in your question changes its meaning in my view from sent as in told to volunteer to sent as in sent from one place to another. So my interpretation would be that you have lived before but have chosen to come back to the earth for another lifetime. The fact that you were referred to as a volunteer would suggest that your reason for coming back was not for personal gain but to offer something (knowledge? experience?) to somebody else. This could be a specific person or it could simply be that whatever you have to offer will benefit others in general. We don't know enough to determine that for certain. However I would guess that the fact you have become a healer in this lifetime would be a fairly strong suggestion that you have come back to undertake the role of helping others and that you have chosen healing to be the way that you do this.
It sounds from what you say that this lifetime was very much your choice and as a psychic and healer you are in a good position to know if what you are doing is having a genuine benefit to others. If so it would appear that your decision to volunteer for another go on the mortal coil was a wise one.
There is a good deal of discussion on this subject so what I'll do is list some of the theories for you so you can see how different cultures and faiths have claimed this symbol for their own. As with many symbols (including the cross, the swastika and the pentacle) the symbol has come to denote different meanings and over time the meanings have become so interchangeable that no single absolute answer would be possible.
1. The symbol is possibly most recognisable (in both this form and with a single star) as a symbol of the Islamic faith. Islam, a world religion originating in the East has strong links to the moon cycle and the most important phase of the Muslim calendar - the fasting month of Ramadan - is determined by the cycle of the moon. Islam is not a Pagan religion but an Abrahamic religion - which alongside Christianity evolved from the parent religion of Judaism. You may notice that a similar image (usually a single star) appears on the flags of many countries, this is to show their faith in Islam.
2. The crescent moon and stars first appear in the carvings left to us by the Sumerian culture - possibly the oldest civilisation that ever lived on our planet. The Sumerians were said to have a knowledge of the solar system that far surpassed anything their primitive technology should have allowed them to know and they left this knowledge to us in the form of carvings and sculpture. The moon and stars represented the Gods to the Sumerians and would have been considered a symbol of worship. There is a school of thought that when the image appeared as a single star it was representative of Venus which is the second brightest object in the night sky after the moon.
3. The symbol occurs throughout history as being symbolic of a specific God or (more commonly) Goddess. Such associations include the Greek hunting Goddess Artemis (Diana in Roman mythology), the Greek Goddess of the night Nyx, Tanit the Great Goddess of the Carthaginians and Astarte (Ishtar) the Mesopotamean (Eastern) Goddess associated with War.
4. The Ottoman Empire (Turkey and the surrounding areas) of the middle ages observed a religion called Tengrism. This religion was known as the "Sky God religion" and great emphasis was placed upon using symbols of the skies to enhance worship. The Moon and stars were depicted as symbols on the Ottoman flags and this flag morphed over time to become the crescent moon and single star depicted on the flag of Turkey as we know it today.
5. Some modern Pagans do recognise the symbol for their own uses - the significance of the moon has obvious Pagan connotations, the points on the stars represent the five elements associated with the elements and the number of stars represent the transition of the Goddess from Maiden through Mother to Crone. The image of the moon and stars also evokes the idea of perfect balance - our planet as we know it is a balance of night and day, dark and light, heat and cold and this balance can be symbolised by the image of the moon and the star (the sun) that we see in our own Earth skies. The idea of the Moon Goddess and the Sun God in modern Pagan religions such as Wicca can also be encapsulated in this image.
QUESTION - Hey do you have any mythical spells that really work like vampire, mermaids or fairy or even wolf? Please message back soon.
ANSWER - When you say mythical spells - are you referring to spells that would actually transform a human into one of these mythical creatures? If so I am afraid (once again) I have to be clear that no such spell exists. I have spoken previously and very recently about vampires, mermaids belong in the realms of fiction, Werewolves are the product of a disease called lycanthropy and although the world of faery certainly exists there is to the best of my knowledge no spell that will transform a human into a faery.
I'm reluctant to shake your belief because I think belief is a powerful and positive tool that sets humans with the capacity for imagination and the willingness to transcend the mundane apart from those who follow empirical evidence blindly and accept nothing but that which can be proven. But equally it would be wrong of me to foster a hope that I genuinely believe is founded in the impossible.
The Summer Solstice simply put is the longest day of the year. It is Midsummer, the point at which the days stop getting longer and start once again to shorten. The celebrations take place at the dawning of the longest day at the awakening of the morning sun.
In Pagan times Midsummer would have been a time of festivity and fun as it traditionally marks a period of rest between the planting of the crops (usually Ostara – Beltane) and the reaping of the crops at Lammas. In modern times Litha has a similar significance in that people are taking holidays from work to enjoy the summer sun. Even in the modern calendar Summer is seen as a time of rest. (Incidentally so is Winter, one wonders when we actually get any work done – must be a Spring thing!)
Midsummer has a magical significance as it provides an opportunity to harness the power of the sun and light at its strongest. It is also an “inbetween time” which is generally the most auspicious time to perform any magic.
In the modern religion of Wicca Litha Midsummer is seen to represent the height of the Sun God’s powers. After Litha he will fade until his death at Samhain. Wiccan rites and rituals will be focused on the worship of the Sun God and this sabbat is a poignant reminder to Pagans Witches and Wiccans of their own immortality for even as we celebrate the power of the Sun we acknowledge the light will soon be conquered once again by the darkness.
Two questions (by different readers on the same theme of Vampirism this week so I'm doing something different and answering them both together. It's an interesting theme but to be honest being a vampire has very little (nothing...)to do with witchcraft so it isn't really my field at all.
Vampires are generally assumed to be relegated to the world of fiction. There are people who sustain themselves on the life force of others - often called "psychic vampirism" and there are individuals who consume the blood of human although the human body is not adapted to be sustained entirely by blood so even the most dedicated "vampires" would need some element of a normal diet as well.
This site http://www.vampirewebsite.net/ has a good level of information and a comprehensive question and answer section. Possibly you will get a fuller response there.
Question - Hi I need to ask you this - I really want to become a vampire and I want to see if you could send me a email of a vampire transformation spell?
Answer - I am afraid that there is no such spell. Legend/myth/tradition has it that a person becomes a vampire as a result of interactive blood exchange with another vampire and to the best of my knowledge there is no other way to make the transition.
From the little bit of reading I've done in this area I believe the amount of blood necessary is a nominal amount and not the pints and pints implied by Hollywood films and the like...
When seeking out a vampire I would advise you to be conscious that a good many self proclaimed vampires will actually be delusional frauds. Just as I don't take my broom and pointy hat to work most vampires won't advertise the fact by getting the local dentist to sharpen their teeth. Be careful, no doubt there are serious genuine people who have adopted neo Vampirism as a chosen lifestyle but there will be many more who seek to use the glamour and the mystery associated to prey on young people wishing to develop an interest in what they do. Don't take any risks.
More information here: Vampirewebsite.net -How to get turned into a vampire
Question - I have been with my boyfriend about a year now .. we instantly knew we were meant to be..where we belong... the first time we had sex was incredibly intense, I felt it .. he saw it ..it being me changing into what he thought to appear as a vampire..it happens frequently, but I don't always appear the same , different eyes and faces have appeared ..I have NO idea what is happening or why ? He too can change , but asked for his and knows why .. I didn't ask ..If you have anything that can help me understand this I would truly appreciate it !!! I feel like I'm crazy at times, but I know it's true.
There are two practical possibilities that I can see. The first is that your lovemaking (lucky you!) is so intense that it is leading to a mild halluciogenic response which is causing your boyfriend to perceive you differently. If you think of the hormones generated during very passionate lovemaking it certainly isn't inconceivable that they could have a mind altering affect. This to my mind is the most likely explanation - if you are having sex fuelled by alcohol/drugs then it becomes even more likely...
The second practical possibility is that women actually do change their physical appearance during sex. Your pupils dilate, your skin becomes flushed, your features contort... These physical changes very possibly do mean you look different to your normal self at this time. To be fair to your boyfriend, if he's in the midst of generating all this passion he probably isn't concentrating too scientifically on your appearance. The fact that these changes only occur when his attention is distracted and during what is a powerfully emotional time for you both leas me to believe that in this situation the explanation is a simple one.
Ha! Betting tips from a witch??
I'm very rarely clairvoyant if I'm honest and if I did happen to get an insight into the future I'd be astonished if it was the results of a football match. However I am putting a modest bet on the winner this year and I'm happy to share my wager with you on the condition that you don't chase me for your stake money if you lose!
I'm betting on Italy to win...
Depends on the witch. To be honest I think there has to be a relationship between the witch and the object of a spell for it to yield proper results. This can be a relationship formed of something as simple as an email exchange but a little knowledge and interaction is necessary. I dislike spell kits in particular where a witch seals intent to be sold and activated by a stranger. To me there is no hook in such a spell, nothing to link the witch's intent with the object of the spell. Even something like knowing a name or printing a photo off the internet can be enough but to cast a spell for someone you don't know against or involving someone you don't know isn't likely to have much effect.
Incidentally most people put more enough information on Facebook for a very effective hex to be cast against them... I wonder how many of them also have shielding in place to minimise abuse of that information... Great resource of info for witches - Facebook!
I personally believe that a spell has the most potency when worked by the person who wants the results. When I'm asked for spells I usually help construct the working but I'll often leave the actual casting down to the person themselves. I'm not of the opinion that magic is something highly specialised that only experienced witches can perform, I actually think most people could manage a pretty credible attempt at spell work. It's lack of belief in magic not lack of ability that turns so many people away from it.
I do perform spells for those I know personally - both by request and to improve people for my own ends (!) Generally I cast for people I know and against those I don't. The against spells refer to some of the animal and child cruelty cases in the media -I can't always resist lending my energies to the retribution process.
Would I do a spell for somebody else? Yes if they genuinely felt they couldn't do it for themselves and providing it was a reasonable request and they explained why it was important to them. However I would be sceptical of someone reluctant to put the effort in themselves. For magic to work it needs a good bit of both magical will and mundane effort behind it (why do you think my magical diets always flop?) and somebody who wants me to do all the work is likely not generating enough will of their own to make the spell work. If I felt they were being lazy I'd suggest they look for a witch with less of a workload and more patience!
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