QUESTION - My 16 yr old daughter is bipolar and is starting to suffer from night terrors again.. It is terrifying her and she is not getting sleep.. she is a new mom but her son sleeps thru the night, she does not... Do you know of any easy, simple spells, chants etc.. To help? I'm am very new at being a witch so I'm not sure what can help.. Any info would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you, thank you, thank you
ANSWER - Yes, there are certainly a few basic things I can suggest. However, I would deal with the problem differently depending on whether you feel your daughters is being bothered by passing spirits attracted to her anxiety or whether the night terrors are more of a symptom of her being bipolar.
For the bipolar symptoms I would suggest lavender on her pillow and a sprig by the bed (lavender has strong protective powers and is not just used as a simple sleep aid.) I would create an area of calm and serenity in her room by sprinkling blessed moon water (leave a bottle of water out in the full moon, add a pinch of salt and then stir slowly while adding your intent) round the corners of the room. If you/she believe in deity you could also ask the Goddess to help restore harmony to the room. If she is suffering from stress, a small piece of selenite crystal under her pillow will help her to relax. I'd also suggest you do some meditation together, focusing on something peaceful, possibly you could walk her through a walk through the woods as she rests in bed, describing all the sounds and colours and smells to her and help her to relax within her own mind.
One of the charms that has always worked for me is a weaving charm undertaken by the restless person themself. Get her several long strands of cotton/wool, any thread will do and bind six matchsticks into the shape of a wheel. Ask her to slowly weave the thread around the spokes while chanting "Peace around me, peace within
Let my soul be calm and still."
Don't repeat for a specific number of times, tell her to focus on the message and the thought of the peace surrounding her in her bedroom and stop when she is ready.
If she is worried about genuine spirit activity and you believe the night terrors are things she is actually seeing rather than imagining then all the above will still help but in addition I would suggest you take a firm hand with the spirits. Most spirits have little concept of time and tend to turn up when they feel like it. Tell them firmly in front of her that they are not welcome while she is trying to sleep. A little pouch sewn shut filled with agrimony may also be helpful as could a small piece of black arrow head obsidian under her pillow.
Also - don't forget that as we witches we know such methods work on their own but there is also the psychological belief of the person which can also help the spell along. So which ever methods you use to help, show her your absolute faith that it will work and create that mindset that will start to help her to overcome her fears.
(And buy a dreamcatcher to hang over her bed...)
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There was no one factor that influenced my decision to follow the path of the Craft. I was at a time in my life where I had the confidence to explore different views than those I had been indoctrinated with from a young age (society I mean, not my parents...), I had experimented and researched other paths and several religions and Witchcraft felt right to me. There is an evident trend toward the craft in my family and I felt drawn toward it from a young age.
There were other factors too, I speak a lot of my frustration with the mundane and becoming a witch allowed me to focus on and express my spiritual side to a much greater degree. This was important as during my late teens and early twenties I felt very ostracised from that part of myself. Becoming a witch helped me to integrate my parts together to achieve the synthesis of who I needed to be.
If I'm honest, I am also very interested in power. I am more interested in power than worship and supplication. Learning the craft helped me understand how to manipulate the world to my best advantage and how to take control of my life and others. I was also conscious of my own views on morality which do not fit into any conventional framework I have ever yet come across. Traditional Witchcraft allows me to work with the beliefs inherant in my own personal morality.
I don't think becoming a witch is ever a snap decision, for me all the elements of my life just quietly moved together until such a choice was natural, possibly even inevitable.
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QUESTION - Had a dream about smelling smoke in an apartment and upon looking outside saw flames coming from underneath the second floor balcony. Gathered my children and tried to go down the stairs, was told no and redirected. Couldn't find a way then all of a sudden a spiral staircase appeared and we escaped in a downward direction. Ended up in a bar room of sorts with no children trying to warn others. I was all of a sudden outside of the gates of an intercity public housing complex separated by a chain link fence and saw no fire looking in. What could this mean?
ANSWER - There are three primary schools of thought when dealing with dreams. The first is that they are precognition or glimpses into either our own future or the future of someone else. The second is that dreams deal in symbols and each symbol has a different independent meaning, either a meaning relative to our life as it is now or again relevant to our future (think people who tell you dreaming of teeth will cause you to come into money...)
I subscribe to neither theory of dream interpretation and in fact the way I choose to interpret dreams would actually be closer to a psychiatrist than to a clairvoyant. I believe that dreams are our subconscious's way of working out problems and issues that we are currently experiencing in our conscious lives. The dream is the sub conscious working on the problem while the conscious mind rests. It follows therefore that dreams have a direct link to whatever is going on in your life at the given time. I also believe that the context of symbols in a dream is important. The symbol itself in my method of interpreting does not have a single stand alone meaning (a la so many dream dictionaries) it is instead dependent on the context of the dream and the perception of the dreamer.
With this explanation out of the way, lets have a look at your dream....
Ok, so smoke, clear indication of danger but also carries a suggestion of blinding and blocking your view. Perhaps you feel blocked by events in your life at the moment, a sense of unknown danger that you can't pinpoint but that you know is there? Smoke also has ethereal connotations, the intangibility of something that exists but we cannot capture. Again, I'd suggest there is a strong sense of confusion in your life at the moment, an inability to express what worries you or to fully understand it but a nagging doubt that something is holding you back.
The children represent protection, this may not necessarily relate to your own children, commonly children appear in dreams as representations of either your more vulnerable side or the person you were in childhood. In trying so hard to protect your children in the dream I would suggest that you feel a sense of threat toward yourself in your own life at the moment and that is coming out in your dream as the exceptionally powerful analogy of saving a child from death.
The fact that your initial routes were barred and then the spiral staircase appeared I would say is an indication of both the strength of your personality and your determination to escape. That staircase didn't appear, you made it appear. Your mind was giving you the clear guidance that you are able to solve your own problems and to find your way out of (dark and desperate?) difficult situations.
The trying to warn others bit represents how dubious you are that your voice is being heard. Although you know you are right (after all, you've just managed to escape) you doubt your ability to make others listen or understand. Possibly this is indicative of how you are feeling in your life at the moment, you are speaking but nobody is hearing what you are saying?
The last bit for me was the most interesting part of your dream and I can see several ways this could be interpreted. For me, you see no fire because you have started to doubt its existence as you were unable to convince others that it existed. You have allowed the belief of others to form your own reality (and there has to be a lesson in there to you somewhere...) The very man made, very security focused structure you describe suggests firstly that you still feel trapped (initially by the danger but now by the fact that recognising the danger has isolated you from others). Most interestingly, having been a focus of the action throughout the dream, you are now the outsider looking in. This suggests to me that you have gained the knowledge and wisdom to escape from whatever was holding you back but as the way back is now barred from you, you have gained experience at the expense of a certain loneliness. I see you also as very much looking back at what you have come from, but the security you once felt has now changed into that as a prison. You no longer feel you belong there but you are aware that being on the outside will also bring new problems you have to face.
Of course, that's just my thoughts....
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You mean like a third nipple or a sixth finger?
No. I did recently think I was growing a third nipple and I got ever so excited but it turned out just to be an irritation from a protruding bra wire. Most disappointing..... The most traditionally witchy feature I have sadly is a slightly hooked nose.
I have rather a lot of tools. Bear in mind that a lot of witches use few tools and some use none at all, preferring to use their hands to direct energy. Tools are more prevalent in Wicca and here my own practise has been heavily influenced by Wicca. I have three wands - one general purpose, one linked to the element of air and one dedicated to healing. I also have a staff with a quartz crystal. All are home made not shop bought. I use them primarily for the direction of energy. I have an athame (ceremonial knife) and usually use this for casting my circles. I have a traditional broomstick that I use to sweep negative vibes from the house.
I use a chalice to represent the element of water in my rituals and a cauldron where I often make (quite dangerously) indoor fires. I use a crystal ball and a scrying mirror for divination and have several sets of tarot cards and runes.
None of the above is necessary, I know many many witches who achieve the same (and better) results than me using no tools at all. Its personal choice, tools can set the scene and help you get into the right frame of mind but its the witch, not the tools who does the magic.
QUESTION - My father is almost 90 and received an envelope from another state with 2 index cards in it. One had a pentagram and the other a symbol for the horned God. I identified them by a search on the internet. My dad is really letting this bother him and I wondered if you had any idea what these meanings were or why someone would send them. Is it meant to be a bad thing? I want to reassure him that all is ok. Any help you can give would be great. Thanks
ANSWER - I can certainly put your father’s mind at rest and I am very sorry he has been so concerned. Worry can be frightening and at 90 years old he really doesn’t need it.
The pentagram is a five pointed star (typically drawn without removing pen from paper) and has significance across a wide range of religions. The Christian religion used to use it to signify the wounds of Christ and it is used in the Bah’ai faith (where it is called the haykal) to denote the temple of the body.
In recent times the Pentagram is used by the Neopagan faiths, in particular Wicca to symbolize the unity of the five elements (earth, air, fire, water and spirit) and the five primary senses of the human body. Occasionally the physical shape of the pentagram is also seen to be representative of the human body with the head, two arms and two legs.
None of these usages or interpretations have any negativity associated with them and as a potent symbol of faith it would more likely be used as a positive symbol than as a threatening one, indeed it is commonly used as a way of keeping evil spirits at bay in protective rituals. Many witches use the pentagram as a way of marking their house to keep negativity at bay. The most likely explanation for sending it to someone through the post would be to bless or protect. Should an individual wish to send a “nasty” symbol wishing harm on someone they would almost certainly not use the pentagram as their symbol of choice.
(You may have heard about some religions choosing to invert the pentagram in a similar way to the inverted Christian cross. Although this usage does occur, the fact that in your case your father has received it along with an image of the Horned God makes me certain that in this instance the pentagram is being used in its traditional and positive sense.)
The Horned God is again closely associated with Wicca and the NeoPagan religions and is usually a depiction of the Gods Pan or Herne. Pan is the nature God of the Greeks and worshipped as a focus of fertility and the renewal of life. Again, there is a close association with positivity, blessings and the natural world. The Horned God is a symbol of the sun cycle, the reawakening of the light as the wheel of the year moves through the seasons. I can see it being sent as a message to suggest that the light of a person never dies and the circle of life is never truly broken. Possibly your father could find some comfort from such an interpretation and likely that was the intention from whoever sent it.
As part of my work within the Witchcraft communities, I do offer the service of chain letter breaking (no charge, lol). Although I can confirm there is nothing negative linked to the mail your father has received, if, for peace of mind he would like to forward it to me for safe magical destruction, he is very welcome to do so. I will put my private address in an email to you.
But like I say, tell him not to worry, the symbols might look a bit strange to the non magical practitioner but the intention behind them is undoubtedly one of light and love.
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In terms of do they exist that is rather more complicated. It depends really what you mean by a werewolf. The way I see it there are three definitions. 1. A human actually changes his physical form into that of a wolf. 2 A human takes on the spiritual form of a wolf. 3. A human believes he/she turns into a wolf.
So the first one – no, I don’t believe it is possible. I do not believe that a human can morph their physical shape into that of a wolf. That’s a personal belief, I do know one or two people who believe otherwise but rationally I can’t see any basis for there being any truth in it. I think some people may have been watching a few too many Robert Pattison films *twinkles*.
The second definition is far more likely. I do not follow a Shamanic path personally and nor am I party to the advanced practises of those who do. But Shamanism is very involved with working with animal spirits. I see no reason at all why a human could not assume the spiritual form of a wolf, either for astral projection or to take the characteristics of that animal into their workings. Like I say, its not my thing – but it may well be worth speaking to someone who practises Shamanism if it is something you are interested in. Some witches may use their physical animal familiar as a house for their spirit (now you know where JK Rowling’s horcruxes came from…) but again, not something I do. (Would you trust any part of your spirit to a degu??)
The third definition is the most documented. The medical term for somebody who believes they are a werewolf is “lycanthropy.” This is a medical condition often linked to schizophrenia. There is actual medical evidence to prove beyond a doubt that this condition exists but the symptoms only consist of a belief in transmorphing into a wolf (or other animal) not actually making the physical change.
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I don't really see why not. And if its sufficiently integrated into the life of the witch then a magical response will be an automatic response. I'd question why a witch would want to limit her sphere of influence.
My one exception is at work. I've never really worked out what I'm paid for. If I'm paid to do the same work as everyone else then that's fine but if I'm paid to do everything in my power to achieve company targets then I'm cheating them a bit as I could probably double my productivity by using magic. But I've made the call that work would probably prefer me not to manipulate my customers – they value customer service highly and may see it as a bit immoral – so I choose not to bring my witchcraft to work. I suppose if a weird situation ever arose I'd have to employ it and I did bind a colleague once a few years ago – he's still swinging from my hex tree and I poke him occasionally, lol. But that was personal, not work!
I think its down to using common sense. I can magic off a headache, but why bother when I can just take a paracetamol? Being a bit of a lazy wotsit, I tend to go for the easiest route, sometimes that is magic, sometimes it isn't.
But fundamentally, why would you go to the trouble of studying and practising witchcraft only not to use it when you need it? Magic doesn't run out you know!
Opinions on this vary. I think the most common is to ground, centre and then shield. The rationale being that you siphon off your excess energy first then centre and balance the positive energy that remains and then finally focus your energy into creating a protective shield.
I do it a bit differently though. For me, centering is the process of drawing together all the energy I want to return to the earth. So I centre first. I focus my energies into a focal point in my body and then hold it steady for it to be returned into the earth. Its the part of the process that I find the most difficult as I've never found a visualisation for it that I'm completely happy with (suggestions on a postcard please!) and it usually takes me a lot longer than the grounding which I find the most beneficial.
I do also know of one witch who always shields first and then does all her energy work inside her shield. So I think it is very much what feels right and works best for you.
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Well anything would be nice, I don't actually have any magical powers. Working with magic and having magical powers are quite different things. However if I could have a magical power I would dearly love the ability to disintegrate, melt or explode people's mobile phones. Kind of like a killer laser eye stare targeted specifically at phones. And I wouldn't use it sparingly either, the second someone got their phone out on the bus, bam! That phone would be in pieces. That power would make me so happy....
I also wouldn't mind the ability to magic my hair clean and blow dried every morning. Those extra fifteen minutes in bed really would be magic!
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