QUESTION - Two years ago my friend told me that if I strangled a cat we could summon the Devil. I am ashamed to say that I did kill the cat and nothing happened. I thought that sacrifice worked in summoning demons and I feel really guilty that I killed some old lady’s cat for no reason. Do you reckon killing a cat can be forgivable and do witches do sacrifices? PS. I am fifteen and male.
The nature of sacrifice seems to confuse a lot of people. It is true that animal sacrifices were once considered (in both Pagan and Christian cultures) to be an acceptable offering to the Gods. But what you need to remember is that back in olden times people had very few possessions and their livestock would be one of the most valuable things that they owned. The power of sacrifice is not the spilling of blood or the ending of life, it is the act of giving something up that means something to the person doing the sacrifice. It follows that in olden times slaughtering a goat or a chicken would have been a genuine sacrifice – in modern times killing random animals has little meaning or significance attached to it.
Do witches perform sacrifice? Certainly I do – but I assure you that my hands do not become in the least bloody when I do so. I perform sacrifice that actually involves me losing something - sacrifice by direct debit rather than by death. Generally when I wish to either thank the Gods or ask them for something I try to put something into the world to do some good, like a donation of money to charity. A fellow witch thanks the universe by putting things back into the earth, planting seeds that sort of thing. These positive actions are to my mind far more acceptable sacrifices than a meaningless act of random destruction such as the killing of an innocent animal.
You seem a little confused about witches and the Devil. Very few witches believe in or worship the Devil. Devil worship is more akin to Satanism. And I have to be honest, I know a few Satanists and they would be far more outspoken than me on the subject of killing random cats. They’d call you an idiot and quite rightly so. No self respecting Satanist goes around stealing cats off old ladies. It is hardly surprising that two teenage boys and a dead cat failed to raise a demon of any sort. I can’t deny there are certain rites that do involve blood ritual but without knowing what you are doing, you are unlikely to get very far. I’d also question what exactly you intended to do with the demon in the unlikely event that you had managed to summon anything. Magic without a motive or a direction is nothing but posturing. If you genuinely feel called to a magic path, start with the basics, learn your craft from the bottom up and stop trying to impress your friends with things of which you have no understanding.
Do I think killing a cat is forgivable? Yes, suppose I do (though I do not condone such unnecessary violence and to my mind only a weak person hurts animals) - But I am of the firm belief that we all make mistakes and we all do stupid things occasionally and I do not feel that the rest of your life should be tainted with the guilt of one adolescent incident. I’d suggest that you take some positive steps to apologise for your action – I’m not keen on all this saying sorry and being forgiven business – if you want to feel you can put the incident behind you, go out of your way to atone for it. Give some money or time to a cat charity, help out some elderly neighbours, volunteer at a cat rescue place….Whatever… but do something positive to help others and offer up the gift of that sacrifice to the Gods.
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QUESTION - I am learning the Tarot. I have been given a type of warning that someone could be lying /deceiving me. Can I ask the Tarot to narrow this down to find out who or what it is? The 9 of swords has come up in several daily readings I have been doing. Other cards aspect this as well. I am still new to the craft and I do not want my thoughts to get this wrong, because of the lack of experience. I hope this makes sense to you.. Thank You
ANSWER - The nine of swords is generally a bit of a portent of doom card but it can also indicate an obsession or a reluctance to give something up. I wonder if perhaps in your case the recurrence of the card suggests that you are placing too much emphasis on the idea that you are being lied to. The trouble with dwelling on such a concept can lead to mild paranoia and uncertainty and probably isn't the best head space to involve yourself in.
The short answer is - yes you can use the Tarot to narrow down who is lying to you. If you ask the right questions you can ascertain whether male or female and the general age of the person. The cards will easily yield this information. However I am unsure if this would help you very much. At any stage of your life probably 90% of those you know are lying to you or deceiving you in some way, they will have their own motives for doing so and likely their intention is not to hurt you - lying is unfortunately just human nature.
In truth, the Tarot is used best when it doesn't deal in absolutes. My advice would be to keep the warning in your mind as general guidance but not to let it dominate your thoughts.
Remember that the cards foretell a possible outcome, not an inevitable outcome. Tarot guidance is a good way to keep yourself aware of the possibilities of your present and your future but don't let yourself get bogged down too much trying to use it to predict every incident in your life. Just keep an eye out and decide for yourself who is speaking the truth to you.
QUESTION - My children say I am a witch because I know things before they happen - like I told my son his wife was pregnant over the phone. How do you know?
ANSWER - I'm not entirely sure if you mean how do I know personally or how can the universal "you" know if they are a witch. So I'll answer both ways and hopefully I'll get it right!
I know personally that I am a witch because I regularly and consciously use magic to influence my life and the lives of others. Its a case of "I do therefore I am." I practise Witchcraft, I utilise magic, I consciously control what happens in my life with my craft practises so I can be fairly confident I'm a witch.
The above applies to other people of course, I've said it before many times - If you practise witchcraft you're a witch. But what I think you mean is how do you know you're a witch before you've consciously started to practise the craft. There can be many different signs that you are a natural witch (and I differentiate natural from intentionally practising without making a value judgement. In my experience whether you are born into the craft, learn the craft, or have a natural ability to practise the craft it is no indication that you are any more/less a witch than anyone else.)
I think you can start to consider the possibility that you may be a natural witch if you either start to demonstrate abilities outside the normal five senses or you start to develop an awareness of beyond the scope of your own life. This can be exciting powers like psychic ability (yet again, not all witches are psychic) or something as simple as a philosophical and naturally enquiring mind. You will have an interest in controlling your own life and a desire to do so. Very few witches are passive, we are by nature proactive souls who seek to influence our own lives. A natural witch will have the idea that there is something more she seeks from her life, something outside convention, something she may find hard to express but an understanding that there is more to life than can be obtained within the confines of the lives so many are happy to lead. She will know she is a witch because one day she will wake up and decide that it isn't enough any more, that she wants more. And the determination will actualise her power until she takes the control inherent in a witch and changes her life so radically that there is no going back. She opens doors, both in her life and in her mind and she strides forward with the confidence of knowing that life as a witch and from here on in is on her terms.
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No and I'm afraid I'm a little bit scathing of those who do. To me the Tarot is a guide to illuminate and aid discernment. It is an aid to meditation, a tool to prise open the mind and allow a person to consider different interpretations and options. It is not a cheap seaside trick to inform emotionally susceptible women that they are likely to meet tall dark handsome strangers.
The readings that I do offer insight, intuition and the opportunity for the querant to think for themselves and to view their life from different perspectives. I don't "tell" I guide and I advise. I get the odd querant who wants to be spoon fed and who prefers a display of "psychic" powers to an honest analysis of the future. Fair enough, I leave them to it. You'll find most serious practitioners of the craft avoid the seaside gypsy woman tricks. Its all too easy to manipulate the vulnerable, its a good deal harder to face up to the realities of your own life and confront the trials ahead. Unfortunately not everybody who encounters the Tarot is up to the challenge.
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QUESTION - Oh honest Witch ,
I have a simple question about candles.
If a candle is to burn for 33hrs, for the spell/chant to work, is it ok if I snuff it out before going to bed, and re light it in the morning? I am terrified of leaving an unsupervised candle burning all night, just the thought sends me in a panic!
I don't care if the spell will take longer to work, because I would not be able to focus and be positive knowing I HAVE to leave it burning all night. Some advice please.
ANSWER - The key element to performing any spell, including those involving candle magic is your intent. Certainly a spell where you can focus your intent for the duration of a candle burning down is likely to be a powerful one. However, the significance of the candle burning is primarily the time you spend focusing on your spell. I therefore see little issue in you breaking the burning of the candle and relighting it with a fresh session of focusing on your spell.
Its also important to remember that barriers to your focus need to be eliminated if you are to concentrate on your spell. Worrying that your room will burn down if your candle stays alight all night will have a negative effect on your concentration and will weaken the potency of your spell. It makes much more sense under these circumstances to think of a way to remove the worry, in this case, blowing the candle out for the period while you are sleeping.
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I have read something on " Everything under the Moon" website.
There is a spell I want to do but there are some things that I'm not sure how to do. Can you help me ?
The spell needed: Pen, White Paper, Pink Candle Time: Friday Night
On a Friday evening, light your pink candle. With your favourite pen and a white piece of paper, write your first name and your lovers last name. Draw a circle around the names and close your eyes and meditate on what you want (the two of you together, how happy you will be, etc...) Repeat three times:
"Our fate is sealed
We are one
So mote it be
It is done!"
Watch your pink candle for at least 15 minutes while meditating about the person you want and the wonderful love you will have together. If possible, meditate until the candle burns out. You may also use a larger candle and do the spell every night for seven nights, meditating 15 minutes each night.
So after doing this spell what do I do with the paper which I write names on it , should I keep it or burn it?
ANSWER - I would probably suggest you burn it in the light of the candle and visualise your intention being carried into the winds on the smoke of the candle. If you repeat the spell, you can use a fresh piece of paper every night.
The key element of this spell is the focus of your intent. Don't get too bogged down in the whole pink candle, Friday night thing. Your results with be just as good with a blue candle on a Tuesday if you put sufficient thought into what you want to achieve.
The website is a good one though, very reputable and run by a lovely admin. Nice community in her forum.
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QUESTION - I've followed the Goddess for years, yet for the past while I've felt stuck. I meditate and pray yet feel alone. I focus on raising my personal vibrations and focus on creating abundance, yet nothing seems to change and I feel stuck. How can I move forward and once again feel close to the Goddess and to abundance?
ANSWER - Maybe you are trying too hard to force a connection? I wonder if the focus of your meditation has become so focused on trying to get back your links with the Goddess that you are not able to relax and let things happen naturally. You say that you are focusing but nothing is changing - This would suggest to me that perhaps you need to do something different. Perhaps your old ways of working just don't call to you the way they used to.
I think you need to think about what the Goddess means to you and look for new ways to incorporate the deities in your life. Meditation is generally quite a solitary indoorsy kind of practise. What have you done to get out in the world recently, to view the work of the Goddess for yourself? Sometimes realigning yourself with nature can be all it takes to get back that sense of wonder in something greater than you and greater than your life. I'd take the pressure off yourself, start looking for new ways to embrace the Goddess within your life and spend some time outdoors. The change of the season to Autumn is one of the most powerful times magically and an opportunity to see both nature and the bounty of the Goddess at their best. Make the most of this time of year to reawaken your connection.
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QUESTION - Hello, I have recently seen a article about Yemen child marriage. The thought of an eight year old girl getting married is outrageous let alone dying from the hands of a wicked man or in child birth. The world politics will take years trying to eradicate this sickening trade. I am simply asking for a simple spell and maybe have a "host party" where if world wide all Wiccans say a simple prayer/spell to protect these children at around the same time perhaps some divine intervention will happen... I think it is worth a shot... but do you think its a good idea?
ANSWER – I agree that the idea of child marriage is a sickening one. An eight year old is neither emotionally nor physically equipped to embark upon a marriage and to my mind forcing them to do so is nothing more than child abuse. However, if there was a “simple spell/prayer” that could stop it, I am pretty confident that some witch would have cast it by now. Changing the beliefs of a culture is not a simple business and this is one of those areas where education and public awareness are better tools than magic to tackle the problem. I strongly believe that the more people who raise their voices against this type of thing, the more impact they will have and the more countries such as the Yemen will start to listen. You dismiss world politics but don’t forget that the economy of many countries depends on trade with other countries. Raising awareness to the level where bigger countries start to sit up and take note and the trade rights are jeopardized is a powerful tool indeed against eradicating behaviour that has no place in the 21st century.
Do I think magic can help? Definitely and I think your idea that witches and Wiccans all round the world hold these children in their hearts and send them love and support is a wonderful one. Your compassion and awareness of such a difficult situation is to be praised. I also agree that as a group effort we would achieve a strong impact in supporting these children.
You obviously feel very strongly about this issue, seize your chance to help these children. You could start up a Facebook page to get witches and Wiccans to send positive energy, I am sure many would join. You could also write to the government to make your views heard, maybe even start a petition. Don’t feel a lone voice won’t make a difference. The world only changes because people like you want it to and dare to speak out.
QUESTION - I have been on my path since March and have questions I have been holding off getting an answer for.
I have been using 2013 Llewellyn's Witches Spell A Day book My question is what do we use for colour of the day and what if you do not have the incense of the day?
ANSWER – Hmmm. I may not be the best witch to answer this question for you. You may do better with some fluffy little cutie wearing glitter bells and holding a sparkly wand… I’ll be blunt, colour of the day means very little. Actually I’ll be even more blunt, it means absolutely nothing. YOUR colour of the day, yes that I can get behind. A witch who wakes up and defines her own feelings with reference to the colour spectrum or who describes her emotions using colours, that has some validity and truth to it. A book/website saying lavender is the colour of the day for everyone, sorry I don’t buy it. It’s a bit like reading your horoscope in the paper, vague, largely nonsensical and a bit of a waste of time for all concerned.
My advice to you is to allow the creativity in your mind free rein. Choose your own colour of the day. Just because Llewellyn or anybody else tells you something doesn’t mean its right. An accomplished witch listens to her inner voice and thinks for herself. So what do you use for colour of the day? Any damn colour you feel like using.
Same with the incense. If you don’t have what a spell requires – improvise! Any good correspondence table (google “magical correspondences”) will be able to suggest sensible substitutions. But again, go with what you think is right. I don’t care how many people tell me to purify using sage, I’m going to carry on using sandalwood. Build up your own associations and your own meanings and don’t be afraid to experiment.
I’ve used this analogy before but it’s a useful one –think of witchcraft as more like cooking than baking. Baking is a precise art, you need to use the right ingredients in a certain order or it all goes wrong. Cooking, you can mix it up a bit and tweak the recipe as you go along. Your beef stew won’t suffer because you’ve run out of thyme and you whack a bit of sage in instead. Same with spells, magic isn’t an exact science, you can put all the ingredients together exactly as the book says but if you don’t believe in what you are doing and you don’t know why you are doing it, your spells simply won’t work.
The art of the witch is to improvise, to create and to control. Take hold of your own power and put your faith in yourself, not what some book tells you.
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QUESTION - I have been interested for some in possibly becoming a witch, but have not really done anything about. Everyone that I have said this to either say don't be silly or they think I have lost my marbles, but I would like to know all there is to know about becoming a witch. I have been looking for books on Witchcraft for beginners, but I can only do it online as I suffer with Agoraphobia and can not get out of my flat. I haven't done anything yet because everything I have read so far say it is better if you collect your own items, as I can't get out I can't go to the shop in-order to buy things for myself.
Before I stopped getting out I did buy a Goblet and a Wooden Wand, but haven't been able to buy anything else.
Will it be ok to buy on-line? as I have read that you are supposed to buy the items yourself holding them yourself you can get a comfortable feeling for the items.
I would like some advice if it is possible.
ANSWER - Oh yes. More than yes! Anything you use in working magic is merely a tool. Sometimes there is confusion as to who is doing the magic – the witch or the item and I know a lot of witches get quite bowed down with the whole getting the right tool and treating it right kind of thing. It’s a bit dangerous if you ask me, it leads to the tools having far more perceived power than they should. The tools have no inherent power in themselves, it is how they are used and who is using them that gives them the power. A wand in the hands of the magically non inclined is a stick. Doesn’t matter how fancy or elaborate it is, it’s a stick.
I don’t think it matters if you buy your things in a witch shop, order online or pull out of your neighbour’s skip. Providing you properly cleanse the items (and I don’t just mean wave a bit of sage around, give them a good wash too) and you understand in your own mind the purpose that they will be used for, it makes no difference where they came from.
I wouldn’t worry at all, buy whatever you need from the comfort of your own armchair in the confidence that a tool is merely the slave to its master and with time and patience you will learn how to utilise them in the art of witchcraft.
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