QUESTION - How do I know what type of witch I am? I am obviously a beginner and I'm having some trouble in my practices. I feel like I've been kind of searching in the dark.
ANSWER - We covered quite a bit of this in this question here so have a read and I think it will point you in the right direction.
I really feel strongly that on coming to the craft a witch shouldn’t worry too much about giving herself a label as to what kind of witch she is. Most of us don’t fall into any single category – we all have strengths that don’t allow us to be easily pigeon holed. I think that it is really important to be true to your own nature as trying to pigeon hole yourself to fit a specific definition means you might overlook things that don’t fit into your chosen category and as a result you are a poorer witch for intentionally choosing not to work on some of your skills.
The best thing to do is to start with some reading around the craft. Try and get a real mix of biographical accounts, modern (101 witchcraft lol) and traditional texts throughout the ages. Then look at joining a forum and chatting with other witches about what they do and what works for them. Forums are a great idea because they usually have such a range of experience from absolute beginner to pretty advanced practitioner and even if you don’t feel confident enough to contribute much in the beginning just reading through the forum chats will give you an idea of how other witches got started.
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QUESTION - Is it possible for a self proclaimed Christian to put a negative spell/spell of misfortune on someone? My neighbour found out I was an angel card reader and said it was of the devil and she would pray for my soul. This past week I have felt a heavy energy dragging me down and my personal/family life has been a mess. I can't help but wonder if she or her church did something "in the name of Jesus" what are your thoughts?
Answer – I would say it is certainly possible. There is a very definite overlap between prayer and magic and a school of thought that they are actually just different ways of channelling energy. A group of people focusing on a single objective may well be able to produce results and people practising a faith (any faith) usually have a real advantage here because the belief in what they are doing is likely to be strong.
I would however imagine that if these people are proper Christians (by which I mean they accept the doctrine of loving their neighbour) that any energy pushed your way would be positive rather than negative. The fact that your neighbour said she would pray for your soul would suggest she has good (albeit misguided) intentions toward you. I’d say it is unlikely that this kind of energy would manifest itself in the negative effects you have been experiencing.
It is important not to overlook the psychological effects of someone threatening spellwork against you. Many witches use this to their advantage… If somebody believes they are being affected by a spell/prayer/working it is possible for them to experience the effects even if the spell has not actually been cast against them. So in your case the fact that you believe these Christians are working against you may have preyed on your mind and induced these worries which in turn have sapped you of your energy.
Probably the best thing to do is to be honest with your neighbour and ask her politely not to include you in any of her Christian rituals. Explain that you respect her faith but you consider her intervention to be an infringement of your privacy. I am well aware that in certain parts of the world even the most innocent forms of divination (angel cards ffs!) can be viewed with mistrust and suspicion so it is probably not worth your time explaining what you do and asking her to understand.
(I’d probably add that if she doesn’t stop you will do a bit of tit for tat and send something back her way but be aware this may not be an appropriate suggestion for your relationship with your neighbour or for the part of the world you live in. Sometimes it makes more sense to let it go than get started on a long running negative exchange.)
It’s definitely worth taking some basic protective action just in case this group are sending anything your way. Get some decent shields in place, salt your door entrances, immerse yourself completely in a salt bath and visualise any unwanted energies dissolving away from you into the water. In terms of spell work I would try setting up some reflective workings to send anything back at you to the sender. A very simple but effective way of doing this would be to make a small poppet of yourself and place it against a wall and behind a mirror. The strength of the spell will be the strength of your own visualisation in seeing the mirror projecting back anything directed at you.
QUESTION - My Mom Bound My Powers. How Do I Unbind Them. They Are Mine. I Would Really Like Them Back.
Answer – You haven’t given me very much to go on here. I am presuming your mother practises witchcraft from the fact she has chosen to use a working against you. I’m also presuming she is pretty good at it as in general it is difficult for one witch to fully bind another. I’m interested as to why she has bound your powers… Have you been using them in a way she dislikes? Does she believe you are too young to practise witchcraft?
It’s a tricky one… morally I am reluctant to offer any advice that goes against a decision a parent has made for their child. That is not to say parents are always correct but it is perhaps not my right as a stranger to your family to make a judgement on that either way. My thoughts here are that communication rather than spellwork will be your best chance of getting back your powers.
(A note on “powers” – witchcraft is not fundamentally about having specific powers, it is about understanding how to channel energy and intent. What I suspect your mother has done here is bind your ability to produce results from your efforts at magical work. If she’s managed this then kudos to her, she’s good at what she does. It is important however to understand the distinction between having power (television witchcraft) and using power (witchcraft).
With regard to better communication I suggest you ask your mother why she has chosen to bind you. Can the two of your reach a compromise? While you are a minor and living under her roof she does have a right to have an input into your behaviour. Can you agree to forego certain types of spell work for the right to be able to do workings in other areas? I think this is your best bet, if she has bound you so successfully then I doubt anything you can throw at her will negate the effects of her binding. Being reasonable and honest and going into a discussion prepared to listen and compromise would seem the rational way forward.
I probably should leave it there, lol… But if you really are determined to take action on this – has she left any evidence of the spellwork lying around? Easy enough to dismantle a binding if it has been based on a physical representation - which my binding spells always are...
QUESTION - Ok so, I have been interested in the idea of witchcraft for quite a while now and have been researching many different types. However I am struggling to decide where I would fit in best. Also can witchcraft be dangerous? And how do I find a coven/the right coven? I am open to all the different takes and ideas on witchcraft and as there is so many it is hard to decide on just one.
ANSWER - I think it is very positive that you are researching different ways to practise the craft. However I would caution against trying to pigeon hole yourself into a single category of witchcraft. The danger is that in trying to conform to being a specific type of witch you may overlook the natural abilities and interests you have in other areas. Rather than look at different types of witchcraft and try to fit yourself into one, focus more on yourself as an individual and get some hands on practical experience. Many witches have a broad range of talents and practises that are hard to fit into a neatly labelled category and it is this very individuality and understanding of who they are as a person that makes them successful in the craft they practise. I’d go so far as to say that most of the witches I know would shun the whole idea of being labelled. Where you fit in best is your own little niche in the world of the craft and looking inward rather than outward will help you find this niche the soonest.
In terms of whether witchcraft can be dangerous, well yes it can. Not dangerous in the Disney sense of spells creating havoc but in the sense that it changes you as a person. There is an old saying that power corrupts and I’ve seen the evidence for this in a lot of people who follow a craft path. There is a danger of changing yourself for the worse, developing arrogance as your spells start to work and using what you know as a witch to tread over the feelings of other people. My own view is that a witch needs to learn humility as fast as she learns her craft because if she doesn’t she might not like what she sees in the mirror after a while.
Yes there are other less psychological dangers associated with witchcraft. Generally though the dramatic stuff you read about is very rare. Theoretically someone who doesn’t know what they are doing could use for example a summoning to attract an undesirable but the reason it is rare is because anybody with enough ability to actually get any results probably also has the ability to deal with the results they get. As with anything start off slow and build up. A sound understanding of the basics of your craft will help mitigate any problems or things that might go wrong. It will also give you a lot more credibility as a witch. I’d be pretty scornful of a witch who wittered on about her prowess with the Lemegeton but who has to ask advice about how to perform a basic mind changing working. It is also the low level, easy to perform workings that will have the most use in your day to day life. A good understanding and a foundation of experience in this area is invaluable to any witch.
In terms of covens they are totally optional. Many witches practise solitary, some through choice and some through necessity due to lack of like minded folk in their locality. Choosing a coven is all about finding a group of people who are a natural fit with your own beliefs. Beware of anyone who wants you to change and adapt to fit their own views (though polite co-operation as with any group will be necessary). The other issue with covens is that they can be run for the ego of one or two select members rather than for the benefit of the whole. My suggestion is you get to know a potential coven very well before committing and only join when you are happy the group is right for you. A good way to meet other witches is local moots and you can find these through Witchvox.
QUESTION - Brevity will be so difficult, but I will try. I was raised a fundamentalist Christian. I hated everything about them and their god. As a young adult, I simply ignored the subject, did not go to church, etc. I will say that there were times as a child I felt there was a female energy protecting me from the worst of what a poet called "the desolation of my childhood."
Poor health, and a series of very bad luck around things that should not have been related, but seemed to be led me to start becoming more spiritually aware back around spring 2012. The poem above was written about Sekhmet; oddly enough, she seems to be the presence I felt in my youth, and has taken me under her wing as I have grown to adulthood. I have experienced none of her infamous rages. I have felt nothing but gentleness from her.
I started to believe after working with a true psychic for many years. He told me over and over that my role in this life is to be that of a lightbringer --- that I would never be appreciated for it, but that this was my gift and my responsibility. He also told me at one point, in genuine surprise, that Asna was at my house. I had been filled with a desire to fill my home with flowers, to spend time in my small terrace garden. My house looked so beautiful after I had this urge to bring flowers in, I took a photo on my camera. Many months later, I would be told to check the date this occurred -- December 8, Mary's Feast Day and Asna's alleged birthdate.
I began talking to Asna and Sekhmet. I requested things of them, especially Asna. I found flowers wherever I went. A good friend, now deceased, who was dying of cancer, refused to discuss any of this, but she said, whenever she came to my house, that it always smelled like a field of wild flowers. She maintained this as long as she lived (she died last October). Like me, she was a virgo. My BFF, also a virgo, has always been a spiritual seeker, although she seems to be returning more and more to the Catholicism of her youth. However, she believes that anything that brings you closer to God is wonderful. She says she has felt Asna literally moving out malevolent spirits from my home.
The Goddesses began helping me; although the things I had been suffering through, continued on, I began finally obtaining resolution to long-standing problems. I felt a connection with the goddesses -- these two in particular. I felt I had broken through. All along my psychic is helping me. He accurately predicted the diagnosis and death of several people who didn't know themselves. This prepared me. I felt that I had finally broken through the wall. The next day I received a notice that I was being audited by the IRS. My psychic said to ask the goddess for help, that all would be okay. I swear I heard malicious laughter in the back of my head.
Asna signed to me that she would take care of it. By this time I was weary of promises. To this day I am amazed by what happened next. I told Asna that she had offered me false hopes ever since she entered my life, uninvited. I said if she was all powerful to show me a sign. It was the dead of winter by now. I told her I wanted to wake up and see my garden in full summer bloom. I went to get my newspaper the next day, feeling sad that I would not have at least the pretense of God any longer. I opened my back door and the first thing I noticed was at least a dozen blossoms on my rosebushes (it had been about 30 degrees the night before). My summer flowers were splashes of gaudy color in their boxes -- yellow, red, purple. Most amazing of all -- my camellia plant that had taken ten years to give me one blossom, was blooming with a half a dozen blossoms. I had told no one about this challenge. My entire backyard smelled like a field of wildflowers. And the plants blossomed beautifully. Each and every one of them.
Okay, I said. Follow Sekhmet, she's the protector. While doing an internet search on Sekhmet and related issues, I came across a coven on tumblr. I asked for help, and although I never received a response, someone they seemed to know was worried about a curse on her unborn child. I followed their instructions: the time of the month, under the moon, a paper written with my enemy's names, put in a jar in the freezer, then taken out and fill with my urine, broken mirrors, nails, razor blades, tissue with my blood on it, etc. Under the light of the moon, I buried the jar close to my door as instructed after chanting a phrase (I've never again been able to find this coven, despite trying and trying, and I don't remember the phrase. for whatever reason I didn't write it in my grimiore). Within a month, I received a letter from the IRS that everything was good (I had sent them a piece of paper that I didn't even recognize) and that was the end of the audit.
I did lose my home, which was not unexpected, and weird things started happening (I moved in with my mom who needed help anyway). I brought the jar back and reburied it under my bedroom window. By this time, I had learned that Asna was a creation of Sylvia Browne, whom I simply cannot respect. Nor could I respect and worship a creature of Sylvia Brown's. Meanwhile. Sekhmet is letting me know -- waking me up with all the trees and plants in room whipping about, colors flashing in a way I can't explain -- please understand. I am not on drugs, I have never been mentally ill or hospitalized for such, I've never seen a ghost or talked to a dead person. I don't know why I wasn't frightened, but Sekhmet has never frightened me. Not ever. I knew she had come to tell me that she had taken my older brother from whom we were all estranged across the river. She had taken him lovingly, this poor , miserably unhappy man, and she wanted me to know. The coroner's office called a week and a half later. He had finally been found and identified.
Meanwhile, in an effort to keep my beloved Goddesses, without losing Asna because of Sylvia (which my psychic scolded and scolded me for - he liked her, and she had helped him with some clients when she crossed over), I decided that all goddesses are parts of one great goddess, and I would thus direct my worship toward the "Divine" Goddess.
The thing is I feel no more closeness to my goddesses. My bouquets are just flowers. The cinnamon and oranges I set out for Sekhmet are pushed over with the candle, leaving an ugly mess on my carpet and an odour I couldn't get rid of forever. Sekhmet! Who was my mother goddess before I knew I had such a thing! Sekhmet who has punished, sometimes too harshly those who injured me (and let others go scot-free -- I can only assume there is a worse fate awaiting the latter group). Sekhmet, whom I love with all my heart and soul. And even Asna. Would I dislike a friend because I didn't like her mother? No. The bottom line is that they are gone. I feel their absence like a physical ache.
My psychic died in Janaury. I found out some months later. I went into my journal for the night he died. My very mundane journal. "Saw Becky today. Picked up creamer and coffee for mom. Bought new book. Bed at 11 pm." These are the entries in my journal. The night my psychic died, I went to sleep and proceeded to begin automatic writing for the first time in my life. Remember, my psychic died in January. I didn't find out until May. The writing is illegible for the most part, but he did send me to a link. A song. AMAZING. The hash tags? He told me time and again that I was coming into a large amount of money.
There's absolutely nothing romantic between us -- he was in his 80's. He did some kind of chant over me when things were really really bad, and he warned me that I might have a physical reaction to the chant (it was over the phone). I did. I spiked a fever of about 103 or 104 the next day. I was so feverish, I was delirous. I called him and it seems to me he had me do something, but I don't remember what, or what that was all about. The fever eventually went away, within a day, and I've been fine. I don't see how it changed me or if it did. I trust him implicitly, obviously.
For awhile, I seemed to have this lightbearing gift, where even over the internet I could comfort. And I sent my BFF energy to help her with her mom. It ended up giving her migraine but helping her mom immensely (her mother has been in remission from lymphoma for years now, so I think that was a fair trade off for her).
Now ... nothing. I've tried spellcasting and I'm very bad at it. I thought I was at least good at invocations or blessings, but I've been trying to break the 'chatter' that my bff's husband brings home on him. he's constantly bringing these spirits or feelings in that make it very hard for my BFF to assert her positive energy. So, I've been praying to the Goddess, and burning a white candle with a tag of my bff's clothing, my wish/blessing for her, orange zest, cinnamon, and blackberry for material abundance (money has been tight and, that, along with other things has changed her so much), Anyway, I've been praying for a couple weeks for her and she says that life has been easier, she feels able to assert her positive energy more, but I don't FEEL the goddesses as I used to. And last night, the glass that the white candle was on shattered. Just shattered. The wax with all my BFF's stuff remained intact, but the little plate broke off into dozens of flaming pieces! They didn't hurt anything or cause any damage, but ...
I shouted at the other candle, "What are you trying to tell me? What do you want from me? Go out! Go out right now if you want me to stop, just GO OUT! BLOW OUT and I'll never bother you again." The other candle just kept burning. Then I started picking up the glass and a shard cut me. It bled quite strongly and, on impulse, I let the blood drip into the second candle, which lit up like a firecracker. Then I dropped the shard of glass in it and the candle went out -- just like that.
Previously, I had been using a scrying pendulum for a couple weeks. I was uneasy about it, because I am so strong-willed that I was afraid that I was influencing it by my thoughts -- I even asked the goddesses to weaken my will when using it, so that it worked on its own power and not mine, And, boy, did it ever work. It would start and stop with a simple word. After a week or two, I didn't even need to say the word, just think it, for it to work. All an illusion. It is my mind controlling it by saying whatever I think is.
I just want to get back to the goddess -- Sekhmet and Asna. They have turned their faces from me and it breaks me up. I've been saying as I worship at the altar every morning that I am grateful for their protection and blessings and I ask them to make me a good enough person to be worthy of them -- that if someone knew what I believed (unlikely), my life would be such that they would think well of a goddess who attracted such believers. I yearn to feel the power of the light coursing through my veins as I have before. I want to feel like a lightbringer again. I want to understand what my psychic wants me to know,
Have I ruined all my chances of reconnecting with the goddesses? I am not one to join groups, although clearly, I am not hiding anything much. I don't wear a teeshirt proclaiming my beliefs but I am willing to have a real conversation with anyone who is genuinely interested and not simply trying to 'convert' me. I should add that, although I left Jesus behind long ago, my psychic was adamant that I include the three in my prayers. Out of respect for him, I do.
How do I get this back? Can I even do it?
Any guidance is very much appreciated. Thank you,
ANSWER – This was a beautiful read, it was lovely to read through your whole journey and see how your path has evolved. Thank you for allowing me such a personal glimpse into your world.
My instinct is to say that you won’t be able to go backwards. I think Sekhmet and Asna have played the part they were always going to play in your life. From what you say I do not think they have turned their back on you but rather that you have reinterpreted your concept of the Goddess as your path has developed and the two Goddesses that worked for you in the past are no longer working for you in your present. This isn’t uncommon in a polytheist (people who worship more than one God ) often people feel that one God/Goddess offers support and guidance at key times in their live but then another steps in when their circumstances change. As we develop as people our relationship with the Gods evolves and my view would be that it is your time now to look for a new relationship that is more suited to where you currently are in your life.
That isn’t to say that Sekhmet and Asna are not to be remembered with respect and fondness but my view is that they have done as much as you can. Possibly the knowledge that Asna was a creation of Sylvia Browne played its part in breaking the bond between you but that does not devalue the relationship you had together or the help she offered you. I also wonder if the death of your mentor was a catalyst in taking you to a new stage of your journey and moving away from the goddesses who supported you during his lifetime.
My advice to you would be to look forward rather than backwards. Be open to new Gods and Goddesses who can offer advice and support for where you are in your current time.
I have stored some of my blood drops in olive oil in a plastic bottle and closed it and saved it in a cupboard.
1. Please tell me - will the effect be same as earlier?
2. Can I use this oil blood in cold drink to serve as my husband doesn’t drink tea/coffee?
3. Can I give this blood to my in laws by mixing it in food?
4. How long can I store this blood for?
Please reply to my questions.
Interesting questions…. I will answer them individually.
1. I think by “will the effect be the same” you are asking if the potency of the blood will reduce over time. It depends on what you are using it for. If you are using it as a symbol of a life force then fresh blood will have more impact. If you are using it as a taglock then I personally don’t think it matters how old the blood is, it still has the link to the same individual (there is a more scientific school of thought along the lines that humans regenerate their body cells every few years or so and therefore a blood/skin taglock doesn’t have the same power as it is linking to a ‘different’ person after this time. I think those scientists are over thinking it personally!)
Olive oil is a natural preservative so a good choice to keep your blood safe from contamination by exposure to air.
2. I would not suggest you put olive oil into any kind of drink, hot or otherwise, particularly if the person drinking your concoction doesn’t know they are drinking it. Oil and water do not mix, the blood oil would float on top of the drink rather giving your intentions away.
3. Food would be a much more sensible choice if you wish your inlaws to consume this blood. You can disguise it easily in a home cooked meal, a bolognaise or a casserole perhaps. Of course the tricky bit here is ensuring it only reaches the portions of those you wish to consume it so if you are serving a meal where some people present are not intended to consume the blood perhaps consider using two cooking pots.
4. No definite answer on this as it will depend on how well sealed your container is and where you are storing it. I’ve done a bit of research for you and it suggests olive oil can be used to store food (or blood in this case) 2-3 weeks in the fridge, up to a year in the freezer or up to a couple of years in a dark cupboard.
Now having advised you on the practicalities I am curious as to what you are hoping to achieve by feeding your blood to your inlaws. Generally this is rather an unusual practise and I know many very seasoned witches who would recoil in horror at the thought of letting somebody consume something as personal as their blood. Without knowing what you are hoping to achieve it is hard to advise you but my general advice would be that if you are in any doubt about what you are doing or haven’t much experience in casting magic then don’t do it. If there is a specific result you are looking to achieve, message me again and we’ll try and find another way of doing it.
I have a friend who says (and I believe) is a witch. Her mother is too but not as strong. My friend does not practice but bad things happen to people she knows when she gets mad. She does not do them through witchcraft.
Could these powers be working on their own? I see these powers as a gift - your brain is super charged - you get mad at someone and something bad happens to them. I know if you do bad, it will come back multiplied which has happened to her. If she practised just simple things like happiness, love, good fortune this too should come back multiplied and the energy that's going bad could be calmed down?
ANSWER – Couple of key questions in here and in relation to the whole concept of magic working without the specific intent of the castor I suggest you have a read of a question that has been asked before here as it goes into some depth about how magic works. In summary though, yes it is possible for a witch to cast without deliberate intent, it tends to be linked to particularly emotional times – anger in particular – and can be explained in simple terms of the energies aroused by the emotions being subconsciously directed into what is on the mind of the person raising the energy.
I’m interested that you consider your friend a witch yet say she doesn’t practise witchcraft. I have to be honest – someone who doesn’t practise witchcraft is unlikely to do a great job of being a witch. I think what you mean is she has certain gifts and a natural ability to manipulate the world around her. It’s semantics as to whether this actually does constitute witchcraft but whether it does or it doesn’t I agree that the results she is generating can be very real and perhaps more frightening to somebody who is unused to manipulating energy consciously.
However I would caution against being too quick to match up cause and effect. Good and bad things happen to people every day of the week. It’s human nature to look for patterns and to see anything that fits with that pattern as evidence to support it. Always approach this sort of thing with an open mind - yes it is perfectly possible she is having some influence but equally it is possible that the things that have happened to the people she has been mad at have would have happened if she had never met them. Perspective as they say is everything.
Your question states that if you put bad in the world it will come back to you. This is a viewpoint (mainly held by Wiccans) not a proven truth. There is some common sense behind it – if you go around doing nasty things to people, chances are somebody is going to get you back for it – but there is nothing suggest that magic itself is anything other than morally neutral. Theoretically a witch could spend her life casting negative magic against everyone she knows and receive no retribution at all for her unpleasant ways. My point being in this case that there may not necessarily be ill consequences ahead for your friend from what she is doing and equally that if she starts to try and counter the balance by practising magic connected with happiness there will not necessarily be good consequences in store for her either.
However that said, I do think there is some sense in your suggestion. What will happen if your friend starts to focus on the lighter side of life is that she will find her mood start to lift and hopefully become less angry and inclined to be “mad at people”. If she does try to put more happiness, love and good fortune into the world she will feel a sense of achievement and less frustration and will therefore achieve a better balance of energies that may stop her anger bursting out in random directions and going haywire.
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