Lol. I put this question in because I was asked it a while ago on an internet forum and I thought it was very funny. I like to think of myself as a rather...ahem...generously proportioned witch and it is only natural that people would wonder why a witch wouldn't use the craft to manipulate the waistline down a bit. Mind you, have you ever noticed that witches in general tend to be quite plump? Maybe we all enjoy our food too much!
Well actually, if you must know I did put magic versus diet to the test. I did a normal diet for one week and lost 2 pounds. I then did a week of normal eating supplemented with magic and lost one pound. Possibly in conjunction I would have lost three pounds, who knows? But the reason I didn't persist is that they are BOTH too much hard work. Weight loss through magic is achievable but I just don't have the time and inclination to devote to it. Weight loss through diet is achievable but I don't want to give up chips and red wine. I finally concluded that neither method was low maintenance enough to bother with so I went off and had a pie.....or two instead.
Is it dangerous to use a Ouija board?
The Ouija board is commonly associated with two types of danger namely use of the board for one person to manipulate another or the dangers connected with making contact with malign spirits.
Using a Ouija board with people who may have negative intentions or who deliberately try to frighten others can be a traumatic experience. I would suggest you avoid the kind of idiot who asks questions like: “When is so and so going to die?” And avoid people who treat it with a cavalier attitude or who are just seeking a scare factor. Any contact with the dead should be treated with respect and a sensible amount of caution.
Making contact with spirits is a very definite possibility with a Ouija board. If you know, hand on heart, that making contact will upset you - avoid using the board completely. The worries, doubts and fears that lie in your own mind will be more powerful and have a more negative affect on you than anything an actual spirit could sling at you. If you have any doubts, don’t put yourself through it.
Making contact with an evil spirit is highly unlikely. Most spirits would be more accurately described as mischievious or malicious. To be honest, the kind of spirits randomly contacted by a Ouija board and a novice are going to be pretty low level entities – you may be lucky enough to witness the odd break out of kinetic energy (table rocking that kind of thing, rare but it does happen) but it doesn’t really take that much intelligence to rock a table, not even for a spirit. The greater danger is believing what you see and hear on the board. Some spirits will take great delight in telling you rubbish just to frighten you. You wouldn’t (I hope) ring up random strangers in the phone book and believe them when they tell you that you are going to die. Well why believe the spirits? Treat what you are told with a generous pinch of salt. And bear in mind that knowledge is not proof of foresight. Just because a spirit can tell you the name of your dead dog doesn’t mean they know anything at all about your future.
There are however some basic precautions that you can take to maximise the safety or using a Ouija board.
Hmmm, this question makes me a little bitter because secretly I always wanted a really interesting animal totem. Something obscure like the duckbilled platypus (or even as my husband calls our cat a duckfilled fattypuss...hehe). Or maybe something glamorous like a golden eagle or etherial and mystic like a white horse. Even something a bit dark like a spider or a vulture would have been fine. But no, I was claimed by the rodents, specifically the rats though as you know I do have a special affinity with degus. I don't really mind, rats are a bit of an underdog in the animal kingdom and I kind of see myself as their champion. So on Sunday afternoons when you see families down at the local park feeding the ducks, if you are looking for me you will probably find me in the middle of a load of bushes surreptitiously feeding my bread to the rats instead. I get some funny looks but on the whole I reckon the rats appreciate the bread more than the ducks.
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I think this very much depends on your age and the type of relationship you have with your parents. I'm going to presume you are a young witch with this question and live in your parents home.
Sometimes parents may not understand the difference between the different Pagan religions and may not understand exactly what witchcraft involves. Witchcraft can also be confused with Satanism and such associations may well not help your cause. The best thing to do with regard to your parents is to be honest with them. Talk about why you want to be a witch and what elements of the craft appeal to you. If your parents are open minded, perhaps lend them a book on the subject and ask them to read it and discuss their thoughts with you afterwards. If your parents voice objections, stay calm and try to understand exactly what it is they are objecting to. Be prepared to compromise, if your parents do not want you lighting candles in your bedroom or using a Ouija board, find other ways that you can agree on to practice the craft. There are many different ways of adapting and interpreting the craft - this is what being a witch is all about. Use your imagination for substitutions that both satisfy your needs as a magical practitioner and retain harmony in your household.
If your parents have strong objections and no compromise can be reached then you may have to consider putting actual practise of the craft on hold until you have your own place.
It is important to remember that while you are in your parents home they have the right to ask you not to do anything that they would consider offensive. If your parents follow a strong faith of their own, they may disapprove of witchcraft. Even after reasoned discussion they may still disapprove of witchcraft. There is no reason you cannot use the interim period to read and learn as much as you can but I believe it is important that you do not lie to your parents as to do so would be compromising your personal integrity and would have a negative impact on your magic anyway.
Be prepared for the likeliness that your parents will consider this to be a phase. You know, that isn't a bad thing. We will all go through many phases in our lives, we try different things as we journey toward feeling what is right for us. Don't take it as an insult, if witchcraft is right for you then you will prove it in the fullness of time. If it isn't for you, studying it will be another valuable experience that goes into making you. It isn't an insult to say we go through phases in our lives, you more you try and the more you experiment, the more you learn and grow as a person.
Good Luck x
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Altars are traditionally seen as being a place where deities are honoured. However, among the Witchcraft communities they are
more usually seen as being a place for magic working. A witch who practises religion may well keep statues or items of religious significance on there.
An altar will likely have some representation of the God and Goddess on it. Witches who work with personal deities may choose to depict a deity from a specific pantheon, such as Hermes the Hunter or Athena the Greek Goddess of Wisdom. Non religious witches may choose to honour personal spirits or ancestors or elementals they work with.
A chalice or cauldron is often used to symbolise the feminine and an atheme or wand may be used to represent the God. Usually the left side is dedicated to the Goddess and the right side dedicated to the God. The four elements may be represented on the altar. Common symbols would include a feather to represent air, a bowl of water for water, incense for fire and a crystal or a rock for earth. These are fairly typical Wiccan structures, a non Wiccan witch may well choose either not to have an altar or to have an area of personal significance with little formal structure. Basically, the altar can be as individual as the witch.
My own personal altar changes with the sabbats so I refresh it eight times a year. I usually set my altar up as a formal area of worship and I do observe the symbols of God and Goddess, though I do not always depict the four elements. I use my altar throughout the week to burn candles for healing or for doing visualisation work. I may use it to charge crystals if they need extra power. In my formal weekly ritual I may charge my tools on the altar, I will likely light candles to honour the God and Goddess and I will pray before it and offer my dedication to my deities.
Picture is my altar at the current time Mabon-Samhain.
"What do I do now...how to continue my path? I want to learn all I can. How can I help others see what life is about? That they are in the dark.....etc..."Want to wake people up"
I think one of the hardest things about any realisation is seeing other people unaware of what you have realised. And yes, there is a real temptation to "show them what they are missing," and help them reach the understanding that you have. BUT and its a big but - have you got the right to do that? Your path may be absolutely right for you and give you complete fulfilment but that does not mean that it would work for everyone. It is sometimes a little too tempting to write off other people as being spiritually devoid or living in the dark. But if those people have meaning and value in their own lives, it is perhaps not up to us to suggest they should be doing something different.
There are also many people who quite simply are just incapable of looking beyond the self. They will always think more about the gas bill than the meaning of life. You can't change them, they don't want to change. It takes a great deal of courage to look beyond the confines of your own life and see it as a tiny dot in the whole perspective of the universe. Some people will never manage it.
I also personally believe in reincarnation and it is important to understand that people are at different stages of their overall journey toward actualisation of the self. If a person in this life is more interested in watching the X Factor than communing with nature, perhaps that is a lesson they will learn in another life sometime in their future. This doesn't make them less worthy than you or me, they are just in a different place in time.
So what can you do? Well as a Pagan, I don't believe in converting other people, I believe everybody has their own right to live life in their own truth. But what you can do is show the fulfilment you have reached following the path you have chosen. Those who watch you finding happiness and contentment may well be inspired to seek their own path, one that will in turn bring them happiness. Its live and let live I'm afraid, one of the hardest things we ever do is stand by and watch people make the mistakes we have managed to avoid in our own lives.
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Well I'm an Abba fan actually and I'm probably more in the closet with that that I am with being a witch! Lol. I don't inflict this particular favourite on the Goddess during rituals though...
I use music for different purposes in my rituals. Specifically for grounding and centering I like Celtic Panpipes, very simple
The Mountains of Mourne is my absolute all time most played meditation music. For dancing to raise energy I am currently using
Amethystium - Aphelion. For good background music I like to use Adiemus or even Dead can Dance. I have some chakra healing music and when I feel down or depressed I like Christopher Franke's Celestine Prophecies.
I also like to use nature sounds and often fall asleep to the sound of rainstorms. It has the dual purpose of making me feel serene and annoying the degus!
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These terms tend to be associated more with Wicca than any other element of Paganism though they can be a useful way of identifying other practitioners of the magic paths. Be aware that many non Wiccan witches will not only avoid these phrases but may also take offence at being blessed without their consent. Proceed with caution….
The terms can be a little bit hackneyed and over used. It really isn’t necessary to bless somebody at the end of every sentence. Use your blessings with thought specific intent and only when you genuinely want to offer someone your blessings. By using them sparingly, your words will retain their integrity
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This is a really common worry. A lot of people coming to Paganism and/or any of the religions under the Pagan umbrella find it hard to leave their old religion behind or to reconcile their new beliefs with a new practise or faith.
Paganism is one of the least dogmatic belief systems in the world. A Pagan does not believe there is one right way or one right path. Each person has the right to adopt (and adapt) the beliefs that work for them. It is your path and if you choose, your relationship with the Gods. If you have a fundamental belief that God (and that’s any God you choose to worship) doesn’t like you doing something then don’t do it.
If you practise your faith or craft in the light of what you believe to be the right thing then no God could ask more from you than that. And no God would reject or condemn you for living your life true to the moral principles in which you believe.
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