Interestingly enough the owl has quite a few connotations with death which precede the association with wisdom in modern culture (usually attributed to Athena the Goddess of Wisdom in Greek mythology). The link seems to be across different culture and continents. The native Americans considered the owl to be a method of communicating with the dead (carrying messages between living humans and the graves), Medieval Europeans believed an owl could be a witch’s familiar (either an animal with which a witch had a spiritual connection or an animal the witch could actually shapeshift into.) and over in Africa owls were viewed as having the power of foretelling imminent death.
I did a bit of research to try and find out the origins of the link with death and a lot of it seems to be about the fact that owls are nocturnal and associated with the dark and the witching hours. However I did find some interesting information relating to the Vikings who apparently used to use the hoot of an owl to let their enemies know they were coming to do battle. There is also a link to the Aztecs who used to paint their God of death sitting beside an owl.
QUESTION - Trying to find my Wiccan name –was wondering if you could point me in the right direction?
Answer – I’m not a Wiccan witch so I had to check my answer on this with a couple of Wiccans to see if I’d missed anything key!
The Wiccan name is not so much something you find as much as it is something you choose or that is given to you by a more senior Wiccan in your coven/group. The name shouldn’t just be picked at random though, it should have a meaning that links to you and be representative of who you are or who you are working toward becoming.
It seems quite common these days to pick names with strong positive associations but many Wiccans feel that relevance is sacrificed for glamour. There are a lot of eagles and wolves flapping around which suggests some witches miss out on the opportunity to think long and hard about a name which has a really personal meaning for them.
The idea of the name is that it is a personal name known only to the individual and a selected few (sometimes kept private just between the individual and the Gods) and usually kept for ritual work and magic.
I’ll just reiterate – this is a Wiccan thing and not a Witch thing. I have met very few non Wiccan witches who adopt a second name specifically for magical purposes. I don’t myself and if I’m really honest I don’t really see the point in it. However it is important to respect the motives and beliefs of others and for those wishing to embrace a Wiccan path the second name is often seen as an important milestone.
QUESTION - I am having a bit of trouble understanding a dream and the colour grey. I dreamed of several different situations with people - my current lover, my former associate , my own younger self and my deceased fiancé who died five years ago all featuring the colour grey.
My life has been a hell hole of loss and ruin since 2010 I have been homeless now for two years. Is the colour grey I have been seeing due to harm caused to me by people, an indication that my soul has reached its 50th shade of Grey or that I should practice Grey Magic.? Hell of a question need a clear answer. Thanks in advance
Answer – The colour grey is often associated with the concept of uncertainty though interestingly enough is often used in magic as a colour to bring clarity out of uncertainty. Grey can symbolise mists clouding the vision (either physically or spiritually) and has strong connotations with the idea of balance and neutrality.
If you are finding you are dreaming about grey as the result of events which have had serious impacts on your life then my interpretation would be that you are trying to find ways to balance these events and restore equilibrium in your life. I think grey represents both the unhappiness you have experienced and also your own uncertainty about what life changes to make to turn things around again. I’d also suggest that where you are dreaming about grey in relation to other people it suggests your thinking is a little confused about how you relate to those people and how they fit into your life.
I doubt the colour grey has anything to do with harm people have/haven’t caused you. It may relate to your uncertainty about other people’s intentions toward you but doesn’t in itself suggest anybody bears you any ill will.
I can’t see any reason to suggest that recurrent dreams featuring the colour grey would be an indication that
you should be practising grey magic. Look out for signposts in your life by all means but don’t read too much into things for the sake of it.
Rather hoping your reference to your soul reaching its 50th shade of grey was a joke. If not then I’d point out that this is a reference to a popular fiction book and has no bearing on any accepted theory of soul progression.
QUESTION - I need a good healing recipe for my daughter. I believe she is suffering from childhood trauma and having a very difficult time moving forward. My eldest daughter, my son (the youngest) and I have all been through the same experience. We all suffered together even when we were apart. My first born and my last born and I have found peace in togetherness and forgiveness. My lonely little middle child (she really is tiny for her age, not freakishly, but super cute) thinks that we are against her and cannot figure out why we are not still "MAD"! I've tried to talk to her about herbs and oils and she seemed to be interested. I haven't come right out and announced that I practice a craft I like to think is most commonly thought of as Kitchen Witchery. My oldest and youngest just think of me as the Healer of all Boo Boos. I am heartbroken for her. Thank you for your comfort and support.
ANSWER – From what I understand being the middle child is never an enviable position. They don’t have the eldest’s privilege of getting to do everything first but nor do they get the attention that the youngest usually needs. Being in the middle is often a lonely place to be.
Before we get into any magic suggestions I’d like to suggest a practical solution that might help you out a bit here. I think what your middle daughter needs is something special that belongs only to you and her, something she can claim as her own niche inside the family. Given what you talk about at the end of your question and her natural interest in herbs and oils I wonder if it might make sense to tell her a bit more about what you practise and go into a bit more detail about the kitchen witchery. Having a secret that she shares with you will make her feel special and it will help build that bond between the two of you that seems to be missing at the moment. You don’t say how old she is so naturally tailor anything you tell her to be appropriate for her age group and also ensure you express it as a “good secret” as bearing the weight of an adult’s confidence can be stressful for a child. Expressed in a positive manner that you have chosen to share what you do with her because you think working on herbs, oils, crystals etc. is something you would enjoy doing together might be just the thing to make her feel valued and bring her out of her shell.
Having got her interest you can use the work you do to help her develop skills that will further boost her confidence and social abilities. Try making “shell animals” that you can use to confide your “secret worries and desires to”. Listening to her interaction with her creation may give you a real insight into what is on her mind. Teach her some basic meditation – for a child this will require you helping her to establish some very definite mental images but the two of you could have fun together building a magical place in her mind for her to go if she feels stressed or worried. There can also been a real sense of achievement for a child in craft work. Bottling her own oils, drying her own herbs and flowers, even collecting and labelling her own rocks will give her something tangible at the end of the day to be proud of.
As I am not a mother I’ve sought out a second opinion on this question and the advice given was to encourage the family to work together as a unit. Get all the children to take turns in suggesting activities for you all to do together and make sure they are all involved and nobody is excluded. This will help you find out what interests your middle child and she will feel valued when it is her turn to decide what everybody does. Also as well as looking for things for you and her to do together try and find common interests between her and your other children so she can do things with them too. Give her some responsibility toward the younger child and let her feel grown up by suggesting things her and your elder child can do together.
From a magical perspective I always find that magic with children works best when they are actively involved in it and can understand the purpose of it. I would suggest you sew a small pouch to hold two or three crystals with calming properties (try selenite, celestite and howlite) and give it to your daughter to hold, telling her that whenever she feels sad or unhappy she can take the crystals out of the bag and hold them in her hand. This works with a dual purpose – firstly the crystals do have natural healing properties that will help her but also because it will give you a clear signal that something is on your daughter’s mind and you can take action accordingly. It also has the third benefit of the power of suggestion – tell a child holding a crystal will help them and their own mind will provide additional power to comfort them. The placebo effect seems stronger in children than it is with adults and this effect, combined with the natural healing properties of your chosen crystals should give the boost she needs.
QUESTION - Is there such a fertility healing spell to help heal a loved one from the inside to be able to conceive?
The answer to this question is 18 rated due to sexual content. Please be mindful of this.
Answer – This is a very difficult question and depends very much on the reason for the infertility. I’m afraid if there is a serious medical reason for infertility spell craft will be unlikely to be much help. That isn’t to say it wouldn’t have an effect (depending on the severity of the medical issues of course – no amount of magic will help a woman who has had a hysterectomy to get pregnant…) but it will depend very much on the circumstances and it is by no means an exact science.
What I will caution you about is consulting a witch on a paying basis for fertility spells as this is one of the areas of magic that seems to be overpopulated with charletons. There are some very credible witches with genuine healing abilities but the chances of finding one among the pretenders looking to exploit grief and desperation are slim. My advice would be to take personal ownership for any spell work undertaken for this purpose or to avoid magical solutions altogether.
If you do decide to use magic to increase fertility then my best suggestion would be to link it to the birth and growth of something living. The best thing for this would be a plant that you can nurture from seed and using as a symbolic link for the idea of a seed taking root in your womb.
In your question you specifically refer to healing the person so I think it is important that you pay good attention to the environment you will be planting your seed working in as your prepared seed bed will represent the womb that needs nurturing and healing prior to the impregnation. Acquire the best quality soil you can buy and filter it gently through a sieve to get it as fine as possible. Place the soil into a pot and customise the pot as a personal representation (name written on it, buttons stuck on, ribbon tied round, anything that marks the pot as belonging to you). Don’t plant the seed straightaway, put your pot somewhere safe and warm and take it out a few times a day to hold and as you do visualise your desire for fertility infusing the soil. Build up a link with the pot and create a strong link between the environment you have created for your seed and the womb of the person hoping to conceive.
(Note you ask in your question about helping a loved one so you can either do this on their behalf and visualise the link between that person and your representation or explain to the person how to actualise the working themselves.)
Once you have built up the relationship with the representation of the womb it is time to plant the seed. If it was me I would do this as a ceremonial enacting of the sex act. I’d certainly suggest coating the seed with a mixture of your vaginal juices and his seminal fluid. (Either that or get your partner to ejaculate into the depression for the seed you have made in the prepared soil). This may sound a little icky but will reinforce the bond you are putting in place.
Once the seed is planted, cover it carefully and follow good gardening practises for germination (warm dark place until the seed sprouts and then move to a warm place with lots of natural light so the shoot flourishes). Think carefully about the seed you choose you use – don’t wreck the spell by planting a seed that is meant to be planted at a different type of year or in a specific type of soil or one which doesn’t like growing in containers. This time of year (Dec) is a good time to plant your winter pansies but you might want to have a look for something with more longevity – a tree seed perhaps – that you can nurture over a much longer period of time.
Keep the link going by holding the pot daily and reinforcing the bond between yourself and the plant that grows from your seed.
QUESTION - Some people believe in this hocus-pocus nonsense, How do we help these people come to their senses?
Answer – I suspect our self titled “Chris the Magician” may be having a bit of a giggle in writing this question. However he has inadvertently raised a good point so I think it worth answering.
(I’ve corrected your spelling by the way Chris “Hookus pookus indeed… lol)
The question our friend Chris has raised is whether people believe in magic because it works or whether magic works because people believe. Would a spell conducted by Chris and his disbelieving ilk have any effect if not performed with the belief that a magical practitioner would bring to the working?
In all honesty it is unlikely. Magic doesn’t work like science. No matter how sceptical the scientist he will get exactly the same results as a believer when mixing two substances together. The attitude of the scientist (providing he conducts his experiments accurately) does not have an effect on the outcome of his work. The outcome of the magical practitioner is very different. A witch relies on her ability to focus and actualise her intent. If there is no belief in magical causality then it will weaken the power of any spell being performed, rendering the casting of it pretty useless.
The fact that magic relies so heavily on belief is why it is hard to prove it isn’t “hocus pocus.” A sceptic cannot cast a spell to “prove it works” because it won’t. The sum of the sceptic’s personal experiences add up to no evidence whatsoever to prove magic exists. It’s a tricky one because, unlike science, magic relies on belief before proof - which is a leap of faith many people are just not willing to make.
Do we need people who believe in “hocus pocus” to come to their senses? No we do not. Magic is just another way of interacting and working with the world. For those of us who work with it regularly it yields consistent positive results of personal benefit. It would be wrong to criticise somebody who believes as their own experiences validate the working use of magic.
However it would equally not be fair to criticise somebody who doesn’t believe in magic. Everything we are taught as children relates to using experiences to form conclusions and this is precisely what the sceptics are doing. In the same way that I am not privy to the world of quantum physics they are not privy to the world of magic. This doesn’t make them lacking in any way, it just means they approach the world in a different way to a magic user. Ultimately it is probably a good thing we have both believers and sceptics – variety – as we are regularly assured – is the spice of life.
QUESTION - I am a beginner in the Craft with little magical experience. Personally, I don't feel like I have any gifts or special talents to bring into my Witchcraft. As children, many people realize they have enhanced psychic abilities, visions, or prophetic dreams I consider myself a "Plain Jane" compared to other powerful witches. Will continued practice of my Craft enhance any dormant psychic abilities? How can I bring them out?
ANSWER – I totally agree that many witches are very upfront about their natural magical and spiritual abilities and, yes, these can be of great use to a witch. However I do feel that a lot of equally important skills get pushed to one side and viewed as unimportant because they lack the perceived glamour of attributes like the prophetic dreams and psychic abilities you mention in your question.
Speaking personally a lot of the attributes that make me a successful witch have more to do with character than ability. This is something I have observed in fellow witches as well. Discipline, strength, determination, the ability to express yourself well, a creative imagination and a strong focus are all key elements of what makes a strong witch. Performing spell craft to actualise individual intent is perhaps more closely related to these character attributes than it is to any esoteric “magical ability”. The good news there being that these are all things you can work on, develop and improve as you progress on your own personal journey through the craft.
I actually feel you may be underestimating yourself both as a person and a witch from what you’ve asked here. The fact you have enough humility to understand and acknowledge your own weaknesses suggests you have a real self honesty about you. This in my book gives you a real heads up on those witches who talk a good game about their “magical powers” but prove to have rather less substance when it comes to their character….
I see no reason at all why dedication to regular practise would not enhance any abilities related to the craft. Practise builds understanding and focus. It may never give you skills you don’t already possess (I for example have no scrying abilities at all and no amount of practise has yielded any skill at this) but it will allow you to deepen your understanding of the abilities you do have (some of which may surprise you) and to demonstrate these to a greater extent.
I’d caution against trying to be good at everything by the way. Many beginner witches feel they have to be proficient in every skill that falls under broad umbrella of witchcraft in order to be taken seriously as a witch. I think this is a futile (and exhausting!) endeavour. Better to focus on what interests you and become good at it than attempt everything and at best end up a mediocre witch across the board. Let your passions guide you….
QUESTION - So on my journey to learn about myself, I spent hours looking inwardly to try and figure out who I truly was. At the time I had a lot of sorrow and down time in my life, but it did not distract from the fact that I felt, and still feel, like something other than human. Because of this I turned to magic. My first attempt to expose my true self was a delve in black magics and a spell to transform myself into a mermaid (via "the insouciant spell" which I later found was a curse). Although I hadn't really performed any spells or rituals (at the time I was just learning about magical pieces and studying grimoires), but magic was always in the back of my head.
Then along the way, after my lost connection with my faith in the Lord, I stumbled back into my old habits and tried to explain all that was happening to me that other humans didn't experience in their day-to-day lives. For example, I am extremely light, and always have been. I always hated wasting time going up and down the steps in my house so making an effort to run up them became a habit, and I suddenly started experiencing a moment of blissful feeling in which I believed, with all my heart, that if I lifted my hand off the railing I would fly. I fell twice. However it's happened much more often than that. For a time I was struggling with "the proper diet" I assumed of humans, since grains and more are said to be bad for you and I experienced it when I found I couldn't digest a number of fibrous plants. I had noticed that my back molars are excessively sharp and if I don't manage my teeth they cut my tongue when they grow back to form points. I shed my top layer of skin before and after winter and somehow feel less sensitive to the elements when this happens. I've noticed that my eyes change shades based on my mood, even though, I believed, they are brown. My senses are heightened and half the time I detect things and people at least a minute before others do. Raw meat looks so delicious when I'm in stores I feel *excessively* compelled to rip open the packaging and eat it (however that's indecent, so I stay away from the shelves in the meat aisle). I have mad intuition, even if I sometimes exaggerate it when I'm trying to understand what the feeling is relating to. And sometimes, less now than I did when I was younger but it still happens somewhat often, I dream about my whole day, or pieces now, before I actually live them. When I was 8 it happened where it was like I travelled back in time and I wasn't controlling my actions, or the actions that I made coincidentally caused the same reaction I dreamed about the night before. From what I experienced, humans don't do these things, or at least not all at once.
I can sense presences. I wouldn't go as far as calling them auras, but in both the houses I've lived in I can tell when someone's in the same room as me and when they're not, and I even came to terms with the presence of ghosts in my house (when I understood enough that they were beings and not just 'the house settling.') For years I had been searching for what could possibly be the answer and I stumbled upon the Therian community and insightful pieces of information that gave me some comfort, like my true astrological sign and my elements.
On that topic, I grew up a Pisces, believing that I was a water sign, and I never questioned it until puberty when there was gossip about the universe expanding and making room for Ophiuchus, the snake bearer. I was devastated to hear that I would no longer be a Pisces and I first resented the Aquarian sign, but as my research progressed and I realized that half the time the Piscean horoscope had nothing to do with me and I wasn't as emotional as what the sign description said, I came upon the information that horoscope cusps exist where the person in the cusp keeps traits from the previous star sign and adapts aspects of the new sign, like how in mixing paint, the base colour stays dominant until there is enough of the other colour to make a new one. It explained why I felt so free in the air but relied so much on water for calming. That was why I was intellectual and cold and creative but can still relate to people on an emotional level. That is why my mentality is flexible like the ocean and sometimes just want to feel the waves. (And it may or may not explain my spiritual connection with nature and the wholeness of the Earth).
This, however, did not explain why I felt phantom wings on my back or felt a mysterious binding on my legs like a warm cloak that felt complete. Always, I've felt the connection to water and the idea of being a mermaid enchanted me. But at the same time, my go-to element to immerse myself in is the forest, and feel the sunbeams coming through the leaves and the wind above the trees. I connect with the animals and even the insects. I'm friendly even to cockroaches and spiders: the mortal enemies of humans. I admire wasps and think them as friends. For a while I even thought I could control my pheromones, but that might just be my imagination. Still, I know that with any wish comes sacrifice of equal or greater value, and no simple change of "growing wings" or "growing gills" will cost nothing (the simplest sacrifice, I think, would be years off of my lifespan).
I had been consulting a natural-born witch and "real" psy-vampire the whole time during my searching. Though she's only a little older than me (which, yes, is quite young), she knew much more about the magic community than I did so I considered all of her advice, even though her words were just like a horoscope and were very indirect and could mean anything. When I had trouble deciding where I should direct my life--on land or in the sea--she told me that whatever I choose, I should be careful making my decision: some spells work at different speeds, and require cancellation spells if I decide to change my mind. But on top of that, I should not mix species, because it might not end well. She didn't give me specifics on the "mixing species" thing, but I got an idea of certain unwanted parts coming through and others not. She also said that my transformation would require me to give up my life, either symbolically or literally, as a 'human.' Still I looked for answers, but I understand that unless it is already in my genes, unless I'm a natural-born mythical creature, I cannot change what I am in this world. All of these random aspects about myself, however, prove otherwise. I shed almost worse than a dog because I have long hairs that trail around. I can see relatively well in the dark. I get sick way more than other people because I have a hyperactive immune system and, despite all the blood work I had done, there is no blood type on my records. And the phantom-appendages aren't helping the situation either. I truly believe I'm not a true member of the 'norm' on this planet.
Don't get me wrong, (and I do appreciate you reading this far into my story), I have looked for answers myself. For the longest time my birthplace and Social Security number were a mystery to me, although the rest of my siblings had them. I was always the odd man out, even of my entire family. And to look for these answers, although I had my other sources pending, I visited the astral plane three times: each time I didn't have enough concentration to find the exact answers I was looking for. I researched the possible creatures I could be: a water djinn, a phooka, a mermaid, an 'avian' (which I learned encompasses any creature with wings, therefore the four bug-wings on my back are acceptable in this category), and even a water nymph because it has both a mermaid tail and gills and wings and is in touch with both water and forest energies, and lastly a faerie. My research of faeries is incomplete and changes across cultures (which is why I should check my lineage, as I do know I have Scottish and Chinese and Islander in me, but I don't know where in Africa my descendants are from), but for the most part they have magic to enchant, they deal primarily in one element, and they represent an idea: abstract or elemental. From my research I just jumped to the conclusion that I could be a water fairy that represents entertainment, mainly because of my hobbies and personality and my desire to keep people busy or use their time, but it was just a hunch that I clung to. I am a loner who is inconsiderate of others' feelings, so why would my main essence in life be to entertain people? If I keep the balance in nature, why am I so drawn to blood and meat? The "eyes changing colour based on mood" idea seems to be consistent with faerie tales, but that doesn't make me a fairy, does it? And why am I now more than ever so keen on flying?
I've always had my heart set on shapeshifting and invisibility, and water control and a stronger connection with animals, and a way to immerse myself in my element (which led me to flying or having gills), which may not exist in this world but I believe they do in another world or even in another plane. And I don't know where to end this, (which, by the way thank you for all of your help), but any insight or information will be fine. What do you know about these species? Fairies especially. Is it possible to fly in this world? Or even phase to another one where I can life freely and not in this human body?
And even if a spell won't change me, even if magic can't change this disconnection inside of me, I would, at the very least like answers to what I've been looking for. Who are these elusive creatures? How do they work and what do they stand for? For now, thank you, and I wish you all well.
Answer – This isn’t really a question but it was so interesting and beautifully written that I thought it well worth sharing with our readers.
In terms of your “elusive” creatures I can offer you a personal perspective but bear in mind it is highly subjective and based on my own beliefs. With the exception of fairies (which I accept exist) I believe most mythological creatures are just that – mythological. That is to say I believe they have no physical presence in reality. However I do believe they play some role of importance within the life of the magical practitioner or the witch. I think the creatures of mythology represent parts of ourselves that we repress to conform to the mundane world. So when we dream of these creatures what we are really dreaming about is giving rein to the dormant parts of our souls that need to be expressed.
It is interesting that many mythical creatures are associated with either flight, strength or the ability to survive in water. All these abilities in my mind are linked to the idea of escape and freedom. You can fly away, swim away or fight your way out of whatever holds you back. I would imagine that an individual who identifies very strongly with one of these creatures feels there is a part of themselves they are struggling to set free. Rather than focus on the creature itself I would look inward at the parts of your life that may dissatisfy you and see if there are any actions you can put in place in these areas. (This may sound more like psychology than magic but the two do overlap to quite an extent.)
In your case – I’d focus on your passion for flying. What does it mean to you? Are you flying toward something, flying away from something? Have you lessons to learn from the element of air? Do you feel constrained and unfulfilled by the life you are living?
Fairies are different – I have no problem accepting the fey having a physical reality (partly because I know too many people who have seen them to dismiss a belief in them). I am however personally sceptical that a fairy can be mistaken for a human.
Answer – The purpose of the magic circle varies among those who choose to incorporate it into their rituals. The circle can be used to raise a protective boundary to prevent any unwanted unseen influences interrupting the witch’s work. It can be used for those who blend their craft with religion to create sacred space in honour of deity. It can be used to intensify the energies raised by the participants in ritual and it can even be used for the psychological elements of getting the witch in the right head space for spell casting. My own personal use of the circle is a blending of the above – it is demarcating a space specifically for the purpose of spell craft and ritual and separating that space from the mundane world.
In terms of how to go about making a magic circle – again the methods vary greatly. Some witches prefer to construct an actual physical barrier for the circle – most commonly achieved by the sprinkling of salt (purifying the boundary) others are more comfortable with directing energy toward a visualised edge of the circle. This is usually achieved by the participants walking the circle barrier and focusing on erecting a ring of energy around the designated circle space. Usually the boundary is walked three times though this can change according to circumstance and preference. The energy can be directed with tools (atheme, wand, crystal) or simply with outstretched hand or finger.
Circles do not have to be “circles” and sometimes in a small space a witch will cast to the corners of the room to make the most of all available space for ritual.
Often a witch casting a circle will call the spirits or corners (most commonly this is a Wiccan practise) and invite them to join or bless the workings to be performed. The compass points and their associations may be represented with appropriate symbols (water, feather, rock and candle being popular choices to represent the four elements.
The most important thing about creating a circle is your own belief in the boundary you have created. There is little point going to extensive ceremonial efforts only to hop out of the circle because you’ve not prepared properly and remembered to bring everything you need with you. Visualise your boundary as a clear and definite break from the real world and treat it with the respect it deserves.
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