QUESTION - Question - My friend's 5 yr old son has been tormented with dreams of "Hell", having to rescue his father from "Hell" for a couple of years now. He sees child spirits who have been killed by their parents. His Father's Mother was a High Priestess and stopped practising when she became pregnant.(due to the fact she was supposed to sacrifice her son at birth). Now my friend's son will not sleep at all after dark, saying if he does the "witches" will do bad things to him. Is there a spell to protect him, ease his mind and more importantly ease his mother’s mind?
ANSWER - Hmmm. I’d dearly know what the father’s mother was a HP of as the term is most commonly used to refer to those in the Wiccan tradition and let me tell you that no Wiccan has ever been urged to sacrifice any child, let alone their own. In fact I don’t know of any tradition where such a practise is advocated – except possibly some very very fringe “occult” groups claiming to be Satanism but who are in fact, not.
But I digress, let us assume that everything you have told me is correct (though I’d look a bit deeper at this tale if I were you, something does not ring true about that family history at all…) I’ll get to the spell in a moment but first I want to give you some hale and hearty common sense. Children pick up on the fears of their parents. Ghosts and spirits in general do not frighten children, it is the parental reaction that sows the seed of worry. Many children chat away quite happily to spirits, oblivious to the fact that this would cause concern in the adult world. It is certainly possible that this child is interacting with spirits but who is making that frightening – the child or the parents? It may be disconcerting to have a child who talks with spirits but it would be good parenting not to show this fear to the child.
Are the parents reacting to all this with a fear that is contributing to making the child anxious? If the first thing they say to the poor child when he goes to breakfast is “Did you go to Hell and see child spirits last night?” then they are doing this kid no good at all. What they need to be doing is listening with genuine sympathy if the child wants to talk but distracting the child in every possible way the rest of the time. Tell them not to mention it unless he does and even then to be quite robust about it – even a little dismissive. The child is obviously not visiting Hell every night, the child is possibly interacting with spirits and definitely suffering from nightmares. The important thing here is to find out the source of these nightmares. I’d bet my witch’s hat there is nothing demonic at all going on in this situation.
I’m very interested as to where this idea of “Hell” has come from in a five year old child. Somebody is feeding these ideas to the child. If not the parents, perhaps the school? Children are not born with a preconceived idea of Hell – the five year old child has been taught this. Linking that back to the rather vague spiritual history of the grandmother - is she still alive? If she is, is it possible she has said something? Please tell me nobody in the family has been silly enough to speak about the fact that she was told to sacrifice the father at birth? (If they have been daft enough to have had that conversation in front of the kid then there’s your answer…)
Hell incidentally is primarily a Christian construct so I’m unsure these experiences link to the father’s mother who if termed an HP would likely not have been a Christian. (I can be a little bit scathing of Christianity sometimes but I wouldn’t accuse them of promoting child sacrifice). Who is linking the nightmares of a five year old child to the experiences of the grandmother? Again I wonder if the parents are imposing their own fears on the child here?
Assuming that nothing has been said to the child then he may well be picking up the concerns anyway, there is obviously a good deal of uncertainty in the household and it is common for young children to pick up on this and direct the anxiety into their dreams. An overheard word here or there, a lesson on school mentioning Hell and before you know it the kid has it all mapped out as his own personal nightmare landscape. That doesn’t belittle the suffering – we’ve all had nightmares and we know how terrifying they can be - but I do think that what is needed here is a sense of perspective.
Ok, so practical steps to take. The parents need to break this cycle of worry and it is up to them and not the child to take responsibility for this. At the moment they are waiting for the nightmares to stop and for the child to break the cycle. The anxiety is putting pressure on the child will which only exacerbate the nightmares. Calming the situation by making as little reference to the content of the nightmares as possible will help but what you need is a break in the circle. I have two suggestions – my first is that you look to the psychology of magic and the second is you utilise magic itself.
For the psychological aspects it is important that the child feels protected. Get a bracelet (the more unusual and antiquated looking the better but cost not important, get a junk shop bargain) and tell the child it is an amulet of protection and that while the child is wearing the bracelet nothing can harm him. The more the parents can display belief in this item, the more convinced the child will be. And don’t get the parents to ask if it works – tell them to assume it will work (and it will…) Explain to the child that all the nightmares will go away now he is wearing the protected bracelet. Big it up – tell him you’ve got it from a real witch who will offer her protection to keep him safe. Use the power of your imagination to overcome the fears generated by his own.
The magic of course is to do exactly the same but do it for real. Either get the parents to infuse their protective energy into the bracelet or you are very welcome to send it to me and I will bless it and send it back to you with an accompanying letter to the child saying I am a real witch and my spell will protect him (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need my address). If the parents decide to go it alone then tell them to hold the bracelet together while visualising all their love for the child passing down their arms, through their hands and into the item. Tell them to visualise the child being shielded by the protection of their love while wearing it.
Might also be worth putting some protection on the room. Blessed water at the entrance points or if you haven’t got that, use salt on the doors and windows.
The only other thing I would suggest is that the parents play on their natural authority and demand the spirits leave the boy alone. This will work in two ways – if the spirits are real it spells out that they are not welcome and may encourage them to leave – if the spirits are figments of the child’s imagination, likely a five year old thinks his parents are the last word in authority and a display of confidence may overcome his imaginary fears.
Not an easy one, keep me posted.
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