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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blessed Yule

Yule/Winter Solstice is celebrated during winter, the darkest, coldest time of the year. European traditions celebrate this holiday with holly, evergreens, bayberry, and the Yule log. In Native American traditions, Yule is a time of waiting, darkness, defeat, and trouble. Like their Celtic brethren, the Native American people wait for spring to bring back warmth and light. Since the weather is generally unpleasant, families often find themselves in close quarters with one another. This makes Yule the perfect time to celebrate family, friends, and togetherness.

Decorate your altar with red and green, using evergreen branches and holly berries. Burn incense reminiscent of home and family, like cinnamon, bay, nutmeg, and allspice. Since light is scarce and fleeting during winter, light lots of candles and build a fire to push back the dark. Enjoying hearty warm meals and good conversations are great ways to celebrate the closeness of family. Sharing pleasant memories while gathered before a roaring fire will make the wait for spring go faster. Meditations on the importance of family are appropriate at this time of year.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Open Yule Ritual

Blessed Yule!

Do you live in the Northern Virginia area? Are you tired of celebrating the sabbats on your own? Do you just want to celebrate with a great community of like-minded individuals? Then come celebrate the sabbats at 13 Magickal Moons!

Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm
*Ritual will be held rain or shine!*

Merry Meet! Come and join in the celebration of the next turning of the wheel. 13 Magickal Moons is hosting an Open Yule Ritual on Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 pm during Tea Night (6-9 pm every Wednesday). Join us for an evening of magick and mystery! Bring a dish to share and be sure to dress accordingly for the weather!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Brenda from Modesto, CA

I recently found out my best friend has leukemia. I am still new at this but I do know I can't heal her. But I would like protect her, ease the pain, and complications from treatment.

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Dear Brenda,

One of the best ways to send energy to someone you love is to spend a few minutes each day thinking about that person, sending them all the love, protection, healing, strength, and courage energy you can.


You could also make her a little bag for her to carry with her during the treatments. Here are some suggestions:

Bag: blue, green, tan, white, or in her favorite color
Herbs: chamomile, lavender, sage, marigold, St. Johns Wort, echinacea
Gemstones: bloodstone, amethyst, tiger's eye, blue lace agate

I will keep your best friend in my thoughts.

Namaste

Witch

Friday, December 12, 2014

Juice from Jacksonville, FL

Do solar and lunar eclipses have a special meaning during the solstices and equinoxes?


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Dear Juice,

A lunar eclipse is nothing more than the Earth's shadow covering part or all of the moon. A solar eclipse is much different since it is the moon blocking the sun. I believe having a ritual honoring the God and Goddess during a solar eclipse can be very powerful no matter the time of year.


Very nice question by the way!

Witch

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ashley from West Bridgewater, MA

I've been studying the practices of being a green witch for only about a month or so now. I've been reading piles of books and online blogs and articles and websites. One piece of information has come up time and time again and it's that sleeping with a bay leaf under my pillow would induce psychic/prophetic dreams. Now, I already study dream analysis. I keep a journal by my bed at night and whenever I wake up through out the night, I write down key words for me to research and analyze better in the morning. I have a tendency to have psychic dreams once in a while as it is, so reading this so many times, I figured why not give it a try? The problem is, every time I've tried it, I don't recall any dreams at all! It's really bothersome that it seems as if the bay leaves are taking away my dreams. Any insight? Thank you.

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Dear Ashley,

It could just be that your energy and the energy radiating from the bay leaf just don't mesh. You're already having psychic dreams, so there is no reason for you to use the bay leaf.

Witch

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rebecca from Saskatoon, Canada

I have a strange question. Haha. Um, do you have the power to delete memories? A person or a moment, for example. If so, how would I go about doing that?

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Dear Rebecca,

There is no way, to the best of my knowledge, to delete or erase a memory. To be honest with you... forgotten or repressed memories have a way of harming us more than the actual memory it/themselves.

Witch

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Elroy from High Point, NC

Other witches are doing spirit readings on me 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you did a spirit reading on me, what would that spirit reading reveal? What would happen if your spirit reading energy came into contact with the other witches' spirit reading energies around me? Please help me with this question. Thank you.

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Dear Elroy,

I'm not going to do a "spirit reading" on you so it will reveal absolutely nothing. For future reference, you need to be careful about who you give permission to "read" you because not everyone who claims to be a witch is a good person, and the information they obtain from reading you could be used to manipulate you.


Now, if I had done a reading on you and came across the energy of another person doing a reading on you, it could confuse the message because your energies would be intermingled for a short period of time.

Witch

Friday, December 5, 2014

Brittany from Woodbridge, VA

I am new to the Craft, and so far the books that I have read haven't been able to answer to my question. I am hoping you can help. Can I have more than one altar set up in my home? I would like to put my main altar with all my stuff in my bedroom, but I would also like to put a smaller simpler altar up in my living room for when I am in my living room and need to help a friend or family member with something small or just to give thanks. Is that possible or is too much?

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Dear Brittany,

Absolutely YES you can have more than one altar in your home. One altar should be set up just for your personal everyday workings. The other one could be set up as a home/family protection altar, which should include an item on it for each member of the family (both two- and four-legged), and can be used to help family/friends who have asked for your help. 


Enjoy and have fun setting up your new altar!

Witch

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Jose from California

I became a witch two months ago and my question is how old do you have to be to read tarot cards and do spells?

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Dear Jose,

There really is no age limit for reading/using tarot cards or doing spells. HOWEVER I would recommend that you focus on yourself and your spiritual practice instead of using them for/with/on other people.

Witch

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sean from Travels, Worldwide

I spent the whole day casting, and at the end after blowing out my candle, I spilled the wax. It left me with sense of foreboding. What would be a good thing to do at this point? Thanks.

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Dear Sean,

Clean up the wax and continue to have positive thoughts about the casting you performed. The energy your focused and sent out won't be diminished just because a little wax spilled.


Witch

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Zach from Ingalls, IN

What's a spell for freezing time or for freezing people?

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Dear Zach,

There are none. Going to school for movie special effects is the closest you're going to get in the real world ; - )

Witch

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tiffany from Crown Point, IN

I would like to know if you can cast a spell for me to become a beautiful singer? I am 13, just so you know:) The spells I would like to cast are a beauty spell, an eye spell, and an immortal spell, if that's possible. I would also like to know why the spells I do don't work. My grandmother says witchcraft is not real, so is it? I was wondering if you can also do a werewolf curse on me and change my eye color? If so, I would love my eye color to be a shade of yellow like a wolf's eye color? Thank you sooo much! ;)


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Dear Tiffany,

Honey, the reason your spells aren't working is because the spells you are casting are impossible. In real Wicca/Witchcraft, magick is energy and not nearly as cool or wondrous as what you see in the movies.

Witch

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nena from Victorville, CA

Hi I'm Nena and I'm 20 years old. I was wondering if you knew what I should do for this to stop happening to me. Ever since I was little, bad things, negative things, happened to me.

I would wake up seeing a huge black shadow shaped as a man wearing a coat and an old-school hat. Watching me. I could feel all the negative energy coming from him. Or there were many times I would wake up and get paralyzed. I would hear growls and see flying shadows on my ceiling. One time I woke up with a girl laying on top of me. I didn't see her face, but I saw her hair. Also there were a couple times where I feel my bed sink in; I had my legs up and something put its hands on my knees and was just looking at me, or it laid behind me, wrapped its arm around me, rocked me three times very aggressively, then kissed my forehead a couple times. There was a time it was sitting where my feet were, facing me and whispering "I'm tired of waiting. Wake up." Then I got paralyzed. Mind you, this is all bad because I could feel all the negative, evil, twisted energy from them.

I'm tired of always feeling like I'm being watched and tormented. One time, while laying on my left side, a hand grabbed my neck and started choking me, waking me up. I tried grabbing the hand off of my neck. I got its thumb - it was big with a pointed nail. Sometimes when I get paralyzed, I scream for my mom, but she never hears me. I don't know why.

No, I don't want to hear it's sleep paralysis; I know it's not. My whole family believes me. We all have "gifts." I just don't like it because my gifts only have to do with things that are negative.

Do you have any advice about what I should do? Something I should put in my room, anything? I grew up in a Christian home, but my mom knew we have witchiness in us because my great aunt and great great grandma were pure real deal witches. She blames them for what happens to us, that they "opened a door " and "cursed our blood line." Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a witch. I was always interested, fascinated. Now maybe it's time I get answers from someone who is a witch. Thank you for reading, and I hope I hear from you.



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Dear Nena,

You need to do a banishing ritual/spell right away. Please read my response to Brittney from Las Vegas for a list of things you need.


After you perform the banishing, you'll need to put up some protective measures around you and your home. Please read my response to Star from Europe for useful hints.

Please check back in with me and let me know you're ok.
Witch