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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jaycee from Virginia

Hello, I had a question about the pointed masks that look like bird's beaks. I have seen several TV shows that show witches wearing masks over their faces. Is this just something they do in Hollywood movies or does it have some real symbolism? For example, in the television show American Horror Story, Coven in episode 1 they showed a coven of witches with masks on their faces with long pointed noses or beaks. Thanks for your help, I am just wanting to know if the mask actually has some symbolism to it.

Masks on American Horror Story, Coven

Dear Jaycee,

Witches originally wore masks as a way of hiding their true identities. If anyone snuck up on them, they wouldn't be able to identify them. This would also include covering their hair.

As for the specific mask seen in American Horror Story, Coven, and its symbolism, here's a link to a Wikipedia entry for plague doctors, who wore beak-like masks thought to help protect them from air infected with plague as early as the 1600's. 

1656 engraving by Paul Furst of a plague doctor

For the most part, when seen in television and movies, these masks just look cool and witchy!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jack from Seattle, WA

I require a spell that will deliver quick and near painless death with no setup or ritual involved. A swift coup de gras to remove another from life when their time has come.


Dear Jack,

Shame on you, you fucking idiot!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sofia from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hello, today me and a friend were walking in a cemetery (which we do every week, always the same path) and we came across an area in which someone had done a voodoo doll spell, and left the doll and candles there. I was wondering if you would know any way of breaking the spell, in order to cause no harm to the person which the doll was made for? Blessed be :)


Dear Sofia,

Voodoo dolls aren't always made with evil intent, they merely represent a specific person. Without knowing if it was an evil intent spell, I wouldn't touch it because you could be disrupting something that is positive, good, and meant to help another person.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Rowan from Woodbridge, VA

I am searching for books that provide information on both the feminine and masculine divine, like God/Goddess by A.J.Drew, and Patricia Telesco. I read it with a group of friends, and many seemed offended by the tone the male author took, and I was put off by the lack of cohesion between the two authors. Do you happen to know a Priest/Priestess who have written a book together about this topic? Thanks in advance!


Dear Rowan,

I don't know anyone who have written one, but I do know of a High Priest and High Priestess who are already in the process of creating one together! Stay tuned...


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Modern-Day Persecution of Witches

Recently, the New York Times published an article called The Persecution of Witches, 21st Century Style. I highly recommend that everyone take a few minutes to read it.

Most of the examples of persecution detailed in this article didn't happen here in the United States, but it's a grim reminder of what we face. "Witchcraft" is often a term used by ignorant people to justify horrific crimes against others; these people were victims and weren't even practicing Witches.

In light of the fact that some of our readers and questioners come from some very dangerous places in the world, we want to take this opportunity to wish you all safety and peace. Take care of yourselves out there.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Titanium from Abu Dhabi, UAE

Hi, I am quite a newbie. I became interested in Wicca the moment I saw fascinating images and art related to it. My heart skipped a beat every single time I learned more of it. Moreover, I realized that Wicca has already taken my heart. The tradition, the purpose, the views, and the sum of it made me feel so vibrant. I have imagined myself fulfilling the milestones of Wicca. I love the environment and everything living in it. Reading through Wiccan literature captures me more and more. I am aware that I can be a solitary believer, however I'd like to interact with other Wiccans. UAE has banned and prohibited witchcraft or Wicca, however, a little caution is no issue. I'd like to ask if there is someone you may have known who practices Wicca in the UAE. When can I possibly be called a true Wiccan? I can't be initiated in a coven since I'm too far from the rest. I've learned that self-initiation is possible. However, I still get these uncertainties about when I may label myself as a Wiccan. This question may already be a common question from newbies, but your advice will matter most to me.


Dear Titanium,

Generally initiations are a year and a day after you first began practicing. Because of the area you live in, you need to use a lot more than just a little caution. I need you to be very aware that practicing witchcraft in your country is punishable by death. So please remain in the broom closet and don't share this info with anybody. It takes one person in a bad mood to tell the wrong person and you could be in serious danger. The Lord and Lady will understand the necessity of you being a practitioner in your heart and soul... but not outwardly. I never thought I would say this to a practicing witch, but I doubt it's even safe for you to have a Book of Shadows.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Green from Europe

Blessings! What shall I do with two mean, wicked neighbors who don't like children, who take photos of our small garden and the building complaining that it is two or three centimeters too high, which by the way it is not, and calls for the police on this?! I never had the police at my door, ever, until twice now. These neighbors play music very loud. He is like not a musician, but a collage maker. They invite their friends over and make a lot a noise, listen to their television so loud, and we never complain because our little one cries a bit, but he's a kid - I can't turn him down! My girl and I came here to start a family; it is a nice place, not too expensive, animals and nature everywhere, but the thought of a second kid is starting to look a bit weird in these conditions. I am an artist and a spiritual person. I practice the craft and sometimes I feel like cursing them or something, but I don't want to. I don't like harming anyone, but this man and woman are even poisoning the neighbors too. Some strange stuff is going on, like our bell is not working, and we have both our numbers on a sticker outside, and I start to receive calls from an unknown source... complaints about our bikes, too. Sorry to bother you with this, but I am desperate, believe me. Please can you give us some advice?


Dear Green,

If it is at all possible, move! People like that are just naturally nasty and there's really not a whole lot that can be done about them. If you own the place or moving is just not an option, you can try hiding orogonite in your yard. It's a man-made resin that absorbs negative energy and retransmits it as positive energy. You can also try to bind your neighbors' nasty gossipy behavior. Just modify the spell written in my response to Carol from Stafford, VA.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jenn from Los Angeles, CA

I found a paper that was folded into a small square in my purse. I opened it and there was a red circle with ashy dirt in the center. What is this?


Dear Jenn,

My guess is trash.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jessie from Queens, NY

Hey there, I was quite interested on the world of witches and the Wiccan religion. But there's something bothering me about the Wiccan Rede I read on one article. It says "When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules." It doesn't mean the y'know "Devil", right? Because I refused to believe that. And there's also a three-fold law on witchcraft in which if someone did something good or bad, it comes back three times on him or her. Is it true or wrong? I've been fascinated by the world of Wicca, but I just need to assure myself that the belief I tried to follow was a right choice.


Dear Jessie,

Yule, the winter solstice, is the longest night of the year. The Horned One, who is NOT the devil, is the Wiccan God of the Sun and brings longer days during His rule.

As for the three-fold law, Witches do believe that what we do comes back to us. Our acts of kindness, forgiveness, and love are returned to us three times. Our acts of nastiness, bitterness, and hate are also returned to us three times.

This is actually a pretty good question... thanks for asking!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Stardust from Dumfries, VA

I tried doing a dream of me spell, and I ended up dreaming of my intended, however, I was still able to have the conversation I wanted to have with him. How do I know if he dreamt of me also, or should I try again? Thanks.


Dear Stardust,

There is no way to know if he had the same dream unless you ask him straight out.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Merspella from UK

I will make a werewolf so I want to make sure if these fantasy spells can turn me to one. So do you think it will?


Dear Merspella,

Nope... it won't work at all!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Panthea from Bucharest, Romania

So, there is this kid living on my street whose family is pretty poor and his parents are far away from him. They both work in other countries or in other places, and from what I heard his parents are divorced. He is about 7, but I really want to help him. I really want to do something. His father promised he'd visit him to go in the park with him, but he didn't even do that for a special day in our country, the Child's Day. I want to help him, give him a crystal, rune, or something. What should I do?


Dear Panthea,

What a wonderfully generous person you are. This message shows what a giving heart you have.

Brown tiger's eye would be the perfect stone for this little boy. It will help protect him against negativity and it will help him to feel strong and courageous.

If possible, and appropriate, you might think about initiating a friendship with him so he'll have someone he can talk to.

Please let me know how he is doing.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Amanda from Rainbow City, AL

I'm not sure if this is a spiritual or magical question or not, but I have tried everything to lose weight (I weigh 174 and I want to lose 49 pounds). I'm 22 years old and I've been overweight since I was twelve and I would love to feel good about myself for once. So if you could help me with a weight loss spell, I would REALLY be thankful.


Dear Amanda,

Please read my response to Evelyn from Victorville, CA for some suggestions to help you lose weight!

Good luck, honey!