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Monday, April 30, 2012

Kayla from Fairfax, VA

How do the Cerri-A-Witches work? How long should it be before I feel the effects?


Dear Kayla,

Cerri-A-Witch portable spell packs were created to be easy to use. You'll find the spell incantation on the back of the packet. By repeating the incantation, you are adding your energy to herbs and gemstones chosen to fit your specific need. The more faith you have in it, the faster it will work. The more doubts you have, the less likely it is to work.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Aiden from Denver, CO

I want to know if it's possible to do magic without intending to. I noticed that sometimes when "wishful thinking" about something and I'm frustrated, I yell and feel a click. If I feel a click in my head the situation gets better instantly...I know it sounds weird but is this possibly magic? How can I test it to see if this is real or not?


Dear Aiden,

Absolutely, you can cast magick without intending to or using any kind of supplies, such as candles, gemstones, or herbs. 
The most powerful thing you have in your arsenal is you. Magick starts from the inside. It starts in the brain. If you're thinking about and feeling something strongly enough, it's magick.

One way you can test this is by working with it and consciously trying to keep positive thoughts in your mind. Negative emotions tend to be more powerful and devastating than positive ones. If you're able to project energy and magick with just a simple thought, you need to monitor your thoughts so you don't inadvertently do something harmful to another person. You are karmically responsible for your actions, emotions, and thoughts, including magick you cast unintentionally.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sarah from Stafford, VA

My mom is having trouble with a lot of restless and unpleasant spirits in her house, and was unsettled last night. I told her to put some stones that I'd given her next to her bed and some of her fresh sage. She is also borrowing my 2' tall Saraswati icon, so I told her to put that next to the bed. All that seems strange, I know...why not just have her burn the sage, etc.? Momma is very, very Christian. Although she was willing to do some of the stuff I said, she draws the line at what she considers "the heathen part", you have a Hindu Goddess guarding you, Momma. Anyway, I said I would pray for her, but she said only if it was prayers to Jesus. What? So what are the ethics of this? Can I not to pray/ask assistance of the Divine on her behalf because I'm not using the right name? What do you think?


Dear Sarah,

Yes, it is ethical to pray on her behalf. You can pray to the Divine, Jesus, God, Goddess, Mary, or any other name you feel comfortable with. Now... I wouldn't necessarily let your mom know if you used a different name.

Also, you could pray to Jesus if you wanted. Even though you may not believe in the idea of him, that doesn't mean you don't believe in what he represents, which is spiritualty, hope, and wisdom.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Maggie from Fairfax, VA

Hello, I am beginner and am wondering how to tell your parents that you are a Wiccan and have them take you seriously, instead of them thinking it is just a phase? Thank you for this and previous advice!


Dear Maggie,

To be honest, I think you probably shouldn't tell your family until you're really sure about what you're doing. When it comes to Wicca, witchcraft, Paganism, or anything similar, people have their own ideas, Unfortunately, because of the media and history, Pagans, Wiccans, and witches don't have the greatest reputations. Until you're absolutely positive that you're walking the path you're meant to be walking, I recommend not bringing family members into it. Don't go out of your way to hide it either. But if you want them to take it seriously, telling them after you've been practicing six months or a year might make them take it more seriously than something you picked up a few weeks ago. I hope this helps, and I look forward to hearing from you again.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Raji from Kannur

I am doing a love spell to keep my boyfriend in love with me and on my altar after finishing the spell I found a black colored spider trotting and leaving the altar. What could this possibly mean?


Dear Raji,

You said you were casting a spell to keep your boyfriend in love with you, which means he might have been falling out of love with you. You are trying to change his emotions and his will. Nothing good is going to happen with that. 

As for the black spider, to the best of my knowledge, there is really no significance to it. However, if you get bit by a spider in the next few days, consider it your karmic bitch slap. Good luck!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Erica from Alexandria, VA

Hello, I was wondering if you happen to know of any herbal teas or remedies that are safe for a pregnant female who is having problems with constipation. Since everything else has proven to be a failure, I thought maybe an herbal solution could help? Thanks for your help!


Dear Erica,

I am really sorry, but there are many herbs that are off limits to you. Any herbal supplements that I would have been able to recommend have a clear warning against using them while you're pregnant. Your best bet is going to be looking at your daily diet and making changes there. 
Sorry I couldn't help more. Let us know when you have your baby!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sarah from Stafford, VA

First, I love the Ask A Witch site and 13 Magickal Moons. I've found so much wisdom when reading answers to the questions of others and such peace when visiting the shop. Now, on to my query; my husband, pooch, and I are leaving his family home of 60 years or so and making our vacation home our primary residence. His uncle's spirit has been in the home since his passing many years ago and is a very comforting presence. I have told him we are moving out of the family home and that he is welcome to come to the other house with us. Is there a way to ensure that he is able to do so should he so desire? Some object which can be designated specifically for that purpose, a carrier or container, etc. Thank you for any insight you are able to offer and for your time. Love & Light.


Dear Sarah,

There is no way to ensure his uncle's spirit will follow you. The good news is that his uncle isn't "bound" to your current home and should have no problem following you to your new residence.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Melissa from Woodbridge, VA

My sister is an applicant for a government agency, and she needs to complete a written test in order to continue with the application process. Are there any magickal steps, gemstones, or goddesses that can help her study and understand the material she will be tested on? Thanks!!


Dear Melissa,

I would suggest making a sachet for her.

Here’s what you need:

3 pieces of fluorite (a fantastic gemstone for studying)
1 piece of citrine (to boost her confidence)
1 piece of quartz (to magnify the energy in fluorite and citrine)
2 teaspoons of ginkgo
2 teaspoons of ginseng
1 bag (purple, blue, green, or red)

Put everything into the bag and give it to your sister. Have your sister hold the bag in the palm of her hands and repeat the following incantation three times:

I’ve memorized, recited, studied, and read,
Yet I still am full of dread.
Lord and Lady, hear me now,
Help me achieve results that wow.

She’ll want to carry the sachet with her (in her pocket or purse) until AFTER she takes the test.

Tell your sister I said good luck!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Pete from Maryland

I need a spell to repair a broken heart. Every time I think about them it makes my heart hurt so much. I keep getting jealous everytime I see them with someone else. Please, I just need something even if it only takes a little bit of the pain away.


Dear Pete,

I'm really sorry for your heartbreak. I know how difficult it is. When we end a relationship, it's a loss and we have to allow ourselves time to grieve. 

Here are gemstones and herbs you can mix together into a sachet bag: 

Blue lace agate for de-stressing your body.
Rose quarts for self love.
Amethyst for healing.
Whole white sage for cleansing.
Lavender for cleansing and healing.
St. John's Wort to heal the cracks in your heart.

Stay away from clear quartz, citrine, carnelian, or anything else that's could add fire to your heartbreak.

Put the gemstones and herbs together in a bag and carry it around with you. If you can't do that or aren't comfortable with it, carry one or two gemstones in your pocket. When you start to feel yourself getting anxious, devastated, or depressed, grab the stones, remember why you have them, and roll them around in your hand. It's something tangible you can hold on to, and the clicking sound will vibrate into your system, calming you down.

Just give yourself some time. Try to remember the reasons the relationship is over, even if the other person ended it. I hope this helps. Good luck.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sindey from Dublin, Ireland

Hello, I am looking for a site with a list of Wiccan names and birth numbers. I got my name from that. Would you know a similar site? Kind regards.


Dear Sindey,

I recommend a book called The New Book of Magickal Names by Phoenix McFarland.

Since birth numbers are done by numerology, I suggest you try The Complete Idiot's Guide to Numerology by Kay Lagerquist Ph.D. and Lisa Lenard as well as The Complete Idiot's Guide Numerology Workbook by Patricia Kirkman and Katherine A. Gleason.

Monday, April 16, 2012

W from Atlanta, GA

Do you have a spell that will get you accepted to a certain school? I've searched everywhere. Thank you so much.


Dear W,

I would do an attraction spell using the logo from your desired school, magnets, and a picture of yourself.

Buy two magnets, preferably rectangular or square ones that have the magnet on the entire back, not just a dainty magnet that has been glued on. Adhere an image of yourself on the front of the first magnet and the logo of your desired school on the second one. Stick the magnets on top of each other on the refrigerator door. Place both of your palms over the magnets and say:

Lord and Lady, hear my plea, enrolled in this college I wish to be. 
I have worked hard to earn this right. Help keep my dreams within my sight.

Repeat this incantation every day after you have sent your application. Don't think negative thoughts. See yourself in the college. See yourself graduating from the college. Any doubts will cause this spell to fail, so be confident!


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bridgetta from Sterling, VA

My fiancee has fibromyalgia and isn't able to take the medications that have been developed for it. We are both witches but have yet to come across a viable option. Are there any remedies that you know of?


Dear Bridgetta,

I have a number of customers and students who have found some relief using an herbal supplement called 5-HTP and Saint John's Wort.  Here is an article from WebMD with more information.

Please keep in touch and let me know how your fiancee is doing!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Doris from Texas

I want to make a PACT WITH THE DEVIL. I want to know if another person can do it for me in Colombia. He says all he needs from me is two pictures, my birthday, and materials to help me with. Please, I need your advice about it. Thank you.


Dear Doris,

Why in the HELL would you want to make a pact with the devil? I mean seriously...

As for this guy in Colombia, DO NOT SEND HIM ANYTHING. Seriously re-think what you are about to do. NOTHING good can come of this.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Carol from Stafford, VA

I need your assistance. I have a gentlemen who I believe is using dark powers to control me. I am not sure what it is he has of mine, but the bond is strong. I want to break that bond, if at all at least block, but break if possible. I would like your help in doing what is necessary to make this happen. He caused my separation then for my husband to leave me and now when any person of the opposite gender gets close, they all of a sudden go away. I would have never in my right state of mind have been attracted to this person, but during my separation all I wanted was to be with him. When it came to light, he was the destruction of my marriage. It was too late. Please help me end this and protect my family's happiness, especially my children. Thank you. Your wisdom and knowledge would be very much appreciated.


Dear Carol,

The first thing to always remember is you are the most powerful person in your world. Once you realize someone has been trying to control you or cast spells against you, half of his power is gone at that moment.

I'm not sure what religion you practice or what deity you honor, but begin saying daily prayers. Don't ask to be protected, demand it. No one has the right to make you feel unsafe.

I would suggest doing a binding spell to block him from doing anything else.

What you’ll need:

A picture of him. It's even better if you have one of the two of you together (if one doesn't currently exit, don't create one). If you don’t have a picture of him (or can’t find one), then use a 4x6 index card. Write his name and describe his appearance (Tall, overweight, brown hair, etc.).
1” wide black ribbon
Small piece of tape
1 small (4”) chime candle
Black salt (about ½ ounce)
Black Sharpie
Envelope big enough to hold the picture

Light the black candle and say: (HIS NAME) YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME.

Using the Sharpie, write on the back of the picture (in bold capital letters): LEAVE ME ALONE! YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME!

Tape the end of the black ribbon to the top right of the back of the picture (this will hold the ribbon in place).

Begin wrapping the ribbon around and down the picture. With each turn of the ribbon say: LEAVE ME ALONE! YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME!

Take your time and allow yourself to get angry (this will make your voice strong and powerful).

Continue to wrap the ribbon around until you reach the bottom of the picture (right to left, back to front).

Repeat the process, top to bottom, front to back. Remember to repeat the chant with each turn.

Once you have finished binding (wrapping) the picture, place it into the envelope along with the black salt.

Allow the candle to finish burning all the way down. Add any wax that is left over into the envelope.

Seal the envelope.

Now for the fun part. Bury the envelope at a crossroads (preferably one not super close to your home or work). You’ll want to dig a hole at least 4 inches deep and large enough to fit the length and width of the envelope.

Once you’re done burying the envelope, walk away from it. Don’t look back. Don’t second guess yourself.

Resist the urge to communicate with him in any way, shape, or form. No matter how strong the urge is, don't pick up the phone, email him, or open the door to him. Make sure you block him on Facebook or any other social media. If you see him on the street, cross the street and walk the other way. He needs to cease existing in your world. When he realizes his hold is lessening, he will push harder. This means you may feel an even stronger urge to communicate with him. You may even begin dreaming about him. This is completely normal. It's his last pathetic, desperate pull at you.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Taylor from Maine

Where do you buy the most powerful witch candle? 

If I start witchcraft, will this effect my life or something in my life? 


Dear Taylor,

Where do you find the most powerful witch candles? Why, at 13 Magickal Moons of course! We handmake more than 200 unique God, Goddess, spell, and spirit candles with corresponding oils and herbs. 
They are made from all-natural palm wax, an environmentally-friendly renewable resource, which allows them to burn longer and cleaner. We'll even make custom candles for you if you order at least three of them. 
Will Wicca change you and change your life? Absolutely. Walking the path of a witch is a difficult one because it requires a lot of introspection and honesty with yourself. But at the end of the day when you're walking down your path and you have the Great Mother on your left and Great Father on right, there's a sense of belonging that makes everything worthwhile.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Abby from Woodbridge, VA

Hello. Do you know of any rituals, god/desses, magickal techniques, natural healing techniques, herbs, stones, incenses or books that I might find useful for mental illnesses? Specifically disorders mainly dealing with emotional imbalance, social akwardness and disorganized thought processes (BPD, schizophrenia, etc). I'm not too picky on what pagan tradition they are from, be it shamanism or ceremonial magick. I am also open to resources that are considered New Age. Heck, anything that addresses the issue of mental illness from a spiritual perspective would be helpful! Thank you.


Dear Abby,

When it comes to mental illness and disease, there's a line. Someone who has mild to moderate depression may only need to be treated with herbs, gemstones, magick, and rituals. But
 clinical depression - and other serious mental illnesses like BPD and schizophrenia - can't be treated magicaklly because your brain is sick. That's how this needs to be looked at. If you had a headache or a cold, you'd take medication. With mental illness, it's the same thing. If your brain is sick, medication and/or professional care is needed to treat it. 

There's nothing wrong with adding rituals or natural healing in conjunction with psychiatric treatment, but always in consultation with your treatment provider. There could be complications or interactions between psychiatric medicine and natural remedies.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of professional counselors out there who not only respect your spiritual choices but work with it. A psychiatrist can help with the mental illness, and a counselor can help with the emotional illness.

I hope you take my advice and seek some professional help. Remember that if you're not willing to make this kind of effort on the mundane level, trying to do work only on the magickal level will never work.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Maggie from Fairfax, VA

I am a new, but solitary Wiccan, and I am preparing a self-initiation ceremony. I have read several books with different procedures and spells for it. Some use candles for all elements, while others use the actual elements themselves. Also, when (moon cycle and/or day) would be an appropriate time? Lastly, the words used themselves. Thanks.


Dear Maggie,

I can't write your initiation ritual for you because it's your initiation ritual it has to be meaningful to you. Do you like to have candles everywhere? If so, use candles to represent the elements. If you don't, find something else that you connect with. 

Did you like, really like, some of the initiation rituals that you read? If so, take the parts you loved and create an initiation ritual that is meaningful for you. Don't be afraid to customize rituals from books and websites. There's no one right way to do things.

Do your ritual on either the full moon or the new moon. Best of luck!


Friday, April 6, 2012

Paola from Cetinje, Montenegro

Please can you tell me how to become a witch? I desire it. Blessed be!


Dear Paola,

Start by learning more about the craft through books and local Wiccan groups. Follow this link for some book recommendations to help you get started. You can find other like-minded people in your area using The Witches' Voice.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Christiana from Tampa, FL

I am looking for my path. I know that I have magic in me, but I need to learn how to channel it and figure out how my gift manifests itself in me. Any advice?


Dear Christiana,

What do you mean by your magical gift? Are you talking about having an affinity to gemstones or herbs or maybe a psychic ability? In general, you can develop your abilities through study and practice. 
Feel free to write back with more specific information for a more detailed answer.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Rebecca from Chicago, IL

I am trying to figure out what kind of spell/charm was intended using a teabag hanging over a front door frame. It appears to be a typical Earl Grey tea bag. I have not removed it yet until I figure out the intention, so I don't know if there is anything additional inside the tea bag. Any ideas?


Dear Rebecca,

Sorry, but I have no idea. 
If you don't like the tea bag there, don't be afraid to just take it down and throw it in the trash.