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Friday, November 30, 2012

Michael from Oakton, VA

I'm at a loss as to what to do. I have a friend who has only recently turned 18 and she is really unhappy at home. She moved out once a couple of weeks ago and her parents called the police on her. They wouldn't tell the police her age, but when they found out from her, they said they couldn't do anything to bring her back home. She stayed away for about a week and then went home again, but still argues with her parents. I saw her yesterday with a couple of cuts on her arm and after some persuasion, she told me that she started cutting herself. She begged me not to tell anyone. She's also started smoking a couple of years ago, but I only just found out and she's taking painkillers. She's moving out again in a week, but I need to know what I can do to help her. Please answer this soon. Thank you in advance.

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Dear Michael,

There isn't much you can do for her. She has her own decisions to make and her own path to follow.  Unfortunately it sounds as if the path she's walking is filled with a lot of pain and confusion.  Talk to her and let her know you are there for her.  Try to listen and hear what she is saying.  But also, set your boundaries.  If her use of painkillers becomes an addiction then you might need to walk away from her.


Keep me updated...

Witch

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Only Informed One from Lexington, KY

*Sorry for the repost, Ask A Witch readers. It seems the internet gremlins accidentally deleted this post somewhere along the way.*

So Obama just won the election over the clearly superior Romney. I am now convinced he is a wizard and he's cast some kind of spell over Americans so they can't see what an idiot he is through brainwashing us. Are we all just that blind? Do you know what spell he used? I just can't believe this great nation has become so stupid. It has to be magick. What do you think? Is there anything you or I can do to lift this craziness? 

- The Only Informed One

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Dear Dear Only Informed One, 


If President Obama used a spell to "brainwash" more than 60 million people to become "so stupid" then I need to get my hands on that goddamn spell! Oh, the changes I would make and the riches I would have... 

This campaign, for whatever reason, has brought out the absolute worst in people. I've spent half my day listening to Obama supporters and Romney supporters bicker back and forth with such disrespect and maliciousness that it makes my stomach turn.

Take your question for example... you just called half of America "stupid" and "blind" because they didn't vote your political preference. It doesn't make them stupid. It makes them have a voice, THE VERY FOUNDATION OF WHAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS BUILT ON.

When it comes to politics, people tend to feel very passionately about their individual choices and this passion can easily become hostility when others don't share their views OR if they agree with the opposing team. This is one of the reasons why I prefer there be no political discussions or debates between students/clients/customers... because nothing good can come of it.

Like it or not, you are stuck with President Obama for the next four years unless you move out of the country. 

Witch

Kasey from Tallahassee, FL

Hello! Just a drawn out question for ya'll! I am a vivid dreamer, I remember most if not every dream I have after waking, or can recall it with practice. I feel very connected and close to my dreams and wanted to know if perhaps I have an excellent imagination in my subconscious or if I am actually leaving my body in my dreams. Last month, I had a dream that I was flying very close to the asphalt on a certain road, and upon realizing I was flying (or hovering above the ground but moving quickly forward), I saw headlights and shot upward into the sky. I recognized where I was, and remembered thinking "I should head home now," and with that promptly turned toward where my home would be from the destination and woke up. But the weird part was I heard a very loud distinct cracking sound like the crack of lightening but without the rolling of thunder, and then awoke, like I slammed myself back into my body. I didn't feel tired or drained... but my question was, is there a way to focus on leaving my body again (if I did) or being able to test if I ever left my body at all? Flying in my dreams is not uncommon. Usually I initiate it though, I don't just find myself flying in a dream, usually I realize it's a dream and despite whatever is going on, I decide to go flying instead (because I love love love it!). When I was younger, I wanted to be a witch so I could fly on a broomstick and strike revenge on people. When I learned witches don't fly on broomsticks, I ditched the idea, that and my father really did not approve (also the rule of three scared me off). I have been reading a lot of questions asked on your site from younger girls who I really understand. When I was younger, I felt like Wicca would make me more powerful, because let's face it, when you're ten, you feel like the rug for most people, at least I know I did. I'm not saying you should deter younger people from witchcraft, but I think a lot of younger children just starting to make spiritual decisions reach out towards Wicca for vengeful reasons. I'm really happy that I turned from it when I was younger, because I had so much hatred in my heart, and I have learned Wicca is not about revenge. Oddly, even though now I consider myself to believe in God and Jesus Christ, Wicca has been in and out of my life. I wanted to ask some questions about this too. I feel like Wicca is calling out to me, ever since I can remember. I'm not saying at 4 I wanted to be a witch, but ever since I learned about witches, I wanted to be one. I think it's like a phase most girls go through, like first we all want to be a princess and then an angel and then a witch. Anyway I hope this is a chick witch reading because I bet a guy witch would be bored by now. So on and off I really like Wicca. My mom was very supportive but my dad's side of the family did not like it all. My mom used to buy me books and calendars for it. One day she did tell me a story that eventually scared me out of it. I don't know why she would buy me books and little daily spell calendars and then tell me this. She said when she was 16, she found a black book, I can't remember if she actually called it a bible or not, like a dark bible, and said she had taken to reading it. She said she was alone in her living room and had fallen asleep and felt something very dark on top of her and that she tried to wrestle it off but couldn't. She broke away and it followed her down the hallway and she ran into her mom's room or grabbed a bible. She told it to me like ten years ago and she's not here to consult so the details are sketchy. So like I said I backed off from it (what 12 year old would be brave enough to persist?). I never really looked back until I moved her to Talli with my dad. For some reason, when I went into middle school I fell into a group of girls who practiced Wicca. I did not seek them out, they "adopted" me, and as I became closer friends with them they told me they practiced Wicca. As I am sure you know, little pissed off girls playing witch is very different than adults (not to say you guys play, but I hope you know what I mean). So because I was living with my dad at the time, I opted out on the Wicca thing, but stayed friends with the girls. Now I'm 21, and it's not so much that I wish to practice Wicca rather than I wish to use Wicca to help answer some questions, like the dream question, and also if a spirit is attached to me, or something else. I've seen ghosts, I've watched things move, I've had some terrifying nightmares where I actually stayed up just to make sure I didn't dream a dream twice. This one dream I wrote down and burned before I would sleep again it was so freaking scary to me. I even spoke with some entity that sat at the foot of my sister's bed, but I never know when something is real or just a dream... I just want some one to talk to I guess. Thanks!

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Dear Kasey,

There is a great book, Astral Projection for Beginners by Edain McCoy, which can help you control and enhance your gift.


If you're interested in developing your medium abilities (talking with spirits), a great book would be So You Want To Be a Medium by Rose Vanden Eynden.

Yes, I am a "chick witch" and there was nothing boring about your question.  As a matter of fact, I found your entire rant a little entertaining.  I'm not sure if you realize it, but much of what you wrote came off as rude and condescending.  

Witch

Monday, November 26, 2012

Andre from Las Vegas, NV

I keep seeing the same sign multiples times a day. It's the trinity or the triquetra. I don't understand why I keep seeing it in tattoos, necklaces, and clothing every day in different places. I've been going through a lot of turmoil and I'm curious if this is anything significant? Thanks!

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Dear Andre,

The trinity or the triquetra typically represents a holy trinity such as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Maiden, Mother, and Crone; or even God, Goddess, and Self.


I would take it as a sign that you should tap into your religious beliefs to help you through your difficult times.

Namaste,

Witch

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Patricia from Dallas, TX

I was a Christian, and I am very new to using magick, and I am trying to learn as much as I can to be Wiccan. I was told I was a natural witch, and a very special Capricorn, because my birthday falls on the 11th, and my destiny number is also an 11. I have always had psychic dreams, but they have dwindled down to a minimum because of antidepressants. Without going into a book (ok, too late), I cast a spell this morning that I wrote myself, and I used many different ingrediants that I felt were important to the meaning of the spell. It was a contact spell to bring communication between me and an ex-lover who has cut me off. I wasn't trying to put a love spell on him, just to make him call me with an open mind so we can at least be friends and talk about the situation so that I can have closure. I do love him, so of course in the back of my head, I believe if he contacts me, there may be a chance I can talk him into coming back, but I did not want to affect his free will to MAKE him love me. I feel that I am naturally powerful, I have had thoughts manifest immediately, but I am impatient and doubting my power. How do I know the spell worked, and how do I relax and just let Spirit have his way?

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Dear Patricia,

Well... if he calls you then you know the spell worked. ;-)


When casting spells, you have to have confidence and a positive attitude about the magick you worked!

Let me know if he contacted you.

Witch

Friday, November 23, 2012

Susan from Germantown, MD

Every Christmas season, my family becomes very negative and family squabbles tend to pop up as a result. I, on the other hand, am nicknamed "Suzy Snowflake" because I LOVE this time of year. However, I seem to empath their moods and I'm noticing the more family squabbles and negativity passed my way, the less I love this time of year. It's been a rough end-of-year for me spiritually and financially. My chakras are all unbalanced and I'm becoming ill as a result or everything. Is there a way I can banish their negativity without hurting them or handing back what they give to me?

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Dear Susan,

Absolutely!  I recommend you buy yourself two pieces of jewelry: a piece of bloodstone (to absorb negative energy) and a piece of black tourmaline (to protect against negative energy). Both of these are fairly common gemstones and you should have no problem find them as jewelry. 
If you are unable to find jewelry, then carry the polished gemstones either in your pocket or in your bra.  

At the end of each night, place both stones in a bag or box of lavender and sage to cleanse them of negative energy they may have picked up during the day.  Remember to grab them again in the morning!

Witch

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Alexandria from Warren, MI

Well I am working on my way to becoming a witch and I am very dedicated. I've tried spells but they haven't really worked. I was just wondering how do you get your powers/energy stronger?

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Dear Alexandria,

Great question!  One way to increase your energy is to practice, practice, and then practice some more.  A simple, yet effective, exercise is to create an energy ball in the palms of your hands and then begin to enlarge and shrink the ball for five to ten minutes every day or every other day.  Be sure to ground and center after each session.  You'll find your energy reacts quicker and stronger each time.


Another way to increase  your energy level is to take classes on energy, such as Reiki energy.

Good luck!

Witch

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Melissa from Woodbridge, VA

Hello. I am responding to my weather magic inquiry. I should have been more specific. I had read online from Patti Wigington, on about.com (Pagan/Wiccan studies), that weather magic can be used as a form of divination. Dorothy Morrison has a spell that one can focus on a cloud (from the sky) in order to release blocks. 

So I was wondering more about using the weather as a divination tool. I should have been more specific in my previous post. Sorry! And, no, I have no interest in manipulating the weather :)

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Dear Melissa,

LOL... thanks for clarifying that for me!  


To be honest with you, I haven't heard of an actual form of divination which uses weather as the tool.  I have, however, heard of using weather-related aspects in nature as a form of divination. One example of this is to use the images/symbols you seen in clouds as a way of receiving intuitive messages.

When doing your research, try looking up weather signs, symbols, and omens!

Hope this helps!

Witch

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Heather from Ocean Springs, MS

Hi, I have a problem with there being more than one mind in my body. Four to be exact. There's me and three other minds. They all have their own personality, and two of them are self-destructive. One of the personalities has actually taken over me and caused me to struggle with self-harm problems. One of them is trying to keep me away from the one person who makes me happiest and trying to put me with someone I myself do not like anymore. The other one is not against me; in fact, she pushes me to go through with things I want to do. While I'm fine with one of the three, I really would like my mind to myself for once. Is there something I could do to seal them away? I am contemplating getting a tattoo in the near future and was really wondering if there was some sort of seal I could get tattooed on my body and a spell to coincide with it.

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Dear Heather,

GO GET PROFESSIONAL HELP... SERIOUSLY!!!


You could have "Dissociative Identity Disorder," which use to be called "Multiple Personality Disorder."

There are no spells, symbols, rituals, or tattoos which can help or cure you!

Witch

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jennifer from Guateng, South Africa

I need help urgently. My mom's life is in danger. She has been cursed and now she has a green slime ball in her stomach and inside the green thing it has worms. On her right hand she has a diamond in. She went for a so-called exorcism, but now it has just gotten worse. Now she is coughing up a black substance and she can't go near salt or crystals or she wants to faint and if she reads the Bible, her eyesight goes blurry. Then somtimes she will all of the sudden start staring at you for a long time without blinking and then on her forhead begins a y shape. Can you please help us? We don't know what it means and what to do.

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Dear Jennifer,

I don't want to sound cold or callous, but you're asking the wrong person.  I would contact another priest to perform another exorcism for you. I would also recommend you visit a doctor to be sure there is nothing physically wrong with your mother.


Good luck
Witch

Friday, November 16, 2012

Alex from Portland, ME

Hello, 

I have a particularly rude and inconsiderate roommate. Since she moved in, I have felt bogged down and just plain dirty (separately from her disgusting habits and the dirty dishes). I wanted to use hot foot powder, but I can't find bluestone, and I've also heard that this is kind of black magic and shouldn't really be tampered with unless you want it coming back threefold. I don't want to hurt her, but I do want her to be more aware and pleasant around others. Ideally, I want her to find a life somewhere else but I know that might not be possible. Do you have any suggestions of what I could do? How can I safely influence her to change her ways, or find her blessings elsewhere?

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Dear Alex,

Give this spell a try and see what happens. Good luck!

Witch

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jenna from Hixon, TN

So I want to do this spell that involves dressing a candle with essential oils. I only have fragrance oils. Can I use those, or will they mess up the whole thing?

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Dear Jenna,

You absolutely can use fragrance oils!

Witch

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kayla from Fairfax Station, VA

Hi, it's me, again. (Sorry I take up so much of your time, *laughs a bit*) I recently got The Steampunk Tarot and have been doing some readings for myself to demystify my romantic future, and I usually get the King of Wands (a person driven by inspiration and passion) within the spread. Does this mean my future lover will be like that?

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Dear Kayla,

We love getting repeat questioners!  


It depends on the placement (where he is landing in your spread) of the King of Wands!

Witch

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Chris from Stuttgart, AR

Can I use a silver chime candle as a grey candle in a spell?

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Dear Chris,

Yes... you can also use white or black as substitutes.

Witch

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rick from Milwaukee, WI

How do I free my self soul from desiring a person?

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Dear Rick,

Try doing a releasing spell to release the desire you feel for this person!  After you do the spell... delete them from your life. No emails, text messages, facebook, etc.

Witch

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Danielle from Greenville, VA

I am new to Wicca and just got a book of shadows by Silver RavenWolf. I am wanting to know what is the first thing I need to do in order to cast a spell or cast a circle? Any help you can give a newbie, I would appreciate it greatly. Blessings!

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Dear Danielle,

I would recommend you start with Teen Witch by Silver RavenWolf before beginning to cast spells or circles.

Witch

Friday, November 2, 2012

Courtney from Kingston, NH

Hello!  I had emailed you about myself and coworkers having to deal with an unhealthy working environment due to our boss and had gotten a response on September 20, 2012. Thank you for your ideas. I hid a bloodstone in my boss's office, but I am unable to get into her office when she isn't there unless she is out for a meeting. If I were to spray her office with the sage and lavender she would smell it and wonder what it is, so I don't think I will be able to do that. If you have any ideas on getting her to leave her position or to become a super nice boss, I would love help with it. Also if there is something we can do as a group or as individuals to protect ourselves from her, we would love help with that too. Thanks so much!

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Dear Courtney,

I'm sorry you and your co-workers are still having such a difficult time with your nasty boss.  I would still suggest using the sage and lavender after she leaves your office, just to help keep her negativity away.


You can try performing a binding ritual to keep her abusiveness away from you.  

Supplies:
1 black candle (and a candle holder)
9 clothing pins (with a black top if possible)
1 picture of your boss (she should be alone in the picture)
A pinch each of: cayenne pepper, black pepper, black salt
A cookie sheet with aluminum foil (to protect the sheet)
1 black marker (sharpie works best)

On the back of the picture write:

We bind you and your abusive way
We bind your deeds and the things you say
Change your attitude or leave your position
A sincere apology with true contrition

Place the black candle into the candle holder.

Pin the picture to the candle using the 9 pins (be sure to put pins in the eyes and mouth).

Sprinkle the herbs on and around the candle.

Light the candle.

Once the candle has finished burning, take the candle holder off the sheet (no point in throwing it away), wad up the remains of your spell and bury it away from your home (by at least ½ a mile).

Witch