I suppose by now it would be fair to assume Mama Gaia is mightily unhappy. The Northwest is burning, Texas, parts of Tennessee, and Louisiana are having flooding issues, monsoons are hitting parts of Asia hard, earthquakes are hitting the Southwest, and Florida, the Leelands, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and accompanying islands are getting slammed by Irma with Jose following up a bit too closely. This is accompanied by prayers, positive vibes and more than a little fear. But it’s also accompanied by weather magick and a big aspect of that is creating and sustaining effective thoughtforms.
A thoughtform is a carefully crafted package of energy that is triggered by a specific switch (timing, contact, or energy level) and may be an integral aspect of shielding as well. If you are not familiar with effective grounding, centering, shielding, and visualization skills this is not something you may want to attempt, nor should you.
Thoughtforms may be created during intense rites, sex magick, ecstatic worship, or deep meditation in which the energy package is given a specific purpose and also a trigger that will cause it to activate and de-activate and dissipate. This package may take on any form that is easy for you to work with. If you are comfortable working with dragon or unicorn energy, go for it! These magickal children are not limited by either physical plane nor the laws of physics any more than any other form of energy. Physical laws do not apply to them.
Begin your rite as you would any other rite. Be in a state of mind that allows you to separate from limiting scenarios and physical law. Before your rite you should gather items together that represent what you wish to achieve, what form you wish your thoughtform to take, exact details of your creation, and then set your triggers and exact details of your goals. It should have a trigger that releases it back to the Aether as well.
The latter is very important because without it it will keep going and without a goal once the one it was created for is completed, it could cause a bit of mischief. Because these packets of energy have no particular morality or charge, merely a purpose, they will grow unattended and unreleased according to whatever charge feeds it. This is why it is very important to both give it a specific purpose and a trigger that dissipates it.
You will want to raise a great deal of energy and if you are working solo there’s a lot of ways to achieve this. You may work with others through your online groups (only those you trust!), dance, drum, sing, trance, or through masturbation. All of these are perfectly reasonable and effective ways of raising a great deal of energy alone. If you are working with a group you may opt to leave out the latter option, but be sure everyone is on the same page and working as one unit. For that reason alone, this type of magick is well suited for solitary practitioners.
Now that you have safely set up your ritual you need to create details. These details allow you to easily visualize your creation. If you wish to create a sigil that embodies this working, do it. Visualize the color of the energy you are working with. If I wanted to create a dragon, imbued with ice for instance, I would use the rune Isa, which literally means “ice”. This rune slows things down. I would resource my vast love of dragons and pull something white, silver, and gray. I would imbue it with freezing breath and chilling scales tipped with ice and I give it the elements of Sky and Sea (Air and Water). It would have a very fluid body type, very lithe, and be suitably airborne when necessary. Its purpose would be to deflect and hopefully diffuse and when the energy level of its target drops below a 3 it would be triggered to diffuse and return to the Aether. I would then give an offering, blessings, and close my space.
Other sources of inspiration could be forms of High Magick, Low Magick, sigils, cultural and ancestral lore.
Keep in mind you may set a specific time on these but the most effective magick takes time to craft and may take some time to fully manifest. These specific forms of magickal children can be very draining so you either want to keep the goal to the point or you want to give it less energy intensive tasks and a quick dissolution timeframe.
Self-care is also important as you are essentially attached to your creation while it is active. You will need to imbibe on living prana through raw fruits, vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs, walks outside, and clean beverages without the additives. When your thoughtform has dispersed you should feel less tired and more balanced.
As I’m loving the energy and coolness of the beautiful Harvest Moon, I hope whatever you choose to manifest this evening works in your highest good.
Written by: Shawn Robbins and Charity Bedell, pub 2017 Sterling Publishing Co. 305pp
The Good Witch’s Guide is not your average, everyday introductory or advanced peep into the Craft. To be honest, owning quite a few of these guides, myself, I was used to the standard Wiccan/Witchcraft encyclopedia reference materials. Most of them, I find, are stuffy, and to be clear, I’m not a huge fan. When I cracked open this book, I was expecting this to be just another reference guide, however; I found myself pleasantly surprised. This book is a real page turner.
The Good Witch’s guide is full of wonderful spells, incantations.
There is a guide to crafting your own personal Magick and yes, stones, essential oils, colors and herbs.
It has everything from Witchy Wisdom, rituals and formulas, spirituality, folklore, health and health remedies.
Of course, there are sections dedicated to candle Magick, brewing your own potions, tinctures and salves.
This book is jam packed with all kinds of recipes for Sabbats and special occasions.
Want to know how other Witches are casting their own versions of these spells? There’s even a section dedicated to that!
There are tons of traditional spells that are tried and true and all of the “how-to’s” that go along with them.
In this authors humble opinion, this may very well become the definitive guide for all who take the time to read it. The Good Witch’s Guide is a pleasure to read for the Beginner in the Craft all the way to your most Adept Student. It can be used strictly as a reference manual or can be read cover to cover without the monotony of other reference guides.
On a more personal note, this is one book is one that I will cherish and read again and again!
With tomorrow being Valentines day alot of people are thinking about love spells and love charms. Love magic can be effective. It can be used to attract a long term relationship, a sexual relationship, friendships and more. Like with any spells love spells need to be made very specific. You may find that if you target an individual that the relationship is not a healthy one and they end up being obsessive or controlling. This is why it is best in love spells to gear them towards a specific type of person (meaning qualities, interests etc) rather than an individual.
With this in mind one of the most powerful love charms out there is Witches Red Salt. Witches Red Salt is an herbal charm that is made out of roses, sea salt and other herbs associated with love such as cinnamon, dragons blood, and Apples (the peel or flower would be best here). The goal of the Red Salt is to attract love first other additions depend on the individual witch.
Now that we know what Red Salt is used for let’s make an All Purpose Red Salt. This witches Salt will ensure fidelity, attract love, happiness, and friendship, all things that are essential in a healthy relationship. Once we have the Red Salt made we will take a look at how you can apply the red salt in a spell. The first part of the entire process is the crafting and charging of the Red Salt.
The act of making the Red witches salt is a spell in itself. When you are creating the salt you are directing, manipulating and focusing various energetic forces into the salt. You are working with the energy of the herbs and your own emotional energetic forces to create an item used to direct those energetic forces for a change in your life or the life of another person. You are effectively working a spell through the process of making the Witches Red Salt.
Crafting the Red Salt
4 cups Sea Salt *Any salt will work. Sea salt is best. Kosher salt works as well. Pink Himalayan salt will add to the spell from its color. (Salt is used to cleanse and remove blocks in the way of attracting love)
1 Cup Sugar (to sweeten them to you)
1 Cup Red Rose Petals (for love)
1 Cup Dried Apple Peels (Love)
1/4 cup Catnip (Happiness)
3 Tablespoons Dragonsblood (lust and love)
2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon (lust and love)
1 Tablespoon Ground Allspice (Fidelity)
Red Candle (for love)
Green Candle (For the herbal spirits)
White Candle (Spiritual force in general)
Mortar And Pestle
Rose Quartz (self love and friendship)
Jar or Container with a lid to store your salt in
On your altar place the three candles in a triangle with the white at the top point and the red and green at the bottom point.
Place the mixing bowl in the center of the candles
Around the Mixing bowl lay out the Rose, Apple Peels, Catnip, Dragonsblood, Cinnamon, and Allspice.
As You light each candle state:
“I call upon the spirits of the herbal Green
The powers from the worlds unseen
Lend me your blessings on this night
Bring me the powers of love shining bright
Empower this charm today
Bring us love which will stay”
Next you take the Salt and pour it into the mixing bowl
Pick up the Rose Petals and Hold the Rose petals over the candles.
As you hold the rose petals over the candles feel the powers of the spirit awaken.
Thank them silently and put them into the Mortar and Pestle.
As you grind the Rose petals into the finest powder that you can see love surrounding you.
Feel the energy of love flowing from your hands into the salt
Once the Roses are ground add them to the red salt
Stir the roses into the salt clockwise once again visualizing love. See the salt covered in a bright red light that is warm and welcoming (Red being love, desire and passion)
Take the Apple Peels and repeat the process using the Mortar and Pestle.
Once the Apple Peels are ground add them into the salt again stirring clockwise visualize the red light
Take the Catnip and awaken it as you did with the Apple Peels and Rose.
Once again grind the Catnip into as fine of a powder as you can and add it to the salt stirring clockwise
Awaken the Dragons blood, and add it to the salt followed by awakening the Cinnamon, and Allspice together.
Next add the sugar
Now that all the herbs are combined continue to stir the Red Salt together.
As you stir the salt visualize the salt glowing with red light.
While you stir and blend chant the following chant five times:
“Love come to me
One that freely loves me
Bring a lover that’s true
Open me to a love that’s new”
Once you feel that the energy has reached its max potential place your hands over the salt and draw a pentacle and a heart sealing in the energy
Pour the Charged Salt into your jar or Container
Cover With the lid and place the Rose Quartz stone on the Lid to continue to charge the Salt
Extinguish the Candles
The red Salt is now ready to use. Simply take out a small amount as needed for spell and ritual work.
Working With Red Salt
Now that we have made the red salt it’s time to talk about how we can work with the witches salt. It is important to remember that witches have always been very practical. They worked with what they had on hand and when they could. Working with red witches salt is designed to be practical and easy.
Working with red salt is fairly easy. The salt is already charged and ready to go. You can simply use the red salt as it is. That’s right. Since the red salt is already charged all you need to do now is give it a specific direction to work in. You can sprinkle the red salt into your shoes with the intent to attract love with each step. Just sprinkle the salt and say your intent for love. If you are the type to be a little more formal with your application of powders the following two spells are more structured ways to use the sprinkle in your shoes trick.
Walk to manifest Love Materials:
A piece of Paper with your petition written on it
On the paper write out your desire to have love. Be sure to include any specific desires and qualities about the type of person you are looking for. Things like hobbies, music, general interests, etc as well as personality traits (supportive, strong, good with animals etc) down
Once the paper has been written on sprinkle a little bit of the Red salt over the Paper and state:
“”May every step I take this day bring true love my way”. ”
Fold the paper towards you with the red salt and place in your shoes.
Then as you walk every day the energy in your steps will activate the salt.
Your walking ever day will attract the energy that you are sending out through your steps.
Dancing for Love
A piece of Paper with your petition written on it
On the paper write out your desire to have love. Be sure to include any specific desires and qualities about the type of person you are looking for. Things like hobbies, music, general interests, etc as well as personality traits (supportive, strong, good with animals etc) down
Once the paper has been written on sprinkle a little bit of the Red salt over the Paper and state:
“Every move I make tonight brings a lover that is right”.
The more you dance the more energy you will gather and direct.
The salt will act as a focal point directing the energy from dancing and the salt into the earth through your feet.
There are other ways that you can sprinkle witches salt and form a love spell. Many men and women use lotions and colognes or perfumes to male ourselves feel good about ourselves and to feel attractive. You can use red salt to strengthen the feelings of attractiveness when you work with those products. The goal in this application is to maximize how you feel attractive so it gains the attention of those who you are attracted to.
Makeup and Lotion Attraction Spell
Materials: Red Salt
Lotions and or any Beauty supplies (this includes hair styling supplies as well as makeup and colognes)
Gather all of your Beauty Supplies together
Envision yourself in a pink (for self love) and red (for general love and attractiveness)
As you pick up each item see a red and pink light entering the items until they glow.
Once they are glowing pick up the red salt and sprinkle it over the item stating
“Love come to me freely
One who accepts me
A love that’s meant be”
Now these items will be charged for the next month for both self love and romantic love.
Simply use them as you would normally.
Repeat the spell once a month to keep the items empowered
Perform the spell as needed when items are replaced
These spells should help you get started. Working with witches salt can be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be. The charm is powerful and ready to use. Be wise. If you are unsure about performing a spell or working do a reading and look to find out if its a good time to do the spell. If its acceptable to perform the spell get to work. If not do a reading and you’ll find out what you can do instead.
In Wicca and other forms of religious witchcraft it is common to take a ritual bath before you enter the ritual space. This is to cleanse you and prepare you to interact with the God and Goddess. This practice varies from a light sponge bath wiping down the body to coven members sharing a tub with individuals taking a quick dip in and out, to simple washing of the face, hands, and feet with a basin of ritual water. No matter the style of ritual cleansing all of the above examples are types of ritual baths.
Magically baths can be used for so much more. You can use them to cleanse and remove things from your life. You can use them to prepare for sacred spaces and rituals. Baths are very powerful in that tool and have been used that way for a very long time. However there is much more than can be done with a magical bath. Magical baths can be used to open roads, bring money, bring love, heal, and protect. Soaking in a bath of herbs is one powerful way to get magical energy to surround your entire body mind and spirit.
The first thing you need to know is that you do not need bath tubs to work with magical baths. Not at all. You just need to have a basin to stand in and a bowl of water with the herbs. You can use a sponge bath or simply pour the water and herb mixture over your body from head to toe. The important thing is that you physically touch the herbal mixture in some way. If you have a shower stall you can work ritual baths. You can do a sponge bath from head to toe or you could tie the herbs in a bit of cheesecloth and hang that over the shower head so that the charged water comes through and touches your skin. You have options.
Now that we have that cleared up its time to talk about the different ways you can use baths. Full immersion baths or the shower method are excellent for cleansing and removal. So let’s start with a good cleansing bath. A ritual bath needs just the herbs and the water to contain them. You can use soap and water in a cleansing bath if you would like, but just having the herbs is fine.
Cleansing Ritual Bath
5 Bay Leafs
1 Tbs Rosemary
1 Tbs Hyssop
1 Tbs Rue
5 White Sage Leaves
(Optional: Soap and or normal bathing supplies)
Take the herbs and mix them in a bowl. As you mix them pray over the herbs. Ask that their spirits and the spirits of your ancestors cleanse and clean you of any negativity. See them radiating power. Know that their energy together will bless you and remove everything that does not serve your highest need. Add enough water to fill the bowl with the herbs about half way
Pour the bath water or fill the tub. If you are standing in your shower either tie the bundle up in cheese cloth or have the basins of water ready. Add the herbs to the water. Stir the water clockwise visualizing them full of a white cleansing light.
Now begin to pour the water over your body starting from your head to your toe using the cup. Always go from top to bottom when doing a cleansing or removal. Never cross back up or you could cross yourself up (hex yourself and loose the cleansing work you are currently doing). As you pour the water over your body a chant like “water wash away, water cleanse today” is important. It continues to charge the water and the herbs while reminding your spirit and mind about the work going on.
As you soak in the bath (or pour the herbal bath over your body) you should be sensing and feeling anything that doesn’t serve your highest good being forced into the water. When you feel as if all of the stuff has been removed from your body stand up. Pour the other bowl of water over your body to rinse off any residual energy from the water. This will leave you feeling light and clean.
The water in your mind should have a gray or black appearance to it when you pull the drain. That darkness is the negativity you are cleansing from your body. Watch it go down the drain and feel yourself lighter and freer. Towel dry off again from head to toe to seal in the cleansing you have just performed. Once dry go about your day as planned.
That cleansing bath was one example. Before you can do any work to bring good into your life you need to remove obstacles from your life. That is what cleansing work is for. Cleansing work opens the way for you to succeed in other areas of life. A common area people are looking for help in is love. A love bath is something that could benefit someone looking for love.
Love me sweet Bath
1 Tbs Honey
1 Tbs Lavender3 Tbs Sugar
In the first bowl mix the rose petals, honey, lavender, and sugar. As you mix the herbs pray over them and see them filled with a red light of love. Feel and know that you are a person worthy of love and are open to love. Remember to pray to the herbs for assistance in love. Be sure to be specific about the type of person you want and the type of relationship that you want.
Once you are sure that the mixture is charged add the water to the bowl and begin to fill the tub. Fill the bowl with water about 3/4 of the way. Once the tub has started to fill to a nice level (for me about 1/4 of the way is enough to start soaking but use your judgement) step into the tub and rub yourself down from head to toe with the hot water. As you run the hot water over yourself see yourself in love and being loved by another person. Visualize that person holding you and caressing you lovingly.
Now start to pour the love bath mixture over your body beginning with your head ending with your feet. Use the cup to gently buy accurately pour the water over your body. As you wash yourself with the bath chant something along the lines of “Love be new, love that’s true”. See yourself in a lasting relationship. Feel yourself full of love and all the happiness associated with it.
Once you have completely soaked in or covered your body with the love bath mixture take the other bowl of water and slowly rinse off. If you are in a tub now is the time to pull the drain. See the water returning to the earth sending your desire for love into the center of the earth. See your love energy and the water bath combining as they flow down the drain into the earth.
Any water and herbs that remain in the bath mixture pour outside your front porch and if possible at a cross roads. This will send your desire for a relationship out to the entire universe.
As you can see cleansing is one example of baths and love work is another. There are many more ways to work with ritual baths out there. Simply use your imagination and get to work. If you don’t feel like making your own baths there are some excellent sources of precharged ritual baths out there. We recommend Mystic Echoes
Ah the holidays. Its a time for joy and love. Its a time that is meant to be full of happiness and good will towards others. This time of year is as full of goodwill and love towards your fellow man as it is jealousy and fear. From neighbors who are jealous of you to those troubling family issues that seem to come up around the holidays energy of jealousy and anger spread as rapidly as love and joy. A lot of the jealousy issues raised during this time are unconscious so it is important to keep up your protections.
In addition to what ever protections you typically have around your home this time of year you can add extra protections through your holiday decorations. That’s right your wreaths, the bells, and the crystal balls on your holiday tree can be protections. These protections are excellent in that they can be hidden in plain sight which makes them even more effective. So lets take a look at a few of these decorations.
Lets start with the wreath. Wreaths are in a circle which is unbroken. Most wreaths are made out of evergreens. Most evergreen trees have symbolism of prosperity and wealth or succsess. So the wreath itself represents unbroken prosperity and succsess. Many wreaths have tinsel or glittering ribbon as decorations. Those glimmering ribbons distract any ill intent or spirit that is sent your way. Add a pair of nails in a cross buried in the center of the wreath and you have excellent protection.
Christmas and Yule trees are very popular. Tinsel is a common decoration like with wreaths the tinsel distracts the ill intent of any spirits that could be sent your way. Many craft stores sell clear glass balls that can be decorated with symbols of protection (depending on your path which symbols are important to you) and filled with herbs protection, luck, prosperity, etc. Adding bells to your tree will invite positive spirits and blessings and warn you if there are negative spirits or energy it will banish them from the area.
Finally cinnamon brooms can be hung to invite prosperity and succsess. If you add red ribbons it will bring protection your way as well. Hang it over your door or the door to your business or office to bring succsess and prosperity through the new year. Adding bells or chimes will add additional protection and blessings.
I hope that you will take this article and use it to spark some Yule or Christmas holiday traditions. Let the decoration for the holiday and the setting of the decorations with the protections and blessings become a ritual in and out of itself. By letting your family join in the setting of the decorations everyone adds their energy, their desires, and their will to the home. The decorations and the magic within them will truly reflect the whole home. Brining the whole family together is really what the holidays are all about.
I refuse to allow myself to think that we have voted for the worst parts of humanity. I refuse to believe that Xenophobia, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Racism, and Anti-Femimism,are the things that won yesterday. I refuse to believe that I must now fear that my neighbors, friends, and allies and family members will be rounded up, snatched from their homes and livelihoods and sent to Conversion Therapy, “back” to Africa, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, India, etc. or killed. I refuse to believe that I or anyone in my community should be or must be afraid to wear headwraps,Pentacles, Afro-Centric attire, jilbabs, abayas, afros, braids, locs or anything else cultural or religious. I refuse to believe that people who I know and care for; wonderful, loving, kind, accepting and beautiful people who I interact with everyday, that I have prayed with, manifested with, casted with…, hell shared beers with would “not care” for my and all those I share intersectionality with to elect someone who could cost us health, safety, and autonomy. I refuse to ever again comfort my children and dry their tears because they fear their friends will have to leave school because their families are from afar.
No. I refuse to think or do any of this. Because I know better, I am better, and I know WE are better.
What I believe is that Fear has created a Servitor, and fear won, on both sides. From the Tweets, Facebook posts, News pundits, family fights, unfriendings, hate crimes, hashtags and conflicts that both fan and foe of President-Elect Trump are guilty of, if nothing else is clear, what is, is that we have been operating in fear and have manifested exactly what we have focused on.
Fear drives hate; hate is just fear unchecked. One side is fearful of nuclear war, marginalization, further loss of jobs and industries, and moral decay. The other is fearful of social justice setbacks, loss of economic safety nets, mobilization of the worst members of society, theocracy, and, well, conservatism. Mix all of this with the fact that a lot of people have a “my way is the right way” attitude( yes, even we Pagans) and you have a recipe for mayhem.
At any rate, what’s done is done. President-Elect Trump, while not having the majority of the popular vote, fairly won the needed number of Electoral votes. His party has the majority seating in both House and Senate. If his acceptance speech is any indication, the times of division, rancor and stalemate in Washington, D.C. are over and he seems set up to succeed. May Justice, Fairness, and Truth guide him as he leads this country.
Where our focus should lie now, is with being and molding the best humans that we can be. We can kill the Servitor that we have created by intentionally chosing to operate in an opposing energy. That energy, Friends, is Love.
I choose to believe that we can make this country great again by choosing to be great people. I choose to believe that we all want what is just and best for humanity. I choose to believe that everything will be well and will get better. I choose to believe that we all know and recognize the Divine/ Ultimate Potential in each other and ourselves, and will treat each other accordingly. I believe that we ALL abhor the evils of Racism, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, Sexism, Homophobia, and the like. I also chose to believe that we as people will band together and fight these monsters wherever they may appear. I chose to believe that all that was wished to succeed is a change in politics as usual and to give an outsider a chance. I chose to believe that the hope for Change won over a promise of the same. I choose to believe that we all will protect them those whom injustice targets with all we have.
I choose to stop contributing to this Servitor by feeding it with hate, vengeance and division. I acknowledge that I have contributed to and been influenced by It. But I know I am better, and you are better. I know my coworkers are better,my neighbors are better. I know that by you and I treating ALL humans with Love,Kindness, Friendship, and Respect we can defeat the Hate that Hatred has produced. I believe that we can disagree and still be civil. I know we will not let our great society devolve into Nazi Germany or 1950’s America as so many fear. We are too great for that. And only by us remembering this, and committing to make our society better one interaction at a time, with all that we come across can we achieve the goals laid out in President-Elect Trump’s acceptance speech:
Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me…
I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country. I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hard-working men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their families. It’s a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will.
I know we as people, as Humans can do this. only by suspending the fear mongering that has consumed the last 2 years and acting out of love towards all from love of ourselves can we defeat this evil that has infiltrated society. We know better, we are better, we can do better, and as Magickal Practitioners and Earth lovers we must do better. Espouse the Good, reprimand the evil, Love all and always love.
There are people who are magick users, who find their spell work only through the pages of a book, and they can be competent in one offs. There are those who study the traditions and spirits of magick who create a space in the fabric of reality that allows them to change and bend reality to their wills after a fashion. They are successful to varying degrees, and are worthy of respect. But today, we are going to talk with a woman whose very flesh, fire, and spiritual bloodline is magick. Today, we are going to interview the Priestess of Secrets of Conjure Coven.
For those of our readers who may not know you, who is High Priestess Kathie?
I would like people to know that I come from a long line of spiritualist and spiritual people in my family. I have done readings, been a lending ear to family and friends since I can remember. Professionally, I started doing readings almost 15 years ago(time flies) and I started doing spells and hoodoo around that same time professionally as well. Before that it was just for myself or a friend.
Where does your spark, your passion for magick have as its source?
I would say that it comes from a sense of me knowing that magic has been practiced in my family. It’s in my bloodline, even though some of them may not call it magic, or called it that back then. I remember my grandmother would call it power but to me its the same thing.
Was there a pivotal experience in your life that led you to this path?
Well I was raised up in this path so I saw a lot growing up as a child. But I will say that I started working with the dark arts, or black magic, more when I was attacked by an aunt that was in the church and I had to protect myself from her.
How long have you studied?
I would say really all my life. My grandmother taught me how to protect myself and how to help heal people and my voice is a tool in aiding that.
I can remember being a teenager even and getting occult books, thirsty for knowledge because I knew there was so much more than what I was being taught, being raised up in the bible belt a lot of hidden from me as well.
Who would you say have been your most helpful influences?
My grandmother was the most helpful in my life hands down! Rest her memory. My mother and father were supportive of me, but my mother didn’t want me to do this. She wanted a different life for me.
What folks have been there along the way as you grew as a practitioner?
I would say now as an adult my partner he is very supportive of me, friends and a couple of family members also my brother and sister witches in my coven. The Secrets of Conjure Coven, my spiritual family, is amazing!
How would you define your style of magick when compared to what many are publicly teaching today?
I would say my style of magic or practicing is “non conventional” for sure. Definitely unorthodox in many ways lol. I am known to be very controversial in my practice.
Do you feel there is a disconnect with traditional teachings and skill development when compared to the older generations? Or do you feel that since times have changed, the magicks have changed as well?
I really do feel that there is, and that is because more people are starting to practice magic, hoodoo, voodoo, Santeria, witchcraft than ever before and because of that you have people that did not have the “traditional” teachings from family and certain traditions that was passed down. So you will find a lot of spiritualist and spiritual people combining practices or making it their own way.
You are known to be a leader, not a follower, why do you think that is?
I believe it’s a combination of things. For one, I believe my title has a lot to do with it. Being a High Priestess and also because of my age.
I am a “seasoned witch” and getting ready to get into my Crone years soon and with that comes a lot of experience in life and dealing with clients, other witches who are priests and priestesses, and people in general. I feel the younger people look up to me because of the wisdom bestowed upon me from living life.
Do you feel that it is tied in with your identity as a spiritual person?
Yes, because all I have ever been around in my life are women and men who were leaders. Most of the women in my family always had their own business, I had a great-aunt that ran a homeless shelter, she had a radio show, and had a street named after her. Then of course my grandmother was a minister, healer, and reader in her community.
They wouldn’t call it readings back then but they would come to her to get a “word from God” which people came from everywhere around the world for her help. So with me being her grand-daughter and her taking me under her wing this is the only way I know how to be. My mother was also a dancer, musician and entrepreneur.
What are your thoughts about the Black Witch Convention happening in October?
I think it’s awesome to have and that Black witches can come together and do something positive. I am in full support of it. I believe it will be a success.
Do you think that gatherings such as that one might be something you might be hosting as your practice grows?
I think that is possible but it’s not anything I have on my agenda anytime soon. But I do fully support those that do it.
When it comes to community, do you feel that we are losing the ability to be supportive of each other without competition?
Yes, some things do need to change and go back to the old ways I suppose. I can say that it is extremely competitive and I have not had a lot of positive experiences with other spiritualist in the business. Insecurities and people just aren’t friendly like they once were and really want to help others and sadly I see this in the African-American spiritualist community. It’s more cut throat. A lot of men don’t have respect for the women and visa versa. It’s become more about business and getting money it seems like, instead of being civilized.
How do you teach and learn from your peers when it comes to dealing with common issues?
Well, for an example I handle social media like I do in real life. I ask questions and also allow people to voice their opinions or contribute. As long as there is no line drawn with being disrespectful. I am open to all sorts of feedback and teach that to others so that they can either improve or add to their own lives.
You are a studious and creative person, how does this come through in your works?
I truly believe that this motivates me to give it all I got and to pay attention to details. I have always been creative and strive to do the very best I can. I was taught to be that way and I believe it shows in my workings. Especially in my readings.
Has there ever been a time when you just relied on the book?
I would say there was a period where I just relied on book instructions for spellwork and beliefs, but it was only for a short time cause I love to think outside the box. That is why I practice more than just hoodoo.
What do you feel is the most important thing about walking the path you walk?
I would say it’s very important to be true to yourself. I listen to people and decide if I want to really apply what they say to my life and if it really would benefit me. For example, I had a few Haitian voodoo people that didn’t like the fact that I worked with Damballahand my offerings I gave. I knew the truth is that it was because I was not initiated. I don’t feel that its in me or in my path at the moment to be consecrated or initiated into a religion.
Is it for everyone?
No, this walk or path is not for everyone. Some people are just to afraid or they have been so brainwashed by western religions(especially Christianity) that they shouldn’t be practicing because they have to much fear, doubt and worried about it backfiring on them.
If you had to speak to a younger you about what to expect in this life, what would you say?
Don’t dwell off life’s rough stuff just know you will always have challenges but learn from your mistakes, don’t be so hard on yourself, and take care of you more. Your hard work will pay off over and over again.
What would you most like to see happen in your own life in the next 10 years in regards to your studies and business?
Oh, I am an information sponge! I love to read, study and share information even if its YouTube videos. I really want to take the time to get more into the Egyptian studies later on. I am just so busy that when I do that I want to devote time to seriously learning and taking some of the practices and adding it to my work.
I only see my business booming. I currently am getting ready to put out my own brand of oils. I have my graphic designer doing my labels as we speak. I will have available for the public, my own organically blended oils that can be used for spellwork, rootwork, spiritual baths and protection.
What kind of clientele would you say most represents your practice?
EVERY WALK OF LIFE. Every race, ethnicity, gender that you can think of. I do not discriminate against clients either. I welcome everyone.
And of these, are there any moments that you would like to share that stand out particularly strongly in your memory?
I remember when I first started doing readings professionally and there was a gentleman that came to me and he told me his name was “Vu Vo”, and of course I was like “Vu Vo who”? He kept telling me his name was Vi Vo not Vi Vo Who lolol. So anyway that let me know that this was my destiny cause I had people seeking me out from Vietnam and around the world on a regular basis.
Do you remember the first time you charged for services?
Yes! What was that like? I was excited the first time I got paid from someone that was not family or a friend was when I first started doing contract work with this online company called Kasamba. I think it’s still around. I just couldn’t believe that I actually got paid great money for doing a reading and giving advice to someone I didn’t know. I just knew this was for me.
Looking back,would you have charged more?
First starting out, I wouldn’t have charged more, but I would say that I would have eventually started to do this for myself instead of contracting with different psychic companies like circle of stars, keen, bitwine etc. earlier and that would have allowed me to cut out the middle man and save money for me and my clients pockets.
Here we go, how do you feel about the misapplication of the Wiccan Rede to your craft ethics and beliefs?
I respect those who are Wiccan but that rede doesn’t apply to me of course. That is not my belief so when people tell me that it applies to me, I do not listen to that because people are going to want to believe what they want and this is my life to live.
There is a phrase going around, “get your Wicca out of my conjure”. How do you feel about that?
I can understand how the traditionalist feel about that. There are those that want to keep the old practices “strick” but if you really look at it, every house that practiced hoodoo back then did things differently. These days people practice more than one system of magic. I, myself, do hoodoo and witchcraft. I actually also incorporate some of the voodoo elements into my workings. I find that works for me. Does it resonate? No, I can honestly say that it doesn’t resonate with me.
What is the main thing that you think keeps people from growing as practitioners today?
Keeping an open mind, which is what I have been trying to do with my own self lately and really try to accept people as they practice. Everyone knows I am against Christianity in Hoodoo and when it comes to African religions but that is just my own opinion and it’s not to be forced on people. What works for one person may not work for the next and like I said, I don’t discriminate. Some of my clients are Christian, also Islamic.
If you could open a school tomorrow, what would be lesson number one?
Leave your fear behind you. If you are afraid of this path you do not need to get in it. You are not ready or it may not be for you.
Do you ever find that you also get clients through YouTube?
Yes! YouTube had opened another door for me. I do appreciate that. It still feels funny to me when people tell me that they are a fan of my videos or love to watch them. I appreciate that sooo much.
My YouTube channel is less that 3 months old right now and already have almost 600 subscribers. That may not mean a lot to some people but it means the world to me. I am so thankful for my people, supporters and my coven.
And what is the name of your channel, for those who do not know.
If you were to choose a stone to represent you, what would it be and why?
Black Tourmaline and that is because I have a lot of them I have some on my altar. I use it for grounding me and protection from all enemies against me that are seen and unseen.
Is there anything that you would say that we may not have had an opportunity to talk about here?
Something you would like folks to know about you?
I have heard that many people maybe intimidated by me or afraid to approach me because I do work with the dark arts. The thing is that I am approachable and will do the work that you hire me to do for you. I just ask for respect when you come to me and you will get it back in return.
I know I have somewhat of a controversial reputation online and that comes from having problems with people that are in the same business as me. I do not have issues with clients, it’s always someone from the spirituality business and we already talked about how we need to improve that as a community and believe it can be done.I made a video about it and bringing awareness to it will help for future readers, spellcasters, and rootworkers. Social media has a way of making people say things online that they would not dare say in person and that applies to everyone.
Our thoughts contain the power to alter the flow and intention of our energy. They also have the power to influence our environment, not just in our lives but in the lives of those around us. Consider how your work environment is influenced by what mood the boss is in. When you were growing up, the energetic environment of your home was influenced by the mood of your parents or caregiver. Have you noticed that when you are in a good mood things flow much more smoothly? That’s because when we are happy we set up a flow of energy that keeps the good things coming. You might even notice that your smiling demeanor causes other people to feel better and to smile too. A happy mentality brings us better health, can increase our prosperity and generally make the world seem like a better place.
On the flip side of that coin, have you noticed that when you are in a bad mood, the bad just keeps on coming? What would normally be a minor annoyances become amplified as your mood worsens and people begin to steer clear of you, not because you are upset but because of the malefic energy that is emanating from you. Nobody wants that energy toxifying their space so they stay away and tell everyone else at work, “Don’t go near so and so today. They’re in a really bad mood!” Now everyone is ostracizing you thanks to your bad mood and the bad energy that comes with it.
If your mentality can affect so many people, imagine what type of influence it can have on your magical works. One of the reasons that it is so powerful is because your thoughts don’t just stand on their power alone. There is an emotional and physical response to them that adds to the energy and triples the effect. For example, imagine that your car breaks down and you get an estimate that is far beyond your means of paying at the moment.
Thought – Oh no! How am I going to pay for this and how am I going to get back and forth to work while it’s broken?
Emotion – Fear and/or anxiety because you need your car to get around and have no other means of conveyance. Sadness because you don’t have the money to pay for it which can also bring on feelings of shame and failure
Physical response – elevated heart rate/blood pressure, muscle tension, adrenaline coursing through the body as your body goes into survival mode, etc.
All of these ingredients go into the making of your energetic output as the trifecta of thought, emotion and physical response combine to create the energy that surrounds you. This means that all day, you are making magic but perhaps not the kind that you intended. You may be thinking, “Well if I’m just feeling something it doesn’t mean I am casting an intention.” Unfortunately you are. When you are asking yourself questions like “How am I going to pay for my car repairs?”, the energetic translation is, “I don’t have the money to pay for my car repairs.” Taken alone, that statement carries very strong energies especially because it is the fact of the matter and therefore is a part of your true belief system. Add the adverse emotions and physical responses and now the energy that you are inadvertently casting is filled with the belief, “I don’t have the money to pay for my car repairs”. Your beliefs play a huge role in your life and wield a very strong influence in the outcome of your magical works because we have to truly believe that the positive changes we are going for will truly take place. Engaging in negative beliefs is a powerful form of magic and can wreak havoc in our lives.
Of course every metaphysician knows that when casting a spell, we must have the proper thoughts and intentions. We clear our minds, our spaces, cleanse our tools, power up and cast our emotion and intention filled requests to the Universe for fulfillment. We even manage to believe soon all will well and order restored to our lives. However, that 30 minute spell you just put all that work into may also be severely affected if afterwards you return to an adverse mental state. Let’s say you cast a spell to get the money to pay for your car repairs. While doing the spell you were able to get into the proper mind set, power yourself up and cast one of the best prosperity spells ever. You may have even patted yourself on the back afterwards and sat smiling while still enjoying feeling the awesome power of your works. But then the negative thoughts start to seep back in such as, “How am I going to get to get my child to daycare and me to work next week?” or “I was supposed to pick up my dry cleaning and get groceries. There’s hardly anything here for the kids to eat.” Now panic starts to set in as you mentally go over your options. With the thought and the panic comes the resulting physical response and now new and powerful energy filled with doubt and desperation are being cast. Also, you could have created the best prosperity candle in the universe but unless you put some protection around it, it is now sitting in the hard energy you are filling the environment with which may be whittling away at all the good energy you imbued in your candle.
This is why it is extremely important to keep constant tabs on your mental state and make the appropriate adjustments to help keep your thoughts properly directed and the energy you send out filled with your true intentions and not those dictated by a negative mentality. Studying and practicing techniques to help you to clear away adverse emotions can also help you to maintain a peaceful mentality. As metaphysicians we don’t just cast while doing intentional spell work. We cast constantly and the intentions we cast the most are the ones that will take root and flourish be it for the good or for the bad. It is up to us.
Psychic Empath Goddess Rhonda Harris-Choudhry has been utilizing her psychic gifts since she was a teenager. It is her Divine mission to empower people by teaching them about their innate spiritual and energetic gifts and how to use them effectively to improve their health, life and happiness. She also trains empaths, helping them to lead happier and healthier lives. Learn more at www.healinghennagoddess.com.
I have always been told if you open with a joke it makes a sad subject a little easier….
Nina Paley cartoonist
We were all raised in a different walk of life. Some were raised in the Christian faith and some in the Pagan path. Though we all learned our core values from the people who raised us we all share one thing. That thing is that we are human and have human emotions. We deal with life and death according to the faith we have come to believe in at this point of our life. Millennia generation is ranged from 18-33 years old.
Research shows that millenniums were born between 1984 and early 2000s. Millenniums are more civic-minded with a strong sense of community than the generations before them. They are more irreligion than any generation before meaning they are indifferent to religion even hostile to the thought. Studies show approximately 25% of the millenniums are irreligion.
I raised 4 millennial children and they all deal with life differently. They all follow a different paths in life and their faith is all different in one way or another. The only thing that they all have in common is how they dealt with the death of their grandparents. We all deal with death basically the same way. We may go through the emotions in a different order maybe but they are the same. No matter your religion or irreligion in this case we are all still human with human emotions.
In 1969 Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote “On Death And Dying” and introduced the world to the 5 Stages of grief. The first stage is Denial. We protect ourselves by refusing to believe that our loved one is dying. We may stay in this stage for a long time or move through it quickly. No matter our faith we all face the death of someone we love with denial.
Because the Millennial generation is the internet driven generation they are more driven in career and less into relationship. Millenniums are living at home with parents longer so their core support system is their aging parents. This leaves them spiraling when a parent dies. They can’t understand why the world keeps moving in its normal routines while they are dying inside. They don’t have religious ties to find help so they turn to the internet to find ways to deal with the pain they feel. WWW.Modernloss.com is one of many new websites popping up to help this generation deal with death.
The second stage of grief is anger. This is where we lash out at our God or Goddess. Some people scream and yell. Many people have a crisis of faith at this time because their anger with their deity. We blame them for the pain of the loss. I remember the morning I was told mom was gone. I had stayed at her house late the night before and my roommate came in to wake me. I picked up a plastic bookcase and threw it across the room. I could not understand why my Goddess would take my parents from me 4 and 1/2 months apart. Anger passed quickly for all but one of my children.
Fifteen years later he is still living with severe anger over their deaths. He believes that there is no Higher Power because if there was he/she wouldn’t have taken his grandparents. It seems maybe because of their greater expectations, that millennial generation kids stays in this stage longer or even revert back to it later in life.
Bargaining is the third stage. We plead with our deities asking them to save our loved one offering almost anything if they will. From there we slip into the fourth stage depression. The sadness overwhelms us because of the loss. You may still try to call them and remember they are gone from here. Millennial kids may find this stage hard and may need to seek professional help. Even if they are faith-based they may not find the help they need. Some groups are starting to form all over the United States founded by millenniums for millenniums. They find more comfort with those of their own generation than they do within their faith.
Fifth, and final , stage is acceptance. We finally come to terms that they are gone. Acceptance doesn’t mean it gets easier, but that we finally realize we can’t change what has happened. This is the stage most millenniums will struggle with because they want to change the future for the better. The loss of a close friend or family member alters millennial generations future in a way they can’t control.
Whether you are from the Baby Boomer, Gen X or a millennial we all go through the stages of grief. Our faith helps us with dealing with the grief because it gives us comfort. We see our loved one in Heaven, Valhalla, or the Summer Land happy and healthy or being reborn into a new life. That is acceptance and how it protects us. As Pagans we still feel them, hear them in the wind or the fires. We do not lose our loved ones they are always there with us guiding us from beyond the veil. That in my opinion is the blessing of being an Eclectic Witch. I still can talk to my parents and friends that have crossed over so I never truly lost them.
She heard a cry in the night
It shook her from her sleep
She sat up in the full moon bright
Her sorrow stuck her deep
She listened to the Owls screech
The howling Wolf in the wood
She knew she wouldn’t fall asleep
She shouldn’t if she could
Goddess Nature was calling
Soon Her tears poured as hard as rain
She could feel her heart falling
Lightening ignited the pain
She stood and cried in the storm
Let the water heal where she felt torn
Nature mirroring how she felt
her sadness soon began to melt
She got it out
that broken heart
Through the storm
a brand new start
She crawled back into bed
With only darkness to see
A smile spread across her lips
She whispered “Blessed Be”