How to Become a Witch and Practice Witchcraft

Updated on September 3, 2017
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Jo is an eclectic witch with a degree in Psychology and an obsession with novena candles. She primarily practices hoodoo and angel magick.

What is Witchcraft?

Witchcraft is one of the world's oldest spiritual traditions, yet also one of the most misunderstood. Television, movies, and comic books abound with stereotypes and misconceptions about what it really means to be a witch. Many people decide they want to become a witch because they relate to the witches and wizards in fictional stories, such as Harry Potter or Narnia. However, the magic you see portrayed on-screen is usually significantly different from real magick practiced by devout witches, wizards, sorcerers, and ceremonial magickians every day.

Okay, so witchcraft is often misunderstood. But what is witchcraft? To put it simply, witchcraft is the practice of magick. That's it. Contrary to popular belief, witchcraft is not a religion; it is a spiritual practice that may or may not be part of a person's religious faith. Witchcraft is often conflated with Wicca, which is an actual religion. It is important to remember that not all witches are Wiccan, and not all Wiccans are witches. Many Wiccans practice witchcraft, but many do not. Many who practice witchcraft are Wiccan, but most are not.

What Is Magick?

What is magick? Magick is alive and well, although there is some considerable debate as to what it really is. Some believe magick to be purely spiritual power, while others believe that magick is just as much of a force in the natural universe as gravity or electricity. One popular notion is that magick does not actually violate the natural laws of the physical universe, but is simply a law unto itself that we do not yet have the scientific means to understand.

Similar beliefs are held about psychic powers and other paranormal phenomena. In this perspective, magick is very similar to dark matter. We know it exists, but we just can't quite tell what it is or what it looks like. Witchcraft is the use of magick to achieve an end that cannot easily be achieved through normal, or mundane means.


Witchcraft Spells And Tools

The cauldron is one of the most popular witchcraft tools in existence.
The cauldron is one of the most popular witchcraft tools in existence. | Source

Gemstones For Witchcraft

Gemstones are great cheap witchcraft supplies that can be used for protection, focus, and spells.
Gemstones are great cheap witchcraft supplies that can be used for protection, focus, and spells. | Source

What Do I Need To Cast A Spell?

Before you cast a spell, you should spend some considerable amount of time researching witchcraft. There are various forms of witchcraft, and which one resonates best with you will determine how you cast a spell.

Common Types of Witchcraft:

  • Green Witchcraft - Witchcraft focused on earth, nature, and the elements
  • Hedge Witchcraft - Nature-based witchcraft featuring elements of shamanism as well as astral projection, midwifery, and healing
  • Electic Witchcraft - A blend of various traditions including but not limited to witchcraft traditions
  • Neopagan Witchcraft - Typically witchcraft practiced in the service of one's ancestral deities
  • Kitchen Witchcraft - Practical witchcraft focused on the use of herbs and other natural specimens common to every day life
  • Gardnerian Witchcraft - The continuation of the witchcraft practiced by the initiates of Gerald Gardner, founder of Wicca

Common Witchcraft Supplies and Spellcraft Tools

  • Cauldron - A small pot, typically made of cast iron, used to mix and heat potions for spellwork
  • Mortar & Pestle - A small cup, typically made of cast iron, with a blunt grinding implement, used to crush herbs and spices for spells and rituals
  • Herbs - A variety of both common and rare herbs are used to add effect to rituals and potions; sage is one of the most common herbs for spells, used to purify and protect
  • Flowers - Many spells call for the use of flowers for their powerful symbolism and beautiful fragrances
  • Gemstones - Each gemstone has magickal significance, and can be used as a correspondent in rituals or to provide healing
  • Crystals - Crystals are commonly used to purify a sacred space prior to ritual, provide healing and protection, and to amplify the magickal properties of gemstones
  • Magickal Amulets & Talismans - Powerful symbols that can be used in spellcraft or warn for daily protection and magickal enhancement
  • Wand - A stick of wood or some other material used to cast a circle
  • Athame - A blade used to cast a circle of protection for spellwork, also used within spells
  • Salt - Commonly used to cast a circle of protection, prevent evil spirits from entering a room, and other protective spells and cleansing spells
  • God & Goddess Statues - These are used to draw focus to the God and Goddess during ritual, and may be used to call their presence to a ritual circle


IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: While all of these things can be used as important correspondences for spellwork, you do not actually need any physical item to cast a spell. Witchcraft draws its power from the user's intentions and the Magick that is within the individual. If you are capable of using Magick, you are able to do so with or without these tools. Tools, or correspondences, are powerful items that can be used to draw focus and symbolize the power within yourself and within nature, but you don't need to go out and buy a bunch of things before you start practicing witchcraft.

The best and simplest way to begin practicing witchcraft and cast your first spell is to research. Learn as much as you can about the various traditions and find the correspondences (physical symbols of invisible qualities or forces) that appeal the most to you. A very powerful ritual can be performed without ever spending a dime. Go to your favorite spot in nature, such as a beach or the woods, and collect stones, shells, leaves, flowers, and other items that have some magickal significance to you. These items cost nothing and are every bit as powerful as pricey correspondences purchased online.

My Book on Witchcraft and the Law of Attraction

Cheap Witchcraft Supplies:

  • Stones
  • Feathers
  • Seashells
  • Driftwood
  • Sand
  • Salt
  • Animal bones
  • Fossils
  • Dirt
  • Flowers
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Kitchen spices
  • Gemstones (many can be purchased online for pennies)


How To Become A Witch

How do you become a witch? What is magick anyway?
How do you become a witch? What is magick anyway? | Source

So How Do I Cast A Spell Already?

Magick is within you, if witchcraft is truly the path you're meant to take. It sounds cheesy, but it's a simple reality. However, that doesn't mean that learning to use Magick is easy. It takes lots of research, meditation, and introspection to find the correspondences, qualities, and traditions that work for you personally.

Witchcraft is a personal path. Many new practitioners get frustrated when they can't find any "straight answers" from seasoned witches, sorcerers, and ceremonial magickians on how to start practicing. Because witchcraft is so personal, it is impossible to tell someone exactly what they should or shouldn't do. Yes, you can find numerous spells from other witches online, but that doesn't mean that they will be effective for you. Just because a spell works for one witchcraft practitioner does not mean it will work for another witch.

Spells are highly personal as well. Experienced Magick users create their own spells for the greatest impact. There is no single "Book of Spells" that witches draw from, although many Books of Shadows are passed down through familial witch lines. If the person practicing the spell has not fully cast their personal intentions and energy into the spell, it will not work for them, no matter how well put-together the spell may seem. Googling "free spells" might give you some ideas, but you're better off researching these online spells and learning from their common themes and attributes rather than trying to replicate them exactly.


Once you are comfortable with the idea of spellcraft and which elements and witchcraft tools mean the most to you, you will find it much easier to cast your first spell.

Psychics, Witches & Wizards, Oh My!

Psychic phenomena and Magick are closely related.
Psychic phenomena and Magick are closely related. | Source

Does Witchcraft Really Work?

Yes and no. Like anything, witchcraft depends on your intentions and perception. If your perception of witchcraft is a force that can be manipulated and used to twist the laws of reality to produce outcomes that are impossible through mundane means, then no. Witchcraft may not be understood fully, but it does follow the natural laws. The popular consensus is that, no, you will not be able to cast a spell to magickally teleport yourself from one end of the country to the other. Even the most powerful witch has to book a flight just like everyone else. Likewise, you won't be able to cast a spell on yourself that will instantly make you ten pounds lighter. Spellcraft obeys the same laws of physics as the rest of the universe, it just takes a different route to get there.

However, if you perceive witchcraft as a powerful and mysterious natural force that obeys certain fundamental laws and principles, then yes, witchcraft is absolutely real and spells do work. You get out of spellwork what you put into it. If you are sure of your intentions and you have chosen correspondences and/or magick words that you believe have the power to bring about the result you seek, your spell will work. If you are distracted or doubtful, chances are that your spell will fail.

Learn more about how to make your spells work in my Hub, Confidence: The Secret Ingredient to Make Spells Work serves as a troubleshooting guide for spells that just don't seem to take effect.

What Is Magick: Natural or Supernatural?

Many believe that Magick is as natural a part of the universe as dark matter or gravity.
Many believe that Magick is as natural a part of the universe as dark matter or gravity. | Source

Is Witchcraft Evil Or Dangerous?

This is somewhat of a loaded question that I address in my Hub, The 10 Most Annoying Things Christians Say To Pagans, Witches, & Wiccans. I also go more in-depth on the concept of dangerous witchcraft in my Hub, Is Witchcraft Dangerous? Is It Safe to Practice Magic?

Witchcraft itself is neither good nor evil. Like any other tool, witchcraft can be used for evil or it can be used for good. Witchcraft is entirely dependent upon the intentions of the individual practitioner. For this reason, it is incredibly important to be sure of your intentions when casting a spell.

Magick itself comes from nature. Witchcraft is the use of Magick to achieve a desired end. Magick is a neutral force and witchcraft is a neutral practice. The vast majority of witches and magick practitioners draw their powers from nature. Some of us work with deities, others do not. Some spells manifest in a physical change that follows the rules of nature, but others are emotional or psychic in nature. Some of the most powerful and dangerous spells are those which interfere with the free will of another person, a phenomena which many call "black magick."

Depending on your path, spells that harm or hinder the will of another person may be forbidden and even result in severe consequences (for example, Wiccan witches follow the Wiccan Rede, which forbids using magick to harm another person).

The Rule of 3 (Sometimes called the Law of 3): Many witches, paticularly those who practice the Wiccan path, believe in something called the Rule of 3. The Rule of 3 states that whatever intentions you put out into the universe are sent back to you threefold, similar to karma. If you cast positive spells, you will receive the benefits of that positivity threefold. If you cast negative or harmful spells, you will receive the consequences of that negativity threefold. There are many different interpretations, and it is important to remember that the Rule of 3, while often quoted as if it applies to all Magick practitioners, is largely a tenet of Wicca. Many of us who practice Magick do not believe in the Rule of 3, and among those who do, there are a variety of interpretations as to what the Rule of 3 actually means.

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Closing Thoughts on Witchcraft and Magick

There is no one right way to practice witchcraft, but there are some pitfalls to avoid. You are not required to buy anything to begin practicing witchcraft, but there are plenty of cheap witchcraft supplies and tools that can make practice more effective. There is no unified path when it comes to Magick, but there are common traditions chosen by many of the witches, sorcerers, and others who practice today.

Witchcraft is a personal path, a neutral practice that is shaped by the character of your intentions. Whichever path you choose, respect the force of Magick and respect yourself enough to put the time and research into shaping your own path. Learning from other witches is essential, but only you can decide where this winding path leads.

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      Katness 5 hours ago

      I am a huge fan of witches and stuff like that, I guess I consider my self a witch I have some things I can't expline like for some reason I walk thought a door and it slams just instantly of it have made a bunch of potions but I don't know what they do???

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      Hail 2 weeks ago

      i'm a witch and i put my energy into necromancy a gift i have always had and clairvoyance any tips? only of those in the Wiccan way...

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      ki 3 weeks ago

      Can I become a witch if I am a teen? What do I have to do to become a witch but do not want my family to find out yet.

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      nogu 4 weeks ago

      iwant tobe one

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      Kyrstin 5 weeks ago

      Hello im a Witch but my mother bind my ability to use my magic my mother say im dangerous but im not i was wondering how do i unbind it so i can do my part

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      dou 6 weeks ago

      Hi, I live in EGYPT Muslim I’m a woman who had dreams visions of future present and past. I can sit next to a woman I don’t know and see everything that I shouldn’t see. her life, her husband hitting her. I had this when I was 14 years old. it all started in garden of my house at night I was standing and something came and talked to me it was fast and strong with language that I don’t understand. I felt it passing through me, when I was standing I was talking back to something. language I don’t know

      got really scared ran inside.

      Next day I came back from school found a fire truck standing and the whole street full of water I went inside the garden was burnet the garden was green really green. the police said maybe a cigarette.

      the story doesn’t end here, it begins so many accident and things happened to people bullied me or did bad things to me on the spot.

      but then it gotten worse I couldn’t sleep my room was full. but seeing a movie in my head to people was never the issue as it was there like my grandmother. never saw anything to myself.

      like I had friend and I told her you will have an accident big one I saw it as if it’s me inside the car inside my hair the impact, here in Egypt we don’t have driving rules .so after I told her that. she started putting on the seatbelt to her and her kids. after 3 moths she had the accident and they came out of it because they were wearing seatbelt.

      I feel things when I touch and I see things when I focus on an object that belongs to someone.

      want to use what I have in good. I’m not scared anymore used to whatever but need to know what do I have .

      sometimes I wake up with hand print all over my legs like big hands . I have pic of it

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      georgiams 7 weeks ago

      I'm interested in witchcraft. I'm a spiritual person and have natural gifts and a 6th sense that relates to spiritual things and energies. I want to become a witch but i don't have much money. I want to focus on healing, spiritual contact, gaining powers, i don't know how to word this but like blessings on others and myself as well as curses? or bad luck to those who are like evil people. Also being able to gain knowledge and insight. Thats just basics of what i want to be as a witch. Do i need a book or certain gods? what kind of charms and gemstones? I don't have much money at all but im sort of clueless here.

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      Serenity Tungate 2 months ago

      I do believe in witchcraft, and I want to cast spells, but my friend says only witches can cast spells, she says she is a REAL witch and lived four lives, do you have to be a witch to cast spells, and how do you get them to work??

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      Hajia Memunatu Yakubu 3 months ago

      I do believe in witchcraft,and i want to be come one,but don't know how, please I will need your help,tnx

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      Josephine 3 months ago from New England

      Hi Dandilyon12, and others who have asked about where to start with witchcraft! Because witchcraft is a practice, I recommend reading as much as possible to figure out which path you'd like to start learning from. When it comes to dream interpretation, the best thing you can do is keep a notebook by your bed each night and write down the dreams you're having while they're still fresh. Don't bother analyzing them in the moment, just write everything down and read it later. Doing that will help you train your brain to recognize that dreams are important and help you remember them longer after you're awake. It also makes it easier for you to figure out the symbolism later.

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      dandilyon12 3 months ago

      Hi Josephine,

      Since being a teenager I have had random people approach me telling me I am open and spiritually gifted. I have strong dreams that are more like messages of what is going to happen.

      At 9 years old I had a strong dream which years later turned out to be what happened in my future, the location, house, one particular tree, woman covered and a baby all where there as what I had dreamed as a kid t the time it made no sense to me.

      Second strong dream was 100% a warning message to me of what was about to happen to me. 2 days later it happened.

      I've seen various spirits, I know they are people but I do not see their faces clearly just outlines & the way they travel is not like walking.

      Some family members are gifted and have dreams about only me in the family and they are messages.

      I stopped breathing at 19 years old and came back in hospital, I'm diabetic.

      I feel things around me all the time and people approach me asking me to tell them things about them without me ever saying anything.

      I am a very open person, I want to get into withcraft to help others and for peace. I also want to help give peace to others.

      Please can you advise me where to start? and an explanation to the dreams I am having. Its like a normal dream but then it will focus on objects that are significant, for example different looking tree, a person with a different hairstyle from everyone else in the dream etc

      thanks

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      RiverSea 3 months ago

      Hi Josephine,

      What is a Sensitive?

      I saw your response to Kassie.

      I am a Christian, but I am also very drawn to Nature and the Spiritual realm. I feel things strongly, not just feelings, I mean I sense things. I also see things.

      And sometimes I know things, but do not know why.

      I have always had a strong connection to Nature. Since a young child I brought home many items. My house even now, has rocks, crystals, feathers, wood, etc, placed all over. Even my profession, I work in nature.

      I have been researching witchcraft, because of the pull I feel inside my soul, towards such things and not sure what is going on. (many years, not just recently)

      I happened upon this article in some of my research. And when I read your comments, you mentioned to someone the possibility of not being a witch, but a sensitive. I am curious to what that is and how to learn more.

      Because of my experiences, I do need to be cautious of what I practise. I have had demons cast out that were causing me harm. Face to face with evil. But, my nature is and has always been called to some other level or plain, than just our earthly existence. And I am searching for what it could mean. I am not sure if I am called to witchcraft or what else there is?

      But what I am seeking, is for my own good, not in anyway to harm another. I desire to be more connected, more intuned to nature, spirit, and soul.

      Also, I feel something is out of balance, because I am not at peace and my health is poor. So I am searching to be whole and fulfilled. I was created a certain way, with certain gifts, just not sure what to do with or how to use.

      Your article was the first I have read with some insight, but I am not sure what I am called to. Do you have other sources of info, where I could learn more?

      Thank you Josephine.

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      RiverSea 3 months ago

      Hi Josephine,

      What is a Sensitive?

      I saw your response to Kassie.

      I am a Christian, but I am also very drawn to Nature and the Spiritual realm. I feel things strongly, not just feelings, I mean I sense things. I also see things.

      And sometimes I know things, but do not know why.

      I have always had a strong connection to Nature. Since a young child I brought home many items. My house even now, has Rick's, crystals, feathers, wood, etc, placed all over. Even my profession, I work in nature.

      I have been researching witchcraft, because of the pull I feel inside my soul, towards such things and not sure what is going on. I happened upon this article in some of my research. And when I read your comments, you mentioned to someone the possibility of not being a witch, but a sensitive. I am curious to what that is and how to learn more.

      Because of my experiences, I do need to be cautious of what I practise. I have had demons cast out that were causing me harm. Face to face with evil. But, my nature is and has always been called to some other level or plain, than just our earthly existence. And I am searching for what it could mean. I am not sure if I am called to witchcraft or what else there is?

      But what I am seeking, is for my own good, not in anyway to harm another. I desire to be more connected, more intuned to Nature, spirit, and soul. I feel something is out if Balance, because I am not at peace and my health is poor. So I am searching to be whole and fulfilled. I was created a certain way, with certain gifts, just not sure what to do with or how to use.

      Your article was the first I have read with some insight, but I am not sure what I am called to. Do you have other sources of info, where I could learn more?

      Thank you Josephine.

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      Alex b Anzaku 3 months ago

      went I ready it I was very happy if we can help Wicca as you say am interest but .with a load of guestion .how can I do to achieve it now.

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      Maria Daniels 3 months ago

      I would love to learn more. I always knew I had a gift. I have seen, heard things and never understood it. How can I find goddess like me to learn and talk to

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      Chloe 3 months ago

      Teach me to be a witch

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      Lillianna Black 3 months ago

      I was wondering if someone could tell me how they used potions in their spell work?

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      Jovan Lomugdang 3 months ago

      i want to learn this things

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      KEERTHAN 4 months ago

      so how do we get spells?

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      Natalie 4 months ago

      I really want to start more spells

      I have ceased my first spell alreadu.

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      Steve nongrum 4 months ago

      I want to be come witchcraft... Zo plz anyone help me out..cuz i really love like to become

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      Helen Stuart 5 months ago

      I was raised in a situation of systematic abuse and helplessness. I believe I have DID (multiple personalities) in fact I know I do when things get really bad. My "dad" tried to scare me all the time and succeeded. My mom was cold and ignored it. She insisted we have no quija boards or other occult items in the house. But when I was about 5, cold and alone with terror, I noticed calming "pictures" in my mind that took away my fear of death. They came often and were profound, even for an adult. I also noticed that things had a way of going my way if I prayed enough. In New Orleans at the age of 25, a girl called my house threatening my ex husband with "a band of bikers" to beat him up. I began to yell garbled prayers at her from nowhere. The next morning, all her friends apologized to me one at a time. The girl had died in the night. It is great to have God as a protector, but many more bad things have happened to me and I have prayed hard for those people simply because "pray for your enemies and you heap ashes of burning coals on their heads." Is that not a curse? Because you cannot stop the power of God, but I need to put the brakes on and just praise him and let him deliver his punishment and prizes. Trying to be Godlike is what got Satan, once a beautiful angel who loved music, cast into hell. God will have no opponents. And he will carry out his promises. Get on your knees, idiots.

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      Niklaus 5 months ago

      Teach me witchcraft

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      yaisa139 5 months ago

      Your article is very interesting.Im reading around because I want to practice.

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      wilson mulindwa 5 months ago

      i want to be like you .

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      Josephine 6 months ago from New England

      I mean, I'd be happy to have a conversation on specific topics re: faith and witchcraft, but I'm more of a Catholic witch these days and I've never been a Wiccan, so my knowledge about Wicca is as limited as any other who's not a practitioner. Witchcraft and Wicca, as mentioned in the article, are different in the sense that Wicca is a religion while witchcraft is a practice that can be practiced by any faith. For example, my personal faith has evolved over the years but I still am and always will be a witch/magickal practitioner. Hope that makes sense!

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      Bert Clayton 6 months ago

      I saw a statement of what God is by Josephine, where it is a very corrupt perception of what the Bible says. The Bible is merely topical which as we see with so many numerous doctrines, that leads to perception rather than fact.

      Which I'm not saying anything bad about Wicca not Wiccans except so many have these notions from the highest academic levels.

      Reflected by Josephine statements of studying with these scholars(?).

      Yet at the same time, from my limited perception and understanding of Wicca, there seems to be basic ideas that are very much of Christianity, just not extracted much less taught. As cultural ideology has presided over truth, which fits prophecy and has to happen. Solo scripture doesn't work! Which if you know human nature as what psychology teaches or just knowledge of, many things will stand out like a sore thumb.

      Challenging Christianity, I know there's a God, I know there's paranormal things beyond my comprehension. At one time it seemed like I was supposed to meet others who know of what I'm talking about. Which I find Josephine interesting as we don't think that much differently. We know certain things, but it's still limited knowledge. The more I find about Wicca, the more I find there's a lot of common factors. A lot not taught in Christianity, but even with solo scriptura, it's there.

      Which Wicca is going to have those that try to build and grow its' numbers for influence, power and persuasion. Then there's going to be those that make money off those delving into it, which if Wicca took hold 200 years ago, many preachers who preach God would preach Wicca.

      Where it might be interesting to speak with Josephine to find out more views and experiences.

      As there's plenty of liars out there who'll claim paranormal experiences, divine experiences, dejavu, clairvoyance and such, where do many are just flat out liars. Or have noticed where others know they lie, so think others lie. So much white trash, not excluding negroes, affirmative action requires both to be included.

      But Josephine might know of some things I know about it know others who do or had similiar experiences, where I still have questions and won't put on this fascade of a book containing knowledge of everything, when in fact it only tells of things as a whole, obviously leaving out exceptions, which only a fool would attempt to state, with the idolatry of the Bible, where any number make a pedestal get themselves and claim authority, but have no linkage to actual spiritual authority. Need their heinies whooped.

      Again I'd like a conversation, where what's disagreed on can be agreed on, but there's other things I might find answers to.

      Old time preachers were aware of some things.

      Ever hear of Thea Sabin? I tried to make contact, but no luck.

      Really, I'd like to have a conversation, where we don't need to agree on everything, but there is another reality many aren't aware of much less knowledgeable. Then some will claim defiance to God like the idiots that denied prophets. Just because academic preachers don't have powers or never experienced such doesn't mean they don't exist.

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      Prince 6 months ago

      I want to know something so can someone help me

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      Meagan Lindsay 6 months ago

      I have been reading and studying both Wicca and witchcraft for 16 years. It practice what I can. It all brings me balance and safety in a world so out of order. I am Cherokee so I have strong roots to both my ancestors and my great respect for our animals. I will love you this, respect all animals and plants as they to our us!

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      BillieJean 6 months ago

      I would like to be a witch of nature, what would be the best spell to help things grow

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      Josephine 7 months ago from New England

      General comment in response to all who read and message/ask how to become a witch, if they can buy anything, etc... PLEASE be careful when it comes to who you seek information from! Anyone who tells you that you have to buy this or that to be a witch is lying. Seriously, there are no gatekeepers. You don't need permission from me or anyone else. Do your research, find your own path and live it. Be your own authority, don't get taken advantage of by charlatans (and let's face it, there are many legit readers/practitioners but there are also plenty of those!) Use the same caution when approaching others in the magical community that you would use anywhere else. This has been your witchy PSA, lol!

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      Josephine 7 months ago from New England

      Congrats on discovering your path, Witch in Training! There is a lot of misinformation out there so it sounds like you're doing a great job of educating yourself. And as far as writing your own spells, go for it! Those are always the most effective.

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      Witch in Training 7 months ago

      Hello! I've recently continued to envelop myself with more knowledge of witchcraft and information about witches. I've realized I really am a witch, not of course for fairy tail magic or cartoon wise. My mother had taken a class on the history of witches and informed me they were not as the movies portrayed them. I've always been interested in the deeper knowledge of witches and my mom herself knows a few. I looked up signs that your a witch, although anyone can be one. I hadn't even realized ever since I was little I would have dreams of the future, I would collect mineral, crystals, rocks etc. I would always enjoy nature, get along with animals; even those whom I just met and the moon always intregued me. I also had made mixtures with herbs and such and give advice and remedies to those who are sick. I would sometimes pick flowers and other harmless herbs. I even give advice and somehow people are drawn to ask me out of all their friends, I've been told I have an "old soul", but I don't want to sound arrogant so please exscuse me. Anywho, I'm so glad I read your article which greatly informed me because many others said you had to be apart of the Wiccan religion or do specific practices, join groups, etc. While reading I thought I want to create my own spells, and when I saw that you said you could I was thrilled. Today I make helpful tea brews out of herbs, I collect natural elements and continue to collect crystals. I still offer advice, I write down my dreams, and I of course cast helpful spells. I could always feel good energy within me, and I've found the answer. Thank you so much for this amazing information!

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      Marie Pollard 7 months ago

      I have been reading about practicing and doing some meditation on my long walks through a nice forest area I know of, and tonight I asked for a sign, as I was finishing my walk, I came upon a snake directly in front of me. I want this to mean something. I should say it does mean something, I feel more connected to practicing now. Was it wrong of me to ask for a sign and to have received one, as I think I have? Any thoughts about this?

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      Josephine 8 months ago from New England

      I certainly have it. :)

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      Megan 8 months ago

      I have been studying various aspects of nature religions. I walked away from all that was important to me for a man. I didn't ask enough questions and found out that not only did he despise the craft he felt all of it was of the devil. He was a Christian minister and this went on for 11 years. He has left I have no contact with him. I want to get back to the woman I know I can be but I feel so stunted and low. I want to be a good role model for my children, they are very understanding but I don't know where to start. I'm past the point of wanting revenge, I just want me back.

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      Liza Matthews 8 months ago

      can there be serenity or peace of mind when you practice?

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      Drew Golden 10 months ago

      Sorry, Dalana. I thought that my first message to you didn't get sent, but I added more info that I previously forgot to send to you.

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      Drew Golden 10 months ago

      Hey, Dalana. I know that you said wands aren't real, but did you concencrate and charge your wand before trying it out? If you don't do those procedures and have strong enough faith the magick is more likely to fail or backfire. To concentrate an object you sprinkle holy water and salt on it, wave it in myrrh or patchouli incense, and pass it through a candle's flame. But be careful you don't want to burn it too much. After you concentrate it charge it by holding the wand above your head. Take a moment to feel the swirls of energy around you. You should be able to feel them tug at you like a current in a river. In a clear voice say: "Let the sacred powers of the universe unite and fill this wand with energy. By the Moon, the Sun, the Earth, and the Stars I charge thisnwand to do my will. So Mote it Be!" Close your eyes and envision an energy bolt striking the wand and causing it to glow. You should feel a subtle vibration while you hold the wand. Here's a spell I made to have magick flow through a wand. While holding your wand say: Magick in my veins run through my wand (repeat 3 times) . After saying magick in my veins run through my wand 3 times say: 3x3x3 so shall it be! I hope this helps!

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      Drew Golden 10 months ago

      Hey, Dalana. I know you said that wands aren't real, but did you try concencrating your wand and charging it afterwards before using it to do magick? If you don't do those procedures and have strong enough faith it's more likely to fail or backfire.

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      Drew Golden 10 months ago

      Hi. Sorry about the confusion I'm Dark Angel. I'm still getting used to my touch screen. I. couldn't figure out how to make a profile until now and I accidentally clicked post comment. I've been involved in magick since I was 11 or 13. I've believed in magick before I was reborn into this life, so I remembered parts of my past life which led me back to witchcraft. I remember being burnt at the stake as a witch. Sadly I don't remember my name before this life, but I remember what I looked like and my gender and possibly my age. I think I was around 20 or 23 when I died. I had medium long golden brown hair and reddish brown eyes. I was thin and very youthful looking and had white skin. I was a pretty feminine looking guy in my past life. I chose to name myself as Dark Angel for my magick name. Blessed be.

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      dany thomas 11 months ago

      i would like to control my own and others emotion...

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      steve 11 months ago

      hey am 22, am steve, i dont like the way my life is going and i really want to be a witch i mean the white one.

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      Hannan 11 months ago

      Hey I'm 18 almost 19 . I've had a guy I liked who was wichen and practice magic and I wanted to start . But don't have the money or the material. Can I accually just got get a stick and JuSt start ptateith salt

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      Faith johnson 11 months ago

      Hi everyone I just wanted to ask is magic really because I look at everything and it's just not really making sense to me so

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      rachel 14 months ago

      Need mire info to find local people studying witchcraft to help me

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      kassie 14 months ago

      i look to learn more of my self and of this part of myself more. ive read many things and sought info. ive learned some and have a small foundation... i see the world as it is and thought i can be cruel i choose to use my gifts to help my loved ones . i choose to do good .

      alchemy wise i found that a saying like this is what inspires me to do good .

      " i choose to see the world as it might be and so it is"

      i know there are things of a darker nature but there is so much good too. if i am to be a student to the divine or child of the old gods then i will seek to learn all tht i can and from anyone willing to teach me.

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      Josephine 14 months ago from New England

      Hi Kassie,

      I can't say whether you're a witch as it's a path you have to choose on your own. I do think most of us are also chosen to one degree or another, but it's a two-way street. In the early stages, I think people can sometimes get hung up on defining themselves when it's really a lot easier if you just dig in. If tarot calls to you, deepen your knowledge of it. Meditation is a good foundation for any type of esoteric practice, whether you consider yourself a witch or not. There's only so far reading and theorizing will get you... Witchcraft is, after all, a practice. :) For what it's worth, it sounds like you're describing the traits of a sensitive, which means you're more open to the spiritual world than others. That doesn't make you a witch necessarily, but the two often go hand in hand. Best of luck in yours! If you have any more specific questions, feel free and I'll do my best to answer.

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      kassie 14 months ago

      please i wish to know about myself... my fear of it has gone and all doubt has burned down to silence. what am i ?

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      kassie 14 months ago

      my gify is in nature .... animals seem to not mind me much ... tarrot comes easy to me but its some what of an odd thing ... like the cards speak a soft whisper in my ears. reptiles and i get along too well moths seems to be attracted to me ... all my life these things come easy... is it so that i happen to be a witch .... i cant say ... but i feel the world around me i see looming dark shadow that follows my dreams and once long long ago manifested before me as a threatening pressence but never once harmed me ... my senses are hightened during storms ... some one tell me the thing i need to know ... it a feeling deep down ... and apart of me at all time ... what am i?

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      Josephine 16 months ago from New England

      I love that website, thanks for mentioning it! I always recommend it to beginners who are looking for ideas on how to craft a spell, but I still use it from time to time when I need inspiration for a certain spell structure.

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      Tidal 17 months ago

      I'm just surrgesting a website called spellsofmagic it really has helped me

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      Kiss and tales 18 months ago

      Helen I appreciate your comment. This is a subject of choosing life or death. Satan's realm of magic ,divination , spell binding. and more leads to activity but ends in eternal death. He wants you to join him in his judgment of death eternal. Life is to precious to give him this power over you. Each human is a miracle birth ,that means that you beat the odds of a number of humans who will never be born. Why give satan your miracle of existence.

      Your creator has a plan for you to live a long and happy life. To reunite you with those you love who have died . In order to welcome them back you must be there waiting for them and prepare the earth in a global clean up. Building homes and beautifying the earth is a wonderful Job.

      There is no benefit in doing the works of satan but ending up as Adam and Eve dead forever .

      Once your life leaves you . You are dead for eternity .

      God gives you a return if you die.

      So please consider his option. Satan has none.

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      Helen Stuart 18 months ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

      I get insights sometimes, out of the "blue" that change my life so much, and seem far too important to have come from my own head, and no one else has inspired them, so I do attribute them to the one great GOOD. Like different religions under God, Evil has many religions too. (I'll just say Satan, and some of his religions are under the guise of godly ones). Satan has one power, and it can seem like a miracle to the naive, but his powers and "miracles" are always serving one purpose, destruction. He can make a city crumble at the snap of his fingers, but he has no power to create. Not even a cell or a blade of grass. Nor can our scientists, they can mutate, mimic and clone what is there, but neither can they create from "nothing" . Only "Good" or "God" can do this. That is why the unique and incredible universe , even when it seems destructive, is such a magnificent and widespread domino effect of miracles. Yep, God may allow hurricanes and all manner of seemingly bad things to happen, he is actually just not stopping them. But he intervenes in thousands of cases. We don't deserve God's Grace, and we don't understand it, we stand idle while the wicked destructors rule and let our own hearts turn to apathy. I'd say he is very very gentle with us. He loves us. Those who worship Satan, or turn to witchcraft are serving a master that despises them deeply but fools them. Don't people realize that? I will serve God and if he has punishment to mete out, I will know I need to learn from it. Anyone who thinks otherwise is arrogant and foolish.

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      Lynds 18 months ago

      Fortunately witchcraft has been recognized as a religion in the U.S. so SonofSkyrim, you'd do better to stick to your video games. Your ignorance and bigotry hinders your learning. Knowledge is power.

      Blessed Be

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      Helen Stuart 18 months ago

      One more thing about being a witch, my great-g-g-g-g- whatever grandfather's name was Frank Jacobs, and he was the first man hanged for a witch in Salem, Mass. His name is easily found on internet pages, as well as in the pages of Miller's play, the Crucible, comparing the sniffing out of "communists" to the horrible witch hunts of that time and earlier, in Europe, when the streets ran with the fat of women being burned at the stake. Don't you think we live in a society where enough social "witch hunts " exist? Do you want to return to the brutality of the middle ages? Learn to use the real powers you were born with, and the power of prayer. When my ancestor was asked if he could read, he repeated, "only the lord's prayer." and repeated stated, though an old gent that needed 2 canes, "I am innocent as the day I was born"

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      Laurel 18 months ago

      I just have one question

      Is it possible to cast spells on someone close to you that would turn their emotional/mental state for the better? Or would the spell casting on others be ineffective?

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      Jean DAndrea 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      The archaic laws regarding witchcraft have been repealed in Australia also.

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      SonOfSkyrim201 22 months ago

      Yeah the United States are totally civilized. They've only killed(aborted) over 77 000 babies already this year, no biggie!

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      Josephine 22 months ago from New England

      You know the countries that ban witchcraft aren't exactly known for their civility and intellectualism.

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      SonOfSkyrim201 22 months ago

      Unfortunately in the U.S, yes. But not in all countries.

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      Josephine 22 months ago from New England

      You do realize the active laws about that in the US have been long since repealed, right?

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      SonOfSkyrim201 23 months ago

      No I don't think so either. But I have to say there's a reason it is outlawed in some countries.

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      Jean DAndrea 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      You are entitled to your opinion SonOfSkyrim201 , however many people reading this very good hub will disagree with you. You seem to be extremely prejudiced against witchcraft. I don't think there is anything to be gained by discussing this further.

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      SonOfSkyrim201 23 months ago

      It should be illegal in all countries.

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      Jean DAndrea 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      SonOfSkyrim201 - Whether witchcraft is illegal or not depends on what country you live in. It is legal where I live.

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      SonOfSkyrim201 23 months ago

      You do realize witchcraft is illegal, right?

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      Jean DAndrea 24 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Very good hub, with good information. You have very clearly explained some of the differences between Wicca and Witchcraft.

      Also agree with you that tools are not really necessary, but they are helpful, especially for those starting out. One of the most powerful rituals I've every done was completely done mentally, as a meditation.

      If you make your own tools, such as wands, they can be more powerful than bought tools. My favourite wand is a simple wooden one from a willow tree.

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      Helen Stuart 2 years ago from Deep in the Heart of Texas

      I think if you do want to go to that special witch school (its a LOT like the one in the Harry Potter movies but the outfits are a little bit cuter and stuff) first you need to go to this PRE-Witch school , where you learn things like spelling, (noticed some REALLY BAD spellers here among you wanna be witches) Rational, (or thinking better skills) which might make you stop doing things like begging to be a witch. Over and Over. And hopefully, hopefully, some social and life skills that let you know that its just great to be little men and little women (I have no idea how old you are, spookily) who just feel fan-freaking-tastic about being human and know that being human is a big enough job all by itself. And it holds a whole dang lot of challenge, too. Plus, you NEVER see witches on waterslides! Lets go kids, I'll get you all an ice-cream, too! Neato!!!

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Yes I am very aware , but did you know that Jesus invite was to all humans, he paid for a happy future for me and you, in order to live in it we have to be educated , the same way if you were going to live as citizen in another country , we would have to give up old citizenship of pratices to clearly accept a New Life , notice !

      1Pe 2:11Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and (temporary residents )to keep abstaining from fleshly desires, which wage war against you.

      Ac 19:19 Indeed, quite a number of those who practiced magical arts brought their books together and burned them up before everybody. And they calculated their value and found them worth 50,000 pieces of silver.

      Why did they burn their books of high value?

      Because life eternal was better then the enjoyment in a temporary life span.

      Jesus paid for us to live to eternity its up to us to accept or decline the gift.

      Joh 17:3(This means everlasting life), their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

      This is why they burned thier books.

      They were not christians either but they looked into the matter and accepted Jesus Gift.

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      K&T, are you aware that not everyone is a Christian?

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      There's no standard school, no, and be very wary of anyone asking for payment in return for information you can easily find online and in books! Just pick an area of study that interests you and branch out from there. :)

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      De 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

      11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

      12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

      Simple this is not approved by God or Jesus for Christians .

      This is the path of truth from his word we are to follow.

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      Thanks, that means a lot! :)

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      Thanks, I'm glad you found it informative!

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      Sadly there are a lot of charlatans who like to act cool by pretending they can do things others can't. The way I see if, if it's not truth that everyone can see, it's not really true. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      Please don't pay anyone money to become a witch. You become a witch by practicing witchcraft, that's it. Knowledge is free and be very wary of "mysterious" folks who try to charge you to access it.

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      "There is only one religion." Source: My religion.

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      The good news is, all humans are capable of magic!

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      Thanks for catching that!

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      lol Most male practitioners go by witch, actually.

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      Josephine 2 years ago from New England

      I'm not sure, what does ceading mean?

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      Crystal 2 years ago

      I've been practicing this religion for a long time and you explained very well

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      james 2 years ago

      ITS another bull crap religion that try to in slave human , seek the truth it will make you free , but this is not , and organized religion are for profit . wake up and see what this is all about God dont need cash or secretary We

      DONT EVEN KNOW WHO IS CAPTAIN JACK HOW WE KNOW WHO IS THE CREATOR

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      I like your comment Ozt. Are you Dr OZ ?

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      Jadéne 2 years ago

      Add Your Comment..I wanna be an witch

      Love your sight

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      Hermoinie Johnson 2 years ago from USA

      How to become a witch? Really? My first thought was "Did someone really like to become a witch?" The heading did force me to stop by.

      But I must say very fine knowledge aggregation for not only the one who want to become witch but also who is interested to know about witches for any reason.

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      preacher 2 years ago

      please guys, y"all gotta turn to Christ, he died for y'all

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      Colin Garrow 2 years ago from Kinneff, Scotland

      Absolutely fascinating - I've always been interested in magick but most of the folks I've come across who claim to be interested/experts turn out to not actually know what they're talking about. Great Hub.

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great hub, thank you for sharing it

      Voted up, and awesome

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      Jaylin Arellano 2 years ago

      Nice

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      wolf witch 2 years ago

      Im wondering can you mix magiks to make different spells?

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      DavidCombs 2 years ago

      Great hub, Very clear and concise. nicely broken down into section that all can understand

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      Syan 2 years ago

      Hello my name is Syan and well I want to no how to be a witch I have started when I was seven now I am eleven years old and I need help I can do the basics like love spell buateay spell poison but I want to no how I can find other witches my age im not lying I swear please belive me plz...

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      sunny 2 years ago

      There is only one religion and this religion is as pure as gold which our father God in heaven accept. This is find in JAMES 1 VS 27, giving to orphans and widows and living in obedient with what God instruct us in the word which is the bible

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      mike 2 years ago

      i wnt to be a human with magic

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      power 2 years ago

      i really believe and i want to do it

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      kylie 3 years ago

      i like witchcraft :)

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      cj 3 years ago

      I just want to be a witch

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      Partscots 3 years ago

      Hi there.

      I am really enjoying your site. Today is my first day here and first thing your site caught me.

      Having been a combo of Witchery types for decades, I hope you understand that there will be people who might be smart alecs about it... Where you have put the types of Witches, this small mistake caught my OCD-ness! lol

      Electic Witchcraft...Eclectic, one c escaped your eye! :) Will be back to see if you have more writings! I'm enjoying . Kay (Partscots)