How to Become a Witch and Practice Witchcraft

Updated on May 1, 2018
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I am a writer of witchery and am interested in all aspects of religious history and expression.

What Is Witchcraft?

Witchcraft is one of the world's oldest spiritual traditions, yet it is 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 The Chronicles of 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.

Though pop culture might indicate otherwise, witchcraft isn't just about black cats and pointy hats.
Though pop culture might indicate otherwise, witchcraft isn't just about black cats and pointy hats.

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.

Witchcraft in a Nutshell

Witchcraft is the practice of magick.

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Witchcraft is not a religion, but some types of witchcraft are religious.

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Witchcraft is not the same as Wicca.

What Is Magick?

Magick is alive and well, although there is considerable debate as to what it really is. Some believe magick to be a purely spiritual power, while others believe that it 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. From 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.

Magic vs. Magick

"Magic" and "magick" are two very different things, though most people would likely stumble if asked to explain how. In truth, it's fairly simple. "Magic" is the type of entertainment flogged by magicians (think of illusions like pulling rabbits out of hats and purportedly sawing people in half). "Magick," on the other hand, encompasses a series of techniques used to harness energy (both internal and external) to help change oneself and one's surroundings.

What Type of Witchcraft Should I Practice?

Before you cast a spell, you should spend a 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.

A Few Common Types of Witchcraft:

  • Green Witchcraft: This form of witchcraft is focused on earth, nature, and the elements. It often draws on the connections to the forest found in the folklore, folk religion, and folk magic of ancient cultures. Green witches typically use trees, soil, plants, flowers, and herbs for their magickal and medicinal values.
  • Hedge Witchcraft: This is a nature-based form of witchcraft featuring elements of shamanism as well as astral projection, midwifery, and healing. Hedge witches often serve as mediums between spirits and people, and "hedge" refers to a boundary (both physical and metaphysical).
  • Eclectic Witchcraft: This is a blend of various traditions including, but not limited to, other types of witchcraft. This individualized form of witchcraft can be tailored to suit the witch's needs and abilities and is characterized by adaptability and openness to other forms of practice.
  • Dianic Witchcraft: is part of a neopagan religion centered around a divine goddess with little to no emphasis on a male deity. Though it is named after the Greek goddess, Diana, Dianic witchcraft worships goddesses from many cultures and considers them to be various aspects of one Goddess.
  • Kitchen Witchcraft: This practical witchcraft is focused on the use of herbs and other natural specimens common to everyday life. Kitchen witches tend to focus on magick that can be used to help regular people. They typically garner high respect and are considered to be "wise women" once they pass middle age.
  • Gardnerian Witchcraft: This is a tradition in the neopagan religion of Wicca, which was founded by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Unlike the other witches on this list, to be a Gardnerian witch, one must be initiated by a pre-existing member of a coven.

Witch or Warlock?

Contrary to popular belief, the word "witch" is gender neutral, and male witches very rarely refer to themselves as warlocks. In fact, many witches consider "warlock" to be a derogatory term.

What are the different kinds of witchcraft?
What are the different kinds of witchcraft?

What Do I Need to Cast a Spell?

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. Some supplies can be gathered quite cheaply or even for free (such as flowers and herbs). In fact, some people argue that natural or homemade supplies are more potent than storebought ones. Below, you will find a list of some of the most common witchcraft supplies and tools, both free and otherwise.

Common Witchcraft Supplies and Spellcraft Tools

  • Cauldron: This small pot, typically made of cast iron, is used to mix and heat potions for spellwork. It is one of the most popular witchcraft tools in existence.
  • Mortar and Pestle: This small cup, typically made of cast iron, is paired 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 and is 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. They are often used for protection, focus, and spells.
  • Crystals: Crystals are commonly used to purify a sacred space prior to a ritual, provide healing and protection, and to amplify the magickal properties of gemstones.
  • Magickal Amulets and Talismans: These are powerful symbols that can be used in spellcraft or worn for daily protection and magickal enhancement.
  • Wand: This stick of wood or some other material is used to cast a circle.
  • Athame: This blade is used to cast a circle of protection for spellwork and is also used within spells.
  • Salt: Commonly used to cast a circle of protection, salt also prevents evil spirits from entering a room and is used in other protective spells and cleansing spells.
  • God and Goddess Statues: These are used to draw focus to the God and Goddess during rituals, and may be used to call their presence to a ritual circle.

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.

How to Collect Your Own Witchcraft Supplies

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. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference, so you should do some experimenting to find what works best for you.

Cheap or Free Witchcraft Supplies

 
 
 
Stones (Including Gemstones)
Driftwood
Animal Bones
Feathers
Sand
Fossils
Seashells
Salt and Other Kitchen Spices
Dirt
Flowers
Seeds
Water
A mortar and pestle is an excellent tool for witchcraft.
A mortar and pestle is an excellent tool for witchcraft.

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.

There's No Straight Answer

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.

Do Your Research and Be Prepared to Fail at First

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.

Which elements of witchcraft mean the most to you?
Which elements of witchcraft mean the most to you?

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 Confidence: The Secret Ingredient to Make Spells Work, which serves as a troubleshooting guide for spells that just don't seem to take effect.

Is magick natural or supernatural? Many believe that magick is as natural a part of the universe as dark matter or gravity.
Is magick natural or supernatural? Many believe that magick is as natural a part of the universe as dark matter or gravity.

Is Witchcraft Evil or Dangerous?

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.

It Comes Down to Individual Intention

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, and 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 phenomenon 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).

To continue reading about this somewhat loaded question, read The 10 Most Annoying Things Christians Say To Pagans, Witches, & Wiccans.

The Rule of 3 (a.k.a. the Law of 3 or the Threefold Law)

Many witches, particularly those who practice the Wiccan path, believe in something called the Rule of 3. This 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 it 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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      Katherine 9 days ago

      I have a quite attraction towards this ...I read books and I can’t stop reading about it ..if I didn’t finish the book ..I won’t be able to sleep the whole night Nd my mind thinking about it ..my parents are against all this Wicca witch thing ..I’m not able to concentrate on any thing else but the books I have been reading about it ..the spells ...making my own sigils and all I don’t know what is there which attracts me so much about this thing ..it’s not just a interest but something else ....it’s like attracts me towards it wanting me to know more ..I’m confused what shall I do ..reading this article was helpful .buT still that confusion remains there hope u can suggest me something about it .

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      Messydr 11 days ago

      Hello.

      As a child I have meditated a lot and opened my third eye. When I was 18 I got into magick and found out that I can read and wright in to totally different language which are all symbols. I used it 3 times on people and every time I used it, it resulted in bad things happening to those people or their loved ones. The language has no translation, it’s a blank language that you use to chant. I also have dreams that come true in real life, basically I dream future events all the time. I didn’t choose a side, the language or chant just came to me. Have you ever heard of this before?

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      Tapobrata Mukherjee 2 weeks ago

      You have given good suggestion

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      Ella 4 weeks ago

      My family is Christian and I’ve been raised Christian but I’ve had a very strong interest in Wicca and witchcraft. I think I’m going to wait until I move out so I can pursue my witchcraft wonders

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      Keith Lloyd 4 weeks ago

      Thank you for giving me a review of my practices to keep my magick strong and useful for the goods of the [swirl} World.

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      Savannah J Gee 5 weeks ago

      I don’t know any witches and I am totally at loss at were to start.

      I used to think that being a witch meant having superpowers but I don’t know anymore I have several connections with nature and the air along with water but I don’t even know were to start my research.

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      Akash K Hazarika 7 weeks ago

      So then what is wizardry? Or, who are wizards? I always thought wizards are the male equivalent of witches.

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      Liz 7 weeks ago

      I would love to actually start doing the more of Witchcraft and going to get together some things like that I do not want to do any dark magic I want to do a good magic

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      EMTS 7 weeks ago

      I would always think about I could be a witch I have read all the information it all say I am a natural witch with magic powers does this mean my powers will start awakening and now is the time to be a witch I have always had this feeling for many years why is the time now and not years ago as a child ?

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      Malajia 8 weeks ago

      How to become a witch

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      Rhonda Robinson 2 months ago

      Please advise on where I start learni practice witchcraft

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      Daelyn 2 months ago

      I want to be a witch but what book do I need

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      anastasia 2 months ago

      i had a dream once i became a witch. i do not want dreams anymore. at all. i do not believe in fairy tales. at all.

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      Ngayong Buson 2 months ago

      I want to be a witch who can really help mi out

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      Solana 2 months ago

      Duh fun game

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      wannabewitch1893 2 months ago

      can some one help me become a witch ?

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      Elliefox11 2 months ago

      My favorite is gree not magick but I also like white magick

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      Magick101 3 months ago

      I have been really struggling with my 'powers' recently, i suddenly feel like i have no control over my body and sometimes even it gets too much and i have to perform a tri-circle spell. I thought i would inform everyone that this is a very useful spell, and that it is very hard to find but i highly reccomend it. Keep witching! x

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      destinie 3 months ago

      i love white magic. i do it for good

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      Garndo 3 months ago

      This can work if u do it right!

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      Victoria 3 months ago

      I need witch craft that works

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      Vicky 3 months ago

      I want to now the difference Traditional doctor , traditional heal, witch craft, witch and witch doctor?

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      3 months ago

      Excellent article, Jo! You've explained it perfectly, and better than most could!

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      Satan 4 months ago

      I have found this article very interesting. Yet I don't understand some of this. If you are a true witch/wiccan you shouldn't have to do any type of spell work. It should come to you naturally, like mine. I thought I was going crazy until I figured out I was doing ggthings with my mind. I never thought about magic till I started researching and discovering.

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      Nova 4 months ago

      Obviously a lot of you didn’t read the post. You can’t use witchcraft for negativity and revenge. Getting revenge on a teach or proving haters a lesson is breaking the key rules of becoming a Wiccan. Wicca is all about positivity and love. That’s why you all can’t become true witches yet. I hope all of you have a change of heart and do good for this world and everything and one in it! c:

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      LISA 4 months ago

      I want to become witch which the good one. I''ll candles, herbs and I have crystal, wands but it seems like is not working. How can I embrace to be working and sometimes when is full moon I go out to say Hi to moon because I had a dream months ago on 2017 that the moon became a woman and came out to me and ask to be her friend and the moon was two in my dream. Also I always dreaming of flying. Can someone help me

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      Rachel 4 months ago

      When can you properly call yourself a witch? I’ve done a lot of research lately about it and I know this is my true path. I know I’m not there yet but when will I be able to say I’m a true witch?

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      ADONIS 4 months ago

      I want to know how to get initiated into the world of witchcraft.

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      Lei 4 months ago

      I am trying to become a witch but it is not working D: how do I become a great witch,I really wanna become a witch to help people Andy save the world and keep it from danger,please someone tell me how I can do that I need help I need to learn how to do spells..D: Is my belief for magic to weak?!!?

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      greathubgrace100 5 months ago

      Great hub josephine!

      im so happy i discrovered this website! i have been STRUGGLING with my powers lately. i've been doing so many techniques to channel my powers and NOTHING is happening. i just dont know what to do!!! i want to be a powerful witch like green one but i just cant i feel like a totally FAILURE! but thanks to you, i now know the way. i am going to try a new technique, where i put the special dirt in my ears and go to sleep with it to channel my energy. i think it has been working so far because i have been feeling serious tingles in my toenails for the past 2 days! but the onl y problem is that when i tell people im becoming a true witch like you, josephine, they don't believe me. they think im CRAZY? LIKE what???! but whatever, my teacher give me a C- on my math test so when i channel my powers i will get my revenge. Blessed be!

      -- greathubgrace100

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      Jenna 5 months ago

      How can you be an witch?

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      alicia 5 months ago

      i need an initiation spell or something similar because im ready to commit to witchcraft, i have been studying this for a while now and am already holding the occupation of a wiccan, what is an initiation spell or ritual for me to become a witch and practice witchery?

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      Kairi 5 months ago

      How do you become a witch?

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      Jasmine 5 months ago

      I am a witch and a few of my enemies better watch out!

      Magic is real if you believe.

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      Hatchling 5 months ago

      When people say witchery is dumb and fake and it’s not an education screw that it is more of an education then they will ever get. You have magick. You know witchery

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      Elizabeth 5 months ago

      People have always called me crazy about Ewing a witch but now I know for definite there the ones who are crazy

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      Hannah 5 months ago

      You spelled magic wrong

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      Vextrys 6 months ago

      I want to become a witch since I was 8, ive been researching witchcraft for 9 years and still haven't found much but I will keep seeking

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      Nazreen naaz 6 months ago

      Hi...! I'm not a witch but really wanted to have some power and energy...! I have always seen some unexpected things what other people never noticed... So I'm really interested in these stuff.....

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      Katness 6 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago

      iwant tobe one

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      Kyrstin 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 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 9 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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      Joey 9 months ago

      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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 months ago

      Teach me to be a witch

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      Lillianna Black 10 months ago

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

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      Jovan Lomugdang 10 months ago

      i want to learn this things

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      KEERTHAN 10 months ago

      so how do we get spells?

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      Natalie 11 months ago

      I really want to start more spells

      I have ceased my first spell alreadu.

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      Steve nongrum 11 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 12 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 12 months ago

      Teach me witchcraft

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      yaisa139 12 months ago

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

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      wilson mulindwa 12 months ago

      i want to be like you .

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      Joey 12 months ago

      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 13 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 13 months ago

      I want to know something so can someone help me

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      Meagan Lindsay 13 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 13 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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      Joey 14 months ago

      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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      Joey 14 months ago

      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 14 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 14 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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      Joey 14 months ago

      I certainly have it. :)

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      Megan 14 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 14 months ago

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

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      Drew Golden 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 17 months ago

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

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      steve 17 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 17 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 17 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 20 months ago

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

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      kassie 21 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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      Joey 21 months ago

      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 21 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 21 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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      Joey 23 months ago

      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 23 months ago

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

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      Kiss and tales 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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      Snakesmum 2 years ago

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

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      SonOfSkyrim201 2 years 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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      Joey 2 years ago

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

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      SonOfSkyrim201 2 years ago

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

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