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Spells, Exercises, and Lessons for Beginner Witches

Updated on August 10, 2017
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Sage has been a Witch for 25 years. As a teacher and writer, she enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the Craft of the Wise.

"I Want the Real Spells that Work!"

Many novices will ask Witches for the real spells, as if they think we Witches are hoarding all the good ones. We're not! I promise.

Here is your problem: looking for spells when you haven't studied Witchcraft is like looking for sheet music when you haven't learned how to play an instrument yet.

Unfortunately, a lot of websites just hand you spells— many of which are by people who have not studied the craft from reputable sources, so these spells come off sounding like something from Charmed. But saying a rhyme and lighting a fire doesn't make things go 'poof'.

The following directory of how-to articles and instructional guides has been a labor of love that took me a couple of years to work on (and it's still a work in progress). I respect the craft and want students to learn it properly.

Please feel free to ask questions or email me. I do my best to answer regularly.

 How to Be a Witch
How to Be a Witch | Source

Looking for spells when you haven't studied Witchcraft is like looking for sheet music when you haven't learned how to play an instrument yet.

What Makes a Spell Work?

How Do I Learn to Become a Witch?

1. Begin study/reading (begin with the library of articles listed below).
2. Take notes, re-read, research. Start forming and following questions.
3. Begin a regular meditation regime.
4. Begin working/experimenting with energy.
5. Start practicing spells.
6. Find your Witchcraft "niche" (herbal magic, candle magic, crystal magic, etc.).
7. Learn to adapt spells and write your own.
8. Keep reading and practicing— it never stops.

Wicca or Witchcraft?

Wicca and Witchcraft can go hand-in-hand. They can also be mutually exclusive. Wicca is primarily a religion. As a Wiccan Witch, I write about both. The articles here are mainly focused on the skill of Witchcraft and can be applied by any Witch of any religion.

What to Read & How to Study to Be a Witch

A good place to begin is to read the articles below. In my book, 13 Moons to Becoming Wiccan: Making the Transition from Theory to Practice, on my website, and in these articles, I have shared my knowledge. They will explain a few things you need to know right up front and help you adjust your expectations and avoid some pitfalls.

Note: Because I am Wiccan, some articles specify Wicca. However, the techniques I describe and the principles behind them in these articles can be universally applied. You do not need to be Wiccan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone become a Witch?
What is the first step to becoming a Witch?
Do I need a mentor to learn Witchcraft?
Can I be a good Witch?
All of these questions will be answered by the articles listed below.

Pre-Requisites: The Mind

The most important tool in Witchcraft is your mind— that's what makes it work. The words, the herbs and candles, the tools and gestures— these are all for focus and to borrow their energy. They don't make anything happen on their own.

What makes a spell work is what takes place in your mind. It's of the utmost importance that you train your mind properly. The only real way to do that is through meditation.

Applying Mental Discipline: Basic Techniques

Now that you've spent some time mentally preparing yourself, here are some basic techniques in magic and Witchcraft that are essential. Start practicing these first.

Types of Spells and Magic

Spells are not just following a script like play acting. You need to understand what you're doing. There are philosophies behind magic that you need to understand before you can expect it to work for you. If just reading words off a page was enough to make something happen, then every actor playing a witch on television would be shooting fireballs.

Here are some basic types or 'styles' of magic and spell casting that you can learn. Even though the technique may stay consistent, you only need change up a few things to apply them to any purpose. The more you practice, the more adept you will become.

Green Witchcraft
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Studying Magical Herbalism

Welcome to your herbology class. If you ever wanted to practice herbal magic, I am building this resource for you.

I lean heavily towards magical herbalism in my practice. I love to grow my own herbs, even though I don't even have land! I have a screen porch full of flower pots on wire shelves that's a bit like a greenhouse without glass. I love to use herbs for cooking, home remedies, and crafts. I also use them for magic.

I enjoy learning about the legends, lore, and mythology associated with plants. Here you can pick and choose whichever plant it is you desire to learn about, and if you don't find what you are looking for, feel free to put in a request. I'll be adding more of these on a weekly basis.

We Want Spells! We Want Spells!

Okay, okay! Please remember though, that you should not jump into spells first.

Still, when you're ready to practice, here are a number of spells you can try. I explain them in full detail, including what your mind should be doing, or why you are doing it. Also remember that any spell you see should be seen as a springboard, not written law. As you learn to understand the principles of Witchcraft, you can adapt them as you see fit.

Finally, you'll notice some of these spells were made specifically for Wiccan Sabbats— that's okay! They're just a good option for Wiccans looking for seasonal workings. You don't need to be Wiccan to do them, and you don't even need to do them on the Sabbat (you don't even need to celebrate the Sabbat).

More Spells and Lessons to Come...

I'm not even close to being finished, and I'm not going anywhere. Even as I write this, I keep stopping to jot down ideas for topics I have not yet covered or spells I would like to pull from my Book of Shadows to share.

You can get updates if you follow me or if you comment and click "Follow this article's comments." I will report periodic updates.

Until then, happy Witchcrafting!

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      Skylyr 31 hours ago

      How do i start? And do you have to be in a cirle or coven?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 10 days ago

      At the top, lol. Start reading the ones at the top, and work your way to the bottom

      ;o)

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      Angela 11 days ago

      Great information. I am so interested. Please where and how do I start?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 12 days ago

      That's awesome, Fiona! Thank's for sharing.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 12 days ago

      Hi Navya; Witchcraft is just a skill; and magic is like a natural resource. It's like fire. Yes, you can burn yourself if you're not careful. Fire isn't malevolent looking to get you, it's just powerful. You can do so much good with it though if you're willing to learn how to work with it.

      Witchcraft isn't inherently malevolent either. There are negative energies and negative entities in the world; but they're everywhere. Witchcraft doesn't make it worse; it can open your awareness to these things, but it can also help you defend yourself and others against them more. Mostly, though, Witchcraft is just going to be a practical skill, helping you along with your goals and personal growth.

      Do's are: read/study, meditate, strengthen your mind, begin working with manipulating energy.

      Don'ts: don't look for power outside of yourself (in a tool, in a spell, etc.; it's not, it's in you). Practice ethically and think about the consequences of your actions. Don't dabble; learn it right or don't bother.

      That's my advice; best of luck :o)

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      Fiona Day 13 days ago

      Great speaking video and article. I started 2 years ago but wasn't ready and didn't have enough faith in myself but now ive learned how to accept that all things change - grief joy lacking and having. Im back into learning my craft and building my mind and psychic senses. This is helpful especially now. Thanks

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      Navya Nischala 2 weeks ago

      Hi

      I'm navya from India , here in India people treat witchcraft as bad practice, but witchcraft is always fascinating to me . I want to learn witchcraft and your information is so useful . Can you tell me what are main " do's and dont's " ?.

      Besides I have a doubt . Is witchcraft harmful or have any bad influences ? I what are the negatives ?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 weeks ago

      Hi Cally... I recommend you start with a good meditation regime, because a well trained mind is the only essential tool in Witchcraft. It's also important to truly understand what you're doing, and what your mind should be doing during a spell (because that is what actually makes magic happen).

      Best of luck!

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      Cally 2 weeks ago

      Edit: I didn't mean "If I didn't talk to my parents about it". I didn't mean to type the word "If". ._.

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      Cally 2 weeks ago

      Hi! I'm 11 years old and I've read a lot of these, hoping to learn how to do Witchcraft. It seems really interesting, and I want to try it. :) If I haven't really asked/talked to my parents about this yet, but I think they would most likely say yes. So if they say yes and when I read all of these, what would you suggest I start with?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 weeks ago

      What 'ain't real'? My articles are real, I wrote them ;o)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 weeks ago

      You can contact me through my profile page (see above to find it) or email me at mackenziesagewright@wicclit.com.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 weeks ago

      Hi Natalie... spells are a method to help perform an act of magic. You write them when you need them, or you find ones others wrote and tweak them if you like to suit your specific purpose. There is no set amount of spells, it's just a set of instructions or something like a recipe.

      Of course, the power is not in the spell-- it's in the Witch using the spell (mental discipline, knowing what one is doing, etc.).

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      Natalie 3 weeks ago

      How many spells r there in witch craft?

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      Viviana Rodriguez 3 weeks ago

      What's your email so I could message you about it

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 weeks ago

      Hi, I pretty much delve into that for each specific herb (medicinal, culinary, craft, household, spiritual/magical uses). In general, in any of my articles on spells or rituals, how-tos, etc. if it includes herbs it tells you which ones would be good and how to use them. Thanks :o)

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      Phoebe 3 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for all of this. You've put common uses of herbs, do you have an article on how to use them that I'm missing somewhere? Thanks again.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 weeks ago

      Hi Harshita; Witches use incense of all kinds in ritual, because the scent adds yet one more sensory experience that stimulates the mind. But a sealed package of incense sticks-- sounds to me more like they ended up there for an innocuous reason. Do you have any friends/family members who might be trying to encourage you to pray, that maybe put it in there? Is it possible you put your bag down somewhere (work, a store, etc.) that maybe someone mixed it up with another bag, or maybe someone dropped incense and thought it was yours and stuck it in there?

      I mean, yes. Sounds odd, and maybe it is a sign of some sort that you should get more in touch with your spiritual side. But if someone did put them there, I'm guessing it was more with a hope that you'd follow through; not with a spell to force you to do anything.

      If you don't want to use them and don't want to throw them away, why not make a gift to them to someone who can use them? Or donate them to a religious group or something? That way they get used as they were meant to be used but you don't have to feel obligated, or that you did something offensive.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 weeks ago

      Thank you so much, Rick! So kind of you to say, thanks for commenting. :0)

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      Harshita 4 weeks ago

      Please help me out. I'm a Hindu by birth, but not very religious. A religious Hindu girl that grew up in India will normally get up in the morning, take a bath, light an incense stick or two, and pray. I don't do that. Last night as I was about to go to sleep, I fumbled in my bag (that I carry everyday to work) for something, and found a packet of incense sticks there. The packet was unsealed. Now, as I have said earlier, I'm not a religious person and I don't light incense sticks. I didn't buy them. Someone must have put them in there. Now, my question is, why would anyone do that? Do you think someone tried to cast a spell on me? They thought I wouldn't be able to throw them away as I am a Hindu and incense sticks are considered holy in my religion? How do I get rid of them? Have you heard of incense sticks being used in witchcraft? Suggest me a way to get rid of them safely.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 weeks ago

      Hi Cameron; you don't have to be Wiccan to learn magic. Wicca is just one religion, and we embrace magic as a spiritual act. But anyone of any religion can learn magic.

      I wouldn't just look for any old person to teach you. There are scam artists. And there are wanna-be gurus looking to inflate their own sense of self importance. And of course, you have to be careful with strangers online.

      Your best bet is to, first off, start reading and meditating. Because any good teacher is going to expect a student to have taken some initiative to learn.

      You might then want to start visiting some Pagan or occult shops in your area, looking for events such as festivals and psychic fairs, etc. Network and get to know people locally.

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      Cameron 4 weeks ago

      Can anyone teach me first hand?? I'm not a Wiccan but I am very interested in the magical world.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 weeks ago

      Hi Marsha; I do hope your legal troubles work out; writing a spell takes some know-how, and so does casting it. If you're new to Witchcraft you might not have the time you need to accomplish this on your own and you might want to seek someone to cast it on your own behalf. I would say try to find a local conjure man/woman (hoodoo) if you can for court cases to come out in your favor and ask them if they'll chew some roots for you. You might try your local spiritual/metaphysical/curio shops to find one.

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      Marsha 5 weeks ago

      I need to spell that's going to keep me out of prison that's going to help my da and judge give me a lighter sentence

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 5 weeks ago

      Hi Petra; real Witchcraft is not like movies or rumors. More likely the storm would have come whether you were angry or not (it's summer... common time for thunderstorms at sea. In my region they happen almost daily).

      Real Witchcraft is a spiritual art rooted in nature and psychology.... it's real easy to tell if you're a Witch. You only need to answer one question:

      Do you practice Witchcraft (intentionally study, work with energy, train the mind, cast spells and perform deliberate magical workings, etc.)?

      If yes, you are a Witch. If no, you are not a Witch.

      If you want to be a Witch, you can be. But don't look for a power. It's not a power. It's a learned skill... learning to manipulate and work with natural energies. Learn it, and you'll be a Witch.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 6 weeks ago

      Felix spellbook is just a book where Witches keep spells, and that's pretty much it.

      Book of Shadows was coined by Wicca's founder, Gerald Gardner, and contains a hodgepodge of information pertaining to your spiritual studies, practices & development. It can contain spells, but also liturgy, info about the Gods, your favorite sabbat cookie recipe, coven bylaws, you might write down some vision you had, etc.

      BOS have become popular with non-Wiccans as well. But some Witches just like to keep a spell book and keep it simple.

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      Felixvz 6 weeks ago

      What is the difference between a spellbook and a book of shadows?

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      jennifer strader 7 weeks ago

      Love it

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 8 weeks ago

      Hi Ghady; not really sure about your question. Who is 'they'? How do 'they' know you have bad energy and spirits? Can you learn Wicca with whom?

      I'm sorry; there are times when we are plagued by some unwanted spirits, or a build-up of negative energy. There are general things you can do-- banishings, cleansings, uncrossings, etc. to help resolve the situation.

      Anyone can study the Wiccan religion.

      Maybe a little elaboration will help me understand your problem better.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      Hi King; so glad I inspired you! You can always check witchvox.com to see if there are any local shops in your area. There are also great Pagan/spiritual shops online: Lucky Mojo, Sacred Grove, Magickal Cat, etc. are all known for great quality. A lot of dealers work through Amazon and Ebay as well. You have to be cautious with quality when going through those websites though-- especially with essential oils, as a lot of shops sell fragrance oils (artificial/chemical) and label them essential oils. You can usually tell by the price, or research the company's for their purity rating.

      Making essential oils is a huge endeavor, I have yet to even tackle that as it requires a great deal of herbal product as well as specialized equipment to extract the oils... too involved for me. I personally prefer to make infused oils before using fragrance/chemical/poor quality oil. Infused oils involves mixing herbs (fresh or dry) with a base oil and letting them steep. It can be a less expensive home remedy to essential oils.

      Don't overlook for herbs your local farmer's market, supermarket, or starting your own little pots on the windowsill!

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      302king808 2 months ago

      I've always had a fascination with holistic healing. Growing up i always thanked mother earth when picking flowers for some reason and teach my children that now. I always felt lost as far as fallowing one belief because whos to judge right - I am now a massage therapist. I believe in the power of essential oils and using crystals in healing. I use a pendulum for many different reasons. I even have books pertaining to your site already. So when I came across your website I just Loved It. I feel inspired to learn more about the religion and practice it myself with my 3 daughters. It was fate. Where would I get the herbs, oils, and candles? I already meditate with my crystals. I buy oils but I'd like to try and make some.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      Hi Paul. I can't really help, as in all my decades of being a Witch, all my teachers, students, groups I've belonged to, events I've gone to, etc., I've never actually known anyone with any kind of powers like you see in the movies, such as starting fires in the mind. I imagine that unless you're living in a very rustic setting where you need to start fires daily, it'd be terribly impractical.

      You might want to read this article I've written; particularly the section entitled 'Controlling the Elements":

      Elemental Powers and Finding Your Wiccan Element: https://exemplore.com/wicca-witchcraft/Wicca-for-B...

      In short though, I would suggest to anyone who had a psychic ability that the best way towards controlling it would begin with meditation to mentally discipline oneself.

      Best of luck!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      Hi Lashun; that depends on a lot of things... For one thing, the person you're in a relationship with gets a say about it.

      I'd need to know more about what you mean before I could recommend a course of action. There are a lot of ways to use magic to help along your relationship.

      If you mean by keeping your relationship together that you want to keep someone around when that person wants to leave, I should point out that this is not a Witchcraft website that promises "I can help you trap the object of affection with emotional bondage , 100% guaranteed". From my perspective, it's better to use magic to let someone go and help yourself move on than it is to use it to emotionally enslave people. I don't recommend it... it never results in a healthy, balanced, happy couple.

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      Lashun 2 months ago

      I wanna know I can keep my relationship together without inference

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      Paul chamness 2 months ago

      So I've learned im a fire starter i can light a fire without it being close to something but how do i make it focussed on a certain area

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      Hi Samirah;

      Well, it's good to keep an open mind. So it's possible that you're natural psychic abilities are strong enough to push someone; it's also possible it was a mistake-- a misinterpretation of events. Only time and practice will tell how that plays out.

      There are no age limits. Psychic abilities are not the same thing as Witchcraft, though they tend to overlap.

      Mental discipline is key to controlling anything, so I'd say you need to start with a daily meditation regime.

      Good luck!

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      Samirah glovier 2 months ago

      Hi i am 13 years old and i just wanted to ask is their a age limit to this stuff becase i kinda experienced it. And here is the story i pushed someone without tuching them and is that a good or bad and i was trying to give them a huge and they never talked to me again and non of my parent's did magic and see i never believed in it that much well a little or maybe more i dont know and so what do i do please tell me how i can control my magic or if i am just crazy. My facebook is sam glovier please tell me what i can do......

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      thanks Dee1

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      Dee 3 months ago

      This was very helpful to me, I'm looking to start studying witchcraft, and I have legit nobody who I can ask or learn anything about it from, and I'm really interested into witchcraft. This was really informative and helpful!❤

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      Thank you very much Joe, I appreciate it!

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      Star 3 months ago

      I want to become a witch

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      Dags 4 months ago

      Is there something you've got against self defense?

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      Dags 4 months ago

      Is their any way at all you can use your personal energy or whatever to defend yourself my philosophy is that the only true power comes from within.

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      Dags 4 months ago

      What about enchanting weapons for self defense and stuff IV looked everywhere and can't find anything reliable on it if you're really a teacher can you tell me this please

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      JoeD66 4 months ago

      This is such a wonderful starting point for beginning witches. I hope that you don't mind that I direct new people to your hub. It really is very informative. Thank you for your hard work.

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      HollyVictoria 4 months ago

      I always have had this feeling inside me that I knew I was different. I've read loads of your information and it has really helped me but I know this sounds weird but is it true witches can light up a candle with there mind? I don't know it might just be from a movie

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      kitty cat17 5 months ago

      wow it most be hard to be normal.write now my favorite color is black.

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      DaisyDee 5 months ago

      Thanks for a place that teaches. I have had to piece together things for years. This helps!

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      Chris 6 months ago

      I would like to tell me how i can control my dreams

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Like all spiritual beliefs, everyone has their own perspective. This is mine ;o) I encourage everyone to decide for themselves.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Hi, Hi! lol. Yes, many protection spells, it's a basic necessity, casting them over children, family, the self, my home, my car, my stuff.

      There are those that are ongoing (creating a charm is ideal and charging it; you might occasionally recharge it if it seems to need a boost).There are also those meant to give a powerful punch for a specific situation (for example, if you're going for surgery).

      Depends too, what are you trying to protect from?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Hi Mama Tracy, sure a blank BOS is a great gift. Though I would recommend giving it to your friend as a 'blank slate' without any your own magic attached, this is something your friend needs to do to bond with her own tools.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Shape shifting doesn't really work like that, where you can, say, transform yourself into a cat or dolphin or something. That is fiction, so no, can't help with those.

      Shape shifting is more like opening yourself up to the point of view of another, and in doing so taking on some of its essence. It can be a very powerful and moving endeavor, it's more achieved through meditation & practice than spells though (spells don't give us shortcuts with certain things that require work and time; but spells can help us along as we make the effort).

      Hope that helps!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Hi Zeke; I have a philosophy about when someone asks me to help them with something when I'm not that confident in my own knowledge/skills-- if you don't feel ready to teach, then volunteer to learn it with them. Just offer to study together, and since you have a head start, offer that insight. Thanks so much!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Hi Hon; you bring up some good questions.

      As for the emotions, yes it's pretty essential to have basic mental discipline over things like emotions. And yes, people who suffer from mental disorders can overcome the obstacles, though you have to be cautious and sensible and monitor your mental health.

      There are two reasons for problems with controlling emotions: chemical imbalance (in which there are treatments to help bring into check) and lack of discpline (which can be improved through effort and practice).

      Once you get treatment for your chemical imbalance issues, you can put yourself in a place in which you're ready for spells and workings to help that along even further, you can get yourself into an 'upward spiral'.

      Lucid dreaming is loosely related to Witchcraft in that it's a state of consciousness, and Witches need to learn to altar their states of consciousness. A lot of trance work or divination would be done through about the same state of consciousness as lucid dreaming-- going deep into the subconscious, but just hovering enough to maintain conscious thought.

      As for atheism, Witchcraft as I have always understood it is a skill. It can be matched with any (or no) religion. There's no need to call on Gods for spells if you don't want to.

      Now, as for technology/modern things-- sure, it's possible. Our ancient ancestors used what they had at their disposal; they used what was there simply because it's what was there.

      Practices like Hoodoo began incorporating modern conveniences like refrigerators and freezers and gum wrappers. There's also techno Witches who I don't know much about myself (never considered myself a very technical person). It's not a matter of heresy; it's using what works. Everything in the universe holds its own type of power-- what matters is figuring out how that is relevant to you so you can use it toward your goals.

      Do not sell yourself short, you ask great questions that show you're thinking is on a good track!

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      gypsie 7 months ago

      this is hopefully a great start to get the contacts we desire and also share or knowledge with or brothers and sisters that practice the craft......

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      Enerstina 7 months ago

      wow so this is real, then iwill try it.

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      Hi 7 months ago

      Hello:) I was wondering, have u tried protection spells, have it work, and how long will it last for. Because I want to try protection spell as well.

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      Mama Tracy 8 months ago

      Hello!

      Is it acceptable to give a blank Book of Shadows as a gift to a friend?

      And can I cast a protection spell on the book?

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      Kat 8 months ago

      Do you have a spell to physically shapeshift into any animal for beginners? I would really appreciate it if you reply back. Thanks! ♥️

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      Zeke 8 months ago

      Hi WiccanSage, I have been studying witchcraft for about 3 years but I still consider myself a beginner. I currently live in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas. I find that lean more towards candle and crystal magic plus I've been recently trying to learn more about herbalism. This article that I discovered only a couple of weeks ago has greatly enhanced my studies. I've been studying on my own without a mentor or teacher which has yielded limited progress I'll admit. I've just had a friend of mine ask if I can help her learn and become a witch as well. I don't believe I'm ready to help her like she asks since I'm still relatively new to it. Do you have any advice to help me in introducing her to witchcraft without screwing it up from the start?

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      abyssalbadlands 8 months ago

      i'm only 15 so maybe i'm too young to truly "get" all this stuff, and maybe all the things i'm about to ask are going to be foolhardy or heresy or just plain ridiculous, but heck i got the strength to do it now and if i don't ask now i might never end up asking.

      first and foremost: is there any real hope for someone who wants to get into witchcraft who has very little control over her emotions? i believe i have some form of on-and-off depression, possibly even bipolar disorder. i often have suicidal thoughts, though i never harm myself. i suppose i could say that i have control over my actions, but not much over what's going on in my head. is there any hope for me with this stuff? like, is there some way to garner more control over this negativity or even work alongside it to bring about something helpful?

      secondly: i'm wondering about lucid dreaming. do you happen to know if that has any connection with witchcraft? i understand that the subconscious is very powerful, but i'm a little worried that perhaps taking conscious control of it may end up being a problem. or maybe it'll help. i don't know. i'm new to this.

      thirdly: uh. im pretty sure i'm atheist. does this mean i can't practice witchcraft, with no deities i believe in to assist with spells? if it counts for anything, i do still believe in energies and the power of nature and the universe.

      and, uh, lastly, this is the one i'm most embarrassed about asking but also what i have the most to say about: is it possible to integrate technology, the modern world, and manmade inventions into witchcraft, or is it a strictly natural thing? i mean this in a lot of ways - spells meant to directly affect technology, using man-made tools to prepare ingredients for rituals, channelling energy with things based in fiction... the last one is the one that's i'm most curious about. take, for example, a clay charm based on some kind of pokemon or something. i associate this pokemon with something connected to my spell, and use it as a way to amplify the energy. would it have a chance of working? is it heresy? is it just a stupid waste of energy? i have a necklace made of polymer clay that i feel a deep connection with, but it's based after something from a video game and made from store-bought clay. does it hold any sort of power at all? and then what about music created through computer programs? i'm certain music has some sort of power, but is it useless if not made through real physical instruments? i'm just wondering if i'm being an idiot about all of this. heck, maybe you may not even be the right person to ask about a question as complex as this.

      im just so confused and new to all this and i'm worried that something that i had thought might potentially work for me may have just been a load of bogus i put into my own mind out of wishful thinking.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 8 months ago

      Hi Nick; There are different opinions on this topic. My opinion is that Witchcraft is a literal craft-- a skill. It's learned. Witches practice a spiritual art rooted in nature and psychology. It requires a lot of learning and mental discipline, and then practice, but I don't think only certain people can do it and certain people can't. We work with natural resources here, to which everyone has access.

      I have never seen evidence of 'powers'... the powers are in nature, not in us. We can just choose to use them, or not.

      Some people have more natural talent to work with than others, just as with any study. But ultimately the people who become adept are the people who put in the serious effort to hone and improve their skills. It takes a lot of mental discipline, a lot of patients, a lot of study, but people putting in the work will see the benefits. You get out of it what you put into it.

      Hope that helps, good luck on your path.

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      Nick Fountain 8 months ago

      Um hello, I'm 13 and very interested in this topic and I believe. I'm wondering if you have to have the ability inside of you or if anyone is able to do this practice?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 8 months ago

      Hi Miserable Girl; I'm sorry to hear of the hard time you're having and I'm glad to hear you'er feeling better. Before trying spells I highly recommend trying to work on your mind and cleansing away some of the negativity with which you're struggling right now. Meditation, mindfulness, getting into a grounding and centering routine could really benefit you most in helping you right now with your frame of mind and dealing with things before jumping into spells.

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      Miserable girl 8 months ago

      Update: I think I feel a bit better after reading ur articles now, I'll try some protection spell, thanks.

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      Miserable girl 8 months ago

      Hi incase if ur wondering, no I'm not a witch... but life has been very unfair and some of my friends have just betrayed me, they did horrible things...i need a banish spell... and a spell that can make them my friends again. im crying right now. i am upset, heartbroken and angry. Please, i need help... i need someone.. what did i do to deserve this?...

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 8 months ago

      I don't know WhiteW. so I can't what she's experiencing or even if she interprets those experiences correctly. It's not for me to say.

      But spells do not work like in fiction, in my experience. You can use a spell to try and help protect yourself, but no, it can't make you invincible. Spells are also not a 'power', they're a skill-- good Witches are people who have learned the necessary skills and honed them.

      But no, people who use Witchcraft are not going to take over the world.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 8 months ago

      Hi name; no I don't believe that's true at all.

      There's only magic and it's a neutral force; like fire, it can heat your home or burn it down. Doesn't make one fire good and the other fire bad. It's still just energy.

      As in all things in life you have to consider ethics when using resources. But it all works on the same principles.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 8 months ago

      Keep practicing Durga. ;o)

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      name 8 months ago

      sorry, i meant @whiteW

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      name 8 months ago

      I also want to know, about the comment @whiteWitch wrote above, is it actually possible for some one to do all that that through one spell or do u have to have a strong spiritual connection. for example can someone do a spell that will make them invincible? I was just wondering, because i hope that no one will use witchcraft to take over the world or something...

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      name 8 months ago

      Hello, i am wondering, is it true that there is both white and black magic, one good one bad?

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      Durga 8 months ago

      I am new to all this. I feel I am able to create vibrations. How will I know the vibrations actually work.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Absolutely, Dex; Witches are both men and women.

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      Dex 9 months ago

      Can men learn witchcraft?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      LOL Lottie; good questions/conversation is not spam. But if you prefer you can contact me through my website contact form (wicclit.com) or through here on my Hubpages profile.

      I understand how parents can be; I have parents... heck, I am a parent, lol, with kids ages 15-25. Even if I don't agree with your parents' position on Wicca, I respect that they have their own beliefs and are trying to do what they think is right for you.

      If your parents don't approve of Witchcraft, try studying books on related topics-- psychology (how the mind works, neurolinguistic programming, psychology of color/sounds/etc), mythology, history, meditation/mindfulness, mental discipline, herbs (gardening/herbal medicine/etc) and nature in general, chemistry, astronomy, etc. A book doesn't have to specifically say "Witchcraft" to have useful information for Witches. You read, you learn, you apply the knowledge to your craft.

      Hope that helps!

      ~Sage

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      Lottie 9 months ago

      Generally, my parents wouldn't care what I bought with my money, because it's my money, but them being Christian and not accepting, I'd rather not take risks, as that would shatter their trust. That being said, would it still be okay to research and do small things ( things like the "casual" magic I keep hearing about ) to get a feel of things, and give me some background knowledge?

      Also, if you'd like, I could possibly give you my email for any further questions so I don't spam this board, haha.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Lottie; thank you, I am glad you're enjoying my articles, and please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions I can help with.

      You can certainly use online as a resource; eventually I recommend getting books but you can actually raid your public library for good resources as well. Inter-library loans will often help you obtain books from others. There are also some great ebooks on Amazon for as little as $1 or $2 you might want to consider eventually. Ultimately though, it's a continuous study, so take what you can.

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      Lottie 9 months ago

      Hello! I've been interested in Witchcraft for about two years, but never really did any research, but now that I have some decent note-taking abilities, I've decided to study, and boy, was I ever so lucky to find such reliable sources such as these articles! While I'd buy a book and use that for note-taking, I'm still just a small freshman who's pretty broke. Would you say taking notes on these articles should make for a reliable source until the time comes that I can buy one? Because all I have right now is the internet for a source of research, and these articles have made more sense to me than any other ones I've seen.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi WW; doesn't sound to me like there is anything wrong with you to me. You have some talents, and if you choose you can study and learn. This will help you bring those natural talents under better control, and develop them. That takes effort, but again this is up to you. If you haven't already started, meditation and mindfulness are a good place to begin.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi White W. Sounds to me like you're human! You have some talents with psychic abililties, etc.; and if you wish to explore those or learn Witchcraft and develop them, that is certainly a choice you can make... or not make. You're human, so you have free will! It's all up to you.

      Hope that helps :o)

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      @whiteW 9 months ago

      Hey, hi there.

      What Am I doing at your page you probably going to ask if I'm not into beginner of witchcraft.

      But as you claimed that you're proper witch,will you help me to understand what's going with me?

      Why everything happened whenever I wanted to happen exact way as they did.

      I saw the same dream repeatedly( frame and means were changed) since my childhood to my late teenage.

      And afterwards something scratching from my inside to accept me that I am KIND of witch (bigger than that)

      My mind keep yelling me to accept these THINGS, but I don't know, should I or shouldn't.

      I well aware, every acceptance need cost and might be I'm afraid of paying.

      For your better understanding, I can vanish anyone's pain instead with one moment chanting of relief.

      I smell smoke every time though I never smoked,

      If people make wishes front of me and I did want them to have or win, they always win.

      And many knew now so they want me to wish for them or say something nice for them, they asked that which team going to win and if I chose what not my things to do, it ends on winning always.

      I did something beauty spell I was just know I can, even I don't know should I call it spell or not, that girl whom I did she is happy married and much more acceptable and look too way better then what she did before.

      And many countless things.

      Please help me to understand what am I actually are!

      Thank you!!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hello; It is always possible to cast a spell-- what's in question is, will it actually do anything? It's very rarely 0% or 100%... usually it's going to fall somewhere in between, kinda like when you take a test. You want to improve your odds of doing well, so you want to prepare. Think of the target you don't even know as if you were taking a test on a subject that is completely foreign to you, as opposed to taking a test on a subject you've studied in depth.

      Let's say you don't know a guy with unicorn tattoos, rainbow hair & tutus. Even if a guy like that is out there, you sending a random spell with no real target in mind, only a vague description of a target, it is unlikely anything is going to take effect. Or something might happen, but it will be mild and fizzle out quickly.

      Let's say you know a guy like that, you just don't know his name or where he is. That's a little better of a connection-- you have a specific person in mind. It's still pretty far removed, so it might not be ideal, but it's possible-- the Witch's skill is definitely going to come into play here.

      If you can get something personal (some of that hair, a business card, he forgets his pen behind, throws a tissue in the trash, etc.)... then you have even more of a personal connection, so your chances are getting pretty good. Your chances are improving, but there are still variables (for example, is he a Witch? Perhaps he's got his own protection spells on himself, which will make yours harder to manifest).

      As for not harming anyone, that's certainly an issue of ethics that people can debate. Most people are not just looking to deliberately hurt others at random, and as I've mentioned, that wouldn't work out for them as well in the long run. Being human, occasionally people get tempted to do something petty or mean; someone might want to cast a spell on an ex out of revenge, etc. Doesn't make it right, doesn't even make them a bad person, just a person making an unethical choice.

      At other times, I feel like harm can be justified. I look at it this way: if someone threatened my safety or my kids' safety, I'd be willing to use a bat to defend myself. I feel the same way with my magic-- if someone poses a real serious threat, I will do whatever it takes -- magical or mundane -- to defend me & mine.

      As always, morals and ethics are debatable and people have different positions on them. But the idea that people get into Witchcraft just to run around wreaking havoc on random strangers-- that's more from rumor & fiction than reality. It'd be like being suspicious of everyone who owns a knife because they could, if they wanted to, hurt people with it. It happens, but for the most part it is unlikely and not something people are even thinking about.

      Hope that helps

      ~Sage

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      Cupcake 9 months ago

      Thank you for your helpful feedbacks :) i will definitely check out the website. But first i hope you don't mind if i ask you another question, as we are really curious about this topic; Can you cast a spell on someone even if you don't know anything about them? For example: A guy with rainbow hair, unicorn tattoo and wears a tutu everyday or something...(i know, its very random)

      And I think that its completely fine to check out the spiritual side of the world, as long as we don't harm anyone. But I'm pretty sure that most people won't randomly harm someone, right? :)

      Thank you so much :)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      No problem Cupcake and thank you, very sweet of you to say. Best way to reach me is through my website wicclit.com-- but just a warning, my family celebrates Samhain big and we have people coming, and then I am going to a retreat that is practically 'off the grid' that's about a 12 hour drive from here. So until Nov. 8 or 9 I probably won't be doing much email checking. If there's no rush, I'll definitely get back to you. ;o)

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      Cupcake 9 months ago

      Thanks, i really appreciate your help, i think that you are a very nice person, so if you don't mind, can i email you or something since we really want to ask you some questions related to this. We usually wonder a lot about different things. Once again, thank you for your help. :)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Cupcake; the more of a personal connection is, the better it is for the caster. The less of a connection, the less likely there will be any effect. I can't say it's impossible, but the less of a connection the more unlikely.

      Innocent people certainly don't deserve to be randomly cursed, but that's not usually a concern. Real life Witches don't generally going around randomly cursing people for several reasons:

      1) as I said, without a personal connection, it's only going to make the Witch's job harder.

      2) If your job is going to be that much harder, more time consuming, more draining, require more supplies, etc., the Witch is hardly likely to go through all of that for someone they don't even know. I mean, that is LOT of work to do for someone you don't know or give a hoot about. You'd have to be some kind of obsessive psychopath.

      3) Witches who are just looking to hurt people or cause mischief don't usually get very adept at their Craft... when you're cursing people you have to really wallow in negativity, so you're basically making your life miserable too. Doing this for any length of time is just going to result in all kinds of problems in your life. It does not put you in a healthy state of mind to advance in your craft. Because of this, those who try to pull power trips on others are usually not a threat.

      Aside from this, Witches, like most people, have ethics. Just because you can pick up a rock and throw it at some old lady's head doesn't mean you would do it. Most people would not do that. Likewise, most Witches do not go around randomly cursing innocent people they don't know for silly reasons.

      If someone says they are doing this, chances are the are 1) a poser trying to scare you or 2) someone who doesn't really understand the Craft enough to do much harm with it.

      I don't think your friend really has anything to worry about if some random person she barely knows claims to be targeting her, but if she wants to she can start meditating and visualize a shield surrounding her made of mirror. This should shoot back anything anyone is sending her.

      Let me know if there's anything else that might help.

      ~Sage

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      Cupcake 9 months ago

      Thank you so much for the feed back, but we have another question. Is it possible to cast a spell on someone even if you don't know them? I hope not, since innocent people don't really deserve to be cursed randomly.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Cupcake; There are various methods of divination and psychic abilities one would use to try and gain information about others. Of course, ethics are a question one has to address when doing this. To prevent it, there are methods of shielding or even protective spells. Hope that helps.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Michelle; you can get in touch with my through my website at wicclit.com. If I can help you or point you in the right direction, I will.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Sarah;

      Witches are normal people. Whether one calls oneself a Witch is not the issue; it's a matter of whether one has studied and developed their skills to practice. Anyone can do that... you need to learn the basics before casting spells, but yes, you can then cast spells too.

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      Cupcake 9 months ago

      BTW, i asked this question for my friend, Jenny, who is afraid that she has been cursed.

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      Cupcake 9 months ago

      Hi, my friend was wondering, about witchcraft, is it possible to see into other's privacy using it? And if it is possible, how do people prevent it?

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      Selia 9 months ago

      amazing!! this article is complete comprehensive guideline for beginners. It is a book by itself. thank you so much, I didn't see any material online that explain in this complete and organized method.

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      Lamo 10 months ago

      This is awesome

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      sarah 10 months ago

      can any one do these spells even a normal person i mean

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      Chloe The Witch 10 months ago

      well youth is a time for the child to explore there options for how they will live there lifes out when they move out. ^^ thank you for talking to me

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 10 months ago

      Chloe, that's wonderful that you have your parents' support. For a lot of kids that's half the battle. Good luck with your studies and feel free to ask me questions here or on my website (wicclit.com).

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      Chloe The Witch 10 months ago

      Thank you WiccanSage my parents seem fine with it as long as im not trying to do anything bad but Wicca isnt a bad thing and i think they understand that as do i. i have been studying it since i was 6 years old so i guess i have always had an interest in it since i was a real little kid. Thank you for your information it definitley helped.