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Con-artists stealing from me

A client recently came to me after giving some money to what they suspected to be a con-artist spellcaster. You know the type as we have discussed here on my blog many times – typical garish three page site, phone number, no prices, no specifics, no real information. And ultimately everything – absolutely everything is a lie.

The particular site they sent me too was definitely a con-artist site and when I scrolled down to see the spellcasters “temple of peace and harmony” where she purported to cast all her spells, I was shocked to see that she apparently was casting spells using MY ALTAR, since that was the photo she had on the site.

She stole the photo of MY ALTAR from my site. So not only was she not a real spellcaster but she was also a copyright infringing thief. I decided to give her a call.

It was a quick conversation. She claimed to not have made the site and did not know where the photo of my altar had come from. Sure. Because at this point I would believe anything this duplicitous con-artist said!

I did say, “I know you are not a real witch. If you were real you wouldn’t have to steal a photo of my altar.” Her response was the charming – “It doesn’t matter if I am a real witch or not.” I nearly choked on my response, “Except of course to your clients!”

Sadly I had to report back to my new client that they had been had. I hate to have to keep drilling this into people looking for spellcasters!

Let’s review:

  • This phony spellcaster site was THREE pages. If you come upon a site that is only one page, or only a few pages – keep going.
  • By that same token, don’t be fooled by sites that have a ton of useless pages that make no sense. They use these pages to boost their listings in Google. It is page-spamming and all charlatan and con-artist sites do it. Once again, walk on by.
  • A photo of your spellcaster is great but 9 times out of 10 I guarantee the photo on a spellcasting site will be a fake. It is probably stolen from elsewhere on the net or is a stock photo. What is more important than a photo is personal information. Who are they? What mysteries do they practice? How long have they been a witch?
  • PSYCHICS DO NOT CAST SPELLS! Anyone who calls themselves a psychic and says that they cast spells is a charlatan. Only WITCHES cast spells. A psychic casting a spell is like going to a car mechanic to get your teeth cleaned. If you come across a site and they say that they cast spells but do not refer to themselves as a witch then do not waste your time. If you need a psychic reading; psychics are great. If you need a spell cast – you need a witch. Plain and simple.
  • If there are no prices on the site – forget it. They will charge you whatever they feel like for NOTHING. Good deal for them, waste of money for you.
  • If you decide to work with someone and they ask you for more money to complete a spell – you have been had.
  • Casting the same spell more than once is a sure fire sign of a con. Real witches will cast a spell once. If down the line, months later you ask for the same spell, that is ok but a real witch will not repeatedly cast the same spell over and over in tandem. Likewise, those sites that offer the single-cast, double-cast, and triple-cast spells are full of it.
  • There are spells that take 1 day or 3, 5, 7, or 9 days to cast. I have come across some voodoo spells that are 21 days. A real witch would not offer a spell like that for sale because they would have to charge so much for it! So you know if someone says that they will cast your spell for a month or 60 days or something absurd that they will probably not even cast your spell at all!
  • Casting a real spell is not quick and easy. It takes time. A real witch who casts spells needs time to do so and will usually cast spells according to moon phases.
  • Real spells cast by a real witch will not be cheap. You can absolutely forget about spells that cost under $40. The more complex an issue is the more the spell will cost because for a real witch more energy and time, preparation etc will go into the casting. You are better off saving your money (if you still want a spell) to get a good spell.
  • There are NO GUARANTEES! Any so-called witch or spellcaster that offers you a guarantee is a con-artist. Spells are an art and craft – they are not a small appliance or a set of tires.

I could go on and on. If you have questions about a spellcaster who is not me – send me an email and let me take a look at your spellcaster. I honestly do not mind helping you find a real witch to help you, even if I am not that witch.

The con-artist who stole my photo did take it down. But that does not make her any less a con-artist or a thief.

Be careful out there.

Samhain Spectacular

This is the witchiest month of the year. I am in my element. Halloween (what we witches call Samhain, Gaelic for “Summer’s End”) is the one month out of the year that celebrates everything that we are. Now that is not exactly intentional of course (just like Christmas picking up all the goodies from Yule) but no matter; this month is for witches and I just go bonkers!

I started thinking about Samhain and the preparations once the retail stores started getting their Halloween merchandise in. What would my theme be this year? Who would come to the festivities? Would the family be able to get together? Would we have the traditional feast or would I do something different, a little devil may care? Mead or punch? Or both? Spells? Or just the ritual?

Several Samhain’s past have been a bit somber and I determined early that this year we would truly celebrate. Now that my brother has found his true love (a wonderful witchy woman) and they have begun their life together it seems appropriate that our Witches New Year be about love.

Last year it was a small celebration but deeply moving since I was able to have a proper bonfire and be one with nature right in my own backyard. It was a bit chilly, though, so this year I have a warmer ritual dress just in case. There will be more guests too this year which makes it even more exciting. I love knowing that my neighbors will just think that I am having a Halloween party and never know the mysteries happening within!

This year, I will be conducting several Samhain-oriented spells. One will be a Wishing Spell, one a Spirit Booster Spell (good for any working cast thus far this year) and the final will be a very traditional old Samhain Love Spell. Love spells are considerably effective when cast on the 31st since the spirit realm is so close on that day.

This is one of the times that the power raised by the group will be extremely advantageous for my witch workings. I always keep everything confidential and the added power is a boon for my clients. I also start making oils ahead of time to be blessed on this day along with re-dedication of special tools and new altars.

The celebration actually begins at 11pm on the 30th. That’s when I start my spell prep. The spells are cast following the ritual which takes place just before midnight on the 31st. I usually don’t get much sleep over that 48 hours period (we have a little fest on All Souls Day, November 1st , as well) but who can sleep when there is so much electric energy abounding.?

I feel it start, right after my birthday. I so look forward to the end of September and the beginning of this harvest month. The energy transitions (September is a very transitory month) into such a pure and glorious state! I feel wrapped in it like a comforting blanket. How fortunate that I am a witch and able to feel this connection in such a deep way.

You can feel it too – you need not even be a witch! It is an awareness that you are connected to the Earth, to each other, to every sentient being on this planet. You take a walk in the woods and you will feel the Earth call to you. You go for a drive to look at the leaves change.

Here is something fascinating about that:

Leaves are nature’s food factories. Plants take water from the ground through their roots. They take a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. Plants use sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into glucose. Glucose is a kind of sugar. Plants use glucose as food for energy and as a building block for growing. The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into sugar is called photosynthesis. That means “putting together with light.” A chemical called chlorophyll helps make photosynthesis happen. Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green color.

As summer ends and autumn comes, the days get shorter and shorter. This is how the trees “know” to begin getting ready for winter.

During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. As the bright green fades away, we begin to see yellow and orange colors. Small amounts of these colors have been in the leaves all along. We just can’t see them in the summer, because they are covered up by the green chlorophyll.

I envy those of you on the East Coast (where I grew up) for there is no finer place to be in the fall!

Over this month I will share more information as I get ready for the festivities on Halloween. I already know the theme will be the three aspects of the Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone.