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Year of the Snake

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On New Year’s Day I cast my Chinese Good Fortune Spell – I have been doing this since my very first year online and this marks my tenth in 2013. This is a big year for me, ten years doing what I love online, casting spells for a living, who would have ever thought that a modern day witch could make her living doing what an old-timey witch who lived in a village did? But better I have clients all over the world and this truly is global witchcraft!

I am blessed to be able to do the work I do and help people the way I can. Every facet of witchcraft is part of my life and I think back upon a conversation I had with an old friend of mine about a dozen years ago when we were considering the ways our fortunes might go.

We both worked in media at the time and were somewhat burned out. I said something about wanting to go into candle-making or soap-crafting because I hungered to have a life that focused on something real and less virtual. I didn’t know it then but soon thereafter I discussed my idea of casting spells for a living and my friend suggested that I have an online presence. How grateful I am that I followed her advice.

It was slow at first, took about a year and then some for the site to take off and for me to reach people. I spent a fortune on advertising back then (this was all new on the internet – there was no market yet in online advertising) and worked so hard for my handful of clients. Those same clients in the early days are still clients today and I cannot believe the amazing journey we have taken together.

I have had incredible good fortune as a witch so I can testify to the validity of this particular spell since I include myself in its casting every year. I have reduced the price this year and hope you will all take part.

I am not normally a witch who casts for herself but lately I have had great success in doing so with several love spells and the Mystic Mars Spell I have cast for myself every month for ten years. I believe that abundance, prosperity and good fortune is something you need to really focus on and work at and this spell does just that for you.

My new year plans include an over-haul for my sites, new spells, readings, talismans and witch-crafted goods I will be selling.

Happy New Year in advance and may the snake be good to you!

 

Christmas Memories

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I’m listening to White Christmas even though it’s never a white Christmas here in Central Florida. The truth is I haven’t had a white Christmas in so long I cannot truly recall what it was like! I don’t miss being cold, though in the brief winter here it can go down to freezing.

I miss the holidays of my youth but doesn’t everyone? We had such wonderful Christmases then with all the family together, visiting house to house, my Auntie Marcia making the most wonderful food, my Aunt Diane having the most beautiful decorated house, my Nanesto making the most lovely holidays especially considering that we always brought my father with us and he could destroy any holiday with a withering look. But she stood up to him – she was awesome!

Daddy wasn’t always a misery though, he’d lighten up once we got to Auntie Marcia’s and Uncle Richard’s, things were fun and festive with the Italians (which my father is) rather than the more buttoned up Yankee traditions of my mother’s people (she is half French and that’s on her father’s side, but the French has always been downplayed though my mother is tres tres French in her demeanor!).

Christmas with my cousins was always a great time. We got along famously, my cousins Tammy & Rick were very close to my brother Raymond and me throughout our entire childhoods and teen years. We lost touch once we were all adults and I am sad about that. I miss all my family tremendously, especially my Nanesto who has been gone a while now.

Nanesto (so called because Ernest Hemingway was her favorite author and his nickname was Ernesto, so I called her that combining “Nana” with his nickname) died in December and then five years ago this Christmas I lost my husband Sandy. The holidays are not quite what they were then.

It’s not just the physical loss of loved ones (though that plays into it) but I don’t see my father anymore (even though he has a winter home here in Florida) and have not in going on four years. My brother Raymond and his wife are estranged from Mom and me. Aunt Diane lives far away in Rhode Island and so does my father’s side of the family and we have not gotten together in many years. My mother remains close with my Aunts, speaking to them every few days and I am glad they maintain their connection.

I have found in the last five years since Sandy passed away that my closest friends are all over the world, many of them clients, sister and brother witches in my community of pagans, Buddhist brothers and sisters that I have known for over a dozen years and even new friends like my dear girlfriend Vanessa. I am so grateful to have a new family and new memories that we are building and sharing.

Still as I get older those memories of long ago seem more clear, and I find myself drifting longingly to the simpler joys of driving with my family to Rhode Island to be welcomed by both sides of my extended family in their unique and wonderful ways.

Those were my white Christmases.

Pure Love & Magick

This is the last of my millennium castings on 12-12-12. It’s hard to believe that 12 years are about to pass away and that I have completed 9 special castings since I went live with my site mysticspells.com. I used the dates wisely covering many different topics and concerns and saved love for the final casting. I am also adding a special magickal component to the casting – a little bonus that each client can choose to further tailor the spell to their specific needs. I am excited about the spell because this is one I am casting also for myself (even a witch needs a little help in love sometimes).

The more I learn about love the more I realize that we all need help understanding our own hearts. What makes us feel the way we do about people? Is it some mystical force or our psychology? perhaps even in our DNA? Maybe it’s past lives converging in the here and now and we are trying to get things right?

For myself I believe in the less clinical psychological approach to things (which makes sense since I am a witch) and I see love as a magickal force in the Universe that drives us in a way that nothing else can. It also can let us down and leave us shattered in its wake but that is the cost of loving greatly and risking it all for the love we need.

We all want to be loved yet some people need to do the loving, that is just as important to them, perhaps more so than being loved. It can be a dangerous precipice to tread upon since putting someone before yourself can build resentment. I try to focus on the Buddhist principle of non-attachment (very difficult to do when you are in love) and there are times when I can see clearly through my possible resentments and find a peace in the very acting of loving someone freely.

We all want our happiness and it is love that gives us the reason to live and be truly happy on a kind of level that nothing else can.

You can get the love you desire and desire to give by putting faith in the time of 12-12-12 and this once in a lifetime occasion for a spell that I have worked on for nearly a year. I am thrilled to share this spell with my clients and friends.

I have two spots left for 12-12-12 – please use this link to visit mysticspells.com and read more about the spell.

This is the last chance for this until 3001.

Harvest Good Feelings

Just wanted to thank all you wonderful people who read my blog and are my clients. It is you and my family and loved ones that I am most grateful for on this day of Thanksgiving 2012.

The wonderful Harvest Witch you see here is by the talented artist Nikki Burnette. You will see more of her work on this site and mysticspells.com very soon!

Bully

Recently I learned that my best friend from childhood lost both her parents within several years of each other. I didn’t know that her mother had died a year ago nor had I learned until now that her father had also died a few years prior. I had not been in contact with my friend since I was last in my hometown over 20 years ago. I knew her parents well and she and I had been close since we were in nursery school, though our friendship had ceased somewhere in the fourth grade.

At first we exchanged several pleasant emails and shared our memories and sorrows. But then I asked her to friend me on Facebook and she did but soon sent a follow-up email telling me she was un-friending me because I was a witch and she said that kind of thing freaked her out.

I did not reply to her nor would I ever again. Narrow-minded people with closed hearts have no place in my life. I do not suffer fools and people with prejudices and ignorance.

I was hurt though because I contacted her to offer condolences and I don’t think that you should take such a stand with someone who comes to you to share kindness. Why did she need to say such a thing to me? What harm in the world would being my friend on Facebook mean? Would her other friends have said something (it was not my Morrigane account but my private real name account and I do not have any links to any witchcraft things though I make no secret of my practices, including Buddhism. Would she have un-friended me for that too?)

Many years ago I wondered why she had turned on me as a friend. She decided I was not cool enough and popular enough and then went on to be one of the popular girls in our school and was very cruel to me. I hoped after all these years that she had changed but instead I discovered that the wicked and mean little girl she had been is the compassionless woman she has become, so self-absorbed that she actually thought anyone would care that she was friends with a Buddhist Witch on Facebook.

She purports to be an artist, taking photos,almost all self-portraits in a fairy-esque fantasy themed collection of indulgent narcissistic images. She plans to sell these though I don’t know who would ever purchase photos of a middle-aged woman in such portraits. She is no real artist since artists do not tend to limit their hearts and minds and do so in such an unfeeling way.

I found myself wondering if after all these years that she somehow set me up thinking that she was this evolved person, so she could reel me in and then stab me delightfully by putting me down as she had done when we were children. I was not one of the popular kids and she decided that instead of being friends with me, she would be cruel to me and make fun of me every day at school. She was a bully then and sadly is a bully today.

I have learned a valuable lesson and I will continue to show compassion even to those who have not shown me the same. But I won’t engage them in dialogue and go on the assumption that once a creep, always a creep.

New Magick

I’ve been casting a number of custom spells lately that I have yet to offer on the site. One of them is called Open Path to Love. This is a Voodoo spell that I created for a long-term client about two years ago and I have been casting it for other clients in similar circumstances since then. I have not put it up on the site for sale yet because I seriously test all my spells before I feel they are right for public consumption.

This spell however has definitely met the criterion since it has been extremely successful for my custom clients. When I have a spell that can crossover many different circumstances then I will decide to put it on the site.

Some spells don’t make the site because they are only for a limited clientele and will not have a wide audience. Other spells are too complex for me to cast on a regular basis. I like to keep things relatively simple when I have many spells to cast at once, so my energy dispersal is at a minimum. I am the original energy conservationist - if I am tapped out of energy, I do no good for anyone!

I’ve been casting more often to meet clients needs, getting on spells on nearly a daily basis sometimes and that works as long as I re-charge and am well-rested.

I have a number of new spells that will make the cut soon when I update the site especially for Samhain which I am looking forward to as usual. Not sure yet what kind of celebration I will have but there will be casting, feasting and communing with the dead!

If you think you might be interested in my Open Path to Love Spell – drop me a line.

Jessica Galbreth offends all Pagans

Jessica Galbreth before she said witches are Satanic.

I was a Jessica Galbreth fan since the first time I saw her fantasy artwork at her old website Enchanted-Art Designs. I used her artwork on my websites and personally collected many beautiful prints, cards, journals and figurines. I was very supportive of her artwork and enjoyed keeping up with her on her blog too. In my opinion she painted the most beautiful depictions of the feminine divine in the darker aspects that I have ever seen and indeed it was her artwork that inspired my love and devotion to The Morrigan and put me on the path to discovering the warrior queen in myself.

To find that now, the reason I have not seen her art in over a year is because Jessica Galbreth and her husband converted to Evangelical Christianity (think Pat Robertson style and indeed she was intereviewed for his network here is the link) is like a stinging slap in the face.

Jessica has denounced all her previous art (and in the video on CBC it shows her tossing away her canvases in a dumpster) but the thing that has upset me the most are the followng comments she has made:

Jessica says she was possessed by a demon when creating her dark goddesses and other fantasy artwork.

Jessica says the occult is Satanic and only about power and secrets and death.

Jessica says she was empty inside because she was giving herself over to Satan through her belief in the occult.

Jessica says everyone thought she was a witch.

Jessica says the occult is dark and God is the light.

Jessica says there is only one true way to believe and that is to accept Jesus as your savior otherwise you are damned.

Jessica says God forgives only if you accept Christ as your savior.

Jessica says she contacted demons through a ouija board.

Jessica says she is ashamed of her Enchanted Art Collection.

Jessica says tarot cards are tools of the devil.

Jessica says she bought into the “lie” that Christianity is all about the patriarchy and subjugates women. 

One of Jessica Galbreth’s pagan Goddesses, The Morrigan.

As a Buddhist Witch, you know I believe everyone is free to follow their own path and ultimately it is one Universal Force of Love that binds us and connects us to the Goddess, God, Holy Ghost, Jesus, Mohammed, Shiva, Buddha – the power of the divine resides within us and connects us to one another and every atom on the planet and in the Universe.

Humans created religion and religion is all about dogma, which I do not believe in.

However I respect everyone’s right to believe as they choose and I would never say that someone’s beliefs are wrong. I would not tell a Christian that just because their beliefs exclude me as a Buddhist Pagan that they are wrong to do believe as they do. I just wish them love and peace.

I would never condemn a religion or a person who practices that religion because their beliefs are different from mine. In my practice of Buddhism there is no dogma. In my practices as a solitary witch I embrace all forms of spirituality and numerous Goddesses & Gods of different mysteries, paths and religions. I respect their history and stories. I respect their depictions in art.

I only personally worship the whole of the Universe, the spirit of the Great Mother, the one divine that is woven between us and the stuff that stars are made of. This includes both the light and dark sides of all nature. There can be no light without darkness. I value neither more than the other.

Buddhism has no deity but many Bodhisattva’s and Deva’s. My pagan beliefs have many Goddesses & Gods. But there is no Devil in any of my beliefs, no Satan at all. So for Jessica Galbreth to call pagan and occult beliefs Satanic is her ascribing to those narrow-minded beliefs that seek to persecute those who walk a different path.

Jessica Galbreth’s new “Christian” artwork. A male Angel.

I am heartsick about this and shudder to think that this talented woman who embodied the spark of the feminine divine in her artwork has turned her back on her previous art and beliefs and decided rather to close herself off to a wider world and connection with the Universal Love Force to preach exclusionary dogma that puts Satan and demons into beliefs where they do not even exist.

I still love her artwork. She did wonderful Goddesses, Fairies, mythological creatures and now she does Angels. I love Angels and work with them all the time as you know from my selection of Angel spells. My feelings are that Angels do not belong to Christianity that Angels are celestial beings and belong to no religion.

I am sad to see her guilting and shaming her own art and uncomfortable with her darker and more sensual depictions (which were still very tame) and hope that she will come to terms with it no matter what path she walks.

And to just let her know the Goddess will be here, always, awaiting her liberation, ready to welcome her back to love without dogma, without patriarchy, without guilt, shame or any requirements whatsoever that anyone believe in her.

For you see Jessica, she believes in you.

Blessed be.

 

Witchy Women

Had fun last night watching a special repeat Biography on Witches. Two witches I know personally were interviewed Laurie Cabot, “The Official Witch of Salem” and dear Silver Ravenwolf, one of my mentors through her books, crafts, business – just about everything. More than any witch I have known (personally) she has influenced how I do business and how I approach witchcraft.

I can quote her books practically by heart and have always had the most wonderful interactions with her. Her books and her work was a beacon of light to me at a time when I was very much alone in my craft (except always for the support of my mother) after being away from it for a number of years. Silver’s books are often considered a little “fluffy bunny” by some but I’m quite happy with them the way they are. I like that they are incredibly positive and don’t deal with dark aspects so much, I have other influences for that.

I’ve been fortunate to have many wonderful teachers along my path and this TV special got me thinking about them.

I remember the first time I went to Manna Reading Center in Fort Myers, looking for supplies (this was way before you could buy everything on the internet) and the owners were somewhat surprised I was a witch because I didn’t look like one (neither did they, they were more like hippies). They told me that most people who came in had embraced the goth witch look. this got a dialogue going and we became friends thereafter and eventually I even came to know other witches and pagans who were more “suburban” like me. They used to joke all the time and call me “Samantha” from “Bewitched” because that was who I reminded them of!

I used to read Tarot sometimes in person many years ago and always had such fun with it, especially when I lived in Key West. This got me introduced to my Cuban Santeria mentors, two women I worked with from the local newspapers I wrote for, who took me in as a student and I studied Santeria for about 6 years. Studying this particular mystery opened me up to studying Hoodoo and Voudou as well.

I’m grateful to the many wonderful witches I have known like Vintage Luna and Johanna Rowantree, witches I have exchanged spells with, made candles for, oils, jewelry, it has all been so fulfilling. I support many pagan crafting enterprises and have for many years.

Of course my greatest witch inspiration of all is my mother who encouraged me since I was a child to find my own path. She is a daughter of Isis but has never practiced as a witch though she has taken part in many of circles and spellcastings from my younger days. It was her encouragement that has always allowed me to discover  my true self.

She is, in the spirit of true witchcraft, the wisest woman I know.

 

What’s in a name?

 

So many things have changed for me in the past five years. I lost my dear husband Sandy almost five years ago (this Christmas) and recently ended my long-term relationship with my beloved Eddie (we ended things in early June). I had a tumultuous  and difficult relationship with Eddie that I believe would not have survived as long as it did had I not used spells (The Love Hunter and Cupid’s Arrow plus a special custom spell that I will discuss at some point) to ease some of the issues present in that relationship.

Magick can do anything you need it to do (energetically that is, I cannot turn you into an immortal vampire) but there are times when you must put away the Book of Shadows and consider real-world implications and make hard decisions. I still love Eddie (I always will) but having a relationship with him is not possible and likely will never be because of the many complex problems he has.

Being true to myself then means knowing when to put a finish on it, which I did.

For the first time in 24 years I am on my own. I decided then to dedicate myself to one of my patron goddesses The Morrigan, as she is a Warrior Queen and that is the energy I most want to generate in my life. My other patron goddess is Green Tara but she is a Buddhist goddess, so I dedicate myself to her in a different way.

The Morrigan is pure Celtic magick all the way and she is the perfect namesake for the direction my magick is going in right now. I am proud to be named after her, using Morrigane (a derivative of her name) with a secret surname (if you email and ask I will tell you) that has to do with The Morrigan’s familiar, the Crow.

I am somwhat terrified of birds actually, so this is new territory for me and it’s very exciting.

This is me, the witch Morrigane, no apologies, no influences other than my own nature and the dark goddess whom I commune with.

 

Why I am a Witch

I am a witch because nature speaks to me.
I am a witch because witch is woman and woman is witch.
I am a witch because I turn focused intention into will.
I am a witch because I believe in the unseen.
I am a witch because I feel the past, present and future.
I am a witch because I have fought my way through patriarchy.
I am a witch because I know my body, mind and spirit.
I am a witch because I know there are two sides to everything.
I am a witch because cats follow me everywhere.
I am a witch because ravens look for me.
I am a witch because love flows through me.
I am a witch because I believe in magick.
I am a witch because I am magick.