Category Archives: Magickal Notes

Finding Magick

I recently had a consultation with a client who assured me that although they were contacting me about casting a spell, they were skeptical that it would even work.

I understand being skeptical about magick, for a layperson who is not educated int he ways of how spells work, it is an entirely new world. A certain amount of healthy skepticism is natural, even recommended. Use that inquisitiveness to investigate your caster and to do some research on what they discuss with you about your case.

But belief in magick is paramount to believing that a spell will work for you at all. If you come to me and tell me that you are skeptical that a spell will work for you or that you are skeptical about magick in general I will tell you to not bother purchasing a spell. I am not here to convince you of your fundamental beliefs, I am here to cast spells to help those who believe that spells and magick can help them to achieve their desires.

I am not a witchcraft evangelist. I’m not going to ask you to sign-up and join a coven. I’m not going to recommend that you become a pagan or witch or begin lighting candles constantly for every last thing. You come to me and have a need to change in your life and I will help you with spells that will use your focused will and intention to affect change. What your system of beliefs is, is entirely up to you – however it will help greatly if you believe in magick.

Because if you do, I promise you – you will find it.

The Light in Winter

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I’ve lived in Florida a long time. So long that it’s hard for me to recall winter, all the snow, the freezing cold temps in the morning when you get in the tingling cold front seat of the car, how long it takes the heater to kick in, the layers upon layers of clothes (I had to unwrap myself after the long walk to school when I was in college, eventually I became so hearty I just wore a sweater, jean jacket and big scarf, ah youth!) to keep warm,; for over 20 years that has been nothing but a memory.

I miss the coziness of Winter. The fire in the fireplace in my parents house. My mother still offering hot chocolate with mini marshmallows like I was seven years old. Snugly socks and a big throw to keep warm while watching TV. Winter and Christmas – well there’s a perfect match of course. Food tastes better cooked forever, hearty stews and soups and Winter was for my mother, the season of baking.

Being a witch is really a seasonal deal. We abide by the seasons and focus on the “Wheel of the Year” through the sabbats we celebrate. Here in Florida, that covers us fairly well until Fall, though the leaves here do not change we have a kind of Autumn. But there is no Winter. Certainly here in Ocala it does get very cold (not like in South Florida), sometimes dropping into the 30′s and you do need boots and gloves and a coat and I have a plush throw and quilt on my bed. But there is no real Winter. While it snows in the North, the sun shines here in the South.

At night however when it gets cold I do celebrate my memories of Winter by lighting a fire in the fire-pit to assist in my casting. That is my favorite part of casting outside in the cold months (though they are short here in Florida). I build a beautiful little fire and settle in my chair outside with my cushy blanket, a cup of hot tea and everything I need to make magick, which is somewhat gilding the lily since in the cold, by the light of the fire sparking in the night, it’s already magick.

Witchcraft Medicine

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I’ve been practicing my share of  Witchcraft Medicine lately as I have been recovering from my medical crisis that happened in late July. Things are moving along, I use a “knee walker” (a great alternative to crutches) to get around which keeps me walking and upright (and is incidentally pretty good exercise) and I have ten more days of antibiotic treatment left. I have more energy and strength now and keep working my healing spells concurrently with traditional medicine .

There are many herbs which can be used in teas (and I make use of them believe me) to help reduce inflammation. I have also been having green tea to help settle my stomach from the harsh antibiotics and that definitely helps.

Getting my energy back has been very important and I am happy to report that I have been feeling so much better this past week – able to do more and move out faster and my casting has been more spirited too. I know other witch-sisters and brothers have been sending healing energy my way and – I feel it.

It may yet be a couple more months staying off my foot but I feel quite certain that the best possible outcome will be achieved and I will be back in perfect working order in no time.

Meanwhile this upcoming month is my birthday month and I usually do some great sales – plus  this is semi-milestone birthday of 45. Not quite crone-dom yet but – wow – the witch is aging!

What to tell the Witch

Magick works wonders but when you are my client I need you to be as forthcoming as possible with me. You can certainly work with me by barely telling me much of anything about your situation however the more in tune with you that I become the more focused and more powerful my spellcasting will be. To that end I have come up with a list of things it is great for me to know about you and your situation when you write to me with an inquiry. I will be cross publishing this list over at mysticspells.com  as well.

  1. I will need your name, birthdate and a photo of you and of anyone else involved in the spell (if possible, sometimes you may not know someone’s birthdate or have a photo. As long as I have yours we can work with this but it is best for me to have birthdates and photos on everyone).
  2. Please tell in concise terms what you are looking for – often I ask clients to list the top 3-5 desires or things they want to see happen. Give me at least three. Many spells focus on three conditions. Not all spells will actually focus on conditions but this is just a broad idea to help you narrow down your desires.
  3. Give me some background on the situation. If this is about a relationship try as much as possible to give me a TIMELINE OF EVENTS – it is good for me to have a perspective of what has occurred, it makes it much easier for me to focus when I know the history.
  4. Give me information about you – tell me about yourself, what you do, where you live, your past history (if relevant) anything that you can think of that it will be good for me to know about you. Like for instance if you have a history of difficult relationships, this is good for me to know. If you have issues with your friends interfering in your life or your family trying to control you, this is good to know. Let me know what is important to you as a person – are you independent or clingy? Do you need direction? Are you depressed or anxious? Do you have any alcohol/substance abuse issues? Does anyone you are involved with have them? Things like this can be very relevant in how your spell is going to manifest.
  5. Let’s address potential obstacles head on! It does me no good to cast a spell on your boyfriend to get him to return to you if he is living with someone else. Consider that you have to use a Break-Up Spell first. I can discuss the best possible course of spellwork for you but you must give me full disclosure. If for instance you have an injunction against you or other legal issues that you do not tell me it will severely curtail the effectiveness of your spell. Everything you tell me is confidential.
  6. Make sure you read my FAQ and understand my policies and guarantee. You pay me for the spell I cast, not for results. Please understand that the work I do is very involved and that is what you are paying me for. My expertise is part of my payment as well, I offer you my years of service as a witch and my knowledge from over 25 years of casting spells.
  7. Do not lie to me.
  8. Follow my instructions. If I tell you to do something in the instructions – do it. If I tell you NOT to do something, do not do it. That means not obsessively texting or calling someone when I say not to. All this will do if impact the manifestation of your spell.
  9. Keep in contact with me. It does not have to be every day certainly and the emails or message on Facebook do not have to be long but I like to hear from my clients. I care about you and want to know how you are doing.
  10. Stay positive and be OPEN. It may be difficult to do this whatever your situation might be but clients who remain positive and OPEN to whatever the Universe will provide them have the greatest possible success with magick.

As always if you have any questions please email me at morrigane@mysticspells.com

 

Intention, Intention, Intention

When you are considering purchasing a spell you need to keep in mind that a spell is completely dependent on what your INTENTION is. Magick works using your FOCUSED WILL & INTENTION. Not just mine, as your spellcaster (that plays a part too) but ultimately what it is that you want to transpire.

A good way to know what you want is to write down the top three desires you have regarding your issues. In fact a number of spells will ask for this specifically either three or five desires that you would like to see manifest in your spell. This will help you to clarify what your intention is.

Let me give you a good example of pulling out your intention from your general desires regarding a spell.

The following is an example of a sample statement of intention:

Sample statement: “I want my ex-boyfriend John to return to me. I want to see him calling me and interested in spending time with me. I want to be in a closer relationship with him than we ever had previously. I want there to be no obstacles such as interlopers (other women) or friends of his that caused trouble in the past. I want our friendship and love to be strong and healthy. I want John to see me as I truly am and to desire me and no one else. I want John to remember all the good times we had and forget as much as he can about the problems we had. I want those problems to be eliminated. I want to see him eventually moving in with me again. I want him to be positive about our renewed love. I want to be positive as well. I want there to be no arguments about the kind of things we argued about previously. I want us to stay focused on being good partners to each other. I want his friends to be less of a factor in his life. I want to see him dedicated to a real commitment with me. I want to be the best that I can be with John; I want to be super confident and not clingy like I used to be. I want us to fall in love all over again and have this love eventually lead to marriage.”

Make sure that your statement uses the “I” format. This statement is for you so it can contain anything you would like to see happen, even if it seems selfish or even somewhat unrealistic. Just write down everything you want to see. All of it together is your intention. Once you have that statement of intention you will read through it and find the THREE most important declarations – the backbone of your statement that all other parts can fit into.

For instance in the statement above the three most important points are:

  1.  I want my ex-boyfriend John to return to me.
  2. I want our friendship and love to be strong and healthy.
  3. I want us to fall in love all over again and have this love eventually lead to marriage.

Thus for this intention – the client is looking to have her ex return to her, for their love to be strong and healthy and to have their renewed relationship end in marriage.

That is her particular intention for this spell she is having cast. That way you know exactly what you are looking for and you will use that intention to focus your will.

I will discuss WILL in my next post.

Making magick count

I have some clients who really know how to use their magick. They contact me for practical spells and we work together not just on one issue and one spell but for an integrated approach. I love to work with clients who do not see magick as just a quick fix when all else has failed them. This really lets me do my thing, to create a working and ritual that incorporates many levels of magick.

It always surprises me that more people to do not use magick for business and in school situations. I have had a number of clients request targeted business spells (spells for retail sales, real estate etc.) but I still would have thought more people might be interested at least enough to warrant a listing on the site but this has not happened. I’ve done my share of business talismans (also justice, love, health, beauty, prosperity, even ones for help with addiction recovery) and study talismans (for people in college  or for passing exams) but it still seems like people only come running to the witch if they are in dire need and it is a catastrophe of epic proportions.

It need not be however to use magick well in your life. I use it in all kinds of small ways on a daily basis.

A friend calls and tells me they are nervous because there has been some bad energy in their neighborhood, some mailbox bashings and break-ins so I cast a protection spell for them and send them a special sigil for them to put over their front door. This is a great way to use magick.

My beloved tells me that someone in his family is not well so I cast a healing candle spell and send positive healing energy to them.

Another friend tells me that her daughter has been having trouble in school so I cast a variation of Magnetic Attraction for her to draw the right kind of people to her.

Open yourself to using magick in countless ways. Contact me if you have a situation that you might not have considered using a spell for and lets find the right spell together!

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.

 

Vampires, Werewolves, Mermaids & Changing Gender

Vampire Bill in True Blood.

I understand that many young people really got into the TWILIGHT series of books. Still others love the TV show True Blood (me included but not so crazy about this season) or any number of films that feature vampires, werewolves and even mermaids. But I will tell you that under no circumstances is there a legitimate spell to turn you into a vampire, werewolf or mermaid. Oh my.

Please stop writing to me and asking about this. I get at least one inquiry per day (sometimes more) asking me if I can turn a person into a mythological creature.

Witchcraft is REAL, even if you don’t believe in it. Just like Newtonian physics is real and people didn’t believe in that at first either. However all magick (as well as science) is based upon natural law. If it does not exist in the natural world it cannot therefore exist in the magickal world. That negates things like people turning into vampires, dragons, mermaids, were-beings etc.

At least half a dozen times a week some poor soul will write to me asking if I can give them a sex change in a spell. That’s right, they think that I can change a person’s gender with a spell. That I can change physical biology that there is already scientific means to use, such as gender reassignment surgery and taken hormones of the opposite sex.

Why on Earth would a human being put themselves through surgery and taking hormones if all they had to do was find a witch who could change their gender with a spell?

Gender reassignment surgery runs about $40K. How much should a witch who could magickally change someones gender charge? Seriously – consider that point. If it could be done – how much would it be worth to someone?

Well don’t worry – it cannot be done. Anyone who says they can is a sure-fire con-artist and charlatan.

I know its difficult to suffer from gender dysphoria and such difficulties can make people desperate. But please remain out of fantasy-land. Changing gender in this world is a medical procedure, not a magickal one.

Its best to remember that magick is about energy – not biology. And not fantasy – so no immortality, living on blood, turning into a wolf, breathing under water etc. Magick can accomplish so much but leave the fantasy as entertainment, it is not reality.

Witch Cabinet

My Spanish Medieval Witch Cabinet.

Inside my witch cabinet.

This cabinet is huge so I couldn’t fit it all in the frame. There are four drawers at the bottom that I store tarot decks in and altar scarves, supplies, books, music, instruments etc. The two drawers hold candles. On the bottom shelf I have ritual supplies and many spell powders and herb blends. In these baskets I also keep hundreds of stones and crystals. The last basket on the end is where I store mojo bags and spell writing supplies (parchment, dragons blood ink). In the silver box at the end is where I store all my essential oils.

Second shelf are custom blended oils, my small cauldron, more ritual supplies and bottles.

The top shelf are more altar things plus notes, books of shadow (the ones not part of the collection which are kept in the bookcase in my meditation room) and various crafting supplies.

I thought you might like to see where I store everything. If you have questions leave them below in the comments and I will answer.