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.


One of my favorite pagan altars was located at the pagan shop I visited regularly in Fort Myers called Manna Reading Center. In the shop (which was beautiful filled with all kinds of treasures, supplies, books and a coffee and tea shop) there was a huge altar on top of a blue painted dresser. It was filled with all kinds of candles, statuary, crystals, a spell book, wands etc, and it never failed to intrigue.  The candles smelled great, there was incense going and usually fresh flowers too. Something about that altar brought me to a peaceful place and the memory of it is vivid and meaningful.

Here are some notes on altars that I’ve picked up around and about. I especially like this list of decorations that you can use for altars depending upon your mood and how you can use your altar to help heal.

Here are some ideas in altar decorations for certain emotional states . . .

Feeling Depressed

Feeling Anxious

Altar cloths Sunny Yellow Altar cloths Purple
Deities Your Matron God/dess, Isis, or Kali Deities Demeter, Tara, Artemis, or Ganesh
Candles White Candles Light blue
Flowers Cheerful, daisy-type flowers Flowers Violets or anemones
Stones Amber Stones Amethyst
Scents Eyebright, St John’s Wort, Savory, Thyme, Borage Scents Lavender, Eyebright, Sage
Other Drink St John’s Wort tea Other Potted flowers, Drink chamomile mint tea

Feeling Blue

Feeling Fearful

Altar cloths Pale pink Altar cloths Light Blue
Deities Brighid, or Mary Deities Artemis or Kali, Dancing Shiva or Pan
Candles Yellow Candles Yellow
Flowers Violets Flowers Chrysanthemum
Stones Rose quartz Stones Black hematite- no crystals!
Scents Violet, Pine, Borage Scents Snapdragon, Eyebright, Basil
Other Sea shells Other Big pine cones

Feeling Despairing

Feeling Stuck

Altar cloths Bright red Altar cloths Bright green
Deities Kwan Yin, Mary, or Yemaya Deities Dancing Shiva, Kali, Danu, or Brighid
Candles White Candles Red
Flowers Tiger lilies Flowers Cuttings of green branches or flowering fruit trees
Stones Pearl Stones Quartz crystal
Scents Lavender, Rosemary, Mint, Borage Scents Motherwort, Mint, Mandrake, Basil, Anise
Other River stones Other Red ribbons on your athame

Feeling Stressed

Feeling Irritable

Altar cloths Purple Altar cloths Pale pink
Deities Matron God/dess, Voluptus, or Lalita Deities Kuan Yin, Green Tara
Candles Ivory pillar candles Candles Sky blue
Flowers Pastel colors and green leaves Flowers Narcissus or Daffodils
Stones Hematite or amber Stones Moonstone
Scents Vervaine,Thyme, Lavender Scents Tarragon, Passion Flower
Other Eat cucumbers Other Drink Chamomile Tea

Feeling Poor

Feeling Spiritual Apathy

Altar cloths Gold Altar cloths Black with stars (silver or gold)
Deities Lakshmi, Gaia, or Moon Mother Deities Matron God/dess, or Tara
Candles Silver Candles Silver, Gold, or Sky blue
Flowers Lush garden roses or large bouquets, Hollyhocks Flowers Yellow and pink roses
Stones Rose quartz and pearl Stones Turquoise
Scents Rowan, Alfalfa Scents Sandalwood, Myrrh
Other Fruits, nuts, bread pentacles Other Decorate your chalice with flowers, colours, shiny things

Feeling a Creative Slump

Feeling Spacy or Ungrounded

Altar cloths Orange Altar cloths Brown
Deities Brighid, Saraswati Deities Gaia, Artemis/Diana, Green Man
Candles Turquoise (if you can stand it) or red Candles Brown or Black
Flowers Lotus, Water lilies, Orchids, Jasmine Flowers Geraniums
Stones Lapis Lazuli or Herkimer diamond Stones Hematite
Scents Vervaine, Mandrake, Jasmine Scents Wisteria
Other Decorate with Stars Other Potted plants

Needing Healing

Wanting Love

Altar cloths Spring Green Altar cloths Dusty rose
Deities Green Tara, Hari, Medicine Buddha Deities Aphrodite, Venus
Candles Yellow Candles Red
Flowers Jasmine Flowers Irises, Plush roses (red, peach, or pink)
Stones Amethyst Stones Moonstone
Scents Rosemary, Pine, Juniper, Jasmine, Hyssop, Ginger Scents Lovage, Rose, Vervaine, Rose Geranium, Periwinkle
Other  Other blue objects like glass Other

Friday the Thirteenth is Lucky for Witches


I’ve written about Friday the 13th several times but today (since it is the day already) I wanted to talk about the LUCK of the number 13 as it relates to witches but also offer some 13 lore too. If you want some REAL luck check out my Lucky 13 Spell!


  1. A coven has 12 members and the 13th member is the High Priestess (or Priest).
  2. The number thirteen is sacred to witches because we honor the Moon, and the Moon cycles around 13 times in one year.
  3. The menstrual cycle, following the Moon, also comes around 13 times a year. Because we worship life and the Great Mother, this creative cycle of women is sacred.
  4. The number 13 also shows Christian’s ancient matriarchal roots. Why 12 apostles? There’s nothing inherently sacred about the number 12. But with Jesus, the number is complete, at 13. (cool, huh?)
  5. the number 13 is reflected on the U.S. $1 bill — 13 levels in the pyramid, 13 stars, 13 arrows, 13 stripes, 13 leaves, and 13 olives. There were also the original 13 colonies, too.
  6. Thirteen was also once associated with the Epiphany by mainstream Christians, the Christ child having received the Magi on his thirteenth day of life.
  7. 13 is one past 12, the dozen, almost universally regarded as a perfect number, signifying harmony and all good things. Thirteen, by contrast, is a number of transgression, taking matters one step too far, turning harmony into discord. It is also considered in the Bible to be the number of rebellion.
  8. 13 is a number that signifies women and the Goddess. Friday is associated with Venus, the female Goddess and Goddess of Love making Friday the 13th a very powerful day for all women.
  9. In Tarot decks, the 13th card of the Major Arcana is Death. While Death is rarely interpreted literally, it is possible that this furthered the perception of 13 as an unlucky number. Death is actually only a symbol for CHANGE.
  10. 13 was a number central to certain traditions of sacred geometry, because it reflected a pattern which could be seen to exist in man, nature, and the heavens. For instance, there are 13 major joints in your body.
  11. The 13th rune – called “Eiwaz” –  represents the balance point between light and dark, the creative force and the destructive force, or the heavens and the Underworld. It too is Alpha and Omega at the same time. It signifies death, but it also signifies eternal life.
  12. The sacred cord of Druids has thirteen segments. The Sumerians used a zodiac including 13 constellations and 26 main stars. The thirteen gates of the Human body of the woman: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 nostrils, the mouth, 2 breasts, the navel, the anus, the urethra and the vagina. The card deck includes 13 hearts, 13 spades, 13 squares, 13 clubs. The Jewish sage Moses Maimonides established 13 principles of the Jewish faith. The Chinese abacus consists of 13 columns of beads.
  13.  The ancient Chinese regarded the number 13 as lucky. The ancient Egyptians also thought 13 brought good luck.

Spells do not BACKFIRE!

This bears repeating because it is every single day I get an inquiry or email that mentions this. People ask me if their spell will backfire or they insinuate that it might backfire or manifest opposite of what they desire. I have written about it before but I think I need to make it clear to all that only cars backfire not spells!

When you make a request to the Goddess (Universe) using magick (or prayer, ritual etc.) there is no secret Goddess evil twin who intercepts said request and says, haha I will turn your request on its ear and make the exact opposite happen! Considering the effort and focused will and intention put into a spell, the only two possibilities are that the spell will either manifest as you desire and intend or it will not manifest as you desire and intend.

Sometimes it might partially manifest – perhaps you are hoping to get back with your boyfriend. He has’t contacted you in a month. The spell opens the lines of communication between you. So you are now talking again. This gives you the opportunity to work things out. But you are thinking, he’s not rushing back to me so my spell did not manifest according to my desires. The spell will manifest according to what the Goddess (Universe) decides is best for you ultimately. Thus the spell has manifested but not precisely according to your timetable and the way you saw it in your mind. That is why when you have a spell cast you must always be open to what the Universe will offer you.

To me this spell has been realized – any  manifestation is manifestation and is good.

If for some reason a spell does not manifest, this is not through a fault in the spell. Spells work as they are supposed to work, only we do not always know what is best or right for us. Our desires are not always commensurate with our best interests.

I have been casting spells for a long time and have cast thousands upon thousands of them. They do not backfire. Situations may not work in the way we desire them to but the spell will not cause this condition. The spell will only cause what the intention is or it will cause nothing at all. That is the way of magick.

This is not science. It is art. Keep that in mind.


13 Ways to Tell a REAL Witch on the Internet

Many people come to me after they have been scammed by  fake spellcasters on the internet. I have addressed this in several postings but wanted to  make a cohesive list for you all so you can check on a potential caster you find on the internet against this criteria.

  1. Psychics do NOT cast spells. If you find someone claiming to be a psychic AND a spellcaster – they are a sham.
  2. Real psychics are extremely rare. Take anyone claiming to have psychic abilities with a grain of salt.
  3. Tarot reading is NOT the same as psychic abilities. That is an “art” and “craft” as opposed to innate “ability”.
  4. A real witch does not hide information from her clients. You can find her real name. You can find her address.
  5. A real witch has many photos of herself, her altars, witchy things, her life in general. If you go to a website where there are no REAL photos (and not just one photo of a person that is probably a stock photo or stolen from somewhere) of the witch, this is not a site or person to be trusted.
  6. A real witch knows that there are no guarantees and thus will not offer them. Spells are not science. There are too many variables.
  7. A real witch does not offer spells to change hair color, eye color, make you taller, bigger body parts etc. Science takes care of these things, spells do not.
  8. A real witch cannot turn you into a vampire, mermaid, werewolf or other mystical mythological creature. OR from a boy into a girl.
  9. A real witch knows magick takes time, they will not offer you instant or fast-acting spells.
  10. A real witch will work alone, it is rare for a coven or group of witches to get involved casting spells. In fact that would just not happen in an online spellcasting situation. It would be too difficult to coordinate.
  11. A real witch will handle ALL the communication with you from start to finish.
  12. A real witch will be Paypal verified. There are some scam operations that are also verified so beware that they meet all other conditions.
  13. A real witch will have a “presence” on the Internet – a long running blog, Twitter, Facebook – and not just phony accounts, where there is no activity. My clients are my Facebook friends. My blog has been online for years. I am always able to be accessed by my clients through email, Facebook, Twitter and my blog.

If you have questions about a so-called spellcaster – please email me. If you find a legitimate REAL witch (even if it is not me) I will be happy that you get the help you need.

Once in a Blue Moon

A client of mind just reminded me that this summer (August 31st) the occasion of the Blue Moon will be upon us. Wow, it kind sneaks up on you sometimes! The last casting I had for my Blue Moon Wish Spell was two years ago!

So I thought I might entertain you with a little Blue Moon lore since my client brought it up and I have always adored the celebration of the Blue Moon.

What is a Blue Moon?

There are in fact two definitions for a blue moon. According to the more recent definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. For a blue moon to occur, the first of the full moons must appear at or near the beginning of the month so that the second will fall within the same month (the average span between two moons is 29.5 days).

The Other Kind of Blue Moon

The older definition, which is recorded in early issues of the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, states that the blue moon is the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. The full Moon on Nov. 21, 2010, was this type of blue moon; it was the third of four full moons between the fall equinox and the winter solstice. Why would one want to identify the third full moon in a season of four full moons? The answer is complex, and has to do with the Christian ecclesiastical calendar.

Some years have an extra full moon—13 instead of 12. Since the identity of the moons was important in the ecclesiastical calendar (the Paschal Moon, for example, used to be crucial for determining the date of Easter), a year with a 13th moon skewed the calendar, since there were names for only 12 moons. By identifying the extra, 13th moon as a blue moon, the ecclesiastical calendar was able to stay on track.

How Often Does a Blue Moon Occur?

Over the next 20 years there will be about 15 blue moons, with an almost equal number of both types of blue moons occurring. No blue moon of any kind will occur in the years 2011, 2014, and 2017.

The more recent phenomenon, where the blue moon is considered to be the second full moon in a calendar month, last occurred on December 31, 2009. Two full moons in one month may occur in any month out of the year except for February, which is shorter than the lunar cycle.

The other, older blue moon event, which happens when there are four full moons in a season, last occurred in May 2008 and will again on Nov. 21, 2010. Since this type of blue moon is reckoned according to the seasons, it can only occur in February, May, August, or November, about a month before the equinox or the solstice.

Twice in a Blue Moon

The rare phenomenon of two blue moons (using the more recent definition) occurring in the same year happens approximately once every 19 years. 1999 was the last time a blue moon appeared twice, in January and March.

The months of the double blue moons are almost always January and March. That is because the short month that falls in between them, February, is a key ingredient in this once-every-19-year phenomenon. For January and March to each have two full moons, it’s necessary for February to have none at all. Since February is usually 28 days long, and the average span between full moons is 29.5 days, if a full moon occurs at the end of January, it’s possible for the next full moon to skip February entirely and fall in the beginning of March.



What’s Your Mojo Like?

Yeah baby yeah! Got to get your mojo back? Well that is what I’ve got working this month with my new spell Making Mojo. This is the spell to use to increase your attractiveness to whom ever you what to attract for your lusty purposes. This spell isn;t really about love but more about making the sexy times count and be more frequent and fun. I thought since April is all about taxes that all of could use a little sex escape and mojo is all about that!

So what is mojo exactly?

A mojo is usually a root sack or nation sack used in voodoo to help increase attractiveness, luck and love drawing. However it can be a bunch of other cool things too:

  • Mojo (comics), a supervillain in various Marvel Comics publications
  • Mojo, a board game
  • Mojo!, a video game
  • Mojo (magazine), a British music magazine
  • Mojo (mobile journalist), a journalist in the field who sends stories electronically
  • Mojo: Conjure Stories, an anthology edited by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Mother Jones (magazine), a progressive magazine colloquially referred to as “MoJo”
  • Mojo Rules System (RPG), a generic multi-genre RPG rules system presented in Polymancer
  • Mojo Jojo, the main villain in The Powerpuff Girls
  • Mojo, an album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Mr Mojo Risin, an anagram of “Jim Morrison”, found on “L.A. Woman”, a 1971 album by The Doors.
  • Mojo Nixon, American musician
  • “Got My Mojo Workin'”, a song made popular by Muddy Waters that became a blues standard
  • Mojo Records, a record label
  • “Mojo”, a song by Night Ranger from Feeding off the Mojo
  • Mojo, Ethiopia, a railway town near Addis Ababa
  • Mojo Alcantara, an Italian municipality in Sicily
  • Mojo Mendiola, philologist and artist
  • Mo Johnston or MoJo, footballer
  • Maurice Jones-Drew or MoJo, NFL running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Matt Morginsky or Mojo, former lead singer of The O.C. Supertones
  • Permian High School or Mojo, a high school in Odessa, Texas
  • Mark Montijo or Mojo, an automotive wheel Designer/Engineer in Southern California
  • Mojo (sauce), a name of various culinary sauces used in the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Caribbean
  • Mojo Press, a publisher of books and graphic novels
  • Miscarriages of Justice Organisation or MOJO, a charity dedicated to fighting miscarriages of justice
  • Box Office Mojo, a website detailing motion picture box-office totals
  • Libido, sometimes referred to in slang as ‘mojo’.
  • Mojo chews, a child’s confectionery (candy) popular in the 1970s and 1980s in Britain and Ireland, still manufactured in 2012 by Tangerine Confectionery.

When a spell does not manifest

It happens sometimes that a spell will not manifest in the way that you hope or plan on. It may be that it happens differently or not at all and this causes some frustration. There are several important things to consider if your spell is not manifesting the way you expected or hoped.

  • Make sure you give it enough time. If you are ready to throw in the towel after only a few weeks, you are not giving the magick enough time to work. Depending upon your situation, magick works at its own pace. You must give it time. Something may not have come together in the time-frame you expected but then a couple of week or perhaps a month later it does and you’ll think – oh, there it is. I always tell my clients to give any spell at least 3 months.
  • Consider the obstacles that you are addressing within the working. You can cast a spell for prosperity but if you are unemployed you will need to be working toward remedying that. The spell will not deposit money in your bank account for nothing. Spells need you to be pro-active with what you can and will do to help yourself. If a spell is cast that involves the free will of another person you need to accept that there is a “unknown” in the spell, because you cannot know (or plan on) how a person with free will is going to react to a spell or working, or even what their own personal obstacles might be in coming together with you. This is why it is best that if you are casting spells for love that you have confidence that the other person truly has feelings for you (or could if motivated appropriately) because that gives the spell the right energy to work with.
  • Know thyself. This is important too because you might be going after something (or someone) that truly isn’t right or good for you and since spells are esoteric (not scientific) they work with universal energy and power that wants to take care of you and your place in the cosmos. Think of magick as always ultimately doing the “right thing” for you, no matter if you think that is what you want or need. When I cast a spell for you I will direct toward your goals and desires and you will use your focused will and intention to create that end, however the Universe plays a part in guiding you toward what it knows will be right and good for you. Keep this in mind. You have no idea how many spells I have cast for clients who thought they wanted something specific but it turned out the Universe gave them something different and they come back to tell me that ultimately the Universe knew better than they did what was right for them. In this sense often a spell can lead you to a new possibility that you never even thought of.
  • Keep an open mind. Because spells can and will manifest sometimes in unexpected ways you must keep yourself open to whatever happens. Because it is not science there is no way to plan on what your particular manifestation and results will be. I can cast the same spell for ten different people and get ten different results. You are unique and your situations and concerns are too. Keep yourself open to possibilities that could actually be better than anything you ever dreamed.
  • Sometimes it is all about timing. You may love someone but they are not open to love at the same time as you. It may be that there needs to be some time to change the situation, along with the right spell. Situations that go back and forth where you see manifestation and movement but then suddenly it seems to go backwards a bit is dependent upon the unknown. It might take a different spell or simply just a little time for the spell to connect. Be open to using readings to find the right time to cast a spell.
  • I work with my clients until they are satisfied and do everything within my power to help when spells are not manifesting in the way they hoped for or expected. Most clients find their spells manifest within a certain time-frame and have the manifestation they are looking for. In rare cases I will even cast additional spells if needed and do readings and rituals to help clients who run into issues with manifestation. As long as they remain open and willing, no working is abandoned.
  • Know when to let go. This is mostly in the case of love spells, since other spells usually are cast on the client and not another person. Even if a spell manifests somewhat they way you hoped but for some reason you are still not getting exactly what you want, learn to let go of what you desire and be open to something else. It does not mean letting that person go necessarily (though sometimes this might be the best thing for you) but it means change your perspective on the situation and adjust your thinking about things to get better results.

By all means if a spell is NOT manifesting do not wait a year to tell me this! Sometimes I will get an email from an old client a year or two later and they will tell me that their spell didn’t work out they way they had hoped. The energy at that point has well dissipated (unless its a long-acting spell) and I would need to begin again. Understand that in magick we have a sympathetic relationship – you help me to help you.

Ask questions! That’s what I am here for, to help you get the best possible results from your spells. We can make magick together!


I was discussing this recently with a potential client. She found herself in a heck of a situation with a lover and was looking at magick as a way to clear things out and get them back to a positive place. But in our discussion she revealed that she didn’t really BELIEVE in magick so she didn’t know what could be accomplished with it.

Since magick uses your focused will and intention, perhaps it could be argued that you don’t actually need to believe in the magick itself as much as you believe in your own focused will and intention. However I would countermand that by saying that in all my years as a witch I have never seen magick done in accordance with focused will and intention manifest without BELIEVING it would. Thus magick can only truly exist and manifest if you BELIEVE that it will.

So what can I do to help someone who comes to me not believing in magick? Can I still help them? Can I still cast for them?

If they are willing to keep an open mind and open heart  then yes, absolutely. Fortunately I believe in magick and since I will be doing the casting this is what is needed most.

That said I think that many people DO believe in magick, they just don’t realize that they do.