Salem: Hating on Witches & Women


I am livid after watching the first episode of WGN* America’s flagship series “Salem”. Once again witches are depicted as consorting with The Devil. Once again historical facts are ignored and witches are evil and conforming to all the Christian anti-pagan archetypes.

I watched two episodes of  the TV show American Horror Story: Coven to see how witches were being handled and it was so obscene I could not continue (after a teen witch being gang raped and then murdering a busload of her rapists). It was so horrible I actually felt bad for the women acting in the abomination, even Jessica Lange  and I usually make it a policy to not feel bad for terrible actresses.

Salem doesn’t bother with just torturing women and witches, it completely re-writes history.

Here is my review on IMDB:

This is utter crap. The acting is terrible, the sets dreadful, the story – there is no story just a bunch of historical names being thrown around with bad writing, bad plotting, terrible accents (one of the worst by the female lead who actually is British but is such a terrible actress her accent sounds fake!) and doggie style whore-hammering in the middle of all of it by the God-fearing, let’s burn all the witches preacher. Hunh?????

For some reason there is a New Orleans style whorehouse in the middle of puritanical Salem. Perhaps this is some sort of time-traveling device because the women seem to be from the 18th century, not the 17th century (when the story supposedly takes place). The series creator and writer Brannon Braga (much fallen from Star Trek grace apparently) may have added this sci-fi twist since all the rest of it is pure fantasy.

The premise of the series is: what if the witches in Salem were REAL? What if all that hanging hysteria and murdering of women (and one man) was right the heck on and there were witches among them in good ol’ Salem doing the Devil’s bidding?

Except witches don’t work for the Devil. Witches don’t even believe in the Devil. There is no Devil anywhere under any circumstances in any Earth-based religion. Yet time and time again people take creative license with this and shove witches into the Satan-tango.

How do you think Christians would feel if they were depicted in all movies, books etc as praying to some ridiculous mythological beast – like – The Kraken. What if every time you saw a Christian you heard – oh but they are so into The Kraken – always saying Release the Kraken and praying to The Kraken and wanting to have a party on the dock and invoking The Kraken. It might get a wee bit annoying with all this “the Kraken” stuff when Christians don’t even believe in The Kraken or know what the Sam Hill it is.

And so ignoring all the facts about witches, witchcraft, and the horrible actual history of Salem and how the “law” there murdered women this series adds yet another degrading chapter to how Christians perceive witches as evil and will not let it freaking go (especially as long as it will get ratings and you can toss in some T&A, doggie style sex and a big ugly toad suckling a teat on a hot woman’s thigh).

The truth is Earth-based religion is not that exciting, not that sexy and not that bizarre. It would not make a very interesting horror series. It did not even make the Salem Witch Trials that compelling which is why those people had to lie. And then kill all those women.

This show has no respect for those murdered by the religious right in Salem. This show has no regard for real witches who practice Earth-based religion and are in no way agents of evil or consorting with the Devil. The Devil is a Christian concept and has no place in witchcraft.

It’s bad enough to be insulted every Halloween, to have shows like American Horror Story: Coven and movies like The Craft to deal with but one of the darkest hours in the history of witchcraft in this country depicted in this manner? Beyond offensive. It is simply shameful.

*According to WGN America a second 13 episode season has been ordered.

What Spells Cannot Do


I need to repeat this because I still get so many inquiries about it. Granted there may be some out there from kids who are just having some fun but it scares me a little to think there could actually be people who believe in such things. Now after that brutal stabbing in Wisconsin with the two 12 year old girls who allegedly “believed” they were in communication with a fictional horror story character, I need to make things as clear as I possibly can.

There are no spells to turn people into werewolves, vampires and mermaids. No one anywhere has spells that can do this for the main reason that these are FICTIONAL characters that do not exist in the real world. Even if they did exist there are no spells that can turn a human from being a human into another biological being. That is beyond fiction, it is fairy-tale, Hollywood stuff.

I have written about gender dysphoria before as well since I get weekly inquiries from people who want to change their gender.

Before you write to me to ask me to turn you from a man into a hot sexy woman (they almost always are men who want to be hot, sexy women, which seems odd to me and fetishistic considering that if you are truly suffering from gender dysphoria wouldn’t it simply be ok to change your gender into a woman and then work out the hot, sexy part on your own?) please consider the following:


Have you met anyone who has changed their gender through a spell and NOT sexual reassignment surgery?

Have you heard of anyone who has changed their gender through magickal means and not surgery? This would be rather a big story, sort of like Chastity Bono becoming Chaz Bono and going on “Dancing with the Stars”, so it would be all over the news, online, a really big story that transpeople can now change their biological gender through magick.

Gender reassignment surgery is tens of thousands of dollars (depending on what you have done), up at $80K for the full monty (no pun intended) if you are a male to female with complete surgery. How much do you think a spell would cost that involved no surgery, no pain, no recovery time and that made you hot and sexy to boot?

Gender dysphoria is serious and people need help to deal with it and that help can easily be found online in many resources but witches and magick are NOT one of them.


Other things spells cannot do:

Change your eye color.

Change your skin color.

Change your hair length, texture and color.

Alter your looks in any way.

Make you taller or shorter.

Give you muscles.

Give you enlarged body parts of any kind.

Help you with biological conditions (that’s where science comes in, folks!).

Turn you into an animal.


It is understandable that we all gravitate toward some degree of fantasy and that’s fine when kept in perspective, but do not confuse fantasy with reality.

Real magick is always based upon Natural Law. Unless you routinely run across werewolves, vampires, mermaids, immortals and men who have instantly been turned into hot, sexy women, there is no chance there will be a spell to make this happen.

And if you do routinely run into the aforementioned perhaps you have a little more on your plate than needing a spell!



Sometimes I get strange requests as a witch. Pretty much every week someone writes to me because they want to become a werewolf/mermaid/vampire (not all three at once) and at least once a week a man writes to me who wants to become a woman who is sexy and has big breasts (why always sexy? why always big breasts?). I’m not talking about those requests because I’ve been getting them for years.

Recently I’ve been getting requests to kill people. I’ve had them occasionally in the almost 12 years I’ve been doing this online but they have always been from men and usually having to do with a rival in business but once or twice in love. In the past year however I’ve gotten requests from women to kill people.

This stands out to me because in all the years I’ve done this that has never happened. Imagine my shock when I got the first request. But then shortly thereafter, a second, a third, a fourth! What is going on, ladies? Are women becoming cold-blooded killers?

It has to be stated that I will not cast a spell to physically or otherwise HARM another. You cannot trick me into doing this. If I knew spells to harm people i would never use them. The truth is as deeply as I believe in magick such curses and hexes only work if the person they are cast upon BELIEVES that they work.

As a Buddhist I am a pacifist. I do not believe in killing for any reason. I am stunned that I have had to write to women and tell them this. No, I will not cast a spell to kill the woman who is pregnant with your husband/boyfriend’s baby. I will not cast a spell to kill the woman that your husband/boyfriend is having an affair with.

What truly disturbs me is how misplaced such anger is. Why would you want to kill the woman? Is she really the problem here? Isn’t it the man? I’m asking this rhetorically, of course it is the man’s fault!

So for future reference to potential lady-killers (and all killers) out there. I’m not the right one to exact your murderous revenge. And whoa, people, get some professional help!


Magick Time


It bears repeating that magick is not instant. It is one of the most complicated parts of spellcasting for my clients to deal with. They want that “Bewitched” instant magick, that Hollywood movie magic, where the spell is cast and instantly everything takes shape and they all lived happily ever after.

But that’s in the movies and on TV and not real life. In real life, anything worth having takes time, even when using spells to motivate and inspire and move things along. You can’t run over time, it is the great equalizer.You have to give time its due.

Magick will work when it works – especially in complicated situations involving multiple people and states of free will. You can use magick to influence, even coerce to a point but not to control. I had a client who thought that a spell was mind-control over her person of desire. That is simply never the case because magick works according to natural law and free will is part of natural law.

When you have a spell cast the last thing you need to be thinking about is hurry, hurry, time is running out, it has to be now! There is no way to control this, so you will only exasperate yourself.

The best thing to do is have your spell cast and then just go on with whatever it is that you do. The world and Universe will not stop because a spell was cast and neither should you. You aren;t really “waiting” for the spell to manifest. It’s that the spell manifests when it is able to, when obstacles have been overcome, when the path to your desires is clear and then the spell will manifest.

Don’t wait for it. Trust it. Your faith above all else is the power it needs.

Give it time.

After all…


Sometimes it seems like whenever I get the slightest calm in my life everything else around me goes straight to hell! Especially things that I cannot control or influence, like what has been happening lately in Ukraine with Russia. I know many of my clients think about similar things, is it going to be like that movie Red Dawn back in the 80’s? The one with Patrick Swayze not the remake, though it had a younger Chris Hemsworth in it which was A-OK with me!)

The short answer is: we cannot possibly know what will happen in the world around us but the better our own lives are, the more capable we are to weather which way the winds of change are blowing.

The long answer is: get your own stuff together kids! Do whatever is necessary to be in the best place you can be no matter what is happening in the world around you, even if it is half a world away, it all has energetic influence on us. So now is the time to start thinking about what you need in your life to make it better – to sort out a love issue, to get closer to your family, to give extra time to your children, to find some time for yourself. It can be as simple as getting your hair cut or playing a pick-up game of basketball – whatever makes you happy and brings you a few moments of peace and joy.

Or perhaps you need more – take that vacation you have always wanted to take if you can afford to do it now, stop putting your life on the back burner. You deserve what’s good now, what you need to make you happy now.

You can change whatever you want to change or need to change – RIGHT NOW! No matter what is happening in the world, you are still in control of your life and can make it the life you desire. Trust me, i know these  things.

After all, I am a witch.

Know When to Let Go


Magick can and will change your life. It certainly has for me and every single day I thank the Goddess for weaving her magick into and through me. But sometimes it’s better to know when to let go of a situation (or a person) than to keep on because the situation could be causing you energetic harm.

I’m speaking only of situations that take a turn into true negativity in the sense that it begins to take an emotional (or even physical) toll on you.

How do you know when to let go?

Here are some guidelines:

1. When the situation you are in becomes so convoluted (too many players, too many obstacles, too many issues to focus on) you need to figure out what you can let go of and what you can keep in order to focus your will and intention to the maximum degree.

2. When a situation (or person) causes you harm. By harm I mean physical injury, if they threaten you with physical harm, if they threaten those you care about with physical harm, anything remotely like this is cause for alarm. You do not need to be in a potentially life-threatening situation – ever. There is no fixing this on your end, please understand that and there is no way through magick to protect yourself from someone who wants to physically cause you bodily harm.

3. When a situation (or a person) causes you emotional harm. If you are emotionally traumatized you will know it by how you react to others (friends and family), by crying, feeling depressed, losing your joie de vivre. This is a dangerous place to be as well as the situation or person who threatens you with physical harm. The scars here may not be immediately evident but they are there and you will need help to let go.

4. When love is not love but obsession. When you love someone so much that you cannot think about anything else or do anything else, you are not in love, you are obsessed. We have discussed before that obsession derails magick, I have had clients ruin their own workings by not being patient and allowing the spell to work (and by impatient I mean they cannot wait even a few days!) because they are obsessed and this powerful force destroys all in its wake. Love is nurturing. Obsession is selfish. Love is a positive force. Obsession is negative force applied to get what you want and nothing more. When you are dealing with love a little obsession is required otherwise love would never happen – I am not talking about the emotions of falling in love, of being “lovestruck” but the kind of obsession that can result in being emotionally overwrought and losing all logic.

5. Know when to have a last ditch effort. This is part of letting go. Tenacity can be admirable but you have to know that sometimes things must end and that includes the energy you put into something that goes nowhere. Or perhaps it does go somewhere and then nowhere again, back and forth, seesawing through your life. Put a finish on it and call it a day. Liberate yourself from any kind of situation (or person) who plays games with your emotions and life.

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.

Winter in Florida


It is too cold right now for me to cast outside. For most people in the US, they would say of course it is cold – it’s winter! Well I live in central Florida my dears and usually our winter is pretty pleasant. Not quite as warm as when I lived in South Florida, but reasonable enough that I could still cast outside.

Last night I had to be by the window with a mug of hot chocolate, staring at the moon while I lit my altar candles. It was even cold near the window!

I bundled up in my blanket-y sweater, put on fuzzy socks and thanked the Goddess that the heat finally kicked on (after a strange smell – I think there might have been some leaves stuck in the vents).

The heat is still running right now and it is 29 degrees outside. Everything that was green is now brown and dead. I worry for the woodland creatures and feral cats and dogs.

At least yesterday was a beautiful sunny day even though it was very cold.

At one point after I read about the hard freeze warning I also read there could even be snow!

12 Years a Slave


I rarely comment on non-witchy topics on this blog but I had to mention that I recently saw the film, “12 Years a Slave” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender (with Brad Pitt in a small but memorable role) and directed by Brit Steve McQueen. It was one of the most affecting films about slavery I have ever seen and is perhaps the definitive film on slavery in America. It was painful to watch the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who is abducted from a trip to Washington DC and wrongfully sold into slavery in Louisiana.


Each scene is like a splash of cold water in the face, especially in contrast to the beautiful natural environments which are captured in bucolic splendor. The brutality and savagery of slavery seems deeply personal from this one characters unique perspective, because like us, he was born a free man and never had any idea what life as a slave could possibly be like.

After watching this film, I realized I never had any idea either. This film should be required watching in schools like we had to watch “The Sorrow & the Pity” to learn about the Holocaust. Without such a film depicting the way events unfolded (taken from the book of the same name written by Solomon Northup in 1854 after he was liberated) there is no real way to understand or comprehend slavery in America. It has (to put it mildly) been white-washed from our history.


Everything is all right now, we have a black President. We love Beyoncé. The Kardashians have their TV show and Kim has Kanye and North West. Everything is totally cool, right?

But then there is Paula Deen. Remember what she said? And the patriarch from Duck Dynasty? Racism is still alive and well in this country.

Everything is NOT all right.

Every person in this country who thinks they know the history of slavery should see this film because trust me, you do NOT know anything about slavery.