Mailbag: Ask Sage (6) & More

Greetings & Salutations! Hope you’re well! As family matters and work got hectic there, I was forced to take a hiatus, but I’m happy to announce I’m back and getting back in the saddle here.

My mailbag is COMPLETELY FULL, so I thought I might start by catching up on some of the question… for those of you who have been waiting for an answer, thanks for your patience!

Before I get to that, I do have a couple of exciting announcements:

First,

13 Moons to Becoming Wiccan is now available in paperback!

 

Second:

Introducing my New YouTube Channel: Magical Arts & Witch Crafts

Third:

Enter to Win a copy of 13 Moons in paperback by watching my first video!

And now, let’s dig into that mailbag!

Hi there… I’d love to help you out, but unfortunately, Witchcraft just doesn’t work that way. If I could just say the right word, it would have saved me YEARS of meditation and mental discipline!

Think of it this way: let’s say you wanted to learn how to play the piano. Someone can give you all the notes, but that doesn’t mean you can just sit down and play a song. You have to learn how to play the instrument, you have to train your fingers to move properly, you have to practice.

I can give you words; but words aren’t going to do it. A Witch can’t just say words and make things go ‘poof’. Magic only works like that in the movies or on TV.

You have to learn what your mind should be doing, and train your mind to do it. There are just no shortcuts, I’m afraid. If you want to get to the point where a spell works for you, then you’ll have to spend the next few months/years studying Witchcraft, meditating and training your mind in order to make it work.

Hello! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been unhappy! I realize there can be a lot of complex issues behind that so I just hope that you’re finding your way through that to feel better.

As for my experiences at the beginning of my journey… wow, it’s hard to just put it in a nutshell. I’d been a seeker for a long time before I stumbled upon my path. At first it was exciting– Witchcraft was always something I was drawn to, it always fascinated me. It was a little frightening– I didn’t know what I might be getting into, and all those rumors and horror stories! It was also overwhelming– there just seemed so much to learn.

I was impatient back then. I rushed things. I wanted things to happen, fast. I needed things. I wanted my way. I skimped on preparation.  I made a lot of mistakes and had a lot of things fizzle out, but there were some successes and they were exhilarating. I was lucky to find good teachers who taught me to slow down, shut up and stop being impulsive.

I guess what surprised me most is that it wasn’t as ‘supernatural-ish’ as I had expected. In fact, it seemed things worked out rather naturally… it looks a lot just like coincidence most of the time. But dozens of coincidences begin to stack up and eventually you realize they’re not random; you see that you can make it happen.

The real power seemed to be more in the internal transformation than in anything external I could nudge in my favor… that’s when the real growth comes, when you begin learning that the better you are at mastering yourself, the better you are at mastering magic. Knowing yourself (the good, the bad and the ugly), stripping away the delusions, facing the inner ‘demons’ and the ‘guardian at the gate’, learning to accept yourself– or change yourself if you don’t like something, gaining self-control, increasing self-discipline… it’s when these things get going that the big changes start to come.

I could probably write a book on my years as a Witch. I’m an entirely different person than I used to be. It’s really help me grow and evolve, I could probably go on for hours about this!

Short and to the point… I like it.

That is a really hard question. There are a lot of reasons spells go wrong. Some people think if you just read words, or follow instructions to light a candle or burn an herb, then things will just happen. It doesn’t work that way.

First I would ask you, how much studying have you done? Do you understand what you’re actually doing? Have you done enough study to tell if the spells you’re finding are even good ones?

How much time have you spent meditating, learning to focus, to visualize? When you cast a spell, do you understand why you’re doing what it says to do? Are you keeping the right frame of mind after the spell?

As you can see, there is a lot involved. Since I don’t know anything about your background, what spells you’re specifically casting, or what kind of training you have, I couldn’t begin to guess. But if all or most of your spells are failing, I’d say you should go back to the basics… you are probably missing some vital details.

Hello there. I get a lot of requests from people asking if I can personally mentor them. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do that. I do teach classes and workshops, I have a book out, I’ve written hundreds of articles, plus I just started that YouTube channel, so you can get a lot of what I have to teach from those. Beyond that, I can’t do any one-on-one right now, and I’m not taking on any new year-and-a-day Wicca students right now.

Your best bet would be to find someone local, though. Check out Witchvox.com and see if you can find any local classes, shops, events, etc. and do some networking. I wish you much luck! You know what they say– when the student is ready, the teacher will come.

Well, I’m not one to believe in white vs. black Witchcraft. The way I see it, it all works on the same principles.

Put it this way: if you walk into a store to buy a knife, do you ask for a ‘white knife’ to cut your food, but a ‘black knife’ to kill someone? No… a knife is a knife. There’s no special kind of knife to hurt someone. Likewise, there is no different kind of magic to hurt someone.

It all works based on the same principles. It’s up to you to use it responsibly.

If you have a knife and don’t want to stab anyone– don’t stab anyone. Same thing with Witchcraft; if you don’t want to hurt people or use it unethically, then don’t.

As for running a coven; you really have to join a coven and work your way up before you can run one. A coven leader is a spiritual leader; that’s not a job people should take lightly. The best way to learn it is as a student first, then as a teacher.

Best of luck to you!

Whew, I am going to give it a break for now… that was a lot of mail! But I’ll catch up some more next week. In the meantime, many blessings!

 

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