I realized something– I’m even way more backed up on my email than I thought! I’m still wading through, but I might put through a couple of extra Mailbag posts this week.
I also want to start by reminding people I’ve answered the previous questions in some form or another, and the answers haven’t changed. There are some questions that I literally get dozens and dozens of the same one over and over.
If you really, really want a detailed explanation, please view previous Mailbag installments. But if you don’t have the patience to wade through, I will give you the nutshell version for each of these:
Can you cast a spell for me? No, sorry. not enough time in the day. The way I see it: if you give a man a fish, he eats for a night. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for the rest of his life… I won’t fish for you, but those who wanna learn to fish, please check out my articles, books & videos.
But can’t you bring my lover back/stop my lover from leaving/stop my lover from cheating? Definitely no… personally I don’t recommend manipulative magic in relationships. You’d be better off working spells to let go than to keep someone who doesn’t want to be with you or treat you the way you should be treated. It doesn’t work out well.
Can you personally mentor me? I already have a round of students I’m teaching in my year-long Wiccan Way Grove class, which will be running into early 2018; so I can’t take on anymore long-term students on a personal basis.
Beyond that, I do plan to teach some interactive online workshops this Summer, keep an eye out.
How do I know if I’m a Witch? You study/practice Witchcraft
How do I know if I’m a Wiccan? You study/practice the Wiccan religion.
Am I a natural Witch/Wiccan? As much as anyone can be a natural carpenter, or a natural Christian. You can be whatever you like, but you still have to choose to put in the time.
You have a spell to help break an addiction, but will it work on someone else? Unfortunately, without the person’s cooperation, no.
Do you have a spell to help me cure someone I love of an addiction? Such a hard situation, but generally if their will is working against your will, it’s probably not going to go very well. An addicts will toward the object of their addiction is very strong. There are things you can do, but there are a lot of ‘if this/if that’ issues involved that make the issue complex. Because of the popularity of this issue, I’m working on an article on it. I will announce when it’s finished.
Okay… now that we have some of the repeats out of the way, let’s take a look at a couple of new ones from the ol’ mailbag.
Hi there! Great question, and the answer is– you don’t have to be Wiccan to be a Witch.
Wicca is a great religion and Witchcraft fits neatly with it, but Witchcraft in one form or another has been practiced throughout the ages by people of every religion (and no religion).
The Wiccan community is only a part of the Witch community. I mean, obviously if Wicca is not for you I wouldn’t run around joining Wicca exclusive covens or anything; but the Witchcraft community in general doesn’t tend to care if people are Wiccan or not.
Opening portals is actually a lot of work. I wouldn’t recommend even attempting it until you feel ready to handle it (good rule of thumb– don’t open something if you don’t know how to close it, don’t summon something if you don’t know how to banish it, etc.). These kinds of things, though, are generally not someone can just do by accident. They take real focused intent.
Overall though, Witchcraft is like anything else in life. It has its risks. Like crossing the street, or starting a campfire. You could accidentally goof. But like crossing the street or starting fires, I don’t think the risks are so overwhelming that people should never do it. As long as you proceed with forethought, planning and a little common sense, there shouldn’t be a problem.
Hello! For the first question, see some of my commonly asked questions above (same goes for Wizardry as for Witchcraft).
As for whether you NEED a deity, not in my opinion. For many, deities are an integral part of their practice in the Craft, but not all Witches feel the need to personally get involved with deities.
Okay, I think we’re good for today… I’m going to try and throw up one or two more this week. I’m currently mostly working through March-April but I’ll get it together soon! Thanks for your patience!