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Hi There! Good question! So this was in reference to my article, 5 Common Mistakes Made by Beginning WitchesAnd I assume you’re referring to this part in particular”

Witchcraft won’t make your brown eyes blue, it’s not going to make you taller or drop 100 pounds by next month. It won’t deliver your favorite celebrity to your door, or poof things into existence for you. It’s not going to solve all your problems, fulfill your dreams for you and make life easy and perfect. Forget what you saw in fiction—you are not going to be like Bewitched, or Harry Potter, or the Charmed Ones. It just doesn’t work that way.

Now, I don’t recall saying Witchcraft doesn’t work; I’m just saying it doesn’t work like this. Witchcraft does A LOT of useful things. It just doesn’t obliterate the laws of physics to give you instant gratification.

Think of it this way: your dishwasher doesn’t turn plastic dishes into gold bricks, and your microwave doesn’t poof cooked gourmet dinners into your home; it would be nice if they did, but that’s not how they work. But just because they don’t work on a fantasy level doesn’t mean they aren’t very useful tools on a reality-based level.

Witchcraft can accomplish a great deal; I prefer life with it than without it, but that’s my personal preference. I can only reach goals realistically, but I find with Witchcraft it ups my odds of success, clears obstacles or pushings things along a little more quickly than without it.

And it takes time and effort because it requires knowledge, mental discipline and practice. Not everyone might feel it’s worth their time or effort. If you’re looking to do the fantasy stuff, you might not feel it is worth the effort. Me, personally, I’m looking for the edge in making life easier, so it definitely has been worth it.

Ah, dream interpretation! Fascinating, but not something I normally do. It’s very subjective. Some dreams are definitely messages, some are visions, some are prophetic, and some are just our subconscious minds toying with what’s on the conscious mind.

For example, if you were thinking about Witches a lot lately, you might be dreaming about them because your subconscious is trying to make sense of things. What do the Witches in your dream symbolize? Well, that depends– do you see them in a positive or negative light? For me, Witches usually good symbols in my dreams– power, wisdom, capability. Someone else might see them as symbols of malevolence and evil-doing, depending on their opinion of Witches.

At first glance, sounds to me like you’re looking for where you belong; you’re looking for some kind of confirmation, maybe, that you’re heading for the right path (getting tested to see if you belong with the Witches). You’re wondering if Witchcraft is right for you, and something in you seems to think you belong (you tested positive).

Flying generally means freedom and bursting free of limits, so you wanting them to show you how to fly sounds to me like you’re looking for that path that you hope will set you free.

But they brought you to a cave, which often represents the subconscious in dreams. Then you went deeper by going into water, which also symbolizes the subconscious, as well as emotions and what lies ‘under the surface’… you may need to explore some of those feelings that are going on below the surface in your own mind.

Coral is a symbol I was unfamiliar with, but according to dreammoods.com, means ‘Acknowledging your feelings is the key to a happy and rewarding life.’

So it sounds to me like what you desire is going to be found by exploring within yourself,  your own subconscious thoughts and emotions  (in the cave/water), rather than outside of yourself right now (flying away).

Interestingly, that is a key teaching of Wiccan Witchcraft: getting to ‘know thyself’ first. The Charge of the Goddess tells us, “And you who seek to know Me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.”

So that may be a message in that dream of what might be a good idea for you to do, and how you can accomplish it. But ultimately, you have to consider your own situation and these symbols in relation to it. Hope that helps though!

Sounds like you’re working with plants very intuitively, and that’s a good thing. Plants have energy– different plants have different types of energy– and the whole key to using those plants learning to work with their energy.

In spells, we can borrow energy from the plants and direct it towards our goal. And like I said, it sounds like you just have a natural talent towards working with the energy of these plants and using it, like you figured out on your own how to attune with it.

I’d say read up a bit and learn more techniques– Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs is a good book to check out, it will offer a lot of ideas. But ultimately, keep listening to those instincts.

Vodou is a beautiful  religion; but since my religion is Wicca, I can’t help you much with it. Your best bet is to find a Vodou practitioner. You might want to look up your local Vodou temple and talk to the local Priest or Priestess.

This question is in reference to my article, The Witches Pyramid for Beginners

The pyramid is not a spell or an act of magic in itself; it’s a philosophy for practicing magic.

There is no magic that works by just writing something down; I urge you to keep learning. Particularly, learn what you should be doing with your mind while casting spells.

There are a lot of great meditations on YouTube; I would recommend just browsing it and finding some you like.

Yoga is an excellent meditation practice, as well as physical exercise.

You’ll know you’re getting stronger when your mind is able to accomplish the things you’re setting out to do. When you can anchor yourself to the present or change your state of consciousness at will; when you can focus longer on something without distraction, and when you sense and manipulate energy more effectively.

The best way to learn to separate ‘the wheat from the chaff’, so to speak, is to read, check sources, read counter opinions, etc. The more you learn, the more sensitive your BS monitor goes off.

One good thing to remember is that a lot of popular books repeat some poor info over and over, despite the fact that it was inaccurate to begin with. So it’s always try to go back and look for the origins of that particular tidbit of information. But almost every author can offer you some methods or food for thought that can be put to use.

I guess that’s it for now, but I’ve got a bunch of mailbags to release this week, so if you didn’t see your question yet, stay tuned!

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