Category: The truth about all things spiritual

Every day I get requests from people to pay me to do spells for them. . My goal is to get everyone to become their own guru… minister… alchemist etc… I believe that you are the best person to do energywork for your desire… whether you want to attract love, money, healing or anything else. Spells are nothing more than a prayer enhanced with any combination of words, gestures, candles, incense and other implements. It takes no special skills to do them… it just takes faith in yourself.

Curses, Hexes and Negative Energy!

 If I had a dollar for every person who told me that a fortuneteller told them they are cursed or surrounded by negative energy I’d be able to straighten out the economy on my own lol.

 This is the oldest scam in the book. This is how it works. Let’s say I am the “psychic” and you are my client. You come to me because you are looking for hope because life has been difficult lately. So I lay out my cards…. Make the appropriate sounds and facial gestures to get your attention. You lean in because you want to know what I am seeing in the cards. I put on a fake look of concern… and tell you that you have been cursed… or that you are surrounded by negative energy. As you wallow in your doom, I cast a glimmer of hope your way. I tell you that for a fee, I can remove the curse or cleanse away the negative energy. I give you a stern warning that for this procedure to work, you must tell NOBODY! You are so desperate to see the end of this difficult period that you give me the fee and keep our little secret. If you are lucky, it ends there. The most you lose is the fee and some time. However, this is often the first step to test your gullibility. I may contact you to return for another reading. I may go through the same steps and tell you that this curse is very powerful and that it’s going to take more time and money. So I ask you for a larger amount of money. Each time swearing you to secrecy… and working at building your trust. I may tell you that you will get all this money back… but I must hold it for a period of time to purify it. You then believe that you are no longer paying me. You think I am your friend and that you will get this money back. You may continue to do this time after time after time. Then one day, you call me for an appointment and I am not there. You try for days and weeks to no avail. You then realize that you have been scammed. And the beauty of this crime is that you have told nobody…. And now you are too embarrassed to report it. As for me, I have moved to a new area, with a new name to set up shop again. The police aren’t looking for me because nobody has reported it. Even if you do report it, they usually do nothing because they think you are a fool for believing in something so silly.

 I bet this sounds ridiculous. Sadly, it’s true. This happened in my town. I called the cops to get them to check out the scammer who set up shop. They told me that because she hadn’t hurt me, they couldn’t file a report. I told the FBI and the local DA. Nothing! I had a customer come in and tell me that this woman was selling crystals for $150 that were supposedly from the springs of Lourdes and that they were blessed by the virgin Mary. I told her that they came from my store for $1.00. What bothered me is that this lady had been in often to buy crystals from me before I found out what she was doing with them. So there were many who spent money they couldn’t afford on a lie.  About a year later, an elderly lady called and asked if I knew where the “psychic” had moved to.  I told her that she left town. The lady started to cry and told me that she was scammed out of $6000 and was losing her home over it. She is one of many that called me about this. I got some to report it but I doubt they’ll ever see their money again.

 Why am I telling you this? I want you to print this out and give to anyone you know that frequents psychics. I have even known of qualified psychics that would tell people they are cursed to get some extra cash. Most of the ones I know were good enough that they didn’t need to do this. But greed drove them to be unethical.

 How does a scammer get so many to believe in them? People go to psychics looking for hope or for help making a decision. When they are told they are cursed, they often believe it because they have hit a rough patch. So you leave the psychic believing you are cursed. From there on in, everything bad that happens you blame on this curse (this gives that fraudster more and more credibility as time goes on… surely she must be right). As the days and weeks go on, you feel more and more cursed. During this time, you are feeding energy to the belief that you are cursed.  And then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your life because depressing because you have lost faith in yourself and in god. You tend to get what you expect in life. If you expect problems and despair, you will make choices that support that.  Your focus lies solely on the bad things that are happening rather than the good. In the end…. The only curse you have is the one you put on yourself by falling victim to this scam artist.

 First of all, we are all divinely protected. That doesn’t mean that life will be a cakewalk. We didn’t manifest in a material world for nothing. We came here to learn and grow and evolve spiritually. Our greatest life lessons come from overcoming challenges and difficulties. Trials and tribulation force us to go within for strength… for wisdom. It causes us to look for inspiration, support and guidance that we can add to our “spiritual bag of tricks” for further reference. You can’t rise above negative situations with negativity.  And life is never a flat line… we have good times and bad times. It’s this contrast that creates balance. Think of it this way: if every day were a beautiful warm sunny day, you wouldn’t even know it because you would have nothing else to compare it with. In Pennsylvania, we have had an unusually long, dreary and cold winter. When the sun starts to warm this area up, we will all be grateful. It’s because of the contrast that makes us aware of when things get better.

 Second, we do often have negative energy around us. Who hasn’t felt a run of bad luck. This often happens after a major difficulty in life (divorce, illness, death, job loss) because we are down. Sadness, anger, jealousy, loss of faith, grief, fear and depression are all negative emotions. If you have a major loss, the negative emotions often have a snowball effect. Things will be worse before they get better because your spiritual vibration is low. This is a normal reaction to terrible circumstances. But there are things you can do to help improve the situation. The key is to raise the energy vibration around you.

  1.  traditional Native American smudge ceremony – This is a method believed by indigenous people to cleanse away negative energy with a herbal smoke bath. Herbs (usually sage or cedar) is burned like incense and fanned over people, places and things to remove negative energy. I have instructions on this blog.
  2. Surround yourself with people or experiences that make you feel good. Play or listen to uplifting music. Be creative… paint, draw, sing, plant a garden, play with your kids or a pet, do crafts. Creative energy lifts the vibration.
  3. Get counseling. If you need more help than that I’ve listed above, take it. That’s why it’s available. If your insurance doesn’t pay for therapy, find a minister who can help.
  4. Turn to your spiritual well being. If you feel drawn to go to church… do it. If that’s not your cup of tea, figure out what is. For me…. It’s hiking in the woods… communing with nature.
  5. Keep a blessing journal – set aside a few moments per day to think about what you are truly grateful for. Write these in a journal. Sometimes you have to dig very deep to feel gratitude (you are not alone in that, we all have been there from time to time). On those days… when every light you get to turns red… be thankful for that one that was yellow and you were able to get through it in time. Be thankful that today it didn’t rain the entire day…. There was 5 minutes that it stopped. By focusing on the positive, you feed energy to that rather than the negative. You go where you are focused. So please…. Always choose positive! Find a blessing in EVERY situation no matter how dire.
  6. Ask for spiritual guidance. When I am in a low vibration… and I am very aware of how much I don’t like that feel, I ask my guides, angels and passed loved ones to help me life myself out of it. It tell them to send me a little hope… a sign of better things to come… or send me some little thing to let me know they are there. This never fails me. Something or someone will make me laugh… or make me feel good. Maybe it will come as a way to help someone else. Perhaps I will help an elderly person which not only makes me feel good…. It makes them feel good too.

Magick with the “k” refers to ritual magick rather than illusion magic. Illusions are used to fool the eye into believing that something impossible has just occured for entertainment. Magick is a conscious effort to manipulate energy toward a specific goal. Everything has energy, even thoughts. Your thoughts can be used to change the energy of a situation (I’ll get into this in another post). However, most magick is performed by the use of spells and/or ritual.

A magick spell is generally an easy series of gestures and incantations. It may require candles, incense, herbs, crystals, photos etc…. A spell may be done alone or within a ritual.

A ritual is a ceremony that can be quite detailed. In a Pagan ritual, certain things may be done. A sacred space is cleared and prepared for the ritual. This is done physically by cleaning the space of clutter and dirt… and then spiritually by clearing out negative and residual energy. This may be done by working counterclockwise to banish unwanted energy with a ritual broom which is followed by smudging with sage or ringing a bell, sprinkling salt (a good option for those who can’t tolerate smoke). Once the space is cleared, a circle is drawn clockwise. This might be an actual circle created with a rope… or a circle of salt… or a chalk line. It might just be drawn with the point of a ritual knife (athame) that creates an invisable line. Either way is just as good. In most rituals, the 4 directions/ elements are called and honored as teachers, protectors and guides. Often, candles and a symbol of the element is used in each quarter. Lastly, the deities are called to the center of the circle which might hold an altar of some sort (or a cloth). Most Pagans honor both male and female deities. They may have a favorite.. or call upon one that has certain qualities that might be helpful in the covenor’s request.  EX: If you wanted to become pregnant, you might called upon Gaia, Kwan Yin or Astarte. Candles and / or incense may be lit to honor and respresent the god/dess. Now the circle is complete so you are divinely protected and can use this protected space to work magick spells and / or do divination or to handle special needs. EX: consecrate tools, dedicate a covernor, send healing to someone etc… Most Pagans first raise energy through chanting, drumming and/ or dancing and then focus the energy raised to the activities done in circle. Ritual sex can also be done to riase energy when it’s appropriate. When you complete your work, you generally do the opening in reverse. Thank the gods and release them (extinguish candles representing them)… thank the elements and directions (extinguishing their candles and releasing them) and thank all energies that have offered their assistance. Remove the circle by working counterclockwise.

The good thing about doing ritual is that it empowers you greatly. Rather than sitting in church and observing a communion with God, you become your own priest(ess). You are in the driver’s seat. You learn and grow in ways that you would never believe. You directly commune with God.

The bad thing about ritual is that it is labor intensive and time consuming. This is especially true for those who have to work around family who doesn’t support their faith or those with small kids. So…. as far as magick is concerned, I encourage folks to do spells when they need them and to fit ritual in on important times of the year. It is better to do ritual less and be in a better frame of mind, then to do it because you feel like you are required to in order to have success.  I don’t want you NOT to do magick because it seems like too much work. Keep it simple and really make those rituals count when it’s important.

What does magick do? Magick is an advanced form of prayer. By working a spell or ritual, your mind is focused for that period of time. Magick can be performed through meditation. Unfortunately, most people do not meditate because it’s a challenge to keep the mind focused. Magick… keeps us focused with words and gestures.

How does magick work? This is my own opinion. I am a Virgo and have a very logical brain. I personally cannot wrap my brain around gods and spirits fixing my life because I lit a candle or recited an incantation. What I do believe (feel free to disagree) is that since everything has energy (including thoughts), I am consciously manipulating the energies that are connected to my issue in order to change them to suit my desire. I believe that the deities are simply energies that are related to my desire. So I can do a beauty spell to make me more attractive. It probably won’t change me physically, but it might make me FEEL more attractive. AND…. there is NOTHING more sexy than confidence! In this new confidence, I might start to lose a few pounds or feel and urge to get a make-over.  Basically, nothing has changed but my perspective. BUT…. in that shift, comes the desired affect. I feel more attractive and I become more attractive to others.

What a spell can’t do. A spell can’t make you an Olympic gold metalist if you are a couch potato. Magick can’t make you rich if you make bad financial habits and don’t like to work. Magick is NOT a quick fix or a cure-all. It brings awareness. But ultimately, it is all up to you. If you want change, then change your habits, choices and behaviors.  Use spells to help you help yourself. And while I have your attention, PLEASE do not believe in anyone who guarantees their spells and charges large amounts of money. Don’t you think they would be on Oprah if they could work these miracles!? The best person to work magick for you is YOU!