Category: Ask Black Witch


No questions this month! So that means this is a free space where I can do whatever I want.  So I am posting “Parole Du Chat”. The episode: Plume, L’Angora Turc (Plume, the Turkish Angora). It’s in French but there are English captions.

 

I feel I am cursed because I have health issues no doctor knows what to do and I am always tired. I have had health issues for 7 years now that no one can solve. I have been to so many doctors with no hope of an answer and I always get a new unsolvable health issue almost monthly. I have had an almost strong pull telling me I am cursed for 7 years. I am never happy always hiding sadness and it seems like everything I do takes me one step back. I am always being haunted by the paranormal(mostly bad spirits). Is any of this a sign of a curse?

– Lindsay D

If you count “Depression”, then yes. It sounds like a Depression Screening is what you need. Unless the doctors you went to were also psychologists/psychiatrists (which are different kind of doctors), that should have been noted. Depression can cause psychosomatic effects such as lower resistance to colds, back aches, etc, etc. Or it can be the starting ground for an unrelated health issue (Ex: having poor health due to poor/reduced diet stemming from depressive episodes).

 

I know this may sound dumb but what type of witch practices necromancy? Is there a name for someone like that other than necromancer?

– Ciara G

Yay for self-awareness. A necromancer is a person who practice necromancy. That’s it. The end.

 

What do you know about Ankou? Have you ever worked with him? If so, do you have any advice for one who is new to his companionship?

Thank you for your time. It is greatly appreciated.

Blessed be.

– Aura

Nope. Nope. And do what I’m about to do below: Research. (Because that’s pretty much 85% of Paganism.)

With a quick trip through the world wide web, Ankou is a Celtic death collector. I don’t work with death deities or entities, because that’s fairly advanced and really easy to screw up. If you have to ask “how do I work with a Celtic grim reaper?” perhaps it’s smarter to find a not so “heavy” entity. Oh, and this dude sound obscure enough that you might want to brush up your Gaelic and Breton.

 

How would I go about cleansing an item of bad energies and such, without removing/releasing the spirit I want to keep attached? The item is a memorial cross pendant with a loved one’s ashes in it. I wear it for luck and protection and because I still need their strength, but I also work with the sick and dying and bad feelings since I’m a nurse. I feel all that bad energy is starting to collect on the pendent (making it seem tired?), but I don’t want to remove the loved one’s spirit from it along with the bad stuff. Because my mother and I still see them roaming the house out of the corner of our eyes, we feel they are still with us after all these years.

– Waya L

Clean/buff it.

I am just learning The Craft I did a love spell to bring my lover back. And it worked I’ve been trying to do a banishing spell because now that we’re happy and we’re together his ex seems to have one crisis after another and I want her out of our lives forever I don’t care what it takes can you help me with a true banishing spell?

-Kim H

So a noob decided to dabble in magick, legit bypass really important rudimentary topics like “ethics” and go straight into “controlling others” land. It’s currently going wrong (predictably) and now the numbnut noob in question in my inbox looking for a way out of their own Very Bad Idea. As if it’s my job to bail out stupid people and save them from themselves.

Kiddo, maybe if you got rid of the “lover”, the ex will go right with them. Let’s face it, you don’t really care about the “lover”, the spell is more about you than it is about the both of you and the ex most likely cared about the person, hence why they are NOT. GOING. AWAY.

Sounds like you broke up a happy couple out of sheer selfishness and now you’re getting the back draft of your own actions. You got yourself in this mess, you get yourself out.

Late as heck but ABW is here, yay!

Hi my name is Jonte and I am reaching out to you on a very serious situation I have been dealing with for the last 3 years straight.  I am getting harassed by spirits 24/7 and I can actually feel them attaching to me.  They enter my ear and through my feet and I can actually feel something on my lower back by the tailbone area.  I also get pin pricks all over my body and if feels like they are watching me all the time.  When they latch onto me (which is often) they make noises wherever I am at and cause all types of disturbances.  I now have company staying with me and they make the noises around him also.  I really want to put a end to this and I have been searching for help so long I am getting harassed by physical people and by spirits..  It’s a phenomenon going on that some people call gang-stalking but I call it demonic harassment.  I know that witch craft is involved and I was wondering if you could maybe help me understand what might be going on?  Thanks.

– Jonte

With little info, I can’t tell if this is a simple medical/body problem or not. Given my experience, though, I have noticed things are usually less mystical than they originally appear. I always hear from people who say “I know witchcraft was involved” but usually it boils into nothing serious. Does it mean that folks don’t wind up haunted? No. Is it common, though? Absolutely not. And this is the second or so person I have heard use the term “gang-stalking”. “Gang Stalking” is considered a concerted effort from a group of people to ruin the target individual completely and totally – and sometimes considered an offshoot paranoia delusion by the psychological field. I could always say “this is a poltergeist just being annoying” but poltergeists don’t tend to bring real, physical people into the mix.

Another thing that tells me this is not a psychic/psionic thing because of the specifics – which make not a lot of sense: “they enter my ear and through my feet and I can actually feel something on my lower back by the tailbone area”. Reminds me of people who say they can hear the CIA through the microwaves and fillings in their teeth. Possessions and things of that nature are usually not so pointed, from what I know.

All in all, I don’t think this is a “magick” thing, and will little info, I can’t call it much else.

 

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Best,
Helen

I feel like being a douche because I abhor these emails. Money-grubbers were never my favorite kind of people. Ever. Never heard of them or Paperless Post but since both websites are not diverse enough (I’m not into tokenization, guys. Be diverse or be honest, pick one) I officially think they suck, greatly. The letter is so bland, they name people I don’t care about and it’s so pathetic, right down to the tepid compliment.

So what I think? These folks should peddle their annoying bullsh*t elsewhere. Come back when you’re Black owned or something remotely interesting.

 

Is it possible to become a immortal vempire? I will do whatever it takes.

– Unknown 2.0

Why do I get annoying questions like these? Stop reading Twilight.

 

I have a friend, I am trying to help him. his parents are very controlling and manipulative towards him. He has a disability and his parents try to control his life because his disability. he cant have friends come over to his house and he cant leave the house to see anyone unless his parents approve of it. I recently found out he went to a lawyer with parents to supposedly help him get a disability check from the government. when he showed me the website for the lawyer, it said they dont give disability rights but they give arrangements for people to get money after the person dies and went on to say they help prove incompetency. I am really scared for my friend and really worried about him. please help me find a spell on can on his parents that will help break the control and manipulation and stop the madness that goes on inside his house hold, HELP please i need a spell to help him stop his parents

-Trista N

As always, I DON’T do spell help/paid spellwork or ANYTHING of that matter. This sounds like disability abuse, they should contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline under their Disability Abuse section.

 

Hello,

My name is Corie. I’ve been interested in wicca and paganism for awhile now. I feel overwhelmed with the conflicting information and practices. Can you suggest a good book for a general foundation?

– Corie

Where to Park your Broomstick by Lauren Manoy annnnnnnd all the other books I have ever mentioned on my site. And the Resources & Information tag.

 

My name is Abigail Rabi and I work for the content team in a legal firm in California, HoganInjury. We came across your article about mental health at https://thisblackwitch.com/category/pagan-life/mental-healthmental-illness/

I wanted to ask if you might be interested in sharing with your audience an article of ours that is related with the topic mentioned above.

[Link redacted]

We hope that our article can provide value and a unique perspective for your readers. You can syndicate this article or use it as an additional resource for your content. In return, my team and I will be happy to promote your content on Twitter.

Let me know if you are able to share our article and if there’s anything we can do for you on our end.

Thanks for your time and I hope to hear back from you soon.

Kind regards,
Abigail Rabi

Another pandering email. Again, I abhor these. And I doubt the ambulance chasers didn’t even read anything in the Mental Health category, just blindly copied and pasted it because fake bonding. They linked the category not a particular article/post. Proof of not reading anything to me.

The article is not valuable or unique, if you have read fear-mongering articles penned by old people scared of the internet for your local news station to regurgitate, then you already read what these folks have supplied, but sans anything mean about Millennials. It’s actually an ad for the firm that looks like an article because fake Lionel Hutz up there probably is running out of poor people to rinse and fleece in California – by the way, I live in Maryland. (Also known as “On the other side of the United States of America”.)  So they bother folks like me to hopefully and blindly peddle their bullsh*t.

My own lawyer, who I would be much more inclined to recommend, thankfully isn’t this much of an attention whore.

Here’s the thing, you’re a lawyer who wants to do stuff with mentally ill folks? Here’s some tips if you don’t want a nasty email from me:

  • MUST be pro-bono work only – not interested in folks who just wanna fleece the feeble and defenseless because they want the newest Zonda or Bugatti. You actually do have to help the people. I know, the horror.
  • Doesn’t talk to me like a corporate shill -I can’t stand people like that because they don’t care about the people they serve, they just want money
  • Actually builds rapport – See prev. point
  • Don’t be White – I’m a Black blog, guess which types of lawyers I’d rather hear from? The fact you wanted old dumb coot Bernie Sanders in office isn’t good enough (if you wanted that guy, seriously never talk to me)
  • Again, MUST be pro-bono or go rinse someone else.

I wouldn’t want to be tied to these people at all. They seem terrible trash to me. Why do folks think I’m Buzzfeed or something?

What they can do for me is to screw off and stop pestering anyone else.

 

I am from india…i am in love with a boy..but my parents are forcing me to marry some one else…can u help to stop this marriage??

– Lovestruck and Silly

Forced marriage is still a major problem in India, hence why I used a fake name for the person. However, in our really long back-and-forth, it seems they seriously didn’t really want any of the sites I dug up to help them, just more “Genie, grant my wishes” nonsense. She even tried to say “Your website said you give free readings” and when I asked where did I state that, she clammed up. So for anyone who is in such a dire situation, here’s some info for you:

National Human Rights Commission, India

National Commission for Women, India

Love Commandos

All three websites are in both English and Hindi. Please use these sites. I do NOT offer magick anything so this is the best you got if there is nothing else.

I wanna start this time with a sorta seasonal-style rhyme, just because:

T’was two nights after Christmas and all through the ice rink, I was skating and twirling – not too bad, but I could be way better, I think
Ice skates returned with their blades a-clatter, I checked my phone for new updates and pondered of ice cream in the flavor of cake batter
Upon the screen, as I could tell, was another random person asking for wishes to be granted, some kind of spell
They promise to pay – honestly, I thought to myself, it is always the same
I sigh and send a swift reply: I don’t do paid spellwork, can’t you read? I’m a witch not a genie. You big dummy.
But the pest didn’t like the result:
“I would not talk to me like that because I can kill you really fast so watch out who you insult”

But lo, I didn’t pout, I didn’t cry –
I simply took screenshots and contacted both his job and the FBI

Not my best poem evaaaaaar but felt suiting for the holidays

Yep, I got what can offically count as a death threat because some dude wanted to be a douche. Lolz.

Here are the screenshots

 

Everyone, I am remarkably clear about being asked for paid spellwork/pay-for-pray: I don’t do it, do not like being asked about it and will razz anyone who attempt to do so anyways. Hey, I like to line my boundries with electrified barbed wire, reduces the overall payload.

This dude is no different. Asking for three wishes? Is this Aladdin? 1001 Arabian Night? Dude, I don’t grant wishes but for this kind of behavior, I will grant miseries.

I looked into seeing who this dude is and here is the kicker:

“I am a very nice person”

Really? Really? Because nice people don’t say “I can kill you really fast so watch out who you insult.” Not-so-nice people, yes. Actual nice people, no.

This is most likely the first time I’ve gotten any semblance of a death threat – and this blog has been here for nearly 10 years. I didn’t feel scared, I actually chuckled at the absurdity of it all and just prepped this post, found his job to send them screenshots (we had a lovely phone conversation) and then buzzed the fuzz since the person is in another state, thus FBI jurisdiction, not local police.

The dude is all the way in South Dakota – roughly half of America away from me – and works a blue collar job, I am not crawling the walls in trepidation but I do want to make clear this behavior is not cool. At all. It is annoying, at minimum. At max, it is an actual threat, even if said in anger and not seriousness. I mean, if he was just futzing about, it’s on him now to convince his job and the feds that.

And this is what I end the year with. Time to play the popular Baltimore Club mix most suiting for this moment

I have had my questions pile up so I’m going to answer as many as I can today! Let’s get started. Some of these questions are from as far back as August so they are what I will start with first.

Do u take spell requests

– Yuna Y

Everyone, I write excessively about the fact I don’t do paid spellwork/pay for pray. It’s all over this site. All over it. Especially enough that the average person should and does understand that I don’t like them. And I said so. And here’s how the convo went:

Not at all

Can u make an acception for me please

That’s stupid. Fix your own problems. Plain and simple.

Your rude

I write about this on my blog over and over and over again. If that didn’t dissuade you, then I am not going to be nice.

First of all I didn’t know u had a blog and secondly u weren’t nice to begin with

Then how did you contact me to start? That’s why this address exist, because of that blog. If you failed to research, that is not my problem.

Ur evil I don’t have to explain myself to the like of you

Not evil, I’m stern because I generally hate spell requests, which I’m usually vocal about. Wherever you got my info from should have mentioned that.

I’m sorry I didn’t know u hated spell request

Now you do.

Wanna call it truth

That made no sense but here’s free advice: don’t bother with spell requests. You’ll probably get ripped off online

Ok thx and I was trying to ask if you want to be friends with me

No thanks

This is more of a post-mortem than anything. I don’t like to be asked for paid spellwork, as I have said. This person really seemed to very much not get it. I don’t make exceptions for anyone, ever. Because no one’s problems are so great that I, a total stranger, feel like I have to get involved and magickally at that. Go find the pop witches who spend their time hexing Donald Trump for that. (It’s not that he doesn’t deserved to be cursed, it’s just – you have honestly no idea if your spellwork even took hold because his life is very distant from the average person’s view, regardless of what he spews on Twitter. Plus, if you’re only just noticing that bad people existed starting with Trump, you’re a bit of a fool yourself). I don’t mind suggesting normal life problems fixes but that’s it.

It’s not evil to say “I said plenty times in the past I don’t do this. Still has not changed, so absolutely not.” If this kid thinks that’s evil, either they’re so sheltered they honestly don’t know what actual evil looks like, so terrible at being even remotely manipulative they couldn’t even guilt trip me into trying to help her issues or so dimwitted that they thought having a hissy fit would work. Also, I would like to remind everyone: she contacted me, not the other way around.

And the “want to be friends” thing? After acting like this? Are you cracked? Freakin’ no way! I don’t want to be friends with people who will bug me every twist and turn for spellwork because they are too lazy to fix their own problems and pitch a fit if I don’t. That’s not a friend, that’s an annoyance. Mosquitoes are less irritating.

 

My name is Cindy S. My fiance has been cheating on me. I have contacted different spell casters and paid for services and all of them have just taken my money. What can I do to make him stop cheating and to be faithful to me and love me like I love him. I have been good to him. I have never disrespected or cheated on him. I take care of his kids and him. Please can you help me

– Cindy S

Good thing she said “fiance” and not “husband”. Just call off the wedding and find someone more faithful. Much easier said than done but dumping the guy is generally the best solution. Burn his favorite thing, too? Just pack your bags and leave because you may love the guy but it is bleedingly obvious that he doesn’t love you. At all. Yeah, there are kids involved but they are his kids, not yours. Unless there is major abuse happening, you don’t have to stick around.

And it sounds about right when you’re looking for spell-casters online – you got ripped off. Just like I said in the last one, you’re gonna get ripped off if you try to find those who do paid spellwork online. I say this over and over. It’s the internet, anyone can say anything and when there is money to be made, the bs meter rises likes magma.

 

Hello I think I’m cursed by a dredge. Can you help.

– Beck N.

I will always think of a Beck song when I see anything “Beck”. That is because Beck is an amazing musician, I love “Nausea” and “E-pro”. This question, not so great. If it were a Beck lyric, I would be like, “Bro, this is so deep, maaaaaaaaan!” but this ain’t that. What in the Hogwarts is this person talking about? I have no idea. And the world of magick is far and wide, I’m not going to hit the books to figure it out.

Enjoy this Beck song instead, “Colors” from his newest album Colors:

 

Soceress women going get me
– Albert

What this reminds me of:

Here is the thing, usually people who do not engage in magick on average send me things like this. And on average, this is usually not the case. Especially when it is coming from a guy, then it is usually some normal issue that flies into the face of their misogyny and then imagination takes over and flutter straight into my inbox. Chances are quite good that it is not a case of actually evil, female witches out to wraith this poor soul but someone who just need to look at their problem from another, very normal perspective.

 

I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP ME BUT I MYSELF AM NOT A WITCH AND I CAN NOT PAY BUT IS THERE A SPELL THAT I CAN DO TO MAKE SOME ONE HOPELESSLY INLOVE WITH ME JUST ASKING I’M DESPARATE I MISS HIM

– Juliet L

My response when I initially replied to the email:

A) STOP SHOUTING. I STILL WON’T CARE.
B) Read my site, this is a stupid question. It’s your problem

This didn’t turn out to be a long convo like the first person, I got a simple “ok” afterwards, which is fine. Here is the thing, I check my email a lot. No one has to post anything in all caps to get my attention at all. And shouting to get my attention for paid spellwork is beyond irritating, hence why I called it a “stupid question”. I favor research, not blind blundering.

Also, I don’t like the manipulative vibe of “make someone love me”. Notice this is second time I’ve gotten something like this? And I’m not cherry picking, I’m simply clearing out my inbox of backed up questions. It is creepy beyond reason to ask for someone to be hopelessly in love with you, especially through magick. You may as well ask for a stalker because that’s exactly what you’re gonna get. Free will can suck because that means the person has the very open option to use their free will to express not being with you but it is a thing you have to respect. It isn’t fun and it’s a good fraction of Kleenex tissues yearly income but it’s there for a reason.

i recently moved in an old house, pre civil war old. I felt something watching me. this is not a new feeling to me. The thing that is makeing me wonder is the odd things ive found around the house. Number one I was told recently that 4 years ago a man passed away at the home of an illness. His name is written on every tree surrounding the house. Their is a unique handmade broom above my cabinets in my kitchen. All things were taken out of the house but the deceased mans clothing and the broom… any idea if this could mean a spell of some kind?

– samantha b

Honestly, without more backstory, it could be something or it could be nothing. It’s pre-Civil War, that house saw a lot of death, destruction and illness. Also, it’s the lands of the Civil War, dead spirits are everywhere. I should know, I live in Maryland. Welcome to war in very prejudiced nations, everyone! Your house could be haunted from that alone. Note the “could” and the fact it is not an “is”.

Name being written on every tree surrounding the home while ill does sound spooky but also could be border marking as well (I have heard outrageous stories, some from my own homeowner friends, of people executing various ways to express “This is mine. And this. And this. And especially that.”).  It could also be some young person that watched waaaaay too much Charmed thinking that marking a name on every tree in sight could hold magickal purpose (not saying it can’t, but the type of tree does matter. Different trees mean different things. Scribbling something into an oak could mean something different than scribbling into an ironwood). It could be a load of things.

I wouldn’t think too much on why they left someone else’s clothing there outside the fact that the movers could have thought, “Dude, that’s a dead guy’s clothes. He died of illness, not old age. I’m not touching that. Ew.” The broom could be seen as part of the decor, just like the lamp shades and cabinets, and thus it stayed. The realtor could have looked at it and said, “Let’s keep it, it could justify me tacking three grand extra to the price.”

I would err on saying “not a spell” but feel free to do a top-to-bottom home cleaning with some good ol’ Lemon Pinesol to allay your concerns at least a little. Perhaps deep cleaning could help.

 

Am I going have this soldier boy Delane [redacted] to be my husband does he love me love me a lot

– Antonette A.

Dude, I get these questions a lot. I’m not a walking Magic 8 Ball, everyone. If you want to know if someone really cares about you or will marry you, try asking them. If they seem to beat around the bush for such a direct question, please remember that a non-answer is still an answer, just not a positive one. If you want to know if the person you’re dating will be your husband, go buy the ring and propose to him already. That’s probably the most surefire way to know (unless you have been dating for less than two years, then it’s moving much too fast and being far too hopeful).

hi im grace could i [p]lease be pregnant and could you make my water break

– Grace S.

Le grossssssss.

First of all, I hate children. That’s probably one of the few “witch stereotypes” I actually have. That and the fact I have a cat. Why would I, of all people on this planet, be asked to be any version of a midwife or obstetrician? I personally think there is already too many people on this planet anyways, why add more?

These are questions to ask a doctor. An actual obstetrician, not a random person on the internet. Visit your local Planned Parenthood and work the rest out yourself. And given the very poor show of smarts, I would strongly recommend holding off on having kids because dimwitted people should not risk creating more dimwitted people.  Child care is difficult. You don’t have to be a genius but you do want to have more than two brain cells to rub together.

 

Hello – i have been scared to talk about this and was wondering if you could help me personally,

I have been practicing the pagan faith for a few years now and I am very in touch with it and spirituality, I’m also empathic and have mediumship/psychic tendencies and abilities. For awhile now, I have been getting distressing nightmares except they’re not nightmares…more like visions. As time goes on they keep getting worse, I get visions and nightmares of things non-human and the world ending. I’m scared. There’s so much fear and death and horrible things/feelings. When I was little I used to see dark entities/shadows and felt like i’m being watched, and i had very bad night terrors,most of it went away as I got older but I have always had mediumship/psychic abilities/visions etc, The whole thing with feeling watched has never gone away and I get it to this day – although the darkness doesn’t feel threatening to me. I figured this was all me feeling this but other psychics/seers/gifted people that i’ve met have all said I carry a dark energy and aura, and all gave me cards to psychic friends or aura cleansers/psychic health people. It’s that type of darkness I feel again. I want it to stop, I don’t like these visions of the end of the world and the darkness. I don’t like feeling people’s pain.

Blessings,

Natasha

I would strongly recommend learning how to meditate. That’s is the best solution I can come up with. If you have an actual ability to foresee and sense, meditation is your best bet to keep it under control or it will easily become very distressing.

Try following this to get better at controlling breathing and getting started in meditation. Try not to think and stay focused on the image.

This is a great gif to look at to learn how to get started. Just do this 5 – 10 minutes a day and this should help calm things down bit by bit. It won’t be overnight but it is a start.

 

Hello. I am a young writer who wanted to connect to a writer god. I chose Anansi as African Deities always appealed to me the most. I am nervous and did not realize the urgency of contacting a god. I asked to become a student of his and for a favor involving love, as well promised to name my first born after him. I am a young gay author and I feel as if I jumped into this with only lite witch craft knowledge. What should I expect?

– Dakota S.

This is what I was referring to during the Alt-Black podcast. Let’s look at the whole convo and do a post-mortem.

Ok, this is not a bright idea. At all. Don’t do it. At all. Anansi will *not* help how you want him do and DON’T OFFER A KID, even just to name them. I’ll go in detail on Ask Black Witch.

Don’t do it.

Like is there a way to reverse this? I didn’t mean to ask him for the love favor, I was invoking a story of love and absentmindedly said “Bring my love back to me,” and I want to take it BACK SO BAD! I did not mean to let is slip at all, but I was getting into the story. I had left him treats, beer, and cigarettes, and he was telling me he was there by flicker of a candle. Again, I wish to be a student but DONT WANT THE LOVE PART! I feel so bad for asking it, I just want to be a student of story telling!

I don’t provide spell help, sorry.

Shit. I’m sorry to bother you with all this. I didn’t even mean to let it slip, this was supposed to be way different with other story tellers and as a way to become better writers. I’m so sorry.

One last thing…. all this started from a dream where I met Anansi. Do you think he deliberately reached out to me knowing this would happen?

I left out some stuff to keep this bare-bones but this is a “yikes” situation.

Here is Anansi, as defined by Mythology Dictionary:

A trickster-god of the Yoruba. Father of Ntikuma. He was originally a creator-god but was changed into a spider when a king kicked him for killing his huge ram, which had eaten Anansi’s crops. Others say that he was defeated in a shape-changing contest by the chameleon and came down to earth on a rope. He now appears both as a spider and a man. He begged a single cob of corn from God, promising to provide him with 100 slaves. By pretending the cob had been stolen, he tricked a chief into giving him a basketful of cobs to keep him quiet. He swapped the cobs for a hen, the hen for some sheep and the sheep for a corpse. Pretending that this was a son of God who had been killed by the sons of a chief, he persuaded the chief to give him 100 young men whom he presented to God as slaves. To prove that he was as clever as God himself, he captured the sun, the moon and darkness in a bag. When he produced the sun from the bag some people were blinded. On one occasion he got stuck to the Gum Girl, on another an antelope carried him to safety from a bush fire. To repay this kindness he wove a web around the antelope’s baby, so hiding it from the hunters. When he asked the sky-gods to sell him some stories he was told that the price would be a fairy, a hornet, a leopard and a python. The gods were so impressed when Anansi produced all these items that they gave him all their stories, which they called Anansesem. In one story he owned a pot that was always full of food, and when his children broke the pot he punished them with a whip. The inquisitive children examined the whip, which then started to beat them and would not stop. On another occasion he boasted that he could ride a tiger but the king asked the tiger, who said that this was a lie and tried to get Anansi to retract in the king’s presence. By pretending to be ill the spider induced the tiger to carry him on his back and, of course, he needed a bridle, a saddle and a whip. When the king saw the spider riding the tiger, he welcomed him to the royal palace.

Yah, that guy. That’s who this person summoned with beer and cigs and a child. That is not a good idea. Like, my instinctive, initial reaction was this:

 

Anansi is a great and wonderful deity – as in, he’s clever and will always leave you with something to learn. Problem is, is literally everything that was penned above about him. Especially if you are a young queer writer that just wants to dole out a story. I also would like to mention that Anansi, though a very creative and clever deity, is not a griot-type deity. He had tales made of him by other gods the same way a king asks a painter to depict them. It’s just…augh, of all the deities to ask for writing help, Anansi wouldn’t even have been in my top twenty!

What is there to do here? Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, hope Anansi literally doesn’t care, especially about the kid part. Maybe he’ll think “I can do nothing with these people, I’m bored,” and leave. That’s about it. Or dig an even deeper hole for yourself and ask another deity to help you out. Or entity. Or anything. This spider fools tigers and kings, steals the sun and moon to prove a point and did one (1) person one (1) solid simply out of “eh, you helped me, so I’ll help you. Consider debt repaid.” The best I could suggest is hope for the best and try to correct things with Anansi – and don’t offer him anything else! This is why I don’t work with deities much and I do research before I do with the ones I plan to. This is also why I say don’t dabble.

Like, other African deities for writing and creativity, your best bet would probably be MawuLiza (Sometimes spelled as “Lisa”), and Seshat (Egyptian but still, Egypt is in Africa). GodChecker and Mythology Dictionary has a lot of African deities so give those lists a gander because Anansi is not some super evil deity, it’s just tricksters are difficult to work with and be on the straight and narrow with. Nothing is ever clear with those guys.

 

so this event happened when i was 14 or 15 i was home alone with my uncle … he has seizures , for my luck he got one that day while u was alone with him . i called my parents screaming in panic they rushed home and called 911 for my uncle in that time they didn’t know i was having a panic attack my first one yet. after that day i didn’t feel like my self i felt as if i was floating as if my body was on earth and my mind wasn’t. my parents took me to a “warlock” this guy was legit as soon as you would sit down he’d predict your future stuff like that. so i sat down and he asked which one of us (my dad mom and me) was a witch. we sat in shock and he said you (me) you’re a natural born witch. i told him everything as i was telling him this the energy in the room was thick only me and him felt it. i felt as if i were flying . he told me it took me so long to realize i was a witch because something traumatizing had to happen he said he realized he was a warlock when he saw his best friend get murdered he said it feels as if a part of you has been taking which is how i felt. he told me “you have such an amazing gift your could either use for good or bad, you’re going to do big things when you learn how to control your gift” . after leaving my mom told me when i was just 7 months old another warlock told her i was a witch as well. can someone help me cope with this,should i believe him? what should i do?

-Yajaira C.

This is gonna take a while to unpack, get a cup of hot cocoa.

Okies, let’s start with the lingo. Warlocks are usually shorthand for “bad (usually male) witches”. The word is middle English, warloghe, from before year 900. In ye olde English, it stems from “waerloga”, which mean “oathbreaker” because “waer” means “covenant” and “loga” means “betrayer” (and that word comes from “leogan”: to lie). Yay, dictionaries!

Note that there is nothing about gender in there. Just “liar, deceiver”. Outside of D&D and World of Warcraft, no one I have ever come across has ever called themselves a “warlock”. Male witches are just “witches”. Because they are practicing witchcraft.

Now, it sounds like what you experienced after your uncle’s health episode was dissociation, not a mark of being a witch. You just went through something traumatic, it makes sense you would feel this way. You don’t have to experience something traumatizing to become a witch. At all. Maybe in the movies and on television to speed up the plot but not in real life. Which is a good thing, trauma is awful.

The thing about witchcraft is, with practice, research and time, anyone can do it. It’s only considered “occult” (which means “hidden”) because people from other faiths (usually the Christian one) considered it such and did everything they could to make it so. Does this mean some people are not more inclined than others with abilities such as clairaudience and such? Nah, talents can be anything. I recommend the same thing I suggested for the other person above: learn meditation and start from there. I always recommend Lauren Manoy’s book Where to Park your Broomstick and anything by Ellen Dugan because they are wonderful writers for beginners.

So, I realize that you don’t do these, that is not what I am asking. Honestly, I prefer to perform my own spells, and you don’t do “pay-for-pray” as you call it, which is great. But anyways, this is my question. And yes, I know you hate these questions but you seem to be the only person I have found that seems even somewhat legitimately knowledgeable on the topic. Is body swapping possible? I am not asking you to do, it, just if it is possible, and if so, how would tat be performed. And 2, if possible, would it be possible for me to perform that for two friends of mine who willingly want to do so (as in, not myself involved in the swap, just casting for them with them in my presence)? And what are the possible side effects, if known? Thank you, and I apologize for bothering you.

– clmcgowan

Person notes that I hates this question. Basically asks it anyway in a very roundabout manner because somehow they have not thoroughly read through all the other times I have talked about it.

Here’s the thing: I don’t just dislike being asked to do body-switching. I dislike dabblers asking about it even when they want to do it by themselves because, guess what? It eventually winds up in my inbox. When daft people do daft things in magick, it tends to wind up in my inbox. Because they are dabblers. I dislike dabblers in general.

The person also seems to deftly ignore the “I don’t provide spell help” that I bring up also on my site. They clearly do not know what they are doing, hence why they are bugging me. Because somehow books magically stopped existing and the concept of research has never happened. The internet doesn’t know everything, even if it is vast and wide.

How do I know they’re pretty much asking for a spell? The tell-tale “I am not asking you to do, it, just if it is possible, and if so, how would [that] be performed?” That is asking for a spell. If you knew what you were doing, this wouldn’t be a question at all. You would also know that upper forms of magick are difficult and have more cons than pros, hence why they are called “advanced”. It’s witchcraft, even with the best intentions and handiwork, it can blow up in your face quite brilliantly. And the less learned you are, the more likely it becomes a case of “when” than “if”. And when it happens, back into my inbox will I see this person again, with a brand new problem they’re not apt to solve.

This is why I find such a question annoying. It’s not teaching someone anything, it’s just adding to stupidity and dabbling. This is why I tell people to not dabble.

Hello,
My question has to do with control and irresistible candle spells. What is the amount of time that one must wait to see results and how long will the spell or spells work??
It was also suggested that I use a particular soap and cologne, what are the reasons for this?
I appreciate your attention and assistance in this matter.
Thank you very much.

Lamont M.

 

This question has so many reasons why it is stupid. So many. Let me count the ways:

A) I don’t help dabblers and fluffy bunnies – because it’s an absolute waste of my time … any practitioner’s time, to be honest

B) The subject of the email sent to me was “Voodoo Candle Spells”, that pretty much means either I’m going to be heckling you or it’s weird spam.

C) I don’t help with spells that talk about controlling others. I talk about this at length time and time again. Get a therapist, instead.

This is just a terrible question all around.

Do you believe in negative energy that stays in a home after someone moves out or passes? My hubby and I moved into an apartment (hospital housing) 6 years ago and have felt nothing but a rollercoaster of emotions (mostly out of nowhere). Any recommendations on cleansing homes? I’ve read about sage, but not sure how reliable some of these websites are.

-Rea M.
  

If you found the spell online, it is probably bs. You can say anything and it won’t be contested, just posted. Plus, regular spells aren’t always needed. Cleaning the home with lemon (juice or extract) tends to help, just add it to your usual floor cleaner. Lemon is noted to banish negative energy so it works just fine. 

However, before the rest of the world runs out for lemons, it always is best to look at how life is going (honestly) and see if there is a regular, mundane source. Usually, there is. This question is partially cut because they’re an old school friend so there’s a bit more to the story that I did not post but lemon is their best bet. 

Firstly, before we get started! Sorry that there wasn’t a The Arts! for last week. I still am working on a separate project and sometimes the project goes into overtime!

Also, I just joined Instagram (despite the fact that I hate it). It will mainly show the 3D printing that I do, shill for my store, the BW Shoppe and bookbinding stuff. I prefer FB live over Insta so don’t expect live videos on Instagram. I’m @thisblackwitch on Instagram

And some cute art: Meowtallica! (It counts, someone had to be creative to cobble this up)

Moving on to the questions!

I know this is a question with a varying response depending on who you ask, which is why I’m curious to hear your opinions on the matter – what would you say are the limits of magickal practise?

After reading through your posts, I understand you get asked many questions relating to Hollywood-esque tricks and abilities (body swapping comes to mind), and I wonder to what extent, if at all, you believe these abilities are even possible, even with years of training and effort. As such, imagining someone asked one of such questions about weird or strange abilities, but worded it in a non-beggar, eloquent way that implied they were willing to work for it, and somehow proved they had done some research into the subject, what would be your general response? I would presume you would urge them to reconsider under most circumstances (seeing that taking part in something like body swapping is unethical at best in most circumstances) but I’m curious to hear your insight on the hypothetical.

Liam L.

Honestly, there are very few limits of magickal practice. If any at all. However, nothing comes easy, which is what gets a lot of people. Many have applied the thinking “If I can’t do it and I don’t know anyone who has, it can’t not possibly be done.” It’s self-limiting.

If someone asked in a non-gimme-gimmie way, I would suggest that they hit the books and to expect to put a lot of effort. Here’s the thing: most people who ask me are nowhere near the level where it should cross their mind. It’s pretty difficult stuff to learn – and for things like body-switching, we haven’t even gotten into the “another person is involved” part. I still stand firm on the fact that this site doesn’t do spell requests or anything of that nature so all I’m going to do is direct people to books, dense books that are not light reading.

My son and I have recently had a conversation about his childhood and things he never told me but I wish he had. He told me that he would see things… dark figures that were shaped with human forms. Some disfigured, scary creatures as well.
The thing is, I have had many simular experiences as a child and as an adult. Many people who know this know it about me, but I have never been able to find a way to understand whats going on with me. My dreams my thoughts.
I know that my son An I have been gifted with something, however I dont know what. Can you help is figure this out or just tell us that we’re two weirdos?

 

– Krystal

A lot of kids see things when they are younger – doesn’t mean what they see don’t exist, I’m just pointing that fact out. When we get older, we kind of will these images we see away because they are “not normal” in our current culture. Doesn’t mean that your kid is from The Shining, it is more normal than you think.

The best way to go about it is keep a dream journal and stay faaaaaaaaaaaar away from sites that cite Indigo Children, Eastern Star, etc etc because they are going to be less helpful and more likely to make you feel a lot more fantastical than you actually are. They’re mostly fluff marginally held together with little not-so-sticky bits of truth tape. Avoid and avoid! You don’t want to scare yourself, either, these sites are good at that.

Also, please remember that not everything in the universe is cute and cuddly Casper the Ghost. I would say the vast majority leans towards Pan’s Labyrinth than anything. Also, there is such thing as the mind tricking itself when it gets too wound up – hence why I said stay away from the fluff sites.

Oh, and meditate. That can really help get your mind right and make sure you get a better grip on yourself. You don’t want to be one of the many “I am the Anti-Christ” people that are walking around.

hi i need to ask a question, Do you grant wishes?

because if you do could you do me a favor?. I don’t want any harm or harms anyone but i would really really love if i had the power to move somthing to help out, to help people to guide them i know this soundd stupid but i just really wanted to be this superhero that helps people in need i am jus a cringey teen, that wants something fun to do in life, i wanna have a great life. If i could i would choose ice powers, cure powers, growth power, tk moving things fighting bad people without doing harm, god thi sound stupid i hope you answer and that you dont think im a psychopath 
 
– Gabi Y.

Ok, everyone. I say time and time again: I’m not a genie. Genies grant wishes. Witches don’t.

No wishes, no favors, no nothing. Not anything I do. At all.

Here’s the thing: asking how to get into metaphysics or psionics is ok(-ish. I say “ok-ish” because, again, I do expect people to do some of their own research) but just going “hey, do this thing for me” is not ok.

Nothing is wrong with wanting to be a superhero and help people in need but that can really quickly turn not fun super fast. I think even the Iron Man trilogy showed that. (It was all fun and games and then Stark wound up with PTSD because it’s not fun and games). If you want to do things that are fun and can help others, it might be better to find other things to do. Psionics is difficult to learn (very difficult, I’m talking from experience here.) Even harder to maintain. You’re not going to go from regular person to Ms. Marvel or Ice Man in a week or less. That’s laughable.

You’re free to learn things like these but it’s going to be very arduous. It actually doesn’t make you a psychopath, but asking the questions like this can be very vexing and shows an incredible lack of desire for doing footwork.

I found an inverted 7 point star drawn on my computer monitor with a finger. no one has been in my house but me. what does it mean?
 
– Eric B.

Nada. I get a lot of questions that basically is “is something occult happening right now? I literally don’t engage in any occultism but I think something spooky is happening”. It’s not happening, most likely. The average person is not doing higher levels of magick (like ceremonial magick) as much as everyone would like to think.

I want to learn how to send something so potent and deadly to my enemy(ies) that it will definitely work and that they won’t be able to negate it, or, especially send it back to me. Do you have anything that could make someone get terminally ill or make them have a fatal accident? I will be very happy if you do and will fallow it diligently. Please tell me you have something.

P.S. I need to contact a loved one from the other side. There is something I didn’t get to say to them while they were alive and I have tremendous guilt. Please teach me how to do it. Thank you.

– Ford Danniel

This fool, honestly. This is some pretty vile stuff to enter my inbox and I’ve seen some doozies! This is the diamond representation of why I don’t do spell requests. This is honestly absolutely trash, hence why his name isn’t abbreviated – you come here with this type nonsense, you need to stand by it. This dude had the absolute audacity to ask anyone to harm people he personally don’t like in a horrible way…oh! And to be the bridge between someone who died because he feels guilty over stupid stuff they did when they were alive.

Are you f*cking serious?

You have to be absolutely beyond twenty shades of stupid to even think this is even remotely okay somehow. Liiiiiiiiike, breh, if you got enemies like that, just get a freakin’ gun and dust them like all these other morons out here. And this is coming from someone who is very pro-gun control. (I came from the inner city, I’m not interested in debate, everyone. You’re free to try but it’s going to end poorly. I used to work at the Library of Congress, trust that I really don’t care for stupidity.) Why be a fool and ask a person who literally has zero bones in your problems like I supposed to care or even remotely help?

And you want a way to not have this happen to you back? This is a freaking coward talking and one that does not know anything about magick. There’s no such thing as being perfectly bulletproof, especially when fixes and jinxes are involved. You can’t even fight your own battles, dude! You gotta come to someone else to do it! Bro, if you can’t take it – don’t dish it. Stop being a spineless punk and go off somewhere to stew in your own anger that you can’t handle. You must think everyone is your enemy, don’t you?

If you want to harm someone, do it your own self. And on top of that, why would I waste any of my time, energy or due diligence trying to connect such a person with someone who is on the other side. Maybe that guilt should eat you alive because you certainly didn’t learn from it, nary a wit.

My daughter and I were making Alum crystals last night and this morning when we checked on them there was something in the middle. I’ve made Alum crystals many times in the past there’s never been anything in the middle of one but there’s something in two of them is it possible to catch an energy that someone had sent our way or that was perhaps just there within an Alum Crystal? If you know or know someone who would please let me know my daughter wants to break it open and I won’t let her

– Christina R.

This is where a “cigar is just a cigar”. For everyone not in the know, an alum crystal is a human-made crystal that you, too, can make as a fun science experiment using stuff you find in your kitchen and at the supermarket. It looks like a diamond cluster. Then you can make pickles with the alum!

Now, alum can be used in magick for protection and suches buuuuuuut this sounds like you just had a regular science experiment that simply had a mutation of some sort. It happens. Welcome to science. It doesn’t automatically mean that the crystal caught whatever was aiming for you. If the crystal was not charged with the intent to do such, then that’s probably not what happened.

All right, I’ve been gone for a while so I’m going to try to clean out what ABW’s I have sitting about. Let’s get started!

I’ve had contact with someone now I’m locked in spiritually i feel like I’m transitioning thru colors. Green n Gray already. I don’t understand how I know but I’m hereditary. I don’t have a teacher or know where to start.

Bossy C.

This isn’t a bad question but one I do get with some consistency. The problem is less burdensome than it appears so let’s break it down.

Chances are usually better than not that you are not bound to anyone, especially at such a new stage. It is probably just nerves. While there are spooktacular stories of being bound to someone in occult, it is not always actual bindings. The telltale-sign? How new the person is to the occult. While there are cultural beliefs of binding to others which are verily legit, it’s less “You bumped into them in the market, now your soul has been deadbolted and soldered to them for ever and ever” and more, “You developed a bond which is a bit resistive to breaking – but can be broken through relatively simple and mundane ways.” If it were someone more neck deep in magick, then it could be possible bindings (which can also still be broken). But new? Naaaaaaah, not likely.

Color magick is pretty important but different colors can mean different things to different people. For example, I’m American, so I can associate red with anger. My friend in France? It’s yellow. Which can confuse me because I, as an American, associate yellow with fear. But another one of my friends on the other side of America would rather associate white to fear, and yellow to wistfulness. This means I can’t really say for sure what the colors you feel mean because I could say “jealousy and indecisiveness” but be waaaaaaaaaaaaay off the mark. This is where your Book of Shadows/Disk of Shadows (BOS/DOS) comes in and and a reference guide on color magick (I have suggested several books on my site, I tend to suggest Where to Park Your Broomstick by Laura Manoy most) and work it out yourself for accuracy. If you’re hereditary, that’s also a good place to start as well if there are any source materials to work with.

Basically, the best place to start is with a book and your BOS/DOS. I wouldn’t get too wrapped up about the guy, either.

Hello, this is all new and foreign to me. I have been through a lot of shit in my life and I have found a sigil that means a lot to me. It is the treachery returns to the betrayer sigil. If I were to get this tattoo is is just symbolism or does it automatically become a charged sigil?
– Damon H

The quick answer is: don’t do it.

If you have no idea what the hell you are doing, simply abstain until smarter – always a good rule of thumb in magick. Getting sigils (especially from the internet – Tumblr is the worst offender I’ve found so far) can be a cool thing…until you are reminded that it’s a bonding magickal symbol. Magickal symbols probably shouldn’t be tatted anywhere on your person unless you’re a 150% scholar on the thing you’re getting. It could be the symbol is from a culture and you’re about to be super disrespectful (like getting a Hindu deity on a part of the body deemed disrespectful, like a leg or back), the symbol can tether you to the meaning of whatever you got, for good or for worse (and guess which part of the binary gets me “Plz help” emails), or it loses meaning to you or you found it was the wrong symbol all along (think of people who get tattoos that they think means “strong, willful” and it actually means “moron”).

Even the sigil you mentioned could be a wildly different symbol from what I’m thinking of…because a lot of cultures have different sigils. A lot of them. It could be the Voudon version, the Latin version, there’s even a Wiccan version (I don’t always take that version seriously (see: Tumblr) but it does exist).

You’re breathing intent and effort into the sigil and fastening it to yourself, literally. It’s probably not smart. Just get a tat of something else that signifies the same thing and is not a sigil or religious symbol.

Hi just wanted to start by saying that I love your writings. You are very eloquent, and as a fellow research nerd (art history grad student) I love how you stress research/reading.

My question is two fold (and slightly predictable, sorry). I read your stance about love spells and it makes so much sense. I’ve been hesitant to try any for a lot of the reasons that you mentioned. I saw that you said spells to get a date were easier. I was wondering if you could point me towards the direction of some such spells? I am moving across the country this summer and would love to date more in my new city. I am also a woman with a disability and would love a little boost in getting dates. Any suggestions you have on where to start researching for a safe spell (don’t want a stalker either) would be great!

I was also wondering if you knew of any resources for spells for the differently abled? Or how to adapt spells safely? I’ve read a lot about grounding through connecting your bare feet to the dirt or taking cleansing baths to prepare for spell work which isn’t an easy option when you have a mobility impairment. Anny thoughts you have would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help!

-Kels

For spells about relationships, there are several in Where to Park Your Broomstick by Lauren Manoy as she has a pretty decent chapter on it. As well as general “Magick 101” for anyone starting magick. All spells carry risk, though. There is no spell I can think of, even the super positive ones, that are 100% risk-free. Doesn’t exist. There are plenty of low risks (like the super positive spells) but there aren’t any no-risk. Spells backfire, go flat or deeply awry. I remember once casting a small money spell for $87 dollars when I was a teenager – that exact amount – because of a concert I wanted to go to. I got the $87…and literally nothing else. Like, no money was coming my way – it got tied up somehow, fell through or it was a huge hassle. Basically, the spell took the intention to be “I want $87…and that’s all the money I’ll need for the rest of time.” Really simple spell and it backfired marvelously. Again, no such thing as a no-risk spell. Even if you did correctly, something can still go topsy-turvy. So that means you could still get a stalker-type with even a “I just want a date” spell. Not as likely as a super controlling one but it is still a possibility.

It’s easy to adapt for disability because you’re still touching the ground somehow. I don’t do the “bare feet on soil” because living in the city, you’re not super likely to find a place good enough or safe enough (no broken glass or dirty needles on the ground). There are other ways to cleanse yourself that doesn’t use baths. Just modify as you go with whatever works best. It’s the point of the action, not the action itself.

can u get me out of this binding and protection from a dreamscape witch and other forces negative to me. they say im the reincarnation of king tut…

– Skylair G.

Ah, another binding question but with a tad more nonsense. The nonsense:

A “dreamscape” witch – yes, different entities exist on the astral plain but this sounds more Narnia than anything

Reincarnation of King Tut – Seriously? This is right up there with Cleopatra, Cesar and other historical figureheads most commonly touted in Western lore. If you think you’re one of these people, chances are stupidly good that you’re not. There can not possibly be that many King Tuts, Cleopatras and Ceasars, walking about. Just not.

This also is another “gimme gimme” request, nothing substantial. Chances are very strong that this person is mainly stressing themselves with their own thinking – there isn’t a real issue, just reading into shadows in the window.

If I tie a picture around a piece of meat and bury it. What happens to the person on the picture?
– Pearl

Behold, an actually stupid question. If you’re going to dabble in magick: don’t. If you don’t like someone and learning is too time-taxing for you, just be old-school confrontational about it.

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