The Contemporary New England Witch

The Contemporary New England Witch
Ms Faith

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Is a Halloween Costume Just A Costume? Or Could It Be More?


Samhain/Halloween Greetings all,

We are getting closer to the night of All Hallow's Eve, or Samhain for those who choose to celebrate the ancient Celtic Pagan holiday. For many this evening of spooky stories and scary movies also involves costumes which unlike the origins of Halloween are the most recent addition to the holiday.

Halloween costumes first started in the 20th century, and most likely developed or morphed from the scary faces carved into turnips that were carried along the dark pathways and roadways as the adults went from house to house from one Halloween party to another. Halloween and the festivities that came along with it, was first brought to American by the Irish, who immigrated to this country during the 1880's and in such large numbers that their cultural beliefs and trends soon started to affect those in their new country.

And why not? No matter who you were, what your cultural identity, in the 1880's, especially at night, there was little to do except read by candle light, or gas light for those with wealth. There existed no technology, no radio, no television, the only music was from orchestras or the occasional fiddle or piano if one had one in the home and could play. Many cultures told stories, as storytelling was an ancient past time that had been passed down for thousands of years in many cultures and was the basis of the Bible and it's stories.

So when the Irish brought the festivities of Halloween to America, they brought the ghost stories, the house parties with music and dancing, the bobbing for apples, the various methods of divination, games like pin the tale on the donkey, or two people, a male and a female trying to take a bite out of a hanging apple from a string at the same time, and other fun games.

After going from house to house, partaking of the fun and games, having some food and drink, people would leave holding a turnip hollowed out, with a scary face carved into the front, in the manner we carve Jack O'  Lanterns into pumpkins today. They would put a candle inside to light their way. The scary faces carved into the turnip was to scare away any evil demons that would be along the roadways after dark, and prevent them from following the revelers home. As it was a common belief that any evil spirits would be around after dark.

By the time the early 1900's came along the Halloween parties had developed to include Halloween costumes. These costumes had the same purpose, to keep scary evil demons from following the party goers home.  Yet today we know so much more about what we send out and it coming back to us.

We know more about the energies we send out and what we draw into our lives. So many people wonder and are right now wondering about why they have such unhappy, chaotic, misery in their lives and look to blame others when in fact it is simply themselves! What do you put out? What do you do to others? How do you treat others? How do you present yourself? Yes, even at a Halloween costume party!

Since Halloween/Samhain is the start of our New Year, there is yet another level we look at. It has been a tradition or belief for centuries that what you have around you at the beginning of the year is the energy you bring around you for the upcoming year. So on Halloween night, you would not want to dress yourself in a devil's costume or a creature that is evil or hateful say like a psychotic deranged nurse for instance, just as an example, or a Hannibal Lecter or a serial killer, you get my drift.

Nor would you dress as an ugly witch. We dress as pretty witches, and sexy Goddesses, because that is what we are! Super heroes, and beings greater than we are, because in some respects that is what we will bring into our lives. Seriously there is too much of that other stuff for real in our world, the gore, the dark, the evil, the hate, to dress up and envelop yourself in that persona is what you can bring into your life and surround yourself with not only for that night but for the upcoming year. Don't do it!

For centuries, traditions have existed in all cultures of superstitions and beliefs whereas things done that would affect the home, your life, the family an d the year ahead. The groom picking up the bride and carrying her across the threshold before they crossed over the doorway into their new home after they married would set the good luck for their entire marriage or so legend told them.

For many cultures the first person to walk in to the home after the first stroke of the clock of the new year would determine the good or bad fortune for the household for the coming year. For some cultures there would be a pudding (dessert) or a cake or bread where a trinket or special item was baked inside and the person who was either lucky enough or unlucky enough to get the serving that contained it would have a certain type of luck for the upcoming year e.g. a ring meant a happy marriage, if a button you would be single for the coming year, a thimble if a woman found it would be a spinster, a coin would mean riches for the coming year and so on depending on what you found. Hopefully no one accidentally swallowed the token!!

Almost like the fortune cookie concept of today in Chinese restaurants, people always want a quick, easy peek into their future, and to have a way to ensure that, by doing something, like toasting with champagne at new Year's Eve, or the old practice of handing out cigars and smoking them at the time of a celebratory event.

If you think about it, our culture is rife with ancient practices from many cultures we have adopted that we often take very seriously, for instance the birthday cake! How many of you would have a birthday cake without the required candles!!?? Wouldn't seem right without blowing out your candles on your special day.

The same holds true with what I am describing with the Halloween costume, give it some thought. Choose a persona  you wish you could wear all year long! If you could who would you be, what would you look like? Would you really want that ax stuck in your head all year long, really? I didn't think so.

So maybe rather than choosing the costume first, choose the energy you desire then find the costume that will deliver that energy to you throughout the year. So choose the sexy kitten rather than the ugly, evil nurse, and you will be happier with your choice! Trust me, in the long run you'll be happier with your choice! Choose wisely! Happy Trick or Treating!!





Live, Laugh and Always Love, Ms. Faith






© 2010-2017 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Protective Defensive Magicks For You and Your Loved Ones


'The Magic Circle' by John William Waterhouse c.1886

Greetings My Witchy Readers,

I am very often asked by many people, both by those who follow a magickal path and by those who do not,  for help on dealing with hateful, mean, harmful people, who affect their lives in ways that many times results in actual damage of a sort. Whether the damage is psychological, or emotional, it can be damage which results in a loss of a job, or a friendship (s), reputation, and many times deals with a person or people who for whatever reason have decided to target you.

I have heard of stories that deal with people from co-workers who wish to take another's job, position or credit for work done and receive promotions and financial reward in the job place, to people in the family system, especially when someone new is introduced into the family system and personalities clash, to when friends individuals or a group of friends bring in a new person and then again, personalities start to clash and troubles arise, causing all sorts of issues and problems. It is also very common for there to be problems with neighbors, whether longtime neighbors or new neighbors, but suddenly there is controversy and words are exchanged and then bad blood arises.

Often when situations like this arise it can be resolved by talking to the person, either agreeing to disagree and setting down some boundaries especially if you need to work or socialize with the person, but enter in the person who is mentally on the edge of instability. This is seen in the person who insists there is something in the relationship that isn't there. The person that violates your privacy in your work environment or your personal environment yet insists they have every right to do so and feels no guilt or remorse, feeling completely entitled. Some people with these potentially dangerous tendencies, and yes, these tendencies can flash over into possible dangerous behavior which is why we are discussing protective and defensive magickal measures.  These people are emotionally stuck in a childish place where they feel there needs and wants come before all others. It is a 'mine, mine, mine' mentality, with no maturity, no common sense and no respect for others and other relationships and others feelings are never taken into account.

Some people with these potentially dangerous tendencies are very adept at convincing others of your wrongs, at what you did to them, at how they have been wronged and they will try to bring as many people into their drama as possible, people that have nothing to do with any of it, just to bolster their delusions, to make themselves feel in the right, to give themselves credibility because they know deep inside they are truly in the wrong, but if enough people can be made to believe their nonsense, if they scream their victimization loudly enough, then somehow, someway they feel vindicated. These people are controlling, bullying and domineering and will simply refuse to give any quarter to anyone else. They believe they are completely right and everyone else that disagrees is wrong. They will try to make your life a living hell, and woes the poor bastard that finds themselves living or working in close quarters with this type of person. For once the mask slips, it can never be properly fitted back again. Once others have seen them for who they really are, the gig is up, as the old saying goes.

Remember, normal, sane, mentally stable people who simply do not like you will work with you, may be in your circle of acquaintances, may even be a part of your family, or extended family and they will simply leave you alone, or have little to do with you. To the normal, mentally healthy person, if they do not like someone they have nothing to do with that person or people, they would rather have nothing to do with them, or as little as possible. But the ones we need to worry about, the people who are the trouble makers are the ones who 'stir the cauldron' and continue to harass you, continue to poke at you, who keep contacting you, who keep reaching out to you, who keep making the comments, knowing it is getting to you. There are things, magickally that you can do, to protect yourself. To rid yourself of these pests, to clean your life of these hateful, nasty, sick individuals.

So, if you feel you are the victim of one of these people, and know that you may indeed feel as if you are the one going a bit crazy. That somehow they have caused you to lose your balance. You have not, the sociopath and many times this is what this personality type is, they are the one who enjoys doing this to you, and they are experts at doing this to you. Sick individuals enjoy hurting and tormenting others. But also realize you cannot do anything to change them, so please do not waste your time attempting this futile effort. All you can do is protect yourself and place defensive magicks between you and them. A wall of defensive magicks.

You do have magickal options. Firstly, if it is possible, smudge your area with desert sage. Please, please PLEASE DO NOT USE white garden sage, which has the big fuzzy leaves. Yes it is sold all over the United States and will do nothing to cleanse an area of harmful, negative energy. Which is why so many people have to smudge again and again and again. You must use the sage brush called desert sage from the Southwest of the United States, which does cost a bit more but it does work. This is key.

Now, many people say that in their workplace they are unable to smudge, or if you have sensitive smoke alarms or fire sprinklers, that is okay. You can get Florida water and wipe down all surfaces with it. Once at a recent fair, a lady commented that our Florida water was a bit pricey and she had bought some for a couple of dollars. I do not know what she bought, but sadly there are a lot of frauds out there. Florida water, when made properly takes about a month to make and a bottle will cost about $8-13.00 so make sure you are buying the correct stuff. If you are buying a bottle, even if it has the correct label and it is only costing you $3.00 retail, it has been emptied and refilled with water and maybe some fake scent. The exception is if it is purchased at such a large retailer that they can buy in bulk like a huge company like Walmart. But then it may have been sitting around for many, many months and if so, in different temperatures it may no longer have any magickal ability.



Now be mindful, these are NOT curses at all. I do not practice curses, and find them to be harmful to the witch, and not effective to the person they are sent towards. No, these spells are only to protect you from any malevolent energies being sent to you, and if there are none then any and all spell energy will fall harmlessly flat and be rendered mute. Yet, if there is malevolent harmful energies being directed at you then these spells will protect you, shielding you in a sphere of protection and the karmic feedback will return quickly and viciously back to the hateful one sending you their negative energies.

The next thing you can do, if you know the person who is causing you torment and you wish to be free of their hatred and jealousy, their evil intentions and their direct hurtful energies aimed at you. Lemons. Lemons have been used for centuries for cleansing, banishing and protecting. They cleanse parasites out of the body and home, they clean bacteria out and keep our bodies from sickness. You can keep the nasties from harming you and from settling around you, and affecting your happiness and energy sphere by boiling a pot of water, just a couple of cups of spring water, in which you have chopped up a half dozen bright yellow, ripe, beautiful lemons, rind and all.  As the water comes to a simmer, stir the pot counterclockwise, and now that we are in a digital age and many have never seen a clock with hands !!! you are stirring the pot towards the left, going widdershins. As you do so, see the steam rise up and imagine the steam making a wall of strong protective energy, between you and the negative one, the steam of the lemons banishing that hurtful person from your life.

As the steam and water boils imagine in your minds eye that person fading, fading, fading getting more and more translucent and becoming what they really are, nothing.  .  .  a person of no substance, no character, no love and light, as they fade from your life .  .   .   and if you are not able to wish them well then just allow them to fade away.  .  .  to be gone .  .  .  keep stirring, stirring, stirring.

An incantation for this lemon banishing wall of protection can be something like,

"As I stir this pot, allow this steam,
to fade away this philistine,
to make her vanish-banish-famish
gone from my life, my world, my realm,
be gone negative one, be gone trouble,
sit in your throne of karma
for only you to overwhelm
Be gone, be gone, be gone!"

Visualize your self surrounded by a beautiful lemon yellow cloud of steam, clean, beautiful, healthy, surrounding you. No one else. Your troublesome one has vanished, he or she no longer is in your life. And if they are, say you must work with them, give them no attention and no thought. Go about your work and your life as if they are a stranger which they now are. No anger, or negative energy, just neutral energy, neither good nor bad, just indifferent. That will keep karma from coming to you.

Oh and another thing. People have spoken to me about Karma. It is important to understand karma. If someone has betrayed you, lied to you, deceived you, dishonored you, or in some way disrespected you and you have responded with anger and even rage at their actions, behavior or words? I would not worry too much at the karmic feedback. We do not sit on a scale of balance where we are expected to be a Zen Master and always calm and chill and take every wrong dished out to us.

There are times when you must fight for the injustices and the wrongs that happen to you and in doing so you may say things that may be hurtful to others, but they must be weighed against what was done to you. When you have been betrayed, hurt and deceived and have responded with justified anger and rage, saying words fueled by pain and hurt, you have every right to fight back, and to tell those who have hurt you exactly what you feel about their actions.

Another spell that I call the rat trap spell, Hee hee. take a piece of paper. Write the name of the person tormenting you. And now remember, this is not just a person you do not like. So NO, you do not get to do this to the President of the United States or a Congressman because you do not like their politics, Please!! It does not work that way! That is a curse and it will only come back on you and will eventually take your magickal ability away from you. No, no, no! As I have said many times before we only do spells if we are being harmed by another, and whereas at one time in my life I had isolated that to physical harm, I now open it up to emotional, and mental as well as spiritual harm. When someone is causing you to lose sleep for nights, weeks or months at a time, if you are losing weight, and no ladies rapid weight loss over a short period of time (a few months) due to intense stress is not good) you find yourself crying every single day for weeks or months, then it is harm, mental and spiritual harm, then you need to step it up and see your doctor, or a therapist as well as do some magick for you.

For this rat trap spell, you write the name of the person. Their whole name as closely as you can. If they have a few names, middle, more than one last name, list them all. Write the word STOP. Put 3 or 6 or 9 rusty nails, small and sharp on the paper. Have a glass jar nearby with a top that can be screwed on or secured some how. Take a red string, or red thin cord. Now pour some glue onto the name and over the nails over the word STOP and the name of your tormentor. Then fold up the corners and make a pouch and tie the red string around the corners. Drop it into the glass jar. Secure the top. Take your index finger on your left hand, because we eliminate with our left and tap the top of the jar 9 times. Say "Be Gone STOP" and the person's name, 9 times.

Do this every single day for at least 9 days and better to do it for a full 28 days, a lunar month. You may burn a black candle next to the jar, and while you burn it, imagine  the person fading away. Soon if you forget to tap the jar one day, that is a good thing, the torment has left you. Put the jar away safely for several months to be sure that person will no longer target you and if and when you are sure after a year or more, that they have left your life, or left off tormenting you,  you can throw away the entire jar, never opening the jar again.

Another easy spell to do which will not harm anyone, because that is never the answer or the goal, but only to protect you and keep you from harm, is to freeze your tormentor. An old HooDoo spell, is to freeze a person who is speaking or trying to cause you harm with their words and actions. Hoodoo is an old traditional magickal system found in the South of the United States.  There are so many variations to be found on the freezing spell, some of the easier ones are:

Write the name of your tormentor on a slip of paper, twist it up and throw it in the freezer, just like that. Let them sit and freeze. But know, should you take them out someday, they will thaw out and they could decide to start in on you again if not enough time has passed. So be aware of the time.

Put their name on a slip of paper and place in a small jar or cup of water, the cup of water could have a bit of sugar, honey or syrup in it to make the person sweeter in regards to you if you wish.

You could also take an apple, and slice a slit like a mouth into the apple and place the slip of paper into the 'mouth' you created and place the apple and the paper in the mouth all into the freezer and leave it there.

All of these will work in freezing the persons harmful intentions towards you.




A last concept before we wrap up this discussion is the trusty mirror spell. I have recommended this to so very many people and this seems to work best with pesky neighbors or even better with empty houses or apartments next door to you that will soon be housed with new neighbors. Place a mirror on the outside of your house, but it CANNOT be broken!!! Or harmful energy will come back into your home. An unbroken mirror placed outside, against the foundation of your home, facing the house or apartment of the house where new neighbors will be moving in, or where you have difficult neighbors.

Clean the glass carefully, face it towards the neighbors property and leave it there. Try not to obstruct the view of the mirror if you can help it, and the way it works is the people that may have negative, harmful, unkind energies will look or glance at your property and any ill will will be reflected back towards them. The best part, if they look upon you with kindness and goodwill then that is what they will receive back. This spell seems to work best with keeping unwanted neighbors from moving in in the first place!!

These are a few ways of keeping those who are harmful and unkind from hurting you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually but if you truly feel you are in any immediate danger always, always call 911 first and foremost and let the police handle it. These magickal methods are used like we use magickal methods to aid us in healing and health spells, after we have seen a doctor and done the right things medically. NOT in lieu of.

I have been known to report stalkers and "emotionally disturbed persons" to my local police department, and I have recently, unfortunately had to deal with just such a person. Sadly this one was brought into my life by a trusted, dear friend, so you never know how they will enter your life, but once they have you need to rid your life of them quickly even if a friend needs to go with them. But you will not change the tormentor, you can only protect yourself and shield yourself, and move on with your life.

Our next discussion will discuss the concept of bringing in who and what you would like to be in the new year, our Pagan new year!!


Live, Laugh and Always Love, Ms. Faith








© 2010-2017 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Contemporary New England Witch Is Back and Better than Ever!



Greetings My Witchy Reader,

Some of you may have noticed I took a month off from my writing to you and I am back. I needed some time to rest, reflect and come back from dealing with some negative, harmful people. I do not believe in curses, or that truly evil people exist but my most recent experiences have brought me the closest to changing my mind than I have come in my entire life. But I needed to step back and look at things from a distance to realize that some people, are simply, at their very core, mean, petty, cruel, childish, jealous and hateful. Adults who act like middle school bullies and who go out of their way to hurt others and then revel in the fall out and chaos they try to create.

So, rather than writing, I have spent time, magickally protecting myself and loved ones from the evil intentions of others, by using defensive magick, protective magicks, and I will tell you the secret, the strongest, protective magicks of all are just like everyone found out at the end of the Harry Potter series of books, is .  .  .  love.  Yes, the author did know what she was writing about, at least in that area of magick. Love can and will conquer all.

Even if you cannot see the results in this lifetime, or in your situation. The hardest thing to do is to get over the anger, the hurt (or at least try to put it aside) and you may have to dig very, very deep at times and try to find the forgiveness, not only for the other person, but for yourself, and then send out love. If there are any others who do not deserve your love and have just stirred the cauldron to cause hurt and pain, enjoying the misery they have caused, then what you do in that situation is to neutralize them.

Yes, that's right, neutralize them. Bring them, in your mind to a place, surrounded by  colorless mists. No actual color, or grey, or as colorless as you can make it. Then in your mind imagine them, a picture of them, simply fading out, and becoming transparent. With no substance. No energy, nothing. Neutral. Where they will eventually fade away into nothingness, in your life. Never imagine harm of any sort befalling them, as those who follow my writings and lessons understand that which we send out does indeed come back to us, and why would we send harm to return to us? That is as childish as the poisonous childish bully we are trying to neutralize in the first place. 

There will be no more anger, never hold a grudge, goodness that will keep them bound to you for eternity! Yikes! How horrid would that be!!?? Oh, and NEVER do a binding spell on them! So many people try to do that! You must be careful. You can of course bind their evil, wicked tongue and vicious slander, should that be the case. But never bind them. As they will only follow you throughout your lifetime and possibly beyond.

No, you want to work hard to eliminate any and all emotions concerning them, so do what you need to do. Write them a letter, an email. Send it. It does not matter if the person reads the note, that is not important. They may even throw away the letter or delete the email, the important thing is you sent it. You put it out into the universe. It is for you anyways, not for them. Most likely they won't get it, especially if they were the person who initiated the hurt and pain to begin with. Send them forgiveness, love and acceptance. Most likely it will twist their messed up brains simply because they are not capable of that level of evolved consciousness. And that is just an extra benefit! Giggle. Also if and when they see you sending them forgiveness and love and acceptance that will baffle them.

Yes seriously, sending out the love and light, blessings and acceptance of who they are. You do not have to be forgiving of what they did to you, just forgiving them of who they are, even of their dark ways. Knowing that many times, the darkness has consumed them, and it is beyond their ability to free themselves. That they are as miserable as you feel they must be, even if they do not seem to be. The vital thing for you though, is to get yourself out of the darkness they have tried to drag you down into with them and to bring yourself back into the light. You can do this by burning love candles, and wishing only loving energies to surround you. If you can imagine the person hurting you, then imagine loving energies surrounding them and that will return to you also, only love, and happiness and good things.

If you are still in a place of hurt, or fear, or trauma then do not think of them at all and only think of yourself. By burning a black candle on Saturdays, every Saturday with a short, simple incantation while holding your hands out towards the candle right after you light it, say aloud "As this candle burns so bright, my connection to (their name) is severed this night, as I will it, three times three, an' it harm none, So Mote it Be!" Imagine scissors snipping a cord between you and the other person, and it is done. Snip, snip.

No, you will not forget this person, but it will allow you to remember the good memories and allow the painful memories to pass into the mists of time. It will allow you to get on with your life and to move forward. It will allow you to severe the unhealthy connection that we at times find a long term relationship, be it a friendship, or a marriage, or a work relationship, or a family relationship, any of which may have gone bad, has developed into and none of these simply go away on their own. They must be severed specifically and with intent or things like grudges remain and hard feelings and pain and sadness and all sorts of karmic gunk.

Now, having said that, all you can do is severe it from your end. What happens on their end is not up to you and you have no responsibility nor do you have any expectations of doing anything to fix things for them. Let them deal with what they have created, as Karma will visit those who She has determined requires a visit. And She will. It is best that you stay far away from the work She has to do. It is not you or anything to do with you, but their own actions that will come back to them, so stay far away from it. That is the safest place to be. In reality and magickally, keep yourself far, far away.

Again, in conclusion I caution you as strongly as I can, never fall into the open cesspit of revenge and vengeance in your pain and desire for magickal payback. It will never work as you choose.  Now, feel free to write your feelings down, the hurt, the betrayal, the emotions all that you wish to express. You can even send it to them if you choose. It does not matter if they actually read your words, because you have no control over whether they open your letter or email, if they read the words, or discard or delete. It only matters that you got the emotions out, the poison out of you and sent it out into the universe. If they were meant to read your words, trust me, the universe has a way of making things that are meant to happen, happen.

Now for those of you paying particular attention, you will have noticed at the beginning of this discussion, I mentioned protective and defensive magicks. Yes .  .  .  yes I did! Well, yes there are other things that can be done to help protect you from the harmful energies directed at you and even physical actions, behaviors and vicious words, slander and gossip of people intent on causing you hurt and harm.

Aha I have your attention, well good. Then my next discussion I will have for you in a few days. I will discuss various ways and spells to protect yourself from specific individuals. Protective and defensive magicks. No, no, not curses, not at all. Never sending out harmful or destructive or evil intentions and never intending for anyone to be harmed in anyway. Only sending out, remember, what will come back to you and keeping others from harming you with their behavior, actions, words and lies. In the end, yes, many times their evil ways, through the magick of karma finds it ways back to them, but that is not you. That is the way karma works.

So, my magickal witchlings, it is so good to be back. I have missed writing for you and I hope most of you have stayed and have not left me. I needed time to regroup and get my magickal spark back and I have it. So I will be back soon with more magick and fun and witchy lore and legend from your Contemporary New England Witch!

 Remember

Live, Laugh and Always Love, Ms. Faith

                                   







© 2010-2017 Faith M. McCann. Portions of this blog posting may include materials from my book “Enchantments School for the Magickal Arts First Year Magickal Studies.” For more information, see www.enchantmentsschool.com or go to the title of tonight's discussion and click, it will link you to my school's website. Please note that the copying and/or further distribution of this work without express written permission is prohibited. 

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