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An Occultist with Little Magical Experience

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Dear GW/BW,

As an occultist with very little magical experience, I’m not sure I should even fancy an attempt at what I wish to try. I would like to infuse different types of magick (mostly with mixed practices as well) and create my own Craft. What I would like to accomplish most by doing this is helping the families who have recently lost loved ones find peace and comfort knowing those lost have done the same. (I would, of course, not charge them for my services as happiness is better spent than money.) The things I would like to use are: necromancy, Wicca, elemental, Faerie, blood, herbs, stones and anything else possible.

In your opinion, would this be possible without harming those on the Planes and tearing the veil to where it couldn’t be fixed, basically bringing doom to us all?

Blessed be!

Keegan in Kentucky (incarcerated)


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Is Dark Magick Necessary?

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Good Witch/Bad Witch,

Blessed Be.

I have a question about balance. All of the universe, realms, Gods, Goddesses, even the human body have to be in balance. Light/Darkness Day/Night Yin/Yang Good/Evil Chaos/Order Good Witch/Bad Witch. This balance is necessary, for without it reality would collapse. (Ok here’s the question.) Is “Dark Magick” necessary? I realize that the laws of Karma apply and I’m not saying I go around cursing people but... In order to keep the balance do you think that it’s necessary for curses and hexes to exist?

Riku in Rochester


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Wolf Spirit from New Brunswick

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Good Witch/Bad Witch,

I am a seventeen-year old Witch and I have a “friend” who is also a Witch. But she takes being a Witch to a level that has me and my other Pagan friends cringing.

She has buttons and bumper stickers in her room that denigrate other religions. One that really bugged me was “How DARE you presume that I’m a Christian.” As Witches we aren’t supposed to put down other religions and mock them. But that’s her attitude. She boasts left and right about how much she knows and how she is an incredible Witch. She says she knows all about the Craft and abides every rule, but that’s not what she does. I don’t want to put her off and say “You’re a bad Witch and you have to stop.” I’d never do a thing like that. But there is something terribly wrong with this picture.

I’m worried that she is going to get into serious trouble with all this Karma around her. As I write this my stomach is tying into knots. I have no idea what to do. Please, can you maybe shed some light on this situation that can possibly help her?

— Wolf Spirit from New Brunswick


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Workplace Wicca 101

Workplace Wicca 101
Be Pagan on the job without getting fired.
by Tina Anderson 

Ok. So you’ve found your religion — you’re a Witch. You’ve studied, learned and absorbed your path; some of you reading this have even been initiated into a coven. Witchcraft has become more than just something you do — it’s a part of you, it’s who you are. Like the poem, you are a Witch at every hour. Stop! What was that? At every hour? Well, maybe every one but those from 9-5 . . .

It doesn’t have to be that way. Integrating your religion into your workspace doesn’t have to be hard, nor do you have to “come out of the broom closet” in order to do so. What you can do will be limited by how “out” you are, but you can almost always do something comfortably at any level of openness.

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All About Skyclad

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All About Skyclad
by Sheela Ardrian 

If there’s one thing that everybody “knows” about Pagans, it’s this: they dance naked in the woods. No matter how much you try to explain that not all covens do that, it’s an image that sticks in everybody’s mind. Pretty soon, you start to wonder if there might be something to it after all. Well, there is!

Why Go Skyclad?

People have been worshipping naked for a long time. Judging from the pictures on some cave walls, our ancestors probably worshipped naked before they worshipped clothed.

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Can I Be Christian and Pagan

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Hi Good Witch and Bad Witch!

Before I give you my question, I just want to say that I am indeed a Christian. I believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible, but I honestly don’t believe that paganism is something to fear. If anything, it’s something to honor and respect. Christianity and many of the major religions today are descended from the principles of Paganism.

Do you believe I can be a Christian and a Pagan? I read about them online, but I want to know what you think. Can I have my heart set with Jesus, yet worship the earth mother?

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

— Amy

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