Guest Blogger: Marie-Claude Bourque
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Can you do a spell for me? This question, oddly, comes more often than you may think. A witchcraft spell, a few simple words said with maybe the right tools and components, and all our wishes come true. Is it possible? Or are we dwelling in the paranormal?
Since I hear the request often and see ads for guaranteed spells constantly popping on my computer screen, then it must be because people believe they work. Love spells, in the last week, were particularly popular.
What is a Witch spell?
Contrary to what people may think, there are as many ways to do a spell as there are Witchcraft traditions. Some traditions are very rigid and have strict rules and steps in their ritual magic: blessing the elements, calling the guardians, casting the circle, reciting the charge of the God/Goddess, etc., before saying or reciting their intention. These can be performed either solitary or by a whole coven. Other Witches don’t follow specific traditions and their ritual can be looser, a simple meditation at the top of a mountain, or by the beach, or a visualization over candles. All those can be spells depending on who performs them. In fact, a spell is mostly a prayer, a gathering of powers by a very focused individual to make things happen.
Does a spell work?
This question is basically asking if this a paranormal phenomenon, a spirituality or scientific truth. Again, everyone has their own answers. Studies indicate that spiritual people seem healthier. But is this a paranormal phenomenon or biology? When the Witch perform the spell, is he/she attuned to otherworldly powers or just more in tune with his/her own sources of strength? Or, perhaps even a certain collective consciousness. I have to say that I personally don’t have the answers. Faith is individual. Some Witches really do believe in a true gods or goddesses outside themselves, while others use them as useful archetypes to work from within and understand what lay inside them.
A Witch friend of mine recently pondered that things happen for a reason. Perhaps it is true, or perhaps it is that when we look for a reason for an event, we actually study the circumstances of the event to help us grow.
Can you buy a spell?
So, can you buy a spell and expect it to work? Can you just buy the right series of words over the internet and win the lottery tomorrow or have that cute neighbor fall in love with you? The question just makes a Witch smile. It doesn’t really work that way. First, a spell has to be “correct” and a wish for “the good of all." So wishing for someone to love you back, might not be the best for all concerned. And then, Witches believe in the “three-fold law,” of the “power of three.” That whatever you send out will return back to you three times stronger. Again, is this paranormal or reality? Well, it does seem that whatever energy you send out there, whether through hard work or good wishes, tends to be returned to you. When you set things in motion, you do make them happen. Perhaps the spell is then just a way for someone to find the energy to do the steps necessary for change.
Hence, if you do buy a spell and expect it to work, you will be disappointed. Because you do have to put your heart and soul into it and have years of “practice” to expect any results. One cannot really do the work for you. And even if you ask a practiced friend to write or perform the spell for you, it may still not work at all.
A year and a day.
Some people believe it takes a year and a day to make a Witch. What this means is that this is a spiritual path. It is a commitment. And whether it is a true paranormal power or simply a more trained consciousness, there is no denying that one doesn’t become a Witch in a week and by purchasing a “Witch kit” for a few dollars over the internet. Just like any other religion or path, it takes time and practice before one can really find the way to harness the power that lay within themselves to make things happen in their life.
The witchcraft in dark paranormal romance ANCIENT WHISPERS.
The way I chose to illustrate spells in my dark paranormal ANCIENT WHISPERS was for my priestess in training to use rituals that are Wiccan-like in nature. And as my heroine enters a trance, she encounters the Goddess, and it is through those encounters that she learns more about herself and eventually manages to make things happen. But it doesn’t come easy. In one of her first efforts, my heroine attempts to perform a healing spell and the Goddess laughs at her arrogance, tells her she is not ready and nearly kills her. Only after training and deep inner work, does the Goddess finally accept the heroine and grant her the power of performing an invincible protection spell.
What do you believe?
You can learn more about Witches and spells at http://www.witchvox.com/.
But, to each his own, as they say. People do or not believe in magic. How about you? Do you believe in spells? Do you perform them? Have they worked? Or have you ever been curious, or maybe so desperate to make things happen, that you were tempted by those internet ads?
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Marie-Claude Bourque is an American Title V finalist with her entry ANCIENT WHISPERS, a dark paranormal romance filled with tortured sorcerers, dark sensuality and gothic rituals. You can find her at www.mcbourque.com and www.myspace.com/marieclaudebourque .
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