Welcome to the Contest Edition of QUESTIONS YOU'VE ASKED ME. The first question is that of this year's winner, followed by a few choice questions I received for enteries into the contest. :) Without further ado:
Q: You often talk about "Thinking something to death," and yet books like The Secret, and Creative Thinking, suggest that continuous positive thought on a subject will manifest our desires. Is there any relation to these ideas or are they simply opposing views?
A: Books such as The Secret, and other books trying to teach the Law of Attraction do often overstate the effacicy of said law in my humble opinion, but they are not exactly "wrong." The thing is, the proper method to manifestation is always to have a mental picture of HAVING the desired outcome already, not HOW you get said desired outcome. This is pretty much exactly what I tell you to do. Don't worry about why or how something is going to happen - just know it will. Faith is a key element in any spellworking. If the petitioner feels doubtful, this effects the outcome.
While I feel books like the Secret do contain some helpful ideas, I have a few problems with said book (much to the annoyance of many,) in that it wildly overstates how useful manifestation can be, in my most humble opinion. Use of creative manifestation is something where its hard to control any situation outside the self. Furthermore, its no effing secret whatsoever.
The idea has been around and been advertised for years, and every decade or so, someone else "re-reveals," the "secret," and tells you that its some sort of incredible epiphany and a secret the world lost. That's whats commonly known as bullsh*t. The Secret is no secret.
Also, I'll just say it... I hate the book the Secret, and having read it, think its one of the worst titles ever written on the Law of Attraction which is saying quite a bit (since several bad books are devoted to the law of attraction.) ;)
Q: What is the difference between a "charm" and a "spell?"
A: Usually, when someone is referring to a "charm," they are referring to a physical object which has been saturated with magical energies which may or may not be recharged with the petitioner/spellcaster regularly "working" the charm and may be hidden or carried; as opposed to a spell, which is performed at then then energies released to perform a certain action or illicit a result.
Examples of charms are jar spells like honey jars, or mojo bags, or even dollies. Examples of spells are as simple as a candleburning spell where you burn one dressed candle, to grandiose set ups where you call a spirit into a circle.
Q: In your experience, does working for others (as opposed to working for just for yourself,) help or hone your skill as a spellcaster?
A: I'm assuming this is implicative of whether or not its helpful to one to work professionally as a spellcaster rather than normally doing one's own work and occaisionally offering assistance to friends and loved ones.
The best answer I have is that while I feel I was at one time more adept in certain spell-related areas in my life when working just for myself (I'll get into that in a sec,) I have had the opportunity to work on many different types of cases and therefore problems which I'd never experienced in my own life (and some I likely will not experience,) so it expanded my experience in other ways.
I guess it could say it has honed my experience in certain areas like I would never have any reason to use love spellcraft on a woman (I'm not gay or bi,) on my own, but this is almost the same as spellcasting on a man, so that wasn't a really enlightening experience. ;) Its honed my ability to use communication spells (I hate the phone and don't like being bothered at home so I wouldn't use this type of spell very often...normally I'm waiting for someone to shut up, lol.) I've learned a lot about court spells, and gotten better at cursing. So... in the sense that it gives me a chance to perfect my abilities in a certain class of spells or even allows me the ability to learn and expand on my knowledge in other types of spells...sure, that's been educational and enlightening.
I've had the opportunity to see how different types of spell-targets respond to every different spell I know, and I've really honed my knowledge on the personalities of roots and herbs, having had a greater opportunity to use roots I personally would have had little use for because I personally have no need for that type of spell its used in.
I've also learned how to have more patience with others...which, though that's not a spell related thing, is definitely an important thing to have in life and dealing with people in general.
The downside is that I don't have much time for myself in any myriad of ways. I work, on average, at least 12 hours a day and up to 16 hours a day. This gives me little opportunity tp even have enough of a life to have a need for many spells when it comes to myself. I am forced to invest all my time to things like if this or that high-maintance client needs reassurance and encouragement (apparently part of my job is having me be your very own cheerleader, or so some people believe) then I need to sacrifice whatever free time I have left-over to encourage and reassure that person and whatever time I have to spellcast for myself (or sometimes even the time I have for a shower on one day,) is going to be taken up just to deal with this person. Since I'm obviously more intimately acquainted with my own problems than with those of a client (albeit several people give me far too much information, so its not always the case,) I obviously would learn the most by testing out spells on myself and on situations to do with myself. Since my work compromises that time, I find I need to only cast NECCISSARY spells for myself and those are spells I'm very accustomed to and adept at like a business bringing spell or protecton spells. Its not really a learning situation if I have to stick with what I know... I can't test new spells on clients, either, unless I ask them if they want to be a guinea pig...which a lot of times they say no. I mean, new spells are sort of like a radical new medication - those interested are those who have had the traditional and well-used spells already fail them. ;) So...my learning is compromised by not being able to explore and create new spells as much as I'd have liked, even as it is being increased by getting to use spells I'd not have been likely to have used or would have used much less. I can't escape that some people have expectations of me that are above and beyond the description of my job, though I do have a notice on my site that I am not your therapist (lol.) ;) I also miss having enough time to have a social life, but at 30 as I am, I suppose its time I had less of one as is. ;)
I also think the downside of working for others is that its a giant fire hazard (candles everywheres, sheesh!)
If anyone wanted my recommendation, it would be to stick with just doing your own work and learning. Practicing for others requires the patience of Job, among other things.
Q: What, in your personal opinion, is the most successful method of causing a reconciliation with spellwork?
A: It would really depend on the case, of course. ;) However, the most basic break-ups and their most successful "cures" (in my personal experience,) are as follows:
The spell-target is cheating: Though my advice is that this person is apt to just fall back into cheating on you since most cheats are cheaters forever, and to tell them to go eff themselves, the heart wants what it wants and you'll want them back - at least for awhiles anyhow. ;) You need to get and keep this person's attention, right? So in this case you want to use a return-to-me spell (a reconicilation spell which uses a method to cause the person not just to feel forgiveness, but also compells their return into your life,) a love-drawing spell (to make them more enamored of you,) and a love-binding (to keep them focused only on you.) Added but not needed could be a love-attraction spell to make them more desirous of you physically.
The petitioner is too clingy, pushy, or "too much too fast," etc: Uh-oh, someone told you to back the eff off and you kept pushing, eh? The first thing is for the petitioner to back off the target immediately and cease contact. Normally in this case, the petitioner is semi-stalking the target, so its imperative that stops. Next, I'd use an Intranquil Spirit spell, a reconcilation spell, and a love-drawing. The Intranquil Spirit (or spirits if you choose to call another of this type,)
will keep the target tied up in knots until they make up with the petitioner, the reconiliation element will foster forgiveness towards the petitioner, and the love drawing will be apt to give the situation a second chance as the target finds themselves feeling more amorous towards the petitioner. Also, no one should be being TOO NICE or TOO EXCITED to see the target back, or else the target will be apt to feel smothered again and bolt.
"We just can't make it work, so its over." Ah nuts, you two keep fighting and can't stop, I see. Probably a communication problem...you love so and so, you want so and so, but then so and so opens his or her mouth, you disagree...and boom, there you are disagreeing and arguing, only to discover you are saying the same things just in different ways. :X So what you need is a reconcilation spell, a communication spell, and a roadopener spell to be put on your communication difficulties. This will work if you haven't already started throwing crap at each other during one of your many fights, or if you never chased so and so down the street with an axe. ;)
The petitioner gave an ultimatim: Did you say "Do this or we're over," and that blew up in your face? It usually does. Ultimatims are not for relationships. Well, so your target said "Eff you, I'm gonna do what I wanna do," and bolted. Now what do you do? I assume you've tried apologizing and saying whatev. Now you want to do strong reconcilation, a return to me with a coercive element to it, and a love-drawing. If your intended is doing something so adverse you actually gave an ultimatim over it, I am going to assume that's still going on since you are single right now? I'd also be working on removing whatever situation created the original ultimatim. If it was "spend more time with me," the love work might do the trick, but if it was "Stop hanging out with your drunk-ass buddy Mike," then I would be working to destroy that friendship between your target and the drunken buddy.
That's just a few examples - hope it helps.
OK, that's enough for me for now, kids - part II shortly.
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