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I've been getting a surge of fake comments from practitioners pretending to be clients they have. These comments will never be posted or seen by anyone but myself, and you are actually banned from commenting for forever (meaning it looks like it goes through on your end but I never see a comment from you again, and I ban people by IP, email, and key words,) if you do spam my blog, but looking where these people are commenting, I'd say they don't even read the posts.
One benefit is if any person comes to me asking if your site or services are a scam and you've been spamming my blog, I will outright say you're obviously full of sh*t if you're pretending to be your own clients. Anyone over the age of 10 could identify that the same person is posting these (actually it's like 2 people, and they both advertise the same sites over and over.) Just grow up. You're an awful liar, and it's clear by the grammar and spelling mistakes, and reappearing same sites that you're the same person.
That said, I assume this person is trolling many occult blogs. They seem to mostly want to pretend to be a rootworker, though I've seen another that seems closer related to Wicca/Ceremonialism. I strongly suggest my readers avoid hiring practitioners from ads left on occult blog comments. Normally one troll on my blog means the same troll on a few other occult blogs.
I am happy to recommend peers of mine I know to be legit workers and great minds in the occult world, but I do not run ads for practitioners I know nothing about and who I have never met. By allowing such posts from strangers, this would give the impression that I in some way promote your services or put my support behind them, when in reality because you're making fake posts pretending to be a client, I'd strongly discourage anyone from working with you...so obviously I won't post the ad in the comments section.
If you're a legit practitioner and you want to comment and leave your site in the "url" part of the comments, that is far different if you're leaving an on topic comment about the article, and not blatantly promoting another site.
"Cat, while I understand use of sage in this spell, but I'd actually omit sage and suggest cedar as a replacement as in this respect it would probably work better alongside...." etc in a post discussing say, I cleansing recipie
as opposed to
"I have to tell you about Shnookums McRootworkerpants. He saved my life. I lost my ex husband for 10 years but Shnookums got him back to me. It only took him 1 week and my husband was all about me again. He was the only one who helped me. You can contact him at ShnookumsMcRootworkerpants - at - Notactuallyarootworkerjustpretendingtobe - dot- com You'll be happy you did!" Posted on an article about why I've not recently posted an article.
What if you want to advertise here?
Well, you're SOL. Anyone you see with a link posted on my site by my hand is there because that promotion was earned by me actually respecting the quality of their goods, services, and/or knowledge. I do not do paid or unpaid promotions for anyone.
My temp post is down. It ends up I can't escape looking in that inbox before I get here even if I try. Why? Because some stupid part of me thinks something in there will inspire me or make me not entirely doubt that humans are a race of intelligent beings. That inbox is an evil mistress because I look in there and I am STUPIFIED. That's RENDERED DUMB by 95% of my email. That is to say, I really can't believe I'm getting so many of these weird requests at once because I never get this volume.
The thing is, I have a surge of similar requests...and I don't know where this is coming from... I keep getting emails about wish granting spells and does St Expedite grant wishes and wish that and wish this. Here it is:
1. I do not really put much stock in wish granting spells. I have never found a "wish spell" to be very effective. It's like a toss-all catagory and to me that's like offering someone 1 asprin for to mend bone and sinew and nerve and flesh, and take away the pain of a broken leg. Considering asprins don't mend bone, and one won't kill much pain, that shows you the level of belief I have in "wish spells."
2. St Expedite is not a genie or some magical wish granting sprite or what have you. He doesn't grant wishes. He helps you with emergencies and grants (REASONABLE) requests fast, which you do not need grossly large sums of money...I mean like you need to pay the mortgage and that's $1000 might be reasonable....he does not help you turn younger, he does not give you a job you are grossly unqualified for, and he's not the person for love requests...at least not who I'd personally ask.
3. I cannot turn someone into a magical wish granting genie.
4. For the love of all things holy and unholy where is this wish spell wish master wish stuff coming from? It's driving me insane.
5. If I could grant wishes why in the heck am I not the Evil Overlord of the Planet, nay the Universe? I might be able to help with REASONABLE SENSIBLE REQUESTS, but asking me to make you an overnight gazillionaire or 20 years younger are not sensible requests.
OK, the orange haired rootworker (me!) is done ranting. *sighs* Feel a bit better there. ;)
As many of you know, I am ripped off constantly by a boatload of butt-munching internet terrorists, most of whom are too stupid to write their own copy, and have absof*ckinglutely no idea how to cast a spell...or probably what a spell even is. From the moron who copied and pasted me and then SIGNED HER NAME TO THAT as if she wrote it (scarier part of that is she published a book, so I wonder if she put some of my writing in there, too, her name is Toni Silvano, btw) to the douche-nozzle who ripped off another article of mine and had the nerve to BS me that he was a practitioner of ATR's but would not tell me the name of his godparents when I asked or answer any basic questions that someone of his stature would have given me because I'd asked and it would be incredibly rude not to tell me (translation, he was a BS artist, and had never been initiated into any ATR tradition, lol,) who told me "Oh, I had a web designer design my site, and s/he must have just taken some of your copy. Sorry, I will take it down," I have heard every dumchit excuse for why I have been ripped off...and...you know, if you don't argue much and remove it (the usual thing that happens,) I'm USUALLY very nice about it considering I could rape your bank account, shut down your site, and do things entirely legally to you that would make you rue the day that you were ever born solely because you lifted my hard work and tried to pretend you were the smarty-pants who created it all.
And the most memorable thing I've heard? "Copyright is not enforceable on the internet."
I really think you should read this article by Karma Zain - it gives a very clear picture into how time consuming answering emails in a rootwork related job can be, and how sometimes people have ridiculous expectations simply for being ignorant of how complicated the answer to their questions are. (Those of you who have gotten an email with "It's not exactly a blanket answer," as the opening line in one of my emails have probably already heard me make a similar speech - though props to Karma, I could never have said it as well as she has.)
While I'm LOVING all the contest entries, I'm a bit troubled with a few which seem borne of a few common mythological creatures of spellcasting....suchas:
The myth of a foolproof or guaranteed spell. Anyone who swears that a spell must work and is guaranteed to do so (as in there is no way it can fail,) is only making a fool out those who believe there is such a thing.
A supposed book of spells containing spells that have never been tested, but are just about guaranteed to work, etc, that will work... This is also a myth. Any book or tract of literature holding several spells that has stood the test of time (or even spells which have been around for more than the lifetime of he or she who authored them,) have all been tested. This place we inhabit in our conscious hours is reality and not a movie, so as Indiana-Jones and exciting as that sounds, there is no such thing. If the book says that's what's going on and its recently published (or an online publication,) then the author is simply trying to feed you bull. Furthermore, if I wanted to sell you a car I put together by theory alone that is guaranteed to work, would you buy it? What data am I basing my guarantee on if I never tried it, started it, tested it in some way? Hmmm... So...why would there be something with no data backing it up that's guaranteed to work even though no ever tried it in the world of spells? That was a new one for me to hear.
A spell "guaranteed to overcome all spells" or "guaranteed to overcome even the worst circumstances or situations," also does not exist. There are some kickass spells out there, but not a one of them are guaranteed, and the best ones generally aren't all-purpose. There also is not a supportive spell that can be added to any spell regardless of its type to then guarantee the spell it is added to will then work...at least not one that I've come across in over 20 years of intensive study on spellcasting and the occult.
Money spells to win windfall large amounts with basically no effort on the part of the petitioner (person the spell is cast for,) also are just bull, IMHO. If you think you're gonna light an orange candle that you put some Irish moss on, and win Powerball from that alone, there's a bridge in Brooklyn I'd love to sell you. Even occultists who've been studying spellcraft for YEARS and have done very intricate and powerful spells (that cost them thousands in materials in 3 cases I know of,) have a hard time with accomplishing lotto wins through spellwork. I know more fail stories (with obvious implictations the spell had an effect, even to the person's total failure, suchas several years ago an acquaintance of mine who claims he got all the Powerball or state lotto numbers in a DIAGONAL LINE on his ticket-paper because he bought several tickets "quick-pick" that were printed on one ticket, to up his manifestation chances,) than I know of amazing lotto winning spell-manifestations. This is not to say that money spells don't work, just that too many people greatly exaggerate this type of money-spells' ability.
The comments section IS NOT a way to email me. I get no notice in any emailbox that you left a comment in here, and I have to have the time to visit my weblog to see it.
The comments section IS NOT a way to make demands of me. Its for clarification on the subject matter of its attatched article, or to make a comment pertaining to the article.
If you want my personal help on your problem, you need to use the EMAIL ME link in the top left hand corner of the blog. If you look, its right under the picture of a drunk cat, in that corner. See? Good.
If you want to make demands of me, I only take polite requests, so just don't bother contacting me if you can't behave civilized.
Now, if you can't deal with having to email me and think commenting off topic with "PLEASE HELP ME I AM SAD AND NEED MY EX BACK NOW!!!!!!" on an article regarding the use of poo in Hoodoo is going to get you anything from me or anywhere good with me, all you're doing is showing me you have no respect for my body of work (obviously didn't read the article, did you?) and you can't even think clear enough to use the email link given up top on this page.
I really prefer if you email like "Hello, Cat, I was hoping you could help me, and this is what happened, and this is what I want" (obviously flesh out the "this is what happened, what I want parts with your story,) "so thank you for taking the time to read this, and..." Now if you feel its "urgent" you might close it with "I do feel that time is of the essence, so please kindly answer me at your earliest convenience." Now you should close in the traditional way, like "Thank you, So-and-so." So-and-so being in place of your name. ;) You know, behave civilly. I don't expect a total kiss my ass letter, but I do expect you to behave more like a normal human being with some courtesy and common manners rather than like a spoiled child making demands and screaming at me. If you walked up to me on the street and starting hollering "MY EX IS AN AWFUL PERSON I NEED A CURSE AND I NEED IT NOW AND YOU MUST HELP ME NOW!!!!!!" in my face, I would just walk away from you - maybe even run or call the police. Why? That's pretty psycho of you to do to someone in the street, right? Same idea here - almost exactly the same idea.
I will block you from commenting if you continue to put off topic comments (you insisting I MUST HELP YOU CUZ YOU ARE SOOOOOO DESPERATE!!! on an article regarding, say, my feelings on skinny jeans,) and if you behave like an irrational, rude, demanding jerk, I'm not going to help you anyhow, or even acknowledge you. Why? Because anyone who would behave that way to a stranger they supposedly want help from is a rude and irrational and probably crazy person who I have no desire to so much as acknowledge.
This hasn't been a problem til the last 2 days or so, but now I'd figure I'd say. I mean, I'm sort of shocked I have to tell some people this stuff, but...well, I guess I do. :P
Summary - if you want my help on a problem, email me, and act with common courtesy. If you want to leave a comment in the comments section, please make sure it pertains to the article you are commenting on (an observation, opinion, or request for clarification on the topic.)