Not too often, but usually about once a month, I get emails from people begging me to help them because they are cursed, possessed, or surrounded by evil spirits, or all of the above, or someone else they know is. Are they really? I mean, how do they know they are and how do I know they aren’t schizophrenic or had a bad reaction to prescription meds and are hallucinating? Now if it was a fellow Witch or Pagan or a very sane sounding person who wrote me a rational email with examples I might take them seriously, but the emails I usually receive are rife with spelling errors, craziness, and no specifics other than wild claims that come off as paranoid. If you send me an email like this I will most likely not respond as I don’t want to feed the paranoia.
If you think you are cursed, possessed, or surrounded by evil spirits do me and all Witches and Rootworkers a favour and do divination first to see if you really are. Not a magical person? Find a tarot reader with a good reputation and DON’T tell them what your issue is, just tell them it’s a yes or no type of question. Some readers are shady and will tell you what you want to hear so they can charge you even more for other services. Don’t let the reader fish, just wait for them to tell you what the cards say. If you get a yes and all kinds of creepy cards then maybe you really are – but it’s still a maybe. If you get a resounding no, maybe it’s time to take a trip to a local therapist to find out if it could be a psychological disorder causing the issue. Mental illness is far more common than we all like to believe and it could be something easily remedied once you seek evaluation and help.
Now even if you really think you are, you still don’t need to bug a Witch –it’s time to hit the books. Pick up a copy of one of the many manuals of defence against the dark arts, aka Dion Fortune’s Psychic Self-Defence, Draja Mickaharic’s Spiritual Cleansing, Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft, or Jason Miller’s Protection and Reversal Magick. Each has many spells and rituals for curse reversals, banishments, and protections and you don’t have to be a Witch or an occultist to use them, especially Draja’s book which is meant for the everyday Dick and Jane. Actually perform the spells and rituals that pertain to your situation and give them time to take effect – some may need to be repeated for days or a week until your situation improves. Follow instructions to the letter and don’t be lazy about it.
If it doesn’t work and you find yourself in way over your head with things you don’t understand and that scare the crap out of you – then call a professional Witch or Rootworker to help you out. A good one won’t be cheap so save your money. If they try to charge you over a few hundred dollars or only repeat what you’ve told them and don’t give any new information or clarity about the situation, run away and find someone else. I personally don’t do long distance work so I’m not the one to run to.
If you are thinking of hiring a Witch, read this amazing post by Deborah over at Charmed I’m Sure first – Etiquette Lessons: Magic Is Not for Free (Sometimes)
If you are a Witch or Rootworker who offers such services you will quickly learn how to spot which clients are sane and need your help and which ones suffer from paranoid delusions and won’t believe anything other than the opinion they’ve formed in their head. It’s important to be able to distinguish the difference as you’ll make a lot of money off of the crazies, but your magic will be wasted and they will just keep coming back to you for more and more and never get over the initial paranoia. I personally do a tarot reading or have a quick chat first with my spirits to see if I should take on the client or not. Shut them down and say no right away and don’t try to be nice. As much as we’d like to think we are and as often as we need to act like them, we are not therapists or psychologists and cannot replace them.