There are lot of Witches in literature, on TV and in movies. We have Samantha from Bewitched, Nancy from the Craft, the Owen Sisters from Practical Magic, Willow from Buffy, the Halliwell Sisters from Charmed, Merrick from Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. Lately, we have Bonnie Bonnet from Vampire Diaries, Cassey Blake from the Secret Circle and Moira Bryne from Sweep and Hermoine Granger from Harry Potter. Though these characters are merely fictional, we cannot deny that one way or another, it also influenced some of the witches to even step on the Path of the Wise. There is one thing that we need to remember though- how to differentiate reality from fantasy.
Some of the neophyte witches maybe drawn to the allure of witchcraft because of what they see in the movies or on TV and what they read on novels. After all, who doesn't want to move things with their minds, shoot lightning from their finger tips, stop time, control the weather, and even just stirring their coffee with magick.
However, this is too far from reality. Though there are people that can possible control fire, this act alone would take a lot of energy. Weather work would also take a lot of time to even move a cloud or make rain fall. Twitch your nose to make the entire kitchen clean, is that even possible?
Magick is not as simple as waiving your hand, shouting something in Latin and *poof you'll get what you want. Magick would take more than that. For me working a spell requires study and preparation. It requires correspondences- proper hour, moon phase, herbs, stones, candles and incenses. Though a lot of people might disagree with me and would probably say that weaving a spell does not require all of these tools and would only need their mind, planning your spells are quite important. If doing a spell without tools can be successful, how much more with proper and correct materials and correspondences. This fuels the spells to be more effective as it gives more energy to the spell. The more energy to fuel the spell, the easier for a trained mind to mold these energies and concentrate them to achieve your goal.
Everything holds energy and if these energies blend with each other for a common goal, then it is a better way to achieve our goal. If using your mind without other tools could give you an 80% result, how much more if we use the additional energies produced by the herbs, the time and the planets, the moon... then probably we could raise the success rate of our spells to 100%.
We need to remember that the abilities of the TV Witches are exaggerated. It takes more than a flick of finger, a Latin word, a twitch of your nose to alter reality. We are talking about energies here. Each ingredient, material and tool hold their own energy and contribute something to the entire picture. We just need to understand that bending reality to the will of the witch is quite difficult. To untangle the weave of "normalcy" and insert our own will would take a lot of focus and concentration. Though there are some ways to make things easier, it still needs training and experience to perfectly cast spells.
If you are interested to study magick, you need dedication and perseverance. Calling yourself a Witch does not make you one.
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