Every Witch Way “Patti The Good Witch”

I am a witch.  Please picture me much more like Glinda or Wendy than the scary dark hags of horror films and late night stories at slumber parties.   Witches do not turn people into frogs nor do we worship the devil.   Witchcraft is a life-affirming, earth and nature-oriented belief system that sees all of life as sacred.  It honors the natural world as the embodiment of divinity. It is a peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of living which promotes oneness with all that exists.
I believe in magic.   Not the “rabbit out of the hat kind” of magic – though I love that too – but magic that can make something really appear from nowhere.  Magic can help you find a better job, find your lost keys or find a new boyfriend.  Magic can bring about healing, change your life for the better, and create balance.
I have been practicing natural Magick my entire life.   (Add the k on the end of magic to differentiate it from the card trick kind!)  My specialty is in adjusting energy and flow – in people, spaces, situations, most anything.  I work organically by creating spells and rituals that arrange natural elements to the rhythms and cycles of the universe.
A spell or ritual is a set of actions, elements and prayers that you do and say in order to ask for divine help with some particular aspect of your life.  I work heavily with mother earth’s natural elements, using oils, herbs, sounds and stones in my workings.
Spells and Rituals can be designed to attempt to either harm or help others.  The same processes are used for both.  I highly recommend working only in the light and practicing “good or white” Magick and strongly believe in harming none.  Magick has a three-fold law: “All good that a person does to another returns three-fold in this life; harm is also returned three-fold.” (Meaning whatever you send out, comes back to you three times over.)  There is also a Wiccan Rede: “An it harm none, do what thou wilt.” (Meaning do whatever you wish as long as it harms no one.)
Before performing a ritual or spell, you need to carefully think through all the possible repercussions to make certain that it does not have a manipulative component. I believe that spells and rituals alter the course of the universe and are not to be entered into lightly without thoroughly considering all of its possible effects.
I am grateful to USM magazine for giving me this opportunity to share my magic.  I am going to use this column to give you some simple tools, information, rituals and spells for self empowerment and a better life.  I believe that we ALL have the power and the MAGICK to create the life and the world we want.  So get ready to wave your wand and click your ruby red slippers three times… because Magick is afoot!  See ya next time.  Until then, start to find your own magic within.  With love, blessings and big, big hugs from Hollywood!  ;o)  xox Patti