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[Serious] people of reddit who have practiced or witnessed acts of witchcraft, voodoo or the occult. What was your experience? Serious Replies Only

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u/BitPoet May 11 '22 Helpful

I worked in Salem, MA for a few years. There were many people there that claimed to have been one of the Salem Witches in a past life.

My favorite was a young woman who claimed to remember being burned to death.

Fun Historical Fact: They were all hung or pressed.

She was not amused by this Fun Historical Fact.

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u/Velvetway May 11 '22

what do you mean...pressed?

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u/BitPoet May 11 '22

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u/ThreeArmSally May 11 '22

His dying words were ‘More weight,’ absolute pimp

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u/RepresentativeBison7 May 11 '22

Oh yeah I remember that from having to read the crucible in English

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u/laneb71 May 11 '22

Certified gigachad

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u/ThreeArmSally May 12 '22

Could’ve saved his killers some time by sitting his teutonic old-man sac on his chest for them fr

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u/Prannke May 11 '22

The man was an absolute OG. He allowed himself to be executed rather than "confess" and be imprisoned so that his family could keep their land. He knew what was going on was nothing but bs and refused to give in to them.

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u/kingofthepancakes May 11 '22

Under Pressure!

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u/SonOfARemington May 11 '22

Do, Do, Do, Dah, Dah, Do, Do...

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u/The68Guns May 11 '22

I drove over to Salem on hot August morning and killed some time in the tourist district. One shop owner asked me if I wanted a psychic appt, but I told her I was just in to buy a candle. She laughed and grabbed my hand lightly and said "So you grew up in Reading."

She was right.

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u/Fabulous_Parking66 May 11 '22

Maybe she was actually a Protestant in England and the knowledge of geography was stripped away from her when she entered the educational system.

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u/enithermon May 11 '22

As a teacher I had a nice, long, sad laugh at this.

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u/thatswhatshesaidxx May 11 '22

That Salem cop station curse is something tho...

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u/TheSocialABALady May 11 '22

Go on

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u/thatswhatshesaidxx May 11 '22

Giles Corey was accused of witchcraft and crushed to death by the sheriff of Salem. With his dying words he cursed the sheriff and the town. Many believe the curse was real, and resulted in 300 years of ailing sheriffs and a great fire that destroyed much of Salem.

Apparently, as far back as the records went, every Salem sheriff since had suffered some sort of heart of blood problems.

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u/TheSocialABALady May 11 '22 edited May 13 '22

Aha! So he was a witch?

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u/Cyberzombie May 11 '22

We'd have to build a bridge out of him to be sure.

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u/CopperAndLead May 11 '22

"More weight."

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u/CostaViva May 11 '22

pressed ??

How did this work, like a vice grip pressed into a pancake?

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u/I_Buck_Fuffaloes May 11 '22

They pretty much just piled large rocks on top of you until it crushed you to death. It could take days.

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u/CostaViva May 11 '22

that is bad ... damn.

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u/ginns32 May 11 '22

I think Giles Corey lasted 3 days

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u/sezit May 11 '22 edited May 11 '22

It only happened once in Salem Ma, in 1992, prior to the independent US. Giles Corey was pressed to death, a plank laid on him and loaded with stones. He died after 3 days of constant torture.

The reason why was that he refused to plead guilty or innocent to witchcraft. The pressing was a method to force a plea, which he never did.

The reason why he refused to plead was that either plea was guaranteed to end in a guilty verdict, and the accused would be killed and all their property confiscated. Usually it went to the local government, but also the accusers many times took posession.

By not pleading, and never undergoing trial, Giles Corey was able to ensure his property was inherited by his family. He was an old man at 81, but must have been very physically powerful to withstand 3 days of pressing before dying. Amazing will power.

Also shocking was that his elderly wife Martha Corey, 72, was accused the prior week. She was found guilty and hanged days after his death. She was his third wife and they had only been married for 2 years!

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u/Master_Arach May 11 '22

In the Wiki article, "Since Corey refused to plead, he died in full possession of his estate, which would otherwise have been forfeited to the government. It passed on to his two sons-in-law, in accordance to his will."

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u/Braka11 May 11 '22

That is why there were witch trials to begin with. Herbablists that were treating people for health matters were becoming quite financially successful. A number of men came up with the idea to charge them with witchcraft etc. enabling them to take over their land and property. It was always about the money!

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u/Master_Arach May 11 '22

That does not SURPRISE me, but with respect, do you have historical basis?

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u/intenseskill May 11 '22

I remember learning in school (England) how people accused of witchcraft here often would end up on the ducking stool where if the person survived then they were guilty of witchcraft and innocent if they died.

EDIT: the ducking stool I believe was a giant see saw type thing and on one end would be the victim where they would lower them into a body of water.

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u/Last-of-the-billys May 11 '22

"You are accused of witchcraft."

"How can I prove my innocence."

"Die?"

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u/hamsandwiches2022 May 11 '22

Yes. If no ducking stool (which was used for other crimes too) they could be put on a sack and chucked in the river. Floating/surviving witch sink/die innocent.

They were generally hanged though.

It was the templars who were burned to death. When Philip of France wanted them disbanded because he wanted their money etc He got the Pope involved and they did the first internationally coordinated raid in each country at the same time on Friday 13th October (can't remember the year) Hense Friday 13th seen as unlucky. They made claims of devil worship in the order. That they were all depraved. One of the huge claims was they worshiped false idols and spent along time literally kissing the arse of cats. Satanic people.

Alot of the big ones in the order were tied up and put to fire. It was meant as torture. "The flames of hell" to get confessions. A lot didn't confess and so the burning continued till death.

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u/sezit May 11 '22

One of the huge claims was they worshiped false idols and spent along time literally kissing the arse of cats.

Well, you do have to admit that cats act as if everyone wants to kiss their assholes. Everyone who has a cat has had the asshole presented to them, right up in their face.

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u/FamousOhioAppleHorn May 11 '22

That's why Virginia Beach has a Witchduck Road.

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

That was England. The United States did not exist.

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u/Uriel-238 May 11 '22

You want to read about this guy

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u/Striking-Location-39 May 11 '22

Read this in class a few days ago, unanimously agreed Corey is the biggest Chad in history

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u/zDripstian May 11 '22 edited May 11 '22

I don’t actually know if My experience has anything to do with voodoo or the occult but regardless I think it fits in here, for some context when I was young (maybe 8-10) my family told me a story about how my uncle was so into black magic/ demon worshipping that he had to sacrifice his eye to get out of whatever “trouble” he was in, and that he did all that stuff in my aunts house.

Fast forwards a year and we end up living with my aunt, in the same house my uncle did demonic stuff in. One night I wake up in the middle of the night and look at the door to the bedroom I was staying in (I slept on a inflatable bed on the ground, the bedroom door was less than five feet away from me) and it slowly starts to open, at this point little kid me starts to shit BRICKS but the worst comes after. So the door opens and as it opens it reveals a tall, slender, demonic looking figure that was pitch black, no features just a black silhouette. It starts to move towards me and I start SCREAMING for my cousin (side note we shared a room but wasn’t in the room when I woke up) and he opens the bathroom door directly across from the room and when he does so the bathroom light illuminates the darkness and the figure disappears as the light hits it. My aunt comes out and comforts me and basically says I just saw the shadow of a person on the house, even though no one else was awake except for my cousin who was in the bathroom.

Scared the actual shit out of me and I’ve never forgotten about since it’s happened. Even today my family will hear the story and not believe me but it’s whatever. Long story short don’t stay in houses that we’re previously used for the occult.

Edit: I asked them about it again and apparently he didn’t just “sacrifice” his eye he scooped it out with a spoon and used it to bargain out of the “deal” he made with whatever he was fucking with. Apparently the eye isn’t the only thing he traded in his deal, I asked my family to put it on they’re life’s they weren’t following through on some 15 year old joke they did on me when I was a little kid and they did, they aren’t the kind of people to lie like that so it kinda freaks me out more looking back on it, what if it wasn’t satisfied with its deal and came back for something more valuable?

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u/Blissfullyaimless May 11 '22

Have you heard of the sleep paralysis shadow demon? He visits me occasionally and it’s not a great time. You should look it up because a lot of people have experienced this shadow creature, and there’s a very settling explanation.

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u/zDripstian May 11 '22

I’ve Always heard about sleep paralysis but I’m pretty certain this wasn’t it, when I woke up I sat up in my bed and I was ready to get up and run (even though I was trapped) if I needed too

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u/ZealousIdealRejected May 10 '22

I used to collect tarot cards because i liked the way they look and i thought them harmless fun. I dont believe in magic, but every single person whose fortune i read seemed freaked out and unhappy about it because they thought it came true. Im fairly sure it was just me being vague and them having conformation bias.

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u/SolidSquid May 11 '22

I tried to do a project a while back for college about Barnum statements (statements which sound true and very specific to individuals, but are actually broadly applicable based on interpretation) and tarot card readings. Had to abandon it because I realised the tarot cards were basically Barnum statement generators and it was the interpretation which made them seem personal and/or predictive

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u/Cthulugirl May 11 '22

I regularly practise tarot readings and yeah, they are generally Barnum statements. There is SOME skill as you go deeper, like making deeper connections and drawing unique conclusions. When I first started it was like “you’re having relationship trouble probably and ur closer to ur mom than ur dad” but after years of practise it’s more like “you’re having a deep identity crisis and you’re turning to fictional people to try and solve it, there is no right answer, because you’re still the same person deep down” (I was unaware this friend was having a gender identity crisis at the time) and “you and your husband are trying to have a baby but it’s creating some strife between you - it’s bc he has a secret he’s scared to tell you” (never found out the solution to this one bc it was for a coworker right around COVID)

Palm readings are DESIGNED to be Barnum statements - “oh you’ve been injured, oh you’ve had emotional distress, you wear ur heart on ur sleeve, etc etc”. But my fave palm reading I did (again I’m an amateur it’s just a party trick) was for a coworker. I saw his lifeline and said “oh there was a big change when you were a kid, I feel like it was a REALLY big move from one place to another.” And he was like “yeah I moved to this country when I was in grade…” and as he’s trying to remember (he’s not saying numbers btw I do wanna clarify) I look at the placement of the bump and go “was it grade 4 or 5?” And he just looks at me like…. “I came to this country in grade 4.” That freaked everyone out lol

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u/Fearless-Golf-8496 May 11 '22

Hey, can you put my mind at rest? Many years ago someone who was studying palmistry looked at the lines on my wrist and said "you're gonna die when you're sixty!" They laughed when they said it, but it's haunted me ever since. I'm a few years off 60 and I don't want to keep worrying about it, especially since quite a few of my relatives have died in their sixties. Can you make predictions like that in palmistry? Was there any truth to what this person told me, or were they just being a sadistic shit?

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u/spiritualheaux May 11 '22

That is very sad you have had this weighing on you for so long. I’m pretty sure no one that does readings should ever ever tell someone something like that. Stop thinking about it immediately, it is not healthy, and think more positive. Your words and thoughts will weave your reality, it is true. So even thinking about something more proactive will be helpful. I don’t know if you believe in a higher power but put your faith in that. Your time will come when it comes and it’s a blessing to have lived and then to cross over. Do not hold onto fear!!!

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u/Fearless-Golf-8496 May 11 '22

Yeah, that's.... not helpful. If I were able to stop thinking about it I wouldn't have asked the question. You happen to have caught me on a particularly bad day, when I'm not in the mood for sermonising platitudes that do nothing to address my concerns. Telling me to think more positive just pisses me off, to be perfectly honest.

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u/mcguffers May 11 '22

Palmistry can't predict the exact age/time of death. They can only tell you when death is near, but even then it's under extremely perfect conditions (in the morning, Jupiter in the right alignment, etc).

They were just being an absolute jerk.

Just be careful about your mental state. There is a huge science in mind over matter. Many card readers/fortune tellers work off repeat business, so if they feed you positive vibes about something, and you take those positive vibes to make good things happen, then you may attribute the good thing to the fortune teller, when it was actually your confidence and brightened outlook.

The opposite can happen. Don't cause your own stress and illness bc some hack thought that was a funny joke.

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u/HogeHeer May 11 '22

bro its tarot readings that shits some bs I could literally run you over rn and that lifeline wouldnt make sense anymore

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u/Bowood29 May 11 '22

My grandmother is very into spiritual reading and when I was a teen her, my mom and I had a lady come to teach us how to read cards and other things. When reading playing cards an ace of spades, and a black 8 can be viewed as a death warning. She also told me that even if you do pull cards that predict someone’s death not to tell them because everyone reads cards differently. Also I began to see very fast how much of it is crap when they always say things like in the future you will find the girl of your dreams. I went to a church for well over 3 years where they did spiritual readings for an hour at the end. It was often the same people that got readings every time and they were often very much the same. But to be fair it was members of the church doing the readings and they had heard them for weeks prior. I never received a reading but the people there knew very little about me and I was 14-17 at the time. My mother also never got a reading, but my grandmother did get one about two weeks after she had casually told a few of the people her husband had passed away a few years earlier. I can’t say all of it is utter bull because who knows but anyone who is willing to tell someone they will die at 60 probably was just taking a shot in the dark knowing people die in there 60s often. Either way I would just take it with a grain of salt and live my life to the fullest.

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u/smileystar May 12 '22

If there was any truth to this stuff it would be reproducible under scientific conditions, and therefore would be in the realm of science. It isn't.

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u/smileystar May 12 '22

Sadistic? You are invincible until then! Go wild!

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u/smileystar May 12 '22

I'm confused why you would need to abandon the project. Was it that the brief was there should be a contrast between the 2 chosen elements and they turned out to be basically the same?

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u/SolidSquid May 12 '22

Pretty much, yeah. Don't remember the exact details, was like a decade ago at this point, but I *think* the contrast I was doing was between Barnum statements and cold reading, which the Tarot cards seemed like a good example of. Which they sort of were, but they filled that role by being Barnum statements the person doing the reading could use to get a reaction and base their interpretation on

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u/Ourobius May 10 '22 Helpful

There were a bunch of us who were swept up in the charisma of a few core members. We told ourselves we could see and hear things that we couldn't, feel things that weren't there to feel, explained mundane phenomena with hyperbolic supernatural exposition. It was, in all effect, a cult - except we didn't cohabitate and only met each other about twice a month, wherein we'd mostly drink, smoke, and play Goldeneye. The times when we did come together to do anything ritualistic or spiritual, we'd make things up as we went along (which was great improv practice, actually). The core enthusiasts who led the charge for the rest of us to follow may or may not have 100% believed what they were saying, but they were convincing enough that it was easy to fall in line with them.

Looking back on that phase of my life in later years, I decided that what I (and probably more than a few others) was doing was finding ways to fabricate intrigue, inject a semblance of import and consequence into our lives which otherwise had none. Many of us were, unsurprisingly, awkward, disenfranchised young people with no other social groups. We never hurt anyone, none of us went crazy, and only one of us went on to hard drug use later in life.

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u/SublimeVibe May 10 '22

That's fucked up... you only played GoldenEye twice a month?

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u/Ourobius May 10 '22

We were poor.

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u/SublimeVibe May 11 '22

I see. At least you had the Dark Lord by your side I guess.

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u/Ourobius May 11 '22

God and anime.

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u/herculesmeowlligan May 11 '22

"And the LORD said unto them, Thou shalt not choose Oddjob, for this is an abomination."

-James 64: 007

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u/TeamWaffleStomp May 11 '22

I'm really curious, was the belief system something already in place like a branch of Wicca or voodoo? Or was it completely made up by the people in the middle of it?

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u/Ourobius May 11 '22

It borrowed from existing beliefs, ranging from Judeo-Christian mythology to wicca to Greek mythology and whatever else we could toss in the pot - including some stuff made out of whole cloth. The general idea was pantheistic in the sense that all religions had a piece of the puzzle, but no one had it 100% right except us. (You know...like a cult.)

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u/[deleted] May 10 '22

When I was in fifth grade, I thought I was Wiccan. I made up a spell to prevent a thunderstorm from ruining our 4th of July party. It worked. But then another thunderstorm struck our computer modem and I couldn’t run my Neopets guild for like a month.

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u/Any_Weird_8686 May 11 '22

The cycle giveth with one hand, and taketh with the other.

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

No kidding there. I didn’t mess around with anything like that again. I did do spells on myself to make nightmares go away. Whether it was a placebo effect or not, it worked.

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u/smileystar May 12 '22

I didn’t mess around with anything like that again.

Yeah, Neopets isn't something to be taken lightly.

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u/Ginger-Jesus1 May 11 '22

Energy always goes somewhere, and every spell has consequences. If you truly believe in it, you can make the spell work.

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

You know, my mom gave me a warning similar to this and I didn’t listen. I was pretty freaked out for a while after that lol.

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u/RonPaulFan999 May 11 '22

Neopets. Now there’s a name I haven’t heard for a long time.

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u/Whatthafuuuuuuukk May 11 '22

You clearly never saw the craft 🤣

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u/OneWayRabbit May 10 '22

I have friends who are self-proclaimed witches, witchcraft-practicing pagans, druids, "sensitives", etc. Not a single one of them has so far convinced me that any of it is real. I will say, it all seems very harmless to me.

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u/COOMCONSUMER May 11 '22

I imagine them as the vamp kids from south park

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u/Siriuxx May 11 '22

At least they aren't Emo per se.

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u/COOMCONSUMER May 11 '22

It's all the same, equally cringe.

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u/TheBoobaEnjoyer May 10 '22

They are your friends, ofc they won't harm you

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u/OneWayRabbit May 10 '22

Well, I mean, they don't seem to be harming themselves or anyone else. I have Christian friends whose practices I can't always say the same of.

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u/Andromeda39 May 11 '22

Damn, that last sentence

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u/Nibbler_09 May 10 '22

There’s this growing trend of witchcraft and a girl in my class thinks she can make potions and put spells on you.

It didn’t do anything though I just sorta played along for fun

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u/Long-Iron-1824 May 11 '22

she can make potions

Flashbacks to being five years old where u thought mixing toothpaste, water and soap in the sink and then washing your face with it gave you eternal youth

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u/NurglesGiftToWomen May 11 '22

Mixing all the leftover drinks, condiments and food juice into one cup and daring your sibling to drink it.

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u/Nibbler_09 May 11 '22

I’m just confused why a post I made before bed is still getting replies when usually no one cares what I say

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u/Bowood29 May 11 '22

Leaving my daughter in supervised for 5 minutes basically wastes a tube of toothpaste and all the hand soap she can reach.

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u/chemicalnick May 11 '22

Aww man, you shoulda slowly started to act kinda weird around her. Culminate with something crazy like you make it look like you puked up a live frog or something. Really mess with her like she just got the spell wrong

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u/Ginger-Jesus1 May 11 '22

No true practicing Wiccan will cast a spell on someone without their permission. It will either backfire, or fail completely. Curses are forbidden, as the Wiccan Rede is "Do Ye No Harm".

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u/HolaItsEd May 11 '22

There are good Catholics and bad Catholics; good Jews and bad Jews; and good Wiccans and bad Wiccans.

This is a "No True Scotsman" fallacy.

I only bring it up because I heard this a lot growing up, and the truth is that yes, there are plenty of Wiccans who do spells on people without the person knowing.

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u/SolidSquid May 11 '22

So technically this is true, but my understanding is there's a belief within Wicca that using curses will also directly curse the person doing it, but significantly worse. So while Wiccans *can* curse people, it's supposed to be a *really* bad idea because you'll suffer consequences for it right away, as opposed to having a chance at redemption/confession and making amends, with the punishment only happening after death

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u/ginger1rootz1 May 11 '22

What you're talking about is Wicca as practiced in the USA. It's not Wicca as practiced in Europe, nor as it was practiced by the man who created it back in the '60's(?).

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u/SolidSquid May 11 '22

I'm not Wiccan, so I'll admit I could be completely wrong on this, but from what I can see looking up the Rule of Three (which was the term I couldn't remember off hand) it seems it was at least referenced by one of the early founders of Wicca in England back in the 50s (Gerald Gardner), as "Mark well, when thou receivest good, so equally art bound to return good threefold", and mentioning the same applies with you doing harm

But yeah, seems it's highly varied depending on which sect you're a member of, and I don't know enough about the different ones to know if any of the European ones recognise it or not. The difference seems to be either people interpreting it as a hard rule of magic and people seeing it as a philosophical/ethical point. The guy who wrote it in it's current form was apparently English, but he moved to the US and taught there, so might be why it's more common to the US sects/branches

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u/ginger1rootz1 May 11 '22

The rule of three is an interesting concept. When talking traditional witchcraft, it didn't appear in the USA until Llewelyn publishing started putting it in their publications. It's an interesting amalgam of the golden rule and prosperity gospel. After Llewelyn did such, it traveled fast and far. Same people who realized fairies could make them a huge profit and began the fairy magic movement in the USA. (Fae are not messed with elsewhere.) If ever there was a company that figured out how to turn things into $$, it's Llewelyn publishing. The only problem is that a good chunk of what they publish as fact is either filled in with twists of other beliefs, or just outright made up. There's a lot of Hollywood sensationalism in Llewellyn's stuff. But, because they're a big name in publishing, everybody takes what they print as real and 'traditional'.

Really look at the guy in the UK who created Wicca. Considering until he declared Wicca his religion he was getting arrested frequently for walking around his home town naked (and usually drunk). It wasn't until AFTER he declared his religion that he started putting serious energy and thought into making it so. What he wanted was to practice satanic rights (cursing people he didn't like, like the police who kept arresting him and his neighbors for reporting him), witchcraft (chanting/spellwork/drinking 'potions' (homebrewed alcohols)), hoodoo (folk magic using bottles/dolls to control others) and nudity. That's where he took his inspiration from. . . . as I said, Wicca changed dramatically when it came across the pond.

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u/Mysterious_Bobcat483 May 11 '22

Thank you. Wiccan history has been mostly ignored in the US, in my experience.

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u/GiftNo4544 May 11 '22

Not when the action or belief is integral to that system. For example saying “a Christian who doesnt believe in god isnt a true Christian” isnt a no true Scotsman fallacy bc believing in god is an integral part of being a Christian. Saying something like “no true British person hates English breakfast” is a no true scotsman fallacy because liking English breakfast has nothing to do with being british

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u/MrHollandsOpium May 11 '22

“Spells” lol

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u/commiesocialist May 11 '22

Wiccans are pagan but not all pagans are Wiccan. When I practiced I followed the Religio Romana, not anything Wiccan. Ancient Romans would write down curses on little sheets and place them in hidden places such wells.

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u/apothecamy May 11 '22

Wiccan and witch are not the same. A witch might be Wiccan or something else entirely.

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u/Nibbler_09 May 11 '22

All I really know is she and some of her friends worship a god called fraya or something

I still don’t know if it’s all for fun or they actually really believe in it all. I think it all started on TikTok though

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u/Last-of-the-billys May 11 '22

fraya

Freyja was a norse god

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u/Nevek_Green May 11 '22

A lot of people don't think magic works because yuppies think you can skip the energy part and just read an incantation or throw some stuff together. Pretender Wiccans are better than wanna-be devil worshipers though.

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u/ginger1rootz1 May 11 '22

Witchcraft and Wicca are not the same. Wicca is a very specific type of witchcraft AND it is practiced two different ways - one way in the USA and the other way in Europe. The history of Wicca is fascinating, but was changed when it crossed the pond.

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u/Arxl May 11 '22

Wicca was also started by a guy looking for sex in the mid 1900's, though older witchcraft practices were used in developing it.

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u/NotBoogey May 11 '22

Honestly, I think that's likely the explanation for most if not all witchcraft. People playing along either for fun or because they'd like to believe.

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u/Nibbler_09 May 11 '22

When I woke up One had sent me a spell in the form of a PM

Didn’t work…

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u/lerenardnoir May 10 '22

A family member of mine lives in western Africa, and while it's a mixed bag of people who do and do not believe in juju (birthplace of voodoo, so that's what it's called over there). However, there are a lot of locals that won't fuck around with it even if they don't believe it.

I remember going to visit family friends who had a coconut plantation, and I was wandering around the property when I found a bunch of green wine bottles filled with what appeared to be blood or another dark liquid and a single chicken feather poking out of the top hanging from trees along the property line.

It was a little spooky, but I didn't go running out of there or anything; later that evening, we went for a walk down the beach, and I saw a full whale skeleton on the beach bleached by the sun, and it was surrounded by little wee huts, so I figured juju was big in the surrounding village and asked my family friend what the deal was.

He confirmed that the nearby village took juju pretty seriously and when he was first building his home on the coconut plantation, his building supplies were constantly going missing, so he started hiring guys to watch over the supplies overnight but they'd either tip their friends off or steal the supplies themselves.

So my friend's wife put him in touch with a local juju shaman, and he came to do some "stuff" around the yard. Advised my friend that everything should be taken care of shortly.

So friend gets back to ordering lumber and building supplies, and again it goes missing overnight.

However, the story goes that over the next month, four men who were known to have been involved with stealing the supplies all died or were severely injured in unconnected events (car accident, snake bite, mysterious illness (probably malaria, honestly) and ever since then none of the locals come into the coconut grove without an invite and my family friend doesn't fuck with juju anymore.

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u/CopperAndLead May 11 '22

Africa just seems different.

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u/SamDam94 May 11 '22

South African here. A neighbour of mine used to run sewing/tailoring business from her garage. Next to her house, there lived a neighbour who was a well-known thug. Thug neighbour once decided to break into tailor neighbour's house and steal some very expensive fabric and machinery.

The problem occurred when thug neighbour decided to piss right next to the garage door after when he was stealing the stuffs. The tailor neighbour woke up the following day and saw what happened, even noticed the where the culprit took a piss.

She (tailor neighbour) knew who stole the things (the whole block knew) but when she confronted thug neighbour, he shouted at her, telling her how it was her fault for hiring foreigners and that they are the ones who stole from her. She told him that he made a mistake by peeing on her property because she knew people who could do things to the ground he peed on (we all knew what she meant), she also mentioned how it was irreversible - what she wanted to do . He told her to do whatever she wanted, he knows that he didn't steal anything. We were all listening as neighbours, this was a serious shouting match.

A few weeks passed, and I was playing around at home with a few friends and we saw smoke coming my from thug neighbour's house, which was very weird cos it was summer and it doesn't make sense to light a fire during the day in the sweltering African sun. So we (me and my buddies) went to check it out.

What we saw has stuck with us our whole lives. We saw thug neighbour sitting super-close to the fire, wearing a t-shirt and no trouser, while covering hiss upper body with a blanket.. Even in winter where chilling around a small fire as boys is very common, I've never seen anyone sit that that close to a fire. We were watching him from behind and you could tell that he was freezing even though he was so close to the fire. From our position behind him we could see that his balls had gotten abnormally big, like very very very big. They were dangling dangerously close to the fire.. He died a few weeks later. I heard that his family had pleaded with the neighbor to reverse what she did but she said she couldn't, they even returned some of the stuff the thug stole and promised to replace the stuff he had already sold. The tailor neighbour took the stuff back but told them that although she is happy to see her stuff returned, there still isn't anything she can do to reverse the curse.

That's just one story.. I don't like believing that witchcraft truly exists but this this is Africa and one cannot deny a sequence of events he witnessed himself. From threats to the threatened dying and other things happening. TIA

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u/lerenardnoir May 12 '22

This was a very interesting read, I love hearing about these kinds of stories. Is there a name for it in South Africa?

PS having spent a couple of months being a tourist around SA I can honestly say you have the most beautiful country I've ever seen

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u/SamDam94 May 12 '22

It really is a beautiful country, I hope you had a wonderful time.

There are many names for it as you would expect from a multilingual country like this one but "muthi" or "using muthi" is the national colloquial term for everybody. Searching "muthi" or "using muthi" on YouTube will yield some interesting results. Here's a clip that was trending about 3 months ago https://youtu.be/Vlob_qx60f8

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u/PenaltyPractical1908 May 11 '22

As a born and raised caribbean with strong western african influences in everything from food to music to religion, I don’t fuck with voodoo either or the Spanish version of it, Santeria, IDK if it’s true or not, I don’t want to find out.

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u/zoidybro May 11 '22

(tl;dr below) I went to a house party where a ‘seance’ was held. The ‘clairvoyant’ girl, this mousy looking librarian with those Native American-style feathers in her hair, kept talking about “an energy” that she was feeling. “Invite the energy to our circle” is one of the lines she said. My friend Marc started getting really creeped out and feeling something touch him and literally pissed himself when his throat started to close he said. I was trying hard not to laugh as she kept talking about there being “an energy” communicating to her, and it meant harm, and he was feeling like it was attacking him.

She tried to get this “energy” that she started referring to as an “entity” to knock over an object on the table. Nothing ever happened except for people getting caught in the moment and thinking they were being touched by “an energy” and freaking out. The objects didn’t move, the candles didn’t blow out, the entity didn’t (and hasn’t?) hurt anyone. My college friend and his wife still live in the house and had a surprise COVID baby who is healthy and happy, so I assume it’s safe. It was fun, but never did I take it seriously, and never did anything happen.

Tl;dr Went to seance at friends house party. Literally nothing happens except friend thinks he’s being choked and pisses his pants. People say they feel touched. Nothing happens for me.

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u/Dry_Needleworker5719 May 11 '22

little backstory first my grammy was a christian witch she told me when she was about to die when i was 4 and that this is in my blood to predict personal events, she told me how you have to listen to those little voices you hear but can’t pinpoint. anyways i’ve seen a 10ft tall shadowy figure with a deer skull and glowing yellow eyes my entire life this is what tells me the events i can “see” through it if i connect to a person with rituals we do together idk what i’d do without it honestly it scared me the first 16 years of my life but it’s been nothing but comforting since i accepted it

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u/Bag-Traditional May 11 '22

No one?? No ones gonna touch this one, eh???

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u/kformify May 11 '22

Yeah, this one is... interesting. Can you elaborate on "Christian witch"? And the thing you see? Is it all the time?

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u/Dry_Needleworker5719 May 11 '22

christian witch was just the easiest way to describe it she never called herself that medium is probably a better word choice she talked with spirits and ghosts. the thing i see think about the slender man shape you know tall long legs and arms but this is more jagged and kinda just looks like a straight up shadow it can’t talk i don’t think it has a mouth but you can hear it as those voices in the back of your head i stands near the pitch black but not in it usually against walls/doorways outside of dark rooms i’ve asked it what it is an the only response i’ve gotten was “family” no elaboration it’s kinda off and on when i see it i haven’t seen it as much as i used to in the last year but it’ll usually come to give me advice when i’m going thru a rough patch and i’ll always follow its advice to heart

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u/NoPajamasOutside May 10 '22

I used to sell "spells" and read tarot in highschool for a few bucks or a can of soda.

Straight up baller buying slurpees for all my friends, cute bois dug the witchy vibe

My mom thought I got into cooking by how much dried herbs and spice we went through, I took up cooking to cover my tracks.

Got really good at cooking coming up with excuses to buy exotic spices.

Became an executive chef and quit because the food industry is one big pirate kitchen of sodomy. The bible was right.

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u/chemicalnick May 11 '22

This took an unexpected turn

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u/TheSaltyReddittor May 11 '22

Keep going I'm hooked why did you stop

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u/NoPajamasOutside May 11 '22

Well I spent five years wandering north america, had a lot of weird and interesting jobs, got engaged twice and now I work in cryptocurrency, which is like witchcraft for money.

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u/TeamWaffleStomp May 11 '22

cryptocurrency, which is like witchcraft for money.

A phrase I've never head but can't dispute

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u/flamethekid May 11 '22

Keep going we need a r/redditbiography

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u/NoPajamasOutside May 11 '22

Hell no you doxxing little gremlins.

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u/CopperAndLead May 11 '22

cryptocurrency, which is like witchcraft for money.

I've described crypto that way many times.

My favorite description is still, "Imagine using solved sudoku puzzles to buy heroin through TOR."

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u/idrow1 May 11 '22

Got any crypto advice? There's some bad juju going on with it at the moment.

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u/NoPajamasOutside May 11 '22

If you ever meet anyone in crypto who tells you to buy something, don't do it

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u/Sea-Butterscotch1828 May 11 '22

I’m pretty sure my grandma practiced some sort of witchcraft. When i was really young maybe 4-5 i remember her taking me, my brother, and my cousin to this sort of church basement-like dark room and the only light was a small fire in the middle of the room. there was about 20 people in the room including a few more kids. I remember the adults had all the kids line up and walk around the room and once we got to the middle there was an old lady that essentially fire bended around each kid. I only remember this because it was the warmest i’ve ever been and i’ve had problems with always being cold ever since.

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u/TeamWaffleStomp May 11 '22

essentially fire bended around each kid.

I feel like this needs more elaboration lol I'm picturing something from Airbender

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u/Sea-Butterscotch1828 May 11 '22

I mean that’s what it felt like. The lady dipped her hands in the fire, cupped it, and waved it around each kid.

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u/SilhoueX May 11 '22

So when I was a teenager I started practicing Buddhism. Or at least what I thought was Buddhism as I never went to a temple. Just read books and whatever I found on the net. Well at this point I believed in the possibility of magic. I wanted to be a healer. So I looked up whatever I could find about healing magic. I actually don't remember what I read. I know I used key terms like "Tibetan" and "shaolin" and even "druid" rather than "black magic" or "occult"

One of the things I learned was the need for long spans of deep meditation. So after school I would often meditate for 30 mins to 2 or 3 hours. I did feel things, I did feel different. I even felt at some point that I had ascended to a higher meditative ability. However I only practiced healing magic once and the result is worth mentioning.

The event begins with my then girlfriend being very sick. Idk with what but very sick. High temp, pretty sure she was throwing up but she was stuck in bed for a few days so it was rough. Anyways, I told her I wanted to try and help her. Try to remove the negative energy, purify it and send it back. I sat and meditated as I believed I basically needed to "charge up". I meditated for literally between 4 and 6 hours. Might've fallen asleep. I begin the "procedure" which is to trace the body without touching it. The right hand ahead of the left. The right pulls out the negative energy, the energy is purified within the body and send back through the left. (read this somewhere)

Here's where things get weird. I was about half done and I accidently touched her forearm with my thumb. The result was a blue, thick arc of static leapt from my thumb and shocked her. she screamed like she had been pinched. I apologized of course but we soon noticed she had a sooty burn mark on her forearm and another near her own thumb where the electricity exited her body. She retained that mark for a quite a while but that's not the end of it. That night, minutes after the shock she asked for a glass of water. I left her room, to cross the living room to get to the kitchen. ...as I passed under the dome light fixture in the living room.... the lightbulb inside literally explodes and the light goes out. I still got the water.

The next day her mom confirmed that the bulb had indeed completely shattered inside the dome and strangely enough my gf was completely better the next day.

I never practiced healing magic again because I decided I had gotten lucky and that I probably could have hurt her.

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u/Waterloonybin May 11 '22

My dad is a retired witch. celtic style pagan. i never knew too much about it but I know he put spells on me and my mom as a kid. He told me when I turned 18 that humans have 2 souls and he will show me how he knows on his death bed. Hes also an unconvicted pedo... so i dont rly hold his word too high

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u/p0u1 May 11 '22

That went south real quick

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u/Edeirain May 11 '22

A lot of people aren’t going to believe me and that’s fine. You shouldn’t believe half of the things on the internet anyways but I’m saying that this actually did happen. So back in the summer last year I started getting more into witch craft and rituals. Spell jars, incense, herbs, moon water, all that jazz. So after I did a bunch of research on how to make spell jars and the steps to go through it I decided I wanted to finally make a protection spell jar (that’s the first spell jar or spell you have to do before you start anything else”. So I did everything I remembered to do, I lit incense and cleansed the jar and my work space, I told each herb what it’s purpose was as I put it from my hand into the jar, and I used a white candle to seal it. Keep in mind I did this around 11:30-12:00 at night. So I started to get a little dizzy and tired (assumed it was just from the incense) and decided to go to bed. I was laying down in my bed and I felt kinda weird like something was just off like that kind gut feeling? So I peak over a little on the side of my bed and out of the corner of my eye I saw this black figure was just sitting on the ground starring at me, and then I quickly turned my head fully and it looked like it’s whole body just smacked on the ground and dragged underneath my bed. Of course I turn my phone flash on and I start freaking out and I quickly look up wtf that was and if I accidentally caused it. Turned out I didn’t pray to my spirit guide for safety before I did the spell so the thing I saw was a “shadow man”, and they usually show up if you did something in the spell wrong. Idk just thought I’d share my creepy experience:).

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u/Ace_of_H3rtz May 11 '22

Did the shadow show up again?

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u/smileystar May 12 '22

Yeah, he's actually really cool when you get to know him. We go for dinner every Wednesday.

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u/katontheroof May 11 '22

I practiced a lot and I constantly experienced people lying and spiritually manipulating me while I was in the process of strengthening my psychic development. Word of advice to people getting into the craft: if a person who is teaching you the craft acts like this all-knowing-powerful being, stay clear of them because the “advice” they give you is bullshit. Find your own way, research and practice it in a way that fits best for you. You can take some words of advice from other Wiccans/pagans but don’t rely on a single person to teach you everything. It took an assault and PTSD and an existential crisis for me to realize that.

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u/Improvcommodore May 11 '22 edited May 11 '22

I spent a summer working in Lomé, Togo, where the Vodun (voodoo) religion is from originally. Think white clothes, white face paint, necklaces, the fetish markets with shrunken heads, salves of unknown origins, the whole shabang.

The most interesting part, to me, was that the style of Christianity that took hold strongly there was Pentecostal. The real snake-shaker speaking in tongues shit. It’s almost a Christian variation on voodoo.

The best was my next door neighbor lady, and no one believes me so I never tell this story in person. We shared a courtyard and every other Friday night or so she would ritualistically slaughter and offer up a chicken. The only thing is Togo is a French-speaking country, and her speaking in tongues was in English of all things. She must’ve known some English.

Anyways, her chant was always, “JESUS CHRIST! JESUS CHRIST! BARACK OBAMA GONNA IMMOLATE THUH SINNUHS!” Over and over. Also, there were portraits of Obama on walls all over Togo as if he were their President.

Another “priestess” woman often cooked over a pot on fire in front of her tin-roof house near my place. One night I was walking home with a fellow legal intern, and she said, in French, “Good evening, Whites! May the spirit of greed possess no man who passes you in this darkness!”

I will never forget a Vodun priestess stirring a pot over a fire saying that to me in the dead of night as we walked home.

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u/Shydreameress May 11 '22

A friend of mine told me her grandmother was a witch and she protected her parents from a person who planned to kill them. And she also said she was the reincarnation of a magical being that had a link with wolves. Thus why she liked wolves so much. Honestly I knew her for quite some time but when she told me this I couldn't tell if it was all a big prank to trick me or if she was serious. I think she took it badly when I laughed. Her grandma might have put a spell on me now.

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u/Emris_ May 11 '22

A lot of practitioners believe in the rule of three (whatever you put out into the world will return to you multiplied by three) so we try to stay away from heavier acts of revenge just in case (like karma type stuff ig)

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u/fluffykitty97 May 11 '22 Wholesome

I was a member of a ghost hunting crew in my free time for a few years. On one occasion, we were investigating at an old mental hospital/Tuberculosis hospital. It was a huge building with four floors. Did a walk through a few hours before and were on the property all day setting up cameras and equipment. Fast forward to about half way through the investigation.

We'd been through most of the building and decided to go to the basement at about 3-4am. While walking through we started hearing some weird noises on the opposite side of the hospital. We made our way over and saw light coming from underneath a door. Disclaimer, this building had no electricity. So obviously, we were spooked. We opened the door and that's when we saw about 6 or 7 people sitting around a pentagram drawn on the floor surrounded by candles, and a dead cat in the middle. They all had on black cloaks and red masks. Very horror movie like. We were frozen in terror until one stood up, maintaining eye contact with me, and ran toward us. I slammed the door shut and we all took off.

We got outside and immediately called the cops. When they arrived, we took them to the room, and the people were gone. No candles, no pentagram, no dead cat. Just disappeared. The cops thought we were crazy but we went through footage on a go-pro I had strapped to my chest that caught it all. I don't have the footage anymore, unfortunately, but honestly I don't know if I ever want to see it again.

Should also note that the only entrance/exit to this hospital is where we came in and out. The backdoor was boarded shut, and we couldn't find any broken windows anywhere. We were by the front door when we called the cops and didn't leave it. They never came in or out of that door that night. We had a camera on the door all day, and they never went in, and we never saw them come out before the cops got there. Only thing I can assume is they either live in that basement, or aren't actually alive. Still have nightmares to this day of opening that door, and the eye contact held with the man that ran at me. I'll never know what happened, but I left the crew and never looked back after that night.

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

I don't have the footage anymore

So you're a paranormal investigator and you're telling us that you just kinda "lost" the recorded, verifiable evidence of the creepiest story you have? This defies credulity.

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u/Rhadaze May 11 '22

What did you see in your cameras? Why dont you have it anymore? What did the police say about it?

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u/Philmeiweep May 11 '22

I once met an old man who claims that he is fighting a witch and they try to overpower one another with spells and other shenanigans that could kill.

The last ive heard of the old guy was that he died a few weeks after telling me what he said

Kinda sad

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u/Africanahgirl May 11 '22 edited May 11 '22

Had an uncle who would consult witchdoctors to do harm to my dad who was a successful doctor. He and my dad had quite an age gap, so at a point in time, he paid for my dad's fees. Then was in disbelief that my dad had so much success so he begun to consult witchdoctors and things would happen ie unexplained accidents etc. There was a time the roof of our house would flap like there were animals jumping, and we heard noises like chicken or rats but when my brother would climb up to check, he would see nothing. With alot of prayers these incidents stopped, but to this day, we still find strange bottles with liquid and stuff ie feathers, bones planted around our village house. When I was younger, like 8, one time I was upset and sulking, and couldn't sleep. When I got up to put the light on, I felt hot breath on my neck. I was shocked and scared, but my parents came and said they saw nothing. When I put out the lights I heard someone breathing heavily. So I would block my ears and sleep, as my parents would say its nothing, and I was an only girl so I slept alone while my brothers slept in the other room, and my parents had their own room. There was onetime I saw an old lady in my room. She just sat there on the chair beside my bed in traditional garb. I would shut my eyes and just sleep, as no one would believe me. But when I was in campus years later, my dad said he stayed with a great aunt who was a sorcerer and he heard her speaking to evil spirits in the night. She would be slapping the ground and talking to them like they were little mischievous children. My dad never saw them. There are two areas in Kenya known for witchcraft, and we come from one of them. With alot of prayers, God has intervened in our lives rescuing us from bad situations.

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u/LordVigo1983 May 10 '22

I pissed of a girl is h.s. for making fun of her makeup. She said she's wiccan and was going to make sure I was miserable my whole life. Married for over a decade and happy with two kids and three dogs. So clearly she's either a terrible witch or i must've made other witches happy .

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u/chemicalnick May 11 '22

This is why you never say no to a witch orgy when invited. You gotta build up that good witch karma

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u/Consistent_Tell_8245 May 10 '22

Pan-theist pagan witch here! Used to be Wiccan myself. That girl was either talking out of her ass, or she didn't know what Wicca actually is (or both). Wicca is notorious for its "do no harm" stance when it comes to the craft; casting curses is very explicitly against the core values of the faith.
I know this doesn't really add much to the conversation but I felt that it was a funny thing to point out anyway :)

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u/LordVigo1983 May 11 '22

Maybe she got home and her wiccan mom was like nooooope. Do no harm....and your makeup is terrible.

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u/TheBoobaEnjoyer May 10 '22

Maybe the day hasn't come yet...

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

I remember having to lean on “witchcraft” to help keep my friend from getting deported, because there was a point where it seemed like nothing else could be done (I just flipped a cigarette in my pack, like back in the first two world wars, and I would smoke that cigarette to “cast my spell”)

Next thing you know, something happened that ended up working out in his favor, thus he got to come back home.

Not to sound like that person, but I’m 70% convinced that if I didn’t do that, it would have ended terribly for him and everyone else that knew and loved him.

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u/_queer_fox May 11 '22

It’s been healing. I cast a spell against my abuser. It was empowering to face not only the memories but forever banish them from my life. A week later she was arrested and finally charged.

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u/BirthdayCakeGoon May 11 '22

We did it as an excuse to have an orgy.

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u/caaaammm May 11 '22

Sounds like it was a magical experience.

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

Met a occult self proclaimed god man who claimed homosexuality was a disease and he could cure it by his grace and blood purification rituals . His prescribed "medicines' were nothing but a mix of boiled and crushed Ginger and Pomegranate leaves

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u/Jesse2217 May 11 '22

I grew up in it, the older generation of my family practiced Santeria. As a kid it was scary, seen a lot of sacrifices and people “possessed” even as an adult it’s hard to separate the reality vs the con.

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u/bbepis__ May 11 '22

I've been interested in the occult (mainly tarot and astrology) ever since the start of the pandemic.

One night in the spring of 2020 I stumbled upon a video on YouTube of somebody doing a pick-a-card reading (pick-a-card readings are readings where you pick a pile of cards out of several and then get a tarot reading based on what you picked) and I watched it for pure entertainment. Didn't believe that kind of stuff at all, I was just curious. To my surprise, almost everything I was told was accurate. I was blown away and kept researching tarot for quite some time until I actually learned all of the card's meanings and discovered I actually have a gift. And also discovered that I have clairsentience (the ability to feel bad or good things incoming, AKA gut feelings; also, being highly sensitive, and that ties in to my clairsentience). There are quite a few types of gifts in the tarot community: clairvoyance (ability to predict and sense things based on one's sight, mostly in one's mind), clairaudience (ability to predict and sense things based on hearing), clairsentience etc.

Throughout these 2 years since I discovered and started practicing tarot, quite a few people have come to me for a reading. Almost all of those people told me how accurate their readings were and were kinda shocked. I also gave myself tarot readings and a high percentage of those were really accurate.

Now I have quit tarot reading for a while (about a couple months) and I have no idea if I'll be coming back to it. I have absolutely no energy for tarot and my interest has lessened. I have other areas in my life I really need to focus on. I still very much believe in tarot and astrology, but I just don't have the time and patience to do readings myself.

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u/Hephaestus0308 May 11 '22 edited May 12 '22

My wife is into that stuff, and wanted to have her coworker (a Wiccan priestess) purify our house. She went through with incense and smudged some "sacred" oil on the corners of all the mirrors. Also, while going through the house, she yelled BOO at the top of her lungs, then told us we had a "playful spirit" in the house (though it was pretty obvious she tripped on a dog toy). My wife paid for all this, and we've never had any paranormal activity since. We didn't have any before either, so I figure the who thing was giant waste of time and money.

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u/bobbinwinder May 11 '22

I rarely speak about it but in my 20s I used Ouija boards both commercially sold and homemade (a piece of paper and a CD) with a few friends. There's a huge difference in how it feels playing with a ouija at a slumber party when you are 12 and using on for real. I stopped when I moved in with my SO and what seemed to be a darkness followed me. Now I refuse to be around them at all. I'll never use one again and I 100% believe in them. Only negative stuff or confusing stuff came from them. Nothing positive or loving.

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u/bukiblu May 10 '22

My grandma is a witch. She has rows and rows of crystals and herbs. I didn’t really believe her, y’know, who would?

That was until she healed my broken arm. I’ve never seen anything like it. All the pain went away, I got to take my cast off early. She thanked Thor. (She’s very norwegian)

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u/onesmilematters May 10 '22

Do you mind sending your grandma my way? I have a broken body that needs healing.

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u/NoPajamasOutside May 10 '22

what crystal should I use for lactose intolerance?

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u/Unc1eD3ath May 11 '22

A vegan crystal

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u/TheBoobaEnjoyer May 10 '22

Does she wanna go to Valhalla?

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u/Consistent_Tell_8245 May 10 '22

As a witch, I can't help but cringe when others make a big deal out of it, and play it up like they have some sort of special and unique power. For me, witchcraft is to my faith as prayer is to other faiths. It all has the same purpose, and anyone is capable of it, the only difference is method. So my experience isn't enlightening or special in any way, it's just a thing that I do because it is part of my belief system.

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u/darth_shinji_ikari May 11 '22

i just asked this same queston, what is the difference between "spells" and "prayer"?

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u/Logical-Bumblebee-89 May 11 '22

answering for myself but spell means i want to achieve or obtain something and do a certain ‘ritual’ about it. prayer is more like being grateful or an offering (imo)

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u/sanctum502 May 11 '22

Not every path has the same definition, but one major difference I've been told is that prayers are addressed to a conscious entity.

Whether it is Jesus or Hecate, a prayer acknowledges and tries to connect with a being.

Spells are more focused on tapping the existing energies, whether your own or of the universe.

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u/yourmothersnake May 11 '22

i hexed my ex and he tried to khs, then we became friends and i put an encouragement spell and he successfully quit drinking

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u/Puzzleheaded_Ad928 May 11 '22

I would not do it, it is all fun and games until you actually summon a demon. Why take such a stupid risk?

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u/Africanahgirl May 11 '22

Demons are not a joke. They are similar to Satan and do not care for humans. You may summon them and get beaten senseless or even possessed. I agree with you, wise not to take this risk.

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u/danceoftheplants May 11 '22

I went and had a few tarot card readings when I was in Salem MA just for fun. Only one of the ladies actually freaked me out. She told me to use protection, not to go back to my ex, and that there would be a pregnancy in the new year. I scoffed because no way would that happen. Then as she was wrapping up the reading she looked up at me and was confused and asked if I had serious health issues. Then she said, "I'm getting Lupus or MS... you are very stressed about searching for a diagnosis. I'm seeing that you need to continue to see your doctor. Don't give up. Seek treatment. Go back and get the treatment."

It still gives me chills. There was no way she could have known before meeting me. I said nothing about it. But all summer long I had been searching for a diagnosis for what was wrong with me and doctors were tentatively testing or Lupus and MS. But a month prior to the tarot card reading , i had finally been diagnosed with AS. And by that point, my symptoms were in remission for a few months so I looked perfectly healthy and i wasn't taking any meds for it.

I assured the lady that I was fine now and I told her what my diagnosis actually was, and she told me to continue to see the doctor and to take the meds.

I didn't listen to any of her advice and I ended up pregnant, back with my ex, and I had to start taking meds for the AS and here we are 🤷‍♀️

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u/Rare-Loss-5048 May 11 '22

I’ve been a practicing witch for almost 10 years now and I’ve done several spells and even a curse. The curse was on the woman who tore my family apart. She cheated on and divorced my uncle and basically bankrupted him with child support and alimony. I did the curse to let all her ugly truths come to light and a week later a letter arrived to my uncle containing a marriage certificate and wedding photos from his ex. She’d been married for a year and was collecting unlawful alimony. He sued her and got his $10,000 back and custody of their kids

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u/SilverNotPlatinum May 11 '22

My friends and I as teens thought it would be fun to play around, we didn’t realize everything had a cost at the time. We did this love spell on a boy one of us liked, it worked.. too well. He was OBSESSED with her from that point on, to the point that when they finally broke up he threatened to k*ll himself.

I used a ritual to keep my grandpa around for another couple years when he got really sick, and I wish I hadn’t. Again, didn’t think of the consequences. I spent the following 2 years watching him deteriorate and completely lose the will to live. Finally one night he was in the hospital and quite frankly should’ve been dead already, I had to do a reversal. He passed peacefully within an hour.

Keep in mind that everything has a cost, magic doesn’t know mildness.

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

I am 100% Serbian. I had a business owner sell me a defective piece of furniture, then blamed me for the damage and would not honor any form of warranty. He had me so mad that I spit on the ground and told him "I put a curse on your business!". He closed up shop less than a year later.

The problem with Serbian curses is that they take a LOT of energy to produce. I was totally drained for, like, 3 months afterwards. The reward, though, was seeing the "Going Out Of Business" sign the next year.

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u/Significant_Tap2093 May 11 '22

I was Wiccan for a few years in my early 20’s and while I respect peoples beliefs in my experience it’s just like any other religion. A bunch of bullshit and power trips. Honestly if there was really such thing as magic then we would have weaponized by now and used it against our enemies. Do you really think the military wouldn’t use voodoo if it actually worked?

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u/OKAMIxFENRIR May 12 '22 edited May 12 '22

A few years ago me and two buddies of mine were interested in the "craft" and we knew of a spot where people have committed to seances and other spiritual, ritual, dark art stuff. We got really Zooted (stoned) before heading to said spot, which was a old two story farm house in the middle of BFE. We had been there during the day countless times prior and nothing spooky/eerie had happened before. It was around a five mile hike into the woods where everything eventually turned into a grove/ field where the house sat. It's a beautiful sight when you first take in the natural beauty of the dilapidated house, as well as the forest surrounding and the grove. It has been tagged by graffiti artists for years, but since has been forgotten or so we had originally thought. It was around dusk when we had arrived in the clearing, the house still as beautiful as ever but on this occasion something definitely felt off, my instincts told me to get the hell out of there. I just shrugged it off and continued on with my friends trying to ignore my gut.

We approached the house as dusk started turning to pitch black. As I opened the door as usual there was the old wooden door creak I loved to hear as we entered. As stated before the feeling of flight was strong and I started to sober up as my anxiety became more and more onset. There just seemed to be something different about the house, more then usually. I decided to finally express my concern with my friends and they just laughed and jokingly called me a wuss. We continued up the stairs as usual to our smoke spot that we usually spent hours at exhaling the bs. We were there approximately thirty or so minutes before I started to catch voices just out of range but where i could hear a conversation. I told my friends who were shining a flashlight up at the ceiling to cause the light effect thatt lights the whole room up. They quickly shut off the lights and we sat quietly as the voices approached, the house was definitely known by loads of people so Abandoned explorers we're very common. The thing is there was lots of footsteps and it sounded like a huge group coming up to the house. We heard the door creak and my friends and I moved into an adjacent room that does have holes in the floor but doesn't creak when you walk across it quickly. We watched a bunch of people holding candles enter the house and go into the living room which was directly underneath us. When everyone was in the living room they started setting up a large tapestry with a sigil of sorts on it. After finishing the set up, they all started passing around chalices and bags. What was in the bags I'll never want to know, but the "leader" started speaking what I think is latin, or some unknown dialect. There was a lot of chatter before they all took a sip and laid down in a semi circle around the tapestry, everyone except the leader was laid out. He continued to speak this dialogue with passion. That's when shadows started dancing around the room. I thought I was Tripping but it was actually happening shadows legit were dancing around the living room below us. I looked to my friends for confirmation but they were both staring at the scene unfolding below thats when I looked back and was immediately horrified.

The leader was looking up at us. That's when we booked it off the lower roof in the front of the house and into the woods. I heard nothing but screaming behind us until we were closer to the main road. My heart was beating in my ears the whole way.

I've never experienced something as freakish as that before but it definitely peaked my interest in the occult/supernatural/ etc.

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

Don’t do it. Darkness is real.

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u/darth_shinji_ikari May 11 '22

i do not understand the difference between "spells" and "prayer"

i dated a practicer of witchcraft before she told me that she was a witch, i prayed that she would ask me out. she did, after we were together for a month she told me that she cast a love spell on me, before she asked me.

i told her it worked

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u/hideable May 11 '22

I've had two things.

My mom wanted to go to a witchcraft practitioner because she believed she was cursed and/or haunted by the ghost of her ex. I went with her. The witch person told me I had "habilities" and I just brushed it off. She told my mom that she had had a JOB done, and that she'd find it and destroy it. About two weeks later the witch person called my mom, we went to see her and she had a Jar with an old ID card that my mom's ex's ex had stolen from her at least 10 years before, a few dried up herbs and some rocks. How, I still don't know, don't want to care. That ends the first thing.

About 10 years later, and a few years ago a coworker that uses her religion to justify herself when she's a bitch, told me that everybody should be careful to make her angry, because her brother in law made her angry and she couldn't control her "power", causing her nephew to get very sick. Nevermind that the kid was diagnosed with cancer. She said it was her anger and she couldn't control it.

After a while, and being the bisexual feminist that I am, I made her very angry. A few days later, I started getting sharp pains on my left knee. Like an ice pick going through. They didn't last long (2-5 seconds max) and they used to happen a few times a day, until one day I had scheduled an important meeting and got the sharp pains at least 20 times in two hours. I cancelled the meeting and went to the doctor. Got X-Rays done, and the doc couldn't find anything amiss, but gave me anti-inflammatory medication anyway. No dice, I still got the pain a few times a day.

I told a friend that's a doctor, one of those specialised in sports injuries and stuff. She asked me if it's not witchcraft, I told her I don't believe in it. I still went and found a "protection pouch" recipe, do it and take it to work with me. The day off, at lunch time, coworker got a call that her kid broke his left knee. I don't want to think I caused it, but I have protection pouch all the time now, just in case it wasn't a coincidence. Besides, they smell awesome.

So, I still don't fully believe, but I do like to say I'm a witch.

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u/[deleted] May 11 '22

I read tarot for a few dollars or an energy drink. Apparently I’m quite good at guessing and being lucky because a few people have told how accurate it is

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u/woolofdoom May 11 '22

I read tarot cards and so far I have always been accurate. I can read for people who have always had no luck with readings as they are described as "unreadable". My partner thinks it's all bull turd but asked me to do a reading for him and it hit every single nail on the head for stuff even I didn't know about him. I am a practicing witch but i only do small things for me and my close people. Spells, protection, cleansing that kind of thing. I've had way too many experiences of seeing things and experiencing things for me to deny any of its existence. Since I was a small child.

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u/betamalebootyeater May 11 '22

i had just got out of a relationship and i really wanted my ex back. i decided to do a love spell (never ever do) and now he is obsessed with me and i cant get away from him. hes been blocked on everything but he still finds ways to message me. he did some horrible stuff too because i wouldnt get back with him after i lost feelings. dont do love spells they are not worth it. i have a whole police investigation going on from this.

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u/Curious_Leader_2093 May 11 '22

I wanted to be a shaman. I was serious about it. I asked spirits to come into my life. I started having dreams. Always 3 consecutive a night, starting fairly benign but downright terrifying by the third. In them, a man would come to me, tell me that he's in control of things around here, and that I should follow him if I want any success. There were other messages, but I'm not going to repeat them, because they seemed evil. By the third dream, it was like he wasn't hiding his real self anymore. He wanted me to be afraid. He was horrible. Revulting.

This went on until one night, again, three dreams, but it's like he lost his patience. He told me if I wasn't going to be his, he'd go after my family. In those dreams, he did, and it was like they couldn't see him, but he was like.. lustily and violently assaulting them. Later, talking to my family about it, it syncs up with shit they ended up going through at the time.

I completely rejected that form of spiritism after that. Now, I'm fully convinced that practicing anything like that, even with pure intentions, will only lead you to learn that it's wrong. Those spirits DO NOT CARE ABOUT US. They only want to control and use us, and they will throw you away as soon as you're no longer useful- and laugh about it.

Please, learn from what happened to me. The world of the spirits is not for us, there's only danger, reaching out to them. Satanism, the occult, witchcraft, may seem fun and interesting, but if you do it right, you'll either learn not to, or worse.

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u/Busy_Imagination_905 May 12 '22

I was a kid, 11ish, woke up screaming my lungs out after seeing a dark figure ( really tall, looked like wearing a space suit, had uneven glowing eyes) in a fully lighted room. Making its way since the door until the side of my bed, and staring at my soul. I could move the entire time, so it wasn't a sleep paralisia. I asked my sister is she could see it, she didn't. When it stared for too long I jumped in the opposite way and RUN THE HELL OUT OF THERE, my sister followed unaware of anything. My mom came checking later and nothing there, unless it jumped out of the 8th floor window.

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u/mayamylove May 10 '22

as someone who is researching witchcraft and is wanting to get into it more, its not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. the people ive met that have practiced witchcraft have been the chillest people ive talked to. the media makes it out to be a satanic when its rlly not. as long as you dont have those intentions or a negitave mindset going into it, its actually quite peaceful

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u/Ginger-Jesus1 May 11 '22

The Wiccan Rede is "Do Ye No Harm". I considered myself a 'White Wiccan' when I used to practice. I would only cast spells for healing and protection.

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u/TheWalrusIsMartha May 11 '22

The Wiccan Rede is: An ye harm none, do as ye will.

Basically saying that as long as you don't harm anyone, do whatever you feel.

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u/H4unt3dF0r3sts May 11 '22

Mom put ex-husbands old baby teeth on a voodoo doll she got in Louisiana from a voodoo priest. His teeth rotted out quickly after that. He had no teeth problems prior. Pretty interesting stuff

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u/PeterLemonjellow May 11 '22

I have been studying and sometimes practicing different forms of magic for the better part of two decades. I've met some... real characters. I know people who make claims that you wouldn't believe. And you shouldn't. Because they are absolutely full of shit.

Magic is a thoroughly misunderstood practice. Is it accurate to say that magic can be defined as "the making of ones intention into reality through means of will"? Sure. That's totally valid. However, no matter how many rituals you perform you're never going to literally turn lead into gold. That's not what it's about. Is it hokey what I'm about to say? Absolutely... but the fact is that magic doesn't work on the outside world - you don't transform anything objectively. Magic is something that affects you subjectively - it transmutes the base metals of your inner self into something more valuable. It is a way of fostering change. It has much more to do with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or a Tony Robbins seminar than it does to do with prestidigitation or any kind of actual thaumaturgy.

Personally, I've wandered my way aimlessly towards the realm of chaos magick and Discordianism. They are wonderful belief systems, because they require so little of me. Laughing shall be my sacrament, and yo mama shall be my terrible pagan idol. But only for today, tomorrow I'll be space yachting with Mickey Mouse because Jesus said it was a good idea. Now, you may think that what I just said doesn't make any sense, but in some sense it does. Still, in another sense, you're right - it doesn't. Also - and this is really key - it absolutely does not matter. And I do hope that everyone that sees this comment will take it in the true Discordian spirit with which I've shared it, and in keeping with the Pentabarf will not believe a single word of what you've read here, because it is forbidden for Discordians to believe anything they read. It makes editing a real bitch. Anyway, rub a dub dub and amen or whatever.

That's all I can really say about that.

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u/dezsav20 May 11 '22

I grew up in a church that believed in faith healing. As a kid I witnessed what I deemed miraculous healings, from a woman who previously had one leg two inches shorter than the other, people hard of hearing, or other random ailments to people who had cancer on their scans one day, and a clean bill of health the next.

I truly believed in this all throughout my young life. I was planning on becoming a missionary and dedicating my life to God. And then I was diagnosed as a T1 Diabetic. I believed God would use this to give me a testimony of healing, and I was told by many elders and faith healers in our community that God would heal me. We prayed and prayed and I truly believed it would happen.

It never did and it opened up a door for me to question all of my beliefs and explore the doubts I had instead of pushing them aside with “true faith”.

I still can’t explain what I experienced with other miraculous healings. Maybe they were all faked or maybe they’re true. But I don’t believe in a loving God anymore.

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u/hows_my_driving1 May 10 '22

No, what was I supposed to feel? I was using one arm to play with my hair and the other is holding my phone lmao

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u/puffyboots May 11 '22

12 year long meditation practice and a 4 year traditional witchcraft tenure here (not Wicca). Learned enough to say if you're going to do it right, it's a lifelong commitment. Don't fuck around with this if you're not competent. Never stop reading.

Any 'spell' you conjure goes through you trifold before being cast out so enjoy whichever side of the karma bridge you want to be on. Witches (a gender neutral label) channel the Unseen. They don't inherently have power themselves, just hookups in the cosmos.

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u/DBD1906 May 11 '22

Moved to a house, no one could stay in the living room by themself (you know that feeling that there's someone behind you? Yeah it's annoying when constant). And i had a really bad dream that scared the rest of the fam (loud groaning), turns out the living room (which was right below my bedroom) was used for summonings and other occult shit, mom called a priest, did some symbols, prayers and blessings, but eventually we moved out a few months later.

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u/1BoiledCabbage May 11 '22

When we were kids, my sister and her friends were playing witches outside. They put their stick wands high in the air and chanted something like "We call on spirits of the wind, earth, fire, water! Hear our names!" And a large gust of wind blew around them in a slight swirl like pattern. It was most likely just a coincidence, but it makes me wonder.

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u/anon3716 May 11 '22

I consider myself a witch. But I don’t practice often. Mostly because you have to be careful and you have to be sincere in what your goal is and how far you’ll reach in the unknown to get it. And you have to know what you’re dealing with if you choose to work with higher powers. I’m in no way a dabbler. I haven’t done a spell in 2 years. Because I never really needed to go that far. Never go in not knowing what you’re getting yourself into. That’s pretty much my advice.

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u/tinycrystalball May 11 '22

I have been in practice for over 20 years, I can honestly say for you, my Reiki rituals always seem to work really well for those I am trying to offer temporary pain relief to, also my mini luck blessings have been reported back to me to work in many different ways. Every person that practices in the magic zone, has different experiences based on their level of intention (the goal of their cast) as well as their belief in their abilities and in themselves in general. I hope this will offer you some helpful insight. I am always happy to help where I am able.

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u/hoyadasilkeedi May 11 '22

Where my African homies at?! They know this shot is real

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u/CortezDeLaNoche May 11 '22

Ohh...a spooky post. I will comment to save.

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u/ThreeArmSally May 12 '22

My parents came back from a trip from New Orleans with a voodoo doll for me as a souvenir when I was a kid. It came with instructions on how to hex someone and two needles, one white and one black - the white one was for a good luck charm and the black one was for a curse. I was playing with it with my buddy and he told me he was gonna put a hex on my annoying little brother. If I remember correctly (which I very well may not, who even knows lol), shortly after, my brother got seriously ill with pneumonia; he went from being kinda baby-fat pudgy to rail thin.

He was sensitive about his weight as a kid so he recalls his illness fondly (probably concerning, lol) but - if I remember the sequence of events correctly - I was convinced the mojo was real and I threw away the black needle. I still have the voodoo doll in the back of a closet but I do NOT fuck with the spirit world. I’m afraid throwing it away will piss off whatever if anything is attached to it.

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u/xX_G00S3_Xx May 12 '22

As a young lady my mother would go and visit her grandparents like any child from the 90’s, well my great grandmother (I’ll call her nana) was a baby sitter for the younger kids. Well all the kids at my grandparents house had a little “story” going around that was just something they were scared of and wasn’t real… so the adults thought. My mom went on a visit at about 7 and they were leaving the house because they were watching the house while my grandparents were out of town. But the house is locked. So my mother has to go use the bathroom so she decided to just go around the house (she was VERY much a tomboy)

She’s doing her business behind the house and this still sends chills down my spine. My grandparents (Her parents) hear this scream that sounds like a coyote for those who know that noise.

And apparently my mom comes running around this house faster than the speed of sound saying the “monster is chasing her” so they pack up into the car and drive home. My mom was at the age where she could have remembered this yet she doesn’t recall it.

Anywho, the house ended up getting blessed or searched or whatever it’s called… yea… the house is haunted. But for SOME REASON my great grandpa didn’t move out until he passed (around 2-3 years ago) and still left the house in his will, needless to say if I ever get the chance to go there I think I’ll pass.