Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FAQs: I want to learn spell casting. How much do your classes cost? Doesn't a witch have to teach what they know if someone asks? Aren't they oathbound to teach anyone seeking it? Your style magic workings are pretty unique and there isn't much written down to teach anyone how to do Gypsy magic. Do you think you will ever teach classes or give work shops and lectures?


I want to learn spell casting. How much do your classes cost?

Hmmm... No where on any of my blogs, profiles, accounts, shops, or web sites does it say anywhere, anything about me offering classes or lessons, and yet this is one of the more commonly asked questions I recieve. I don't know, it seems almost as though somewhere along the line, someone said something about "witches" being "required" to teach spell casting if someone asks them too, because I have also recieved this question:

Doesn't a witch have to teach what they know if someone asks? Aren't they oathbound to teach anyone seeking it?

It is a question repeated often enough to suggest that perhaps there is a book or movie or tv show out there which states witches are required to give lessons if asked. I don't know as I do not watch those types of shows or movies or read those types of books, so no idea where these folks could be coming up with a reasoning behind this belief.  In my experiance if a witch or Wiccan or rootworker or hoodooer or mambo or witch doctor or other magic practioner is oathbound at all in regards to teaching, it is quite the opposite, to protect their secrets and carefully guard them and to NOT teach anyone they do not feel fully qualified to handle the information properly. In my experiance a witch or Wiccan or rootworker or hoodooer or mambo or witch doctor or other magic practioner will only rarely teach others their craft and usually only to a relative or close and trusted friend, never to a stranger.

But all this leads to another question I have recieved:

Your style magic workings are pretty unique and there isn't much written down to teach anyone how to do Gypsy magic. Do you think you will ever teach classes or give work shops and lectures? 

Perhaps. Maybe. I'm not sure there is demand for it really. I mean, you don't see too many folks out there getting degrees in folk magic and than setting up shop as a full time spell caster, now do you? Most folks interested in folkmagic tend to be hobbiests, just looking for something fun the do. I don't look at what I do as a hobby or a recreational sport. This is my life. This in my career. This is my culture. This is who I am. I mean, you asking this, is like saying you can take this out of my life and I'll be just some other person who can live fine without it. But this is my life. It is what I do every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year. It's my job but it's more than a job, it's my religion but it's more than a religion, do you understand? This isn't like going out and being taught how to play tennis or golf, this isn't something you do in your spare time; and yet, it is also not something you do just to pay the bills and put food on the table, either. It is a way of life. It is like becoming a vegan, you must commit yourself to it whole heartedly and give up everything you knew before. How can I teach that? This isn't something you can learn sitting in a classroom, this is something you have to become a part of 24 hours a day 7 days a week every year for the rest of your life. When was the last time you knew someone who commited themselves to anything? No one can even commit themselves to marriage these days, and you expect me to believe you can commit to this?

It's a hard thing that you ask, harder than you realize. Perhaps I will write a book, a lesson manuel of sorts, to teach you the basics of getting started, maybe I will someday teach classes or workshops about it. Who kows? At this point I do not know. Maybe, if enough people want it, I will consider doing it in the future.


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My progression was long and slow and very hard. Things other people found easy to do (getting dressed, brushing teeth/hair, walking across the street, etc,) I found extremely confusing and hard to learn. I was prone to wandering off and getting lost (I still am). Driver's ed takes most people a few weeks to learn - it took me 5 years. 

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