I Thought You Might Ask Me That
At the bottom of my teacup I found some answers to questions you haven’t even asked me yet. Uncanny, no?
First of all, what is a witch?
There are as many answers to that as there are witches! The simplest definition is that a witch is a person who practices witchcraft. If you feel you’re a witch & don’t do any witching, you’re not a witch to me. Sorry, but you just aren’t. At least, not yet. With study, who knows? Doesn’t mean you can’t have your own pace or be on a break though.
So what is witchcraft, then?
Again, many possible answers! For me, witchcraft or sorcery is an Art, a practice, not a religion. However, it is strongly interwoven with my own spiritual practice & beliefs. So you see it’s complicated!
What is an Alrauna?
An Alrauna is a witch who specialises in working with plant roots. The reason I’m not calling myself a rootworker is that this term is most often understood as someone working in a specific (Southern) American tradition. Even though I’m influenced by American Rootwork, I’m well aware that it is not my culture if I’m not invited into it. Therefore I use the term Alrauna, which is what my Germanic ancestors would have called someone like me.
What is magic?
Magic to me is not something that we humans do: it’s a force or interconnectedness that is always around us & we only have to tap into it. This action of connecting is called sorcery or witchcraft.
I see you worship the Devil. Is witchcraft evil? Are you evil?
Witchcraft can be put to evil use, yes. However, this has nothing to do with Devil worship, at least in my case! The Devil to me is the god of Wild Nature, around us but also within us. In the past the Church has equated him with Satan for their own propaganda. I personally don’t, nor do I consider myself evil. You are entitled to your own opinion though *cackles*
What are your main influences?
See my Witch Profile under About.
How can I order spellwork from you?
In my shop I offer a number of spellwork readings (see also below). If you feel your situation requires something different you can send me an email through the Contact form & we can work something out. Be advised though that I charge a fee reflecting the desired result, not so much the amount of time & energy it costs me.
If you live in The Netherlands or thereabouts you are also welcome for a personal consultation. I perform house clearings as well.
Do’s & don’ts ?
I am what you could call a curse-friendly witch: I have no qualms returning harmful stuff inflicted on you back to sender. However, I don’t curse on behalf of other people without express permission from my spirits.
This also goes for any other kind of work, even healing: actions always have consequences & I always need to know the whole story before I even consider doing a working to avoid unforeseen results. Even if you are hiding part of it from me, I will find out sooner or later & the consequences will be for you.
Love spells to attract or keep a specific person: nope. ‘Improving’ someone’s behaviour without their knowledge: nope. Helping someone else to see the truth: depends, but that truth may not be what you had in mind. Hope you get the picture!
See for more information on my spellwork the Spellwork page.
What is divination & how is it even possible? I’m skeptical.
I know! How can the cards know all these things, right? Whole books have been written about this question, but what it boils down to is that coincidence really does not exist. So there somehow is a correlation between how the cards (or charms, runes, bones etc.) fall and the thing you want to know about. This is called synchronicity and it happens a lot in daily life as well. Once you realize that all things are indeed connected your life becomes truly magical! And that is only one of the things that reading cards does for you.
What instruments for divination are there & which do you use?
Worldwide there are any number of divinatory systems or instruments! In the West the cards are very popular, such as the tarot, but ordinary playing cards are gaining in popularity again as well. A distinct system of cards somewhere between tarot & playing cards is the Petit Lenormand, see below.
A different kind of divination is sortilege, i.e. the casting of lots, runes, bones etc. I myself use charms, either alone or with the cards (see below & Divination page).
Currently I work with three media: the tarot, Lenormand cards and charm casting. I offer separate tarot or Lenormand readings, but combining the two works astonishingly well for me and I get very detailed and accurate readings, even more so when adding charms.
I’m also studying cartomancy, which is reading playing cards. I will announce readings with those when I’m ready! I also pay close attention to signs & omens, which are an important way of spirit communication. Divination is everywhere!
What are tarot cards?
What most scholars agree on is that the tarot first appeared as a game of cards played in 15th-century Italy & France. Twenty-two trump cards were added to an already existing deck consisting of four suits, the forerunner of our modern playing cards. Personally I think it’s likely that from the beginning the tarot cards (as well as those playing cards) were also used for divination & fortunetelling, even if very much under the table because of persecution by the Church.
In the 19th & 20th century an esoteric revival began to discover even deeper layers in the symbols of the tarot, connecting them with archetypal symbolism & finding correlations with other occult & divinatory systems. This enormous wealth of symbolism & depth makes the tarot a truly unique divinatory instrument. Its modern esoteric usage focuses mostly on introspection & inner growth, but at the moment reading fortunes with them is making a comeback & you could say I’m part of that!
So what is charm casting?
What are Lenormand cards & what is the difference with the tarot?
To make a long story short, the Petit Lenormand is a 19th-century divinatory system invented in Germany as a crossover between a popular board game & playing cards. They were posthumously named for (so not actually invented by) Mlle Lenormand, a very powerful & famous seeress & cartomancer who even read for Josephine Bonaparte.
The Lenormand tends to be very direct & practical, blunt even. The great thing about them is their fluid meanings as they are read in combination. Modern tarot reading on the other hand depends mostly on the position a card has within a spread. Reading Lenormand has greatly enhanced my tarot reading practice, because it has more or less opened my eyes to the possibilities of reading tarot cards in combination as well, which adds great movement & fluidity to a reading which I often find lacking in modern tarot readings following a spread. Freestyle tarot reading is making a comeback though, which I can only applaud!
Broadly speaking, you could say that Lenormand is about things that happen to you, whereas tarot explains how these events affect you, although this is certainly not mutually exclusive! This is why combining the two works really well for me, although probably not every reader would agree.
What should I consider before ordering a reading?
Three things: Firstly, ask yourself if this is truly what you want to know. Will you be better off knowing this for sure?
Secondly, realize that the cards only reflect a moment in time and their message is not written in stone; any action you may take can change the outcome, or else what would be the point, right?
Thirdly, when selecting a reader do your homework & follow your gut. Read their blog, look at their profile picture. If it doesn’t speak to you or if you don’t actually like this person, don’t go for it. A long list of credentials or ‘psychic gifts’ or even raving reviews should not be the deciding factor. It’s a very personal matter, so choose someone you feel some chemistry with. Obviously I hope that would be me!
So how does ordering a reading work? What happens after I click ‘Buy’?
When I receive your payment I contact you via email & we can discuss your question or issue. I then perform the reading, write the report & email it to you, usually within 2 or 3 working days. If I’m behind schedule for some reason you will of course be informed.
See for more details the Divination page.
And what’s this about ‘spellwork readings’?
Well, as I do divination before a working anyway, why not combine the two? Besides, I find that doing a reading draws some of the poison out anyway.