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    Witches' Counsel: I Need To Find More Work

    A recurring ~magical~ advice column.

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    Hi! We're Arianna and Katie and we like casting spells and giving advice. So we're combining those interests here, in Witches' Counsel, where you can send us any problems, hang-ups, fears, etc., and we will do everything in our ~power~ to help. Reach us at

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    Dear Witches Counsel,

    I'm a freelancer who recently lost some business, as we freelancers sometimes do. The "feast and famine" cycle is part of the game for a lot of us, but it is still the worst. My question to you spellbinding sorceresses is: Are there any spells, wishes, or rituals I can do at home to bring good luck in business during times of 'famine'? Or even any good advice to lift my spirits so I can get back out there and kick all the ass?

    Thanks witches!
    Frenzied Freelancer

    Dear FF,

    Man, that freelancing hustle. It's tough. There's nothing quite as satisfying and empowering as knowing you are your own boss, but then, of course, there's the flip side — the instability, unpredictability, the "feast and famine." So: brave and impressive, but tough. We're sorry to hear you're currently in a lull.

    Let's start with the magic. We've got a couple things for you: a spell for you to do at home, and one we'll do for bonus good luck. The first is a personalized magnetic spell from Ellen Dugan's Practical Prosperity Magick, and it does require you pick up some materials (which are good to have on hand if you're interested in practicing magic, in general!). Here's what you need:

    - a piece of paper

    - blue ink pen

    - mason (or similar) jar

    - 2 lodestones (lodestone oil would also work)

    - gold metallic sand

    - gold glitter

    - three different colored coins (silver, gold, copper will do)

    - green satin ribbon

    Write your goal on the piece of paper (be as specific as possible; e.g., "To draw new customers to my business") and then place the paper in the jar and place the lodestones on top of it. Sprinkle the gold sand until the bottom of the jar is completely covered, add a layer of gold glitter, and finally place the coins on top. (All of this should only fill about a quarter of the jar.) Close the jar and recite the following:

    Layer upon layer this enchantment does build
    Now this canning jar with my magick I do fill.
    Two green lodestones to attract and sand to feed
    And coins of different colors numbering three.
    With this magick I now draw extra cash to this spell jar
    Opportunities for money will come from near and far.

    Seal the jar by tying the ribbon around the neck while visualizing your success and saying:

    By the power of the earth this spell I cast
    May I be successful and my magick last.

    Place the jar in a common area, where you'll see it often, and fill it up with extra change or dollars when you have it. On our end, we carved an orange candle with your name and zodiac sign, anointed it with Lucky Job oil from Enchantments and lit the candle while reciting our intention and visualizing your success. Just to give you an extra boost.

    Of course, both of these spells are meant as boosts of positivity, and not substitutes for the hustle, but since you're the kind of person who set out and started your own business, we doubt you have any plans to slow down. Be shameless about self-promotion; get your name out everywhere. If you assume everyone will be better off knowing you (which is true!) networking will start to seem less daunting. You're doing them a favor by letting them know about the awesome work you do.

    And even though it's so hard to remember this when business is slow, the work you are doing is awesome. Success (or lack of it) is so rarely a reliable marker of talent. It's a numbers game. You just have to keep at it and trust that those odds will turn in your favor. The longer you stay in the game, the likelier that is. We're rooting for you!

    Goddess bless,

    The Witches

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    Hello oh powerful ladies of the cauldron,

    I'm in need of a spell of protection, but not for myself. This is my first season of fantasy football, and I'm a highly competitive person who *needs* to win my league. Dez Bryant is out for a big chunk of the season already, and even though he was not on my roster, I'm freaking out about the players on my lineup getting injured. Can you provide me with some witchy magic to protect my team?

    Many thanks,
    Type-A Fantasy Gal

    Dear TAFG,

    First let us say that we are so sorry to hear about Dez Bryant. (We did not previously know who Dez Bryant was.) We're sending our witchy healing good vibes his way, and hoping for his sake (and yours) that his return comes sooner rather than later.

    Readers of our column know we like our responses to be both practical and magical, but unfortunately there's not a whole lot we can give you in the way of "advice" here. We're like, "Just pick the best players!!!" Ummm, what else... Be nice to your fellow fantasy coaches? Ha-ha, just kidding, be ruthless. Tear them apart. Isn't that what makes fantasy sports fun? All the competitive rage, none of the personal involvement, effort, or risk?

    So! Let's get right to the magic. For you we're recommending a protective blessing from Ann-Marie Gallagher's The Spells Bible. More specifically, the "Spell of Three." This is a blessing meant to bring good fortune to "a new venture" — in this case, your team this season. You'll need:

    - a yellow candle (preferably between six to eight inches tall)

    - a large feather (preferably real)

    - a little pack of that self-hardening clay (which you can find at a craft store)

    - 3 sprigs of rosemary

    - a six-inch length of thin red ribbon

    - a stick of lavender incense

    Clear a space on your floor and set the candle in front of you. First, mold some of the clay into a flat disk shape. Set it aside. Light the candle while you say the following:

    Earth, water, fire combine
    Bring blessings to this team of mine
    Good fortune in your wheel enshrined.

    Then, using the hard tip of the feather, draw the triskele (or triple spiral) symbol into one side of the soft clay disk. Bind the rosemary sprigs together at the root with the red ribbon. Then, light the incense, and use the rosemary bundle to waft the smoke around the area where you sit, and finally, over the disk. Leave the disk to dry overnight, and the next morning, place it above the doorway to your home.

    May your team win all the games and championships, and may you (try to) be a good sport whether you win or lose.

    Goddess bless,

    The Witches

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