Sorcery 101


hocus-pocus-469282_1280According to, sorcery is the art, practices, or spells of a person who is supposed to exercise supernatural powers through the aid of evil spirits; black magic; witchery. In other words, the source of sorcery is another person who wishes us harm. However, when reflecting upon the lessons of my past teachers, I am led to believe that there is more to this concept than that definition.
At The Four Winds, we were taught that engaging in any sort of prayer or spell toward another person, without their permission, is sorcery. That includes positive intentions and reading auras. Often, there is a need for control that drives a person toward unintentional sorcery.

Truly, parents want their children to be safe and healthy. However, consider the following (fear-based) statements:

“Don’t jump on the bed, you’ll fall and crack your head open.” “If you eat that, you’ll get a stomachache.” “If I hug you, you’ll catch my cold.” Might it be more appropriate to simply request that someone be careful, or safe, rather than impose doom upon them as a consequence?

Further, are you familiar with the term, self-sorcery? Although permission is not actually involved, how do our thoughts affect our being? “If I don’t get this job, I’ll be a total loser and end up homeless.” “She broke my heart (stabbed me in the back, is a pain in the neck)…”

I have worked with such clients. One man had the experience of his sister dying in his arms when he was 9 years old. His experience of a broken heart led to repeated heart attacks in his adult life. When he forgave himself for his inability to save his sister, his health improved significantly.

People who feel they have been energetically “stabbed” often have solidified energies stuck in their field, as well as unexplainable pain. A shaman removes these obstructions energetically, and the pain disappears. Occasionally, these solidified energies come with us from previous incarnations. In these cases, the shaman will go on a journey to uncover the story behind this pain, and take the individual toward empowerment, forgiveness and healing. This is a gift – for the healer, and the healed.
By Mary Teresa Hickey


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