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Witch Hunt

 

There are witches all around us. You can find them anywhere…

The Witch on Wheels has been documenting her findings.

 

Meet Monica Cox

As a Sagittarius born in the Year of the Dragon, Monica Cox is very much a fiery witch whom I met at a Beltane festival.

Dragons are just fun. I like the big, fat, ‘Puff the Magic Dragon,’ cute, fluffy ones. I have to be very careful to have a lot of water around me because I have a very fiery personality. And earth. Earth grounds me so well,” she said of her 170-acre farm, her 45 animals and the mountains surrounding them all.

We witches are everywhere even though not everyone wears it out loud like I do. I‘m very staunch about my religious freedom. I don’t push it on anyone, but if people ask, I’m glad to answer questions.

 

Witch on Wheels (WOW): Do you have a magical name you’re willing to share?

Monica Cox (MC): I do not have a magickal name.

 

WOW: In what state do you reside?

MC: New Hampshire.

 

WOW: How do you make your living?

MC: As a registered nurse working at the only Level 1 trauma center in the state.

 

WOW: Are you out of the closet? / Have you felt threatened?

MC: Absolutely out of the closet. No, I’ve never felt threatened.

 

WOW: When did you first know you were a witch? How long have you been practicing?

MC: Since 2009. A co-worker lent me the book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft.” It was the first book I ever read. It was so me. I realized I’d been practicing the Craft without knowing it. I don’t know why I didn’t know it sooner.

 

WOW: How do you define your practice? Do you follow a specific tradition?

MC: I do not follow a specific tradition. I’m a “Whatever Works for Me” kind of witch. I consider myself a gray witch while I don’t practice outright black magic, I’ve been known to use very strong protective spells that result in bad things happening to people who hurt me and those I love.

 

WOW: What one object must be on your altar for it to be an altar?

MC: One of my cats.

 

WOW: Do you have a daily practice?

MC: I wake up and I’m grateful. At a class at a festival I remember being told that if you live a magical life, you don’t have to do magic and that’s what I try to do. It’s all about doing things with intention. I am grateful for all the gifts from the goddess and find they keep coming. I do more formal magic when I have great need.

 

WOW: How do you respond when someone asks, “Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”

MC: Nobody’s ever asked me that.

 

WOW: Do you have a familiar?

MC: He passed away in 2011.

 

WOW: What gifts, skills or powers do you share?

MC: I’m especially good at taking care of animals. I listen to what they’re telling me with their body language. Sometimes I also have a knowing about the medical conditions of others and their outcomes.

 

WOW: What was your most magical experience?

MC: Banishing the coyotes from my livestock area. I didn’t want to banish them off my property and onto someone else’s, so I gave them all the mountain, putting a fire line around the areas I didn’t want them to enter, about 10 acres, and then I smudged. It’s worked.

Another magical experience was when I held off a storm until I was finished what needed to be done. When I was done I barely made it in the house before sheets of rain came along with thunder and lightning, but my chores were done, I was inside and dry.

 

WOW: What is your favorite:

  • Sabbat: Samhain  
  • Element: Fire 
  • God: none 
  • Goddess: Artemis and Athena 
  • Animal or other totem: Owl 
  • Tool: my mind  
  • Book: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft”
  • Tarot deck or card: I have a lot of decks, but no favorite yet.
  • Gemstone: amethyst
  • Ritual garb: my black dress with the big sleeves (pictured)
  • Fictional witch: Branna, a Dark Witch from the Nora Roberts trilogy. 
  • Music / performer: Fleetwood Mac 
  • Spell or ritual: To find lost objects I chant, “By the power of three times three, let me see, let me see, let me see.” I use that one a lot. I found someone’s cell phone under a pallet with two 400-pound round bales of hay on it.
  • Piece of wisdom: Never summon something you can’t banish.

 

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike

thewitchonwheels.com

All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.