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1.  Money-Back Guarantees.  Avoid purchasing a spell from someone who offers a money
back guarantee.  If, in fact, they actually cast your spell, they certainly won't refund
your money.  Spells take too much work via consultation, energy reads (before, during
and after the casting), preparing the tools, writing the spell, casting time and energy and
purchasing supplies to just hand over a refund if the casting doesn't work properly.  The
money-back guarantee ploy is just a way to get you in the door.

Extortion or Blackmail.  Don't trust a caster who pushes spells on you or frightens
you into purchasing more and more services.  A caster should advertise his or her service.  
You should approach the caster if you're interested but not be harassed or threatened by
fear tactics.

 Biological Samples.  Don't be fooled by casters asking for biological samples in order
to cast a spell.  I must add biological samples are helpful in some cases, but they are not
necessary for a successful casting.  The thing about bio samples is, they need to come from
the person you're casting upon.  If a spell caster is working directly on the person who
hired her, then bio samples would help.  But if it's a spell on anybody else (love, justice,
job-related, etc.), bio samples from the client would have no use.  The most success spells
prevail without biological samples.  Think about it. If you're in love from a distance, you
can't very well approach the object of your affection and cut a lock of his hair or ask for
a fingernail clipping.  Some unethical casters ask for these samples to blackmail you later
if you do not purchase more services.

 Cheap Charms or Talismans.  Don't fall for the cheap charm trick.  Charms and
talismans are different than, and separate from, spells.  You don't need to wear a
talisman or charm for your spell to be successful.  Just like you don't need to use a
Rosary to pray the Rosary.  The object and the prayer are different.  The object and the
spell are different as well.  Some unethical casters use this to show they are "doing"
something when it's completely unnecessary.  Others want to send you a charm to blame
you if the casting fails, stating you didn't follow the instructions or your energy tainted
the charm.

 Professionals Who Belittle Other Professionals Are Not Professional.  Don't use an
online magickal shop or magickal practitioner if he or she belittles others in the
profession by name or website - or who polices the profession by spending time and
energy "eliminating scammers".  First of all, how would a professional have the TIME
and ENERGY to do that? There wouldn't be enough hours in the day.  Secondly,
everyone's magickal methods are different.  Nobody practices exactly the same.  So it's
difficult to legitimately criticize another person's practice unless they're harming innocent
people or animals (but that's the only exception). Anyone who has the time to police,
most likely, is doing nothing BUT policing.  They're certainly not practicing magick if
they think there's only one way to do things (since Magick 101 tells us differently).  :)  
They could be hypocrites showing the world that "Jane Doe" is BAD, but I'm GOOD.  
Simply stated:  They don't want the competition that legitimate magickal professionals
bring.  Smear campaigns make the smearer look bad, not the smearee.

No Proof of Spell Casting.  Don't trust a professional caster who does not offer you a
proof of  casting option in one form or another.  My great grandmother's clients were
local and regional so they were able to sit with her during the ritual if they
wished.  Today, clients who use online services don't have that luxury, yet we have other
options that can be just as valuable.  Not all clients want proof of casting since
identifiable information on them is recorded.  However, many do.  That's why a spell
caster should offer this proof.  Good methods of proof are audio recordings, video
recordings or digital, time-stamped pictures.  We offer proof of casting to our clients at
NO additional charge.  And in case you're wondering . . . a video cam or audio recorder
in the room does not taint the spell process. We also offer a financial breakdown of the
money a client spends on their spell package.  

 Cheap Spells.  Be cautious of a caster who offers cheap spells.  These may be scam
sites. People always ask me why I charge so much for my spells.  Well, here's why ~  No
one could cast a successful
professional spell for $40.  Maybe you could maybe throw
together $40 worth of used items from around the house and cast one for yourself.  But
do you want a spell caster to do that for your work? A professional spell MEANS
professionally performed.  A spell for $40 would not be professionally done.  Supplies,
alone, are much more than that.  I can't imagine casting a professional spell for less than
$300 - unless it was a classic (simple) candle spell.  My fee includes the cost of supplies,
tools, preparation time, casting time (and energy), and follow-up work,  And even the
spell packet (printed info and spell kit) sent to the client is of the highest quality.  
Generally, cheap spells are just that - cheap.  Either never cast or not cast properly.  You
get what you pay for.  (Again, we offer a financial break-down of costs. Details on the
spell page.)

100 Percent Results, Guaranteed.  Avoid anyone who guarantees results.  That is
absolutely laughable in any profession.  Nobody anywhere can guarantee results on
anything.  That is your immediate red flag to look elsewhere for an honest professional.  
Nobody is 100 percent.  Nobody is God.

 The Impossible!  Don't place your trust in someone who claims to do the impossible.  
Bringing the dead back to life.  A celebrity knock at your door with a marriage proposal.  
Losing 100 lbs. in 30 days.  Turning you into a vampire.  Manifesting a dragon or
unicorn.  These claims are ridiculous and impossible.  

Black Magick.   I don't like to "color" magick as magick is a natural force that is
usually molded according to need.   With that said, there are some who only practice
magick in a positive way or in a negative way.  Most of us, though, practice somewhere
in the middle.  With that said, there are witches among us who exclusively practice Black
Magick (a variant of Dark Magick).  I actually have a close relative who has practiced
Black Witchcraft for decades. Be careful when dealing with Black Magick. There is
always a way to handle matters so everyone involved is happy, safe, and healthy.   There
is never a need to cause an innocent person heartache or injury even if they are on the
opposing side.   A spell professional who causes an innocent person heartache or injury
could do the same to you if you don't give in to extortion or blackmail.   
(Note: I said an innocent person because I practice Grey Magick which can harm when
necessary - such as justice, protection or defense.  And I
NEVER hesitate to do so

11.  Make Him Love You No Matter What! You often hear folks who practice New Age  
Magick say that they only practice "white magick" because they refuse to "bend the will"
of others.  And I commend them for their ethical qualities.  But, frankly, bending the
will of others is impossible. You cannot make someone love you who is completely closed
to the idea of loving you.  That's not how love spells work.  Spells can soften and
awaken true love, stir emotions, cause the other person to see your perspective, bring
total strangers together who otherwise wouldn't meet, and safely dissolve difficult
obstacles.  But the subject of the spell work has to be open to the idea of falling in love
for the spell to be successful.  How do you know if the subject is open to love?  Ask your
spell caster.  Regardless of your spell caster's magickal tradition, he or she should know
precisely how to determine that without hesitation.

 Unreal Feel.  Scam sites normally look like this:  "Madame Zooha Mooha knows all,
sees all."  This is followed by a bunch of ridiculous claims or generic "buy one, get one
free" spells.  They also "feel" unreal.  No real picture of the person you'll be working with
- usually a phoney picture of a Voodoo Queen, grandmother-type figure or a gorgeous
model.  No blog.  No real interaction.  And so are similar sites.  An example of this is
when you do a search, 20 similar sites come up, all with something slightly different.  
Madame Zooha Mooha might have one site.  Similar content is on the next site entitled
"Find Your Soulmate In An Instant".  And the list goes on to 18 others with similar
content, but different names and background colors.  The sites I described are run by the
same person.  The goal is to take your money, shut down quickly after only a few months
and reopen under the same modus operandi  No spell is ever cast.  They're scam sites.  

Free & Short-Running Websites.  Never use a free website, or a spell caster with a
free email address (yahoo, gmail, etc.)  The email address should be attached to a domain
name.  And check to see how long a site has been active.  If it's less than one year, you
may want to search for a longer-running site.  Most scam sites stay around from six
months to two years but there are some exceptions.  These scammers try to take as many
clients as possible then dismantle their sites and start all over again.  You could check
how long a site has been running by a "WhoIs Lookup" through Google.  Moonlight
Enchantments has been online since 2005.

 Bogus Physical Addresses.  Most online-only businesses can provide you with a Post
Office Box or an address through a UPS Store.  Understandable and acceptable.  
However, scam sites (not just spell scam but any scam) tend to want to show you they're
bigger and more accessible than they actually are.  Therefore, they provide a bogus
physical address.  Today, you could check out an address through google to see if it's

Fake awards.   Oh, there are many out there who claim to have gotten awards from
spell casting associations, guilds, organizations, etc.  I tried, in 2007, to put together a
group of ethical spell casters.  It was nearly impossible, and I ended up with membership
applications from just family members and a few personal friends.  (So Sacred Chants
Spell Casting Society consists of my aunt, two cousins and three personal friends who
practice magick.) I found out quickly that this type of profession is very secretive and
private.  Most clients see spell casters anonymously so there's no way for a group of lay
people to monitor the process or progress of professional spell casters.  And the magickal
profession, as a whole, is a loosely knit community with professionals having no real ties
to each other.  So claims of large groups of people coming together to vote on the best
spell caster or psychic are simply not true.   There was only one group that I know of
that gave fair yearly awards,
NOT to spell casters or psychics but to Magickal Shoppes
in general.  They reviewed us several times when I had a physical shoppe, and they
included online shoppe reviews, too, if the physical shoppe "spilled over" to the internet.  
But if I'm remembering correctly, even the online aspect of the shoppe had to be present
for a certain length of time.  Now they did write reviews on psychics, spell professionals,
reiki healers and so on in their newsletter but those were reviews only- not awards.  They
did not give awards for best in any of those fields because it's impossible to monitor.  
Obviously, some shoppe owners were also spell casters and psychic readers, but that was
not the focus of their investigation or the nature of their yearly award.  The focus was
the Shoppe, itself.  The items sold, the professionalism, customer reviews, etc.  Things
they could see and monitor.

But Also Keep In Mind ~

16.  Shouldn't You Be Working For Free?  Don't consider the possibility that a
legitimate spell caster "shouldn't charge for their services".   There is a new, white
magickal tradition that started in the 1950s and gained huge popularity in 1970s.  That
very noble tradition has kind of "hijacked" magick.  As a result, there is a misconception
of the ethics of magick and its purpose.  I'm not condemning or criticizing anyone who
wishes to follow the White New Age concept of magick but it's just not accurate to
history.  And someone's opinion or belief cannot change history. It's not immoral to
charge a fee for work performed, supplies needed, and services rendered.  Restaurant
owners don't give away meals for free.  Doctors don't treat patients for free.  We all
must earn a living and respect the time, energy, talents, and efforts of others.  Druids
charged for their services.  In ancient Rome, there were spell & magick shoppes on every
corner.  Every village had a wiseman or woman in every continent of the world.  And in
my family, I can verify six generations of professional spell casters, tarot readers and
magickal practitioners.  Professional spell casters and magickal practitioners have been
charging for their services since the beginning of time.  That's the history of magick.  
This could be easily verified by reading a book prior to 1950.

 Failure Does Not Equal Scam - Two Separate Things.  Don't believe all professional
spell casters are scammers because you had a bad experience with one or two.  If a spell
doesn't manifest, that doesn't necessarily mean you were scammed.  Spell casters are
human beings.  We know how to harness energy and mold it to a specific goal.  But we
are not God, and  there are times when that process fails for various reasons.  Even spell
professionals with the very highest success rates have their share of failures.  Like a
doctor cannot guarantee a surgery will be successful, and a lawyer cannot guarantee the
outcome of a trial, a spell caster cannot guarantee that you will receive the exact results
you requested.  Remember that God has the final word, and you will receive precisely
what's in your best interest.  

 Know The Basics.  Have a basic understanding of magick before working with any
spell caster.  Don't come into it with the illusion that magick should work in an instant
or that real magicians are similar to those depicted in Harry Potter or Lord of The
Rings.  That's fiction.  Real life magick is much different.  If a potential client comes to
me saying that he or she tried 100 spell casters, went broke in the process and was
scammed by each one, that's MY red flag.  Either the person has unrealistic expectations
or an emotional problem that requires assistance by a non-magickal professional.  If you
have to choose between paying your rent or buying a spell, pay your rent.

And last but not least . . .

19.   Think Before Speaking.  Be very careful who you accuse of being a con artist.  There
are many scammers out there but there are some honest magickal professionals as well.  
The last thing you want to do is call a powerful, ethical spell caster a fraud if he or she
truly isn't.  You may wake up as a "toad" with a whole "pond full" of bad luck.  :)

Spell Casting is not sinful or unethical.  It's the movement of God-given, natural, earthly
energy to meet an end.  It is presented to God with God having the final authority.  
Magick can certainly be misused as anything else.  That's why it's important to always
know your source.  Ask questions.  Read feedback.  Study the person.  And only go to
someone you trust.

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forgotten.” - Scott Cunningham

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