Truro woman Leanne White offers course in casting spells
A TRURO woman is offering an insight into the spell-casting world of witchcraft.
Self-proclaimed white witch Julianne White, who has been interested in the pagan-influenced Wiccan way of life for two decades, said she was offering the course to enlighten people on the path of harmony and appreciation for "all things natural and beautiful".
Ms White said: "I celebrate the moon phases and things like that but I don't go dancing under the moon naked."
A Wiccan is someone who is a member of the Wicca religion, which celebrates a deep respect for nature, incorporating rituals and helping others.
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"It's more to do with using your energies. We already do certain rituals anyway – we brush our teeth because we have to – so it's just like that," she said.
A favourite spell of Julianne, who boasts proudly of her witchcraft hobby, is used to find a lost love. "You would get a red rose and pull the petals off and put them in a bag in your pocket. Once they begin to wilt, the love moves closer.
"I do practise white witchcraft, and these spells are a part of that."
Most of the spells are aimed at helping others and encouraging happiness.
Wiccans say they do not cast spells to hurt people, only to bring them good luck or to release stress.
The course, which will begin on May 10 and is held at Ms White's home, will be a mix of practical and theory-based information.
There will be the chance to learn some spells and connect with nature through walks, but the main point is to pass on knowledge and help people find their path.
Leanne Newton, who recently participated in Ms White's tarot, palm reading and cleansing course, said: "I didn't want the course to end, but now I can't wait for the Wiccan course to start. I'm really excited."
For more e-mail julianne.white16@bto penworld.com