Recently I have had a major clash with the so-claimed witches website SpellsofMagic.com . I wish to share with you my experience with the site as well as what a friend of mine
discovered only afterwards. it is a long post I admit but if beg with you to please heard this before you brush it off......Jess
Basically after you join spellsofmagic.com you create you profile. There is even an area where you can add photos. whatever. Aside from posting on the boards, that's all you can do. And you have to be careful what you post or your post will be removed and you will be gagged/blocked from doing anything on the site. I had posted my welcome to the boards and I was gagged instantly because I
said I am not into fantasy spells and while I am not Wiccan, I am pagan and a witch. So basically I was gagged for no reason. I deleted the account and created another. This time I decided to not post a welcome post. I did make note on my profile that I do not cast love spells for other. And yet 10 minutes later I got a message from member Rui99 asking me to cast a love spell for him to have a girl fall in love with him. Out of curiosity I asked for the girls name and googled it. It took me to a Bollywood site
(Rui99 is in India) and took me to a female bollywood star's page. I tried to tell him that I do not do such spells but I could pray for him. He acted beyond ignorant, asking what was the difference between prayers and spells. I tried to explain. He then asked me a onslaught of questions: When will you do it? how long till I will see results. I had enough of this and ignored him.
Started to look at the massive spell lists. So many are fantasy spells like fireballs, breathe under water and more. Dangerous stuff. Alot are devoted to turning yourself into fantasy creatures like vampires, were-wolves, mer-folk, fae, and stuff like that.
You can see who posted these spells and read their profiles. Alot are so fantastical I though the site WAS for roleplaying. 15
year old claiming they reached the level of grand witch, supposed satanists, necromancers and claiming they can levitate items,
bend shadows and so forth. Concerned I wrote to some of the moderators wondering if the site was real or for LARPing. The owner got back to me and said that they let fantasy spells posted so kids can learn the difference between fake and real. That the site was for learning. Hmmmm. Okay.
So I went to start teaching kids and roleplayers. Thats a big no-no. As soon as I posted on the boards the difference between real magick and Korra magic, I was gagged AGAIN.
Profile number 3 created: okay so how do I start posting spells? real spells?? you have to join a group, or COVEN, as they call it. I just want to post spells, not join a coven. So I started to look at these covens. Did not see one that fit me. so I wrote the moderators and asked how one starts a coven. YOU CAN NOT. they removed that feature years ago. what you see is what you get.
They did suggest taking over a couple of dead covens, but you can not change the mission or status of the coven. you are stuck with what you take over. And all the other covens have this application. If you do not fit the coven agenda, you are screwed.
I joined the most basic coven that lets you start posting spells right away. this is where all the fantasy kiddies hang out. Its really an un-monitored coven in a way. OKAY lets start posting spells.
So I typed up my first spell. SUBMIT. it went through but when I went to check on it, the content was not there, infact it takes you to the homepage. Did this like 4 times and nothing. Needless to say I was miffed. Calmly I addressed the matter to a moderator. At the same time a member sent me a private mail. It was a sexual mail asking if I was single and what I am into.
Looking at his profile, there was no info there save for a picture of his naked body. Hmmmmmm. Well the moderator got back to me and said there is a glitch in the system and will be fixed shortly. Found out later this glitch has been around forever. When I addressed concern about the sexual mail, the moderator said "just block him." When I wrote back and said something should be done, she said it was not her job and gagged me from posting anything else.
Profile number 4 created: Decided to ride this out and just talk to no one. But I did send a email to a friend to join. Desertpagan. Started to post some spells. Real spells. Okay so this is good. Desertpagan and I were doing good and having fun.
Still I was miffed that for every real spell him or I posted, a wave of vampire spells were being posted. But whatever, I am doing good here. And yeah I did meet some other REAL witches as well.
Then last month desertpagan informed me that he was going away for post holiday. When he got back last week he discovered that his profile had been gagged. He emailed me and asked if I could find out why. First I went to the boards to see if there is a glitch happening. I was informed that the moderator installed a new app that gags all profiles that use capitals in their profiles or posts. but that could not be it, desertpagan was not home for 3 weeks. Any and every reason the members came up with did not josh with what happen. So I complained calmly to the moderators. I was gagged from posting in seconds after submitting my complaint.
So I had enough of this. I took my photo off my profile and cleared it of content explaining that I was frustrated and leaving. Just as I went to submit it I got a message saying I breached the sites TOS by submitting child porn and my IP was being sent to the Canadian Royal Mounted Police and the American FBI. I backed far off scared and just went to bed furious. The threat was idol but scared me none the less.
Next day I found my computer off. Odd, I left it on. I went to turn it on and it would keep turning off. I went to use my laptop
to contact the site spellsofmagic.com of this hacking they did and my laptop can not get to the site. Neither can my roomies
computer. they somehow got our cable/interent modem blocked!
And thats were I am today, Rebooted the modem and now rebooting the computers. I checked a few sites yesterday on reviews of Spellsofmagic.com and fond a hell of alot of complaint, ranging from being stupid to being dangerous. And yet one sight that shows its internet rating says its rates 100%. Now you figure that one out. I had other incidents with members, posts and so on but can not think clearly right now. If I can think of more I will add them.
All I can say is if you are thinking of joining...DON'T. Its a scam, a virus hacking site that's filled with fake memberships, stolen content and gods know what else.
Now the following is a testimony of my friend
and what he and his hacker friend discovered about the sight...
I did some back door checking with a hacker friend on this site spellsofMagic.com and we could not believe what we found: a close friend and commrade here on DA
had a major run in with them and the site hacked his computer and gave him a virus. This site is NOT run by wiccans or anyone of magical persuasion. It is in fact run by college students in CA. This is not the only site they have run either. This group has a set of 20-25 computers that they maintain a constant vigil over. Pretty much burned up hacker geeks. They get a rise out of such things as screwing with peoples heads. They pretty well do monitor the site 24/7 and take notes as to who they like and who they do not. They steal peoples pictures and use them to create new accounts, some used as initiation to see what new people send to them.
Like Rui99 who, as soon as you join, will beg people to cast a love spell on a girl for him but is shy as anything and will not approach her. Then a month later will ask if you can cast a love spell on a guy who is a friend of his brother, now claiming to be
bi. There is infact a plethora of people from India in the site that is used to check up on people on the site. Some of the profiles make awesome fiction, I tell you.
Now if you check its internet rating, the site has a 100% rating....Now I have looked at dozens of high rate companies and NO site has such a high rating. Going back to the back door of SpellofMagic.com, I discovered that these kids have rated themselves. With those 20 computers they rate themselves, pull out the modem cord, plug it back in and create new accounts and vote for the site again.
As for the spells posted, I went through the lists, just skimming really. And yes, amid the tons of fantasy spells, there are real wiccan, witch and pagan spells. And they should sound familiar. That is because they have been stolen from other sites. Many of these I have seen LONG before SpellsofMagic.com existed. They have come from Llewelyn books, various sites on the web and even some teachers of the witchcraft field here in CA. Not to mention the oceans of fantasy spells thats there; Create a pokemon, Turn yourself into a fairy, Cast Lightning 100% real spell. Change the color of your eyes, Some even say "I have not cast this spell myself so let me know if it works." One of my favorite is "Change yourself into a mermaid 100% success rating." And then there is "Spell to become a Twilight vampire."...................REALLY??????? And its funny that as soon as a new roleplaying book comes out or a magic theme movie, there is a bunch of spells posted just like from these sources.
Another flag is the fact that they spell MAGIC without the 'K' but a real wiccan would never do so. The fact that they consider any and all spells, rituals and info posted on their site now their copyright is another flag. What real witch does that. And all the stuff they have to sell is just bought off ebay, mass produced wiccan tools from other shops and 3 times as expensive. Infact a couple of the items I saw on the SHOP list are from artists here on DA!
They're maybe a few real wiccans on their site but I am sure it is because they are being used to leach info from. I have read testimony on other sites from wiccans that had been on the site for a good while, only to be shushed and shut down just because he/she had said something that the owners disagreed on. Nothing vital, but minor argument on something as petty as the color of candles to be used or the properties of an herb. The problem is more wiccans are being caught up on his site, because they feel its a WONDERFUL source of knowledge. Maybe it is, but because that knowledge had been stolen from others.
As for the viruses and hacking. I have read online testimonies of many that have been sent virsus' and had their computers hacked. The virus reads that said person has breached the site TOS on child pornography and they are being reported to the FBI and the RCMP. First off the RCMP have no dealing with taking care of such matters. Second: no one, of any true magickal repute would say or do such thing. A Wiccan would NOT shush a profile up without justly explaining why. And even if they did would give a person a chance to contest. I have known Satanist with higher respect for others, than these college kids. No Jess, they do not care who gets hurt. The fact there they have a app that blocks people that use caps on their profile should be a flag. The fact that the block you from posting and email BUT do not let you know why and block them from contacting the moderators and owner to find out whats wrong should be another flag. One of the messages in the board database from the owner reads "I would rather spend time creating spells than dealing with technical problems."
In conclusion, well you see what I found. So its a scam site for sure and I am sure that more than half of the 800,000 people on the site are not real and many of the profiles read the same. We seriously need to stop this. Let the word go out. Stop kids from lying to themselves about how nice the site is and before they get hurt. This site is damaging the integrity of witches world wide. As if we do not have enough issues as it is. If you belong to a group, site or anything where witches, wiccans or pagan gather about PLEASE tell them about this. Feel free to cut and past my message here. use it to your hearts content. I beg you to. Spellsofmagic.com is NOT a real pagan site. it is a disaster already happening and the victems are wiccans, witches and pagans around the world, not just Americans.
Spellsofmagic.com is a trap and a spoof created by college kids and nothing more. It is malicious, damaging and dangerous and needs to be removed from the internet.
Well, I have said all I can, revealed all I can. Its great to have a hacker friend on the good side of the law that found this out and was able to breech their system.
Edward "light-claw" Argraves