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« Topic Start: March 16, 2007, 09:40:34 pm »

For those of us whose parents and other family members are not pagan or practicing any sort of magical system, can you think of any things that your family does/did that in retrospect could be considered a type of magic?

For example, my mother was always really good at drawing off pain. (Probably a relatively common mother thing.) I can remember getting vaccinations at the doctor; my mum always held my hand and told me to "give the pain to her."

I seem to have inherited this knack. Even though I have very little healing talent, if someone has a headache, I can "take" it from them. Of course this means I end up with the headache, but hey, I can do it. I can also give pain to my partner if I'm not careful. It's a bit embarassing to have someone pointing their finger at you saying "You gave me your hangover!" Ooops, I wondered why I was feeling so good. *hangs head in shame*

Anyway, does anyone else have anything like this in their families? I'm not really thing of famtrads, more like family knacks or tricks.

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« Reply #1: March 16, 2007, 10:19:15 pm »

Even though I have very little healing talent, if someone has a headache, I can "take" it from them. Of course this means I end up with the headache, but hey, I can do it. I can also give pain to my partner if I'm not careful. It's a bit embarassing to have someone pointing their finger at you saying "You gave me your hangover!" Ooops, I wondered why I was feeling so good. *hangs head in shame*

My entire family can do this, which can be problematic at times. There's speculation that my uncles took on my grandfather's heart attack several years ago (they're twin brothers who had mild heart attacks at almost the same time, and my grandfather was having a lot of heart problems). I was very young, so I personally can't be sure.

Another family trait (which honestly I'd like to lose) is the ability to kill any plant we touch. I'm not joking. The only plants I've come across which do not die within days of my mother, my grandmother, my aunts or my touch are trees and things that are tree-like (like juniper bushes, for example).
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« Reply #2: March 16, 2007, 10:48:45 pm »

For those of us whose parents and other family members are not pagan or practicing any sort of magical system, can you think of any things that your family does/did that in retrospect could be considered a type of magic?

Anyway, does anyone else have anything like this in their families? I'm not really thing of famtrads, more like family knacks or tricks.

Betty  Smiley

My dad used to rub his hands together some (yanno, to heat them up) and then put them on (using me for an example here) my head and make my headaches go away. Basically, he could put his hands on whatever part of your (general here) body and heat it up enough to make it quit hurting.  I can do this to an extent but I've found that if I touch any metal that's not on my hands (rings Smiley ), the heat and energy drains away and I get cold all over.

Also, the rest of us, my mom, me, my little brother, and the older sibs to some extent, can "get ahold of" any of the rest of us just by concentrating on whomever and/or thinking about her/him alot. Apparently, my grandmother could do the same.  Smiley
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« Reply #3: March 16, 2007, 10:56:44 pm »


I seem to have inherited this knack. Even though I have very little healing talent, if someone has a headache, I can "take" it from them. Of course this means I end up with the headache, but hey, I can do it. I can also give pain to my partner if I'm not careful. It's a bit embarassing to have someone pointing their finger at you saying "You gave me your hangover!" Ooops, I wondered why I was feeling so good. *hangs head in shame*


"empathic healing"... I do the same thing. I take people's emotional or physical pain away from them and carry it myself. It's a heavy burden sometimes, but if I truly care about the person, I am happy to do it.

Empathy and healing is a family thing from my mother's side, so is telepathy. But my mom is quasi-pagan-Buddhist-taoist so it's not really that she doesn't accept that stuff but does it anyway.
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« Reply #4: March 16, 2007, 11:13:40 pm »

"empathic healing"... I do the same thing. I take people's emotional or physical pain away from them and carry it myself. It's a heavy burden sometimes, but if I truly care about the person, I am happy to do it.


Well, I'll take it when I can (usually only for family members and DH), but I won't carry it.  I 'transfer' it as soon as I have it, usually to a tomato, since that's what I've found most receptive so far.  It's amazing how fast they rot after you do this, and woe betide anyone who takes it and eats it before you get a chance to dispose of it.  Throwing it away immediately is safest, but I've kept them around to compare their rotting rates with the 'unused' tomatoes from the same batch.

It's weird, but I've found tomatoes wonderful conduits for all sorts of things, good and bad.  You can send 'flu recovery' into them and serve them to the sickie with great results.  I did once kill my entire patch by burying the remains of a negativity-trapping spell in their soil, even though it was just ashes, so I've learned to be careful.

I have no idea why they're so sensitive, but, as I said, it comes in handy.

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« Reply #5: March 16, 2007, 11:15:41 pm »

"empathic healing"... I do the same thing. I take people's emotional or physical pain away from them and carry it myself. It's a heavy burden sometimes, but if I truly care about the person, I am happy to do it.


Glad I'm not the only one.  Smiley  Yeah, there are a limited number of people I'll do that for.  People I care about a lot, and crazy people that approach me.  For some reason absorbing confusion doesn't seem to mess me up as much as physical or emotional distress does.

I've been wondering a lot lately about these little bits of mojo that "regular" people use.  Another example: when I was a kid my best friend's mum used to amuse us by staring at the backs of people's heads and making them turn around. I've just been wondering how common this stuff is.

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« Reply #6: March 16, 2007, 11:19:04 pm »

cool tomato stuff

That's really interesting! I'll have to remember that.
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« Reply #7: March 16, 2007, 11:25:24 pm »


It's weird, but I've found tomatoes wonderful conduits for all sorts of things, good and bad.  You can send 'flu recovery' into them and serve them to the sickie with great results.  I did once kill my entire patch by burying the remains of a negativity-trapping spell in their soil, even though it was just ashes, so I've learned to be careful.

I have no idea why they're so sensitive, but, as I said, it comes in handy.

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I'd never thought of using tomatoes like this, but it makes sense. I'll try that. 

Out of curiosity, have you tried planting the seeds? My guess would be they're not affected, but it would be interesting to find out.

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« Reply #8: March 16, 2007, 11:32:31 pm »

Another family trait (which honestly I'd like to lose) is the ability to kill any plant we touch. I'm not joking. The only plants I've come across which do not die within days of my mother, my grandmother, my aunts or my touch are trees and things that are tree-like (like juniper bushes, for example).

Ooooh, a death thumb!  I've only ever known one of these. She's a physicist.

I've worked for years as a frickin' professional gardener, and I just have to look at an African violet to make it start rotting.  Smiley  The only time I can keep them alive is if I water someone else's when I notice that it's about to croak anyways.

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« Reply #9: March 16, 2007, 11:44:26 pm »

Ooooh, a death thumb!  I've only ever known one of these. She's a physicist.

I've worked for years as a frickin' professional gardener, and I just have to look at an African violet to make it start rotting.  Smiley  The only time I can keep them alive is if I water someone else's when I notice that it's about to croak anyways.

Betty  Smiley

I think it lessens as we get older- as a child, a plant would show signs of wilting by the end of the day if I touched it- now, it takes 3 or 4 days to wilt, and my grandmother can actually keep an aloe plant (those things are hardy).
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« Reply #10: March 17, 2007, 12:04:05 am »

Well, I'll take it when I can (usually only for family members and DH), but I won't carry it.  I 'transfer' it as soon as I have it, usually to a tomato, since that's what I've found most receptive so far.  It's amazing how fast they rot after you do this, and woe betide anyone who takes it and eats it before you get a chance to dispose of it.  Throwing it away immediately is safest, but I've kept them around to compare their rotting rates with the 'unused' tomatoes from the same batch.


I don't intend to carry it, but the thing is, with emotional pain, I don't know that I'm doing it. I recently carried some of the pain of a woman who is going through a *very* hard time (it involves her children, I won't say more than that because she doesn't want it known). I became ill because of it, but didn't realize the cause until someone else stepped in and broke the link. Then it became clear as crystal. As she's a good friend of mine though, I would do it again in an instant. I am aware that it happens though, so I have to be careful.

Ooooh, a death thumb!  I've only ever known one of these. She's a physicist.

I've worked for years as a frickin' professional gardener, and I just have to look at an African violet to make it start rotting.  Smiley  The only time I can keep them alive is if I water someone else's when I notice that it's about to croak anyways.

Betty  Smiley

LOL I have a "death thumb" too, but not so bad as you guys!! I have a habit of killing plants, usually by forgetting to water them but sometimes they just die anyway. I have managed to kill even a snake plant, for some reason my spider plant is still going (much to my mother's dismay...she hates it) and my african violet and air fern are both flourishing. I have a shamrock I have nicknamed my "Jesus plant" because no matter how many times I kill it, it comes back to life! Cheesy
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« Reply #11: March 18, 2007, 09:23:59 am »

My Grandparents are farmers, of the old fashioned kind.  They eat their own produce (squash, onions, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, plums, peaches, pears, peas, beans, etc.)  and sell it at the local farmer's market.  My grandpa does something strange with his crops using a 20 year old calendar as a divination tool, and I don't even understand it.  The rest of the family thinks he's kooky for it, but their vegetables are unmatched in the local area for taste and quality.  He also is a known water witch, using a willow stick to dowse for underground water. That's my dad's side of the family.

My mom, having the luck of the Irish, wins things in drawings more often than any person I've ever heard of.  She's won everything from pots and pans to $5000 ham radio equipment.  I've inherited this ability somewhat, and it is a concious thing, not just being "lucky". There's a certain feeling that I have to get my mind into... it's a combination between precognition and influencing events, not sure how to explain it. It's influencing my own mind into the feeling that I'm GOING to win a prize, and then letting the feeling wash over me as if it is precognition.  I'm not as good at it as she is yet, but I've won a portable DVD player, digital camera, money, T shirts... just haven't figured out the lottery yet, not that I play the lottery.  My mom doesn't play the lottery either, because to her it's gambling and a sin.  Don't see the difference between a raffle and a lottery, except maybe the fact that raffles are usually for charity.  (And lottery is for education, right?)
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« Reply #12: March 18, 2007, 09:39:22 am »

Mmh, that's interessting with the Tomatoes, got to think about this.
Maybe it's because they a) contain a lot of water and b) are a member of the nightshade family which is all witchy by itself  Wink

The healing by laying the hands on is far more common as one might think. Even before it got all fancy with being called Reiki. It is a natural way, the first impulse if you hurt yourself is to put a hand on the spot. And beside this, all mom's can do this trick, can't they?  Cheesy

(To those of you who take over the pain and suffer, beside tomatoes crystals will work fine - oh and grounding of course  Smiley)

In my family a talent for feeling/sensing/seeing/dreaming of the departed seems to be inherited. Plus sensing 'good' or 'bad' house, spot, -fill in whatever you like-.
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« Reply #13: March 18, 2007, 09:41:07 am »

For those of us whose parents and other family members are not pagan or practicing any sort of magical system, can you think of any things that your family does/did that in retrospect could be considered a type of magic?

Betty  Smiley

My dad is scary charismatic.  He can make anyone believe him while saying anything.  He's naturally magnetic.  I found that I can do it; but it is in my opinion a subtle form of either glamoury, or casting of some sort.  People adore him when they are around him, but it wears off usually about 12 hours afterwards.  They don't become obsessed or anything weird like that but they become very very agreeable to whatever he's saying.  yesss.... he makes perfect sense...  but they also get sort of idiotic at the same time.  Since I'm not sure exactly what he's doing, and I don't think he is either, I just don't go there very often.

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« Reply #14: March 18, 2007, 12:33:20 pm »

My Grandparents are farmers, of the old fashioned kind.  They eat their own produce (squash, onions, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, plums, peaches, pears, peas, beans, etc.)  and sell it at the local farmer's market.  My grandpa does something strange with his crops using a 20 year old calendar as a divination tool, and I don't even understand it.  The rest of the family thinks he's kooky for it, but their vegetables are unmatched in the local area for taste and quality. 

I have to wonder if he's not figuring out the best times to plant his crops by the moon phase or something. It would be quite interesting to find out and/or to learn what he's doing and how he's doing it.  Smiley
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