Casting Curses and Love Spells with the Most Powerful Witches in Romania

Casting Curses and Love Spells with the Most Powerful Witches in Romania


I have always been fascinated by witches women whose reputable power was so feared 100s of thousands were killed in the great European witch hunt But in Romania, the homeland of Dracula and superstition, witchcraft has not only survived. It’s very much alive and well So I’m heading there to learn about witches and how they influence modern Romanian society So I’ve just arrived to the village of Mogosoaia in the outskirts of Bucharest and I’m about to meet real life withches for the first time and not just any witches but supposedly Romania’s most powerful ones I’m Milène Mihaela lives with her husband Crag, her son Antonio and daughters Anna and Cassandra who are also witches She comes from a long lines of Roma gypsies who as nomads collected occult traditions and mixed them with their Orthodox Christian faith I’m here for the most important days in the witch calendar culminating with the Summer solstice when witches have the power to predict the future But first is the Christian festival of Pentecost the only day of the year when witches can brew love potions Is it important to wear beautiful clothes when you do rituals? To take part in the ritual I have to wear the right dress So we are going to pick some traditional herbs from the meadows Like royal lineage, a witch’s magical power is passed down from mother to daughter This remedy for heartache has been in the family for generations It’s a terrible thing. I’ve been heartbroken many times I’m not convinced talking to flowers can actually cure heartbreak But I’m curious to find out how it’s supposed to work Mihaela, who’s going to drink it? C’mon, give me love…happiness Did you and your husband have some of that? Was that something that you wanted to do? To get married when you were 13? It’s this alliance of witch dynasties that makes Mihaela’s family one of the most well regarded in the country Witchcraft is recognised and thriving in the Romania of today But it was banned during Communism Ceaușescu ruled the country with an iron fist It was a time of profound poverty and persecution of any threat to his absolute power At 17, Mihaela’s mother-in-law, Bratara, reputably one of the world’s most powerful witches experienced the wrath of Ceaușescu’s rule What was it like to be a witch during Communism? Were you scared? These days, much of the family’s witch business is done on the phone or online So you can do like long distance witchcraft? All they need are the first names of those involved and they spell they want Are you worried that modern times will change this ancient craft? What was witchcraft like when you were a kid? And that’s when Bratara invites me to the kitchen to cook up a curse And then the curse takes a different direction making me wonder if Bratara is sending me a warning Do you ever feel guilty when you do spells like this? All these black magic flying around must be good for business Virginia is a client to Mihaela who believes she’s under the influence of a curse Hi, I’m Milene Nice to meet you She’s already had several sessions What are you seeking Mihaela’s help for today? How do you become possessed by the devil? How do you cure somebody who’s possessed by the devil? You know, I’ve suffered from similar things occur like really bad nightmares. I had sleep paralysis Stuff that you can’t explain like demon looking creatures coming and like holding you out of bed so i can absolutely relate to how desperate you are to get any type of form of help Mihaela wants to rest for a bit she told us to go away. I don’t even know what to make out of all this Got a bit freaked out when she started… sort of shooing out the spirit towards me and the crew My nightmares went away after a year of therapy so I want to know if Virginia has considered that option Is it the same type of price? Do you feel like it’s helping? Bye How do you think Virginia is doing now? It’s interesting to see just how much people believe in it and when you are there and you see it, you know, it is a really strange experience and who knows..you know..what’s real, what’s not real. It’s definitely something that Mihaela’s client, Virginia, thinks is real and I’m curious to find out what people pay her for her services Mihaela’s getting a phone call from her client in Portugal It’s funny her phone is busy all the time Let’s pretend I was married and my husband was unfaithful What would it cost me to get your help? And people feel like to get back the love of their life, this is, this is worth a good investment How many clients do you have on average in a day or in a week? Is it ever difficult to get paid by clients? When we stopped at the market, it’s obvious how popular Mihaela is It seems like no one wants to be on her bad side Where are we going now? Mihaela seems to make quite a lot of money. In fact, Romania’s witch economy is worth at least a million Euros a year and they are all doing it tax free Did it go ok? In 2011, the Romanian government tried to introduce a law, forcing witches to pay tax but it was never passed To find out why, I’m meeting the politician behind it How come the law was never passed? So politicians were afraid of being hexed? Why did you want to introduce this law? Who were the witches that threatened your colleagues in parliament? Do you think that’s fair? Cursing politicians? And why do you not want to pay tax? It’s my last night with the witches And the year’s most important celebration, Summer’s solstice, is about to begin All the daughters and nieces, the whole witch clan gathered for a ceremony of love and destiny At midnight, apparently, they will open the sky and they will be able to read the future of mankind in the stars Bratara what did you see in the stars? While Bratara predicts the obvious, world conflicts, Mihaela is more specific It turns out that in the following months, Romania did have floods and drought and 2 major politicians resigned But of course this could have just been coincidence What I realised, is that the witch’s power lays in the people’s fear of supernatural but above all the need to believe that you can meddle with destiny One thing is for sure. Witches do exist. Just like in the fairytales and whether you believe in magic or witchcraft or not. It’s up to you But whatever you believe, will have power over you. Oh my god! That is actually a black cat! Don’t know what to think

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