By Sean Casteel
You might have heard Maria D’Andrea on Coast to Coast AM being interviewed by George Noory, or as a guest on Tim Beckley/Tim Swartz’s podcast “Exploring the Bizarre” (KCORradio.com – Thursday’s 10 pm eastern). She seems to draw a bit of excitement whenever she appears on the air talking about her paranormal experiences and giving mini-psychic readings. Maria is an expert on many borderline paranormal topics, though she specializes in the occult, casting spells (all positive) and counseling those that need her help. She has authored many books, the latest one on the occult and familiars, and we don’t mean just black cats, or man’s best friend the canine, but all sorts of household animals, some of which might be considered very exotic.
Maria’s often quizzed about her background and I guess this is the perfect time and place to expand on some of the things she has discussed on the air.
One of Maria’s earliest memories is of fleeing as a refugee from her native Hungary during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. She and her mother were among the 200,000 refugees seeking to escape iron-handed Communist rule in what would eventually become a failed revolution that was crushed by the puppet regime established by the Soviet Union.
On that cold, icy trek to freedom, Maria’s psychic powers may have saved her life and her mother’s life as well.
“It was actually my mother and some of her friends,” Maria recalled. “It was a large group. And as we were escaping, we got really cold and it was very dangerous. A lot of people around us were getting killed, but we were doing okay. The group stopped at a certain point and were trying to decide whether if they should go back or keep going forward. My mother told me I was six at the time. She said I told them that God said we should move forward and we’d be fine.
“I don’t know why anybody would listen to somebody that’s six in the first place,” Maria continued. “But my mother said the group split up and half of them went back. The other half decided to listen to me. Apparently I wasn’t speaking in a way that a six-year-old would normally speak. My mother said the way I phrased it wouldn’t make sense for somebody my age. The group that went back, all of them got killed. But we made it to freedom.”
Maria and her fellow travelers reached the safety of Austria and she and her mother would eventually resettle in the United States.
The same psychic powers that delivered Maria and the other refugees from death have served her well as an adult. She has long been a full time, professional psychic, meaning that she makes her living giving readings and counseling to those seeking help from beyond. She is also an interfaith minister and a shaman and speaks publicly on spiritual, psychic, paranormal and interdimensional topics. Meanwhile, other members of her family, although they have similar abilities, don’t make their living that way.
IN THE FAMILY WAY
“Everyone in my family,” she said, “have jobs that have nothing to do with psychic situations. However, they do some psychic work on the side. As an example, both of my sons are in analytical fields and they both do readings. My grandparents on my mother’s side were trance mediums. My grandfather also did automatic writing and he used to channel his brother who had passed away when he was a lot younger.”
Maria’s father owned a couple of businesses and was well-served by his analytical and psychic abilities.
“Most of the people in my family were priests and ministers and professors at universities,” Maria said, “so they all had analytical jobs and possessed psychic gifts. They were highly intuitive.”
EVERYONE’S A PSYCHIC
But Maria insists that everybody everywhere has some degree of psychic ability hidden within them.
“Everyone at some point has had a gut feeling,” she explained. “For example, when you first meet someone, not every time, but every now and then, before you even say hello you have an urge telling you whether you like them or you don’t. You ever notice that? So when you get that feeling, it’s more or less accurate. It’s a very intuitive, psychic – it’s like a warning system. It tells you basically if someone is not going to get along with you.”
This doesn’t operate as a moral judgment on the other person, according to Maria. It simply means the connection between you and that person is not going to work out. Meanwhile, one’s intuition could just as likely be telling you that you’ve encountered a good situation.
“So you’re picking up on whatever it actually is,” she said. “I feel that everyone has a base of psychic and intuitive ability. You can look at it this way: Some people are artists but everybody can draw. Well, pretty much, except me. I can’t do a stick figure. But everybody has a base for that also.”
Global Communications/Inner Light Publications has published many of Maria’s books on numerous psychic topics. She is quick to point out that all her books are “How-To” books as opposed to a vain fixation on writing about her own life story.
“I truly believe that the more you can do for yourself, the better the world gets,” she reasoned. “The better you do, the more you can help other people, and the better it gets for people around you. As an example, I have a book on finance. I have one on evocation, which is a heavier level of dealing with the spiritual realm. And then I have one that is a positively positive spell book.
“I really never write anything negative and I don’t teach negativity. I truly believe in karma and that whatever you put out comes back. There’s always a positive way to approach everything. And the whole point is to help people improve their lives, whether it’s through meditation or rituals or spells or mentally focusing on situations. I always feel that if you have an interest in it then you’ll be attracted to it and you can benefit by spiritually improving your life.”
You can read more of what Maria has to say about her work on her website, located at http://www.mariadandrea.com as well as contact her there should you wish to consult with her personally.
Maria’s bestselling “Yes You Can!” series of books includes a newer title called “Supernatural Words of Power,” which teaches one how to harness the simple spoken word to attain and achieve the things you long for in life. You will learn to command the true power of language to establish an open channel to the cosmos. There is a powerful energy force generated by the spoken word that man has been able to control since ancient times, but this ability has been locked away in our collective unconscious and hidden from the masses of us for eons. Maria teaches a simple, step-by-step methodology for reawakening the power concealed within us using words as that force’s most basic tool of expression.
But if you find yourself not interested in different methods of psychic “reaching out,” then you’re not supposed to be reading her books.
“It always goes to the person who is ready to move on that type of situation,” she said. “You know that saying? When the student is ready, the teacher comes. I tend to look at it that way. Sometimes it’s just a matter of letting people know the techniques and the tools they can actually use to improve their lives. Whether they want to move on it or not, that is free will.”
One of the most basic components of what Maria teaches is open-mindedness, a sense of the psychic realm as a place we can freely explore in a continual learning experience. But first we must learn “psychic self-defense,” which Maria cautions readers to do in all of her books by the use of rituals and spells and by visualizing the protective white light radiating from heaven itself. Once that is taken care of, a positive spirit may come and speak to the seeker.
“Now, it can be clairaudient,” she explained, “which means you can actually hear words in your mind. It sounds exactly the same as if someone was standing behind you where you don’t see them but they’re talking to you. There’s absolutely no difference in the way you hear it clairaudiently. Sometimes you have to remember they’re not literally there.
“I’ve actually had it happen where I turned around to answer somebody before I remembered that they weren’t ‘there,’” she said, laughing. “But it sounds exactly the same. Sometimes you clairvoyantly see something or someone. You can actually see them physically. It depends on the situation.”
“FAMILIARIZING” ONE’S SELF
“But all of that,” as the saying goes, “is prelude.”
Maria has recently released a book with the provocative title “Witchcraft, The Occult and How to Select a Familiar.” The new book teaches students how to improve their psychic work by working with what is called a “familiar,” which may be a new and unfamiliar term to some readers.
“Thinking of familiars,” Maria writes, “brings forth a vision of cats by a cauldron and a witch, mainly because of past misconceptions and, of course, the media. Although familiars are used in what people think of as harmful witchcraft, they seem to forget it’s also used in helping with healing, relationships, prosperity and so forth. Nature is neutral. The person doing magick is positive or negative, not nature.
“I always say,” she continues, “if there’s a drought and it rains, that is positive. Now, if your neighbor is building an ark, not so much. But the rain itself is neutral. Our perspective makes it good or bad. There is an occult law that states: like attracts like.”
Familiars are sent as helpers to the mortal psychic and have been employed throughout human history. They still exist today in all cultures of the Earth.
“Your familiar has to fit your lifestyle,” Maria writes, “and be dedicated to you, meaning there’s psychic bond between you and it. It has abilities that you can call on and that are already within you. Working with familiars isn’t limited by time and space. Those are manmade outlooks to help us function in the physical plane and do not exist in the realms to which we will be journeying.”
Maria went on describing the nature of familiars, which she says, by the way, can never be a person.
“A familiar can be on the physical or non-physical plane,” she explains. “They work with us by their choice. And, of course, by our choice. We never restrict them. We have a psychic link to our familiar and have to respect it. A psychic link is very serious. We don’t want that connection to anything negative on either side of reality.”
A list of synonyms is provided for the sake of clarity.
“Some other names for familiars are totems, guardians, spirit animals, physical animals, elementals, elves, fairies, leprechauns, dragons, unicorns, astral dwellers, ancestors (including parents), spirit teachers, ghosts, angels, insects, imps, protectors, advisors, pathfinders (for finding your path) and many more. Also, there are stones, trees and herbs. These connections are also considered familiars.”
BECOMING ONE WITH HER FAMILIAR
Maria does not merely teach about contacting and relating to one’s familiar, she has firsthand experiences to go with it.
“At one time, one of my familiars was a deer,” she writes. “I was on a hike by myself in the mountains and I had the urge to look over to my right. When I looked, I saw a deer a few feet away from me, just standing still and staring at me. The deer was comfortable with me, sensing I wouldn’t harm it, and feeling I had a connection to it. Animals are very sensitive to danger and conscious of their safety.
“It was funny,” she went on, “because we just stood there for a few minutes staring at each other; neither one of us moving. As I looked, I felt like I was being drawn out of my body and toward the deer. All of a sudden, I was inside the deer, feeling my new body shape, and looking out at the mountain through its eyes. Everything I saw was gray, white or dark. Nothing had color. That was a surprise. I spent a few minutes like that, seeing out of its eyes.
“Just as suddenly, I was back in my body and looking once again at the deer. I thanked it and slowly walked away. You really can’t make this stuff up.”
MORE ON THE ATTRIBUTES OF FAMILIARS
There is even more from Maria one just what a familiar is all about.
“When you connect to your familiar,” she writes, “they become a part of you. They are power animals or powerful familiars in whatever form they show up. They come to you because you have some type of rapport. They are sacred beings.
“They have to want to work with you. They can’t be forced or coerced. They have to choose you, too. Remember that it is a partnership. If it’s any form of animal, it connects to the animal qualities within you. Familiars can be fun, have a sense of humor, be serious, mischievous, practical, playful, informative, loving, guiding, protecting. They bring awareness and truth to your life. They help elevate you spiritually as well as connecting you with nature, other realms and magick. They can inspire you and work with you in amazing ways.”
Familiars are all some form of magickal beings, according to Maria. They have a psychic link to you and are in harmony with who you are, what you do and how you live.
“Remember, they are attracted to the ‘real’ you,” she writes. “We are back to ‘like attracts like.’”
THE TRUSTWORTHY TOUCH OF THE DRAGON
Dragon energy has been with us for ages. They are known as protectors (of treasures, castles, people, etc). They are the wise sages who give knowledge and insight into both the physical and non-physical realms. They are also said to be evil, but Maria affirms that she only attracts its positive characteristics, as declared from the times of the ancients.
“My main familiar is a dragon,” Maria writes. She then proceeds to tell a fascinating story.
“A friend of mine,” she recounts, “Brother Revels-Bey, was renting a room in a house with other people years ago. He wasn’t planning on living there for long because some of the people were negative. He called me up one day and said he’s going to New Jersey (we’re in New York) because he felt something was ‘off’ and needed to get away. He asked me to make sure his room was safe and nothing would happen to his belongings. He went on his way and I put my dragon outside his door to guard it.
“I got a call the next day that the police were at his house looking for him. It turned out that someone accidentally started a fire and the whole house burned. I got there as soon as I could. The house was all black. There were a few pieces of furniture left on the lawn that were so burned that it was hard to recognize what they were.
“The only room that wasn’t burned was his. Not one thing burned. The police were looking for him because they thought he might have started the fire since his room – strangely – wasn’t touched by it. Luckily, he could prove he was out of state. He still had to get rid of many things due to the scent of the smoke permeating some items.
“Dragons are great protectors.”
THE OLD FAMILIAR STANDBY: CATS
There is a vast array of potential familiars besides dragons, of course. Horses, dolphins, hawks and other birds, even angels, can join forces with you as a familiar. But let’s look at that old familiar standby: cats.
“Cats have been known as familiars for centuries,” Maria writes. “Think of how much the Egyptians were focused on them in several varied forms. Cats are associated with witches, sorcerers, oracles, magi and others.
“The witch is known for acquiring a physical cat to send out to do her bidding and return to her. Some say that her spirit can go into the body of the cat at will and perform her magick. Others say she controls the cat with her witchcraft. Still others say that she controls the spirit of a cat, not the physical being. Some worship a cat deity to help in times of trouble or to better a situation.
“You may or may not resonate to a cat familiar. If you do, you will be following in the footsteps of many light workers. If you don’t feel an affinity to a cat, you will resonate with a familiar that is better for you.”
As in everyday reality, different cat species have different capabilities. For instance, a Siamese cat has a very distinctive look and is very intelligent. They can be very vocal, which translates to a person being good at expressing an idea or a point of view. They can carry themselves with grace and are very persistent.
Meanwhile, a Persian cat is a quiet creature, unlike a Siamese, and just wants to roam around. The Persian cat likes affection and will come to you for the feeling of being touched, but only when it wants to, when the mood strikes it. It is also very inquisitive.
An alley cat is a different sort entirely. It functions more as a hunter, and must provide itself with food. Hunting requires it to be agile and cunning. The alley cat is a survivor in all senses of that word. This type can also fight when required, to keep what is theirs, and are intelligent and very resourceful. They are generally loners but will be protective of whatever family they may have.
Still another feline familiar is the calico cat. They are feisty and intelligent. They’re independent and like their space, but can be very loyal. These cats are very loving, so, if you like unconditional love, this is the cat for you.
“Do you resonate with cats?” Maria asks. “What part of your personality matches with them? What part doesn’t? This will give you insight about yourself.
“Remember,” she adds, “life is an adventure. You are in the process of awakening to wonderful realms, powers and possibilities.”
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