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About ruby

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    Feline
  • Location
    United States
  • Interests
    artist, reading
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Solitary practitioner.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    yes
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. I, personally, see traditional witchraft as simply learning and understanding the laws of nature and manipulating energy for a desired outcome.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It is a way of living life.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Had an interest in it from about the age of 14, although I have been doing magic my whole life, I do believe. I think I really began studying it and consciously utilizing it in day to day life around age 30.
  • What brought you to our site?
    was looking to find like minded individuals to discuss aspects of witchcraft with, in order to learn and grow
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to see other points of view, learn some things, and perhaps contribute some of my own knowledge.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I guess so, although this is the only forum I really come back to.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    divination & spirit work I guess
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Anything to do with social interactions (group type things, ect.) usually-I'm very independent and always have been.
  1. 'Tis the season for this topic for many (and for most of us here, all year 'round), so thought I'd mention it. I am still reading through it but am impressed so far with the depth this author goes to. I would consider this a really good book for newbies and adepts alike. His writing style is down to earth and just gets to the point. It's not the end all be all, of course, but I think it is better than some of the books on ancestors published under companies like Llewellyn that have come out in recent years. From the back of the book: the author is a licensed psychotherapist and a doctor of psychology. He has led ancestral and family healing intensives throughout the USA since 2005. He is an initiate in Ifa/Orisa tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has trained with teachers in Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and different indigenous paths, including the older ways of his European ancestors. He lives in North Carolina. It's a little paperback copy with about 290 pages of practical information. The book is also very affordable and you can pick up a copy for under $20. It was just published this summer. For anyone at all interested in the topic of ancestors and how to connect with them, you might find this one a good one to pick up and read through.
  2. ______________________________ Oh no! Not bunnies! LMAO! He's bringing you presents! That means he loves you! hahaha! (I feel ya... I've almost stepped on decapitated mice many a time..lol) :rabbit: :bunny3: :bunny3: :bunny3:
  3. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hey Aurelian- Just a quick comment from me- I do have a black cat that I've had a long time. She is about 13 yrs old. I do admittedly have a strange connection with her, although I wouldn't necessarily call her a "familiar". Some examples; she is an indoor/outdoor cat...she catches mice but it is a rarity that she catches a bird...like maybe once or twice in 13 years. I needed a bird one time. I let her out one morning and mentally told her to go get me a bird. Not an hour later that cat killed a bird and brought it to me. Another time I was in the house watching her outside "play with" a mouse out in the backyard. Feeling badly for the mouse, I wondered why cats actually do that. I was having a new talent emerge during this time period that allowed me to "switch minds" with animals (which I have contemplated to be the real definition of shape shifting possibly) and actually was able to switch minds with her briefly...like a minute or two maybe (I don't recommend it-it feels dangerous and is a very strange experience...I've only done it a few brief times...I feel like a lot of bad things can happen when you can truly do this...it's like giving your body over to an animal with an animal's mind and your own mind becomes more primal and a bit more limited in its ability to think like a human...saying all of that because this is in the public section of the forum). Anyway, it was fairly easy to make the switch. I know why cats do that now..lol. She does have a bit of an interest in being around when I am doing spells. I think she likes being around the energy that's being raised. I think she feels it maybe? I don't necessarily believe that our pets can be familiars...but based on my few experiences, there is a nugget of truth to explore there. Basically, where there is smoke, there is usually some fire. Regarding cats though, in general, I have more of a personal affinity for calicos (or tortoiseshell) rather than black cats. Always have. I have to get another calico at some point. When my black cat was pregnant years ago, I sensed a calico. I could see it in the womb of my cat...I just knew she was going to have it. When the calico was born, I gave it away. I wish I would have kept it. I'm always on the lookout for my next calico. If you look into it, you'll see some info. out there on witches and calico cats from Europe, I believe. Makes sense to me. Interesting stuff. I wonder if it is more about the individual owning the cat versus the cat itself...which is why I wouldn't call it a "familiar" situation but more of a witch being able to develop a special relationship with the cat, if that makes sense. Have a good one!
  4. Hey Deawic- Ok, I think I'm confident that from left to right you have Ceres, Pluto (Pluto was the Roman God of the underworld and judge of the dead...so that makes sense that the author matched it with the coffin card), then a card depicting the ascending lunar node, like you said. So far, I kind of like this particular deck. It is not taking long for me to connect with it on some level, so that's always a good sign. I will say I don't like the card stock so much-it feels a bit flimsy to me-but that's o.k.
  5. This might be helpful-Here are the three that I have not identified yet. The astrological symbol, of course, is in the upper right hand corner of each card. The third one (the whip) may be showing a lunar node, maybe? Edit to add: I think the 1st one (cross card) might be depicting a symbol for Ceres after just looking through a book of symbols I have. Uh, I think the scythe card would have been a great choice for Ceres too, if that is what this one is (scythe, instead, aligns with the 8th astrological house in this deck, which also makes sense, I guess...). The second one (coffin) could possibly be a version of Pluto's symbol???
  6. Yeah, I have that book and I agree, it is a good one to learn from! You'll love that book. However, I don't think the info. I need will be in that particular one. I'll go back through it and double-check though. Thanks for adding your thoughts.
  7. Does anyone here, by chance, have this deck from Germany? I just got it in the mail and am having trouble figuring out some of the astrological symbols on the cards. I cannot locate an accompanying book online to purchase (even if I could it would be in German and I don't read German, so I'd have to struggle through translating anyway), and I can't seem to find any websites with relevant info on the deck. The numbered cards from 1-12 are the astrological houses and I've identified all of the zodiac signs, it's just a few of the planetary associations that appear to be problematic in identifying. Thanks in advance to anyone who knows a bit about this deck and would be willing to share. :)
  8. listening to some old Ministry this weekend....it's fun driving music :D Al Jourgensen....the true inspiration for Johnny Depp's famous Pirates of the Caribbean look???
  9. @ Island Bruja +1 (not a Rammstein fan, but love to hear talented kids!!) That reminded me of these girls I first heard about a few years ago....these girls are bad ass! If you haven't come across them yet, check it out!
  10. ruby

    Ancestry

    The most interesting part of this poem to me is the last stanza, which feels different to me than the first 2. Maybe it's just me? Anyway, I like it- especially that last part.
  11. Interesting links to read through! +1 On page 42, the reference to the lore of witches saying the lord's prayer backwards caught my attention. I hadn't seen that written anywhere else that I can recall, prior to the Mastering Witchcraft book by Paul Huson (and, of course, folks referencing it here in forums). To see it in print from as early as 1915 is interesting. I'll enjoy reading through the rest, I'm sure.
  12. For the record, when I say "Let's agree to disagree", it means just that. It means we are just not going to see eye to eye on something, which is fine and, so, why bother? I'll talk about the book and my experiences with the book, if you cared to discuss it. I work with this book entirely by myself and have literally nobody to talk to about it, other than my husband who gets tired of hearing about it...lol.I talk the poor man's ear off and he's soooo patient. I'd love to talk to other witches about these books, but it seems like nobody wants to, or nobody is working with them, so I keep it to myself. "And there is interesting information there, but I have just found it to be regurgitated information amongst other "traditional witchcraft" authors. And nothing against any of the authors or thier practice, but its more of a personal annoyance than anything. These claims of supposed "ancient traiditional" methods are nothing but neo-witchcraft attempts at pasturbation of what they want witchcraft to have been, but also want to make it a super wordy and pretentious elitism in the world of witchcraft." ^^^ Regarding your thoughts here, I don't know that I agree and I've seen that type of thinking before on the internet regarding these books. I don't know why wordy= pretentious, necessarily. I live in a house where I have a husband who has a 155 verbal IQ and who uses big words daily...and not because he is pretentious...it is "his normal". Now, I have to look up a lot of these words because my verbal IQ most certainly isn't in the genius range, but it doesn't bother me (I'm kinda used to it anyway). I don't see anything wrong with broadening my vocabulary. I don't see it as elitist. I see it as just kinda...nerdy. LOL!! I also write poetry...so the flowery language I see as an art form and is actually well crafted IMO. The cost of the books are high and some feel it is pretentious. However, I have paid more for college textbooks that I've used for a single semester! I think the books are worth the cost. Not the super inflated Ebay prices you see out there, mind you, but the publisher's costs are reasonable...considering. Also, as a side note...I have seen recently they are beginning to offer paperback copies of some of their books on amazon for much lower prices. That tells me they are trying to reach a wider audience. Regarding the regurgitation of material; I can't honestly speak to much of that at this point. There may be truth to that and I'd love to hear about your reasoning behind that, if you are willing to discuss. However, know that this wasn't why I got this book in the first place. I had some very strange other worldly, soul changing, experiences with the book....some of which happened before I even got the book. Its the spirit of the book that ultimately impresses me, not the book itself, at the end of the day. Which is why I stubbornly say that a PDF download of the book is not where its at. Buy the book if you want to work the book. Its the right thing to do, plus there are other reasons that I'd prefer to keep to myself. In my experience, you won't regret it. The Dragon Book is a book of sacrifices...IMO the first sacrifice being one of monetary value. Also, I would not consider the spirit of the book to be neo-pagan at all. :) Regarding being contrary....well, I don't personally see anything wrong with being a little contrary because at least you are thinking for yourself and are questioning things that may need to be questioned. I'm not mad at ya. You are just as entitled to your opinions as I am. So that is that.
  13. ____________________________________________________ Well, you and I will just have to agree to disagree on the opinion of (at least some of) the CS books, I guess. I am not the least bit embarrassed by having this book. I think I understand where you are coming from though. Magic comes from inside of us, not books, and books are for knowledge seeking. Therefore, we can get results from any book we decide to use (if we decide to use books at all!). I agree with that to a point. I don't agree that all books are necessarily equal when it comes to "getting results" though. I also don't agree with the idea that "less or more embarrassing" is solely in the eye of the beholder. Some books truly suck. In addition to that, for the amount of time and energy those CS people must have put into their books....I just don't think you can compare it to something a Llewellyn author churned out in order to meet a deadline and cater to the masses at your local Barnes and Noble for $14.95. Not that there is anything wrong with some of those books-I have a few! But, I know there is a difference in quality. At the end of the day, that's just my opinion though, right? Have a good day, dude.
  14. lol Island Bruja...after posting that, I yelled out to the husband "quick! gimme something to get perry como outta my head (not that there is anything wrong with Perry Como mind you...don't talk shit on Perry Como)!...without a missing a beat, he gives me this one! Beez Like (warning for sensitive ears...language and all of that) That'll do it! :P
  15. I didn't even notice the Tool posted up there! +1 Remember this one? I know its not "Tool", but....
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