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About JuniperBaby

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    Boston, MA
  • Interests
    urban ecology, astronomy, writing, Celtic knot work, cartomancy
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I was raised ultra conservative Christian. I believe that my grandmother was a witch of some type, but all I know is what I overheard adults talking about, and the few insults my mom yelled at me when I reminded her of her mom.

    In my trauma recovery I was introduced to the concepts of grounding and meditation and affirmations, all of which were not working as presented to me, and rather than give up, I began to do my own research and became aware that these activities originated in alternative religions, shamanism and witchcraft.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was raised ultra conservative Christian and in the past 5 years since my divorce I have been reading voraciously about different religions and forms of witchcraft. I am currently finding Christopher Penczak's comparisons on different paths interesting.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I started Grimassi's ABW course a couple years ago, but dropped out. I was not ready to commit to his group and not comfortable with some of the ceremonial aspects. Not long after that I made another attempt to rejoin Christianity, now that I had finished some trauma work and was no longer under the control of my mom or husband. It didn't work out and I am more committed that ever to pursuing traditional witchcraft.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional witchcraft means so many different things to so many people, that it is hard for me to quiet their voices and hear my own. What attracts me is the use of mundane objects to bring about positive change into my life. It's about connecting to nature and ancestors and things that I'm not even aware of yet. It's about discovering my power and my place in the universe.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    4 years
  • What brought you to our site?
    I think I may have been signed up here at the lowest level a couple years ago, but got distracted and allowed my registration to expire. I remembered this site and came looking for it again.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I have read most of the forum while you were not taking registrations, and quietly waiting for registrations to open up again. There is nowhere else online where people are discussing some of the topics here. I have been blessed by the knowledge that people took the time to share. In the near future my contribution would probably be interesting question asking. In all areas of my life I'm told I ask interesting questions and spark quality discussions. I hope at some point to move beyond that, and actually be able to share appropriate "been there done that" stories and advice.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    no
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Curiosity, creativity, ferocious protection of the underdog--even when that is me, longterm fascination with developing my own system of playing card reading, an eventful and eclectic life that has introduced me to a wide variety of people and ideas.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Being distracted my the loud voices of experts and not trusting my own small--but strengthening--intuition. In the past I've wanted to talk more than listen--but I am reaching a point of having a lot less to say and a deepening desire to listen, but old habits pop up at the worst times and make a fool of us.
  1. That is a great idea! One form of playing card divination uses the jokers as the fool and magician, the only two majors carried over from tarot, and instructs readers to put the deck away with them "guarding" the rest of the deck
  2. I do not dread any cards. The reality of my life is far scarier than what is portrayed in modern Western divination systems created for mainstream consumption. If I don't get a bunch of cards portraying challenges, I don't know what to do with a bunch of cards that are not reflective of the events unfolding. I need advice on HOW to keep MOVING in the midst of challenges and downright chaos and heartbreak. My cards have been such a comfort this week. Many of them are "bad" cards. Moon, surrounded by death, blocked by 8 of cups, crowned by 5 of wands. LOL BUT outcome is 3 of wands, and A of cups is before me. I am to present myself as 9 of wands and my foundation is Justice. Yesterday was 6 of swords. Today is Justice again. No dread of cards; they are my comfort.
  3. One thing I have learned is that not everything silly people do is silly. Silly people do have an occasional good idea. Sometimes, though, that idea needs to be tweaked a bit, to scrape off the silly, and take advantage of the core foundation of it.
  4. Yes, yes, to saying things about ourselves and having them happen. That is what people are trying to tap into with affirmations. It is a part of recovery for many victims to begin to declare who they are instead of others define them. It is part of the "fake it till you make it" concept. It can be a "spell". I'm sure others know more far more about this than me. This puny and pathetic list just scratches the surface. "I am...." is a powerful tool.
  5. I want to clarify that the things I say that people say will get me locked up have NOTHING to do with "witch" stuff. Nothing. It is just that...I AM different. My sense of "right" and "wrong" is different. My basic worldview changed. I am silent in general so so so much more than I ever was. That has been noted by people, too, with suspicion and reproof. Even without words, my body language and facial expressions are different, and I laugh at different things. Spiritual practices change people. They change you beyond your spiritual practice. You can never say a single word about what you are up to and people will still know you changed. Silence is funny. When silent, you observe more. You connect to people and your environment differently. And when you do talk, people pay a lot more attention to what you do say, so you need to be extra aware of what you are saying.
  6. I recently lost almost all of my possessions AGAIN. Six weeks ago, I moved into my current home with just what two friends and myself were able to carry in just one trip in the elevator. I bought a few X-large very pretty cardboard boxes for storage and to make my place look less empty. Two of them are piled next to my bed as a kind of makeshift bedside table. The top one has all my spiritual stuff in it. I don't usually leave stuff out on top of the box for very long. As soon as I am done, everything goes back inside the box. The box has very little in it, but I don't need much and everything is in one place when I need it. I don't like clutter. I don't like people in my private business. I keep all of my few possessions tucked away from prying eyes. Of course that seem to make people want to look and pry more than ever. I have a laundry basket almost hidden in the corner near my desk with library books and DVDs in it, and wouldn't you know people look in it and start reading the titles aloud.
  7. Practicing resulted in changes in many areas of my life. The changes in those areas changed my practicing. And around and around it goes. I am unrecognizable from who I was. People gape at me. Some laugh. Some are concerned. Some are happy for me. Some are envious. Some tell me I'm going to get locked up, if I don't keep my mouth shut. But as Jaeson said, I am not who they say I am, so I don't put much stock in their reactions other than as confirmation that I did change.
  8. For now, I find it easier to keeps scraps and pieces of paper in a box.
  9. Interesting. I don't have any significant bonds and relationships with kindred that have yule expectations--at least not yet. I find "traditional" to be so interesting, because traditions are so different from person to person, family to family, and culture to culture. As always, after I think on what you say for awhile, it...awakens questions, questions that unfold over months to come. I'm already starting to have a few questions. Hmm. Thanks for sharing. This has been a thought provoking thread for me.
  10. I am such a "write to learn" person. I just figured out something in my card reading system, that I have been stuck on for awhile, dealing with activity levels at different times of the year. Analyzing MY activity level at the different times of the year, compared to the activity of the Earth and other people on it has been quite enlightening! Thank you to everyone who made my participation in this thread possible!
  11. I agree. Day by day, we "do" to the "best" of our ability. Over time I've developed a more gentle definition of "best". "Best" used to always include pain; now it seldom does. I'm usually enjoying "best" now. And "best" has more to do with ME, and less to do with what OTHERS want and expect. I always end out "doing" more for Imbolc than Winter Solstice, but I can't say that Imbolc ends out being more significant, because of that. The events arrive rhythmically each year, and I often respond to them in the same rhythms, some more actively or passively than others. Now that I think about it, don't some traditions focus on the cross quarter days and NOT actively celebrate the solstices and equinoxes any more actively than a moon? I don't know. Winter Solstice is a weird time, when defined by modern American expectations, by people of all paths. It arrives each year awash with expectations and memories, and people are exuding so much hope and pain. There is SO much going on around me, that it's hard for me to start ADDING even more things. Imbolc provides so much more room, and I can feel more then, when I don't have so much armor on. The cacophony quiets, and I FEEL the new year, down inside my very core.
  12. The more secure I become in my own ways, the more tolerance I have for others attempting to find their own way. If they seem happy and whole, I rejoice for them. If they seem tortured by ways they think they should practice, I grieve for them. Mostly I shop at the grocery store, hardware store, camping and hiking store, and the art store. I can't think of anything I would need at a new age store. When I do buy a book now, I read it like a paperback romance novel-quickly and lightly. Kindle versions are fine for this, as I won't be taking any notes or using it as a reference, any more than I use a romance novel as reference for sex. Most books--of all kinds--are just diversions and idea starters. I don't know. The path I'm traveling right now is quiet and passive, but...stronger and deeper. I don't believe that passive is synonymous for weak. I know a lot of others here have no use for the 4 elements, but I've always connected with them. I guess I'm into a earth element period: passive, cold and dry, but certainly not weak. I sometimes feel like a pile of rocks that others are blowing over, while I just watch, and burrow even deeper down. Maybe I'm depressed, but I think it's FAR more than that. I just feel like it's a necessary time in the cycles of life. It's a balance to what has come before. I don't talk about the specifics of my path with anyone in real-life anymore, and even very little online. I haven't felt the need to, anymore than I feel the need to talk about my sex life. I generally don't ask them about their path or their sex life either; frankly I'm not interested. If they seem to be in trouble and ask for my advice, then I will ask them questions designed to help them help themselves move onto a less destructive path, but that's about it.
  13. I didn't DO anything, but it is so comforting to me just to OBSERVE the never-ending cycles. Even when I'm too out of it to observe the moment a significant event took place, it's comforting to recognize that it HAS passes and to think about which one is next. And I make plans I never keep, but... doing that is comforting too, as long as I accept that there is nothing wrong in just letting the cycles carry me. The cycles don't need me to keep them turning. I can just hitch a ride, when I'm low. I try to just let it all soak into me, like water fills a dry sponge.
  14. I'm still my "younger self" despite being 45, but...today I learned: If you need to ask someone how to do it, you probably are not ready to do it yet.
  15. Heks with this tattoo. I hope it brings you nothing but good.
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