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About Sylvan

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    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Interests
    theater, writing, anything creative
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    My first encounter with magic was reading Franz Barden fifteen years ago, but I didn't do very much with it besides process the content and reserve it for later. I always knew I was "Other," but I didn't fully understand or accept the mantle of "witch" until almost two years ago.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was raised in an old-timey Baptist church in Appalachia, the kind t feels like it belongs in the 19th century. I have followed my own "Other" path since I was about 18 though. For awhile I went into stone cold atheism before finding my way to witchcraft.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Apparently, that is what I have been doing all along, at least in spirit. I never followed a rede or had lots of tools, just let my instinct and creativity lead me.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    To me it means following the Old Ways, not necessarily to the letter, because frankly, we cannot always know what they were (and I even less as a solitary who is geographically isolated from other trad witches), but in spirit and as best you can, in practice.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    In very very general? Most of my life, even when I was young and going to Baptist churches. Conscious study and application of witchcraft? About two years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I googled "best witch forum." I was so relieved to find a non-wicca place existed. I have never checked out other sites.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I have been reading the forum for a few months now and have gotten just a much greater understanding of how diverse and personal each witch's craft is. I don't know what I can contribute yet -- thoughtfulness, for sure. Respect. Probably the occasional laugh or two.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Nope.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    automatic writing and receiving guidance from spirit guides/ancestors; working on the fly with whatever tools are available; empathy; ancestor work; wording spells (a kind of poetry).
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    divination with traditional tools--I suck at Tarot so far, maybe I will find something else that works for me; timing--I never can quite hit the moons and such on time and I have to adjust plans for workings somewhat because mundane life gets in the way; keeping a grimoire or any kind of record; meditation.

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  1. I thought this article would be of interest for many folks because it is a slice of science which suggests our genetic relationships with our ancestors are not just limited to physical traits. Some people who believe past lives are actually genetic memories might particularly find this interesting. It has lots of ramifications, really. Enjoy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25156510 'Memories' pass between generationsBy James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC News Continue reading the main story Related StoriesMother's diet alters baby's DNAAgeing in centenarians and newbornsBehaviour can be affected by events in previous generations which have been passed on through a form of genetic memory, animal studies suggest. Experiments showed that a traumatic event could affect the DNA in sperm and alter the brains and behaviour of subsequent generations. A Nature Neuroscience study shows mice trained to avoid a smell passed their aversion on to their "grandchildren". Experts said the results were important for phobia and anxiety research. The animals were trained to fear a smell similar to cherry blossom. The team at the Emory University School of Medicine, in the US, then looked at what was happening inside the sperm. They showed a section of DNA responsible for sensitivity to the cherry blossom scent was made more active in the mice's sperm. Both the mice's offspring, and their offspring, were "extremely sensitive" to cherry blossom and would avoid the scent, despite never having experiencing it in their lives. Changes in brain structure were also found. "The experiences of a parent, even before conceiving, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations," the report concluded. Family affair The findings provide evidence of "transgenerational epigenetic inheritance" - that the environment can affect an individual's genetics, which can in turn be passed on. One of the researchers Dr Brian Dias told the BBC: "This might be one mechanism that descendants show imprints of their ancestor. "There is absolutely no doubt that what happens to the sperm and egg will affect subsequent generations." Prof Marcus Pembrey, from University College London, said the findings were "highly relevant to phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders" and provided "compelling evidence" that a form of memory could be passed between generations. He commented: "It is high time public health researchers took human transgenerational responses seriously. "I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally without taking a multigenerational approach." In the smell-aversion study, is it thought that either some of the odour ends up in the bloodstream which affected sperm production or that a signal from the brain was sent to the sperm to alter DNA.
  2. I could never grow long hair because I too have very fine hair that can break or look "stringy." I yearned and yearned for long hair my whole life and truly coveted my sister's flowing tresses. Finally, my hair did grow long because of my pregnancy and it still is long. And I am so glad I got to experience having long hair. It does feel more "me." However. (The dreaded however...) A bunch of shit happened in my life before and during the time my hair was growing out. A lot of mental/emotional turmoil. I feel like , the ends especially, hold the residue of that crap. I believe cutting it would be liberating but I also believe my hair will never grow long again without those baby-growing hormones. So I am in a stalemate for awhile. Being reluctant to accept (or initiate) changes that I know are necessary or needed is one of my weaknesses in the craft and in life.
  3. Thanks everyone. Please bear with me as my stupid enter key has decided not to work. Anyhow, thanks Aloe, I had heard of the snakeskin powder or similar approach before and I may explore something like that myself. Insect shells would be easier to get than snakeskin for me. Heck, if I wait a few weeks, there'll be ample cicada shells! Deminotus, I am happy to share more about my circumstances but I am not necessarily asking for advice, just wanting to open the door to a glamour discussion in general. Basically, I have a new job and I see that I am going to need to do several witchy things to make it work in my best interest. My last real job was a disaster and I still feel the effects of that as I am starting my new job. I have a lot of inner work to do about confidence and not being paranoid. In the meantime though, I want to project a very specific image of myself that will influence my colleagues and boss and anyone else. For instance, I may have to go on television or radio appearances and I need to look and sound a bit like someone I am not. I really don't want to go into it more than that, but it's not just in work but other situations too where I think some glamour work is merited. On the flip side, I have done some invisibility enchantments (sometimes on objects) before successfully but now I am wanting to project a very, very specific image of what I want others to believe about me, which may or may not be true. I am also thinking I want to do something that is more long term or something I can use over and over again rather than make fresh each time since I will use it regularly for awhile. Perhaps it would be a piece of jewelry or clothing or an oil/potion or even perfume (I sort of like that now that I type it) that will have a certain effect. Maybe I will combine several elements! Really now that I think of glamour work for different purposes, you could have a lot of fun with it.
  4. Since I could not find a dedicated thread about glamour magic, I am following Aloe's suggestion to start one. I should point out that an internet search of glamour magic turned up a pile of crap (not surprising). Does anyone have experience using glamour magic? I am facing a situation where I feel I need to do more than my usual innate adjustment to a certain crowd/group and develop a kind of enhanced persona tailored to the situation that I can slip out of later like a robe. I am brainstorming ways to go about it for myself but thought I would open up the floor to anyone who would like to share their experiences, comments, questions or ponderances about glamour work. Thanks all.
  5. Ok I have never done a binding, so forgive me if my question is naive, but as I am considering it for two people/circumstances, I wonder: is this something that is a once-off until you decide to release the bound or does it require some upkeep in the interim? Or perhaps it depends on the strength of the thing/person/etc. you are binding?
  6. Drive by Truckers, TVA Best line: I grew up two hours north of Birmingham. Me and my daddy used to fish next to Wilson Dam. He told some stories—Camaros and J.W. Dant; When I got a little older I wouldn't and now daddy can't.
  7. I think of the higher self as the fetch. Sometimes I will communicate with that aspect of myself via writing. I'm pretty crappy at most kinds of meditation except for really creative visualizations. Possible dumb question: is astral projection while awake considered different than the "traveling" one may do in a sleep state?
  8. This bit is the red flag to me WR. And sorry to hear this happened to you. I'm pretty sure I've whined about this in the Broom Closet thread, but the fact that she brings her Llewellyn witch's calendar to work is a terrific example of Americans' compulsive need to "express" themselves at every opportunity. It's not just Wiccans/neo-pagans but anything! Like puppies, Jesus, bacon, and Disneyland? There's a calendar, coffee mug, t-shirt, bumper sticker and tote bag for that! I am not against t-shirts with slogans (well actually for the most part I am) but I do find it curious that there is some notion that unless you are "out and proud" and constantly parading around displaying whatever it is you do or are that makes you unique (sexually, recreationally, politically, etc.) then you are ashamed and some lame non-representative of your cause, effectively de-legitimizing it. There is a difference between privacy and secrecy and I think Americans suck at understanding privacy. They think calling someone "mister" or "miss" Lastname is stuffy but it actually creates a mental/emotional space between the private and public spheres, which is healthy in my opinion. At least the south still has ma'am and sir (somewhat). Sorry for going kind of OT but that is my opinion. And for the record, I remain one hundred percent committed to the secrecy of my craft. I have many good reasons for it. And at this point, the secrecy is a challenging, meaningful and even fun aspect of what I do. I love the subversive challenge of "hiding in plain sight," like when I used to have a "craft room" that people thought was just for making collages and hot glue gun projects, ha ha.
  9. I don't have a witchy name. As a solitary making her own tradition, I just haven't felt compelled to make one. I like my username on this forum but I don't use it in magic or anywhere else. I do love the usernames and anonymity of the forum because I am nostalgic for the mid-nineties internet, lol. I suppose if I worked in a group it might be appealing to be identified by a different name than the one the IRS uses. I also think I have been turned off by the ridiculous names Jevne alluded too that are circulated in new age crowds. Everyone is a freakin raven or wolf or some overly ornate moniker. It makes me want to make my witch name something like Dirt Clod. Otherwise I just feel fairly ambivalent about it, for now. I DO like the idea of creating my own symbol or sigil and I've sketched around with some variations of making symbols out of my initials but I am remarkably untalented visually so I might need a helping hand there. The main area of life where I am more likely to adopt another name is writing. There is something freeing about a pen name, or several, each tailored to different kinds of work--one for erotica, one for fantasy, one for my "real work", etc.
  10. As Dolly says, "Wild flowers don't care where they grow." ;)
  11. Glad you are healing up so quickly! Welcome back. :D
  12. Great story....thank you for sharing that!
  13. Sylvan

    jumping the fence

    Thanks guys. Yeah, it was very eye opening and I'm glad to hear of others' similar experiences. I am working on building trust too, WR. I feel like I should wait awhile before trying again.
  14. Sylvan

    jumping the fence

    As some of you might know from this thread: http://www.traditionalwitch.net/forums/topic/9148-witching-on-the-run/page__p__123140__hl__witching__fromsearch__1#entry123140 I am working in a very limited environment and have to get creative in my practice. One of the things that delighted me about where I now live is the discovery of a hidden creek literally just about 20 yards away. But a chain linked fence has separated us all this time. Like most houses in this overly manicured suburban neighborhood, there is a fence "protecting" the inhabitants from this creek. The creek is surrounded by trees so most people don't even notice that there is a creek there. Well, for the last few months I have been itching really bad to get down to that creek. I fantasized that I could make some secret nature altars down there and even do some plein air workings. But the only way to get it is to jump the fence, which presents two obstacles. One, it's very very steep on the other side of the fence. Two, I'd need to have the house to myself and hopefully no neighbors peering over wondering why this wacko lady was climbing a fence. I finally got the opportunity a couple days ago. I even had a specific working in mind and brought a few small "things" with me. I did look like a doofus crossing that fence. I had to get a cinder block for a step up because its pretty high and then the chain links dug into my thighs and butt and well that hurt. Thank goodness a helpful tree trunk was available to steady me. When I finally crossed over, I was amazed at the energy I felt--at the contrast, mostly, between the sterile suburban life on one side and the sheer WILDNESS on the other. I immediately just froze in my tracks. This was not what I expected. I had some polyanna notion of that space feeling so welcoming since I had been drawn to it but guess what? It wasn't welcoming at ALL. The vibe wasn't so much a Get Out Now vibe as a sense that I was walking into someone's house thinking it was my house. And I was. The place is absolutely full of animal life. I got the sense that this creek is a huge refuge for what wildlife is left here and it just felt like an oasis of wildness. Raccoons, opposums, maybe even foxes ( I saw some large dog like droppings in a place that no dog could have gotten to) hole up there...I have seen ducks and their babies there before too. No doubt there's snakes. Anyhow, I just immediately felt like a trespasser even though that was not my intention. I did not go any further, just sort of stood on the other side of the fence feeling things out. I politely introduced myself to the various spirits of the place and left some offerings. Looked like an even bigger buffoon trying to get back over, hid my cinder block, and am waiting till the right time to try another visit. Anyhow, I just felt like writing about it and it's not really a thread posting kind of topic. It seemed like an important lesson--that the world(s) on the other side of the fence can be vastly different despite a few inches of space separating you. And then of course there's the metaphoric and figurative correlations... In other news, I also finally got a chance to visit my local new age/occult shop (yes they are the same thing here) and I was disappointed to find that the witch section was titled Wicca and there was only total and complete crap available. BOO.
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