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About builtTOUGH

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 08/08/1988


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  • Location
    Maryland (USA)
  • Interests
    Music, literature, food, witchcrafting, knowledge.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Well, I could pick it out in a crowd of other spiritual and religious practices ;).
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Plenty, but they left me hollow.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Indeed, and I do everyday in some form.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Practical, personal, applied witchcraft. Connecting with the darker aspects of the self and bringing it into balance with the light. Honoring the wisdom of your beloved dead and realizing that death doesn't end your ties, but should strengthen them in spirit. Appreciating natural 'gifts' that anyone could possess if they paid attention. Taking no subtle feeling/thought/urge for granted...
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    12 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Google, actually, thank goodness. I stalked it for over a year before joining and to be real it has helped me more than you guys can imagine.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I've gotten so much out of it already. I just want to bring my personality and personal experiences. I like to think I'm good people :) and I wish to be around like minded people.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Yes but I can't remember the name of it. Oops.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Practicality, a willingness to try, and insatiable curiosity.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Overplanning. My best work is done when there is no written method and no script to follow.

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  1. I haven't read this but I just might pick up a copy if I feel it suits me. What I will say is I have benefitted greatly from connecting with ancestral spirits and highly recommend it.
  2. I have always been into witches and witchcraft - from dressing up as one every Halloween to joining a "coven" of my peers (who had watched The Craft one too many times) when i was in middle school. I think I was destined to be on this path whether I liked it or not. It is what I am, whether I like it or not.
  3. I have a feeling Anne is going to annoy me as much as Mary did. And poor Cotton Mather... I liked him :-/
  4. I have found working with mirrors to get to know different shades of myself to be very effective ;)
  5. Personally I've come to understand the higher self as the soul, the combination of everything I have ever been so far, and contacting it can help to "re-remember" things as Michele puts it when referring to the ancestral pool/collective memory. The shadow self I look at as all the repressed issues, urges, embarassments, failures, upsets, etc that I've ever had and establishing a balance between the shadow and present self, and the higher self also I suppose, can help one find themselves and be more at peace with themselves and the world. The few times I've tried deeper meditation I created a place in my mind for any parts of myself, any familiars, any ancestors, to meet me in that place where I felt most comfortable, instead of journeying to their realm it was more like inviting them to mine, or whatever realm meditation can take you to. Some may argue that this is ineffective, and I remember a book I read called Trance-Portation that argued that these places you create can't be proven to be any more or less real than the other worlds/realms others are familiar with if it works for you. I love that book, it opened new doors for me :). eta: I too think of my higher self as my intuitive self. It can recognize patterns that I ignore, it can be that nudge in the right direction, I suppose it's a guide as much as any other spirit guide others may refer to.
  6. I've never thought that one had to project to speak to something that is part of them. I'd think you need to turn deeply inward, not outward, for such an experience. I'm not against the idea of projection if I felt well protected, but I'd probably do it just to observe myself and my close surroundings but I have no interest in traveling anywhere but around in my mind. I don't think I'd recommend this type of venture without an experienced teacher. How would you know it was your higher self amd not some entity toying with your mind? It might be better to use meditation on this plane first. You may find you don't need projection.
  7. It's not so much that I'm purposely secretive, I just know that 9 out of 10 people won't understand what I do or how I think, and why. And frankly I'm too lazy to explain. Besides, what I do tends to be really personal. As far as my 'grimoire' it's just notes and observances, advice for future workings, correspondences that I find appealing, herblore, etc. And I don't let anyone else just go through it. I plan to guide my children with the help of it but like someone else said this is stuff I researched on my own, things that I've learned through my own work. Why shouldn't they have to spend their time and energy learning like I did?
  8. builtTOUGH

    They are me.

    The strength of my ancestors runs deep in my veins, and I can feel them all around me now. I've totally surprised myself these past few months. I've shed my tears and came out with more strength than I have ever felt I had in me, and I've been fearlessly moving forward from my sense of security... toward something better. And that's being alone, taking care of only myself, concering myself with only my well-being. And I do wish him peace, love, happiness, prosperity, but I no longer worry if he will find that with me. I don't really care if he does. I'm focused. Everything else is secondary.
  9. :thumbsup: I agree with a lot of what you've said here.
  10. Aww, thanks :D. My path has just become more personal and involved, and I don't really see the point in trying to talk to other people about it in detail like that, unless I know they'll get it even if they don't do it. I dunno. If someone's genuinely curious, I might speak about the things they could Google lol but anything deeper tends to be too personal anyway.
  11. Since retiring from Wicca, I haven't stayed in much contact with any new-agers. I know two women online (other than those here) that call themselves witches. One is a 'Pagan' witch, one is Wiccan, and we don't talk about our separate practices anymore since I've gone down this path. I think I avoid trying to find witches in this area because I already know that most are of the Wiccan faith and whenever I've tried to hint that that wasn't me they suddenly seem less interested in me. Whatever. I have been known to ask for 'other/strange' items in the shop I frequent but they just say we'll try to get that or smile and carry on. Once when I was in there I was reading a copy of The Witch's Book of the Dead and an older guy breezed by with, "Oh, that's a good one." so I was kinda like hmmm :). And the other day I asked one of the employees if they had any copies of Witchcraft Medicine and she looked it up and ordered it, saying it sounded like a book she'd be interested in. The shopkeeper knows an old friend of mine who was Wiccan but the shopkeeper actually gives off a ceremonial witch or magician vibe. I may be bold enough to just ask if they know any traditional practitioners but at the moment I'm not that overly-interested in meeting any. *shrug* I think the only new-agers that would honestly think anything I do is strange/evil are the ones that don't know what the hell they're doing anyway with their form of craft, the ones who signed up just because everyone else was doing it, and don't actually desire a real connection. I don't get that vibe from all of them. Some seem to be deeper than that and would probably readily accept or at least understand that my way helps me to feel deeper and that's alright, not 'evil'.
  12. Also, you could always skim thru Wicca books at the bookstore or library just to get a feel for it without spending money, lol.
  13. I can read your posts just fine, and would love to talk more with you, perhaps in PM or email, to learn more about the Native American path and spirituality, as I'm drawn to it lately but don't really know where to start or what books have genuine info. I also understand not wanting to open up, or rather not really knowing how or where to start. I felt that way when I first joined but after a break from here and time to really start practicing, I'm finding it easy to speak up now. The more I speak, the more I realize this isn't some elitist forum where everyone seems to judge. The path is different for everyo e, but it's crooked for everyone, and we've all been beginners, all made mistakes, all on a quest for wisdom and connectedness. That alone is comforting. :) I'm Sage, btw. Nice to meet you.
  14. very nice artwork on these, thanks! I really dig The Broken Soul. This is exactly what i meant by darker, and i was looking at the Necromonicon ones earlier. :thumbsup: we will not speak on what the Baphomet does to me, lmao. I think that's the one I want. Very nice chatting with you tonight! ;)
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