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About Lela

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  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was raised Catholic, but I never really felt any connection to it. I went to church on Sundays until my late teens, but only because my family expected me to go. It was easier to go and sit through mass, then to explain why I didn't want to go at all. But that's it. It basically boils down to that it just did not resonate with me. It's as simple as that.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    For me, Traditional Witchcraft is following a simple path -- respecting the ancestral ways; holding a reverence and respect for the land and the spirits which it inhabits; and becoming more a part of and in-tune with the cycles of nature. It plays a spiritual role for me, but not so much as a religion, but more as a way of how I live, infusing and shaping all that I do.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    My never-ending search for knowledge has led me to this forum wherein lies my interest and reason for wanting to join -- to learn further from others while at the same time sharing/exchanging ideas/thoughts with the hope of helping others in return.
  1. Some of my favorite witchcraft blogs (in no particular order): Root and Rock Downstroddon The Used Key is Always Bright (not really active, but worth reading the archives) Clan of Tubal Cain Blog Rune Soup
  2. My tolerance for new agers is somewhere in the middle. Depends on how much they try to push their new ageness on me. I have a co-worker who is very 'love and light' and even comes into the office early before any one else so she can sage the place. Cracks me up too, because you walk into the office and the smell just overwhelms you and my other co-workers are like 'who's been smoking weed,' lol! She even fans out these color cards on her desk everyday for us to pick a color of the day. She finally got the hint and stopped asking me if I want to come and 'do colors' after telling her many times over that I had too much work to do and didn't have time for them. Overall I just shrug off all the ooey gooey sweetness of the new agers and go about business as usual.
  3. I'm about two-thirds of the way through Children of Cain and so far it's proving to be a very interesting read.
  4. I've been watching it and love it! Although I think the story line is getting a bit far fetched to the point that it's almost ridiculous. None the less, I'm hooked.
  5. On the AT forum, it was quite a big to do when the deck was released. I decided to pass on the Russian version, even though it is a deck I hope to acquire some day. MRP (Magic Realist Press) are also reprinting their Baroque Bohemian Cats tarot and have already started taking pre-orders in case anyone is interested.
  6. FYI, I have heard rumors that MRP may reprint the Victorian Romantic deck sometime this year, but it's not confirmed. This deck has been on my wish list too, so fingers crossed that the rumors are true.
  7. I have to say it's hard for me to pick a favorite because each deck I have serves a different purpose depending on the query, but if I had to choose one, it's the Paulina. I'd have to say it's definitely my comfort deck.
  8. Just to add an alternative to using a cord, an idea I got from a podcast, was to infuse a spool of white thread with your blood, which you could then keep on hand amongst your usual supplies to use as needed.
  9. Magical Knowledge: Book II - The Initiate by Josephine McCarthy; picked this one up after hearing the author interviewed on a podcast. This is not a how-to book, but an informative book with discerning advice that can be applied to any path.
  10. I love the Paulina! Ironically, it's not my usual style, being a bit twee, but I just love the colors and all the characters of this deck... I really enjoy working with it. Wonderful deck! Back on topic... I'm now reading 13 Moons by Fiona Walker-Craven. Only read a few chapters so far, but what a wonderful little book. Even though it's categorized as a 'beginner' book, it's filled with some very practical advice, and has reminded me to not over complicate things. Definitely a great book if your new to Witchcraft and want to bypass the usual Wicca related stuff.
  11. Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley by Richard Kaczynsk
  12. I've been meaning to get this, but haven't gotten around to doing so yet. Read Treading the Mill and liked it, so I thought this would be a good read as well. Have to work on getting a copy.
  13. The latest book that I got on a whim, is Witches by Erica Jong with illustrations by Joseph A. Smith. If ever there was a coffee table book on witches/witchcraft, this is it! It was originally published in 1981 and beautifully illustrated with witchy imagery. It's filled with stories, poetry and little tid-bits of information, including a couple of recipes for flying ointments. Ironically, the content is better than some of the garbage bandied about in books on witchcraft churned out en masse these days, and would more than likely easily offend the fluffies. It's been republished in paperback, but go for one of the hard cover editions, which you can easily get used for under $20 depending on condition. It's a fun addition to any witchy book collection.
  14. I really like the ABC of Magic Charms and plan on looking into the other books from Elizabeth Pepper as well. They seem to be really good for reference.
  15. I've gotten about half-way through the book this morning, up to the section on witch bottles, and so far I'm loving it! It's a very easy read and it's packed with some very good information like how to detect the person who may be doing the cursing. Definitely a keeper.
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