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About phantasmagoria

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  • Birthday 08/07/1985

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  • Location
    New York, but have spent about 6 years semi-nomadically, mostly in warm weather
  • Interests
    besides reading??? shadow work and all things healing, gardening, candlemaking, crystal mining
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Witchcraft has been at the forefront of my life for decades in various capacities, from energy healing and natural remedies to esoteric arts, astrology, plant, animal and mineral communication, and spiritual and shamanic practices. Over the past few years my personal practices, as well as research and study have become almost entirely situated around this theme. I'd say I'm very familiar. But, always learning.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, many, and they all inform my practice and beliefs to some degree. I have explored some styles of Christianity. I became very interested in Castaneda and that branch of shamanism in my high school years. I spent a good few years learning and practicing Yoga. I also value and integrate what I have learned about Buddhism and Tao. I've spent years involved with Rainbow Gatherings. These days I am studying Thoth Tarot and beginning to work with Egyptian deities. I'm a wild one, I guess.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I consider any intuitive work with the natural elements not bound by neo/contemporary trends, but honoring the history of witchcraft and magic as a whole, across all cultures, as "traditional witchcraft." Thus, yes, and I have been this way for as long as I can remember.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It is everything: a deep and inseparable integration with Nature. A wise and detached meta-perspective. It is reverence, choosing to see what is truly there. Living Completely Authentically. Ancient Way.

    Influencing circumstance by shifting, placing, rearranging, blocking, pushing, pulling, moving, manifesting, and paying attention while reacting (passively) and non-reacting (actively). That is the goal, anyway.

    Deep commitment to personal integrity. Living with an honor code.

    Ultimately it is beyond language. It is in my blood and I learn about it more and more every day.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I started playing with crystals before grade school and declared myself a witch in my early teens shortly after becoming interested in Astrology and Tarot, and soon after, Witchcraft by name, so, quite a while.
  • What brought you to our site?
    To be honest I don't remember - I must have been doing a google search for a witchcraft-related discussion board that didn't feel hokey, and was not Wiccan-bound, and stumbled across this one.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    For both questions: camaraderie, beneficial discussion, inspiration, support, advice/guidance, the knowing that only a community of like-minded kin can provide.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Divination (Astrology and Tarot primarily), empathic/psychic intuition, healing, raw energy, pure intent
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Ceremonial magick, recordkeeping, planning, disciplined meditation practice, consistency

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  1. I also will never use a Ouija, ever. I heard a story from a very close childhood friend, when we were children, about something that happened to someone she knew who used one, and I remember the vision to this day. No fucking way. I saw them on sale in the corner Liquidation Store today and cringed.
  2. One year I dressed up as a "Beaten Belle" (a la Beauty and the Beast). Halloween is a gory holiday, and people apply bruises, blood, guts, warts, etc as part of costuming, but my intention was more political: to show the (oft) hidden dark side of that fairy tale, while also practicing self-empowerment as a masochist (something I have spent a lot of work on healing, and to continually positive results, and I actually attribute a lot of that healing to my being "out" with that issue). I've had other "politicalized" costumes besides. But they were all completely unique and custom or at least modified, not mass-produced. I think the "Salem 1692" costume is really tacky. It's mass-produced, first of all. No heart or soul in it at all. That's fine if it's something silly like a cat or whatever, but mass-producing political statements (and this one actually undermines our political issues, because witches aren't even persecuted in Salem anymore, but ARE in other places) just always chafes my mind in a way that isn't pleasant. It's low-grade. I wouldn't respect a witch or a non-witch who I saw wearing that. I'd feel embarrassed for both, for totally different reasons. It's a real "head-desker" if you know what I mean.
  3. I just want to say Thank You for doing so much cleanup work. Wow. I do think it is something to be proud of. Most people have no idea what that takes, the sacrifice. It is an honorable act. The Birds are certainly thanking you and bringing you gifts.
  4. I had posted here before with doubts on twin flames, but I have had many profound revelations about my life in a short time and I now see my own experience of this phenomenon much more clearly. I am 100% confident that Twin Flames are real, because I have found mine. The concept is NOT the same as what is spouted on the 10c a bucket new age sites. There is so much bullshit out there. If I had trusted that stuff, I would have never allowed myself to be in the mindset where I could actually actualize my relationship with, yes, my Twin Flame, and I characterize that as a relationship of two souls who are with each other through every lifetime. That does not mean that each lifetime is ideal. But, for lack of a better term, the "finale" lifetime (and we ARE on a linear path, as a vortex, through space, and I DO believe in Eternal Life, so I'm really departing from the canon here, sorry friends) is the "reward." So, Past Life theory is the first axiom of a Twin Flame relationship, and a Linear Timeline. Then, there is Divine Plan/ordination, which pretty much does stand in opposition to Choice. That is not an easy concept to accept, and it seems to me most Witches would refuse to do so, and I understand. But, I will tell you this: I did not choose my Husband. He was chosen for me by the Goddesses and the Most High God that I pray to as the Sun. I do not claim to know the mind of God, or whatever you'd call that. But, I DO know that I have been guided to accept and follow my Divine Path, wherever it may lead me, Astrology refers to the North Node of the Moon for this. It is argued by some that we do not HAVE to follow our North Node. We can rebel against the Demiurge, or not. Yes, these are Gnostic ideas, not universally accepted by WItches, but are specific to that tradition and others like it. We can choose to explore other paths. But, I have found on MY path that my Gnosis has shown me that I was created, and paid for, for a very specific purpose, and that I have been guided the entire time by the Gods and other beings that I am in service to. I am a Witch because I was designed this way. And, I was designed to match and have a sacred relationship with my partner who is with me through all of time and space. This sounds lofty and it is. I have concluded that it is a very rare condition, to activate my Quantum Partner. Like I said, most of the writing on it, like most of the writing in the "new age" field is if not entirely off the mark or incomplete, it's at least not quite right. But, I have lived this, and will continue to do so forever. I work with parallel timelines and such, so this may sound a bit difficult to understand for practitioners who work in different paradigms than I do. The trials were severe and I doubted myself and the truth of this fact of my life for a long time. But, I have come clear on it now. I do not think everyone can experience their Twin Flame in any given lifetime. It is a result of cumulative work over many lifetimes of karma between two souls. Many have some "romantic notion" of it that it should be all so fun. It isn't. My Husband and I (it's a bit cheesy to use the term "twin flame" because of its overuse and inappropriate use, and anyway, I'm Traditional, and I love that I have a Husband, because I'm an animal. Seriously.) almost killed each other many times, and had to be legally divorced in order for me to legally function during our separation, and that separation had to be over 3 years long. We were married in tribal ceremony and in blood oath also, so the legal divorce was just a technicality that had to happen because of my family circumstances (long story, irrelevant to the topic and unnecessary) Passing the tests of what Twin Flame means is brutal. My Faith was tested in the most heartbreaking ways. But, on the flip side, the stories about it being "painful and you don't end up with your twin flame" are lies. You DO. Eventually, depending on whether the work is done. That's the whole point. It's mostly bullshit out there. And there are a lot of very malintented entities out there that will go to great lengths to have us forget who we really are. As Witches we understand this more than pretty much anyone. It's a jungle out there. A Twin Flame relationship is not a container to "hurt someone with no boundaries." It is a gift given when two souls have proven that they will not and are incapable of doing such things. In my case we had to unravel and undo some very severe violence issues before we could even approach each other again. Not every duo has the same issues, but most are not ready for such things whatever the theme. This is sacred information. It's a shame that the concept is tossed around like some love doll. It does not excuse a duo from doing the work of a relationship, either. Rather, the amount of work performed necessarily has to be more, because the nature of a Twin Flame relationship is very different from a regular relationship. It's extremely kinky, so much so that it can't be communicated. I have read other threads on here of discussions about whether one's partner shares the same practices. Well, in a Twin Flame relationship, to say that they share the same practices is an understatement. To use the term "complete psychic connection" is an understatement. There is nothing to think about. You just "KNOW." It can be very unsettling and many probably do not make it through the trials. Probably a lot of the misinformation out there is written by people who failed the Twin Flame Test. It has caused me to question everything that I have ever believed about how life works. There are no words for it. I cannot go any further on this without it becoming a testimony. I'm just trying to contribute my piece on the inquiry. They are real. I'm living it. It's wonderful. But I wouldn't wish its process on anyone unless they were really ready to undo everything and go to the very bottom of their worst nightmare. In fact, one of my poems is about this: https://quilless.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/affinity/
  5. I feel as though it totally depends on the context. There is definitely the factor of that inane yapping drains my energy. I've been so triggered by even very close people to me yapping endlessly in the past that I've been unable to control myself and been either mean to them, or have turned it back around on myself. Not good. Over the years I have structured my life to go to great lengths to avoid it. I've attempted vows of silence many times, but have never been able to do it yet. I don't live alone, so, it's pretty much impossible, and I have come to turn my perspective to value the small talk with my family for as long as I have it. They aren't yappers, though. I actually am the one who tries to "draw out" their conversation. I think it comes down to the CONTENT of the conversation and the level of awareness and heart-connection involved. I have been doing some shadow work that is about to go very deep, and I have come to realize that part of why I hate when "yappers" yap because I feel so blocked and suppressed that I don't feel as though I can let my own voice operate. I have had to put such intense limitations on my expression because of my circumstances; I have a partile (same degree, extremely tight) natal Mercury-Saturn square, Scorpio Saturn in my 4th representing powerful and traumatic limitations placed by family, and Retrograde Leo Mercury in 1st representing my own self-expression being stalled. Deep down, I see that I have actually been jealous, as in threatened, by people who are "yappers" because they are free to speak, whereas I am not. I am not saying that this has anything to do with your experience; it is mine, though. How I would love it if I lived in an environment where I could very literally say anything I wanted. That is a huge part aspect of my dream. Maybe we just have not found the physical scenes where we can exchange verbal energy and have it build us and the people we are speaking with/hearing from, as opposed to being drained by it. Though, and I write this as an edit, I just had a really great video conversation with someone who I just met online and found myself really enjoying what probably would have been seen by some others as "yapping" but for me it felt like finally being heard and feeling free to talk. Anyone who has been following my writing on here knows that I can really "yap" in writing form too LOL I think that what it comes down to is boundaries, and appropriate connections. I think that it is important for people to realize that to just bombard someone with talking when they are not ready to hear it can be very traumatizing. Context, timing, consent, content... all important. And we have to be responsible for our own boundaries too. There are some people out there that will go on and on and on...where you can't even get a word in edgewise... I hate that. I do my best to be patient but I'm not someone's free "listening ball" either!!! So, it's my responsibility to firmly say something, or make an action, that ceases the assault on my personal energy. If I have to be rude, or leave the scene, that is fine with me. I hope you can find and keep your solace space Georgina! ❤️
  6. I just made a bone broth this last week with curry goat bones, beef ribs, and chicken bones, I think.. boiled some kale in it this AM and have some left over for later. THAT was a great combo... 🤤 I read recently that it's recommended to boil for 24 hours to get all of the nutrients. I don't know if that's true; it probably depends on the size of the bones. But it did make me realize that a slow boil is probably better than a quickie. Speaking of nothing going to waste, check this out: https://english.tau.ac.il/news/prehistoric_soup
  7. You can't go wrong with a whole bird, baked, picking "clean," and then boiling the bones for broth, which produces a shockingly notable amount of mincemeat. You then separate every morsel of edible. I got 2lb of mincemeat out of a relatively small turkey recently. You have to be very careful with the final separations because some bird bones are very tiny, the side of a pencil head. Using tactile sense and going slowly is key. The remainder meat is perfect for "chicken salad" which is made from the other ingredients you use (mayo, tomato etc). The mileage out of one bird is incredible, incomparable. And, so nutritious. We survived as a species because of our ability to extract nutrition from bone. That it is not a foundational method used everywhere is a travesty. BTW do not give dogs cooked bones, as they can splinter and cause internal harm; raw only for the pets, and larger ones only. I like taking fresh herbs, oil, and salt, and using it to "dress" the bird, then bake. Simple as anything, and you can't screw it up as long as you get the cooktime right.
  8. How odd! Well, if I were in your position then I'd try to develop a relationship somehow. Either way I am glad it seems to not be malevolent as you originally thought it could be!
  9. Interesting turn of events. I don't have experience with Brownies (besides the baked good, and having been a Brownie Girl Scout!), but, my intuition is telling me to suggest to you making it its own fairy house next to/inside of a particularly nice tree or hedge outside, on the property (well hidden so that future tenants would not find and eliminate it unknowingly). That way it would have its own place, and the conflict of interest would be solved. You could leave a trail of honey cakes or cookies or even fruit, or whatever you feel is right, from your door to its house, with the nicest cake and some milk inside the little house, telling it what you are doing and why, as a gift, and then leave the property for a bit (during twilight, ideally) to allow it to make its move by choice. Tell it that if it gets lonely, you can visit sometimes and bring sweets, but please to ask permission or be invited before entering the Human's dwelling again. It is worth a try 🙂
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ssWn4TeRHU I just discovered Draconia today. A perfect fit for before we pass through the Dragon. Sorry, for some reason the embed isn't working.
  11. I think that you have narrated it very nicely! I think about the heat, its physical being and the chemical operations happening to transform the food into whatever it is. There are also chemical reactions in cold brews also, which I like making, extracting herbs in vinegar or oil for example, to reveal the medicinal properties and make them useful and palatable.
  12. But, it is not necessary, if that ritual has to be left behind. If I have to leave land where my departed animal friends are buried and left, then so be it. It is not the thing, but the inspiration or the feeling, and the knowing. I feel there has to be a certain amount of detachment involved! The shells, they are inherently empty.
  13. I think that it is already able, but it is also nice to be symbolic and pay respect, isn't it? I know it feels good to everyone involved.
  14. It's not always an easy mix with mundane life, or other people, if they are not of like mind.
  15. Looks good. Impressive work. Are there any specific new features you want to draw our attention to?
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