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About Amber

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  • Birthday 11/15/1967

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  • Location
    Kent, UK
  • Interests
    Painting, photography, tarot, my dogs, reading, writing, dancing, spending time in nature
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Very familiar (of sorts!). I have had an interest in witchcraft since childhood and was raised in an open minded family, where my grandfather was a natural medium and my parents were Spiritualists.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    In my early 30's I began seriously read/study what I 'thought' was witchcraft - meaning Wicca. I was initiated into a coven after one year and realised that as time went on, this was not the right path for me. The concept of Wicca didn't make sense in many respects. However, a friend who also left the coven at the same time, was very close to a 'traditional witch' and we spoke often about traditional witchcraft. It made much more sense to me in many ways.

    I left the coven for various reasons, but mainly because it made me unhappy and seemed to be consumed with ego/ceremony and reading vast scripts of ritual which took away the 'magic' for me. I felt cheated, there was no 'energy' - just lots of boozing and learning lines!

    For the last 5 years, I have simply been by myself, becoming aware of nature properly and felt somewhat disconnected - I know for sure that I wouldn't go back to working in a Wicca system, but have found myself feeling lonely and would love to speak to others who are likeminded, who worship nature, connect with spirit.

    I am a trained aromatherapist and healer, who now is a full time student, studying art and photography.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    No, I haven't worked - unless you mean by casting magick that feels intuitive rather than by long scripted rituals. I've never worked alongside or trained with a 'trad' witch - although would have loved to!
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It means a connection to nature and spirit which is respectful. It means to work magic if and when necessary and be responsible for your actions, whether you have worked magic, or made a decision in your every day life.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I would say 10 years - although as previously mentioned this was in Wicca for about 3 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I googled Traditional Witchcraft because although by its nature, traditional work is kept to families, I reasoned that there MUST be groups out there!
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I want to learn more, be able to be friends with others and help out with whatever knowledge I may have.

    I do really miss being able to actually chat/write to people with similar interests and beliefs. I think that's vital for growth.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No - apart from a traditional witchcraft site on Facebook that I joined today.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I love being creative, writing, visualising and meditating. I feel I have a good connection with spirit and nature.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Not being consistent when being alone all the time and not sharing ideas and networking with others who are likeminded. It's very hard to keep feeling connected when your life is so heavily weighted with all the 'every day stuff!'
  • Additional Information.
    I'm a peace loving hippy on the surface, I'm all for love and forgiveness. Until someone hurts those I love and care for. Then, the wild, screeching woman from the depths of the 'cavern of depravity' errupts, spitting blood and poison. It's not often though... most of the time, when I walk by, birds whistle and flowers bob their heads. :D LOL!
  1. I love poppets... and plan to use them more. There's something great about having a shape and form to use. :wickedwitch:
  2. Well, I know very little about my ancestors and nor do I feel connected to where I live now... I feel rootless in some respects and have always felt like I'm not living where I am supposed to be just yet. What I do feel connected to, is nature and especially the ocean. If I had to say that I was drawn to living anywhere - it would be Wales - I feel like I've come home when I have visited Pembrokeshire. My great grandmother was a romany, and tales from family say her aunt and mother were kitchen/trad witches.. but I know very little else about them. I feel a kinship with those who heal, (and hex) work with energy and work with the old ways, but realise that whilst we may say this is how we work, we all work differently... and there is something special about that. I only know how I feel - I've been around many people in the past who claimed they were witches and their practices repelled me.. there was no substance in anything they did. It all comes down to being full of intention, rather than playing at it. I'd rather do nothing for months and then do something that rips the energy from my heart, than connect with people who say they do this and that, and basically just pay lip service. I once had a dream.. many years ago, which I believe was a past life memory - that dream and what happened to me in it, convinced me well and truly that I am who I am, and no matter where I go and what I do, it's like every cell has the memory of what I am no matter how many life times I come back.
  3. Every time I read Oak's post and try to start responding, my brain just won't let me... I'm scrambled today.. like a bad egg :tongue0013: - still, I look forward to reading everyone else's comments for the time being!
  4. I'm glad this thread has started... I've never read anything fiction regarding witches, apart from Witch Child, mentioned above. I shall have to have a look at some of these that have been mentioned.
  5. I can only speak personally... but have tattoos on my wrist, the back of my neck, my upper back and my lower back. I'd say my lower back hurt the least.:banana:
  6. I have hardly any pictures at all of my tattoos... but here's the one that's on my back, from shoulder blade to shoulder blade.
  7. This is my favourite of all time... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aromatherapy-Z-Comprehensive-Guide-Published/dp/009190661X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b and this one is good too... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Encyclopedia-Essential-Oils-Aromatherapy-Herbalism/dp/0007145187/ref=pd_sim_b_1
  8. Awww I'm cool with it DP... it can just get a bit intense after 7 hours of reading and note-making!!!!! I intermingle studying with other stuff, so that I don't get too consumed! :abduct:
  9. It's been a heavy day. I'm ploughing on with my dissertation which is about whether contemporary photography can help us deal with the prospect of death. Today I'm almost through with Chapter 2 - which tracks the history of postmortem photography, traditions of mourning, right up to the photographic shrines that were documented after the 9/11 tragedy. I'm tired.. death has permeated my cells today (it feels like it anyhow) and then, the postman arrived. Ohhhh I jumped up and ran, it could be my missing portfolio (which incidently is still f**king missing in action) only to find I had a letter from the RSPCA, offering me a place in their animal cemetary (well, not me.. one of my pets.. apparently it raises money for animals in the process).. Funny... all the death/photography/post mortem pics and I was ok-ish.. and then seeing a brochure for a pet cemetary just brought me right down. I can see that I am going to HAVE to have a glass of wine tonight, and put a comedy on!
  10. Thanks Drew.... I'll try that.. I quite like Peter Paddon the little I've seen of him...
  11. Thanks Owl, I've had a look at the article... his stuff is quite interesting.
  12. I'm glad this thread has started. I've never actually called for ancestors as I was unsure exactly of who I should be calling... In the old days, it was a different thing when I was wiccan (calling upon the Lord, Lady and the quarters).. which used to irritate me no end (demanding and summoning the quarters I mean).. So these days, i usually just ask the power of earth and the universe to assist me... however, I would desperately love to know more about calling ancestors. I know nothing about my own ancestors though, apart from my great grandmother... So annoying that I can't actually use the Peter Paddon podcasts for some reason :brickwall: ...
  13. :hugs:I miss my Dad too.. but I know he's not far away. I understand exactly how you feel. :hugs:
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