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About melusine

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    Feline
  • Location
    TN
  • Interests
    literature, poetry, art, art history, history, anthropology, knitting
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Began studies at 14 years old.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I've studied Qabalah and other Western, Hermetic esoteric and occult subjects as well as a little Hoodoo and Voudoun along with and a lot of European and American folk magic and lore among other things. My path has always been the path of a witch.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Working with nature, spirits and other 'beings', and Occult knowledge outside of a religious context. Utilizing folk magic rather than ceremonial or high magic. I'm an animist; that sculpts and provides the bones of my world view and my craft. I often look to folklore, folk customs, and even fairy tales for insights on how to work magic and craft my spells and rites. Meditation, trance work, pathworking, etc. are foundational keys for me.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    18 years
  • What brought you to our site?
    Desire to meet other non Wiccan witches and to learn, learn, learn.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Knowledge and friendship
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Witch Vox.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Tarot, divination
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I'm not telling ;)
  • Additional Information.
    For the sake of clarity and honesty: I use the term hedgewitch because that is the path i've taken up. It would be more accurate for me to say i'm a hedgewitch in the making, one who is becoming and working toward the goal of crossing the hedge and all that that entails. Yet, i am a witch and ritual, magic, divination, and other witchy deeds have long been a part of my praxis/practice.

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  1. Wonderful OP and subsequent posts, Wex! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. +1
  2. melusine

    O- Blood

    I recently mentioned Rh- blood on the 'witchy traits' thread. I was doing research on it a while back because i have it and like some other posters have said there are a lot of theories and even conspiracy theories about the origin of negative blood and the people who have it. I noticed a few people here mentioned eye color so i thought it worth mentioning that the eye color of green, (not to be confused with hazel), is the most rare and often people with green eyes have Rh- blood. There is also a high occurrence of people with red hair, green eyes, and Rh- blood. Most interesting to me were findings stating that among people who have and/or claim to have psychic abilities, occult powers/interests/knowledge, etc, people who were abducted by aliens, have had paranormal experiences... so on and so forth... a high majority of those people have Rh- blood. Its an interesting thing to just sit and read about online if you're ever bored and want to waste some time. I found some hilarious websites while prodding around.
  3. This is interesting to me, 'folklorically' :smile: I'd be interested to know what 'witch markers' there are other than the more well known stereotypes and how they vary by region, like the caul, for example. I have few markers' in common with others on this thread, but i don't really buy into physical traits being indicative of a witch. Long, piano fingers... i've always called my hands witch hands because not only are my fingers long but i've got thick, knobby knuckles. When i let my hair grown and am just natural with it it gets kinda wild and a bit frizzy. A lot of people have commented on my 'intense stare' and gaze or say that they feel like i am reading their minds when i look them in the eyes or that it makes them feel uncomfortable. I've noticed people getting kind of squirmy and a few even blushing when i'm looking them in the eyes while they are talking. The weirdest thing is if i look right into their right eye. It seems to make them uncomfortable and since noticing that i will intentionally do it if i feel like someone is being confrontational with me or trying to intimidate me... and they seem to just shrink and and back off. My ex and several people have said that my eyes are intimidating, which they also thought was funny because i'm rather small in stature and soft spoken. The eyes though... i think its because i have unusually dark green eyes with a black outer ring and my pupils are very large. I have a larger than normal optical nerve and once an eye doctor kept asking me if i was sure i hadn't already had my pupils dilated but then discovered that its due to the large optical nerve. When people are angry or even when we are attracted to someone our pupils dilate so i can see how on a conscious or subconscious level this could make some people uncomfortable. Someone else posted that a child and a mentally ill person once called them a witch or asked them if they were a witch... so weird because i once had a small child ask me 'are you a witch?,' while waiting to be seated at a restaurant and another time a schizophrenic woman who regularly came into a place i worked when i was 21 told me she knows i'm a witch because she could see it in my eyes. Has anyone ever heard anything about green eyes and being a witch? In high school i had an algebra teacher who told me the first day of class, point blank. "Green eyes. You're a witch." and she never treated me well and wouldn't make eye contact with me. I've never heard that before but i've noticed witches or other magical characters in fiction often have green eyes, like Harry Potter for example, haha. One interesting thing about green eyes... i have Rh negative blood and awhile back i was doing some research about it online and came across some of the craziest stuff! Conspiracy theories about people with Rh negative blood.... reptilian race, decedents of the Nephilim, etc. etc. and among some of the facts i found that a majority of people who claim to be abducted by aliens, who are psychics, mediums, etc. known occultists, have had paranormal experiences, etc., have Rh negative blood. AND many people who have Rh negative blood also have green eyes. If i'm not misremembering, i think only 2-4% of the worlds population have true green eyes, meaning not hazel or blue green. Oh yeah, i also have a little rather small skin tag-ish, mole-ish thing that came up on the side of my left boob while i was pregnant and didn't go away... i jokingly call it my witch's teat :smile: And i have a 'beauty mark' mole on my face... some people call it my Cindy Crawford mole as its in the same place :smile:
  4. Not afraid of water or darkness but i got the Wicked Witch of the West :twisted_witch:
  5. I got INTP but i've taken this test before and got INTJ; descriptions of both fit :smile: The part about extraverted feeling though... not me at all. " Introvert(56%) iNtuitive(88%) Thinking(25%) Perceiving(11%) You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (56%)You have strong preference of Intuition over Sensing (88%)You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (25%)You have slight preference of Perceiving over Judging (11%) INTPs are pensive, analytical folks. They may venture so deeply into thought as to seem detached, and often actually are oblivious to the world around them. Precise about their descriptions, INTPs will often correct others (or be sorely tempted to) if the shade of meaning is a bit off. While annoying to the less concise, this fine discrimination ability gives INTPs so inclined a natural advantage as, for example, grammarians and linguists. INTPs are relatively easy-going and amenable to almost anything until their principles are violated, about which they may become outspoken and inflexible. They prefer to return, however, to a reserved albeit benign ambiance, not wishing to make spectacles of themselves. A major concern for INTPs is the haunting sense of impending failure. They spend considerable time second-guessing themselves. The open-endedness (from Perceiving) conjoined with the need for competence (NT) is expressed in a sense that one's conclusion may well be met by an equally plausible alternative solution, and that, after all, one may very well have overlooked some critical bit of data. An INTP arguing a point may very well be trying to convince himself as much as his opposition. In this way INTPs are markedly different from INTJs, who are much more confident in their competence and willing to act on their convictions. Mathematics is a system where many INTPs love to play, similarly languages, computer systems--potentially any complex system. INTPs thrive on systems. Understanding, exploring, mastering, and manipulating systems can overtake the INTP's conscious thought. This fascination for logical wholes and their inner workings is often expressed in a detachment from the environment, a concentration where time is forgotten and extraneous stimuli are held at bay. Accomplishing a task or goal with this knowledge is secondary. INTPs and Logic -- One of the tipoffs that a person is an INTP is his or her obsession with logical correctness. Errors are not often due to poor logic -- apparent faux pas in reasoning are usually a result of overlooking details or of incorrect context. Games NTs seem to especially enjoy include Risk, Bridge, Stratego, Chess, Go, and word games of all sorts. (I have an ENTP friend that loves Boggle and its variations. We've been known to sit in public places and pick a word off a menu or mayonnaise jar to see who can make the most words from its letters on a napkin in two minutes.) The INTP mailing list has enjoyed a round of Metaphore, virtual volleyball, and a few 'finish the series' brain teasers. INTPs in the main are not clannish. The INTP mailing list, with a readership now in triple figures, was in its incipience fraught with all the difficulties of the Panama canal: we had trouble deciding: whether or not there should be such a group,exactly what such a group should be called, andwhich of us would have to take the responsibility for organization and maintenance of the aforesaid group/club/whatever.(INTP stands for Introvert, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving and represents individual's preferences in four dimensions characterising personality type, according to Jung's and Briggs Myers' theories of personality type.) Functional Analysis Of The INTP Based on Jung’s framework of mental functions - by Joe Butt Introverted ThinkingIntroverted Thinking strives to extract the essence of the Idea from various externals that express it. In the extreme, this conceptual essence wants no form or substance to verify its reality. Knowing the Truth is enough for INTPs; the knowledge that this truth can (or could) be demonstrated is sufficient to satisfy the knower. "Cogito, ergo sum" expresses this prime directive quite succinctly. In seasons of low energy level, or moments of single-minded concentration, the INTP is aloof and detached in a way that might even offend more relational or extraverted individuals. Extraverted iNtuition Intuition softens and socializes Thinking, fleshing out the brittle bones of truths formed in the dominant inner world. That which is is not negotiable; yet actual application diffuses knowledge to the extent that knowledge needs qualification and context to be of any consequence in this foreign world of substance. If Thinking can desist, the INTP is free to brainstorm, calling up the perceptions of the unconscious (i.e., intuition) which are mirrored in patterns in the realm of matter, time and space. These perceptions, in the form of theories or hunches, must ultimately defer to the inner principles, or at least they must not negate them. Intuition unchained gives birth to play. INTPs enjoy games, formal or impromptu, which coax analogies, patterns and theories from the unseen into spontaneous expression in a way that defies their own comprehension. Introverted Sensing Sensing is of a subjective, inner nature similar to that of the SJs. It supplies awareness of the forms of senses rather than the raw, analogic stimuli. Facts and figures seek to be cleaned up for comparison with an ever growing range of previously experienced input. Sensing assists intuition in sorting out and arranging information into the building blocks for Thinking's elaborate systems. The internalizing nature of the INTP's Sensing function leaves a relative absence of environmental awareness (i.e., Extraverted Sensing), except when the environment is the current focus. Consciousness of such conditions is at best a sometime thing. Extraverted Feeling Feeling tends to be all or none. When present, the INTP's concern for others is intense, albeit naive. In a crisis, this feeling judgement is often silenced by the emergence of Thinking, who rushes in to avert chaos and destruction. In the absence of a clear principle, however, INTPs have been known to defer judgement and to allow decisions about interpersonal matters to be left hanging lest someone be offended or somehow injured. INTPs are at risk of being swept away by the shadow in the form of their own strong emotional impulses. Famous INTPs: by Joe Butt Socrates Rene Descartes Blaise Pascal Sir Isaac Newton U.S. Presidents: James MadisonJohn Quincy AdamsJohn TylerDwight D. EisenhowerGerald FordWilliam Harvey (pioneer in human physiology) C. G. Jung, author of Psychological Types, etc.) William James Albert Einstein Charles Darwin Tom Foley (1989-1995: Speaker of the House--U.S. House of Representatives) Henri Mancini Bob Newhart Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senator (D.--NM) Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk The Kids) Midori Ito (ice skater, Olympic silver medalist) Tiger Woods Fictional INTPs: Tom and Fiona (Four Weddings and a Funeral) Dr. Susan Lewis (ER) Filburt (Rocko's Modern Life) Typology of Westeros: personality types of the characters from A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novel series (you may have seen its Game of Thrones TV adaptation). "
  6. I'd like to bump this also... its something i'm not very familiar with but am greatly interested in. My great grandmother was a Native American, her parents were on tribal rolls, but unfortunately she wasn't willing to talk a lot about her parents or the fact that she was "Indian." We think it was because she was treated harshly when growing up and maybe even due to her mother being forced to move because of her ethnicity. We aren't sure. It wasn't until around this past Thanksgiving, ironically, that we learned for sure that her parents were native and after doing some digging were able to find them in a census and on tribal rolls. I've always been hesitant, as has my father, to claim the heritage because we weren't brought up as part of the, for lack of a better term, 'culture' and therefore don't hold that particular world view or identity... so out of respect and so as not to be pegged as one of the many, many people we meet in the area who love to claim, "oh, i've got 'indian' blood in me," we don't often make mention of it to others.
  7. I second that. Also, have a look at his art.
  8. Sigils are one of my favorite tools for magic. So simple yet extremely effective. I haven't used them exactly as you have but have found them to be potent. At times profoundly so. Grant Morrison is big on sigils and had an interesting talk on them during a Disinformation conference... for anyone who may be interested. Just search Grant Morrison Magic on YouTube. You'll find some good stuff.
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