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Raineylane

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About Raineylane

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  • Location
    Texas, U.S.
  • Interests
    Reading, writing, counted cross-stitching, crafting
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I was introduced to witchcraft in 1969 by my mother. She remarried in 1974 and all mention of witchcraft was forbidden by my step-father. I found my way back to the craft in 1979. Unfortunately, at that time, there was no one to guide me, no books available (in my area) and no internet to meet like minded people until 1997, so I floundered a bit but made my own way. Best thing I could have done. I am still learning and will continue to learn until I die.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I have read about Wicca, Ceremonial Magic, Hoodoo, and Native American beliefs, but have not practiced any of them.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I supposed that's what I've been doing for the past 40 years.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It is a lifestyle of magic, unique to each practioner. Each practioner has their own beliefs and systems either learned from experience and in some lucky few, passed down through families.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I "played" at magic when I was as young as maybe 6 (1964) but didn't really know it was something that was really "real" until 1969 when my mother an a couple of her friends brought me into a learning environment.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was searching for something other than Wicca and Recon. I somehow stumbled on this site a few years ago and have loved it ever since.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I'd like to converse with like-minded people, learning through other people's experience and offering what I have learned so that we may all enrich each others lives and practices.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Yes, I am a member of The Cauldron, but have not been to that site since I found this site. Can't find anything there that interests me.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Natural intuition, spell crafting (from the elaborate to the "on the fly" type spells).
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Reading the Tarot. I need more experience in this area, but it's not something I seem to have a natural affinity for.
  1. From the above article: While Santa gives the good ones gifts and joy, Krampus gives the bad ones beatings with a whip (made from birch sticks and horsehair) and nightmares. Interesting, when I was a kid I never heard about the lump of coal (from Santa) until I was much older. But I was told that I would get a bag of switches if I was bad. Hmmm, makes me wonder if the idea of the switches came from the Krampus story.
  2. Just learned about Krampus myself last year. Never of heard of him before that. Very interesting though. For some reason he reminds me of Hogfather. Not the same I know.
  3. All of these are truly breathtaking. Chloe, I love the round arch and the woods behind.
  4. RR, you sound a lot like me. I am one of those women who loves being queen of my home now that I am not working out there in the real world any longer. I love being a housewife and mom. Some little things I do is a magical cleaning each week. Adding some charged water and a bit of charge oil to my cleaning water. Cleaning from the back of the house to the front, leaving a window or door open to sweep/dust/mop out any bad energy. Adding a touch of charged oil to the rinse cycle of the laundry. Using charged spices in my cooking. Smoking the house with some incense, depending on what I want to accomplish whether it be to relax the mood or "pep it up." Sweeping and cleaning the front porch each day (and the back patio) to keep negativity from entering the house on shoes. Just little things like that, that I do sometimes daily and sometimes weekly. I am not much of a yard person. Too damn hot where I am and not much grows here, anyway, so I tend to concentrate on things I can do indoors. Hope this helped.
  5. Sometimes walking away has nothing to do with weakness, and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value but because we have finally realized our own. Author unknown
  6. Bumped for RaverFlyer because this is too good to miss!
  7. Nikki said: Question: In my experience smell can be either /or... but touch is usually (not always) from the newly dead. Has anyone else noticed this? just wondering... Yes, I have. Within a couple of weeks of my mother's passing I would smell her distinctive perfume in my house, around me, from time to time, as well as hugs that I knew was from her. Both were very comforting. As far as talking to spirits, I have had a recent encounter with a spirit or spirits and (on the advice of a very wise person) I talked to them out loud, asking them to stop disturbing our sleep, which so far has worked. They are still banging around a little, but not while my we are sleeping. I also agree that some spirits I've come across in the past were not human. (And I'm not talking about the spirits of Fido or Muffins, either.) I would think that most witches experience spirits, at least once. It just seems to go hand in hand with being a witch. Perhaps it's because we are open to a different reality than most people. I know people who swear they have never had any experiences with spirits. Maybe they haven't or maybe they are in denial about it, or afraid to acknowledge it or admit it. Whatever their reason, I kind of feel sorry for them for the lack of the experience.
  8. Listen and learn from others, if you can find them. Not get too caught up in "my way is the only way" or "their way is the only way."
  9. A very wise woman :wave: just recently encouraged me to embrace a part of myself that I percieved as scary and dark. I did so with trepidation, but what I found was that this "darkness" I was so afraid of was actually a wonderful gift. I found that the darkness was just something misunderstood and unexplored.
  10. Okay, I've got a mental picture of someone being attacked by a popcorn vendor at the circus. What? It could happen! :teehee:
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