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  1. Oh my god, oh my god! I finally got a copy of Jambalaya by Luisah Teish. It's been on my wishlist for a while and it's been recommended so many times to me so I'm super excited. I had no idea what to expect out of this book but at first I may have thought it was going to be some kind of spell/how-to book on Hoodoo--It's so much more than that. Luisah talks about her life and gives words of wisdom and advice to the reader, and at the end of each chapter is an exercise, with the first one on cleansing your home. Good stuff!
  2. Just ordered "Communing With the Spirits: The Magical Practice of Necromancy" by Martin Coleman and I can't wait until it gets here! It was recommended on a Hoodoo mailing group for anyone wanting to learn to work with spirits, ancestors, and graveyards. Read the first couple of chapters before I bought and it looks quite promising. It seems to be broken down into "lessons", with the first being to learn as much as you can about any deceased relatives you have and learn about who they are, how they lived, etc.
  3. Reading "The Heroine's Journey" by Maureen Murdock. A bit like a female-version of the classic, "Iron John" by Robert Bly. "The Heroine's Journey" is a great book thats been helping me realize the importance feminity and learn to be proud of it. The book addresses problems with women today who try to be like men by becomming assertive, pushing their own needs and emotions away, and choosing to work or study in fields that are more "male dominated" jobs, such as business, and scienc. as a result, women begin to be ashamed of their own feminity. They begin to believe that being female meant weakness, being ruled by your emotions, being a "mother" or just being passive. I releated a lot to those chapters. I grew up wanting to be like the boys and be accepted by my male peers. Now, men often compliment me on my knowledge of "male topics" like history, politics and the world, and I have always been proud of this but, "The Heroine's Journey" made me realize that I was, in a way, ashamed of my female-ness because I wanted so much to be accepted by men. i always knew what it was to be a man, but have struggled with what it was to be female. All I could come up with was "Motherhood", and other things that had to do with a woman's appearance or sexuality. And I didn't like either of those explanations. This book also explained that in a way that made sense. This is really a great read. I recommend it to all the lady-folk. :)
  4. I know its not related to witchcraft at all, but I just finished reading Jack London's White Fang. What an amazing book! London describes action sequences and the way his main character White Fang preciseness the world around him in such a masterful way. The book had such heart and emotion, I could just feel the pain and anger his main character suffered just by the descriptions London used. I'm also part of a book club with my boyfriend and a few friends, so now I'm going to start reading Wicked, The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. It sounds like a cute book, plus my boyfriend's sister has nothing but good things to say about it, though I'm pretty sure thats also because she's such a huge Wizard of Oz fan :)
  5. Interesting that you brought up this topic, because I've recently been practicing. I've always been very good at recalling my dreams and I've never found any need to use a dream diary. I bring up dream recollection because, from what I've been reading, it starts from there. Being able to recall a dream you had almost every night to the smallest detail. Also, another good technique is getting into the habit of questioning the world around you so that you will be able to recognize if you are in a dream, while you are dreaming. Here is a link that I think you may find helpful, it explains it all better than I do. http://www.dreamviews.com/induction.php
  6. Because of what people still think what witchcraft is (Satanism, evil, black magic, etc) I don't let anyone know that I am a witch. Only people who know about what I do is my boyfriend and one or two other people that I trust knowing, mostly because they have similar practices as well. As far as my place goes, I don't hide anything, except when my mom is coming to visit, then I make sure to hide EVERYTHING. I feel bad about it, but my mom has the most misguided impression of witchcraft that a non-religious person can have. But other than that, yeah, I am secretive to people i'm not comfortable/familiar with knowing only because of how people STILL view witchcraft. Though, if someone were to ask me (don't include my mother lol) I wouldn't lie about my craft.
  7. Been reading "Werewolves" by Bob Curran. I've had this incredible interest in werewolves recently, so I've been researching and studying about all things werewolves. I ordered Sabine Baring-Gould's "The Book of Werewolves" yesterday, and it's supposed to be the most sited study of lycanthropy out there, so I'm super-duper excited about getting it. :chakrahearts: I've also recently received "The Book of Legendary Spells" by Elbee Wright, and am having a nice time flipping through it.Though It's a little bit of a pain because the book contains no table of contents and it isn't divided up into any sort of chapters or sections. =\
  8. Maddox, Mjolnir, Sebastian, Ocarina (lol), Sammy, Avocado (I named one of my patchwork kitty dolls this) , Grimshaw, Rufus, Rusty, Verdi, Bartok, Wagner, Fericito, Nacho, Havannah, Ichigo, Jungle, Miso, Peso, Kuro... If you need more suggestions, I can think of more. :)
  9. My first boyfriend and I were complete opposites (and not in a good way) so no wonder it never worked out! lol He was a devote Catholic and I was (and still am, but a lot more witchy) an atheist. He was really bothered by my beliefs and felt that he always had to try and convince me to consider that there was a Lord Jesus Christ. He wasn't CRAZY about it, but it was still annoying. We were also very different because he was dead set on someday (though at the time it sounded like VERY SOON) having a daughter. Me, I don't like kids, don't want kids, and have always felt this way since childhood. ...So that relationship ended very soon. lol My next boyfriend is wonderful. Been together almost 3 years, but believe me when I say this, we connected so well from the start that already it feels like we've been together forever. We have a lot in common, but We're kinda different in "religious" beliefs. I'm still primarily an atheist, and he doesn't know what the heck he is, but he is always considering the possibilities of everything. He has no problems what-so-ever about any of my beliefs or witchy ways, and even has an interest in them. He was raised Catholic, but it never sat well with him, and now he's just trying to figure things out. Basically, he doesn't like to settle with any religion until he knows what the deal is with heaven, hell, life after death, a god/goddess, ghosts, souls, whatever. He admits that he will probably never know the answers to these things, and thats just fine with him. I can really appreciate that. :)
  10. Oh, sorry! :red_witch: I was really just talking about myself. I'm going to be 21 soon and i just basically meant that when you're young and stupid (like most 16-26 year olds), you usually make stupid decisions. like getting a tattoo of a cherry on your left butt-cheek and then deeply regretting it later. I can't tell you how many stories I hear from my parent's friends about how they got the dumbest tattoo when they were in their teens and now they absolutely hate it. Don't feel bad about being "old"! You're full of WISDOM and EXPERIENCE! :roflhard:
  11. Haha, you have every right to be "bitchy" about it. That tattoo is gonna be on your body permanently so it should be absolutely beautiful and should be exactly how you want it to be. As an artist, I LOVE tattoos on other people, but I also love my skin and wouldn't want to mark it up. I would only make an exception for a small tattoo that really meant something to me. I mean, really REALLY meant something. Something I know that I wouldn't change my mind about say, 15 years down the road. I have thought about getting a simple, small black cat design because I have loved felines my whole life and I really connect with them, also, I don't think I would ever regret a nice little cat tattoo when I'm 50 years old.
  12. Just ordered myself a copy. At first from all of the responses, I had the impression that this was just a "joke" book of sorts. Something just for laughs and one shouldn't really actually take it seriously. I'm glad some of you confirmed that I was mistaken.
  13. My turn! 1. What is your favorite witchy movie? The Craft, Pan's Labyrinth, Spirited Away. 2. Where is your favorite place to do a spell? So far I've only done them in my home, so I'll be specific. I do them in my living room or kitchen. 3. Where do you NORMALLY do your spells? Living room. 4. What type of spells are your favorite? Hexes. lol. And protection spells. 5. What is your favorite ingredient for a spell? Bloodroot and saffron. I love saffron, its so spidery looking and it smells interesting when it's burned 6. What is your LEAST favorite ingredient to use in a spell? Blood. Because I'm a huge wimp and I'm always afraid to prick my finger to get the blood. 7. What is your favorite witchy holiday/festival? Halloween and Forth of July 8. Do you have an animal spirit, If yes, how many? None. 9. If yes to #8, name the animal spirit(s): 10. Name your favorite witchy character: I love Juniper from Monica Furlong's books. She's so mysterious and wise! 11. When was the last time you did a hex/curse? About a month ago 12. When was the last time you did a blessing/healing? Three days ago 13. When was the last time you did a binding? Haven't done one yet. 14. When was the last time you did a love spell? Never! I already have a man! :O 15. Have you ever done a spell on someone just because you were bored? Nope. 16. What is your strength as a witch? I'm really good when I'm very emotional. Enraged, depressed, etc. When I did my first hex, I was very very angry and I could feel it all seep into my spell, and it left a great tingling feeling throughout my body. Kinda like a little electric shock that felt good. 17. What is your weakness as a witch? I'm horrible at meditating or becoming completely concentrated on the task at hand. I don't have ADD :red_witch: I just have a hard time clearing my head. 18. If you could go back in time to meet ANYBODY associated in witchcraft, who would it be and why? Hmmm... Sybil Leek? 19. How much of a "modern stereotyped witch" applied to you as a witch? Lol. I love cats, I have a cauldron and I've been told by people that I'm very mysterious. Also, I usually wear black. Not gothy-style. Just black or dark clothing. 20. How long have you been a member of this forum? Not long but since the start I felt like I totally belonged here!
  14. Yeah, when i read that part, my heart was beating so fast! I was like, "Wow! No-way!" It seemed very realistic and yet dream-like at the same time! Great chapter!
  15. If you haven't read it already, I recommend Wise Child by Monica Furlong. I heard of that book from someone else on here (their name slipped my mind, so I hope she reminds me!) and it's very interesting!
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