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About GoddessOfTheCraft

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  • Location
    Denver
  • Interests
    Poisons, herbs, gardening, ritual, ceremonial magic, consciousness, entheogens.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I grew up with witchcraft, so didn't understand it as distinct from even some of my family's catholic traditions. However, in my teenage years (I'm sure we've all been there), I really started to look more deeply into my practices and where they came from beyond those who taught me. I've been a TW practitioner for almost 20 years. I've been teaching classes on traditional witchcraft for quite some time, these are only taught orally, but I do so to preserve traditions. The old ways are quickly dying along with our beloved ancestors...
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, being a traditional crafter I take some elements from shamanism, herbalism, and Mexican witchcraft as well. I'm also an initiate in the Golden Dawn Tradition, though it is more a system of practice rather than belief.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    All of my life.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Working with the spirits of the land, my familiars/fetch, HGA, and ancestors. I openly practice with both hands. Traditional witchcraft is a much more nebulous and liminal state of existence for me, rather than a "practice". It's my way of being and connection to this land.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Witchcraft in general has been a part of my whole life. I learned more about traditional witchcraft, with the little information I could find at the time, in my early teens, which would make that about 20 years now.
  • What brought you to our site?
    One thing I love about TW is its connection to the witch. Though there are traditions within TW and these may vary culturally, I came to this site to find other traditional witches and learn from them as well.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I have a lot of knowledge and insights with regard to herbs and herbalism and a variety of ceremonial practices.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    A variety of Public, Closed, and Secret FB Groups if those count.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Herbal knowledge, working with poisons, altered states of consciousness, offerings, charms, ceremonial practices, journeying, shapeshifting, fetch/familiar work, and ritual.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    "Spell"crafting - I don't cast a lot of "spells".
  • Additional Information.
    www.YeOldeMagicShoppe.com
    www.Facebook.com/YeOldeMagicShoppe
    www.Facebook.com/SororMIMM
  1. Though this is an old thread, I'd like to share some information regarding the difference between hares and rabbits, though many similar points have already been made. Hares are solitary things, larger, and they change their fur color throughout the year. They pair off to mate, without violence. They are more feral and weird. Bigger and faster. Rabbits live in colonies; males fight for dominance, and then mate with most of the females in an area. Rabbits are smaller, their fur doesn't change color, and they are a bit more timid. Witches will have an association with hares. Ordinary people with rabbits. The "Victim" will always be a "rabbit".
  2. I know this is a pretty old post, but perhaps we could get some fresh insights into this topic? I liken the fetch or familiar as similar to creating an artificial elemental in the realm of ceremonial magic. It's creating an entity with a specific purpose and design in mind. For example, I've made an artificial elemental of earth for help in finding a home.
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  4. That is a really interesting perspective, Caps! I've often contemplated the nature of Djinn but typically conceptualize it in kabalistic models of Boaz and the sephirothic associations to Binah. I've also mulled around the relationship of the HGA and Djinn as being two pillars of the magician - our shadow self and our light self, both reflected and pulling on the individual between the pillars. Now the horned-Djinn as Pan/Cernunnos and associations to the mighty dead is really interesting...
  5. The Picatrix is a good starting point as well, if you don't want to delve into Solomon quite yet. These can be terrifying experiences, indeed, but I agree with ClockworkGhost in that strict adherence to the process be given when working with the Grimoires. Unfortunately, it isn't as malleable as others types of magic like, say, folk magic.
  6. Hi Sandfire, Once you get into the more advanced and complicated rituals, it can get pretty cumbersome to perform multiple QBCs or LBRPS. In my personal practice and depending on what I'm doing, like you said, I will open with an elemental LIRP and close with elemental LBRP. The only time I change this and do LBRP/LBRP, is when I'm not using a dedicated space. If I'm in dedicated space, there is no reason to LBRP. If it is new space or space that frequently has a lot of foot traffic, I will always LBRP, then I would LIRP, both at the start. Close with LBRP. There are also often times that I will not LBRP and will leave the energy open. Again, dependent upon what I'm doing.
  7. CG, put about 5 clean and shiny pennies in a ziploc baggie that has been 2/3 filled with water and hang anywhere you are doing your workings. It works especially well in doorways to keep them away from porches and decks! The reflection off the pennies drives the flies mad and will drive them away to avoid the reflections. :-) Some other tips I've learned: Keep ALL herbs out of reach of cats. I once came home to a kitchen floor completely dusted with feverfew. Hang a satchel of cloves above a child's bed to deter nightmares. Use balm of gilead buds in oils, ointments, salves, and purfumes as a natural preservative. Use fabric hoops and paint pens to make cloth talismans an easier process. Use 90% isopropyl alcohol to infuse smoking blends with herbs to lend a hint to the smoother herbs without the harshness (i.e. lavender soaked in isopropyl alcohol, strain the lavender, then add the lavender-infused alcohol to a mint/mullein mixture for a smoother inhale with an undertone of lavender) Use makko powder to make cone incense with powdered herbs. Make portable, wearable, and hanging oil diffusers with air-dry clay or pieces of broken terracotta with a hole drilled through them, then infuse with essential oils. I'm more tips and tricks will come to me!
  8. I know this is an old thread, but wanted to respond to Deguwitchrose. Yes, belladonna definitely needs to be cold stratified though it's not unheard of to have germination without it, it's just hit and miss at times. It's not too difficult to do some cold stratification in the refrigerator for a period of two weeks:get an old medicine bottle, place the seeds in it with fresh cold water. I use distilled to avoid any harsh chemicals in tap water which may hinder germination rates. Then switch out this water once a day for two weeks. Then plant as usual. I've also had success direct sowing my belladonna in December with good results from the continual snow melt here in CO.
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