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ravengraey last won the day on September 27 2016

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About ravengraey

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  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    On a scale of 1 to 10, probably a 7.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was born into an Irish Catholic family where the paganism of catholicism was not lost on me. As a teen I tried protestantism and then wicca. For many years I've considered myself a pluralist, and for the most part still do.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. Candlework, poppets, herbal, stroking...
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It means using the energy of the infinite, which is in and outside all of us; neither 'good' nor 'bad'; which is nature; which is connections to one another, to manifest the things that you need or desire into becoming.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Off and on about 15 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Ready to learn what I need to embrace and manifest my power.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to get understanding, support and advice and I hope to provide the same.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Connection to ancestry; empathy.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
  1. Thanks to everyone- after reading replies and thinking about it, I realize it’s not a smart thing to do so I won’t be doing it. @onyx Let your heart be at peace! ????
  2. I realize this may ultimately be an idiotic question and maybe I’m just looking for permission to do it but I have So. Many. Books. Can I just rip the pages out that I want/use most and then put them all in one book/binder? I’m not gonna throw the rest out but then I can have one go-to book instead of pulling out a bunch every time I want to do research (I also feel like I will be much more comfortable writing notes/thoughts in them instead of writing inside nice new books). I dunno, I feel like that’s cheating or being disrespectful somehow but the more I think about it the more I think I really wanna do it.....
  3. Just for the sake of closure and interest, I found the film, and the tree I was looking for. It is what a main character calls a “shrine” but it looks to be a very pretty clootie or wishing tree (cuz it’s in a movie, of course). It is in the middle of the film “A Little Chaos”. It’s a very brief scene and the tree itself doesn’t really push the narrative forward. It’s beautiful though and I took a lot of photos. Thanks for everyone’s help!
  4. I live in a very urban area and it *is* difficult to acquire things sometimes. Perhaps developing an exchange (a new forum room) would be a good idea? I’m sure I can get things others can’t (live near ocean, graveyard dirt, railroad nails, etc) that I’d be happy to send to help others. I’ve longed for this type of thing.
  5. I looked up “hex tree” but didn’t see anything like what I’ve seen (not that it’s not true- google doesn’t know everything!). I have found: fairy tree, clootie tree, wishing tree, bottle tree and mardi gras bead tree. Bottle trees are particularly southern and apparently capture evil spirits. I was thinking that what I had in mind would be more like a protection/warding evil eye thing too......
  6. Yes, that’s my intention. My problem is that no one knows what I’m talking about so I was trying to find a photo to show them, but since I can’t find one I’m starting to think I made it up in my head! ????
  7. I guess it’s similar to a wishing or clootie tree?
  8. I feel like I’m losing my mind. I know I saw a tree like this in one of my neighborhoods one time. And I *know* there is a period film out there that has one in it. But I can’t find any images of this type of tree that I have in my mind, *anywhere*!!! Usually I’m a decent researcher/googler. I’ve used so many different keywords. The trees are kind of like “fairy trees”. But they have colored glass and mirrors and other sun-catching trinkets hanging from them. Is there some kind of special term for them that I am not using to find photos? Does this type of tree decorating not exist and I made it up in my head? Does *anyone* even know what I’m referring to? Please tell me someone knows what I’m talking about........!
  9. I am deeply secretive. I can’t even really explain why other than it just feels so wrong to me to say things out loud. Especially about my spells. I don’t mind discussing the generalities of how to do things but when I create/commit to a spell I never want to talk about what I’m doing or what I’ve done. Sometimes it’s hard when I do one and it works and I get excited and I want to tell someone. But for some reason I feel as though it will somehow negate the spell if I say anything out loud. And I’m pretty secretive about being a witch in general, only very close people know. I can feel that it’s about not wanting others to have some kind of possible power over me with the knowledge. Maybe I’m just not very trusting in general, I dunno, but I feel it in my bones that I need to keep my mouth shut. I just recently discovered that someone who doesn’t particularly like me in a community (not craft related) we are both part of is a proclaimed witch. I don’t know how long she has been but she just recently changed her twitter profile to include that she is a witch and will be tweeting about witchcraft. This made me more wary of her, made me really glad she doesn’t know that I am one and really struck me- it just doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do. I just don’t get it. I am very wary of people who flaunt their “witchyness”. But that’s just me.
  10. I’m way out of my element here so please feel free to put me in my place! I’m having difficulty finding books/information on habits, behaviors, rituals before the general illegalization of witchcraft. So much information is surrounding 16th century and after and I wondered if anyone has found good reads on witchcraft in the dark ages (I’m guessing it wasn’t even called that). I’ve done some reading on paganism but so much of it is about migration and warfare that it’s hard to sift through to find anything about daily life regarding beliefs and behaviors. I understand that it’s called “dark ages” for a reason but I assume there has so be more known than I’m aware of and I’m just having trouble locating it? Many thanks.
  11. What kind of candles? The little pillar colored ones?
  12. Ahhh okay- I use little glass ones too and I’ve been using hot water but there is always residue which requires a lot of wiping and wasting of paper towels. I’ll try them in the freezer. I *do* love that you can write on them. I don’t know why but I always feel like just throwing leftovers of a spell away is wrong. I always assumed they needed to be buried or burned or drowned, etc. Some spells supposedly don’t take effect until the candle goes out so with novenas it seems like it’ll take forever! Being able to get them super cheap and then toss them is definitely a plus though. Even my long matches burn too fast when I’m trying to light a bunch of candles so I’m always trying to find a better way to light them.
  13. Are your candle holders metal so the wax just pops off? Or does that work with glass as well? I’ve been struggling with how to get wax off glass.....
  14. Of course there is discussion about candle-use dispersed all over these forums but as far as I can tell, not one dedicated to candle use and specifically the practicalities of them. So please forgive if this seems redundant. Here’s what’s on my mind: What kind of candles do you prefer to use? Votive, stick, tea light? What kind of material? Where do you get your candles? Do you make or buy them? Where or what of? What do you do with your candle remains after a spell? What if not for a spell? How do you clean your candle holders? How do clean up wax on altars, cloths, tools or holders? How do you light your candles? Short matches, long? Lighters, wicks? Let’s talk!
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