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About Ravenshaw

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    Grand High Priestess of Snacks

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    Feline
  • Location
    Virginia
  • Interests
    Crafts, cooking
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I'm fairly familiar with the craft.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes. Born in a Christian home, explored Wicca, then the more broad "Paganism" then settled for where my heart dragged me. Been practicing for over 10 years now. Started out years ago as a young teen finding Wicca (how generic, right?) then realized quickly that Wicca did not suit my principles, nor could I adhere to the thought of using deities comfortably. Tried my hand at shamanism, hermeticism, hoodoo (I liked hoodoo craft!) you name it and I've at least read into it. So, I found myself as an... atheist...witch? Sounds weird, but it describes me well. I accept the idea of spiritual energy the same as I embrace science, and I've practiced witchcraft in many forms throughout my life. Aside from my alias on the net, I live as a witch pretty secretly, first because of family and later by choice. I think there is power in the practice of secrecy.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, all the time. I incorporate it more into my every day life as opposed to doing formal celebrations all the time, though I do still celebrate a lose rendition of the Wheel of the Year.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    I believe some people are witches, and knew from their childhood that they were different. Exploring Wicca and other paths got me closer to the source and felt comfortable for a short while because it allowed me to use magic in a new way, but it didn't quite fit the bill. I think traditional witches do not have to be dictated by religion unless it actually means something to them, and I think the witchcraft is just that: craft of the witches. It's something you manipulate and make and use, and you can feel in your being if you're satisfied with that you are doing.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Leaning on 15 years now.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was looking for a community of pure witchcraft, unfiltered with bullshit. So, I searched for it and after a month or two of looking and lurking, I am here.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Sharing knowledge with other witches with less fear of stepping on fluffy toes.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Yes.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I'm quite good at curse work.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Staying serious in formal rituals. Just not my thing....
  • Additional Information.
    Swift cob key

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  1. For super pagan-y "witchy" feeling: Omnia, S.J. Tucker, Eivor, Wardruna, Heilung, Arcana, Faun, Peter Gundry, Corvus Corax, Trobar de Morte, Daemonia Nymphae For more rock, borderline Satanic feeling witchiness: Blood Ceremony, Jex Thoth, Rhea's Obsession, Blackwater Holylight, Brimstone Coven,Witch Mountain, Witchcraft, and many more
  2. Cavender has some awesome scientific articles on Appalachian ethnobotany! I've used him as a source for some papers for school, I always get excited when I see his name. 
  3. https://dangerousminds.net/comments/stunning_images_of_pagan_costumes_worn_at_winter_celebrations_around_the_wo?fbclid=IwAR1I3hbNbtKD7yt1BsddJdSMgHb-slMFowvHX8SwXFTi9S6m2hjjlKEjguU
  4. Indeed I don’t consider hemispheres in regards to east and west for my personal paradigm. East and West is more about the coming and going for me, whereas the equator is a more firm boundary in my mind since it presents a physical and measurable difference in the form is sunlight. The north changes more - longer days in summer, longer night in winter, colder the farther you go, and more treacherous to life in general. The South is more constant the closer to the equator you go- stable daylengths, more constant average temperatures. Below the equator the south begins to represent our north, and since I have no connection to the Southern Hemisphere at this time in my life I don’t incorporate it since I don’t know it’s energy for myself.
  5. I was thinking of the nature of the compass and how it is used in various forms of witchcraft. Decided to post my thoughts here for discussion: When you work with compass points do you regard the "place of power" to be the mere direction itself (so something immediate south of you has the same amount of southern energy as something far away; self-centric perspective) or is it a "shout out" to energies at the extreme of that direction (like egregores of that directions effect on your geography)? I work with the compass points in regard to how they represent transition, as that is the nature of witchcraft for me - change. So for me, distance has power, as does the movement represented by the compass points. I also only consider them down to the relative equator, since the northern hemisphere has always been what I am familiar with. Therefore north is darker, colder, closer to death, south is hotter, sunnier, more vibrant and blasting. East is beginnings and growth to fruition, west is settling or calming down, into dying. East and west represent a more fluid ebb and flow, whereas north and south are more permanent stations, following their cycles as EW days go fasters than NS relative changes such as seasons and daylength. So for a working that I want to grow I might plant the seed using eastern energy then foster it using southern energy. For moving an annoying situation out I would address the west and to keep it dead I would plug northern energy. I generally do not incorporate standard, neopagan elements into my compass philosophy, though natural energies certainly exist within my personal paradigm.
  6. You should read the forum rules better. "Blessed be" is not considered acceptable on this forum. Here are resources for this rule, though I HIGHLY suggest reading every other rule post in that section. http://www.traditionalwitch.net/forums/topic/4355-wiccan-pagan-witches-please-read-before-joining-posting/ http://www.traditionalwitch.net/forums/topic/3965-blessings-blessed-be-merry-meet-merry-part-etc-etc-etc/
  7. This is also one of the main reasons I don't use crystals much anymore. When I really want one, I use what I already have but do not buy more. Mugwort is a great alternative. Here it's really, really, REALLY invasive so when I find a patch I go ape on it. I don't get why glitter because so popular, honestly. Plenty of other things sparkle, and things like sugar sparkle and also attract and feed creatures - which would certainly please local spirits. Speaking of mica, I got to drink a mead with food grade mica and it was a pleasant experience. it dazzled and swirled in my cup - so pretty. Great idea with the banana leaf too! I've used plantain leaves and knotweed as well to make little parcels. Knotweed works particularly well.
  8. .....What in the name of Satan? Climate changes are mostly due to global warming. There's direct and abundant evidence that global warming due to more immediate processes than the shifting of the poles is affecting the global climates, particularly the changes you're talking about.
  9. I’ll be making a liqueur of this blend soon. I’m sure it’ll be quite tasty, might even make a complimentary incense blend for a more....atmospheric experience
  10. Bumping this. I'm wondering if a doll baby serves as a means of protection, to take a hit so to speak, can the same doll baby be used for healing work or is that meddling the pot too much? I'm curious but hesitant to try it out since it's an effigy of me. Has anyone used two dolls before, for different purposes?
  11. Just got back from a late Beltane festival. Every year they host a Bacchanalia Cabaret where there's very adult dancing. I got to watch a full night of stripping and dancing, and the last dance was a woman "sacrificing" herself, which involved dumping a bowl of wine on her body and dancing seductively around the tent. Creepy and sexy, delightful holiday!
  12. Ravenshaw

    The Witches Cloak

    The hat is somewhat Puritan in its current styling, and comes from a plainer version (looks like a dunce hat) that was associated with magicians from long ago. Another likely influence was alewife hats, which were worn by women who brewed - often the women were loners, brought to work for themselves after being widowed or the like. Yhe robe much older and more common, likely coming from multiple sources as it was outdoor wear. You robe sounds beautiful! I love black and lilac together. I will have a robe soon. It's slinky, I'll mostly be using it as a cover up when working naked in brisk weather. I enjoy working naked because I'm an exhibitionist and derive power from that, I also agree that if a witch can't cast past their clothes then they need to gtfo of the witch pool!
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