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About TobaccoFlower

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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. I could not get into this one. The original Penny Dreadful is my jam! This second part was merely using the skin of original as a puppet....nowhere near as good! I didn’t even finish it, compared to the original which I couldn’t turn off.
  2. Atheopaganism is a newer tradition of paganism, which does not practice deism or theism, but still preserves the spirit of paganism through tradition, earth-centric celebration, nature reverence, folklore, and sometimes ancestral veneration and a form of magical practice. As a self-identified atheopagan, I still celebrate the Wheel of the Year but a bit differently than other traditions. My Wheel of the Year has always been based off of ecological and agricultural changes, celebrating the seasons, and psychological metaphors inspired by nature which I incorporate into my own self-care practices or ancestral veneration practices. Well, little did I know that other atheopagans have made their own official version of the Wheel of the Year! Here is the article: https://atheopaganism.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/an-atheopagan-life-celebrating-riverain-and-adapting-the-wheel-of-the-year/ and here is the takeaway summary: "Yule (Winter Solstice). The Festival of Lights, keeping us warm through the Longest Night. Celebrates family, community, and beginning of light’s return with the lengthening of days. A time to gather together to survive the cold and dark, to celebrate and give thanks for what sustains us even in the darkest times. It is the height of Winter, and celebrated as the New Year. Riverain (Midpoint between Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox). The Festival of Rain. The height of the rainy season in my region, when the mountains are emerald green and creeks are roaring with water. Celebrates rain, water, art, poetry, music. A time for preparation for what is hoped for in the future (such as sharpening gardening tools and kicking off Spring cleaning). The beginning of Spring. High Spring. (Vernal Equinox) The Festival of the Newly Born. Celebrates renewal, childhood, innocence, playfulness, discovery. A time for planting seeds, sowing the crops and garden. Per the name, the height of Spring. May Day (midpoint between Vernal Equinox & Summer Solstice). The Festival of Love and Maturity. Celebrates passage into adulthood, sexuality, freedom, fertility. The beginning of Summer. Midsummer (Summer Solstice). The Festival of Attainment. Celebrates the Longest Day, arrival into comfort, leisure, relaxation and enjoyment. The height of summer. Summer’s End (midpoint between Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox). The Festival of Work. Celebrates technology, science and invention, responsibility, physical work. First of the Harvest Festivals (the Grain Harvest) and the beginning of Autumn. Harvest (Autumnal Equinox). The High Harvest Festival. Celebrates gratitude for the bounty of the Earth, the harvest of what has been worked for, the gifts of the World, enjoyment of the fruits of labors. Second of the Harvest Festivals (the Harvest of Fruits and Vegetables), height of Autumn. The beginning of transition into the darker time of year. Hallows (midpoint between Autumnal Equinox & Winter Solstice). The Feast of Darkness and Endings. Celebrates the wisdom of old age, acknowledges the inevitability of Death, the legacy of ancestors, the memory of those no longer alive. A time of the drawing down of nature into the dark and dormant part of the year, to contemplate the unknown, to acknowledge the darkness in life. It is a time for burial/release/composting/grieving what is ended to make room for what is to come, to anticipate the return of the rains, and to enjoy the spooky, gothic and darkly atmospheric. It is the final Harvest festival (the Flesh Harvest) and the beginning of Winter." I also observe some of the Satanic Temple version of holidays, such as their version of Lupercalia (all dogs deserve our love!!!), Hexennacht (which basically overlaps May Day/Beltane), and Sol Invictus (because it's easy).
  3. How's everyone holding up?

    1. Onyx

      Onyx

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      Suprisingly well!  Thanks for asking!  and you?

  4. There was a post quite a while back that mentioned a Boy Scout campfire pot that was basically a handled cauldron with a lid. It was insanely cheap but I’m struggling to find it now
  5. Beautiful!!!!!! Wow these are so hard to grow. Absolutely gorgeous
  6. Don’t use the buzz work “cauldron” when you shop. Look for iron pot with handle or something.
  7. Happy equinox, everyone.

  8. This year I'll be celebrating the autumnal equinox with these delightful recipes: Corn Chowder: 2-3 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 large white onion 2 cloves minced garlic (or like, way more) 4 small red potatoes, chopped 3-4 fresh ears sweet corn, kernels stripped off 2 cups veggie broth 2 cups milk/nut milk/etc Chopped green onions Secret ingredient - just a pinch of nutmeg. Saute onions, garlic, potatoes, and corn in olive oil until gently browned/onions translucent and everything is smelling toasty. Add wet ingredients and cook for at least 20 minutes at a simmer (longer = better). Salt and pepper to taste, don't forget to garnish! Baked Streusel Stuffed Apples 4 apples (1 apple per person, change recipe accordingly) 1 cup oats 1/2 cup almond flour 2/3 cup dark brown sugar 2 tbsp honey Spices - I like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, to taste 1 stick butter, cold and diced into small pieces 2 tbsp raisins 2 tbsp extra butter for saute Mix dry ingredients with butter pieces until crumbly, then store in fridge until ready. Saute raisins gently until they are plumb, allow them to cool. Cut apples flat so they stand up in a pan, then gently core the seeds (don't cut through the bottom, you're basically making apple cups). Spoon in 1 tbsp or so of plump raisins into the core (you can also add honey). Fill the rest of the core with your spiced oat mixture. Baked at 350 for 40 mins or until brown and crispy. Core will be very hot! Serve with spicebush tea by adding crushed spicebush berries to hot water and steep. Mmmm!
  9. First question: what is a familiar to you? Is it a physical animal and ally, or is it an assisting non-corporeal entity? Both are often described by the same term but they are obviously very different. If it's a physical animal, you have to feel out that connection. If it is non-corporeal, you can call it to you. Use incredible discretion with the latter, as many things may come to the call, and not all of them are familiars. And lastly, you can wait. Sometimes they come to you. Sometimes they don't. If you're seeking for something potentially protective and to assist your bidding, you can always create a fetch. There are many good posts on the forum about fetches.
  10. It would seem that humankind has embraced a new god and its name is Stupidity. 

    1. Phagos

      Phagos

      Commercialism & Media! 😠

    2. Phagos

      Phagos

      lol so it only showed "It would seem that humankind has embraced a new god and its name is..." thought you were asking. But yes.. Stupidity does appear to be the Allfather lately

    3. TobaccoFlower

      TobaccoFlower

      Hahaha that’s fantastic. Commercialism and Media are pretty good ones too. I’d say they play ball with Stupidity a lot. 

  11. You're such a peach, dear. 😘 Yeah I don't mind the idea of sort of skipping a year. This year has felt like static, and the faster it gets behind me the happier I'll be. It's definitely been a good year for looking inward - I mean, fuck we don't really have a choice, do we? Can't bury ourselves in the excitement of fast paced fun with friends, group gatherings, holiday hooplah, and the like. So I guess inner work is one option we have. In my less balanced years, I've used the equinox to reflect on how I got there and plan my next steps or do something mindful.
  12. Good luck with the new career path. Indeed, now is a great time for medical jobs. The most available job in my area is contact tracing personnel - there are ads left and right for them. I've actually been terrible about my garden this year. It's basically a garden for the animals at this point, I've just been so busy! But, they like it so it's fine I suppose.
  13. It is nearly autumn in the northern hemisphere. The sun fades and the dark swells, and for one brief moment we have balance - perfectly equal amounts of day and night. The last of the summer heat burns the grass and fruit hangs heavy. As the second harvest fast approaches, I find myself contemplating some things. Every equinox, I look back at the last season and consider what balance means to me at that time, what I've learned, and what I can look forward to as the wheel turns. This year has been...... wow. Dark. I never thought I'd spend a Virginian summer with a mask on, my "bubble" up, worrying about sickness and loss this much, and losing trust in being physically close to others, or fearing leaving my house to get basic necessities like groceries. And yet here I am in the season of Light, staving off the Dark. But it's not all Dark. What I have reaped from this Light season? What is my harvest? I still have a job. Another semester of grad school under my belt. A roof over my head. I haven't lost many people yet. My pets are happy. I have enough resources to sustain and also to give. I have exercised my adaptability, which is perhaps one of the most important skills a person should keep sharp. As a collective society, humans are currently in the midst of a great learning curve which, while it is incredibly painful and devastating right now, will be illuminating in the future....regardless of what happens now. These are all harvests, and should be appreciated as such. So this year, I will be celebrating sustainability, perseverance, illumination, and of course, the ever-fleeting essence of life. I will give offerings to the spirits of my land and workplace to thank them for providing me shelter and a job, especially now, and ask that it may continue through the winter. I will also share my harvest with those in my community, since many are newly homeless and jobless, by donating to local food banks as much as I can. I will also be tipping my hat to the Darkness - this year is a reminder of just how powerful Darkness can be, and why it deserves our respect. Destruction is perhaps one of the most powerful forces of the universe and part of the inevitable cycle of our lives, even if we don't like or understand it. Growth always follows destruction, we must remember and cherish this now more than ever. Happy almost-Autumn Equinox! Tell me how you plan to celebrate this autumn equinox. What does it mean to you? What are your reflections? How will you empower yourself and others during these dark times? What have you lost? What have you gained? What connections have you made? How are you finding balance, in your life and craft? And are you wearing your damn MASK?
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