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About Gyreleaf

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  • Birthday 07/14/1986

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  • Location
    UK - Berkshire
  • Interests
    Gardening, cooking, herbal medicine.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Very familiar. I mostly work with folk magic.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I mostly work Folk magic. I work a lot with local nature spirits. I am currently exploring Traditional Cornish witchcraft.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, folk magic involving the preparation and use of material such as powders, oils, dolls, pins, thorns, cords and knots. All with the aid of local spirits and the spirits of the materials. Workings of good and ill depending on the need.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Having the knowledge, skill and power to make changes in my life and those of the people around me, for good or ill depending on the situation.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I have been working witchcraft for about 15 years. Ever since I was 13 years old and witnessed a woman calming a storm with rope and a hagstone on a beach, while on holiday in Cornwall.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I found it by accident while researching online.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I am hoping for honest discussion of witchcraft without having the ideas of wicca getting in the way. I hope to share my knowledge and experience to help others on their paths and in turn grow as a practitioner myself.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Yes occultcorpus.com
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    The hands on craft aspects of the work. Working with plants and trees. Trance work. Spirit work.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    The journeying type practices don't come easy to me. Things like astral projection and lucid dreaming. I seem to work better in the physical.

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  1. First off, don't make assumptions about spirits. Don't act out of fear. What harm has the spirit actually done so far? Try to open lines of communication, use your divination skills, a pendulum or spirit board set up works well. For all you know this spirit could be a caretaker/ guardian of the place or have legit reasons for hanging around. Which you may be able to help resolve. As it seems to be able to effect things physically it could potentially become a useful ally if it's willing to work with you. In the mean time if you want to keep out the bedroom get some Camphor and/or pine resin if you can and put it under the bed. You can drop the Camphor in a glass of water. If it's feasable I would also place some in the four corners of the room as well.
  2. Doesn't have to be an animal spirit it could be any kind of spirit.
  3. Hello, I have a few questions. What have you tried? Why do you think it failed? What is a familiar? Why do you want one? What do you want it for? Also have you searched the forums for the discussions on familiars.
  4. But covens and orders are selective and usually work with relatively small groups, where everyone is on the same page. Many hands reaching out to tug the same threads in the same direction. The greater the number of people the more likely people will be pulling the wrong threads or pulling them in different directions. When you pull on the same thread in different directions the net movement ends up close to zero which means the wanted change will be close to zero. If your lucky you get what you want but the effect is seriously diminished. If your unlucky, a knot forms which means no change can be made until the knot is untangled. If your extremely unlucky that knot makes things get stuck on entirely what you don't want. I hope that made sense. I appreciate the astrology and the knowledge of the particular timing and initiations was interesting and potentially useful. It was mostly that website. Not only was it not witchcraft, it just felt off. I thought a warning of sorts prudent for the less experienced readers of the forum.
  5. What you call pessimistic, I call experience. What your planning sounds better than from that website. Your visuals are a lot better and far less abstract and obscure. White light alien spiritual beings coming through portals to help us?!? Smells like New age bullshit to me. The healing part is definitely worth a try but the other stuff is a waste of the opportunity. If "ascension" and "enlightenment" were so easy to obtain, there would not be the need for people in certain traditions to dedicate their entire life, or several lives, to achieve it. As for the "white light", be careful what you channel. The light hides the truth and blinds those who are not careful from just how dark their shadow has become in its presence.
  6. I fail to see how meditating is going to "Liberate and reclaim our world". Even if astrological conditions are favourable. It feels like a waste of good timing for doing some witchcraft. Even from a witchcraft perspective a small group focused in working towards something can be a great and powerful thing but the larger the number of people involved the focus diminishes drastically and the power, if there even is any, gets diluted. It might make the people meditating feel special and some may experience something spiritual but it will be a personal "initiation" not some liberating planet wide thing. Change IS happening right now, maybe temporary, so work with the momentum, stir it up to maintain it and cast to guide it.
  7. Short or long hair doesn't really bother me. My hair grows very very quick anyways. I have found it's usually a good practice to get a haircut when trying to make major changes in my life. We also have a tradition in my family of the men getting our hair shaved off to get rid of illnesses. As for power and whatnot I haven't really noticed a different. I use my hair in some workings. Sometimes leaving some strands in places to create an easy link with. I know witches who hang their cut hair on trees as offerings and the birds use it for nests.
  8. I don't have time just yet to write a detailed post. But there is a technique of No Wasted Words. I have been practicing this on and off for a few years now. You only talk, including in writing, when you have to. If someone engages you in conversation you talk back enough to be polite but do not get caught up in idle gossip. Over a period of time this builds up a kind of "presence" within you. Now when I use my voice it has a certain strength to it, people take notice and spirits will listen. It is more a spiritual technique but it has been highly useful in my witchcraft work. It has the side effect of teaching one to be silent and still to better listen and tap into currents. Also in learning when best to act and when best to conserve your strength for another time. Consider how carefully people word their spells and how everyone knows to be careful what you wish for. Well apply that to your whole life and the people around you and the spirits you work with will know to take you at your word and know what you say is important. As I wouldn't have said it otherwise.
  9. Personally I would just photocopy the relevant pages, then you can use them however you want. It's usually a good idea to keep books intact if you can help it. You might want to share or gift the book to someone else in the future. Also you might come across a shop you could sell it too or trade it in for different books. But they are your books, so you should feel free to do whatever you want. Just remember you can't undo it once it's done. Which kind of books are you thinking of doing this with? Some books I know are purported to have talismanic effects of a sort. The book itself can act as a gateway into working with the currents and systems within.
  10. You can also create sigils tracing the letters out from any kind of letter input design. Like the keyboard on the tablet I'm writing this on I could use it to create "qwerty sigils". Especially good for workings that are to effect something or someone online or anything computer related. It works well on anybody who spends a great deal of time typing (which is virtually everyone these days), it interacts with the unconscious ability to type without needing to think about typing. Let's your working slip right into them and their lives. Hope that made sense.
  11. Beware of bias from both sides of the fence (even the notion of a dividing fence is quite ridiculous to be honest), both witchcraft and Christian. Ultimately it's your path to walk and your choice to make. It reads to me like you are worried your previous witchcraft experience had tainted you in some way so you could not benefit from the Catholic rituals. Wherever there are people you will find witchcraft of one sort of another, especially folk magic. Most of those people will be of the dominant Religion of there culture. Which in a lot of places in the western world will be Christian of one sort of another. There are living traditions of people who are Catholic and practice "witchcraft" of a sort. Working with the saints for instance. I am sure you could find plenty of information online. You are not alone if you choose to walk the path of a Catholic Witch.
  12. Sounds like some form of metallophobia.
  13. I have a major passion for Forensic Anthropology. The amount of information you can get just by looking at bones is astounding. A lecturer at uni turned me onto it by the care and respect she had for the bones of the deceased and the way she talked about the utmost importance of looking after the remains and giving them a voice so that where possible they can be reunited with family. It just rang so true to me in some of the ways I work with the dead. I try to volunteer when possible at archeological digs which sadly isn't so often. It does give me chance to practice some witching techniques at finding stuff, the look on people's faces when they find the good stuff after I told them to dig a few inches away is priceless. I have always wanted to write a novel so lately I have been practising writing and hanging out with local writers. Toying with the idea of a novel about a Witch who is a forensic anthropologist.
  14. An oinment with calendula, plantain, lavender essential oil and vitamin E oil works great.
  15. Divination is just another way of interacting with the world to get and process information. Its not inherently good or bad, it is up to the individual how and what they do with that information.
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