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About Hecolyte

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    witchcraft/spirituality, science, being active outdoors,movies,cooking,health,animals
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    On and off from when I was a child into my twenties. Took a break for six years. I've forgotten so much and would like a community to reset my journey :).
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Mish mash of practices and studies in the past- tarot and other methods of divination, herbalism, crystals ,goddess worship, european folklore, folklore from the British isles, ancestral spirit work, wicca/kabbalah in the past etc. Never anything in a framework, just spiritual practices.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Not much, but more than I thought I had.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Witchcraft that is not wiccan/Gardenarian/neopagan and existed before these movements. I think there are many traditional paths one can walk that predate these movements.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    On and off since the 90's.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Wanting to learn more about traditional witchcraft.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I am looking for a community to share good books and knowledge with, and meet other like-minded people.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Continuous improvement and learning.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
  1. Really? I think I should create one then (a thread on storage in objects) ^^. On the topic of this thread.... I have been knitting a scarf for my mom for the past month (I know I'm slow!) and instinctually I have been trying to communicate to her how much I love her, as well as my wish for her happiness etc. into the knits.... It's made me realise how we put our energy into things without it being an intentionally "magical" thing (also made me think about knitting scarves with some of my other emotions going and seeing what that does ;) ). My cooking is very much the same way; creating a meal with my love evokes the feeling in people. In the same way I have been feeling strength from certain gifts given to me... And older items that hold a deep meaning to me. I wonder if I now feel the intent/the energy/memories they carry more strongly as I am more in tune with things. Someone recently told me they purposefully have certain items with them constantly with the intent to build this sort of "relationship" with the item. In contrast, I've felt like I've done what you described Michele with certain items, and it was also unintentional :). I feel like it's very "genuine" when it's unintentional, and I like that.
  2. Wow, I was trying to find a way to post on this topic, but I couldn't articulate myself, Michele. I'm happy you posted it. I'm wondering what people prefer to store energy. knots, stones, etc? And is there a preference for any method based on the type of energy being stored? I have found that anything I can "create" works the best for me (knots are part of this), but I've been interested in storage in objects etc. Things that I have no part in the shaping or creation of.
  3. Lights/electricity are very distracting to me sometimes... lighting for me distracts me from building strength and focus...anyone else feel that way? As far as a change in taste goes, it's very hard to say because my life has been moving at a fast pace lately with some turbulence.. but I can say even before this all started, I had a decrease in appetite with no drop in energy. Usually if I don't eat I feel hungry and tired, but after I started focusing more attention on my path, I just wasn't eating as much and had as much energy. It was interesting...
  4. I wasn't really needing a technical answer, more practical... Thought this thread was about extraction advice :smile:. I don't know if this is correct, but for these things (things that I didn't think would be extracted using alcohol), in the past I've used warmed oil (I think the last one I used was grapeseed), put a generous amount of the macerated dried herb in the oil, sealed it up, shook it every once in a while and strained it a couple weeks later... I guess I can just stick to oil for the nonpolar compounds, but was wondering about a different way since the alcohol ones seemed to last longer/not go rancid. Especially things like rose oil which are expensive even to make.... and if you use water or alcohol then you just get the aqueous rose water which is lovely but not the same. Caps mentioned butane but then it wouldn't be edible :-)
  5. YES... and cloaking your personal energy every day (or at least trying to)... other people trying to sense/describe my energy have actually described to me my protections instead, which makes me feel as if I'm progressing at least a little ;). I don't like to make people nervous at all, but I have found among the people I know that some observant people can tell there's something "different" about me .... I just keep my mouth shut. My practice is private, as many here, so.... I wouldn't want anyone to be sensing that, unless it's on purpose. Michele, I do not think that we can "sense" energy long distances in the way that both you, I (and Horne it seems, correct me if I am wrong) do, but some people are able to follow "threads" of some kind, or work with a web. I am most interested in this, but I find it hard to get a lot of solid info on it. I can sometimes get a sense for whats going on with people close to me that are far away, but thats without effort.. Ohhh the wind seems brilliant! I wonder, over shortish distances if animals could also be of aid... I guess there are always fetches for specific tasks, but I'm sort of looking beyond that to skills that don't really require that.... Something that can become more "second nature", you know? Probably seems basic to a lot of folks here, but thats why I put this in "Starting a Traditional Path"... For people who are learning , like me :P.
  6. --------------------- Wow! We started off trying to sense the same things in the same way.. Trying to sense out energies from plants and such... thats pretty cool. Have you tried the same thing with people around you...? That was pretty useful to me... And yes, visualization I find can be easily used for me to pull in something, and in my case I also use it to direct energies.. But the "sensing" or rather identification of them is a different story. Sensing by "feeling" what is around is one thing, but how does one even begin to start practicing to reach out longer distances and such? In starting this path, and in general, I think it's something overlooked, hard to describe, and that takes tons of practice... Tracing energy/energy signatures over long distances seems like it would be incredibly useful though...
  7. Hmm, I'm not sure... I feel like the technique to grasping how to manipulate energy and understand the web/connections between things is something that comes with practice. I'm not sure if visualization is what most people use... I know representation /using physical objects as representation of energies and intent is another way. I may try that and see how that goes! Any experience with that? This is a multifaceted discussion, I realize, and I feel like we are referring to many topics at once! hehehe...
  8. Thinking here..... Alcohol, water and glycerol (glycerin) are all polar. Whatever you are looking to extract from the plant/fungi has to be soluable in that, otherwise if it is a nonpolar compound it will just kind of "clump" and form a layer eventually, if you manage to get some in there. For nonpolar compounds, what nonpolar solvent do you guys use? I've always just used oils, but being in a lab lately and doing extractions of a solution with a non polar solvent got me thinking... do you first make some kind of suspension and then do the extraction..... ? or will it be extracted anyways....?
  9. ----------------------------------------------------- Yep, I'm the same as you with the first paragraph and how you described it... When you just "know" or "feel" something. But then, I feel almost like that is "osmosis". It is there, I feel it out, and done. I'm wondering about developing these abilities further though, hence why I brought up visualization, etc. I visualize for a lot of other things, and I thought it might help me. I was wondering, maybe some people are quite visual about energy "reception". Like Rose put it, the "input", if you will.
  10. ------------------------------------------------ I think I understand what you're saying about alignment, and I have felt that as well. How to extend that to a "working knowledge", or some ability clearly controlled, though.... As in, being able to "see" the strands and follow them, or see that web, etc... Rather than just working with intuition and such. In terms of energetic signatures, for example, I think it's one thing to be able to "feel" an energy, and know who/what it comes from..... but then to be able to visualize that energy or qualify it in another way, and do so when you want to... I feel like that's something that is hard to explain but a thing that needs to be learnt, you know?
  11. Energy, energetic signatures and the "web"/"threads".... I was really surprised when I couldn't find a thread about this. (If I've somehow missed it, please let me know!). Knowing how to detect/distinguish energies and visualize them has become important to me in beginning a traditional path, and while I believe there is shared knowhows and how people "do it", I think each person probably comes to the conclusion that certain methods work better than others. It probably comes very instinctively for many people, so it is difficult to describe :smile:. I have been thinking a lot about this, and wonder if other people share this same feeling: There seems to be a difference in one's ability to direct energy/manipulate it/visualize it, and be able to "sense" different energies from outside sources. There has also been discussed in the forums about "following threads". Anyways, I think this is something that is really important to starting/progressing along a traditional path, and was wondering how people became more attuned/refined, their experiences, etc... For me personally, I am much better with my own energies, or the energies of things I have worked with closely on a consistent basis (certain herbs, protections, certain entities, people I know well, etc), and I'm finding it difficult to generalize/increase these abilities.(Noob problems, lol). H
  12. When I have done certain workings, I don't get hungry.. it's as if I'm stuffed.
  13. lol @ SachaX I got Wicked Witch! But... I like darkness AND water... I should probably listen to those robyn songs and try again, lol...
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