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White Bear

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About White Bear

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  • Birthday 08/06/1967

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  • Location
    Ohio
  • Interests
    Reading, movies, hiking, biking, science.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Depends who you ask! :D I know a lot more than your average Joe, but feel like there is so much more to learn. Didn't start studying witchcraft as such until about 10 or 12 years ago, but have learned elements of it since I was a teen.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Well, I was raised a Christian (Mormon), and still find much that they teach to be admirable. However, Christians who actually live their religion are few and far between. But then, I suppose it's human nature not to live up to one's ideals. But I digress! Wanting to expand my horizons, I've studied everything from Native American religions, to Eastern religions, and witchcraft. Each of them has something good to offer, but I keep returning to witchcraft (Germanic, specifically Anglo-Saxon). I did look into Wicca, and there's nothing wrong with it, but prefer traditional witchcraft, and that's where I am today.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Mostly divination, food magic, herbalism, and hedge riding (though I don't use entheogens), and I celebrate the sabbats (not as Wiccans do, but because of the progress of the seasons--it's a connection to nature).
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It's simultaneously a connection to nature, to my ancestors and their history, to my culture, and to people in general. It's like a web that ties everything together. It also adds a feeling of magic to the world, and helps put a name to "things spiritual" that science can't explain, and helps me work with them. I know that's rather vague, but it's kind of hard to explain! It's not so much a religion as a practice, but also with elements of worldview.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    About a dozen years, though I've learned bits and pieces long before then, too.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Chance! No, actually, trying out that new search engine, Bing.com. Yahoo! and Google had pulled up other trad craft sites, but Bing showed me this one, too!
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Well, I was not raised in a witchcraft tradition, so most of what I have is what I've pieced together myself, and I don't know how interested people will be in that. But I'm more than happy to share what I have learned, and I would like to learn from others here at this site. I don't expect always to agree, but am friendly enough, and think it can be profitable to bounce ideas off of people, listen to what they have to say, and offer what I may have to offer.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Yes. I'm a "Pending Member" at TraditionalWitchcraft.net, hoping eventually to become a Full Member.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Divination, food magic.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Leechcraft. Though I've had some success with hedge riding, it's a challenge, and I don't consider myself strong at it.
  1. If I could give advice to my younger self, I would have started this path earlier--years earlier! Though reading a lot was necessary to my learning, I'd tell myself to focus less on reading and more on practice. Keep reading about different ways of doing things, but pick something and do it. You can always change things later, if you want. Trust yourself. Don't believe everything people say. Don't be too quick to dismiss what people say/be willing to learn from others. The perfect is the enemy of the good.
  2. Reading The White Goddess. Not an easy read (for me, anyway), but it has some good stuff in it.
  3. I'd suggest starting with The Beekeeper's Apprentice. It's the first book in the series. Sherlock Holmes has retired, and is keeping bees as a hobby. Then he meets a young woman who, much to his surprise, matches him for intelligence! :omg: She becomes his apprentice, and they go on to have a series of adventures. One thing I like about this series is that even though she is telling new stories, King remains true to the original characters. And she's really an excellent storyteller.
  4. At the moment, I am reading Wyrdworking: The Path of a Saxon Sorcerer, by Alaric Albertsson. I had previously read his Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan, so when I saw Wyrdworking at the library, I immediately grabbed it. :) In Travels, Albertsson discusses the spirituality and religious beliefs of Anglo-Saxon paganism, whereas Wyrdworking deals with magic. He does a lot with runecraft, and because his path is specifically Anglo-Saxon he uses the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc instead of the Elder Futhark. I appreciate this because I follow an A-S path, but most of the books I've seen focus on the Elder Futhark. Haven't finished the book yet, but so far I'm quite enjoying it. OT, I am also reading a Sherlock Holmes novel, God of the Hive, by Laurie R. King. It's proving very difficult to put down! lol FFF White Bear
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