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About Barsa

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  • Location
    Near the Huron River
  • Interests
    I play fiddle, I enjoy painting, candle making, reading, and witchcraft.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Quite, in my opinion, which probably means not at all. I work with it daily, with familiars who do things for me for a price, with night flying, conversing with the dead, lucid dreaming, dream walking and astral projecting. With all, however, I require proof, so I will compare what I see while in flight to google maps.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I've worked with Hoodoo (and still do.. since it works for me). I have also trained for the IOT and worked closely with Chaos magic for several years.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, I do still. At least I believe it would be considered Traditional.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Well, I read some people say it isn't Traditional if you hadn't gotten the ideas from your family, but frankly I think that isn't so. To me, at least, Traditional witchcraft is quite like folkmagic. People come to it out of necessity, be it mental or physical, and therefore the morals and dogmas of others have no place here. I believe there are probably more specific tell-tale signs of it being Traditional or not, but I won't get into it here since you just want a summary.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    12 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A sudden and strong desire to meet others of similar beliefs. It is slim pickins here in my real life.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to find well experienced people who maybe have had similar problems or successes that may have new ideas of how to do things. I'm fairly certain I can contribute my experiences and thoughts and hopefully help someone along the way.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Spiritwork, namely working with familiars but also others, astral projection, and i pack a mean curse. I also have a job in herbs and supplements, so I know a bit there too.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Apparently mind control. I have a friend who can do it as easily as breathing, and I just can't do it.

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  1. WOW Raven! What an experience! Hope you get the information you are looking for!
  2. I don't know if it is a djinn or not, but Tuuli was researching them. To me, they just sound like insanely powerful spirits/entities. Not really sure if there's a big distinction or not.
  3. Yeah I hope so too! pretty sure he's the last of his line, so maybe it's trying to get it's fill now.
  4. Yeah Pikku, I did some divination and it's out of my league. This, it turns out, is a family ordeal (which was confirmed that his relatives and ancestors had this kind of.. curse. Apparently his distant ancestors were pirates). He's going to have to appeal to his ancestors for help.
  5. Many of you know I had done the Toadbone Rite. Since starting the rite, I had noticed many changes. The number One change was that spirits listen to what I have to say and obey. Examples are in previous posts. Number two change is that I can hear them more clearly in channeling, and have even tested the accuracy (i.e. someone has placed something in their yard, I ask a spirit what it is, and confirm. "Spirit says you put a bell there" - "Yes, I put a bell there.") And number three, I'm a bit more confident. I had heard someone title the toad's bone, once obtained after having successfully done the rite, as a crown. Which, frankly, is pretty funny since the small antique silver perfume bottle I put it in has a crown on it. But, what does it mean to have this crown? "mastery over man, animals, and spirits." I have heard some people say that it depends on how you do the rite, which determines which of the three you have mastery over. Some said you would do the rite this one way, and you would have mastery over horses, rather than spirits. This other way, and it would be spirits, rather than animals. "what did you do the rite for?" i was asked. "spirits" i answered, on account of me being a spiritworker. Which this of course can be totally incorrect, but me being without a teacher, and there being a piss-poor amount of information available on the subject, I have no choice but to follow my own guidance. So I ask myself again, what does it mean to have this crown? There is a friend in town, whom all my friends also know, that since childhood had been severely afflicted with a spirit. My good friend Tuuli, having a strong background on the subject, says it really is more of a Djinn. Our friend is literally being destroyed by it. It is beyond bad luck (a van crashing through their brand new apartment, losing everything, literally 0% of any mail he sends out actually makes it to it's destination), but it is also destroying his spine (Tuuli had seen it piggy-backing him). We watched him go from just having to use a cane, to being in a wheel chair. Things happen around their house. Their dog even just got diagnosed with cancer. It is destroying everything in their life. Tuuli, in the past, was going to try and help get rid of it, but she soon realized it was too strong and too wild. So what does it mean... It means I need to try it. I was not strong enough before, but I do have the bone now and I cannot sit by while a friend is being destroyed.
  6. Barsa

    Pruning Darkness

    wonderful perspectives, Imam. You touched on the balance well. This summer had also gone very dark for me, and for awhile I thought I was turning into a truly evil person. It wasn't until after I sat at the pond near me and lovingly watched the tadpoles swim, and had connected with the spirit of the pond, asking it to foster and care for them, so they could all have a good fighting chance to grow, that I realized being light where light is required, and dark where dark is necessary is what being a Witch is all about.
  7. 1. What is your favorite witchy movie? EDIT!!: Haxan! 2. Where is your favorite place to do a spell? probably at my altar. 3. Where do you NORMALLY do your spells? usually in my mind wherever I am (it's spirit work...) 4. What type of spells are your favorite? curses, for people who deserve it. Or for money. 5. What is your favorite ingredient for a spell? blood. or sulfur. and gunpowder. 6. What is your LEAST favorite ingredient to use in a spell? incense. 7. What is your favorite witchy holiday/festival? i flip out over almost all of them. I guess i'll have to say Halloween, because it's also my anniversary. But I also REALLY realllyyyyy love the spring equinox (it's close to my bday). 8. Do you have an animal spirit, If yes, how many? Yes. 9. If yes to #8, name the animal spirit(s): That's pretty damn personal. 10. Name your favorite witchy character: uhhhhhhh.... Winnie? lolol 11. When was the last time you did a hex/curse? probably yesterday. 12. When was the last time you did a blessing/healing? like in february i think 13. When was the last time you did a binding? last week i think. 14. When was the last time you did a love spell? March 15. Have you ever done a spell on someone just because you were bored? Yes 16. What is your strength as a witch? EDIT: because I read this wrong. Answer: channeling. 17. What is your weakness as a witch? i get really discouraged when my shit doesn't work. 18. If you could go back in time to meet ANYBODY associated in witchcraft, who would it be and why? my great grampa. He's my hero. 19. How much of a "modern stereotyped witch" applied to you as a witch? probably not much. 20. How long have you been a member of this forum? like a month or something.
  8. I was considering not actually posting the happenings of last night on here... but I feel like it'd be something I would want to read in the future, and might help out someone else who is going through the rite (since there are precious few actual accounts recorded). First off, night before: a visitation by a creepy toad spirit and a dream where I had the bone in my hand. Taken as a good sign. Now for the river: Tuuli joined me at the river for the final seven spheres ritual (the moon) at 10:30 pm. As we were lighting the candles along the edge of the river, we saw a huge jet stream cloud cross right over the moon. Finding that as an interesting sign, we continued. ...only to hear a rabbit doing it's death scream in the bushes next to us. It took the thing about 5 minutes to die, as it just screeched and screamed and filled us with ominous feelings. I continued the conjuring of the intelligences of the moon, and when I got to the part of "you may now depart" a loud gunshot was heard in the distance. We then had an hour before I had to toss the bones in the river, which we spent talking and scoping out good spots. Tuuli walked ahead and said she found an interesting spot near the rabbit's tracks. Sure enough, there were wet rabbit feet going right into the river, and I decided I'd do it in that area. When it got closer to midnight, Tuuli walked far down the path to be out of my way and not be a distraction. I sat on the rock in the middle of the river and waited. I didn't let the shuffling footsteps I heard around me distract me (coming from the other large flat rocks in the river). One minute to midnight, I hear Tuuli do a loud, short yell/scream (kinda like a yelp). I knew it had to be a part of the trick, because she knew not to disturb me at all costs. Midnight, I got close to the water and sprinkled them in. There were no screams, no wails, no world-tumbling-down. Just me watching the bones go. There wasn't one going up stream. Remembering an older version of the rite say to just "get the last bone", meaning grab the one trailing behind, I did just that. It was slippery. The one I got was actually the mummified looking hand of the toad, that weirdly looks like a tiny person's hand. I put it in my silver container (which has a little crown engraved on it... i love working at an antique store), sealed it, and put it in my pocket. I walked down the path to meet up with Tuuli. I felt odd. Like i was watching a different world through a screen that I can interact with. I wasn't afraid. I told Tuuli how it went and asked her about the yell. She said she didn't make a sound, and I kinda expected that was the case. As we were walking back, she said I felt different. When I asked how, she said it felt like I was about to hit her lol which I would never do (unless I really wanted to blindly walk into traffic with an angry witch controlling my brain). When I related that bit to my sister (also an aspiring toadwitch), she said it was probably the feeling of new energy just below the surface ready to come out, which could be felt as an ominous pending violent action. Nothing odd happened in my dreams that night.
  9. I love four thieves! My recipe: Apple Cider Vinegar Garlic Ginger Oregano Thyme Rosemary Those herbs being steeped in the vinegar from new moon to new moon
  10. There is now only one week until I go to the river and toss in the bones. I was fairly certain I wasn't following the rules with this toad thing. I didn't even look to see when I hung it, and was pretty sure that when the next full moon comes around, where I would go to the river and toss them in, wouldn't equal a full month from when I hung it. But... it is. Turns out I hung the toad on the full moon Sunday May 3rd, and will be taking it to the river midnight, the night of June 2nd. And when I realized this I saw the wheels of the Rite. The Rite then appeared like a conscious being, like a wheel, a mechanical entity of another realm that picks and chooses who can and who can't start it. A couple weeks ago I was talking with a coworker who is not a witch, but is magickally inclined/interested. I wasn't careful with my words, as you can see I am pretty open about my experiences. She had mentioned she found a full toad skeleton, in tact, in a parking lot last year. She had kept it since then. I mentioned my toad, and the Rite I am doing. A few days later she came up to me and told me how she had looked into the Rite and decided to give it a try. She went to get the skeleton and it was gone, which she had just checked on it several weeks prior to make sure it was still there and it was. She then laughed and said "I guess I'm not meant to do it." I got chills. My carelessness possibly put her in danger. Before that I hadn't thought of the Rite as anything particularly dangerous to even attempt, though all the sources I had read said it was. I was also never fully 100% certain that any of this was real, despite 12 years of experience. Yesterday, however, it came to me. It was, in fact, real. All of it. This realization came when someone had informed me that a particular guy I helped mentally drive an entity out of, the 2nd one I've ever done (not the one in previous blog posts), oddly had not continuously bugged her via texts after they had sex, which was his OCD and paranoia norm. He told me he wasn't kept up at night with self-deprecating thoughts either. Which was his life-long affliction. And I was seeing it... the final effects of completing the Rite slowly leaking into me already. Never before was I able to tell an entity to leave successfully. They had only ever laughed at my attempts to assert myself and then would slam a door or knock something off a shelf to show they know who's really in charge. I was having these thoughts last night before going to sleep, and it carried over into my dreams. I saw entities trying to fuck with me, but I ultimate overcame, I saw an initiation being carried out with a group of people who wanted a Bear Walk as an ally (a very VERY powerful ally), a way to become a bear-walker, which has always been a carefully guarded secret in Native American cultures. When I woke up I felt like I had trespassed on an entire culture, and for that I apologize to any Native Americans who read this. It's just all molding together into the Wheel which is this Rite...
  11. Eeeee that's scary that people have such a heavy fear of being 'normal'. I guess I mostly meant it in the context of magick-less and atheist. But I guess you can take it as far as "i only buy furniture out of an ikea catalog and have a professional respectable job" Game of Life style. That poor girl, who continued with witchcraft even though she shouldn't have, and ended up killing herself. Breaks my heart to hear that.
  12. Once or twice every year or so, mostly after I have become overwhelmingly involved in many magical pursuits, I get hit with the strong temptation to just stop. This is different than "taking a break", which can actually be very useful to a witch. This is the desire to cut it all out and lead a 'normal' life. What a burden would be taken off my shoulders! Just deny any of this is real? What true proof do I have anyway? What if life really is as simple as just the physical world? Oh it's a sweet thought, but one I know isn't true. Not because I "know in my heart it's real" or any bs like that. I know it's real because there's too much proof out there. My experiences and others. Someone else physically seeing my familiar, on the physical plane, (and getting incredibly freaked out) exactly how it looks and describe it perfectly to me without a hint of it's appearance? I do a money spell and three hours later I end up with an extra $1452.00 cash from three different sources, a crazy man telling me god wanted him to give me the money, a little old lady who was happy i returned her purse, and money found on the bathroom floor.....? Come on. I've had atheists say to me that believing in magic is the lazy way of viewing science and coincidences and was just a way for someone to believe the world is a more interesting place than it really is. But in all honesty, 'coincidences' are the lazy way of viewing it, because you don't want to have to believe that there are other things out there, a vast innumerable amount of Other Things, and innumerable dimensions and worlds and paradigms... And then I remember, this atheist who provides a very tempting argument... is the same atheist I secretly drove an entity out of to cure him of his life-long crippling depression and self-deprecation. Which is now over a week in success. And I realize... if I were to deny any of this and lead a 'normal' life, not only would I be denying the truth of the situation, but I would be leaving myself and those I protect totally open to all of this. Like fish in a barrel.
  13. Just an update. I did the Venus ritual last night about 11ish. I didn't have the best stuff for it. Did it in the nude. Had some great sex after. I take it that it worked lol but other than that nothing spectacular. Once again had the intoxicated feeling while doing the symbol concentration. Short blog entry... next is Mercury on Wednesday. Stay tuned.
  14. agreed. I've read a lot of witchy pamphlets and books written around that time, and keeping in mind the years it was written and the thoughts and general lack of experience of some of the magicians and etc of that time (they didn't exactly have a TW forum) is a good way to glean the invaluable knowledge of it. I just read through one that had a very christian feel to it and I didn't agree with a lot of what was said, but it still provided me with the information about how things were done at the time and I would in no way state they just "didn't know what they were talking about".
  15. I think if that was the case, Aleister Crowley would have been put to death. also to Travsha (since i don't know how to operate this thing to quote you too): I think to say the author didn't know what they were talking about would be the lazy way of looking at this. He/she makes a good point, whether it be your cup of tea or not.
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