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About Elspeth

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  • Location
    East Bay, California
  • Interests
    Coffee, cats, gardening (I suck at it), reuse and crafts, basic sewing, baking, herbal remedies.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Well...that is a tough question. I started my path around age 11, discovered Wicca, got lost along the way, learned Reiki, healing with herbs, oils, and brews, rejected Wicca, went Druid, figured that wasn't for me, had a bit of a negative shift and rejected the whole thing all together, came back, went Heathen, realized I need witchcraft in my life as well and have been fighting to find my way back to the path...and it feels really, really good! So, in short, I have been dabbling on and off for about 22 years and am looking to get serious. I still have a lot of learning to do but I'm not a total noob.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes. Wicca, Druidry, Heathenry.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Not as such, no.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Folk practices of old. Not a religion, but a practice and way of life. There are many paths within trad witchcraft and each witch may decide for themselves what their practice is. Is not to be confused with wicca (thank goodness - I want to get as far from that as I can). Potential to heal and harm, potential to work with spirits, the land/water, house wights, etc. Inner work and really getting to know myself and what drives me
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Off an on since age 11ish (about 22 years)
  • What brought you to our site?
    I feel deeply that I need to get back to my roots. This is where that feeling took me and it feels right. I searched high and low, spent hours and hours and hours on the internet trying to figure out what it was that I was looking for, what it was that I needed to find as far as religious/spiritual/magical practice was concerned, I stumbled upon traditional witchcraft and read on. After 3 months of research I finally decided that this is the path I need to go down now. I have been meandering the whole time and fallen many, many times but something about this feels real, authentic, and different. I'm hoping to find guidance/answers/help from others on the path so that I can grow. I discovered your site along the way and have been frequenting for roughly 2 months now, finding the blogs and articles very helpful.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I'm hoping to have a space to ask questions, seek advice and learn from other people's experiences and hopefully I will be able to offer my own advice and experiences to other newbies down the line.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Not yet, no.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Things that interest me the most/I have a modicum of skill with are herbal remedies, making incense, geomancy, reiki, divination...I'm also an empath so everything that goes along with that is a strong point. Still working on getting that under control but it's there and I'm working with it.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Knowledge base and history. I just need to read more.
  1. I have been wrestling with whether to be out or stay private for a long time. My husband's family would most certainly not approve so for a long time I had been careful with how much of my "stuff" I would have visible to guests in my home and on my person. It was fun for a while to see how much I could "hide out in the open" without them starting to wonder about me, but lately...and this probably has something to do with a ridiculous mellow-dramatic scene they made recently...I don't care about protecting their comfort anymore. And my house is mine so if I want to flaunt my shit, I'm gonna and folks are free to comment or ask about it but I won't discuss my practice openly with non-practitioners, including my husband. I spent too much of my time and energy in my teens and twenties explaining myself and struggling to gain acceptance to no avail. That's just something I don't need to do anymore. Hubs knows I do "witchy stuff" and is accepting overall, though a bit skeptical, but he never gets details. I like keeping my practice sacred but I decided recently that I won't go out of my way to hide it anymore. I personally feel I'm not being true to myself or my practice by hiding. Being secretive is one thing, but hiding... My 2 cents.
  2. Hot Toddy with ginger, fire cider, and saline gargle. Oh, and zinc is a major player!
  3. Nikki: Well...that's a good question. I think just in general. I feel like I've got some major ADD going on, which just isn't typical for me. To answer your question regarding the craft, I think, yes and no. Yes, in so far as I am not effectively re-incorporating the craft into my life as much as I want to because I keep getting so bloody distracted, but no because when I DO a working, however small, I am dead-focused in it! It's just a matter of getting there and generally incorporating the craft into what I do every day. So, I don't know, I just feel chaotic in general and it's bugging the crap out of me but it really could just be the toddler energy that I'm getting swept up in. That really does make the most sense. She's all over the place every second of every day when she's not sleeping...so I am, too! Thanks, Nim! I'll give that a try as well! Couldn't hurt, right? And will probably be very entertaining for my daughter to watch.
  4. Thank you for saying that, Michele. I'm not gonna' lie, that fact had not even occurred to me, though it probably should have. I seriously couldn't figure out why I feel so scattered and chaotic but you just put that into perspective for me! I'll definitely make more of an effort to get my little one out to the park. We play on our patio daily and she loves putting her hands in the dirt and pulling my poor plants out of the pots when I'm not looking (that bit isn't so fun) but the parks aren't too far away and she'd love that just as much as I would. Thanks, Aurelian. And thank you for including that last bit! If it isn't, it sure should be! :tongue:
  5. Thank you for the posts! I'll be giving ALL of these a try cuz I needs it! Feel like I'm trying to pull down a damn hot air balloon.
  6. I'm having a hard time grounding lately and I'm wondering if folks could/would be so kind as to share what they do to really ground into their bodies. My usual standby's...basically seated meditation (which honestly hardly ever worked for me) and grounding visualizations/exercises are either not proving to be effective or I just cut them short and busy myself with other things because "IT JUST CAN'T WAIT!" I feel like I need something fresh and new. Oh, if you have something that is easy enough to do with a little one climbing all over everything everywhere, that would be especially helpful! Thank you in advance.
  7. Long fingers, intense, penetrating stare (a couple people have told me they don't like me looking at them - makes me kind of sad actually), and a frizz in my hair that simply will not be tamed! Seriously, no amount of product. I've given up. Also a birthmark on my calf and strange, blood-red moles (cherry angiomas) on a couple spots on my body.
  8. Wicked Witch of the West You have a way with animals. Once you’ve fixated upon something you want, you’ll stop at nothing to get it. Fears include darkness and water. - I ain't afraid of no darkness or water! That's my husband!
  9. I use the Haindl Tarot and Victorian Romantic Tarot. I felt a strong pull to the Haindl deck but the imagery is a bit on the complex side and somewhat difficult for me to interpret to the point where it is taking me waaay too long to learn it. But I find the Romantic deck to be so beautifully straight-forward and easier to read and interpret.
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