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About Oroboros

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    Pennsylvania
  • Interests
    Art, music and most of all exploring nature.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have next to no community in my area, but have studied solitary for a three years with less engaged intermittent interest for as long as I can remember.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Recovering fundamentalist Christian. Spent some frustrating period feeling very drawn to practicing but repeatedly finding only Wiccan resources which did not appeal to me at all.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Have practiced based on what I am able to glean from authors such as Emma Wilby, Gemma Gary, Michael Howard, Peter Paddon, and the infamous and controversial Robin Artisson. I have specific interest in herbalism, and traditional shamanism- as practiced my Native Americans and similar peoples as well.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    To me it means a lot of things, but on the surface it is the concept of practicing pre- gardenarian witchcraft involving studying family traditions, traditions of cunning folk, medicine men, etc. I have particular interest in Cornish witchcraft specifically and early traditional British witchcraft in general.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Again, with consistency three years. Reading and studying intermittently since I was a teenager.- I'm 38 now.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A desperate search for non- fluffy serious discussion on these topics.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to learn, ask questions and in the instances I have something valuable to offer to do so.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Sort of:). I have "joined" a couple of groups, without looking at what they were discussing then after joining realized it wasn't what I hoped for. There are A LOT of one extreme or another- either very superficial OR super dark in a non genuine simply for the sake of being shocking and weird dark.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Im not sure I have been practicing long enough to be sure.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Im no master at divination:)... I have natural impressions and sensitivities, but as far as intentionally divining anything on command- not so much.
  • Additional Information.
    Mods: i just happened to notice some gross typos- i think because my smart phone I was using was "helping" me with auto correct. I have not erased any content, just fixed some typos. Not to mention I had entered my birthdate wrong somehow- I was sober I swear. Anyway. I read instructions about not erasing this info- which I have no desire to do, so if this gets flagged for being changed those are the only changes i made.

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  1. There is a lot here that strikes me as an odd response in this forum but perhaps I misunderstand? - it SOUNDS like you are responding to a post I am missing. I see nothing where anyone is discussing killing wasps or animals... not to say there is no place for that in some practices because there is. i also see no discussion of the wasps “ghost.” -it sounds like you are utterly unfamiliar with the concept of representational magic and how it works. -it sounds like you are unaware that the majority of people in this forum are quite comfortable with curse work, hexing and malefic workings when appropriate. Those who are here and do not DO this type of magic at least respect that it is accepted here. It is understood by those with maturity in their path that personal responsibility, shadow work and mundane problem solving are integral parts of this path. So I would not assume that members need to be lectured on this unless they have said something to indicate they do not grasp these concepts.
  2. @Khundekling... interesting idea. I’m just talking off the cuff here I have never heard or read of that as a practice either... My thinking is that any plant already has its own essence and spirit and tendencies so I’m not sure how that would work as it’s not like imposing the traits of the animal on a blank slate. Perhaps if the traits of the plant and the animal were highly similar or complimentary? Still seems, idk like an unnatural alteration for the plant. Now while this is splitting hairs as far as the physical action being pretty much the same- the intent is quite different. Seems that an animal buried at the base of a plant or tree that was intended as an OFFERING to it may be interesting. Then the other thing that comes to mind— the name for this escapes me at the moment, but people used to bury an animal or sometimes a human under the foundation of a new building, especially churches, and the animal acted as a ward for said building. So working off that idea, I wonder if certain animals buried at the base of a tree, say at the edge of one’s yard could be part of a warding technique. Again- more or less talking out my ass here- not something I have done or researched or considered extensively.
  3. Great thread for anyone starting to work with spirits!
  4. @emurray612 If you have not done so, I’d suggest meditating with any animal part you have and connect with the spirit of the animal this way first. After making a connection, what, if anything, the animal can do to work with you should become more apparent. There are of course standard folklore magic uses for this part and that. But even then a connection and understanding makes the difference between magic and just an object, I think.
  5. Sorry, not a book, but a site I have found useful. http://www.lilithgallery.com/library/lilith/ IMO Lilith is the epitome of a scape goat scenario and is widely misunderstood. Historically she is the penultimate target of fear and anger towards figure of woman in general, especially the nonconformist woman. In modern society she is again misconstrued into a pop culture icon that highlights only one aspect of her. I’m sure there are some good books out there, but when all is said and done, getting to know her yourself may be the most effective strategy if that’s something that you feel is right for you. I too am curious if there are any good book recommendations though. :)
  6. ———————-I just saw this and it made me think of your post. It may or may not have any meaning for you... but given the timing I thought I’d share: "The birds they sang at the break of day "Start again", I heard them say Don't dwell on what has passed away Or what is yet to be Ah, the wars they will be fought again The holy dove, she will be caught again Bought and sold and bought again The dove is never free Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That's how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"
  7. Bumping as this is a fun topic. I was always a weird kid. For example-I went to a Baptist Christian school from k- 2nd grade. I used to insist on wearing my red shawl to school almost everyday so we could play “demons” at recess, and I could be the demon. Haha. Pro-tip- this is an excellent way to get picked on, AND “demons” is not an approved recess activity in Baptist school. I always was attracted to all things magical and witchy and dark. Much of my private play time involved making potions and spells (ya know with mud and marbles and twigs and flowers heisted from the neighbors yard.) Made my relatives repeatedly tell the many “ghost stories” our family had accumulated. There were apparently some things I said as a young child that was noted as being “prophetic” by the church people. But mostly because of being raised in a very fundamentalist social network- I less thought I would be a witch and more thought I was inherently evil. I knew my tendencies and my interests and could not shake them. But that being the antithesis of what I was taught was “right” just meant there was something terribly wrong with ME. So I suppose the answer is yes in a way. It would just take a good many years for me to accept it. And a bit longer to fully embrace it.
  8. I imagine that part of the issue here is that in most cultures a one time what we would now consider magical practices were such a normal part of life, it would not have been separated out for discussion. Before the practices were demonized, and marginalized as superstitions and heathen behavior - it was simply what you do. As common place as making a meal or doing the wash.
  9. In addition to the numerous threads on familiars on the forum, I had this article pointed out to me recently. It is quite good and perhaps of use to the O.P. http://ioqayin.tumblr.com/post/68825805259/concerning-the-familiar-spirit
  10. What Ravenshaw said. Also, you know, I agree that in many ways our "civilized" lifestyles can hamper spirituality. And there is definitely spiritual benefit in being deeply in touch with nature and the rhythms of same. However, I also am quite certain that if our ancestor witches had access to modern conveniences they would use them gratefully and to their highest advantage.
  11. That sounds awesome in theory. I take it you have extensive training and experience in the various skills and knowledge required to do such a thing successfully?
  12. What type of candle I use depends entirely on the purpose. Pillars or jars are nice for altars, though I use tapers here sometimes. Size- well depends how long you want that candle around for. I keep mostly plain white or natural beeswax around, and a good quantity of black. I have a few colored candles but find that inscribing a candle with something and or dressing it is more than sufficient in attaching it to its purposes- color mattering very little in general. And as previously mentioned I use lighters, as they are convenient and intended to make fire. :) Mainly just posting to share this (YMMV): I recently discovered that the cheap little wooden tools designed for sculpting clay, are very useful in wax clean up. Specifically there is one shaped similarly to a butter knife. But with this you can scrape or pop off cold wax without damaging the surface the wax is on. Also found you can jab it into a candle stump that is stuck wiggle a little and pop out the cold wax. Seems that the wood is textured just enough to get some grip on the wax. {Edited to add- while a good nail,heavy needle, or thorn are excellent(and sometimes preferred), some clay tools are also great for carving candles. There are various metal tipped tools that are also cheap.}
  13. As far as growing, for whatever reason I do fabulously with outdoor plants and am a veritable plant slayer indoors... an issue I need to figure out, lol. Relationship wise... (obviously you can’t do all of this with certain plants) but I sit on the ground by them, touch them, some I literally kind of bury my face in, but basically whatever proximity is reasonable and while doing so get a feel of the plant. I have a little “game” I play where in this process I ask “what is it you (the plant) want to do,” what is its natural inclination, what is it good at/for. I have found that most of the time what I sense the plant “wants” to do will match a known benefit or property of the plant when I later later look it up. (Try this with stones as well.) This accomplishes a few things. It’s a good exercise for me to practice “reading” the energy and spirit of a thing. Also, be it plants or stones, or anything- you may find 20 properties listed for a given thing. But, YOUR particular lavender plant (for example) may really excel at one or two of them. Also, there is a type of relationship formed here. You are caring for and getting to know this plant, that hopefully will later serve you well. I think connection with the spirit of a plant creates a far more powerful ally than simply treating them as ingredients. Even if I purchased the plant as a dry herb, taking the time to connect with the spirit of the plant before using it, creates a far more potent outcome. Sometimes you may discover that what you were about to use isn’t really in line with your intentions and adjusting your plans may be in order. But basically, in working with any organic matter there is an opportunity for a type of interaction, relationship, and cooperation- so I try to make the most of that.
  14. FairCirce, you may find this thread of interest. It is covered elsewhere I am sure, but here you can get an idea of Trad Witch’s views (which vary) on the concept of consequences to spell work. http://www.traditionalwitch.net/forums/topic/12934-consequences/page-2?hl=karma
  15. I use a lighter— the long mini-blow torch style kind.
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