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About Natty

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  • Location
    Rochester, Kent
  • Interests
    I love to write poetry and paint and I read a lot.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have had an interest in witchcraft ever since I was young. Most children who have an imaginary friend might conjur up another child or playmate. Mine was an old lady. I'm convinced to this day that she was a spirit. I began to practice, with the support and approval of my parents, at the age of 13. They bought me a book on the craft and also a my first tarot deck for my 13th birthday. I have never looked back.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I have read the qu'ran and various Buddhist texts. This was for knowledge more than looking for an alternative spiritual path. i feel that without knowledge I'm not in a position to express opinion.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. I'm a firm believer of visualisation and creating a mental profile of what I want to achieve. I don't believe that I need paraphernalia to be my interpretation of a real witch. Having said that I adore working with herbs and feel they enhance things. For divination purposes I like to use water in a black ceramic bowl, although as I mentioned before I can read tarot cards, runes, and crystals too.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional witchcraft, for me, is both vast and simplistic. It is as vast as this universe and more yet it encompasses everything we see, feel and experience around us every day. The ideal of the cunning folk of old would be the closest way of describing what I'd identify as a traditional practitioner.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    28 years in general
  • What brought you to our site?
    I can't remember exactly what I was researching but the answer appeared on your forum. From there I've been lurking around and reading many other topics too.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Since discovering the site I've read a few threads that I wanted to contribute to. For example sharing experiences. Being a lone practitioner it is wonderful to have a sense of community where there are like minded individuals. What I have observed from my frequent visits is that everyone seems amazingly friendly and not volatile.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I haven't been on a witchcraft forum for a few years so I doubt my accounts would be active anymore. I'm struggling to remember the name of the forum now. It's an age thing ;)
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Healing and divination. Connecting with the spirit world too.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I would love to be more adept at spell casting. I've had a few mishaps over the years but purely at my expense.
  1. I suppose that in a basic sense of the word 'familiar' is just that; not only familiar to us but familiar to the spirit world too. Maybe a guide that is sensitive and in tune with energy we cannot see. Perhaps good for heightening craftwork. But as I've said I've never worked with one before so I'm just speculating ????
  2. Hey moonshadowe, I have a crazy snake that started acting manic while I was crafting. You are right in what you say it's as if they know. She's a very calm, good natured creature and quite happy just to sit on my lap and sleep. Her vivarium is quite near my supplies and whenever I'm preparing she goes hyper trying to get my attention/get out. I will have to research into working with familiars a bit more as I haven't tried to work with her yet either. When I bought her I did have the idea in mind though.
  3. Lmao!!! Pass the mind bleach- I can get rid of the image!!!
  4. Fantastic P.o.V Autumn. I have taken steps to block his phone number so I don't feel tempted to repeat past mistakes. I realise that this person has plenty of his own demons that he is dealing with l but I no longer want to be a part of that battle anymore. So I'm dusting myself off - a little spiritual spring clean so to speak and moving on.
  5. Same person, same thing all over again!!!!! Give some people an inch..... I must have a handle on the side of my head. You all can call me 'mug' lol!!!! What do I do now guys? X
  6. Hi guys, I just thought I'd update you on the situation. I was in the supermarket yesterday and bumped into said person. Out of the blue I got a full apology and the remorse was very real. I hadn't done a thing in real magical terms apart from meditate on things. I guess that was enough to send out the energy that was needed. Thank you again for all your guidance. It was most appreciated!
  7. Nikki and Autumn Moon -Thank you so much for your help. It is frustrating you're right. I'm going to give it some thought as talking about it on here has been quite cathartic in itself. Perhaps it's not worth burning my brain cells over after all ????.
  8. I have often thought the same thing about going back. I think we are born so receptive to these things and become 'normalised' by everyday life and routine. My daughter was exactly the same too - she's almost 17 now. She once described to me a man sitting under an apple tree with a hat on. I went up to loft and pulled out an old box of photos containing one of my paternal grandfather in that exact pose. I'm going to give what you said about the ether and astral planes some more thought and get back to you. I'm keen to explore this loads more!
  9. Well, that seems like an awesome take on things. I can't believe I hadn't even considered it. Thank you
  10. Thanks Nikki, I really appreciate what you have to say. I'm not an impulsive person and my usual philosophy is to move on and forget about it. I don't hold grudges and I'm not vindictive. There is just something with this particular situation/individual that does not sit right with me. I will wait though. I don't relish the idea of having a permanent connection to this person even if it is hex shaped!!! Thanks for your advice.
  11. What wonderful insight, Oro......I read something by Arthur C Clark and he puts it like this: "magic is science we just don't understand yet". I totally understand what you mean by the human tendency to need to apply the laws of the physical. I had a similar epiphany when I was about 7 years old. I was laying in bed and suddenly I had this overwhelming knowledge of life, the universe and everything in between. Sadly it was a momentary experience and by the time my brain had caught up with what was going on it had gone. I couldn't recall or put into words any of it. I spoke to my dad and he said the same thing had happened to him at a young age too. Anyway that's slightly off topic. I really enjoyed what you have to say!
  12. Crow, I have read this at quite an opportune time..... This may seem strange but I have never intentionally set out to harm anyone. However, at this moment in my life I have encountered someone who I really feel needs to learn a lesson. Having never done this before, I am obviously apprehensive but I feel more strongly than ever about the events that have lead me to want to act in this instance. I have sat on this for 2 weeks in the hope that I could just put it to the back of mind and get on with things but even after trying to cool off I still feel the same. Any advice would be most welcomed!
  13. This was my biggest pitfall when I was starting out. Intuitively I would know what I wanted to achieve and with a little research was able to reinforce my idea. Then I got too caught up in the technical process and began to question and second guess myself.
  14. Hi Candleflame, I think this is a great topic. I,like you, was always drawn to the unexplained, the weird and the wonderful. I grew up in a Victorian house and my parents would often share with me their experiences of 'supernatural' happenings there. When I was very small I had an imaginary friend. However, I have often wondered why a small child would imagine a little old lady. My maternal grandmother lived with us so I don't think I was looking for a grandmother figure in my life. In hindsight I am convinced that she was an ancestor or guide. I always knew that I could find her in the bay window of our lounge. My father had great healing powers and animals were always incredibly trusting of him. My mother has very strong intuition and is often able to make premonitions. By the time I reached the age of 11 I would dream the same dreams as my mum the night before a family loss. We would wake up the next morning and just look at each other, both pale and uneasy. It was then just a matter of receiving the phone call. Around the same age I was browsing the local bookshop and found a very basic history of witchcraft. I remember being overjoyed when my mum said I was allowed to buy it. It took pride of place on my bedside and I'd obsess over its pages every day after school. On my 13th birthday my parents bought me my first Tarot deck. I felt that this was almost an act of acceptance on their part and that now I was free to explore my witchy inclinations further. I've never looked back. I'd love to hear more from you and other members on this subject!
  15. I've found exactly the same problem with reference type ebooks. It's near on impossible to 'flick' backwards and forwards. I'm currently doing the 3 or more books at once thing too! The two that seem to stand out for me at the moment are The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (author or Cloud Atlas). It's beginning to take a supernatural twist which is great and also The Celtic Shaman (mentioned on another thread).
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