Jump to content

RapunzelGnome

Members
  • Content Count

    331
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    31

RapunzelGnome last won the day on July 11

RapunzelGnome had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

99 Excellent

About RapunzelGnome

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 04/10/1985

Converted

  • Gender
    Feline
  • Twitter
    RapunzelGnome
  • Location
    Kansas
  • Interests
    Music, art, history, gardening/herbs, astronomy/astrology, esotericism, languages
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Ive been doing this only a couple of years but it seems like the whole of my life was leading me down this road.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    AMORC, Shamanism, Chaos Magick,
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I keep coming back to it
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    When I was very young, my grandmother walked me through a few spells and taught me to read the Tarot. She had me draw what I now understand were sigils, and taught me how to forage in the backwoods of Missouri to find ingredients for salves and cures. She passed away before I was old enough to understand exactly what we were doing, or that any of it fell under the label of witchcraft. My mother was fearful of it and tried to hide it from me. It wasn't until recently that talking with my aunts about my grandmother and great grandmother that I became completely enamored with their story and knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps. To me, Traditional Witchcraft is a connection to my family line. It is freedom from a life of fear-based Christianity. It is old wisdom and old truth. It is working the earth's energy and spirits of the land to find a better way for me and mine.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Since 2015, technically. My first experiences were in childhood with my grandmother but it was lost to me after her death. I have also been skilled in divination my entire life, though I was discouraged from practicing it by my immediate family and friends, who were Christians.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I knew that the craft my grandmother practiced looked very different from modern day Wicca and so I knew that there must be an alternative. While searching for books and info on traditional witchcraft, Google brought me here. Id been lurking for a while when the registrations for the site were closed down for the season, and decided that it was time to make it official as soon as it was opened up again.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to soak up wisdom and find some more resources and advice as I mature in my craft. I hope to be able to contribute advice and experiences as well as finding interesting topics to discuss.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Not as a regular.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Divination and intuition. Long term spells and manifestations. Herbs, stones, stars and runes.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    While I have had a few intense shamanic visions, initiatory experiences and instances crossing the veil, I wish to go deeper and learn more. It scares the crap out of me and I love it.
  • Additional Information.
    A note about my occupation: I am actually employed by a Christian organization as a graphic designer and director of arts, making anonymity and secrecy an absolute priority for me here. Until I can find another source of income, I am nervous to release too much information about myself online. I hope you understand.

Recent Profile Visitors

366 profile views
  1. This was one of the first books on witchcraft that I had ever bought (along with Mastering Herbalism, which was more useful). The book left me feeling confused because even though I didn’t know much at the time, I knew it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Parts of it are more useful to me now as my grasp of the occult has expanded, but I wouldn’t recommend it to someone wanting to learn more about traditional witchcraft.
  2. My Rune Stones are far more cantkerous than any of my decks. Like “oh hey this entire reading...you’ve got to turn it upside down to read it this week “ or “or hey, you’re not getting the damned point so I’m gonna jump off the table and break something that will trigger the answer in your head”. Or “this is majorly significant but you won’t see what I’m talking about until it’s too late anyways ...sorry about that. “ Can’t I ever get a straight forward reading?
  3. As the leader, I’m the only one with a fancy, high quality wireless mic. That could be what’s causing the bug, but the other folks I’ve asked couldn’t explain why that would be the cause. I’ve asked the sound tech to consider swapping my channel but he was unwilling to lose all his board settings because he has them “just right”. Id experiment with it myself on a day when no one is around but like I said, It only happens during the services, not during rehearsal or sound check. I tried to “connect” with the spirit once when it happened...got some weird static through the channel but I didn’t necessarily feel attacked or anything. Maybe a mischievous energy? Weird, huh? That building is full of spirits and “stuff”. It’s definitely a liminal space. I’ve got a good working relationship with many of the entities, especially the land spirits. But there are certainly some surly old ghosts there that didn’t seem to approve of me when I first started reaching out, but things have seemed to improve when they realized I’m not there to summon anything but to help care for the building and the people. The technical problems certainly made me think I was being silenced as well, fortunately only for a few seconds at a time and not terribly frequently, but I’m not sure why. There’s certainly some hefty energy beings created by the collective will of church members when they gather to pray or worship, and that can be used for good or bad, indeed...I consider it a huge responsibility to be partially in charge of helping to steer that collective ship. Truth is, there’s so much going on there energetically that I think it would be arrogant for anyone to think they could really figure out what was going on there, while still existing mostly on the physical plane. The architecture of the building is set up under a giant glass pyramid (intended by the builders to diffuse light beautifully through a large skylight) but it creates an incredible vortex. I love it there and enjoy that mystery. As my skills as a witch get more developed, I feel my responsibilities grow to keep the space cleansed and consecrated and “healthy” for the spirits that exist there and for the people that come to commune with their understanding of the divine. I might have very different views on Christianity than they do, but I appreciate its esoteric value as an alchemical process and am honored to help facilitate the experience for folks. It’s a strange and weird role I am in.
  4. Update on my church ghost. As I had mentioned, the ghosts always get more active around High Holy days and this year is no exception as we are marching through Holy Week. This time, they are messing with the fancy digital soundboard we installed a few months ago. For the last couple of weeks, our sound guy says that for some reason (and it only happens during services) one of the channels on the sound board does crazy wacky things that causes it to cut out. Now if this was just a case of regular old tech bugs, I wouldn’t think twice, but he claims that the fader for this channel (that’s like a lever/slider for audio-virgins) goes flying out his hands and either takes the volume down to zero or close to it. Yes, it’s physically moving itself. Now, these faders could be programmed to move automatically, but we’ve checked and double checked every setting and there’s no explanation for why it happens, or why it only happens during services and not during rehearsal, or why it’s only happening to one channel. This soundtech is pretty skeptical about ghost and spirit stuff but even he said it had creeped him out. Sure there’s probably a bug triggering the flying faders for no reason, but maybe that bug is spirit energy? The creepiest part...the only channel that is affected by this weird activity is...of course...the one that is for my microphone.
  5. I have not had trouble working with Christian ancestors. I mean, they get it NOW, lol. To answer the original question of the thread. I keep an ancestral altar and have a short ritual I do before offering any offerings there. At first I did it daily to establish relationships, now I do it on birthdays and death days of ancestors (ancestry.com rocks for this information). It didn’t take too long before “the ancient ones” started showing up too, even though their names and histories are likely lost. Anyways, the ritual I do before making offerings involves a short song that I sing which playing one of my singing bowls. I only use this bowl for this purpose...it’s consecrating for calling them. If I am doing a working and need to call upon the ancestors, I incorporate the bowl and the song into the rites. When I’ve been away from home and the bowl, I’ve found that even just singing the first couple of lines of the song gets their attention. That particular ritual has become one of the most precious parts of my practice to me.
  6. That rug is awesome. I am now intrigued.
  7. I’m trying to figure out how to carve a niche for myself In the occult business world, but Inhavent quite stumbled upon the right path yet. I am very wary of Gordon White’s warning “This is a very over-saturated market for a relatively small group of people”. Everyone with a smartphone has a YouTube channel or an Etsy is page these days...not all of them should. But then there’s some really talented astrologers, card readers, herbalists, etc. that seem to be doing very well for themselves. Some of you know that my career has me working for a Christian organization. The job is the only one of its kind that perfectly suits my talents, gifts and abilities, while challenging me in areas of my passions. Plus, I’m helping people everyday. But in order to stay in this dream job, I have to be dishonest about my beliefs and that is wearing me down so much. It’s weird, because I have felt that this was “a calling” in some ways ..:to help people connect to their form of deity, even though I feel the church has a very narrow concept of divinity. Plus the practicalities of trying to find a secular job which uses my experience and talents is proving nearly impossible. After six years in this leadership position, I’m not sure how exactly to start over from scratch...I don’t exactly want to go back to working at Starbucks unless I have to, you know? So maybe there is an occult equivalent to the job I do now? I know there is...I just haven’t figured out how to make it pay the bills yet. Being a trad witch (rather than associated with a religious or occult organization) makes this a little more difficult I think. But I’m getting there. I get sick of the new ager’s always talking about “Divine Purpose” and all that...but maybe that resonates a little deeper than I would care to admit.
  8. I stInking Love AHS...I binge watch it on amazon and then feel like there’s a hole n my life between seasons. I know it has some issues...it’s defintely a quirky show. People I talk to HATED Roanoke and I thought it was great...I love that they twisted it around halfway through the season with the reality show spin.
  9. I just read a little closer and realized you had the same 3 cards pull twice in a row. I had that happen just once before. Yes it was significant lol. It was sorta like the deck was saying “no for real, write this shit down and remind yourself of this spread every morning until ya embedded in your subconscious” The card stalker layout might still be helpful, but adjust it for the combined energy of the three card reading.
  10. If you do a google search for “card stalker spread” you’ll find a couple of layouts that can help you draw some clarifying cards for a repeating card. Or you could make your own based on the situation in question. For me, a repeating card means “ya, you still haven’t dealt with this” or “this energy is gonna be here for a while” or “you’re missing something about this card.” Sometimes, a card repeats because it has come to represent a specific person or situation, so I know if it comes up, it means that this reading involves that person/situation. For example, in one deck, the knight of wands looks just like my boyfriend and fits his personality, so it almost always represents him when it comes up, unless it’s clearly otherwise. Intuition should guide you on the nuances.
  11. Love it Cherry. I’ve always got some go to crystals in my purse (obsidian, quartz, and green adventurine) and a little roll- on of peppermint EO and cassia. Other than that, my most frequently used tool is my phone. I’ve got apps for astrological transits (recently discovered TimePassages and it’s my favorite by far), an app for the planetary hours, the Wildwood tarot app (I have the physical deck at home and use it a LOT), and a rune caster app (its... okay...). I have one notebook in Evernote that is all spells, and I keep pdf’s of a lot of alchemical texts and monographs. When I open my phone, there’s a sigil on my homescreen charged for a long term intention. When I need to steal away to get in a trance, I open up my Calm app, pop in the ear buds and use their timed (unguided) meditation function. I listen to a lot of occult podcasts also. At home, I prefer to go the non-digital route for my workings (analogue? Lol) but it’s nice to have corresponding tech for on-the-go. Traditional techniques in a non traditional way.
  12. I haven't thought about Elderberry since I was young...it was one of the remedies my grandma swore by. I might just have to add this back into my Arsenal
  13. So it's about a year since I posted this thread and like clockwork, I've got a cold again. This time around I went straight for the oil of Oregano pills, and mixed up a nice little concoction of coconut oil and eucalyptus EO, also mixed in some Frankincense and orange EO too. The smell is so comforting and cleansing. I also did a LOT of meditation during the last two days and now I'm Day 3, I feel myself already starting to come around. Much faster recovery than usual for me, but of course there could be a thousand different reasons for that. Just thought I'd give this a little bump since it's that time of year again (in the northern hemisphere).
  14. Well, for the first time in many years, I didn't get around to carving any pumpkins this year, though I did cook some butternut squash if that counts? I did paint this eight foot pile of pumpkins for a carnival game at our Fall Festival and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out
  15. I use the Wildwood Tarot app for my daily draw. I started doing that way back to learn the cards when I got the Ww deck and it's become a nice morning ritual for me. I don't use it for more in depth spreads and readings, but it seems to be pretty accurate for a general energy reading. The app has an option to shuffle, cut or riffle the deck which you can do as many times as you wish. I don't usually use that function, as it doesn't seem to be necessary now that the app is "in-tune" to my energy. I understand concerns about it not being a physical deck to touch and feel (which is why I use a real deck for most readings....just feels better), but if you think about it, there's probably no object you own that you carry, touch, use, and pour time and energy and emotion into as your phone. And it's literal a portal for communication. It's not traditional no, but the witches of old used the things they had available so it's in the same spirit. For me it's become an equivalent to checking the planetary transits and moon phases on my phone each day.
×
×
  • Create New...