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About jefftos

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    Bakersfield, CA
  • Interests
    Homebrewing, cooking, pool, religious studies, woodworking.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Evidently I am more familiar with it than I would have given myself credit before. I have always practiced various forms of the craft throughout my life without really being aware that I was doing it. From visualizations and spells (though I never would have called it back when I was a Christian) to forms of divination with simple objects.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, I've practiced Kriya yoga, Zen meditation, Hermeticism, I've been a member at one time or another of various sects of the Golden Dawn, BOTA, AMORC, Fraternity of the Hidden Light, and Josephine McCarthies Quariea mystery school. It was Josephines school that eventually inspired me to just take up witchcraft as I found that I resonated far more with the techniques that involved shamanic and "low magic" aspects than the "high magick" of the ceremonialists.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Currently I am working with the system of the runes, mostly just letting them and my guides show me my path. This may or may not be considered Traditional Witchcraft from various articles I've read. If it is then yes, I am.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    As far as I can tell it simply means a person who practices magic, who may or may not subscribe to a religious belief about it. It is not just one system but it may even be a culmination of systems depending on who is practicing it and what gifts they have.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Like I said before, most of my life. But if you mean working with it with the clear knowledge of what I was doing, I'd say about 2 or 3 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I actually was researching witches in ancient Teutonic culture, which is where the ancestors on my fathers side come from. I wanted to know how people who practiced magic were viewed by the mainstream culture of the day. Found out that witchcraft wasn't necessarily smiled upon and actively snuffed out, nonetheless I still felt drawn to this path so I looked up traditional witchcraft.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Mostly just shared collection of other peoples experiences and knowledge. I would expect to contribute my own as well.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I am an active Seer, you can actually see some of my work on reddit if you go to the subreddit r/bonesandstones and look up U/Jefftos, I am a moderator on that board as well as a full time reader. I am also heavy on mysticism, it has always come easily to me. Spellcraft is something I am working on but show a knack for as well.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Herbalism is something I lack much motivation to pursue as well as mediumship. Those are two areas that I need to work on.

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  1. For when I was 10 or so I would say to him to stop repressing your gifts for the sake of your religion. There is a reason you are trying to stretch out your psychic muscles, don't stop. For me in my twenties, put down the books dude, find a couple practices you enjoy and start exploring them, reading is great and all but your going to find that the best lessons are learned in practice and in everyday life.
  2. I came to witchcraft in a very round about way. I grew up very repressed and very fundamentalist and so I ended up spending many years simply wading through what it was I believed and what I did not. Wicca never really interested me, I was always more scholarly when it came to religious studies and so when I read a lot of the things that Wiccan's claim to be true I simply looked for the sources and, finding none, or finding that them unsatisfactory, moved on. Until a few years ago I never would have even considered myself a witch. I came to magick through experiences I had while practicing meditation that I felt the tradition I belonged to couldn't or wouldn't explain. Then I spent some time pursuing Ceremonial Magick which I took to with zeal but always felt it to be too formal. After some time I just said screw it, I'm going to go my own way and crazily enough all of that practice I had done in various traditions as I was a seeker melded together into a very personalized system for me, everything seemed to finally click. I was practically training myself for years without really realizing it. All of those meditation methods, energy practices, divinations, learning to talk with spirits, all of it had a purpose but I was too thick to really see it when I realized it I felt like the karate kid realizing that Mr. Miyagi wasn't just making me learned to clean his shit for free.
  3. I've been meditating and doing practices that stimulate kundalini for a few years, (Kriya and Zazen) and I've heard the same advice, to ignore the visuals as distractions. Most of the time this is solid advice, but sometimes it is just plain wrong. I've had visuals in meditation where advice was given to me that I still use to this day, and others that have saved me from making a fool of myself. The trick is to be discerning enough to know when something is helpful and when it is just your mind or some spirit messing with you. From what I've experienced, that kind of discernment comes with time and lots of practice, which is why I think most advanced mediators continually tell the beginner to just ignore everything.
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