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About Aina

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  • Birthday 08/08/1975

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    Feline
  • Location
    United States
  • Interests
    Writing, Reading, Music, Bowling
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I've read some history on Witchcraft and Shamanism.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    My exploration was more eclectic as I never "officially" practiced any of the paths but studied them and incorporated aspects in my own individual path. These include Sanatana Dharma, Kemeticism, Ifa, Theistic Satanism and Theravada Buddhism.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    For a little under a year - mainly ancestor veneration and divination. I've done some spirit work.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Balance, self-discovery, taking responsibility, practice and dedication. It also allows me to embrace the whole of my ancestry. I'm mainly of African descent, but also have German and Welsh in my bloodline. Trad Craft allows me to incorporate aspects of all three of them into my path.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    In general, since 2012, pretty much eclectic. Things started falling into place and making sense to me earlier this year when I started researching Trad Craft.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I found the forum by accident back in September. Since then, I've been reading through the forums to make sure it was the right place for me.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Connecting to others under the same umbrella, learning and growing more in my path, receiving and offering feedback on topics.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Ancestor veneration, divination (tarot, scrying). For some reason, meditation was extremely easy for me (started meditating in 2012). I also have a strong connection with water and animals.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I used to do rituals but am leaning more towards spellwork. So, that's one of my weakest points at the moment. I also haven't done a lot of work with herbs, which is something else I'd like to start working with.
  1. You don't have to have an altar to do any type of working. You can have something simple that you put up when you're ready to talk to your ancestors. For instance, place white cloth on a table or floor, place a picture or another representation of the ancestor on top, a little dish of water and an offering. When finished you can put everything away in a safe place for the next time. You can also make contact through meditation or while laying in bed - I get a lot of messages from my mom through dreams. Don't worry about getting everything setup. I got hung up on that when I first started and it did nothing for me spiritually. After a while I said f*ck it and came up with my own way of doing things. The main thing is contacting them, working with them, strengthening your connection and working on protecting yourself. Everything else will fall into place on its own. And always remember that everyone's path is different. No two people practice the same. Once you start working with your ancestors and other spirits (if you choose) your individual path will unfold.
  2. In order to get authentic information on the original spiritual path, you're going to have to do research. I don't pay much attention to African Diasporic religions. I understand why our ancestors formed them and have nothing but respect for them for doing their best to try to preserve our culture, but it's not my preference. Do you work with your ancestors? My ancestors always send me to the Motherland for answers.
  3. A good beginning book on IFA is The Handbook of Yoruba Religious Concepts by Baba IFA Karade. For West African Vodun, look for information on traditional African religions ofthe Fon and Ewe.
  4. I don't think sticking it in your ear's a good idea but you can grind it with other herbs and burn during a ritual. Make a little pillow stuffed with herbs and put it under his pillow. Make a romantic meal and incorporate it in the recipe.
  5. I think everyone feels that way in the beginning, but the more you progress you realize it's not always necessary. You do need to make the transition from study to actual experience but you'll find over time that there are already things you do throughout the day that can be considered workings. One of the big things for me lately is cooking. Since going vegan it's not just food anymore but medicinal. So I've been learning how to use foods for healing. It's hands on experience as well, I mean I gotta eat and I don't mind being my own guinea pig. Sometimes a big working isn't necessary. I can sit and talk with my ancestors and that usually gets the ball rolling. They'll give me the information I need. Sometimes I'll need to do a ritual, other times I'll just need to take some kind of action. Working with different types of energy is important (whether coming from a particular spirit, ancestors, plants, etc.) but you also need to learn to work with your own energy.
  6. I have a spiritual room which has two TV stands stacked on top of each other. The top is my working altar, there's a middle section which I use for my ancestors and the bottom is for two off the four main spirits I work with. I also have a table for divination, some floor space for meditation and an area where I hedge ride.
  7. just finished watching the Witch and I thought it was awesome
  8. For me, things that happened in my past now make sense. It's like my life was a puzzle and now everything's coming together. This is the most connected I've ever been.
  9. Mainly water but if I stare at anything for too long I end up scrying.
  10. I used to make music and write (still write...maybe) but I've moved onto crafts, mainly making jewelry and dolls.
  11. I used to beat myself up early on when I'd sit down and think about the various paths I've traveled. I couldn't see why I was being led in different directions. It wasn't until late 2015 when I sat back and realized everything I've learned during the journey and how much stronger I am.
  12. I always call forth my ancestors first before doing any working, even when it's with spirits I've worked with for years. There's also god's eyes hung up throughout my house with the main one resting on my altar. When I made them, I recited a protection mantra that's specific to one of the spirits I work with. Also, my dog tends to stay close to me all the time. When I'm doing any spirit work, she'll be in the next room watching. Sometimes she'll come in and walk around or sit on the floor next to me. When she comes in and nudges me, that's a heads up that something's "off".
  13. Wicca/Neo-Paganism was never an issue for me. I read about Wicca years ago but was never interested. I've always done my own thing. I don't play well with others so joining a coven was out of the question, actually it still is :D . I studied Sanatana Dharma first then Kemeticism. Read up on Ifa tradition and practiced Theistic Satanism for awhile. Journeyed into Theravada Buddhism for a short period. I have a gatekeeper spirit who's been with me forever. She "opens doors" for me (leads me down different roads). Every road I've taken has helped me work through something in my life. I've also picked up a lot of spirits on the way who have helped me progress. And of course my ancestors.
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