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Marion last won the day on July 19 2010

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About Marion

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  • Birthday 02/14/1970

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    In self-enforced isolation
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    Books, films, nature, animals, scrapbooking and other crafts
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    How familiar? Hm....well, I've never been in a coven, or been into wicca, although I can appreciate the empowerment a goddess-based worship could bring to someone. I believe witchcraft is a practice, not a religion, and you can work without deities of any kind, using only the power and energy within yourself. I believe knowledge is power and any self-respecting witch is also a scholar. Experience counts too, of course, as an armchair/theory witch is no witch at all.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I have read throughout my life about witchcraft, and latterly wicca. The 'spae-wife', and horse whisperers/toadmen are my muses now, although it's been quite a journey to find them. The historical background to the witch trials was my starting point so the database at Univ. Edinburgh was a major boost. At the moment, I'm interested in local points of interest, characters, holy wells, stone circles etc I also research the 'old men' of magic...John Dee, Peter d'Abano, Agrippa etc but they are very much a sideline.

    Instead of "witchcraft" books per se, I read herbals and remedy books, local history books and talk to the older generation at every available opportunity.

    I also LOVE to look at and discuss the fictional portrayals of witches, witchcraft and magic in all forms of media.....everything from Disney films to The Wickerman, Shakespeare to James Morrow and Paula Brackston.

    I believe the first step in magic is to "Know Thyself" (and also that it can be a lifetime's work in itself). Without self-knowledge, intent in magic becomes confused which leads to trouble. I believe in experiencing things for yourself, not taking someone else's word on whether something is worthwhile or not.

    I have found that whirling (Dervish-like) works for me as a meditation technique, and this is a major and recent breakthrough, although I've yet to meet anyone else who does it. I'd REALLY like to!!!

    May 2011 - Digging deeper into Scottish history of witchcraft. A hard slog, but worth it.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I've made amulets, left offerings in sacred places, concocted herbal remedies to treat ailments and illness. I look for omens daily in the bird and animal life locally, and try to interpret them.
    I have used binding to rid my life of negativity and harmful people. I used to scry as a child, without knowing what it was and I'm trying to re-learn it...it used to be so easy!!!
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    TW is a practice that is part and parcel of my life now - from choosing particular herbs for the day to make tea, observing nature daily, there's not much I do that isn't connected to it in some way...except maybe my job. That just has to pay the rent!! :)
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    About nine years now -I have journal records dating that far back, albeit sporadically, detailing my fledgling experiences which are now quite funny to read back. if I want to learn something, I'll put a lot of time and energy into it until I feel it has become second nature, and that can mean neglecting other areas. For example, I put off planting herbs as soon as I moved as I'm still getting to grips with whirling but come planting time, I hope whirling will be integrated fully into my daily routine. You might think..why can't you do both, but there's more to whirling than just the movement.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Just browsing really. I've lurked around FB (some of those groups are vile) and one or two other sites that excel at point scoring and not much else. I am part of a couple of small personal online groups and we chat, bitch, share, teach, cry, and support each other from our respective countries.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I would hope to get new perspectives on subjects that interest me. I like to share resources and knowledge, where I can. There seems to be a good balance of UK participants with other countries, which I like - a good blend of fun, debate and myth-busting - can only be a good thing :)
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Preparation and intent. I really enjoy the planning and researching of things.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Not always knowing/recognising when 'enough is enough', either in tweaking stuff I'm doing or making, or when to let something go.....if it needs a light tap, I'll go get the sledge hammer (sometimes!)
  1. Marion

    Ancestors

    I recently got into genealogy which totally changed my perspective on ancestors. I used to think generically in terms of Scottish people, more specifically Highlanders but this family tree has blown all that out of the water. My grandfather began it, but he died three years ago and no-one else in the family had looked at it in 20 years. Turns out that although my grandad really did an amazing job considering it was pre-internet, he left loads out...like most of the women. I guess he was a man of his time and lineage to him meant just the menfolk. Still, it gave me a skeleton to work from so I got to work! Between 1841 and 1911 the census is my best friend, because I get an update on the lives I'm looking into. I found...sex outside marriage,infant deaths, illegitimate babies (oh! the shame!), two sets of twins so far!!!!, some servants!!! (didn't see THAT coming), a mother and son who worked as a coalminer (very rare) and a pit pony driver..that sent me into a total loop...just amazing stuff. The result is - I'm feel and AM connected to my ancestors. No fecking rituals, no nonsense, just a bucket load of credits and hours spent trawling records in the "wee small 'oors" :) I knew that my paternal family had moved around alot, but nothing like to the extent that they did - Google maps, how I love you!!!!! xxxx Best of all I have a tangible sense of 'heritage' and I'm damned proud of it. I have the back story to all those people who contributed to me being here, now - gratitude? it ooozes out of me. The spiritualist great-grannies (one was a certified, committed loonie, she's my favourite dead relative right now, closely followed by the female coalminer - AWESOME! How difficult must her life have been?) By the time I'm finished, I'll have a calendar of significant dates to work with, names to call on for help, graves visit for dirt :D and a much deeper understanding of who I am. I never thought something so mundane could turn out to be so magical. It's been brilliant, just thought I'd share.
  2. Aren't we all? :D Rider Waite for me, though, every time.
  3. LOVE Agrippa!! He's so comprehensive. I've just bought Alan Richardson's The Magician's Tables - nice hardback, I thought...good one for the reference shelf but flicking through it there's some interesting stuff I'd never seen before rune ritual poses and whatnot. I think I'll be looking at it more than I thought even if it is just another book of lists :)
  4. I'm about to start Kathleen Kent's "The Heretic's Daughter" about Sarah Carrier, and her mother Martha in Salem...:)
  5. Currently reading Douglas Watt's "Testament of a Witch". Fictional account of trials outside Edinburgh, but he's done oodles of historical research. It's one in a series of crime novels, featuring a lawyer and his assistant. Decent enough read, actually :D
  6. I am re-reading "The Book" ie my own scribblings...in need of an update, methinks. And I've got a pile of herbal remedies to note down...it's going to be a BIG chore.
  7. Life crisis alert....my book shelf collapsed a week ago! I'm now negotiating around assorted stacks all over the floor, until I get a replacement "storage solution". Back on topic - Gallow's Curse by Karen Maitland, a raft of gypsy/traveller biographies since watching the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding series, and The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, self-explanatory.:)
  8. Craig Armstrong...genius. On constant loop...can't get enough of the rises in this :) PS I've probably soley responsible for a third of the hits on this track alone.... :bolt:
  9. Happy thrifting!!! It's one of my favourite things to do. Routing through other people's junk with no particular object in mind is great. I've been known to buy old games just to get the coloured counters or dice or whatever out of them...and some of the boxes are cool too.
  10. Ages ago I acquired a mini fondue kit, don't know where from, no idea why, but take a look at it and tell me you couldn't come up with multiple uses for it, aside from the occasional tasty cheese snack :) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mini-Fondue-Kit-Miniature-Editions/dp/0762411333
  11. I really enjoyed Wiliamson's book, and another called "Jessie's Journey" by Jess Smith, a traveller. Hers is one of a trilogy and she name checks Betsy Whyte and it turns out they all know each other. Williamson's book is a collection of fireside stories, mostly featuring someone called Jack...maybe that's a storytellers tradition within travelling folk, I don't know, but it got a bit repetative. There's no mention of witchcraft in either book, but I like reading about travellers lives...another group of people misunderstood and misrepresented... My other christmas goodies were The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images, published by Taschen (LOVE them!) and The Illustrated Signs and Symbols Sourcebook" by Adele Nozedar - both great reference books for my shelf.Another one was "Awaken to Healing Fragrance" by Elizabeth Anne Jones, about aromatherapy. She cites historical users like Cleopatra, Trota and Hildegard of Bingen, with a lot of scientific explanation that I'll probably skip but tones of references and further reading suggestions which I do like. And finally, Gilbert and Gubar's The Mad Woman in the Attic, about women's writing, bit a standard these days. So, a nice stack of books and I ate too much - how was your Christmas? :D
  12. I'm reading The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas, although I should be reading poetry for my Children's Literature course :) My parents gave me a choice of Christmas presents - a watch or boots. I have a watch I don't wear and plenty boots, so vetoed both and opted for books...:) The Land of the Seal People by Duncan Williamson was one, a refernce book on symbols was another....roll on Christmas :)
  13. THAT's the one!!!! Cheers! :) Yeah, Faber and Faber's edition of The Leaping Hare was re-issued...2002, hm, not so recent then. I am going to try and read all his books, I think it would pays dividends for me.
  14. Didn't he do a book on Runes too? I think I saw it at work and wondered if it would be any good....or maybe it was visual magick...brains gone to mush. So, vetoed all my previous/above choices, as it's payday today, treated myself to The Leaping Hare by George Ewart Evans..just been reissued :)
  15. Just finished The Chymical Wedding by Lindsay Clarke...the new edition, it first came out in 1989. Started well, but he lost me towards the end :( Why do so many novels these days insist on time jumping? Bugs the head off me. I think my next read will be The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder, or I'll delve deeper into my "To Read" pile...I've a copy of The Host still to read amongst others..:)
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