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About aefre

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  • Birthday 09/29/1967

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  • Location
    UK
  • Interests
    Yoga, tarot, hiking, nature.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    With English/Irish Traditions, very. However, with other practises, not so much.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes,very dark, but am old now! I prefer a much quieter, more peaceful life nowadays.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. Healing mostly. Helping others find their way, emotionally, professionally, mentally and physically.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It's a way of life. A daily practise to improve one's life in every aspect. A way to achieve 'happiness', which may sound 'fluffy', but, at the end of the day, the most important thing in life is to be happy, healthy and glad.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    My whole life. I was brought up with the craft, but abandoned it as a teenager, to follow everybody else (went down a darker road of teenagedom!!)
  • What brought you to our site?
    Curiosity. Although I was brought up in the craft, I know very little about New World practises, and am a natural noisy parker, who basically wants to find out what everybody else is up to!!
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    To be able to share my experiences, and gain information from others who share my beliefs.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Healing, helping, and, when it's called for, levelling the playing field. I have found, that the older I get, the stronger my power of intent becomes. This is something that I am coming to terms with.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Working directly with strange spirits. Although I work directly with ancestors, I've never worked with 'outside' spirits.
  • Additional Information.
    I'm now older, and I'd like to think, wiser. I spend my energies on peace and calm and happiness, and living a contented life. Occasionally, 'something' comes along to threaten that, and I deal with it accordingly. Family is the most important thing to me now.
  1. @Aria, I firmly believe we are a mish-mash. What I find interesting on this forum, is, so far, nobody has said anything that I haven't heard already, and I've been brought up with The Craft. People may practise different areas, but nothing has surprised me yet. My issue, is when people separate themselves, or belittle others. What is traditional witchcraft? How far can anyone trace it back to? Where is the origin? What I find fun, here, is to hear the thoughts of others. I'm too old now to get stoned on flying 'ointments', but it's fun to hear what others do. I don't contact strange spirits anymore, but it's interesting to hear of other peoples experiences. And I do love the commonality of the English language. It means that a great many people, from many, interesting parts of the world, can communicate with one another. I make a living out of teaching it! And, like it or not, it is the international language. I just wish, that instead of separating ourselves from each other, we could just get together. And have a big old, fuck off party at the back of the forum :) :) :)
  2. @Ialinrises, "hiding in plain site" is the key. In Europe, Christianity 'swept' in, but 'someone' realised that things couldn't change overnight, and, thus, incorporated Christianity into the native, pagan rituals/festivals. Hence, people could still celebrate 'Ostara/Easter' and Yule/'Christmas'. People were burned alive in Europe, if they didn't co-operate. I really don't want to compare atrocities, there are, sadly, TOO MANY. Thankfully, we, in the West at least, live in a world where we can all speak and practise our beliefs freely?!
  3. Hey PG, just to add, what 'frustrates' me about Culpepper's, is, that when he wrote it (somewhere in the 1600's), he didn't put Latin names, or pictures, or anything. Because, he assumed, and quite rightly so, that everyone knew what he was talking about. And they would have done. In the area I grew up in, we had names for all the local plants/weeds etc and could recognise them immediately. I now live by the sea, and have had to learn all the local flora from scratch. To be honest, the only reason I'm growing it, is because I found it in a garden centre, as part of their 'old English plants' section. And, when it flowers, it looks like a thistle! Thanks for responding, if you find anything else out, I'd love to know. PS I love the fact that you live on a mountain :)
  4. I really want to BUMP this thread, because I honestly do not believe that their are ANY differences. The Craft came from all people in all places. From my understanding, for example, Hoodoo, came from people who were enslaved, and incorporated the European church into their beliefs. Also, from my understanding, the European Pagans, had Xian beliefs incorporated into their religion, to make it more palatable to the 'changeover'. There is no difference. We all want the same things. We all want PROTECTION, we all want LOVE, we all want MONEY LOL. So, instead of looking for differences, or, looking towards the past, why don't we start looking towards the future.
  5. Though, it has to be said, it's a pretty damn good recipe, minus moose :)
  6. Gosh! The image of ImanSua I have, is her carrying a moose across her shoulders, that she's just killed with her massive shotgun!
  7. Does anyone, have any practical applications for Knapweed. It's an old herb, that I'm cultivating in my garden. The only references I have are in Culpeper's Complete Herbal, so I'd be really interested to hear, if anyone has any modern, practical uses for it.
  8. Hey Oroboros, sorry to interrupt, but I've always been taught that honey has excellent, natural, anti-bacterial, healing properties. Being a lazy witch, I used to buy a generic moisturiser, and mix honey and lavender oil with it. Having 2 x boys who were constantly 'wounded' in one way or another, falling out of trees etc, this made the perfect salve for surface wounds. They healed in no time. And, if the wound was wet, I'd dry it as much as I could, then apply it, and cover it with a dry dressing. The moisturiser was very 'light' by the way, not a thick creamy thing. It also seemed to draw out any 'yukky' stuff. This was though, just for surface wounds.
  9. Okay, so far I've managed to read half a page. It may be a while before I have any clue what you guys are talking about!!! :)
  10. I am about to embark on a mission to read 'The Holy Bible', King James Version, Old Testament. Before anyone faints, I shall explain. I am English, and, until recently, knew nothing about Southern Conjure or Hoodoo. What I have found really interesting, is the huge similarities between these practises, and my own, which have a strong Irish (and Italian) focus. What I didn't know was, there is a big focus on petitioning prophets and saints. I've never read the bible, full stop. But, petitioning saints has been part of my upbringing. So, in my quest to learn about different practises, I've come full circle, and I guess, am going to learn about my own!
  11. My tip, is this (and it has nothing to do with Bran's blood drawing method, which Is a very practical top ten tip),: If you find yourself in a place, where all you want to do is hurt and hex people, take a good long look at yourself, and turn your workings towards YOU. To me, now, Witchcraft can help enable you to bring about the best possible outcome for you and yours. Yes there are things and people that need to be 'sorted'. But once you've dealt with any serious problems that are hindering you, work on the positive aspects. It's very easy to become embroiled in a dark cycle of revenge and retribution. It's much harder to work on your own dark side.
  12. Thanks for the honest advice. I'm going to a camera shop later in the week, and now, will not be bamboozled into trying out anything fancy. And I will definitely search around online. Wish me luck x
  13. Yeah O, and you STILL clicked LOL
  14. @IS, If a complete novice at photography wanted to start, what type of camera would you recommend?
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