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About odalibuc

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  • Birthday 07/22/1992

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    Gurnee, IL
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    martial arts, cartoons, video games, music
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I am only vaguely familiar with more organized forms of witchcraft; I've always just made it up as I went along with my life until I discovered that there were online communities of witches and that the practice had been continued.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was raised Lutheran, but began seeking other paths once I hit college, though I stopped identifying as Christian in high school. Religiously speaking, I have come to accept that all gods that people have ever believed in are different interpretations of the same pantheon and have stopped caring about religion one way or another; I respect and honor the gods that hold me in their favor and am ambivalent to the others. Witchcraft has always been completely separate from my religious beliefs and the only change in my practice has been to expand it as I learn more about myself and what I can do in the world around me.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I have practiced magic in the past and continue to do so, especially in the areas of divination, exorcising dark energy, and sending on any lingering spirits that come to me seeking my help in that regard (I once came home from the Field Museum in Chicago with the entire residency of the Egypt exhibit asking me to help them move on). Much of my work is spiritual or protective in nature, though I have made several charms to help my friends emotionally and mentally.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    I'm not sure I really know what Traditional Witchcraft is; I am the first member of my family to practice it and I stumbled into the practice on my own. I use witchcraft to better myself and as a means of understanding the world around me in ways that I otherwise wouldn't be able to.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I have been experiencing magic in my life starting from a very young age, but I did not actively begin my practice until I was a freshman in college, when I felt more safe to do so; I've been practicing on my own for almost six years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I've been trying to find a community of witches to be part of that did not involve Wicca or joining a coven, and google brought me here.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to find a system of support in my craft and to provide that same support to anyone who needs it. I also am coming to this place as a self-taught witch, in the hope that I can learn and grow as a witch. In return I will share my own experiences in the hope that they might help someone just as confused as me.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I do not.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I excel in spiritual work, especially ridding an area of harmful non-human spirits and sending on those that wish to move to the next world. In the past, I have had several prophetic dreams (though none of them were anything important), and I am quite skilled in reading cards to find trends and see potential paths and choices. I am also skilled in making woven charm bracelets to protect against harmful energies and to help balance any feelings of the body and soul not lining up.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I can never remember any of my prophetic dreams or even that I've had them until they come to pass, and I have trouble working with purely positive energies. Mostly, I just know that there are many branches of witchcraft that I am probably unaware of because of limitations in my access to resources

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  1. 1. What is your favorite witchy movie? Hocus Pocus, just because I've been watching it basically my entire life every Halloween 2. Where is your favorite place to do a spell? Outside, in the woods by my house 3. Where do you NORMALLY do your spells? In my bedroom with the door closed so my family doesn't know 4. What type of spells are your favorite? Protective and anything else you can do by putting something together to be worn 5. What is your favorite ingredient for a spell? Embroidery thread - I love braiding bracelets out of it to make charms. 6. What is your LEAST favorite ingredient to use in a spell? Anything off of someone else's body 7. What is your favorite witchy holiday/festival? Samhein. That's when I feel most connected to everything to do with magic 8. Do you have an animal spirit, If yes, how many? I feel connected to some, but nothing that I actually work with 9. If yes to #8, name the animal spirit(s): Corvids and cats 10. Name your favorite witchy character: Its a tie between Angela from the Inheritance cycle and Auri from the Kingkiller Chronical 11. When was the last time you did a hex/curse? There was something going around tumblr where everyone hexed Donald Trump on the same day 12. When was the last time you did a blessing/healing? Two or three days ago, when I found out my neighbor was in a car accident 13. When was the last time you did a binding? I did a binding on one of my friends - he was so good at astral travel that he had a hard time keeping in his body. I made him a charm to carry with him to help him stay on the physical plane when he needs to, and he takes it off for astral travel. 14. When was the last time you did a love spell? I'm not interested in love spells or relationships 15. Have you ever done a spell on someone just because you were bored? Nope 16. What is your strength as a witch? Tarot readings and charm-making 17. What is your weakness as a witch? I can be a very lazy spell caster 18. If you could go back in time to meet ANYBODY associated in witchcraft, who would it be and why? I would like to meet Gerald Gardner and punch him in the face for everything from Wicca that's seeped into witchcraft - it made it so hard to find my own path. 19. How much of a "modern stereotyped witch" applied to you as a witch? I'm not really sure what that means? 20. How long have you been a member of this forum? Probably around a year by now
  2. This is the first year I'm keeping any kind of garden, so this is going to be quite the learning experience. I'll have cherry tomatoes, zucchini, onions, bell peppers (haven't decided which yet), potatoes, lettuce, and maybe carrots. I'm also looking into what to plant to keep mosquitoes away and hopefully attract bees.
  3. Another thing about Gods finding you, if that is the path you want to take - I firmly believe that not every religion has been made aware of every god that is, and more than one may have seen different facets of one god and called them two different beings. We are only human, and what we know we learn from our interpretations of what we experience. This can be flawed. The deities I work with aren't actually acknowledged by any religion I am aware of. I have a friend who works closely with a goddess from a very old religion that might have been forgotten when Christianity came north. Some religions tried to wipe out others - you may not recognize who or what comes to you. I would advise keeping both your mind and your eyes open. Ask questions. Be polite but don't grovel. Working with anything from another plane is a relationship, and if you end up feeling like a servant you may need to look elsewhere for patronage. That being said, you don't necessarily need divine patronage to be any kind of witch. Since you said you are still kind of new to the craft, I recommend watching, and waiting, and being open and willing to learn. Your craft and practice will shape itself in time, and you have our support and camaraderie while you figure it out. We all were in your shoes once upon a time. Best of luck, witchynovice!
  4. So I came into possession of a Night Vale tarot deck, and let me say it is just spectacular. The imagery is incredibly nuanced when you take the images themselves and the context behind those images, and it loves to let me know when I'm being too paranoid or not paranoid enough. Really, if anyone ever has the chance to acquire a "fandom deck", I highly recommend doing so.
  5. I've worked with Dionysus before, and through him discovered that there is more than one brand of chaos. It sounds like this is a "chaos/disruption for a good cause" rather than "chaos/disruption for the giggles or its own sake", and that is what Dionysus excels at; he is the god of the type of madness and freedom from inhibition commonly associated with drunkenness and anarchy. He does a lot to make sure people loosen up enough that they don't make bad choices because their heads are so far up their rear-ends that they can't see reason. If you think it might be possible, I would consider consulting him first, just because its a type of disruption that's easier to point in one direction and he isn't as likely to come back and mess with your end of things as Eris would be. Furthermore, payment for him is generally straightforward (for me at least). Whenever I've worked with him, he's only asked for offerings of booze. Depending on the size of your working, he may ask for some expensive champagne or wine, or an entire bottle of Jack or vodka. Either way, I've found him to be fairly agreeable and willing to intercede without ulterior motives or other plans of his own.
  6. I don't really have any friends I can talk with about any of this where I live. I have friends I can talk about things with, certainly, but there is a certain level of commiseration and siblinghood that comes from talking with other witches, instead of just people that respect or are curious about that kind of thing.
  7. I suppose the conflicting opinions on the nature of deities isn't helped much by what I've come to realize; the divine (especially the deities I work with) don't interact with everyone they choose to have relationships with in the same way. It varies from deity to deity and from person to person. I work with a few deities on a more professional level, and we aren't going to make it a more personal relationship. Others have involved themselves so much that they might as well be another set of parents. If you find that a deity would be interested in working with you in any capacity, I recommend taking them up on their offer. If not, there's still plenty that you can do without their patronage and either way you'll come out of your search with a better understanding of the nature of those kinds of things, and I find that can be a reward in and of itself.
  8. Make sure you know exactly what you're getting into before you make any long-term magical commitments.
  9. I mostly work with spirits that have never been human, as they are the easiest for me to communicate with. I don't really "see" them at all unless I go to speak with them in a neutral astral meeting place, but I can sense when they are near. Its that feeling you get when someone is standing next to or behind you, except there isn't anything physically there. And I hear their voices in my mind like my own, using my own mental voice. Its mostly intent- and meaning-based communication, not actually words. There's a part of me that translates my words into meaning for them and their meanings into words for me, which I have to say is quite useful when we need to work through something specific.
  10. I've used mudras before, but after taking American Sign Language and learning that one of them very closely resembles the sign for "vagina"... it can be a bit hard to concentrate with them. So I've been doing more moving meditation like in tai chi and qigong practices. The way I move helps to direct my focus to different energies and helps me to move my own around,
  11. I'd say there is a time and place for more traditional methods, and also a place for more chaotic, spontaneous workings. Traditional methods I find give me a good framework and script for interactions with spirits and deities, and they are a good way to get into the craft. Sort of like training wheels. When the time comes and you need something more spontaneous (something without a circle, creating a charm, something like that), its up to you to figure out how you want to handle things.
  12. I'd love the idea of having my ashes transformed into a diamond when I die, but I'm more fond of the process where you can choose a tree to have planted in a mixture of your remains and fertile soil, and it uses what used to be your body to grow into something new. My ancestors aren't really fond of magical workings or interested in building that kind of relationship with me, so I've built up and maintained a very close relationship with a powerful nature spirit in my area. I'd like to become something she can use as a home when I die in thanks for her help and companionship, and to see about getting planted in protected property so she would never be separated from other trees and plants.
  13. Happy Midwinter everyone! I'm saving most of my celebrations for Christmas Eve, since I'm living with my Christian parents until I find a job that pays enough to cover gas, rent, groceries, and student loans, and it just seems fitting. Also I got scheduled to work Christmas Day, and I know I'm going to be too tired afterwards for anything significant. I'm having a fire tonight that will disperse some of the energy from my Halloween workings, I'm going to offer some of the chestnuts my family is going to be roasting to anything that might want to come and peacefully enjoy my fire, and I'm going to work some magic through music to bring my year to an end and ask for fortune, peace, and success for myself and my loved ones and the things we care about in the year to come.
  14. I guess the holiday season get celebrated even by cosmic explosions! But to answer your question, I have felt an increase in the "weight" of the air around me, energy-wise. I generally get that feeling around this time just because I usually do some spell casting to keep my energy going in the winter and the first pulses start around now, but it feels like there's more to it than there should be considering the strength I put into my spell.
  15. I had something like this happen. To get into the library where I work and to clock in there, I need to use a key fob that went missing within a month of me working there. It was gone for a solid week and I had probably three anxiety attacks trying to find it, and where did I finally uncover it? Under a gym bag I hadn't touched in months. That, however, I know was the work of a witch with a petty grudge. I have had things move around every once in a while though, but nothing in my purse or that I use for magic or hygiene ever disappears. I guess whatever likes to mess with me knows that some things are just off limits!
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