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About Lauvitra

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    Finland
  • Interests
    Reading, writing, and many kinds of crafts.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Quite familiar, but only within my own tradition. I practice Finnish traditional witchcraft, with family trad elements thrown in. I do not know much about other traditions.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    As for whether I've explored other paths, no. I've more or less grown up with my current path, and although I'm interested in learning about other paths as well, I have no desire to try them out personally. My current path suits me well.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I'm forced to say I don't really understand the question. "Worked with" means what in this context? I am a traditional Finnish witch myself, so if the question means if I've ever practiced trad. witchcraft, then yes.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Well, this is a tough question, and hard to answer. Traditional withcraft is simply witchcraft that is traditional. I don't really know how to say it better, as every tradition is different, and there's no way to summarise them all in one sentence.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I was about six when I learned my first spells from my grandfather, so that makes it a little over twenty years. Of course, I actively started learning more about it much later, but I can't really remember when, exactly.
  • What brought you to our site?
    After being very busy with work and studies for about two years now, recently I finally realized again that the internet exists, and that I've really missed the communities I've been a part of. Unfortunately, most of the sites I've used to frequent either no longer exist or aren't active, so I tried to find new places. Then I came across this site, and realized that I've never checked what's going on in here. So now I did that. And my interest sparked up. Most of the other sites I've been to have been more centered around paganism, and not so much witchcraft, so this seems interestingly fresh.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    As for what I expect to get... knowledge, mostly. About other paths, other cultures and traditions I'm not yet familiar with. And for what I expect to contribute... Well, the same, but the other way.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Not currently.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Tough question again. Within my own tradition? Well, Finnish witchcraft largely revolves around spoken spells, correct words and knowledge of the lore, and I'd say I'm at my strongest when it comes to actually remembering.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Divination. I've never really had any interest in it, although I'm familiar with some techniques in theory.

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  1. ______ I keep the offerings for the house spirit separate from the others. The house spirit offerings happen inside the house, and the other land spirits receive their offerings outside, more or less together. For the second question, I don't see why not, as long as the wight seems fine with it. In my tradition house spirits are said to pick their living spaces for themselves, often choosing places that are warm and comfortable, or somewhat hidden. Of course I can't speak for the spirits around your place, but offering them some options shouldn't hurt at least. If they don't like the idea, or the placement of the bird house, or they've already picked a place they like more, I doubt they'll get angry about having extra choices offered to them. As for the last question, no, I don't. In part because I don't have an ancestral altar, but I wouldn't even if I did have one. My house spirit isn't my ancestor, so I keep these separate. I do know that in some cultures (including my own) it's believed that ancestors can become house spirits to look after their family, and in such a case it would definitely make sense to give them offerings on the same altar, but unless that's the case, I wouldn't. Others might choose differently, of course.
  2. _______ Yeah, the paper is handmade. I actually have two kinds of handmade ink and I've been trying them both. One is walnut ink, and the other... something else. I don't remember what it's made of anymore. It's the other ink that's a little bit thicker and has a darker color, and doesn't get absorbed into the paper quite as much. Still, not as good as a standard ballpoint pen would be. That would definitely have been a more practical choice, but eh... If I'm going fancy, let's go fancy all the way. Quills and ink it is! :D It's not like this is supposed to be practical - that's what the computer exists for. This is just for fun. Those cards sound useful, though. I'll have to keep that in mind for other note-making purposes. I do a lot of writing as a hobby, and my notes for all the stories I have going on tend to get lost in dozens of notebooks and pieces of paper. Something like this might help me organize them a little better for later use.
  3. Recording every little thing is something I've never felt like doing. As in, keeping an actual journal of my workings. It just seems pointless, mostly. The only record keeping I've done is something I started about a year ago. I began to actually write down my spells. Up to that point I've always just memorized everything, but then I realized there are a lot of spells I've taught myself which I never really use, but I wouldn't want to forget them either. So, I began to write everything down. I've used a normal notebook, mostly, and also copied everything into my computer, to have a back-up in case something happens. Nothing fancy - not at first, at least. Then a friend of mine gifted me two of those fancy leather-bound, handmade journals with a pretty hook clasp to lock them with, along with two bottles of handmade ink and two quill pens. So, what was I to do? They were gifts, and surely I had to use them for something! Long story short, I made those leather journals into my fancy back-ups. Copied everything again. Those journals sure are pretty, but damn how hard it is to write in them! The hook clasp on the front cover makes it almost impossible to write anything on the pages on that side of the book, because it just won't lay flat unless I put something in between the cover and the first pages. The handmade paper is sometimes very thick, sometimes so thin the ink almost seeps through. Because of these two problems, I decided to only write on the pages on the right. Makes it easier to write, and leaves some empty space for every entry in case I want to add something later. I have to admit, though, quills are nice to write with. Shame they aren't very practical nowadays.
  4. I don't really have anything to actually contribute for the thread, but I just wanted to thank you for posting this, Zombee. This has been an interesting read so far. A chance to learn about other traditions is always a wonderful thing, and this gives me some understanding of the basics of how other people do things. I'll keep following the thread. Thanks! :)
  5. _____ Really? Huh. Since there are quite a few bugs (beetles and other insects) which do shed their exoskeleton - or parts of it - multiple times throughout their adult stage, and the writer of the article went as far as to claim these ones do so as well, I'd have assumed there's no reason they wouldn't. Well, the more you know! Guess these beetles have a very short period of adulthood, then, if they don't have time to outgrow their shells.
  6. ______ And in this case, nothing even had to die or suffer for the dress; the jewel beetles shed their wings naturally. So, it's kind of similar to using something like deer antlers, which are also naturally shed. And on the actual topic: the dress looks awesome, but I'd imagine it would be quite impractical to wear. I mean, on stage it probably works fine, but... one careless step on the hem, and you crush a handful of beetle wings under your foot? And what happens if you'd forget what you're wearing and try to sit down? The poor dress would be quickly ruined by someone like me. The actress must have been exceptionally careful while wearing this thing on stage.
  7. I don't celebrate them. Halloween isn't a thing in my country, and Samhain isn't a thing in my religion, so neither one is relevant to me. The only thing I'll be celebrating is my mother's birthday. Dinner and chocolate cake!
  8. I do! And yes, it's autumn for me as well - and winter - when I feel the most "witchy". Mostly it's because there's too much noise and chittering and all kinds of distractions going around in spring and summer, and I find it hard to really concentrate on all the things I do, witchy or not. At this time of the year, all the outside noice starts to finally calm down. Even though I do witchy things throughout the year, it's in autumn and winter when I can really concentrate and actually think about the things I do and plan my new projects, and that does often give me the "extra-witchy" feeling; witchcraft isn't only present in my actions, but it's much more present in my thoughts as well - in such a way it rarely can during the rest of the year. Because of this, I often consider autumn and winter to be my time of preparation for the other half of the year. Mental preparation, that is. To sum it up, the warm and busy time of the year is when I do things; this cold and quiet time of the year is when I plan, learn and think about things. Edit: curse the typos!
  9. I was going to suggest Armstreet myself, but since I'm too late, I'll just add this: I highly recommend! They have their own website as well, so Etsy isn't the only place you can buy their stuff from: https://armstreet.com/ They don't have that many cloaks, and many of the ones they do have, also have quite a high price, but they do have a couple of simple ones. I personally haven't bought a cloak from them yet, but I've purchased a lot of other stuff - and everything else that I've purchased has been of excellent quality, with a perfect custom fit. So, if quality and fit are important to you, ManWitch, I recommend. I also second the recommendation to search through Etsy for other custom cloak-makers. You can find quite a few, and perhaps you'll find someone closer to your location to save on shipping (and possibly, import taxes).
  10. I don't wear anything special for my craft workings. It's either whatever I happen to be wearing at the moment, or whatever is necessary for the time and place I'll be working at (inside, outside, warm or cold, things like that). The only "special" piece of clothing that's related to my craft practice, is a piece of headwear; kind of a hooded hat-thingy, a bit like a medieval chaperone, or a houve hat, or something. Whatever it is. :P Whenever I'm teaching myself a new spell, I wear that hat - or sometimes, just a scarf over my head. I like how it cuts away distractions around me when I'm trying to learn spells. Keeps my head concentrated, so to speak. I always seem to remember my spells easier that way. Also, since it covers both my head and my neck, it's useful for keeping mosquitoes away if it's summer and I happen to be outside. I don't care much if the little buggers get to my hands, but it's a mouthful of curses on them if they get anywhere near my ears. Any spell-learning turns into a full mosquito hunt in an instant when that happens.
  11. Most people who know me kind of know, family and friends, that is. Either they know or they just know that I do some funny things sometimes, but I don't really run around announcing it to everyone. As for covens, I'm not in one, and never will be. Group-working wouldn't make sense within my tradition; a certain level of secrecy and it being solitary is pretty much a defining point for my practice. It's not like I'm very social either, anyway, so I'll just keep my practice to myself, mostly.
  12. I like wearing watches. Much easier for checking the time than a phone, so I only take it off when I'm working and absolutely can't wear it. Also, my watches never run out of battery. Ever. I've sometimes managed to break them (dropped my previous watch on a stone floor, broke something in it and had to get a new one), but I'm convinced that any battery in a watch that I'm wearing will last forever. My current watch has been going for five+ years and counting, even though I was told at the shop the battery should last only about two years max. My cell phone batteries also seem to last much longer than anyone else's. Recharging it once every three weeks or so, and sometimes it goes for a full month without trouble.
  13. Well, I began to learn witchcraft from my grandfather when I was about six, when he did a funny thing and told me it was a spell, and then kind of just asked me if I'd want to learn a spell, too, and I just replied with "yeah I wanna!" *nod nod*, I'd say... yeah, I knew I'd be a witch. :P The beginning of my witchy path was very simple. One question, one answer, and here I am.
  14. Ooh, I wanna do this, too! :o 1. What is your favorite witchy movie? Terry Pratchett's animated Wyrd Sisters. I don't really watch movies, so that's pretty much the only one I can think of. 2. Where is your favorite place to do a spell? At my family's summer place, in the sauna. 3. Where do you NORMALLY do your spells? In the sauna at my own home, or wherever the spells requires me to be. 4. What type of spells are your favorite? If understanding "types" as categories like curses, healing spells, bindings, etc., I don't have a favorite. Otherwise I'd say my favorite type of spells are the ones that challenge me. Spells that force me to think, and make me both consider and re-consider everything I know and everything I think I know in order to put the spell together. Challenges. That's what I like. 5. What is your favorite ingredient for a spell? My spells almost never use ingredients, so can't say. Simply... water, perhaps? 6. What is your LEAST favorite ingredient to use in a spell? Meh. No idea. 7. What is your favorite witchy holiday/festival? I don't really have those. Midsummer? Perhaps the witchiest holiday around here. 8. Do you have an animal spirit, If yes, how many? Nope, no such things. 9. If yes to #8, name the animal spirit(s): Let's skip this. 10. Name your favorite witchy character: Granny Weatherwax, of course. Who else could it be? :P 11. When was the last time you did a hex/curse? Last summer. 12. When was the last time you did a blessing/healing? A couple months ago, I think. 13. When was the last time you did a binding? Oh my, let's see... About nine years ago, I guess? 14. When was the last time you did a love spell? Never done one. 15. Have you ever done a spell on someone just because you were bored? Nah, wouldn't bother. 16. What is your strength as a witch? Within my own practice? Remembering. 17. What is your weakness as a witch? Divination. That's something I just don't do. Like, ever. 18. If you could go back in time to meet ANYBODY associated in witchcraft, who would it be and why? Can't really think of anyone. 19. How much of a "modern stereotyped witch" applied to you as a witch? None at all. 20. How long have you been a member of this forum? Hmm, a good question. About a year, I think.
  15. First off, never having interacted with this spirit myself, I can obviously offer outsider opinions only. So keep that in mind with my reply. I'd be inclined to say that if you gain some benefit from working with this spirit, then as long as you feel like you can trust him enough to keep working with him, there's no reason to cut off the contact. But be careful, and be observant. If anything seems odd to you at any point, it should be looked into. Spirits are different, just like people, and they can have their own goals as well, and what they want from the relationship may not always be obvious - but that doesn't necessarily mean that the spirit is out to harm you! That said, it might be best to figure out what rules both you and the spirit could agree to work on with your relationship, and then stick to those rules. If he seeks to have a more distant, "professional" type of working relationship, would you be fine with it? If you want something more like a friendship with the spirit, then perhaps what he offers isn't what you seek? My experience with spirits is that as long as you stay observant, are willing to take the risk, and are capable of protecting yourself if things go wrong, working with any spirit can be beneficial - even the malicious ones.
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