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About AuroraBaenSidhe

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    Pennsylvania
  • Interests
    Singing, reading, writing, crochet, (trying to teach myself to knit), learning something new.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have explored several different branches of the craft and read more books on the subject than I care to count. ^_^ I'd say on a scale of 1-10 I'm hovering somewhere around a five or six.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I have delved briefly into Asatru(will be revisiting in more depth), Reconstructionism, Necromancy. I have studied in depth Celtic, Greek, Romany, Gardenarian, Seax-Wicca, The Grey School path of Witchcraft and Wizardry(took classes for that) and several others. At this point, I suppose you could classify me as an eclectic solitary witch.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, in that my practice follows the laws of nature rather than the laws of modern day Wicca. Nature is both cruel and kind, light and dark; etc. I firmly believe that the Wiccan crede while an admirable way to behave in modern society does not match the laws of Nature, which are sacred.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    To me, it means embracing both dark and light. It means understanding that both parts are essential to nature and to us and that nourishing one over the other can be destructive. Both have things to teach us. I could go on for awhile. Let me sum it up by saying Duality, honor, intelligence and embracing the masculine equally with the feminine.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Fifteen years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A web search. I was looking for a community.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I am hoping to get from this site a sense of community that is lacking in my physical location. Most around me are firmly Wiccan, Athiest, or Nihilist, so it's hard to discuss my path with them. I can contribute what I know, and my friendship, even if all I have to offer is a new perspective, sometimes changing your perspective can change the way you look at a situation.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I think I still have an account on Witchvox but have not been there in a long time. Other than that no, unless you count shops.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Protection, blessing, Offensive magick and Scrying.I get visions but they come as they please, so I'm not sure it's a strong point, it just is.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Divination(ironically considering the visions), past life regression, Astral Projection

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  1. There are house spirits in my home. One is a spirit that likes to go on walk- abouts. It definitely doesn't look human(I've gotten glimpses of it before it vanished and seen it's footprints in the kitchen after we mopped). This being guards the kitchen and living room. This i think is the original spirit of the home, definitely predating my moving in there. The dog doesn't seem to mind its presence whatsoever. There is another spirit which was with me in my last home. I think this may be more of a personal protector or something like that since he moved when I did but I classify him as a house spirit because he doesn't leave the home so far as I am aware. He patrols my bedroom, the steps and the landing but doesn't step foot in the living room or kitchen. You can hear him clomping around sometimes almost like he's wearing boots. I can see him standing in front of our front door. I've seen his silhouette but no defining features.He confuses the dog. She sees him and thinks someones at the door sometimes. Then there's my brother's 'house spirit'. He's similar to silhouette man but his territory is my brother's room and the hall leading into it. If you step into it's territory believe me when I say you know its there watching you. If I've ever had to go into my brother's room (usually because he asked me to) I get this definite 'this is not your space!' message. I hold up my hands and say " I was given permission to come in here, He needs such and such a thing" Or, he lives here but this is MY house." And the feeling abates. My friend Jamie had quite another experience. I've never felt threatened by my brother's guardian. She has. She came over once when nobody was home. She was going to meet me and thought I was maybe in my room. She'd never been to the house before, so she wasnt sure which room was mine. She ended up going to my brother's room. She says she was physically pushed back when she tried to open the door, and the same happened when she tried to enter my room. That would mean my brother's guardian sensed a stranger in the house and got super protective. She felt so unsafe that she left and waited for me in her car.
  2. I tend to intimidate people from the moment they see me. I've never understood it really as I don't think of myself as an intimidating person. Nor do the majority of my very close friends(though that could have something to do with the fact that they were not always the upstanding folks they are today and have seen many things.) I suppose it could be the simple fact that witches work so closely with energy while most people just sort of exist in it. I suppose it must be the equivalent of knowing what words do and seeing them versus actually reading and understanding them. Another theory of mine which I'm sure is shared by many is that witches attract spirits of many types and that tends to be noticeable if only by 'vibe'
  3. Oh i've heard of this!!!!! I've never been though sadly
  4. I'm gonna go ahead and say its probably a combination of the two.
  5. Oh ya, there are several Cry Baby Bridges in PA and as you said other states too. The one I posted the video of is closest to me. A thoughtform would make more sense as that's too big a coincidence. Another one that seems to be everywhere is the white lady who haunts roads. Have you ever heard that one? There are a lot of these types of legends surrounding bridges. Though if you look back through myth and legend, there's always a story about a bridge isn't there? Hmmm, I wonder. ^_^ There's also a story about a bridge in PA that is flat. If you drive to the middle of it it's said that the ghosts who haunt that bridge push your car backwards. If you walk it they push you backwards too it's said, supposedly trying to protect you from something nasty on the other side. I've been there and the pushing part is true, but not by spirits. I think it's rather something off like maybe the area feels flat but isn't? I know for sure something with some extra mojo hangs out nearby it though.
  6. lol. I have a pit Bull and shes a sweetie pie. She barks alot but you can definitely tell when she means it and when she's just talking. So when that bark goes deep and her tail doesn't wag, I don't even answer the door.
  7. There is a superstition in my family. I'm not really sure how it started. Maybe with my Grandma. She came to America from Ferrara Italy and one of my earliest memories of her was my sister and i rolling down the big hill in her backyard, then running to the top and doing it again. We were having fun and she was watching us and sipping her tea when the windchime which had been making merry tones all day suddenly made a dissonant almost ominous tone. My sister and I didn't think anything of it, but Grandma reacted immediately. She made us go inside and locked the doors. The next day I can remember asking her why she did that and she took me outside and pointed to the wind chime. She said "Well honey, when the chimes ring wrong, there's disaster before long." Come to find out later, a drunk driver hit a kid on a bike one street over. I've never forgotten that saying, and to this day everyone in the family keeps a wind chime, at least one; near the house. I have one in the front of the house and one in back, and sure enough, each time I notice a bad note something bad happens. Another family thing is the kitchen prayer. Again, my grandma started it or at least brought it over from Italy. It's definitely Christian but it goes like this: Bless my little kitchen Lord, I love its every nook. And bless me as I do my work, Wash pots and pans and cook. May the meals that I prepare Be seasoned from above With Thy blessing and Thy grace But most of all Thy love. As we partake of earthly food The table Thou has spread We’ll not forget to thank Thee Lord For all our daily bread. So bless my little kitchen Lord And those who enter in May they find naught but joy and peace And happiness therein. Every woman in the family puts this or some version of it in their kitchen. Not sure you can call it a superstition, but a practice perhaps. Another one to do with cooking: This one I got from my mentor before I lost her. When cooking stir clockwise three times and counter clockwise three times to protect the food from negativity. I do this every time I cook now. Other small ones: Never open an umbrella in doors. Never allow a person in that the animals dislike.
  8. I wish you the best on that one. I've done it and it aint easy. Do yourself a favor: when you get to the part listing family trees and lineage just skip it. That's all that part is tbh.
  9. I work with spirits fairly regularly, so suffice it to say yes I've seen my share of them. As far as local legends go, we have a few interesting ones in my area. The most famous of them would be the site of the Battle of Gettysburg in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. It was one of the single most bloody and violent battles of the American Civil War. http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/gettysburg/assets/ten-facts-about/ten-facts-about-gettysburg.html?referrer=https://us.search.yahoo.com/ Over 35,000 men died in less than a week in one town violently. As you can imagine Gettysburg is the place to be if you want to see a ghost in Pennsylvania. I've been there myself. (When I was in school they took us there on field trips for History class.) The place is high energy, and you don't need to be looking to see one there. Less known I suppose are two legends. Cry Baby Bridge: Legend has it that in the 1800's a woman had a child out of wedlock. She was so afraid of the repercussions that she fled to a bridge and threw her child into the waters below. Some say she left, some say she also killed herself. Either way they say that if you go there at night you can hear the baby crying and screaming. I have gone there, and I did hear something but it was too hard to distinguish whether or not it was a wild animal so jury's out on this one. Here's a video you can actually see the bridge in question. Its located in Lancaster Pennsylvania (Amish Country). The Storm Hag: Also known as Jenny Greenteeth. Legend says she lurks in the waters near Presque Isle, Eerie Pennsylvania and sinks ships. I've never been there, but it seems like an old fisherman's tale to me. http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/the_storm_hag.html Bloody Mary: Arguably the most infamous and widely known. As PA legend goes Mary was a young girl born in the 1800's who became very ill with typhoid. (Also called typhoid Mary for that reason.) Problem was some people who got sick with typhoid would go into a state that mimicked death so closely their families thought they were dead and would bury them. (There is historical accuracy to that actually. You can still find graveyards with little bells next to them.) When they buried them, they would put a little bell next to the grave with a string that led into the coffin so if the person awoke they could pull it; thus alerting the person keeping vigil that they were still alive. According to legend(at least the version told in my area growing up) Mary woke in her own coffin and rang the bell. But it was storming that night, and no one was there to hear it. When morning came, her father came outside to check and saw that the bell was knocked over. He began to furiously dig but by the time he did she had suffocated to death. When they opened the coffin there were marks on the lid from her trying to claw her way out. It's said that if you ring a bell three times, light a candle and put it in front of a mirror, and call for her three times she will appear to you.
  10. That's a very interesting question. I can't see why it wouldn't though I do believe that depends on what you end up using it for specifically.So I'm gonna say, yes and no to that.
  11. Currently reading: Grey's Tribute by rmills https://www.wattpad.com/story/46720075-grey%27s-tribute
  12. Substitution is the name of the game: There is nothing wrong with subbing a white tealight for that purple taper the spell calls for, or that substituting a local herb for that mysterious exotic one you read about. Instinct is King: If your gut tells you it's wrong, listen to it, You aren't being silly. Knowledge is Power: Before you try anything, learn as much as you possibly can about it. The more you know the better chance you have of handling yourself. Don't just read from one source either, pay attention to many of them. Don't get Cocky: Walking the crooked path, you tend to get reminded there's always a bigger fish if you get to big for your britches. Spirit beings are People too!: Treat spirits of all types (ghost, fae, demon, etc) with the same respect you(hopefully) show your valued elders. How would you feel if you were bopping about in the spirit plane minding your own business and suddenly you get called into someone's house and they start demanding things of you? Ask instead of demanding. When all else Fails, Protect yourself: As much as we may wish, not all spirits are nice. You could be so kind to them you give yourself cavities, but that doesn't always mean anything to them. If you feel threatened, protect yourself. The best Offence is a good Defense: After you learn the basics, get good at defense of any and all kinds from the mundane to the otherworldly. It's a great foundation to have.(Especially if you're like me and go foraging about in every path you find.) Never doubt the healing power of a good ol' fashioned Vacation: Sometimes you need a vacation from the occult too. That's okay. Don't be scared to stand Alone Always above all, be brutally honest with yourself.
  13. Lol. Right?! I was using like the dollar pack of razors you can get. I since purchased a better one. More money but worth it! haha.
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