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About LilyLaments

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  • Birthday 04/21/1973

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  • Gender
    Feline
  • Location
    Savannah ga USA
  • Interests
    tarot, divination, belly dance, photography, painting
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I'm pretty familiar. been seriously interested in it since 2003
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, pretty much checked out most paths, wicca, recon: irish, hellenic, egyptian. Also Asatru, hinduism. Still figuring out my beliefs but waffle between believing in a deity (or deities) and being more of a pantheist.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, it's been generally my go-to practice over the years. My version of Witcher tends to be very practical, simple and without too much ceremony and ritual. It literally ends up being more like a craft with intention thrown in.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    My definition of TW is a more folk style, low magic, spell-crafting that involves only your own energy but may include assistance from other entities such as nature spirits, ancestors, other deceased (human and nonhuman), etc. One can include a deity(s) if one chooses to, but it's not required.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Since roughly 2003
  • What brought you to our site?
    Recently started researching pantheism and pantheist paganism along side my usual research into pagan cultures of history and discovered this site.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Knowledge, comraderie, occasional brainstorming, and hopefully can return the favor!
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Not these days except for a few groups on Facebook
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Divination (esp tarot and bone readings), Earthy magic, manifestation (also my weak point during certain situations-see next question for more)
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Consistent grounding habits (spiritual hygiene practices lol). I give off a great deal of energy (often nervous energy) and during more stressful times if I'm not careful that energy becomes very scattered and disruptive (accidental self-hexes and in extreme case entity manifestations).
  • Additional Information.
    I'm anti social most times. Socially awkward, think too much, talk too much (I practically write novels when responding to anything- I'm probably bipolar), and overwhelm others a lot. But I love sharing knowledge and experience with others, learning new things, being creative and striving to live a happy and fulfilling life... At least that's my goal
  1. I have heard of coffee scrying with the creamer...slowly pour in the creamer and divine the shapes and such. I've tried it but either it's not my thing or I need more time (it ends up just getting uniform in appearance too fast for me...
  2. With my fascination with throwing things I've had friends tease me, surprised I haven't purchased a mini take deck to throw lol... Told them don't tempt me cuz I probably will at some point haha
  3. ---- that would be fun! I know there are YouTube videos of charm casting that could give people ideas... I've considered making a set myself that doesn't have any animal parts (great for public readings if there's issues with bones and such). Works the same way but the sky is the limit for pieces (plus can put together a set much more quickly for most beginners).
  4. All the above actually lol... I have several different sets depending on type of reading, who I'm reading for (self or others) etc. One set is based on contemporary style (bones, shells, curios). It's technically my newest set (going on 3 years) and fun to work with. It's still somewhat mutable, probably always will be. A set that mostly includes artifacts from or related to animals I personally knew/cared for/worked with over the years. This one is pretty much for personal use only with only few exceptions. I have a set specifically for yes/no type questions (4 raccoon fibulas marked on one side) Last set is from armadillo with certain number of ribs and vertebrae, I use mostly scrying methods with this set. I have been considering creating a rune set using the scutes. The tiny pieces would make it easy to take with me everywhere. Plus, if I wanted to do a toss instead of a pull I don't need as large of a surface as with my larger bone sets (could employ scrying along with rune interpretation)... I still eventually want to make a larger set from (most likely) wood but until then this could be a good start?
  5. I'm really into divination in general so I've tried many methods with variable success. Tarot and bone throwing are my favorites. I'm learning about runes but right now I keep eye out for them in nature (trees, patterns in stones, etc). Eventually I'll make a set and try that too. As for pendulums I've had great results with spirit communication that has nothing to do with me (like talking to ghosts haunting a location) but not when used as a dowsing tool or talking to my own guides, etc... I'm not sure why except maybe a personal block I need to address. I was gifted two "Crystal balls". Neither are actually Crystal and though I really like them I've had no success. I'm assuming it's just a combo of inexperience and not connecting with those particular objects. I've heard it doesn't have to be real Crystal but maybe my subconscious is being a snob lol. A couple of days ago, on a whim I experimented with other objects (random stones, Crystal chunks, different shells, etc) and had some fun results. So far it seems the clear stones with lots of inclusions or reflective stones with lots of markings (particularly my fist sized labradorite, and a small opal pendant) work the best for me. Some of the other shells and stones may be worth looking more into as I did get flashes of images when holding them with eyes closed.
  6. Thank you for sharing these practices. I'll be following this thread. Out of curiosity, are these practices found in turkish tengriism or are they're other types of shamanic practices not related? I'm only somewhat familiar with the Mongolian version but have a strong interest in other regional practices. I'm also interested in Turkish folk practices in general but it's hard to find any info where I live. Before my illness one of my major hobbies was belly dancing (started out Turkish style and my instructor was into folkloric dance styles from turkey and Central Asia). I'm a history nerd and so when I learned of Turkish tengriism I was naturally hooked! Hope you don't mind all these questions lol
  7. This is really interesting. In fact I've been discussing this with my SO alot lately. We were even discussing how it feels as if we're right at edge of a civil war breaking out in our country (as well as everywhere else if not full scale world war). He's generally ambivalent with magical stuff but he's not necessarily a non believer in things like this. The post above re: the GC of 2020 is really fascinating and I'm def gonna ruminate, consider, and follow this thread (and research this more) as what you wrote... I'm struggling with the right words here... But it clicked with me. Also wanted to say I've (SO and I talk about this a lot too) gotten this same feeling about the sorting/frequency shifts of people/groups that seems to be occuring as well but hadn't thought of it in those terms. It makes sense though and so lots of food for thought.... Upvoted
  8. This question I have is related to plant spirits that you have a personal relationship with. I'm soon moving and cannot take a particular plant with me. I do have someone who can take it (where I can still visit it) but I won't be able to keep the interaction the same. In my daily ritual honoring the spirits, this plant has kind of become a big part of my practice. I considered the idea of taking a cutting to grow but I'm about to be living a rather nomadic lifestyle for the next little while and so I'm not sure about the logistics nor the ethics. This plant is a hibiscus, not sure if it's possible to keep them small (like bonsai style). Its non native and so if I couldn't take it with me later, I wouldn't feel right planting it in the wild. The other possibility is taking a small branch that wouldn't be kept alive. In the past my modified oboo/shrine was a pot filled with pebbles with a tree branch "planted" in it. I could easily go back to that since it can be very portable but I'm not sure if the spirit of the plant would still be connected... In the past my shrine was more a representative of the tengers (and other spirits I honor)... But this time there's an actual being that I've grown fond of and work with. Anyway, I'm struggling with expressing my question but I'm wondering if it's possible to keep that connection with the hibiscus through it's branch beyond just a memento and if it's even a smart idea since the living plant will be residing with someone else (my SO's daughter so not a stranger but still....). Considering there has been a few posts discussing plants, plant spirits and their uses in witchcraft I thought I'd ask for opinions here. My initial opinion is (if acceptable by the hibiscus) taking a branch to act as a link would at least allow me to stay in regular contact with it. If this is a reasonable assumption, would there be reasons NOT to do this (and that maybe the responsible thing is to just let it go)?
  9. So this was something that was a thing for me lol. I love plants but used to think I had a black thumb. When I'd "take care" of them they died, but when I "ignored" them they thrived. Then i started to pay attention and treat them like I would when working with wildlife. I "listened" to them and let them tell me what they want and need. Since I used to have pets and plants weren't really safe to have in the home i hadn't really gotten much practice and experience with houseplants. Now caring for wild plants, that's a different story. Now that I can't have pets, plants have started to take that place lol. The neat part is the three I have came to be in my possession not dissimilar to how ppl end up with stray animal pets. I have an air plant, a hibiscus, and a pothos that were all "rescues". The hibiscus was being thrown out at my job (it looked dead but something told me to take it home anyway)... It went from a 6in pot a few months ago and now it's nearly as tall as me... And still blooming like crazy....I had no idea it can grow that fast or come back that strongly lol. The relationship I now have with it is via ritual rather than magical. But hopefully this post still qualifies on this thread. So far it's taken place if my usual oboo. (It's a type of shrine found in Mongolia) - my version is a bit adapted since people around me probably wouldn't understand lol. The hibiscus is on my porch, but when I do my daily ritual I prefer doing it outside and so it has become my point of connection with the spirits I honor. My little rituals I do are very simple and adapted to just appear like I'm just caring for my plant etc. I'm sad though as I'm going to be moving in a month and can't take it with me. It'll be adopted by someone I know and may therefore get an opportunity to get a cutting later (I missed my window of opportunity earlier). Speaking of which I have a question I'll ask in a sep post as soon as I get a chance!!
  10. Oh and I do realize the post I quoted was from a long time ago and the member may not be active, so my question is certainly open for anyone interested in answering!
  11. Out of curiosity, how would this approach be used in regards to ghosts? Would you consider this type of existence to be a form of struggle occuring? This topic of fate is something I'm quite interested/fascinated by but haven't really formed a solid belief/opinion about. Fyi: I've been a member for a while now but am a lurker type naturally (strong hermit tendencies lol). Just thought maybe I should mention that for netiquette purposes.
  12. I'm a huge fan of this band. I love all their videos. Just wanted to share that tidbit! lol
  13. Balkan Traditional Witchcraft by Radomir Ristic Riding Windhorses: A journey into the heart of Mongolian Shamanism by Sarangerel Skull Skrying: Animal Skulls in Divinatory Trance Work by Lupa and of course this site lol
  14. I'm glad there are others out there who do "collect" various animal parts and utilize them spiritually/magically. I spent most of my adult life working as a zookeeper and so I wasn't totally alone with the collecting. However most of my bosses and coworkers harvested animal parts for strictly educational purposes. I've only known 2 others in the field that primarily collected items because it held personal meaning for them (ie it came from animals they worked closely with so it held sentimental value). Most people think it's weird and creepy lol. Depending on what I have (feather/fur vs bone vs skin etc) and what I feel the parts want to be used for will determine its usage for me. For the most part they've been made into something I consider sacred: spirit housing, ritual tools, some items to be used as magical ingredients etc. Items I take as ingredients usually seem empty and can be then programmed for specific purposes much like dried herbs/flowers in a spell. As far as curses associated with roadkill parts, I think if you ignore or go against its spirits' wishes then things have potential to get ugly. Whether you take it home when it wanted to be buried, or just ignored it when it was asking for your help to move on, its not going to be a happy spirit. Depending on circumstances you may not experience any negative outcome or you may experience an angry spirit. All my opinion of course! I have very animistic leanings and with that I subscribe to the idea that everything (including mountains, rocks, rivers, water, trees etc) have spirits/souls. Some have more "parts" to it than others I think though I obviously could be wrong about that too. I believe that there are many times when bones, herbs, whatever is dead/empty and up to the discretion of the collector whether or not to use said item. So the idea of using roadkill (any manner of death really) or not extends to things outside of the animal kingdom for me personally. I have and will harvest parts from dead animals but generally I hesitate and mull it over more first if my discovery of the carcass was completely accidental. What I mean by that is there have been times when I was passing through an area and suddenly felt like something was hidden and watching me. I could almost pinpoint where the animal (or its remains) were, at least general direction (to my left on the ground, or up in the trees and to my right, etc). If I took the time to investigate I'd find either a living animal or its bones. There were a few occasions that pretty much convinced me that it wasn't just wishful thinking or my imagination. It felt like they were practically flagging me down! The other times it's happened to me I couldn't rule out that it wasn't a case of my peripheral vision working overtime or just pure coincidence. If I feel it was just chance I'll spend some time to see if there's "life" hanging around it and if so, does it want to be left alone, be buried, or if its ok with me taking a part of it home with me. If it seems to be empty, I'll decide whether or not I should take it with me then. This has been the case with stones too though not as often. There was one time I recall seeing an interesting rock that appeared to have been chipped off of a larger boulder. There was obvious man made damage to the area (looked like someone was doing a little minor mining or maybe excavating). I wanted to take that chunk home with me but got the distinct feeling it wasn't very happy and wanted to be placed back with the main boulder. So I put it where it wanted and the feeling in the air seemed to lighten a good bit. I'm working on my relationship with the plant world. It's where I seem to have the least connection to, even less than with things like rocks/crystals. That surprised me but I suspect it's due to being conditioned to thinking of plants as consumable "empty" objects. Its a lot easier and more likely (and well...normal) to have a cupboard full of dried, chopped up and seemingly "dead or empty" herbs and flowers than a large variety of animal parts to use in a recipe- magical or not. I find that if I make sure I'm giving plants that same attention and consideration I give to animals I sense their spirits better too. Last note and I'll shut up lol: When I take animal parts, I often will give something in return. Its like a gift exchange. I started doing this too, to other things I harvest such as stones, plants, anything that I sense that has an attached spirit. If what I take still has "life" to it or has been made into something and "awakened" I make sure to care for them as if they were physically alive. The specifics of what I feed them or how I care for them may differ depending on what seems to be the best for everyone involved. It may all be a bunch of hokey crazy nonsense but either way it sure has changed how I interact with the world around me!
  15. This is a toughy for me! I own several right now and there have been a few that I used to own that I gave away many years ago. I haven't found that "perfect" deck yet but have come very close. The ones I tend to use most often go between Tarot Illuminati and Wildwood. In the past Tarot Illuminati was my all time favorite. Back then I loved the richness and elaborate beauty of it but about a year ago or so things have changed and now...well it tends to feel very overwhelming and too busy. I now use it to do more shadow work and deep self exploration as I'm aware its my state of mind that needs work lol. I still use it quite a bit when doing readings for other people but it at least opened me up to experimenting with other decks. Wildwood speaks to me on a personal and spiritual level but I still struggle to bond fully with it. I adore the more primal, wild, shamanistic feel to it but I find myself wishing it had a more Siberian theme or even a more universal, multicultural shamanism them to it. I'm just really picky I think but it's making me really want to consider creating my own personalized deck!
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