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    My family, tarot, knitting, embroidery, sewing, nature crafts, reading, writing, lots of things!
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I'm very new to the traditional aspect of witchcraft. I found this site because I want to learn more about it. I have read many great topics on this forum, which has given me a sort of beginner's understanding of the difference between traditional witchcraft and wicca.

    Some of the topics discussed are things I already do, such as divination, meditation, shamanic journeying, communicating with spirits, reverence to the ancestors, etc. That was a pleasant surprise!
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I have looked into wicca quite extensively, but never committed to it, because too many things didn't feel right to me about it, but I also yearned to be on a magical/earth centric and pagan path.

    I am very interested in Druidry, and that is slowly also becoming my path.

    I am very much already on the shamanic path, and have just begun studying with BOTA. I intend to only stay with BOTA long enough to learn their modules on kabala and tarot. Beyond those modules, I've heard it becomes cult-like, so, like many of my tarot friends, plan to stop studying it when I arrive at that stage. I think it will give me a basic background understanding of Golden Dawn, which I'm interested in learning more about, but not becoming overly involved in.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Unknowingly before looking into Traditional Witchcraft, I was already doing some things that traditional witches do. Since reading the forum, I have experimented a little more with new ideas, such as simple spells.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    First off, it's very clear to me that it's much older than Wicca, and feels more relevant to magic than wicca does.

    I have gathered that it means to find your own path. I read that on this forum and found that very frustrating at first! But, on processing this idea, have discovered what is meant by it. It's about learning your personal way of doing things, be it magic or interacting with the earth or with spirits. Using the resources available to you in your area, and using them in a way that it meaningful to you, personally.

    I've found, if I can't find info on something I want to know, if I keep looking, I will find it, and quite often, my instinct or divination (or both!) will guide me. Nature will guide me.

    Traditional witchcraft also feels as though it's a relevant path to me because I have a strong Celtic heritage, and I feel that this is a spiritual path that helps me to connect with that. Living in Australia, I feel as though my Celtic culture has been watered down, and it's important to me to actively seek it out.

    I'm also learning that traditional witchcraft can help me to connect more to the ancestors of my land, too.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Intentionally: a few weeks. Unintentionally (meaning, I was doing certain things traditional witches do without realising it): about a year.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was researching traditional witch craft on google, because I knew wicca was started in the 1950's or 40's (I could be wrong, but that was what I heard), but I knew witches were much, much older than that! I was interested in finding out about the more historical practice.

    Then, I was on Amazon, reading a review on the Tarot of the Old Path, and someone mentioned they were a traditional witch, and that they felt that tarot deck was the 'real deal' in her opinion, and 'none of this filthy, disgusting wicca stuff!'

    That prompted me to look into why she would feel so strongly about that, and what were the differences between the two? And how could I get involved with the traditional side, because I was sure it would be better than wicca! I don't know why, I just knew it would be.

    Then, I found this place, along with some other sites, and felt that this is what has been missing all these years.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I want to be able to discuss ideas about traditional witchcraft in private with others. I have a friend who is dabbling in 'pagan stuff' (she hasn't said what, that is all I know) and another friend who is also seeking a traditional witch's path.

    So, I don't know many people in real life on this path. I plan to work on my own, but I do like discussing it with other interested people. I expect to learn from the experiences of others, while seeking out ideas myself, too.

    I want to be able to talk about my own experiences too, without 'outing' myself in the real world!

    What can I contribute? I'm a nice, respectful person who can have a pleasant discussion with others. I'm passionate about the things I feel strongly about, but I feel I am mindful of getting my point across while trying to consider the feelings of others.

    I am good at hearing and considering the perspectives of others, and am open to allowing my own ideas to evolve as a result when an old belief of mine is challenged and found to no longer serve me.

    I can contribute life experience, enthusiasm when talking about the things I've already dabbled in (eg, tarot, shamanism, meditation, etc). I also very much enjoy helping people in general.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No. I am a member of BOTA, and there is talk of magic there, but I don't currently get the impression it is classed as strictly 'witchy'. I've so far done four lessons, so still learning what that's all about over there.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    It's early days yet, so my answer will reflect that. So far, I would say my divination practice and shamanic journeying. I look forward to learning more about myself on this path, though.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    The frustration of being a beginner, and not really knowing what I don't know, if that makes sense! I feel confident I'll learn what I need to know as I go, but I'd say my weakness is wanting to know it all straight away, but I do accept that this is not how it works.

    I very much struggle with when to know I'm actually a witch. I mean, I don't know when I would 'deserve' to call myself that?

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  1. I find there are witches from both trad and wicca who are critical of other witches. It annoys me both ways. Since this has been bumped, I will say there is a third new ager in my area since I wrote what I wrote about over positive people who lecture you, then ended up with rage issues. Someone new is living next door for a year, with the current neighbours. The ego on this woman is off the charts. Everything on social media is a selfie with a smarmy lecture about believing in yourself, not surrounding yourself with 'negative people', reaching for your goals, being successful, being in a positive relationship, etc, and all of these themes are based around the idea that all you need is to be positive at all costs, and shun all and any forms of negativity. The thing is, she's single. Lecturing everyone else who is, in fact, in a relationship. She cannot do a workout without one of these selfies, telling us all that we can do it too. Not realising that many of us, in fact, do exercise, but we don't post selfies about it, so she assumes she is the only one who exercises! She's come to live with her parents for a year to get her life on track, which is great, but if she's the font of all wisdom, shouldn't she have her life together more than the rest of us, rather than less? She constantly plays loud music with aggressive lyrics (one could call the music, 'negative' :kat: :stinky: ), which is bugging the hell out of us. She's royally screwed up my meditation and magical practises on more than one occasion due to her noise. There is a huge lack of self awareness with this one, not realising that it's not positive to just do whatever the hell you want and piss off those who live nearby. The most interesting thing though, is the frequent, loud, screaming arguments she has, that we are subjected to, because they are as loud as her music. This is where I get the shits with those who lecture us about ONLY being positive. I agree with previous posters; ignore the darkness to your own detriment. It IS there, and it will come out, whether you want to address it or not. I personally wish she would address it before exploding in rage, so I could have peace and quiet in my own home :fucku: her negativity is festering, I believe she's living her entire life in denial, and it's feeding her massive ego and selfish behaviour. Sorry. She's doing my head in. I really like her parents next door, so I don't want to complain to them. Besides, I'm sure she'd turn it around that I'm just being negative. Perhaps it's spell time, just to get her to be quiet, or something. :P
  2. Witchinplainsight, you'll love it! I have the store bought stuff and some I made at home. I only use homemade in the bath, because the store bought one burns...um.. sensitive regions of the body.
  3. :lolol: :cauldron: :kat: :nana:
  4. LOL, Solancea! Not liking cats isn't popular anywhere, I've found :P Thank you for your suggestions, I will definitely have to look into what the cause could be. I just assumed it was because cats are arseholes. Nah, I don't just dislike cats for their spraying, it's their entire personality as well :P But this cat was a rescue, I didn't actually want it, but everyone else did, and I thought at least we did right by the cat. Our cat does have a couple of windows she likes to watch birds in and soak up the sun. But, we also have a LOT of cats roaming our street, and as a result, our yard, spraying everywhere. Could that be causing her distress? She is an indoor cat only. Maybe we could try a small cat run, or something? I don't think any of us are skilled enough to put a harness on her!
  5. Yep. Dogs are the best ♥️
  6. That sounds exciting! I haven't had need to do this, because I wasn't on this path when I moved into the house I'm in, now. I know psalms can be used ;) and cleansing types of work. Scott Cunningham wrote a book called, 'household magic' or something like that. I know he's Wiccan, but what I liked about this book was that he had researched traditional, historical methods and those ideas appealed to me. I think there's lots of things you can do, it depends on your tradition and what you have handy.
  7. LOL! Gonna say something unpopular here, but I do not like cats. I mean, we have a cat here, I'm nice enough to her, but, nope. I can't handle the spraying. My partner and I were so annoyed today, we found out she'd been spraying on the bedroom floor right next to his side of the bed! Blergh! So if you find out, let me know! :P
  8. Oh, that was an interesting read! Thanks for sharing. I started out using the psalms by changing the wording, such as the names of the gods, and also changing genders that were brought up. Then, after discussion on here, started using the psalms with words unchanged, but instead directed to one male god of mine. Both have worked very well. I will say that the difference/benefit I've noticed to using the psalms exactly as is, is that I'm starting to remember the words better now as I read them. There's more flow. But certainly, changing them does seem to procure the same results for me. The cat peeing on the bed is a toughy! Obviously, there doesn't seem to be anything specific in the psalms :P but, when it happens, does it wake you up and upset your sleep, or do you find it in the morning? If it's disrupting your sleep, perhaps you could try psalms 4 for good sleep? I really don't know. I've been having a dabble with different ones for day to day things at the moment, and it's been good to see what happens :)
  9. I thought ceremonial magic would be a good starting point for me in the early days. I’ve since learned that I don’t resonate with any of it at all. But I’m glad I looked into it. I don’t cast a circle, ever. I just don’t personally feel the need. I’ve never thought to call myself chaotic, to be honest, I’ve heard the term and never been interested to look into it.
  10. That's a good thing! I've come to a place, where I'm secure enough in what I believe, that no other religion can shake that, so I guess once I realised that, I had no problems trying this out. The only time I feel threatened by christianity nowadays is if someone tries to convert my kids, other than that, I'm in a good place with it all :)
  11. LOL, definitely! I was raised atheist (I'm not atheist anymore, but I still resonate highly with atheists and identify quite a bit with them), and when I first came upon this thread, I was very resistent to the idea of using the bible. Obviously, I've gotten into it, but really, anything that helps me to feel comfortable with it, and makes it more accessible to someone with my sort of background, is very much appreciated :)
  12. Phaedra, it's unbearably beautiful :) I feel like I'm peeking inside a very old, gorgeous notebook. Sigh. And it really enhances my enthusiasm for it all.
  13. I have finished reading this book, thanks so much for mentioning it on here :) I liked it, and found it really helped me to fill in the gaps that were in my own protection work, and helped me to formulate my own morning and evening protection ritual. I didn't mind so much that she used Hekate in her examples, but it did feel as though, because I don't work with Hekate, I was a bit, 'the fuck am I supposed to do, then?' I did try using her banishing ritual, with some tweaks, and it just wasn't for me, personally. The great thing it did, though, was highlighted my need to add a good, workable, strong banishing ritual into my routine, so in that way, I did my research and came up with something that was completely right for me. I felt that it covered the basics of most areas we should be focusing on. I liked the examples it gave for warnings that your protections had been compromised. However, I would've liked for her to have gone further in depth with that, such as talisman suggestions we could make for the home, to help work as a magical 'alarm' system. I felt it promised more than it delivered in that section, but I certainly still found some useful info there, anyway. I really do wish, no matter what type of witch an author is, that they'd start the book with a clear, quick explanation of what their personal practise entails. Eg, are they wiccan, UK based, santeria, native american, etc? I mean, I know you get a bit of a vibe as you read the book, but I feel this would be the courteous thing for authors to do, just so I can get an idea of the flavour of their practise, not so much their life story or anything! That way, I can decide how I feel about the techniques I want to consider using, eg, am I stepping on another culture, or is this aspect of the work ok? I was a little confused because she clearly works with Hekate, but I couldn't tell if she was into hoodoo/voodoo as well, or not? Or is she throwing different cultures together? It's not that I want to judge another witch's practice, but I want to understand the person I'm learning from, and I do think it's important. Overall though, I would recommend this book for anyone, particularly beginners, especially if you're looking for a stable, regular routine. I am so pleased that I was able to come up with something for mornings and evenings that was quick (but not rushed), efficient, that I can do privately without my kids asking what I'm doing LOL. And I'm honestly feeling as though my own energy, and that of our home, is much better for it. I also liked that there were some extra things you can do on top of this if you choose, such as spiritual baths (although that is really short; I plan to get a book dedicated to that topic) I really loved the shielding ideas. I have tried shielding before from another witch who, although is starting a trad path, most of her knowledge is wicca based. So, her technique she taught me was effective, but the technique in the book is better, plus it's more suited to me, personally. I also really appreciated her going to good lengths to explain the practical reasons for WHY we should have a meditation practice, WHY should we make an offering, etc. The WHY being discussed in such great depth actually motivated me to get off my backside and commit to being more consistent in doing it regularly, and in a more disciplined way, and as a result, I feel that my life is better for it. Some books just assume you know what grounding means, for example, or what the bleeding hell an offering is for, but I started this path with no clue, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
  14. That sounds interesting :) do you do candle magic with your psalms, as well? My Power of the Psalms book and my Psalms of David by Freemantle came yesterday. I'm really starting to get into these Psalms, I really enjoy them. And the Freemantle version of Psalms of David is absolutely beautiful :) it feels so old school and magical. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. It helps me to feel inspired when I'm doing my Psalms, because the beautiful calligraphy and illustrations seem to raise my vibe quite a bit.
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