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Revan

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About Revan

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  • Birthday January 11

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  • Gender
    Feline
  • Location
    California, USA
  • Interests
    Photography, painting, writing, fashion design are my primary interests.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Some. After going through the forums here, like some other fellow witches, I was confusing parts of Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft to be one and the same. And I realize after the fact of my first application I should have read the forums more in depth than I did. I left out on my initial app. that I have dabbled in some hexes, believing that they wouldn't be accepted here. Another Wicca/Witchcraft mishap on my part. Apologies for that. Moving on, I have learned some things from my mother, which she in turn learned from her Uncle and Grandmother. However, being brought up Catholic, she told me it was a secret shared between the three of them and she unfortunately did not see them often to learn a whole lot. Primarily, she has taught me some candle magic and a handful of spells she was taught. The rest of my knowledge I obtained from various books.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I've not really explored other paths. Growing up, until I was about nine years old, my biological father insisted we go to a Catholic church, but I didn't like it (primarily because of the Ten Plagues. Really, for an 'all-merciful God,' why did children have to die?), and eventually we stopped going. It was around then my mother told me about what she really practiced and I took an immediate interest in it. I have done research into various religions over the years, but it was primarily for academic reasons and curiosity. I felt none of them suited me. Practically every religion I looked at, I found something I disagreed with. I kept coming back to witchcraft. I like how it's not strictly one path, how it's not bound by a set of rules that need to be followed (example: the Wiccans and their rede). Granted, for awhile, I thought I was following the Wiccan path, but I didn't like how white and black magic was considered good and bad (to me, there's no such thing; magic is magic) and how hexes and curses are a no-no. Granted I don't think people should go around hexing everyone they meet, there should be a good reason to use such spells on someone, but I don't think they are inherently a bad thing.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I have an interest in herbalism, Tarot and scrying, and I have done some candle magic, generally when a loved one was ill, and when a loved one passed. When my stepfather passed, his side of the family, who was on bad terms with us from the start, attacked us. They tried to change my stepfather's will and seize everything we had. For weeks and weeks this went on. It was chaos. One night, I witnessed my mother perform a curse. She lit some candles, said some words in another language, and it was after that she told me that she invoked her grandmother, my great grandmother, who had been a witch. A couple weeks passed, and all the threats stopped. Silence. Come to find out from an acquaintance of theirs that the whole side of that family is experiencing major financial troubles and my stepfather's brother-in-law has fallen quite ill and was hospitalized. I can't say for sure it was the spell my mother cast or not, but I call that awfully convenient for us. I did ask my mother to teach me this curse, but she informed me that I am not yet ready. I am 25, so I don't know when she'll think me ready, but I will respect her decision.
    Changing the subject, and I'm not sure it's related to witchcraft at all and may be more supernatural (or maybe I'm just crazy like some people have called me), but I believe that I've had some interactions with spirits of the dead. I've...seen things I can't really explain. Should I be accepted here, perhaps I will tell you of the 'hanging man' who haunted me for an entire year when I was young. It's a bit too long of a tale for this already long entry.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    To me, I feel that Traditional Witchcraft means being in-tune with nature and one's surroundings and utilizing what nature offers, while in turn respecting the source. I feel that magic is all around us, that every living thing has a spirit. Spirits can even be found among the dead, among those who cannot or choose not to move beyond and wander the Earth. I also believe that under Traditional Witchcraft, magic is neither good nor bad, but rather gray. It all comes down to how it's used.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    On and off since I was about nine years of age when my mother first told me. Being in a rural community full of narrow-minded people, it was rather difficult to learn much and express myself and my interests. It's only in recent years, once I became an adult, that I've ventured deeper into it, exploring the various paths, and trying to find people who follow similar ideals as myself. To be closer to nature, I moved outside of city-limits onto a 9-acre ranch and have been trying to become more self-sufficient and practice more openly without next-door neighbors peeping in the window.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Chance brought me here really. I used a search engine to find a forum for people who share similar ideals, and it was one of the first ones to pop up in the list. Also, unfortunately, really the only active non-Wiccan forum that I could see. I do hope I am given the opportunity to get to know this community.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Well, I'' restate part of my answer from my first application: I would like to learn more. To gain knowledge from a source outside of books, especially since most books I've found are more for the Wiccan community and less for Traditonal witchcraft. Secondly, and more importantly, I would like a place where I feel welcome, where I don't have to hide or have to feel ashamed of being different. This, I feel most strongly about. I would like to speak with like-minded people and not be harshly judged for my beliefs.<br /><br />I am not sure of exactly what I could contribute, but perhaps what small herbalist knowledge I have and candle magic. And perhaps my supernatural experiences if anyone is interested.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Sadly, no. This is the only one I could find that's non-Wiccan and active.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Candle-magic, herbalism, and seeing the dead occasionally (if that counts).
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Tarot reading, runes, and spellcraft. (I can use spells others have made, but find it difficult making my own spells.)
  1. I've had some people say that some of my music is dark/creepy. I listen to a lot of orchestra: Audiomachine, City of the Fallen, Two Steps From Hell just to name a few. Some of the songs can be rather eerie, but I like it at times.
  2. I'm fairly new to tarot. Still learning. I don't have a lot of experience with decks, but I was drawn to the Wild Unknown tarot deck by Kim Krans. It appealed to the artist in me. Once I better understand reading tarot cards, I am interested in trying some other decks that have been mentioned here.
  3. Can't say that I've had any experience, good or bad, with moonstone. I have always felt drawn to it though. Since it's so plentiful where I live, my mother and I work a lot with quartz (both rose and regular) and obsidian. My mother used to have a large quartz crystal ball that she used for scrying (unfortunately her stepbrother stole it). She told me that obsidian is also good to use for scrying. We also like to use obsidian needles for other rituals and crafts. They make really nice chimes and the larger needles makes nice athames if you know how to shape them.
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