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  1. Anyone here ever experimented around with the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg? It's a beautiful deck that also provides a firm, grouded explanation of what each card's symbolism is and how to read them. Definetely one of my favorites.
  2. I am jubilant to see all the fascinating comments I have received on my post. I would like to clarify that there are indeed many ways familiars can be utilized or interpreted...it just depends on the witch, where they're from, and what they are practicing. My interpretation of familiars are somewhat antiquarian and traditional. I didn't want this post to come off as one-sided. I just personally never affiliated familiars as being a physical animal like a cat or dog or any kind of pet, because it seems that it would be a great limitation for them to be something 'material' instead of something malleable and able to do the appropriate tasks. I did not mean for this post to come off as dogmatic or rude. I'll make sure that next time I make a post such as this, I do not come off as such.
  3. Oh man these sound delicious! I can't wake to make these. Blueberry muffins are the perfect thing to bite into on a good Summer day. :)
  4. 1. What is your favorite witchy movie? Haxan or Suspiria. 2. Where is your favorite place to do a spell? A graveyard or a rustic forest. 3. Where do you NORMALLY do your spells? My backyard. 4. What type of spells are your favorite? Summoning/Binding. 5. What is your favorite ingredient for a spell? Lavender or myrrh. 6. What is your LEAST favorite ingredient to use in a spell? Fecal matter 7. What is your favorite witchy holiday/festival? All Spirits Day (Halloween) 8. Do you have an animal spirit, If yes, how many? Yes, four 9. If yes to #8, name the animal spirit(s): Snake, scorpion, shark, octopus. 10. Name your favorite witchy character: Baba Yaga 11. When was the last time you did a hex/curse? A month ago. 12. When was the last time you did a blessing/healing? A month or two. 13. When was the last time you did a binding? Just a couple days ago. 14. When was the last time you did a love spell? Never done these. Not in my league. 15. Have you ever done a spell on someone just because you were bored? No. 16. What is your strength as a witch? Summoning and herbal casting. 17. What is your weakness as a witch? Patience 18. If you could go back in time to meet ANYBODY associated in witchcraft, who would it be and why? King Solomon. That guy was involved with demons more than the Devil, himself. 19. How much of a "modern stereotyped witch" applied to you as a witch? Cat lover. Room that smells of fresh herb and burned frankincense. Demon altar in bedroom. Wears the color black a lot. Need I go on...? 20. How long have you been a member of this forum? A year and one month.
  5. So I found this link, which decodes the manuscript as using medieval Latin abbreviations that correspond with certain word patterns: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/the-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-has-finally-been-decoded/
  6. Cat Whiskers! I love it! Need to collect them next time my cat's not in one of her cranky moods.
  7. So I've had this problem for a while but I'm starting to figure out how to deter the pesky felines. I started covering my garden in twigs and pushing pine cones and other pricklies into the soil. Cats prefer soft soil to walk on, so I've been finding it's doing the trick. I also put citrus peel in the compost. I just discovered cats don't like citrus fruits.
  8. I'm speaking on behalf of personal experience and from divination books I've read in the past, but it sounds like maybe you weren't fully "grounded" while doing the tarot work. I found out that when I first explored into tarot divination, I got distracted often and my head was in the clouds. While I highly doubt you were possessed, I think that maybe you were keeping yourself open and vulnerable for a spiritual influence to come and make you puke. Just out of curiosity, how could you tell this spirit was malign? I know throwing up in a cab isn't exactly the friendliest gesture, but things can also be interpreted differently in the spirit realm. Could be a sign or an omen. I'm also going to be honest, I'm naturally superstitious. Could've just been a lunch that didn't bode well with your stomach. :D
  9. Well in that case, I wish Satan was much more prolific.
  10. I got rose. Don't agree with this at all.
  11. Me and my friend were joking about how we could use them as pins for witch dolls for an impotency spell. If you haven't felt a saguaro needle before, its sharp as hell and dangerous. I've heard stories about people getting stabbed by the spines and having to go to the ER from erythema. I've heard you can get an infection from being prickled by the needle but it sounds pretty rare. Banework, hexing, and/or protection are definitely at the top of my list. I scented them with anise oil to get rid of the gross glue smell. Definitely powerful stuff.
  12. Ah yes, Maman Brigitte. I read voraciously about Haitian Vodoun when I was younger and was surprised to see a white Irish lwa, until I heard that mercenaries brought Saint Brigid from Ireland to Haiti and she was integrated into the practice as Maman Brigitte. That's why I always wondered about all kinds of people practicing the religion, as it has many influences from around the world other than Haiti.
  13. By far the most unusual ingredient I have in my possession is Saguaro cactus needles. A good friend of mine who lives in that part of the Southwest United states gave them to me when he visited. The process for obtaining them was very weird. Basically he coated a small part of the cactus with woodwork glue and let it sit for an hour before rolling it up from the margins. He had to use tweezers to remove them. So now I’ve got dried glue-coated cactus spines that I have no clue what to use for. Any ideas?
  14. The title of this probably came off as pretty racist, but I wasn't sure how else to word it and I have this nagging question on my mind that hasn't left me for a while. For general background, I remember stumbling across some threads online saying how white people shouldn't practice Voodoo, as the religion was practiced by slaves brought to America who had to masquerade their beliefs behind Catholicism. Since their spirits and ancestors are connected with slavery, some people feel that white folks shouldn't be involved in the practice. I have a few more examples: -Folkish Asatruar believe that only those with Northern European descent should practice the religion, as they feel the religion ties with their cultural background. -Some Native Americans shamanic groups only want those with Native American blood in their circles. -A handful of Santa Muerte cults feel that those with Mexican/Hispanic blood should only be within her practice. How do you all personally feel about a certain ethnicity or race practicing the folk religion of another? I know this is a very broad, complex question but I'm curious as to what you all have to say.
  15. It always takes me a while to post these recipes, but I finally got around to it. Here's the recipe: NOTE: This apple cider vinegar is with "the mother" so nothing goes to waste but the stem. :) Supplies: Clean jar – you can use any size jar (I have used a wide mouth quart jar and a half gallon pickle jar.)Organic apple scraps – enough to fill your jar 3/4 of the way fullOrganic cane sugarFiltered waterFermentation weight or small glass jarCheesecloth or coffee filterRubberbandIngredientsOrganic apple scraps - enough to fill your jar 3/4 of the way fullOrganic cane sugarFiltered water Instructions Clean your jar very well and let air dry. Fill jar 3/4 full with apple scraps. If you are using whole apples, roughly chop them up before you put them in the jar. Dissolve 1 tablespoon cane sugar into 1 cup of water. You may need to double or triple this depending on the size of your jar. I would start with doubling this ratio for the quart jar and tripling it for the half gallon size. You need to use enough to completely cover the apples. Pour sugar water over the apples until they are completely submerged. Weigh down the apples with a fermentation weight or with the small glass jar. Any apples that are exposed to the air could mold. Cover with the cheesecloth or coffee filter and secure with the rubber band. Store in a dark place that stays pretty consistently at room temperature. I put mine in a cabinet in the kitchen. Leave it for approximately 3 weeks. Check on it every few days to make sure the apples are staying under the water and to make sure no mold is growing. After 3 weeks, it will still smell fairly sweet. Strain the apples pieces out and return the liquid to the jar. (Compost the scraps.) Recover and put the jar back in a dark spot for another 3-4 weeks, stirring every few days. When the ACV has reached the "tartness" you like you can put a lid on it or transfer it to a different jar with a lid and start using it!
  16. So I just saw this comment and heavily agree with you. That's why I make my own at home. It's tastier, healthier, and has all the medicinal properties while maintaining its natural sweetness. I'll post a recipe for it if anybody is interested.
  17. ​Ah, no biggie Phaedra. :) ​The relationship between Assyo-Babylonian lore and Sumerian myth is like the relationship between Greek and Roman lore. Sumer was conquered by the Akkadians around 2330 BCE, in which the city of Babylon would rise to power around 1895 BCE or so. Assyrians came later and assimilated with the Babylonians until the Babs and Persians conquered them in 614 BCE. During the periods they thrived, the Assyrians and Babylonians took the gods/goddesses of Sumer and worshipped them under different names (what was once the goddess Inanna was now called Ishtar for example...and many others), while also giving them slight changes to fit into the socio-political molding of the time period. However, what the Assyro-Babylonians also did was elaborate on the lore and ancient philosophies of Sumer, bringing with them complex cosmologies, creation myths, scriptures, hierarchies, and structured demonolatry/demonology. They ended up greatly influenced the Greeks and vice-versa. ​Kinda funny, because I didn't have a passionate interest in Mesopotamia until about a decade ago. I had learned about them in grade school but didn't expand my horizons to learn about them until I stumbled across a statue of Pazuzu being showcased at the Louvre. Just that one little thing had me doing research about it that spawned an interest that just kept cultivating over the years. I love when that happens! There was just something about it that resonated with me personally. ​I didn't know Milton was a monist until I looked him up on Wikipedia. Heck, didn't even know what monism was until I read about him. Interesting stuff. I feel like he was greatly ahead of his time. ​Also, thanks for the cool article link! Gonna read it tonight after my shift ends.
  18. There are two different kinds I use whichever one I have on hand. One is Apple Cider Vinegar, yes. It has the most fruity taste of them all and gives it a good flavor. I've also used balsamic vinegar and that's worked out for me, too. :)
  19. Ah, I feel that this thread was made for me. Every year I get this nasty head cold and finally figured an herbal remedy that'll knock the icky phlegm and snot right outta ya! Warning, this is pretty spicy so I wouldn't take too much at a time. I swear by this recipe. It works wonders and it better than most of what you'll find by the drug store. This is something you gotta make ahead of time. Ingredients: 3 Tablespoons each of the following: minced onion, garlic grated fresh ginger and horseradish, mustard seeds and black peppercorns 1 or more whole cayenne chilies (or 1 tsp. dried chili flakes) 1 cup of vinegar 1/3 cup of honey ​Lemon juice (optional) You're going to combine all these ingredients sans the honey into a jar and let them sit for 2 weeks. Afterwards you strain the ingredients over a cheesecloth so that you can extract all the liquid. Add the honey and lemon to the mixture to make it sweet and work wonders. Pour into a bottle and store for as long as you need to. I warn you to not use metal bottles or lids, as the vinegar will react with the acetic acids. Garlic is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, antifungal, stimulates the immune system. The chili peppers, peppercorns, and mustard seeds help clear out your sinuses and other blocked orifices. Vinegar tones down the flavors while honey sweetens it and possesses immunomodulatory wonders (acts as a stimulant). I know this recipe sounds gross but I absolutely swear by it.
  20. I've been working with this spirit for over two years now. I remember him in dreams from when I was very young and saw his statue in a complete catalogue of Louvre artwork, then realized it was him. Most people either don't know who he is, or from what they know, think he's the devil or are simply terrified/disgusted of and by him. I thought I'd post a little lore about Pazuzu because I know quite a bit of information about this demon and I believe he's greatly misunderstood. ​Most of you have probably seen the Exorcist. I'm sure some of you know that Pazuzu was the demon that possessed Reagan (had no idea about this until later), which perpetuated him as being the Devil. However, Pazuzu actually originated far before Christianity would be established. He was revered and idolized around the beginning of the first millennium BCE onward until the fall of the Neo-Babylonian empire (approx. 4th century BCE). During these 600 years, Pazuzu was both feared and greatly respected. He was the demonic god of plague and pestilence, the ruler of the Southwest wind (which brought locusts and heat), and King of the Wind Demons. Sounds evil right? However, Pazuzu possessed a paradoxical soft side. He was also the tutelary demonic god of maternity, parturition, pregnant women, children, and neonatal protection. ​His iconography is very unique and recognizable. Pazuzu is a combination of humanesque/thermiomorphic parts. He usually has the body of a thin man, the feet of a bird-of-prey, the face of a snarling/grinning canine possessing large eyes and thick brow, horns on his head, a scorpion tail, and a long penis ending in a snake head. Not the handsomest devil by many means. ​This wind spirit was greatly revered across Mesopotamia, especially in Babylon and Assyria, though he also spread to Anatolia, Egypt, Iran, and parts of Greece. Pregnant women would wear amulets of his apotropaic head to ward off malevolent demons who could hurt the mother or child during pregnancy. The most notable of these aggressive spirits was Lamashtu, a malignant demonic goddess who was known to harm women and children, spread disease, kill animals, and destroy anything that hit her path. Statues of Pazuzu were put throughout abodes and worn as jewelry to ward off the goddess. Because Pazuzu was her husband, he was the only one who could coerce her away from the victim and back to her abode in the Underworld. ​I would also like to say the demons in Mesopotamia could be both benign and malignant. There's an old Assyrian chant that goes "Go away bad rabisu, good rabisu come in!" Rabisu is a word used for demons in this area and time. There were also Lamassu, who were demons known for their fierce protective nature of homes and families. Pazuzu himself is a bit enigmatic, as he possesses both fierceness and gentleness. While he protected pregnant women, babies, and children, it would be wise to simply say he protects the weak and the innocent. Plaques and statues of Pazuzu were hung over the beds of those who were sick and dying. His nature, though terrifying to some, was one that is equivocally solicitous. While I cannot say he is a saint, he is a demon that encompasses those who are vulnerable under his wings of protection.
  21. I'm so happy to have found a thread on this topic, because I recently discovered the philosophy of monism after reading John Milton's Paradise Lost, as Milton himself was a monist. I don't want to finalize this as my official belief yet as I'm still exploring it and have an infatuation with cosmology. I pull a lot of my beliefs and practices from Assyro-Babylonian and Hellenic daemonology, so the amalgamation to me would be the Neo-Assyrian tree of life, the divine order of cosmos, with the vertical alignments of the tree representing the polar opposites of masculine and feminine, meeting together at the roots. The balance within the tree is maintained by the trunk, or as the Assyrians called it the "Pillar of Equilibrium". I associate these masculine and feminine alignments to be deities that all somehow connect as one. However, what I believe is still developing within so it's hard for me to say this is official. I'm not technically a theist (I consider deities and daemons to be archetypes), but I feel comfortable to label these divinities as "god" and "goddess", though I tend to see them as one ethereal being. Just asking, have you ever read the Kabbalah, or heard of the Sephirotic tree? Pretty fascinating stuff.
  22. ​​This recipe might sound kind of gross to some of you, and I understand why. When I first heard about it I kept thinking "that sounds abhorrent!". Last year my Meyer lemon tree was absolutely fertile with lemons, and I had so much leftover even after making two batches of lemonade I decided to try this recipe after y mom convinced me that it was delectable. She gave me a recipe and finally baked one, and oh my gods it is absolutely delicious. I ended up eating like half of one in one night with handmade vanilla bean ice cream and it was to die for. I have made it so many times ever since then, and plan on making it for a bake sale for my local neighborhood school. Thought I'd share this wonderful little recipe with you all to try out in the Summer when the fresh lemons are growing. ​SHAKER LEMON PIE Ingredients: 2 large lemons, sliced very thin, rind and all. 2 cups granulated sugar 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 (14.1 oz.) package refrigerated piecrust Vanilla bean ice cream (optional, but highly recommend) ​Instructions: ​1. Combine lemon slices and sugar in a shallow bowl. Let stand until lemon slices are juicy, from four hours to overnight. Remove the seeds that float to the surface. 2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Stir eggs in lemon mixture thoroughly. 3. Line a 9-inch pie pan with one pie crust. Pour the lemon mixture into the shell. Cover with top crust, and crimp the edges. Cut decorative steam vents in top crust. 4. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. Without removing pie from oven, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until the knife inserted at the center comes out clean. Cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil if it becomes too brown. Serve pie at room temperature, topped with fresh vanilla bean ice cream. Can't wait to serve this at the Summer Solstice.
  23. My mother, father, and brother know...and I have a feeling my aunt knows. Other than that, it's a well-kept secret. I'm expecting twins in a few months and I plan on teaching them about witchcraft, yet plan on raising them secular and open-minded. Solitary practice for the win.
  24. The definition of a Familiar Spirit has changed and been moulded with overtime. With many New-Agers and Wiccans, a ​familiar ​is an animal (usually a cat) that embodies a spirit, and serves as a guardian for the fellow witch. However, the old (and true) definition of a Familiar spirit is much, much different and complex. A Familiar is actually a spiritual servant is created for the witch, and is created from the witch's psyche instead of resting in a physical, sentient being. Familiars are just as strong as demons and psi-ball spirits, but creating them can be a challenge. Here is a guide on how you can create one, and how you can have it (he/she/them for some people) be your servant. The first thing you want to do is think of a name for your spirit. No, not names like Samantha or Brown Jenkin. You can use these, but it's better to name the spirit after the intentions it's put to use on, like ​Lovebringer ​if you wish for a partner, or ​​a name with a translation of your intention, ​such as Aadya ​for strength and willpower. Simply naming your spirit ​Strength or Willpower is also a viable option. ​The possibilities are endless. Your next step is to bind the spirit. The easiest way is to make a sigil, which can be done in a variety of ways: from writing a symbol on a piece of paper to creating sigil wheels. You then create or find a physical object which the spirit is bound to when it is not doing work. This keeps it from leaving or sneaking away. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of creating the spirit, so get as creative as you can/like. I usually mark a symbol or the familiar's name to the object. After you do this, you are going to imagine what your spirit looks like, even if it may look slightly different on the astral plane. I sometimes draw my familiars concept and hang it on my altar for later ideas. This is the "incubation" period, but you have yet to summon it to you. That is the next step. Design a ritual for summoning the Familiar. I usually do so on an altar containing the Familiar's sigil, bound physical object, and image. I sometimes put objects that will be relating to the familiar's assigned duties, e.g some medical herbs for a healing familiar. You can also give offerings, such as florals, food...the possibilities are endless. When you begin the summoning, trace its sigil in the air with your finger, a wand, or a dagger while you say the Familiar's names 3 or 7 times (these two numbers are lucky and magical). Keep thinking of the Familiar's name while you look at its image on the altar. If you lose focus, repeat the sigil tracing and name pronunciation while you focus on the image. repeat this ritual everyday until you feel the Familiar come into being. These rituals help minimize influences from errors that may come up from doing something for a first time, so reflecting and re-working on your rituals as you go along helps you create a Familiar spirit to your liking (be wary that there will be imperfections, but nothing can be completely pure and free of flaws). These rituals play a huge role in the incubation period of your Familiar. After your Familiar has been "born" (a truly wonderful thing, indeed), you can start commanding your Familiar spirit for tasks. You want to create a bold proclamation at the time of the summoning. It can be short, about 8 or so sentences long, and should be clear, concise, and to-the-point. In your proclamation, name the spirit, say the purpose for its creation, and the consequence if it shall disobey. Remain calm, and show no fear. You can point a dagger at the sigil for emphasis while you do the summoning. You need to create a "return back" ritual to use once the Familiar has either finished the task or if you feel it has done enough to your liking. If you send it out for long tasks and journeys (such as pursuing an individual for hexes or finding a lost love), be sure to call it back once a week (or more often depending on how desperate you are for the familiar to complete the task) for a short rest period. This familiar can be with you your whole life or destroyed right away, depending on if you feel it is doing your bidding/tasks. More than one familiar can be kept by one witch, but be very careful. Never lose their sigils or the physical objects they are bound to, or the Familiars may destroy themselves. I recommend, if you want to keep your Familiar(s), to keep their sigils on an altar. Over a period of time, Familiars can develop their abilities and become better servants, so I also recommend being patient and attentive. I hope this was helpful...or at the very least beneficial. I tried to write this without it being messy.
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