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About witchinplainsight

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  • Location
    Ireland
  • Interests
    Reading, arts and crafts, herbal medicine, magical pursuits
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have been eagerly following and studying a largely solitary path. I do work with a group of like minded women several times a year and have an interest in shamanic practice.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Christianity as a teen, then a long period of avowed atheism. I ultimately identify more as pagan now than anything else.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes but only for myself and family / friends. Mainly kitchen and candle magic, incense and poppet magic. I love tarot and shamanic practice. I'm a shore witch.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Freedom to explore the paths that speak to me without dogmatism. I am not a wiccan and prefer my magic to be simple, nature and intention based and without unnecessary ceremony.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Only a year but I feel like I've come home to myself.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A google search many months ago but the site stood out to me and I feel ready to join.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Guidance from experienced witches. I expect to support and share with other novices on this path and guide others as I grow in my own practice.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No - I liked this one. I am on a Tarot forum site.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    My curiosity, quickness to learn, open mindedness. I have excellent visualisation skills and shamanic practice is especially useful for me.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I have skipped past some of the basics and need to go back and work on things like shielding. I'm sometimes better at thinking through how to do things, rather than making time for the practice. I also want to increase my capacity for meditative practice.

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  1. I really like the wax divination KK. Might try it some year.
  2. Just watched it - but a bit disappointed! Looking forward to the next series in April though :)
  3. There are different schools of thought on the intuitive versus learned approaches. I liked the meanings as a starting point but the more you use them personal meanings become clear. That can be one benefit of asking the same question several times. It's not usually advised but when your cards start repeating personal meanings can start to jump out. So for example seven of swords means 'adultery' when I see it in a reading.
  4. To add to this discussion - I've had the same thing happen with the same card! Only in my case I was shuffling and it was the only card that jumped out. But the Lovers shows a choice so with hindsight I don't think it showed anything more that how we felt about each other. Nothing more happened.
  5. I think it was very aggressive and had a will to survive. It came out fighting and took a lot to put down - I was very nauseous and spacey afterwards, I had to go outside and lie on the grass for a while after to ground and recharge. And I was in a good place at the time, both literally and spiritually, pretty connected. In spite of that I've had pain since that has made me wonder.
  6. I should add that it took shadow work to help me through that encounter as well as helpful spirits - the shadow stuff gave raw power to fight raw power.
  7. I've just seen this and felt moved to write something although I'm not giving details in this fairly public area. I used shamanic work for a relative with a very aggressive cancer - in conjunction with medical treatment obviously. After initial success - tumour shrinking, which allowed surgery, cancer all clear - the cancer has returned. Terminal diagnosis and death soon. Taking on the tumour in a deep journey gave me a hammering. I only tackled it once post diagnosis and even then it was clear it only got smaller and didn't go completely. I hoped the surgery would be enough but I think it was still hiding out. I sometimes think of the additional suffering the person has endured and wonder if I did the right thing. I wouldn't dare do anything more now - even well protected it would do for me, I know that with absolute certainty. And anyone beaming love and light at cancer is nuts. This thing came at me with raw, primal energy and it took every resource I could draw on just to keep it from fucking me up.
  8. This site is a huge teacher in itself. Use the search feature and you'll find all sorts of threads. I found that things appeared in search results that might appear unconnected but which showed me the next step on the road. I started to learn not to rush but to trust the timing of when things appeared. There are people here who will help when you have specific questions but no one is going to say Read this, do that. All our paths are different. Just try whatever appeals to you, experiment, meditate. Work with whatever guides you have. Be thoughtful about consequences. Don't rush.
  9. I'm a generous person in many areas of life but my craft is very much my own. I'm not interested in sharing it beyond a handful of rl people and the wonderful community here. Let the 'witchesofinstagram' pose with their candles and pentagrams and heavy eyeliner. It just makes it easier for me to walk through the world dressed like a 'working mum' :D Secrecy matters to me for all sorts of reasons. For me the craft is about will and connection, not props. Maybe my path is more internal and stripped down than some. I like sage but I grow lavender and rosemary so have a better connection with them. The cultural appropriation thing is thorny because I'm pragmatic about using whatever works as long as I have earned the connection so I can't really complain when I see people calling on Celtic goddesses. It doesn't stop me rolling my eyes though :D
  10. Wow. Must feel like a great achievement Onyx. They look great!
  11. Onyx my friend swears by Thoth and uses nothing else. He's fascinated by how differently we use tarot. For him it's just Thoth with great ceremony for big questions. Whereas I have a few decks and ask all sorts of crap whenever the mood takes me. I think he thinks I'm a deck floozy!
  12. Loving all these decks. Duchess just saw that really cute deck you posted link to. How do you find them? More fun or more dark? The reviews on Amazon were interesting!
  13. Blackbird funnily enough I'm still reading Treading the Mill at the minute :) I bought it last year and didn't really get into it but bits of it are clicking more now. In the end I just like as little ritual as possible. There were lots of Amazon reviews for Mastering Witchcraft that were very 'Yay, no Feminazi Wiccan stuff dudes!' So I'll be interested to see if it falls victim to Grand Poobah-itis in a different way!
  14. I've ordered both Mastering Witchcraft and Mastering Herbalism. It will be interesting to see which bits resonate and which don't. If it's too ceremonial I'm sending it back!
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