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  1. I have never paid too much attention to astrology, but I am working on a project that got me looking into the origins of it. After it's invention by the Babylonians, the Greeks and then Romans adopted it. Each attaching their mythology to the planets and constellations. The red planet being associated with blood was linked to the Roman War God, Mars. The brightest planet in the sky was associated with the love goddess Venus and so on. But the point I'm getting to, is why did astrology not evolve and adapt after the Romans? The word Zodiac means the cycle of animals but with western astrology it is mythical creatures and gods, so what happened there? Also associations/correspondences are subjective. The colour red to a lot of people is the colour of love and passion. So the attributes/characteristics of the Roman Goddess Venus could have quite easily been linked to Mars. Which would change the readings completely. I'm not trying to ruffle feathers here, but hoping someone more learned in the subject may know more about the history of it? Was there a reason why the system didn't evolve with other cultures? or did it but they were not popularised?
  2. I agree, wasn't a patch on the first. Felt like they where just using the Penny Dreadful name to bring in the audience.
  3. Did you make these Sagefire?? They look amazing!!
  4. haha yea I was looking up the season 2 release date yesterday as well. Maybe August by the sounds of it. At least they were able to start filming again.
  5. Semantics aside, it does cover a lot in one place in regards to certain techniques, however there is also a lot it neglects. Particularly those common to most witches and after all, this is a site for witches.
  6. I think it's more of a knee jerk reaction to the terminology with regards to angels. I've become so accustomed to reading wiccan fluff and new age nonsense that it immediately puts me off. As said I only had a quick look at what they are offering. My remark to Golden Dawn is the Egyptian imagery and focus on Egyptian gods. How it seems to empathise ceremonial magic and occult practices. It is the matter of fact way that they describe things. For example the way they talk about the layers of the underworld and the tools they say to use, also very ceremonial. I am reading this as a Traditional British Witch and I could see very little on folk practises and lore and certainly no emphasis on the local element or indeed the old european/british witchcraft aspect. The appropriation of other cultural practices and beliefs is what's giving off the neo-pagan vibes. Also the term magician being used as opposed to witch. Again I may be getting caught on the terminology rather than the content but for new a "witch" starting out, this may come across as confusing. I have just looked up the director/founder of this Quareia and they are an Occultist, so the content doesn't surprise me now. For someone looking to study the occult then this, I'm sure, is a very good resource and some of the disciplines in acquiring skills such as visualisation can be used for a number of systems & paths. But as far as Witchcraft goes, I'm not so sure. Traditional witchcraft is open, of course, to all sorts of traditions and practices. I myself enjoy learning about them but I will not incorporate them into my practice. My witchcraft is a very earthly local affair.
  7. Recommendations are fine 😉 I had a quick look at it and it does seem to offer quite comprehensive courses, although I am getting strong neo-pagan/Golden Dawn vibes from it. Perhaps it's the imagery they use has tainted my opinion of it. The talk of angels & demons will always ring alarm bells for me. But that is just a personal grimace. The issue I have with any of these types of organisations/sites is, for a beginner they are being spoon fed information. And when there is a lot of information coming from one source, the student will no doubt absorb their views and assume truth. If you take everything you learn with a pinch of salt, cross reference and do your own research, then that's fine. But a lot of those new to witchcraft won't, especially those who are caught up in the witch pop trend looking for easy answers. For those not so new to their craft then I'm sure certain areas of these courses can help home in some of their skills.
  8. Thanks @Onyx... does yours have a small white bit in the middle of it's chest as well?
  9. Carved flesh, just took the skin layer off to make a different tone when it's lit. The picture makes it look like it has bottom fangs as well haha
  10. I got to the shops too late this year and there wasn't any pumpkins left. My cat wasn't impressed by this unorthodox vegetable use! haha
  11. Like what FancyShadowCat said, there are many ways. The main reason I mentioned protections, is a while back I had some "activity" in my home, I was going through some stuff so the last thing I wanted was anything negative around. It had been a while since I had redone my protections, so I went all out. Banish, Cleanse, Protect. I did the banish as I was getting mixed readings as to what was there, so to be safe I got rid. The protection part, I don't do a lot tbh. Just seal the doors and windows and sigils on the glass. The majority of my little ritual is cleansing but I suppose it's like using an anti-bac spray, your cleaning and protecting at the same time. It's air purification and floor/wall washes. The rest is charms. What tradition are you following? In recent years I have become increasingly aware of cultural appropriation and am quite strict as to what I incorporate into my practice. It reminds me too much of wicca and I don't want to be an eclectic witch. Not saying that I don't find other cultural practices interesting, I like to learn about them, just not incorporate them. ... .aaaand I'm talking about myself too much hahaha I'll shut up. Someone said to me once, when you cast it's like lighting a beacon, and like moths to a flame, things will be attracted by that. Some will be harmless, others not so. So always cover your ass first. There are so many charms you can use in the home, Traditional British Witchcraft has a tonne, a lot used by Christians to keep witches out lol Did you do any divination on it?
  12. Doing my annual bump haha earlier than last year, so hopefully will get some posts. I've not carved mine yet, will probably do so on Thursday. Let's see em....
  13. Domovoi is obviously the Slavic name and will have it's own traditions. The folklore surrounding them is similar to the British Brownie. Brownies can be rather mischievous and play up when the home is neglected. Milk & Honey is the traditional offering, as it is for a lot of things. But if I were you, I would look into your local land spirits. What is your local folklore? Yes you could possibly get Domovoi & Brownies in the US, but like I said, look into your local folklore. Do some divination on it and see if that comes up with any clues. Also record the times you hear/see these things happen. Like Mona said with the animals, see how they react. Cats are known to see things we can't, so if yours is staring at something that isn't obvious to you, then there could be something there. But that won't help you tell what it is. I think your best bet is probably the divination route. Also what household protections have you got in place?
  14. Try looking at the Bushcraft type camping shops. Lightweight Cauldrons are quite popular for those who enjoy a more rustic camp.
  15. First off @Ravenshaw I love the way you wrote that. You would make a great creative writer 😉 Internally my balance of light and dark is still tipped to the darker side. I was reluctant to let go of the darker months from last year, as I find myself in a sombre part of my life, so I'm looking forward to them returning. The wheel keeps turning but I'm wanting to jump back. With everything that is going on maybe skipping the whole year wouldn't be such a bad thing. But then it's like you said, only from destruction can we truly grow. I don't have anything planned for the equinox but maybe between now and then I will find more of a balance.
  16. It looks like a few of us did some baking for Lughnasadh, so thought I'd start a thread asking those who did if you would like to share. Usually I'm lazy and just end drinking beer and eating donuts lol But this year I decided to make an effort. I made a Harvest Wheatsheaf Loaf as an offering to the local land spirits, which I left out until the First Grain Moon and then divided it into four and placed around my property. The mouse is traditional. It's a Harvest Mouse, which got it's name as they were only usually seen when the crops were harvested and they would run out of the field.
  17. An emotional and powerful song this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2cbhYihBWY (A bit annoying that embedding videos doesn't work anymore)
  18. Very Nice! I particularly like the butterfly!
  19. I've tried watching her baking show on Netflix a couple of times but it's just too cringe worthy. I love baking and spooky stuff, so her Curious Creations should be perfect for me but alas. Think I'd prefer it if they just kept it about the baking and not the amateur dramatics.
  20. So I don't know much on this topic, well, F All really haha but my wife is a Yoga Teacher and when I was helping her study I came across Mudras. They are different hand positions you use when meditating. It sounds similar to what you're describing. Anyway this graphic will explain it a lot better than I can...
  21. So I have a situation in my life that I would like a certain outcome with. But I am also very torn over it and I'm in two minds. (Sorry for being cryptic but it's a very personal matter). However, I did wonder, what if I do a working for both outcomes, even though they contradict each other and just let the universe decide which one. Has anyone attempted such a thing?
  22. We have a WINNER! CONGRATULATIONS to Homeschoolie!
  23. - I have hidden 10 sets of Runes across the Forum - - Each set has a number, that number is a word in a sentence, there are 12 words in the sentence - - Translate the Runes - - The translation is a Quote - - The first person to message me the translated quote and the person who made it, wins a prize! - Good Luck
  24. Firstly I was sure I read something similar to this topic, but for the life of me I can't find it. If anyone does, please tell me, y'all know how I don't like duplicated threads 😉 That being said... A positive for me with the current covid situation, is connecting more with nature. Most mornings I'm going out for walks around my local nature reserve, when usually I'd just be at the gym or putting off going to work for as long as possible. But my walking enjoyment was short lived, as the amount of rubbish that was being dumped would fill me with rage. It has definitely gotten worse since the national lockdown. (I have written various rants here and deleted them, as it's going off topic a bit lol) Anyway, my morning stroll has now become a morning litter pick. I'm annoyed that I'm having to do it but also, well, I don't think proud is the right word, but at least it feels good to help nature when no one else seems to bother. Anyway, to the gifts. For a while now I've been trying to collect feathers of local territorial birds for a ladder. It has probably been close to a year now and I've hardly found any, other than really manky ones. Well, since doing my litter picking (I've filled about 6 50L bags so far, 2 tents and an inflatable lilo) I've found loads of pristine feathers, from crows, kites, magpies etc. All in the middle of my path, as if they had just fallen off the bird. I had been looking in the reserve every time I went there but it's only since collecting the trash did the feathers start appearing. Now of course it could be simply that I am outside more and it's the time of year that the birds are very active. But I've been told off by a few fellow witches for not taking something as a sign and always explaining it away. But this time, it is only from birds that I've been thinking about. And there are plenty of other species, especially pigeons. So I will take it as a sign of thanks. Have any of you had something similar happen? Was there something from nature that you looking for and it was only when you performed an act that you found it?
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