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MuireAnne

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About MuireAnne

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  • Birthday 10/27/1981

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  • Location
    USA, North Carolina
  • Interests
    Herbal medicine, gardening, divination, magic, shamanism, entheogens, healing, hiking, foraging
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I am a rather new witch. I will say that I am familiar with the concepts of traditional witchcraft but I am not experienced with the practical applications thereof...I am hoping that this community can be a place for me to help develop my practice and grow my knowledge of traditional witchcraft.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, I spent some time in my teens and early twenties as a dabbler in Wicca. Later, I became a Christian but ultimately I became disillusioned with the Christian dogmas. Around this time, I was experiencing what I can only call a spiritual awakening. I feel that I am called to a path of healing through shamanic witchcraft.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I am somewhat new to this path. I should say that it is not something that I went looking for, rather that it came to me. If that makes any sense! I approach my practice through herbal and energy healing, journeying in the shamanic sense, divination (tarot up til now but I am interested in runes also) and spellcraft through conscious intention.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    A return to the Old Ways. A pure form of personal and spiritual practice. Since I discovered this, I have felt a sense of coming home and connectedness with others and nature that I've been looking for my whole life. It means personal empowerment and that is important to me.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    On and off, most of my life.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Wandering the internet. Ha!
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to gain companionship, advice and rapport with other witches and I hope to contribute the same.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I believe in myself and in my personal power. I approach my practice with a true desire to help myself and others. I am called to be a healer and protector and I trust the Universe to help me achieve these goals
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I am inexperienced and alone. I AM the matriarch; the rock of my 'tribe' and I have no one to turn to for guidance or advice.
  1. Raw garlic knocks the hell out of a cold for me. It probably sounds gross but I will crush up a clove or two and put it on toast with butter. It's good with olive oil and herbs as a dipping oil for a baguette too. I work in the ER and I make a point to eat this a few times a week during cold/flu season. I am around hundreds of sick people every day who are coughing, hacking, etc. I think this is an excellent preventive. If I do happen to catch something, it is brief and usually mild. The way I understand it, the cold virus loves the mucous membranes of the throat and nasopharynx. Garlic is a potent antiviral, so it makes sense that exposing those tissues to garlic would inhibit the proliferation of virus and make it less inviting. Anyway, it works good for me!
  2. I'd never heard of her before reading this thread so I looked up her youtube channel and...that's a whole lotta nope. She's creepy for sure. Somewhere earlier on this thread someone mentioned it being like the unfolding of a cult and I would have to wholeheartedly agree. Weird stuff.
  3. My husband makes beer, wine and mead. He is currently working on a gallon batch of chamomile ale, and about three gallons of muscadine wine. The ale should be ready in about a week. He is also aging a batch of peach mead, which should be ready around the end of the year. I really want to get him that sacred beers book!
  4. Personally, I have much more success propagating plants this way than from seed. Just be patient, some plants take weeks to start rooting!
  5. Ivy cuttings root exceptionally well in water and will even grow in water, provided that you change the water weekly and fertilize on a regular basis. I have done this to make hanging baskets and planters of ivy before. I do this with herbs also. Nearly all the herbs in my garden were originally from bunches of fresh herb cuttings that I purchased in the grocery store! If you dissolve an aspirin in the first batch of water it will improve the success rate. Willow bark works, too.
  6. I see. I might just try it out. Thanks!
  7. Thanks, everyone, for the input. I really am torn between the new Schulke book and the Pharmako trilogy. I'm leaning toward Pendell because it seems like a good foundational text to start my collection with. Eventually I am going to get the Rätsche (Encyclopedia of Psychoactive plants) one too but for now it's out of my budget :(
  8. What about honey? I'm just curious, I've never tried to add anything to a smoke able herb but I also have the same issue with overly dry herbs.
  9. Mountain Witch, I am really leaning toward getting this. I am a bit of a nerd and really don't mind a dry/tough read if it contains good information. You've read (and liked?) other books by this author, I take it?
  10. I saw that one! Looks intriguing...I put it on my wishlist :)
  11. GhostAndTheWolf, I have had very interesting results from smoking mugwort before bed. No effort falling asleep whatsoever, and dreams like you wouldn't believe...some were more than dreams, if you catch my drift. I've also used it once or twice now as an aid for hedge work and it definitely helped.
  12. Thanks! I'd had my eye on the Pendell, Schulke, and/or Rätsch texts but the Miller one looks interesting and useful too. Can't I just have them all?! :D
  13. @Tricycle, I too would like to hear about your uses for ivy! And by this do you mean English ivy? @witchinplainsight, it really was the oddest thing. I've looked for wild mugwort for ages in my area and finally broke down and ordered some dried from Mountain Rose. I hadn't even received it when I noticed all the little plants coming up around the planter edges of my garden. I've lived here for nearly eight years and I've never seen it here. It's also not growing anywhere else nearby, only around my garden. I am choosing to view it as a gift and a greeting from the plant spirit :)
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