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About Phaedra

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  • Location
    Alabama USA
  • Interests
    Cooking and nutrition, reading and writing, some drawing
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Been hooked on it since I first became aware it was a thing as a kid. There's always and forever more to learn, but I feel like I have a good foundation.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Informal study of several, including Buddhism, Christian mysticism, Satanism, and conjure. My current path is Luciferian in nature; it is a solitary offshoot of the Anderson Feri tradition.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. I've never worked outside of the sphere of Trad craft.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Working with the bones and greens and unseen things of the good Earth to get business done. I see it as something separate from ceremonial magic and theurgy, though it freely utilizes techniques from both.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I have been actively exploring and practicing witchery for roughly 18 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I heard about this site from a coworker. Googling on trad witching brought me to the place.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    A two-way exchange of useful insight and guidance. Good company, too.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I lurk on and read from several, but am a member of none.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Imagination and creativity go a long way for me; I have a very strong visualization ability.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Follow-through on plans made. I am currently attacking my procrastination and tendency to get distracted with savage impunity.

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  1. I use playing cards mostly, but sometimes I'll use a d10.
  2. Gyreleaf--that sums up the lesson I've been learning about the weight of words nicely. You definitely build up a sort of personal power that others can pick up on when you carry yourself with an air that your voice has more value than a tool for steam of conscious prattling, reflexive input, air-filling chatter, etc. When animals in nature, speak, they do so because there is a definite purpose and goal behind their utterances. Only humans would waste their breath and power on something ultimately meaningless even to themselves.
  3. When I think of people practicing silence as a spiritual austerity, what first comes to my mind are monks, nuns, and other such folks who live in an environment and in a structured way of life that really serves to facilitate asceticism. Take one of those people dedicated to the practice of prolonged silence and spiritual listening of that manner and place them in a layperson's daily routine, I figure they too would find it pretty impractical and thus difficult to maintain without causing external problems that altogether distract from the whole point of the exercise to begin with. For me personally, I don't take the traditional power of To Be Silent so literally as to mean that I need to track and carefully govern all my spoken words...Rather, it serves as a reminder to me that tuning in and really listening is where power is found. I have stepped into so many heaps of rank in my days all because I spoke in hasty ignorance, or gave an opinion that wasn't really mine, but instead one that I adopted because it sounded right without actually giving it critical thought. I feel like these actions have weakened me, and so I do mind my words and especially whatever I speak out into the world as my own personal beliefs and opinions; reclaiming the lost power has been a lesson in patience with myself, and in how much harder it is the restore other people's favor in you once you've already made an ass of yourself. ...And I don't know about y'all, but something in me just feels chafed whenever I'm told to "have a blessed day" by a Chik-fil-A employee.
  4. The anonymity of the internet is something that the witches and other such practicioners of the past would never have dreamed of. Personally, I don't see any problem with enjoying what advantages and freedoms the modern age makes available to folks, and while it's true that fluff happens, it's also true that whatever you see posted on Instagram is only one facet of any posting individual's life in the craft--the portion that they choose to share publicly. Community can be very helpful and powerful for some, and having the freedom to spill and share online can in some ways make up for how very stifled and closeted many must be in their offline reality. What is one to expect to get out of social media groups for witches and occultists if they are all to hold tight on to secrecy?
  5. If you zoom your focus out far enough, it seems that we're all interconnected, each culture taking part in a single shared history. Thankfully though, you don't need to glean validation for a fascination with any given culture or mythos by retracing genes back to antiquity; human religious expression is fascinating in its own right. It might be hard to identify any one component of a vast mythos and aesthetic as the reason above all else behind your attraction to it...when we admire a beautiful specimen in a garden, we are drawn to its entirety at once, not simply one particular leaf or one petal on their own.
  6. Also, there's a big difference between being a social minority and being a population-count minority. In most circumstances in the western world, and in many locations elsewhere, to be white is to be of the social majority in that generally speaking, the stereotypical person of social power is white. ...I reckon to some it could be pretty unnatural-seeming and cringe worthy to have a cultural outsider donning the mantle of your personal sacred heritage, and it gets trickier if the two backgrounds in question have a complicated or contentious relationship, like with white americans and most POC groups I can think of right now. If it works and fulfills you, certainly embace it and let it enrich your path! Just do so with humility and respect for others and for the history which brought their ways into your purview.
  7. Conversely, one could argue that notions of psychic energy which tie the witch to the witchery to that particular effect are a component of one's paradigm, and that those rules may or may not hold true in another witch's system of working or experience. If one can cast a spell and still reap results to their liking even after detailing out their process to others, who's concern is it? Let the results speak for the efficiency, or lack thereof, of the working conditions.
  8. The only thing I can think of right now is that you could keep a daily dream journal in your planner, along with notes about anything craft-related that's on your mind whenever. All of my notebooks end up like that; I start writing in one intending it to be a book dedicated to brainstorming or recipes or whatever else, and it ends up being that thing + a chaotic scattering of occultic ramblings for me to go back to and riddle out later. It would probably go the same way if I ever kept a planner...I'd jot down dental appointments and birthdays to remember, sure, but it would otherwise be cluttered with a host of non-planner related prattling. If you actually want to use your planner IN spellwork, you could probably find creative ways about it. What comes to my mind is using it in workings to better ensure that future plans go through favorably.
  9. Hm...I know there's a difference between experiencing a change in how you crave or perceive certain tastes and in making a dietary choice. I don't recall ever having an inexplicable shift in taste after starting down any one of the paths I've trod down, though in certain instances I did feel the want/need to adjust my eating habits. When I was new to Buddhism for example I thought that going vegan was the most mindful and compassionate way to live, though over time I became less rigid and critical about it. Later when I was dipping into more overtly nature centric ideologies, I again thought it best to veer away from meat consumption, but it didn't seem to do anything to enhance my experience, so it didn't stick. Now I stick with a ketogenic eating lifestyle, and the sustained energy it provides me compared to any eating habit beforehand has benefited my magic-working ways massively.
  10. I'll let my obvious magical signs of 'don't mess with me and mine' do the talking for me, I think---communication isn't my forte, and despite my precautions, I'm not yet convinced that there actually is something spooky afoot. I'll certainly keep my radar open for whatever its worth, though...my wife has a keener sense for haints than I do, so I feel pretty alright about counting on her to let me know if she experiences anything new.
  11. Hah! Yeah, one roomie's first thought was squatters being super sly. No basement, though, so no problem...that, and none of our soda had actually been opened by an unknown guest. Frankly I'd take just about any manner of household poltergeist or spook over a living, breathing, human snoop any time of day, so that's all good with me. The powder, tree, and buried bottle are honestly overkill.
  12. I did have a chat with one of my neighbors yesterday, and some light fishing on the subject didn't get me anywhere. It seems apparent that the home doesn't have any outstanding history with a previous tenant, so there's that at least. I won't rule out the possibility that my housemates are just adjusting to the larger and unfamiliar living space and are hearing things that go bump in the night. Still, I laid a powder around the place and will be preparing a space in the (mostly empty) back yard to have a bottle tree for good measure. Looking over the previous posts here has me itching to make some spirit houses again! There's a hook for a hanging pot just outside the back door, a perfect place for a twiggy ball or a jar. :heart:
  13. Update again... It's not yet 5am, I'm tired as hell from days of ceaseless moving out of the old place and into the new. I'm only awake right now because I just received the second report of strange happenings in the new home already, and we've only been staying nights at the place as of the past week. This house isn't even old or in a historied development... it's basic cookie cutter American suburbia, built only ten years ago. But I digress. Two nights ago, one housemate swore he heard a baby giggle downstairs while he was upstairs. My partner and I had turned in extra early that night, and the remaining housemate was in their bedroom at the time. He was so sure of it that he investigated, and this guy is a very mundane-minded sort who doesn't give thought or much credit to spirit woo business, and wouldn't make shit up. And now tonight, my partner was up late with our other housemate, her best friend. They were moving things around to prepare for the guys coming in tomorrow to install our washer and dryer, and she reports hearing the distinctive sounds of a soda can being opened in the downstairs kitchen, and the refrigerator door being closed. We haven't had can soda in this home until we got some earlier today (yesterday, I guess), and she also investigated and nothing appeared out of place. I haven't had the opportunity to do any purification work on the place, but I will have the time and availability to do so tomorrow. I'm thinking a gentle sort of rite or gesture, since neither report implied ill intent. I also wonder if I'd be able to scrounge up any history of the previous tenants... This home had been on the market for a considerable time before we got it, and the process of being approved was crazy immediate with how eager the rental agency was to get it finally off the market.
  14. Not sure yet! I have a lot going on right now, and it will be a while still before I'll be able to uproot and go overseas for months. Currently, me and mine still rely on the 9 to 5 that I work, but I'll be working towards getting out from under that. I'd absolutely love to spend more time abroad in Asia, and if their government will support me in exchange for teaching kids my own language, its all the sweeter.
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