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About Broomflower

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    Feline
  • Location
    Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?
  • Interests
    Art, illustration, writing, herbs, sewing, hiking, camping
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Quite.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I am a hedge-witch.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional witchcraft is grounded in European folk magick practices and may include shamanic, religious or spiritual elements.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    25 years+
  • What brought you to our site?
    a search engine
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    There are specific traditions and practices I'm seeking knowledge about. I hope I can be helpful to others sharing what knowledge I have.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I don't really have as much time to participate in forums as much as I'd like anymore.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    the ability to resist advertising my strengths and weaknesses in what is to me a very personal practice.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I'd rather not say, thank you.
  1. Actually, it's probably my fault. I have to move soon. It's like washing your car and expecting it not to rain.
  2. I mean, seriously, man? What the hell? Enough already! This has been a public service announcement. Thank you, Concerned Citizens
  3. I have one especially memorable experience with Shadow People, although its been decades. Like a lot of intense psychic disturbances, this experience occurred in adolescence. It was probably related the fears I had collected around my own newly budding power and creativity, as they tended to hover around my art trunk. At this time I was also experiencing my first really serious interest in occultism and my very earliest experiences of moon-worship, as well as questioning the systems of belief I had been raised to accept as true and challenging the assumed authorities in my life. They may have also been associated with the ocular migraines I began experiencing around this time as well. There was a lot of fear around all of these things, and these entities are definitely drawn to fear. Fear attracts them, feeds them, and in a lot of ways it is what they are made of. They are creatures of fear. This was also around the same time I went off to summer art school, not only away from home for an extended period on my own, but also in an environment where I was being expected to accept, explore and embrace my vision as an artist for the first time. Lots happening, as well as the usual adolescent stuff. I think all this turmoil either congealed into, called into being, or otherwise attracted these small, maybe 2'-3' high entities, with glowing red eyes, that would lurk in my closet and around my art desk and supply trunk and stare, wordlessly threatening. I don't know what finally made them go away. I think perhaps it might have been art school. At any rate these guys fit all the classic descriptions of the malevolent Shadow People, with the exception of their small size, their obvious lively alertness, and their extremely personal nature. My twin brother told me once he experienced the manifestation of similar Shadow People in his garage, years later, as an adult. (As twins often are, he is almost the exact polar opposite of me, very religious, a bit superstitious, and paradoxically embracing the hard sciences) He was extremely freaked out by them, of course by then, I had already gotten over my own experiences with Shadow People years ago, as well as making a formal study and practice of witchcraft, and in a lot of ways I think my non-reaction may have bothered him even more. I only had one other experience with Shadow People, around the time I completed my NLP Master Practitioner training. It was a few weeks before I would lose my home, cat and entire body of artwork to fire, and it may have been a harbinger of looming disaster. My NLP trainer was kind of known for his combining of NLP and other hypnotic techniques with ritual magick, so when this spooky shadow critter appeared right in front of me, my first impulse was to try an NLP technique on it. When we were younger, my brother and I had been in kind of an amateur magic show with my dad, and Dad had this color-changing scarf trick. So when this thing presented itself to me, I thought of my Dad's trick, I reached out to "grab" it (in spite of it having no substance) and with a quick flick of my wrist and a "snap" I "turned it inside out", like my dad's scarf. I honestly don't remember what it did after that, aside from go away. I think I recall it being colorful and light on the inside, strangely enough. I've never experienced them again since. Anyway I wanted to mention that because the technique clearly worked. Those of you who may be experiencing hauntings by Shadow People might want to consider trying it. It's not unlike how Harry Potter's Professor Lupin taught the class to handle a Boggart; in fact in principle its very much the same. (Shouting "Riddikulus!" really isn't necessary, but what the hell, if that's what you want to do, knock yourself out.) Do try it; if nothing else, it will drive home with clarity the fact that you are not powerless and can handle yourself against these things without being intimidated. (edited to add that this technique most certainly isn't traditional witchcraft. Nonetheless, when faced with something nasty and ugly that wants to rumble, I say it's totally ok to use any and all tools you have at your disposal to deal with the thing, and traditional folklore can go fuck itself.)
  4. The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Siouxie, Bauhaus, The Smiths...I admit it, I'm old. :Spider-1:
  5. Traditional witchcaft is not Wicca, so I think first of all it is important to understand that Gods and Goddesses are not collectible bubble-gum cards. (That always used to annoy the snot out of me.) The really best advice I can give you for understanding Gods and/or Goddesses is to ask the Land. You will get better feedback there than from even the best internet forums, like this one. :)
  6. My youngest is tube-fed (she was a micro-preemie, almost 5 years old now and still not eating) and she has what is known as a Mic-key, which is essentially a functional body piercing that allows a feeding tube extension to be clicked in so her special prescription formula/medications can go straight into her stomach. Recently she was ill, seeming to have conjunctivitis. Well, that infection quickly spread to her Mic-key site. It was very sensitive and oozy, and she struggle to keep me from touching it which made it hard to feed her. Her father made an appointment with her pediatric GI, but until she could get to the doctor, I used lavender oil. (I told her it was "Princess Flower Oil".) It helped keep the infection from getting worse, as well as calming her enough that I could feed her. I've used both heal-all and plantain in salves and poultices. If you are wildcrafting, just check the leaves and blossoms to be sure you have a positive identification. Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) is easily mistaken for heal-all (Prunella vulgaris). It's not harmful, in fact has its own, similar, beneficial properties. (It's great for stopping bleeding.) It's just not heal-all. If the leaves are kind of heart-shaped with a velvet-purple tinge towards the stem, you have dead nettle (called "dead" nettle because its leaves resemble a nettle's and it doesn't sting.) The flowers are a little different, too, heal-all flowering in more of a spike but these plants are still mistaken for each other all the time. (I've done it!) Another wild healer that is often mistaken for the other two is ground ivy, or cat's paw (Glechoma hederacea) which is good for cuts but even better for bruises. It has similar tiny purple flowers, but creeps along the ground or up fenceposts and so on (not a true ivy!) and has characteristic round, scalloped leaves reminiscent of a cat's paw. Any or all of these three purple-flowered healers can be made into a wonderful, effective salve, plaster or poultice with either or both of the plantains (Plantago major or P. lanceolata) for the treatment of wounds.
  7. I would have said it tastes like filthy gym socks, but yeah, I guess I can kind of see that too.
  8. I could never make it past step 1. Life without Tully, coffee, and hot sauce would be an empty, hollow shell. Mood swings: chaste tree berry, also known as vitex, is probably the reason why my teenagers and ex-husband are still alive, lol. Edited to emphasize this, since others here seem to be having hormone-related emotional issues. Really the stuff is amazing! Black cohosh worked great for hot flashes for me. I use ginko for memory, but if I may plug a specific product? Herb Pharm's "Brain and Memory" is a godssend. I made a women's tincture from chaste tree, red raspberry, mugwort, passion flower, and rose hips. Motherwort would probably better than the mugwort, but I had like a LOT of mugwort. So. Much. Mugwort. I usually prefer to use mugwort externally for cramps. It works great in a bath with motherwort and yarrow blossoms.
  9. I used to work in health food stores, so honestly I'm tempted to answer, "all of them"! But for personal use, my very favorites are nettle, hawthorn berry, and ginko. I've had great results with kava-kava and St. Johnswort. Garlic, ginger, cayenne and tumeric (with black pepper, for the piperine to aid absorption) are also favorites. Recently the line between healthful herbs taken as supplements, and wholesome, healing foods has begun to blur for me. I've discovered so-called "superfoods" like maca, and some of the healthful algea, like spirulina and chorella, as well as grass juices like wheat and barley. I have a manual juicer (hey it was free!) and I can't wait for "real" Spring to get here so I can try juicing some of my favorite wild plants, like purslane. (Purslane is so, so wonderful!) I also really appreciate the health benefit of elder flower and berry, rose hips, red clover, hibiscus and of course, where would we be in a NY winter without echinacea? Oh, I could go on and on about this. I really want to lead some local herb walks and teach classes, but I have o get settled before I start writing proposals and searching for a venue.
  10. Right now, my focus has been on parenting, job hunting, and cleaning up my personal life. (In a nutshell, I'm divorcing yet again and getting re-settled in my home city.) I'm homeshooling my middle child as city high schools proved themselves to be an awful learning environment for her. I'd like to buy a house but I'm waiting on a damn settlement that is actually overdue. I'm "adulting". I've been in kind of a creative slump for awhile. I consider myself an artist, but I've had a struggle making art again since I lost my entire body of work to a fire about 10 years ago. I used to write, but haven't written a word since my father died a few years ago. My current creative outlets are cooking (because it's practical) and crochet. I'd sew, but the pedal to my damn machine was lost in the move. It's probably in a box somewhere, but damned if I know which one. It's been my intent to get out into nature more. I'd like to start leading herb walks, but that means being outside, and human contact. I've been very withdrawn for personal reasons lately. I almost made it out the door to a drum circle tonight, but decided a the last minute I wanted to hang out in my room listening to 80's new wave and alternative throwback videos on you tube and eating chia pudding while wasting time online. I'm not sorry. I go through cycles of introversion and extroversion, and right now my priority is on more personal work. My other big passion is herbs and natural wellness. My last two jobs were in health food stores and it really felt like I'd found my calling. I've also been very politically active in the past, but that is another area where I've been withdrawn lately, in spite of what seems to be a desperate need for action in the US right now. I have a lot of personal stuff going on, and feel unable to responsibly contribute my best to the causes that are important to me, in spite of great need. I don't feel I can responsibly commit energy that I just don't have. I also enjoy books, and uh, maybe this is a bit embarrassing to admit considering I'm a middle-aged mother-of-three who works with holistic wellness and is involved in anti-war politics, but I do like video games, especially Skyrim and most of all the Fallout games. F*cking give me a Tesla cannon and get the hell out of my way. Die, super mutant scum, die! I bought Fallout 4 for my teenage son, but he didn't get to play it until I split with his stepdad and moved out of the house because I was always playing his game! Unfortunately the ex got the good computer (because really, it was his) so for now, no shooting super mutants for Broomflower. Boo.
  11. You know, mugwort works for dreams by preventing one of the later stages of sleep, during which dreams are forgotten. I've had mixed results with it for other psychic purposes. As far as its use in tinctures, use it sparingly and with caution, as it can be toxic to the liver if a lot of it is used over a period of time. Occasional use is safe, though, unless you're allergic to it. It is a common allergen, like ragweed. I've made a dream tincture from two parts mugwort to one part each skullcap and passionflower, steeped in 90 or 100 proof vodka. I've always been partial to the black mirror or bowl, but until recently I was working in a health food store that had an extensive selection of crystals, and I got a 45% discount. I've ranted about crystals and their ecological concerns before, but this shop tended to deal with vendors that were as conscientious as possible, and admittedly, 45% off was too much for even me to resist. I fell in love with a hematite sphere. Hematite tends to be pretty grounding, and it's not usually a good stone associated with scrying, even though it has such a lovely dark, reflective surface when polished. I have herd of it being used as kind of an "anchor stone" to assist with safe astral projection, and besides, it was shiny and I got a fat discount so I bought it anyway. Hematite does have a high iron content (hence its name) and I had the same concerns about iron and the Fair Folk - even though I do work with an iron cauldron and both my harvesting boline and ritual knife are steel. I figured what the hell, I'll give it a shot. Alas, I haven't felt like scrying lately - losing the job at the health food store put me in not a very good head space, and not just because I miss the discount. That job really meant a lot to me; I loved it. But when I feel up to it again, I'll post the results, without going into too much personal detail, and if I remember, of course.
  12. Thank you, Christine. That was so well-said!
  13. I don't like the cliqueishness and quibbling. That is more a critique of witch culture than the practices itself. Witchcraft can either be a disciline that calls you to focus on what is really important, or a distraction that encourages the burying of self in petty material drama. That choice s of course up to the witch, and whether or not they are "doing it right". So many people choose the path of drama and stupidity over the path of power and self mastery, and then indiscriminately or unconsciously fling it at anyone within flinging distance. Ugh. That is why I keep the specifics of my own beliefs and practices under my pointy, wide-brimmed hat.
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