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About FancyShadowCat

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  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
  • Have you explored other paths?
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Learning to live with one foot in the Otherworld and your other in the physical. Fulfilling the spirit of those who hear the calling
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I’m very new
  • What brought you to our site?
    My own web searches
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to help myself by not stepping completely into the dark all on my own. It’s a bit more dangerous that way

    I hope to enable conversations benefit all who want to contribute or read the threads. I think even as solitary practitioners we have the opportunity to learn bits and pieces from each other.
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  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Allowing my intuition to guide me to the knowledge I need to progress. And connecting with plants.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I am a bit fearful, I hope to keep this from holding me back

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  1. This book guides you through the hardships and cultural origins of this folk magickal practice rich in history of Appalachian struggles. The beginning of this book is an introduction to the land of Appalachia and the people who immigrated there, and mixed with the natives which gives you a look at the essence of and birth of this practice. After this introduction Richards takes us through some of the folklore, folk religion, and importance of ancestral veneration, all speckled with a few workings and charms he learned from his elders thoughout which demonstrate the practicality and resourcefulness of the appalachian magic practitioners. The author then gives us a look at signs, omens, superstitions and methods of divination he was taught by his family, and which are found throughout the Tennessee region of the appalachian mountains. This is peppered with family stories and anecdotes of how he learned some of these practices, such as divination by playing cards. Backwoods witchcraft concludes with a functional manual of ingredients and curious used in the practice (such as dirt from a churchyard, moonshine, stump water, holed pennies, herbs, and more), a list of how they use candles, dolls, and other components of Appalachian craft. This chapter is followed finally with a several tried and true workings for love, protection, luck, legal troubles, healing and a few other common concerns of the folk magician. Overall I really enjoyed this book. In fact I think it may be my favorite book on witchcraft yet. He leads us through his upbringing learning these authentic practices and living the experience the practices came from. I felt that this book came from his heart and soul and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I believe I have a good understanding of the general flavor and technique of Appalachian folk magic. 5 stars from me.
  2. This autumn equinox I’m celebrating a new chapter in my life actually. I just recently finished a career training course preparing me for a career in medical coding which I chose instead of getting a bachelors degree. To me this autumn equinox represents an opportunity to end my “rest” (where I stayed home and studied) which is counterintuitive to the equinox I realize. I’ve been spending more time with my garden plants as they tell me their spiritual/magical uses and I strengthen my bond with them and plants we newly added this year (I’ve met some great plants this year!). I guess me life isn’t balanced right now, I still have to begin this new career with a job that I hope this Covid will actually help me get. And yes I wear my mask lol if I go out but I try not to go out.
  3. The double action candles are meant to have the colored wax drip onto and cover the black wax which represents your spell overcoming their hex. If you’re reversing hexes. What reversing candles are you referring to?
  4. “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you” -Sigma of Overwatch I love this (even though it’s from a video game), as there’s a lot of hubris in “scientific people” where if they cannot in understand something to a degree which satisfies them, it simply must not exist (like spirits and magick). To me this quote is also a “get over yourself” when I disbelieve something I’ve received in a vision or message simply because I don’t understand how it would be true. A human not being able to understand something is nothing spectacular.
  5. Here’s something I do think is valid cultural appropriation/theft. Tarot decks made by non Western Europeans who claim its “exclusive to their culture and theirs only”. The system and concepts used to create the tarot were from Arthur Waite of the Western European esoteric tradition of the golden dawn. Now just to be clear, I don’t think it’s appropriation to use tarot decks when you aren’t descended from western europe. But some of these people are literally taking a Western European system, painting their non European culture on it and saying it’s theirs and only they can use it. Yeah, to me that sounds like either cultural theft, or appropriation. And I think it’s a pretty good example some entirely inappropriate behavior.
  6. I’d like to add though, that before choosing between two things I try hard to have both. I don’t really like compromise and think of it as a last resort. Try to see first if there is a way for your heart and your head to both get what they want. And it can be easier said than done, but it’s the most satisfying of the options.
  7. Wow! You’re a good detective. I only found the rune set Kundekling put on his own bio lol.
  8. I was thinking the same thing as Sagefire, definitely tree spirits or wights.
  9. I’ve been learning about the runes more recently, though I’m currently reading about some trad British craft atm. I didn’t know there were hand gestures for any of the runes, so thank you for the info. 🙂
  10. I see the Apan mudra was the one I was looking for, wherever I look this hand gesture has martial qualities associated with it, be it protection, hexing, or confidence. Thanks kundleking!
  11. Oh yes. Logic told me to become a doctor or scientist and do magick on the side as a hobby. But I wasn’t so happy with it, I was only happy on an superficial ego level, and not truly passionate or fulfilled with that plan. One day during the summer before I would have transferred to university, I sat in my bed and I could feel some sort of guiding spirit talking to me, saying “this is not the path that is meant for you, you will not find happiness or fulfillment if you continue to pursue this”. I asked what I should do instead, ”witchcraft” was my answer. And I gotta say, I’m quite glad I listened. Since I was a small child witchcraft (real genuine witchcraft) was my passion of all passions, but along the way my logical head got in the way and decided I needed to pursue a clear-cut path with big money and prestige. Luckily I listened to the voice, and let that stuff all go.
  12. If you want to find an idol to represent the land vaetter or genius loci of your land I suggest making offerings, and asking for the spirit to show itself, maybe give you a name to call it by. And then you might be able to fashion the idol from clay or wood if you’re so talented. This sounds like a fun protect for you. I hope it goes well.
  13. Hmm, I’ve never done that. I have tried a working for a situation between two loved ones to bring them together (not romantically) when it was actually best for them to take time apart. Shortly after I brought them together, they were not ready for that relationship and they ended up separating again. Have you done divination for this situation?
  14. Wow. So it just occurred to me to google “Horned beast hand gesture” and according to humanhand.com, this general gesture is used as both a protection charm and a cursing gesture.. though the origins of the gesture aren’t examined. I’d still like discuss any gestures you all may have encountered, or any lore you’ve read on this one...
  15. Hello all, there’s been a hand gesture on my mind that I cannot find lore or origins for, so I thought I’d make a thread for any useful hand gestures relevant to Magickal practice. My body has a way of occasionally intuitively doing certain postures or gestures that have energetic significance. Such as, the touching of the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth behind the two front teeth while meditating or trying to sense energy. So, I’ve found that when I imagine doing hexword or banework of a martial nature, my hands automatically move into a certain gesture where the middle and ring fingers rest on the tip of the thumb on both hands, while the index and pinkie are standing up. The hand looks somewhat like a horned animal. My hands do this instinctively when I am considering the projection of aggressive energies. I believe I’ve read of it being a European gesture but I cannot for the life of me remember where I read about it. But, I can sense this gesture would be valuable for martial spells of an aggressive or fearsome nature. Would any of you kind witches and conjurers be able to help me find the proper origin and name of this Magickal gesture?
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