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  1. Let my just bump this comment for anyone who reads this thread. Respect the tradition, because you aren’t a rightful inheritor, you are not a member of the culture, you are a foreigner or sometimes just a tourist. The cultural practice is there to serve them and not you so don’t expect special accommodations, it is meant to connect to their ancestors- not yours, so respect that if you’re going to try and get involved. Don’t go selling it and displacing the rightful inheritors of the practice who have more right to sell the products/practices, don’t go trying to write books on it exploiting the culture to make a buck. Don’t just assimilate into the practice because you want to benefit from their ancestral treasures, try to assimilate into the culture to show respect. And stay in your lane. Don’t expect to be a leader in the tradition, because you cannot tap into the cultural and ancestral essence of the practice the way the actual members of the lineage can.
  2. Do you practice any traditional magic from that area or do you stick with chaos magic? I relish getting to hear about traditional ancestral/cultural magical traditions (even though I only practice my own). 😄
  3. There is also a channel which includes some traditional appalachian granny magic called “the inner beauty guru”. And if you have trouble locating her channel, add “granny magic” to the search.
  4. The best genuine traditional witchcraft channel I have ever found on YouTube is The Hoodoo Queen who goes by the name of Queen Co. She comes from an unbroken family lineage of traditional hoodoo that dates back into the 1800’s. And she is a staunch traditionalist. I love her channel.
  5. The golden tarot by Kat Black is pretty gentle and sweet, but also truthful.
  6. I have started to come out of my shell a bit with my family, particularly my siblings (my younger sis I teach magic so no surprise with her). And I’ve been able to help a couple of them magically so they are appreciative of my talents lol. At this point in my life I’m focusing more on surrounding myself only with those who believe in witchcraft and the “supernatural” so that I don’t have to hide anything if I don’t feel like it. But if I don’t trust or don’t like someone, I absolutely keep it to myself, In case want to chuck a spiritual chancla their way later.
  7. What I have found is that spiritual gifts don’t take the same form in everyone in the bloodline. My cousin is a medium, but her aunt was psychic with the ability of psychometry. And my great grandmother was a powerful medium, but she told me that I get my conjuring gifts from her and so I listened. So if you ask my view on it, you probably got your magical gifts from the same bloodline that gave you the Sight. They’re all spiritual abilities that take different forms depending on the person (from what I’ve learned).
  8. I will be celebrating family this solstice. My family has recently been blessed this month with a Yuletide miracle involving an extremely ill close family member (who nearly died early this month) that is fit for a movie (she was completely cured within days!). I may make a magical tea I created if we get the ingredients, and I will more than likely have a good sit down with the ancestors about this upcoming year.
  9. It’s nice getting to know the lenormand, it’s a good primer for oracles in general. Learning to interpret the language is a fun process, so I’d definitely start with it because there’s good books out in lenormand reading that will really teach you to read oracle card systems in general. Such as The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook.
  10. Have you tried the lenormand? I generally I prefer oracle decks to tarot. I’ve also considered working with the Santa Muerte tarot, such beautiful imagery. And it’s my lineage lol.
  11. My best advice at finding the path for anyone is to look into your ancestry and specifically ask your ancestors to guide you to the bloodline where your magical abilities come from. My ancestors guided me to traditional mexican Brujería, and I was told specifically by my great grandmother that my spiritual gifts come from her (she’s Mexican obviously). And now it’s clear why I jumped from reading about one tradition to the other, the only one that felt right was the one that was predominant in my blood from the beginning but I kept overlooking. Once you’ve found the tradition(s) that are for you, it’s best to learn from those of the lineage. Edit- I thought I was looking at a newish topic when I posted this, and I should have read the thread more thoroughly.
  12. Home protections take many forms. You can carry protective incense counter clock wise around the home and place the ashes at the front and back door and windows of the first floor. You can simmer protective herbs and then pour that around the home, you can use powders, sigils, etc it depends on your way of working. I personally appreciate the incense (just place herbs on a charcoal bricket) among others. Bay leaves are excellent for protection against beings which intend to do harm. Garlic protects against evil (such as serial killers and other terrible beings).
  13. The Catholic Church practices “magic” too, they just don’t call it magic, or because they are praying for their god to do most of the work it’s simply faith, rather than magic. But my ancestry is heavy with Roman Catholicism, I know about the vigil candles, the novenas (I’m also Mexican American) and really the church only permits these practices under the terms that it is their deities doing the work and not the person. But when they say “In the name of the Lord (insert command/desire)” it’s basically magic. They just won’t admit it. I never felt anything in church either, but I agree with an above comment that most churches don’t want you to, because if you knew what it was like to feel a personal connection with the worshipped spirits then you wouldn’t need the church anymore. Also, you can be a witch with a “capital W” and still be catholic or any religion. Being catholic doesn’t make you less of a witch. I practice what I call “spiritual Catholicism” where I wait for the Holy Spirit to come through and speak to me rather than having a priest guide me. It’s very personal that way. Actually, I believe it may have been the Holy Spirit itself that told me I must be a conjurer/witch, it definitely felt like it.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. “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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Wow! You’re a good detective. I only found the rune set Kundekling put on his own bio lol.
  21. I was thinking the same thing as Sagefire, definitely tree spirits or wights.
  22. 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. 🙂
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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