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  1. Gabriel999, assuming that any of this is even possibly, remotely true- to any remotely possible extent, you probably won’t want to be sharing such austentatious stories. Most (or all) here will not believe them, and this is a serious forum. I haven’t been here for too long, but I have seen people get on quite the rough start here from telling such tall tales. This often results in them having their account either deleted, or getting banned from the ensuing ruckus it caused. Try to think from our perspective, we don’t know you at all and you just told us that “your demon” gives you orders by expending the incredible amount of energy of summoning a lighting bolt- to strike you with the message no less- when in all practicality this order could’ve simply come telepathically. We have no reason to believe any being would waste so much energy on such an unnescessarily flamboyant (and dangerous) display- simply to communicate with you. It’s not in any way practical or sensible, so you will be VERY HARD pressed, to find any one of us believing such an anecdote. Just FYI. If you really want to have a good relationship with this forum, try to establish trust before going on about wild stories. I’ve made mistakes posting here at first as well, I was a desperate newbie who asked several needy sounding questions and posts when I first became a member. Try to see the personality of the forum so that your transition here is smooth.
  2. Bumping :) One thing I’d like to add, trad craft is a good template, but it’s largely just a template. One of the reasons we shouldn’t read too much is because the witches of old only had so much knowledge and resources. It is true that trad craft was a certain way back in the day when it was practiced more widely, but as with physical human crafts, spiritual crafts can be advanced by the modern age. It’s nice to have old and authentic recipes for incenses and such, but it’s like cooking. Today we have access to so many herbs and resins and innovational thought, we should take advantage. That old authentic recipe is likely good, just like the old trad recipe for cake. But with advances in baking we made cake much better, and we too should be trying to advance with these spiritual recipes. I was browsing The Encyclopedia of Magickal Herbs the other day and noticed that in the beginning Scott gave an example of a love incense recipe. The recipe given included “Lemon balm, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla” to simply include herbs associated with love is basic, and lacks passion. We no longer live in times when simply knowing which herbs are associated with love, or obtaining them is the challenge on its own. I suspect our ancestors would probably get a little annoyed watching us scower the web for days, to find one of their multiple traditional healing incenses when we could probably be making an even better one. We have the resources to put a little more thought/creativity and effort into any aspect of the craft. If I was making this incense/oil for a man, id like to include an herb or two for courage like masterwort, because inducing feelings of affection will do no good if he’s too shy to act on them. I might add lavender as well, because it’s associated with love- and peace, and I suspect the peaceful energy will help get us on a smoother start with less potential ‘bumps’ in the road. If this were an oil, I’d add a little sugar as well to sweeten our interactions so that he’s encouraged to talk to me. There are a lot of angles to tackle each problem we deal with (and we didn’t even get to considering planetary correspondences of the herbs yet). Gordon Ramsey isn’t Gordon Ramsey because he settled for basic “it’s scrambled eggs so I put eggs on a pan and waited for them to get solid”. He cycles taking the eggs off the pan, and back on so that they get cooked while maintaining a softer creamier texture by not overheating. If he can put that much effort into scrambled eggs when everyone else though there was pretty much just one way to do it, there is plenty of room for advancement in the craft as well.
  3. I believe this is the main purpose behind many methods of wand crafting. In one instruction i read, the writer said to make sure you do not drop the piece of wood on the ground (most likely because the spiritual essence will be ‘grounded out’ into the earth, and you’ll have to get a new one). This may not be entirely accurate, but I agree with the mystical underlying premise. A wand should be a kind of fetish object with a spirit stored within it. If I were trying to preserve a connection with the hibiscus I would look into using wand-making procedures to preserve the spirit within. And sorry I meant to respond much sooner but I decided to investigate my beliefs first, and then forgot about the thread. Lol.
  4. For me they usually appear in dreams or in my minds eye. I don’t usually see them physically, but it depends on the person really. My friend sees/hears them physically.
  5. Dean looks a bit too rugged and ‘macho’ for my taste. Sam on the other hand is a little more classy looking.
  6. I haven’t even thought about trying to mine my own lol. I’m not much for risk taking, though I might have to eventually. But I can imagine how surreal it must be to find a crystal and realize you’re the first person to ever touch and get to know it. Also, it makes sense that crystals should be thought of as much more traditional than they are generally perceived to be.
  7. What makes it traditional to me, is incorporating timeless aspects of the craft that we haven’t been able to improve on while adopting modern techniques as well. Leather workers still use rib bones to tan hides, and it’s been done that way for literally thousands of years. And as with leather working I believe there are some techniques and tools that are equally timeless. I believe circles and compasses are timeless, as are knots and cartomancy. But I do incorporate crystals and semi precious stones into my craft as well even though it could be considered new age. Back then we didn’t have access to a large selection of crystals and stones that could be purchased online and delivered to your door, but I take my boons where I find them. If my witchy ancestors had access to some of the things I do, I’m sure they would’ve gladly used them. Traditional looks to tie timeless aspects of our past with the benefits of the modern age. I’m okay with new age stuff, as long as it works.
  8. Honestly I do most of my Norse reading in order to understand Freya. This would be easier if the eddas included more of her stories. I don’t truly feel a connection to the rest of the Norse pantheon. Maybe because I’m mostly French? I have considered researching Gallic-Celtic paganism. Not sure if I feel the call however. It’s possible Freya May be the only deity I work with.
  9. Agreed. This is good for dreams too, as you don’t really realize quite how often a prophetic dream comes along until you pay attention and record them. I’ve been surprised at how literal mine tend to be.
  10. You’re full of witchy knowledge aren’t you FT? The redening of the runes is really interesting. And I’ll have to add spaygaric to my vocabulary straight away. -Edited for grammar
  11. Holdasown I appreciate that you see the value in the Jotun. Sonna and Mani both have beautiful energy. Sonna especially is very healing to take in. I plan on purchasing a book in the same series as ‘Neolithic Shamanism’ which is more in depth about how to properly have a relationship with the gods. This book (as well as Neolithic Shamanism) is written by a couple Norse shamans/spirit workers, and I can only assume the gods’ etiquette in working relationships may differ from ours. If anyone would like to see other books written/endorsed by this organization of northern shamans you can visit http://www.northernshamanism.org/welcome.html :)
  12. Is using specific home made inks something that’s common with crafting runes? Like for instance, adding in a finely ground powdered herb associated with divination to the ink? I’ve wondered about this but I have yet to see anything of the sort.
  13. Some might consider hereditary spiritual gifts be be ‘witch blood’, though I think it’s very strange that families with ‘witch blood’ can be so afraid of witchy things. My father again, is very similar in that respect. My dad is a catholic, and thought that anyone practicing magic turns ‘dark’ because it’s evil. He had a COW when he found out what I was into. Didn’t stop me and my younger sister hehehe...
  14. Wow. I for one had no idea astrology could be quite so complex and intricate! Reading this thread is making me seriously consider pursuing it a bit down the road from where I am now. And congrats phantasmagoria on knowledge well earned. And thank you for your extensive advice to new comers of astrology.
  15. Magic circle on your cone of power :D that one got me
  16. I’m surprised your mom hasn’t taken to a witchy practice like yourself if she seems to desire those abilities so much. My father is the same way.. he thinks he’s an empath yet has not experienced any empathic phenomenon.. he’s one of those fluffy love and light new agers who desire to be empathic as it’s the most ‘compassionate and love-and-light’ of all spiritual gifts. And it annoys me to no end.Empathy also runs in the family on his side so that might be part of it lol. His sister has it as I mentioned above. -edited to add the last little tidbit
  17. Lol. I recall one instance of even feeling the negative emotional energy in some baby back ribs as I began chewing... not pleasant. Could not finish the ribs. I agree with Jevne that empathas are not the fluffy love-all people that some circles make them out to be. The ability is often a nuisance but I have once used it to help a very hurt friend of mine, and boy did the strength of those emotions take me by surprise after she left. I’ve noticed that it takes me a few minutes to fully experience the energy I’ve absorbed, and then it lingers for a while unless I sage it out of me.
  18. Bumping this thread for further discussion! I am convinced that the ability to channel spiritual energies through the body does have a genetic component, as the ability to distinguish pitch. As sensitivity does run in my family. I have a hypothesis that sensitivity and psychic abilities is a result of your body’s ability to channel or act as a conduit for these energies better than the average person. I also believe that this channeling ability can be built and strengthened through practice and dedication. My great grandmother was a medium, and my aunt is empathic, as well as her daughter. Though as far as I know I’m the only one who’s taken to anything witchy, and the topics of things like this itself aren’t given attention by my family.
  19. I actually think this is one of the few shows that might be outdoing the books. Which is a fairly controversial thing to say I’m sure. But the cast is so good, and the humor is better in the show as well.
  20. Halloween lacked a captivating quality or meaningfulness to me before I began practicing. So I’d really like to try these things out to give the holiday meaning. I’ve read that the Norse celebrated it as “The Winter Nights” and was several days long, and at about the same time as Halloween/Dia De Los Muertos if I’m remembering correctly.
  21. Evil queen here. Can’t say the test was wrong. ????‍♀️
  22. for all of our haters who speak in words- so crass, let’s all throw in some sassafras.
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