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JessicaB last won the day on September 21 2018

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About JessicaB

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    Alabama, USA
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    Gardening, history, music, occult
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I am only familiar with intentional witchcraft for the last year, but have been doing witchy things naturally for my whole life. When I became aware of all the witchcraft related books, blogs, videos, etc. much of my understanding of how things work resonated with what was discussed by the people writing and talking about these things. I have within the past year become more intentional about witchcraft, and reading the public forums on this website has been very helpful for learning and clarification.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I grew up Methodist, became Catholic sixteen years ago, and am still Catholic. I do not consider witchcraft to be religious in nature, and have never explored the religious witchcraft paths.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I would consider my practices as folk magic or hearth witchcraft. I enchant herbs for use in the kitchen and as medicines, do tasks according to moon phases, practice some divination, and occasionally work spells for specific concerns.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional Witchcraft is to me simply acknowledging and working with reality- seen and unseen. There is more to the world than what we see, and some of us throughout history, in every culture, have connected to and worked with this unseen part of the world around us. I suppose, then the Traditinal Witch is a person fully engaged with reality.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I have only consciously worked with witchcraft for one year.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A web search returned a thread on the forum, and from then I began to read the forum frequently.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to learn from those more knowledgeable and experienced than myself, and contribute my perspective when it is appropriate.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No, I do not belong to any other witchcraft sites.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Making and using herbal remedies with enchantments is my strongest point.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Direct spell work is my weakest point. I have only sporadically ventured into this area.
  1. ???? That is really funny, gave me a good laugh.
  2. Blackbird and Release the Bats, you both seem very balanced. Social media needs for more contributors to be like that! Blackbird, if you do not mind my asking, what is your YouTube channel? I am always glad to find a YouTuber worth watching.
  3. The Kickstarter project you linked to is a beautiful deck. Really interesting history. I hope you will review it here when you receive it. This thread got me thinking about the Scapini deck again, and I have been trying it out again. I really appreciate the depth of symbolism on each card, and even the “little white book” is quite detailed. Hmm... now my Herbal Tarot seems a bit light weight.
  4. I agree with what Onyx and Holdasown have said. And think how much more intrinsic value they will have than anything you could buy! There is no threshold of experience for making something like runes— these symbols, while rich in symbolism and depth that you could plumb for a lifetime, are simple. They connect us to our ancestors and to our own unconscious. Making them seems very natural. Go for it!
  5. This is also an excellent point. I appreciate this perspective. Maybe I should be a little less harsh in my assessment of others’ motives.
  6. I agree with you that the over sharing on social media is off putting. My guess is that a fair number of “insta-witches” are doing it to look edgy and trendy at the same time. Surely some of them are just immature, but I suspect that when the witch trend dies down many of the look-at-me-I’m-a-witch-I’m-so-cool people will move on to the next popular thing. At least one can hope!
  7. Reading through the entire thread, I only saw one mention of my personal favorite deck, the Herbal Tarot. A RWS clone with plants. My first deck was the Scapini. I rarely work with it because it seems like a jerk. The artwork is appealing, and the humor included in the cards is clever, but the personality is lacking in tact, so to speak. Whereas the Herbal Tarot might say something like “you seem to be struggling to control your anger”, the Scapini might say “you are a bitch, you have always been a bitch, and you will always be a bitch”. ???? I have the CBD Marseille, and one of these days will dive into learning how to read with it. It was really interesting to read about others’ favorite decks, and experiences with them.
  8. I was going to reply exactly this, then I saw Fiona’s post. I also found inbetween places on your list, Zombee, that I had not before considered. You put a lot of time, attention, and detail into your original post and replies, and I have new ideas to consider because of that. Thank you! Edit: I hit post too soon.
  9. Southern Folk Medicine by Phyllis Light. It is a very interesting journey through her life growing up in northern Alabama, and the fascinating fusion of European, African, and Native American traditions of healing that developed here.
  10. I found the second link to be quite useful. Thank you for taking the time to post it.
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