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Nando last won the day on April 6 2019

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About Nando

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    Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Interests
    Political activism, indigeous studies, textiles
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    The aspects I’ve taken an interest in, I think I’m fairly versed. There is a lot I don’t have ownership of though.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Oh gosh. What an embarassing question. I’ve been on this witch shit since I was real small. I was really frustrated with my abrahamic upbringing. I discovered wicca. I noticed how it reflected a lot of my cultural traditions and thought “hey if people all over the world are doing the same shit, maybe theres something to it.” So around 10, I was wiccan. That lasted until around 12 when I became really interested in Hellenistic mythos. That divorced me from the largely celtic-flavored wiccan path. I was super into Demeter and that started my kitchen witch era which then led me to the more herbal-centered practices of my indigenous revival witchcraft and that brings us to the last ten years of doing whatever it is I’m doing now.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yeah. I try to circumvent the ‘new age’ revival crap, the wiccan era shit, and even the crowley nonsense and take my direction from original sources. To me this is often folklore, sacred texts, mythos, that sort of thing. I utilize herbal medicines based on the old ways, for instance.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    In short, the decolonization of ‘magic.’ People who help wisdom for their communities were demonized by the colonial patrearichal abrahamic wave invariably, al boiled down to a single word. Witch. This made the communities more dependant on the new powers, and less self-sufficient. Working the Traditional way means taking that back.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    In earnest? About 15 years. I was casting circles and whatnot 20 years ago but I didn’t do real honest work until mid-adolescence.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A quick google search and a whim.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to get precisely what I plan to put into it. Information, advice, and solidarity.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Divination and herbalism.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Dream theory, including but not limited to lucidity, interpretation, OOB experience.
  1. This is probably just some undiagnosed psychological weird thing but I can’t find anything on it. Since I was a child, I have hated metal. I hate to hold coins, I refuse to get piercings (my parents tried when I was 2 to peirce my eyes and I wailed until they gave up.) I hate to use silverware. (I only use chopstick or wooden spoon) I even hate the sound of metal windchimes. Teeth grinding hatred. Clothing with excess metal or dangling metal is disgusting to me. I was just reminded of how not normal that is and was wondering if anyone knew any lore, or has any witchy theories on it. Thanks!
  2. Hey folks, Glad you had a look at it. Certainly adore teh critical look at it! Yeah, its certainly not a perfect assessment by any means and the mid-virtues tend to change everytime someone tries it again. I think sometimes when people are seeking answers about themselves, they just need a reason to assert something as true or untrue about themselves. We are largely self-defining in my opinion and when people are feeling lost, I think it’s good to “trick” them into defining themselves when they ask to be defind. Does that make sense? Thats why I think the elasticity or changing nature of the virtue descriptor are maybe a boon? Anyways I’d love to see an altered version of the assessment that fits your ideas a bit more!
  3. I’ve been reading with the same deck for almost 15 years. I feel like i have to read it differently than I do my other decks because we know each other too well. Like, I swear up and down, it’s passive agressive as hell and truly dislikes a few of my patrons. Do your cards or other divinational tools seem to have personality traits?
  4. Members of my community often come to me feeling ‘lost’ or unsure of their next step. I noticed that often times when people are asking for me to tell their furture they actually want me to interpret their mind right now and figure out what they should be doing based on that. Additionally when people approach me with questions about where they should start to discover the craft, they are often asking who they are. They want to know what aspects they should focus on, what their ‘magickal name’ is and basically they want to have a sorting hat situation tell them what their identity is. Since it would obviously be a disservice to either of these groups of people to just answer these question for them, I made this exercise to help others understand what their priorties are, what is important to them, what really doesn’t matter, and where they should be focusing. Even if you are 98% sure you know whats important to you, maybe try this and see if you were suprised by how you stacked things. Below is a list of 24 virtues and/or virtue groupings. Take some time to order these virtures/grouping in order of most important to least important to you. When you are done, scroll down for more insight. Achievement/succcess/wealth Authenticity/openness Authority/Leadership Autonomy Balance/inner harmony Beauty Boldness/adventure Community/contribution/citizenship Creativity/humor Determination Growth/Learning/curiosity/challenge Justice/fairness/compassion Loyalty/love/friendship Meaningful Work Optimism/kindness Pleasure/happiness/fun Poise/competency Popularity /reputation Recognition//influence/fame Security/stability/peace Self-Respect/responsibility Service/faith/religion Trustworthiness/honesty/respect Wisdom/knowledge Okay so now go ahead and write the hours of the day next to each virtue or grouping starting at midnight and moving in order down the list. Then take a look and compare these virtues to the following meanings of each group. I’ve added mine at the bottom of this post as an example and refer to it throughout. Midnight through 2am reflects the time of night you are getting R.E.M. You need these virtures present in your life before you can move in any direction. To use my hours in the example below, without a feeling of security and autonomy, I will not be able to pursue my goals. These are my cornerstones, my needs. 3am-5am represents your dream state. These are things that once your REM needs have been met, you should be pursuing. In my example, I cannot focus on or pursue my authenticity until my autonomy is certain. 6am- 8am- The Waking State. While I don’t actually wake up at 6am because I’m not a farmer, in this exercise these hours represent our first alert part of the day. These are virtues that we have intellectualized to be important or good but often do not pursue true ownership of. In my example, I have prioritized wisdom in these hours. I do respect wisdom and want that to be a descriptor for me, but the cold hard fact is that I keep drinking coffee in the middle of the night. 9am-11am - The Active State. These are things that come easy to you, and so you likely don’t respect them as much as people who don’t have ownership of these things. You don’t have a negative feeling of these things and may connect these things to your identity. Its just that compared to the virtues listed above, you don’t value them nearly as much. Continuing to use my list as an example, I find influencing a crowd easy. I tend to build positive relationships in communities quickly. I would happily trade that skill to have a stronger sense of self-respect. The rest of the list is pretty moot until we get to the last three. 9pm-11pm- not only do you not own these virtures, you probably don’t even consider them to be virtues. You have no interest in them and people who prioritize them probably bother you. You should also be looking for any coin that your top 3 and bottom three hours are two sides of. For instance, in my hours, autonomy and leadership on opposite ends tell me I probably have some issues with authority. So there it is. Post your hours below if you feel like trying it out and let me know if this was helpful or if you think it’s complete shit! Nando’s Hours: Midnight: Autonomy 1am Security/stability/peace 2 am Growth/Learning/curiosity/challenge 3 am Beauty 4 am Authenticity/openness 5 am Loyalty/love/friendship 6 am Justice/fairness/compassion 7 am Wisdom/knowledge 8 am Self-Respect/responsibility 9 am Creativity/humor 10 am Meaningful Work 11 am Recognition//influence/fame Noon: Trustworthiness/honesty/respect 1 pm Boldness/adventure 2 pm Pleasure/happiness/fun 3 pm Community/contribution/citizenship 4 pm Popularity /reputation 5 pm Balance/inner harmony 6 pm Optimism/kindness 7 pm Determination 8 pm Achievement/succcess/wealth 9 pm Poise/competency 10 pm Service/faith/religion 11 pm Authority/Leadership
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