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About nellopea

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    http://www.prairiefireherbal.com

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  • Gender
    Feline
  • Location
    DFW TX
  • Interests
    Gardening, herb crafting, stacks of books, folklore, medievalist, baker.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    30 years of practice. More than most, less than some.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Started with Wicca as a teenager, quickly lost interest. Ran the gamut of niche witchcraft for a few years; hedge, green, kitchen, etc. Now leader of my own coven, which is specifically non Wiccan, and pulls from some European traditions and some inventions of our own.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I specifically employ methods of spell craft and ritual found in the Tubal Cain tradition, books by Gemma Gary, Peter Paddon, and others.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Easier to say what it isn’t. TW is to me various folk magic practices found in Europe that pre-date Gardner.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    30 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was a member several years ago. I’m researching some areas of interest to my coven and this seems like a good place to find others who share those interests.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Deeper understanding of some of the folk traditions that shape my practice.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    A dozen groups on FB, including a TW group.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    My intuition is my most trusted tool. I’m also a dab hand at herbalism and I’m a damned good researcher.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    My divination skills leave something to be desired.
  1. Thanks for looking! I’m slowly adding things (terribly slow) but I’ll be adding hand dipped beeswax ritual candles this week and some planetary oils too.
  2. Thank you SageFire and woodwitchofwest. Why do my photo uploads always turn themselves sideways here?
  3. Thought I’d share the website for my online shop - www.prairiefireherbal.com The site is newish, but I add new items frequently, and keep the blog updated with good stuff. The latest blog post is all about elderberry lore with a recipe for elderberry syrup. I’m working on a line of hand-dipped beeswax planetary candles right now, and the Saturn candles will be in the shop this week. I am also formulating some designs for poppets made from natural materials. I also craft candles, teas, oils, and incense based on specific needs. All of my products are handcrafted, prepared during appropriate lunar/planetary cycles, and consecrated by myself. I source many of the ingredients and materials from my own garden and foraging, and when I can’t grow it or get my hands on it locally, I seek out ingredients that are ethically and responsibly sourced.
  4. I’m a bit late in this but I finished up a red and grey herringbone wool cape on winter solstice. I found the luxury fabric for $8 at goodwill and it was just enough to make a full circle below-the-knee hooded cloak. I drafted the pattern myself but it was fairly easy and the whole project was 4-5 hours work, spread out over a few weeks. I wore it with an old SCA Viking dress and chemise that I made 2 years ago, to our local Norse solstice blot and it kept me incredibly warm. I’m not crazy about the color, but $8 for fancy wool was too good to pass up. I’ll definitely be wearing it for outdoor ritual in colder months from now on. The SCA dresses get worn pretty often for magical work too. In the summer, it is really f$&@ing hot here, so tank tops are de rigeur when working with a group. I have a cute black Stevie Nicks type of shawl that I throw on to make my clothing feel more special. Generally though, handmade things feel the most special to me.
  5. It’s interesting that they all have a similar look. Very fabulous and I’m kind of crushing on the lumberjack fellow from Croatia with the cute tail and plaid shirt. The fellow from Finland with naked knees is stoking my anxiety a bit. I’m worried that his knees are too cold and I’d like to loan him some long socks.
  6. Here’s a quick description of the 2nd rite in the book. It’s in a section titled Under the Horns and it’s a dedication and initiation rite to the ‘Old One.’ It requires you to find a churchyard (church with graveyard onsite, like typical U.K. village churches) with an entry gate. The rite is performed at midnight on a full moon, and she suggests a rainy or foggy night when few people would be out. She posits that a place where worship, prayer, religious rites and death rites take place, would be rife with spirits, and is considered a liminal space. In this initiation, a Magistre dressed in imitation of the Old One, would preside over the initiate(s), there’s a tool consecration, a marking of witches, and a backwards circumambulation, and a repeated recitation of words of dedication. I don’t do it justice, but it’s very beautifully written, as all of her work is, and we’d like to do the rite as written, but it just isn’t a good idea. There’s nudity, trespassing, what would appear to anyone not familiar with this kind of stuff as freaky devil worship, and just a general aura of weirdness, all out in the open. I spoke to my coven co-leader this afternoon and we might’ve come up with a passable (but not very satisfying) alternative for now. We do have an outside spot to work in at the UU where we have our monthly meetings. (We’re not CUUPS, I swear!) and there’s a field onsite where we can do all of this. There is no graveyard on the property, so we thought that we could use graveyard dirt from my collection of odd witch things and use that with holy water to create our own version of a liminal space. We know it isn’t a great solution, but we’re committed to doing all of these rites. I highly recommend the book. The rites are the only ones I’ve ever wanted to try to do as written. I’ve always written my own, borrowing from here and there, but these are the kind of witchcraft that I dreamed about when I was a 14 or 15 year old girl.
  7. I know this book came out some time ago, but I’m just now reading it. My very small coven has agreed to work each rite within the book together but we’re running into some geographical issues. Gemma Gary is in Cornwall, where things like holy wells and churchyards exist, and they simply don’t where I live in the DFW area of north Texas. We’ve done the first rite in the book and we’re preparing for the second one, a dedication and initiation rite that is worked in a churchyard. As I said, there aren’t many churches with graveyards near us, to my knowledge, and although there are many forgotten cemeteries in rural areas within 100 miles of us, we don’t wish to be arrested or shot at. The rite is worked at night too, which wouldn’t bother us if we weren’t trespassing. We could just do this one in our usual ritual spot, indoors or outdoors, but we do like a bit of theatre and would love to find an appropriate place. Has anyone else done the rites in Devil’s Dozen? Any ideas for doing this particular rite without going to jail? And just in general, how do you work around landscape issues?
  8. 1. What is your favorite witchy movie? Rosemary’s Baby 2. Where is your favorite place to do a spell? Secret spot near the Brazos river 3. Where do you NORMALLY do your spells? In my living room or my coven’s meeting space 4. What type of spells are your favorite? Curses 5. What is your favorite ingredient for a spell? Mugwort 6. What is your LEAST favorite ingredient to use in a spell? Asafoetida 7. What is your favorite witchy holiday/festival? Yule or Samhain 8. Do you have an animal spirit, If yes, how many? Nope 9. If yes to #8, name the animal spirit(s): 10. Name your favorite witchy character: Any character from The Craft 11. When was the last time you did a hex/curse? February 2019 12. When was the last time you did a blessing/healing? 2 months ago 13. When was the last time you did a binding? 2 years ago? 14. When was the last time you did a love spell? 15 years ago (It worked a little too well.) 15. Have you ever done a spell on someone just because you were bored? Nope 16. What is your strength as a witch? I’m very intuitive and I can make a spell or ritual out of anything 17. What is your weakness as a witch? Little cleansing details 18. If you could go back in time to meet ANYBODY associated in witchcraft, who would it be and why? Cecil Williamson 19. How much of a "modern stereotyped witch" applied to you as a witch? Probably a lot, though it’s all pretty unintentional. 20. How long have you been a member of this forum? I rejoined July’19 after being away for a couple of years. u were bored? Yup
  9. I have an assortment of found fossils, including a megalodon tooth. I also have some brain coral and a big ammonite. All of those could be used in water magic, I suppose, but with the exception of the brain coral, which I used last night for the first time, I’ve never used any of them in ritual or spellwork. They just feel magical so they rotate in and out of my altars. I also have puppy teeth, a tiny dried lizard and some unhatched lizard eggs, graveyard dirt, a big red penis candle, old skeleton keys, iron nails, deer bones, bits of amber, pieces of oak moss, so many rocks, dried wild berries. I haven’t used most of this stuff but hang onto it because I suspect that the need will make itself known eventually.
  10. Bach’s Flower Essences makes a formula to calm nervous dogs. I’ve heard good things about it. There are other sprays you can get through a vet or online that supposedly calm dogs. My cat was given a spray by our vet when we first adopted him, to calm him and to help him transition into a house already full of other pets. I’ve used Valium before for an anxious, aggressive cat, and while it certainly chilled him out, he was really unhappy being drugged. I’d think twice before giving any pet Valium again. One last recommendation. Dogs can take Prozac. He may be suffering from separation anxiety and your vet might be willing to try Prozac if nothing else is working.
  11. Oops! My pantry doubles as my herb room!
  12. You ask good questions! The lemon is for both. Mugwort is bitter, especially after boiling it for 30 minutes, so the lemon is a nice compliment to that bitterness. But citric acid is also a preservative and inhibits bacterial growth. It’ll be interesting to see how much citrus flavor is retained when it’s finished. I thought to add some additional flavors, maybe coriander or orange zest, but kept it simple this time. I’m trying to get my hands on some good dried henbane for my next brew. Thinking I’ll need to grow my own if I want enough to make a beer with. No temperature control. My pantry doubles as my room and it’s dark and coolish in there, so I keep my big batches of fire cider and anything I’m brewing or fermenting in there. It’s also closed off so the cats and dogs can’t venture in and potentially spoil anything. So what are you brewing? Have you made anything that you loved and would make again? What kind of yeast do you use?
  13. Totally happy to share the starter. My neighbor has a fig tree that she doesn’t treat with fertilizer or pesticides, so I took a few of those, since they’re absolutely teeming with wild yeast. Have you ever seen grapes or plums or other fruit that has a kind of white powdery coating? That’s yeast and although any fruit would work, fruits with that coating are especially yeasty. Organic or foraged are going to be the best fruits to use, since you don’t want to wash them before hand. Apples, grapes, plums, wild berries, pineapple, cherries would all make nice starters. I put 4-5 small figs in a glass jar with 1/4 cup of sugar (you could use honey or agave or any natural sweetener) and 2 cups of water, and put a piece of cheesecloth over the jar. Stuck it in my pantry and in three days, I had lots of bubbles. It smelled a little yeasty, and slightly figgy. If yours smell “off”, trash it and start again. I made my wort with mugwort, brown sugar, and lemons and when it cooled to about 70 degrees, I pitched the fig starter in, popped in the airlock and sealed it up. The whole process is easy and not at all fussy. I didn’t have a nice crock to make the starter in, but would have if I did! I like the glass since I can see the little bubbles forming without having to take off the cheesecloth (and perhaps introducing a bacteria). I’m fermenting this beer in a 5 gallon food grade plastic bucket. I have a 6 gallon glass carboy, but it’s difficult to clean and the beer didn’t need all that head room. I tend to brew larger batches when I make regular beers, but my weird ritual beers are small one or two gallon batches and I should invest in some gallon sized glass jugs, like the ones that cheap Gallo wines come in. The 2 cups of starter is enough to ferment 2 gallons total of beer, and probably would be the same for wines and meads.
  14. Sharing some photos of the mugwort beer I’m making. I used figs to make a wild yeast starter and harvested the mugwort from my garden. The recipe is adapted from Pascal Bauder’s foraging book. This has a short fermentation time compared to the traditional beers I make, and will be ready to drink in a couple of weeks.
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