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Jezebel

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About Jezebel

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  • Birthday 03/11/1993

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  • Gender
    Canine
  • Location
    Turkey
  • Interests
    Tarot, Katina, Turkish coffee fortune telling, aura reading
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    When I've first started I had no one to teach me. I just read Turkish sources. They all were about newage things. And I didn't like it. I was thinking that there should be more than newage; then I've met traditional witchcraft. I don't work with particularly just one path but I believe after I got more knowledge I will choose one. (Btw sorry for my English.)
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Turkish people used to be Shaman. We still have some traditions which are come from our Shamanic roots. Most of people do these things however they have no idea about where they come from; they just learned from their ancestors. I also grew up in Aydın (a small city in west side of Turkey), where has a lot of Ancient Greek buildings. So I grew up with stories of Greek deities and heros.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Well, I just read Gemma Gary and Sarah Anne Lawless. Does it count?
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Sometimes you have a feeling like that; you look for something for a long time, but you don't know what are you looking for. You have always a space inside you. When you found it, you feel completed. Traditional Witchcraft means this to me.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    10 years but not regularly. I have breaks. Because I felt that I was in a vicious circle before.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I've seen this site before. I read some topics. But I have questions. So I decided to be a member.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I just expect to find myself.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I have never worked on this but I guess dreams. I see some symbols in my dreams. Sometimes at different nights, in different dreams I saw same symbols like stairway over and over. I've also done lucid since I was a little child. I even didn't know what lucid is where I first did it. I was seeing (I'm not sure that I made a grammar mistake or not.) nightmares. And at last I started to do lucid.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Stones. I don't use amethyst, quartz or etc.
  1. I have a son. He is a black cat, his name is Jelibon. When I first found him, he was cachectic. He was living on streets. As he came to my home, he started to purr. He is very friendly and it is an important criteria for me. Because I bring cats to my home temporarily and look for a permenant home for them. But Jelibon doesn't make trouble, he tries to play with his new friends. Once I found a cat, which was subjected to violence by humans (?! Just anatomically humans, not in real.). She was so scared and she was misantrope. Jelibon helped me so much. She trusted me in time. Yes I tried so hard, but I couldn't be successful without Jelibon. Now she is in her new home, and Jelibon is laying next to me.
  2. They all are related to Turkish Shamanism from different Turkic tribes. But I am not sure about which tribes were the origins because there isn't any written evidences from that times. I've learned them from my family, even other Turkish people who I know, have no idea about some of them (such as Sefa and Cefa). Pouring lead, knocking on wood, wish-fullfilling trees are well known traditions. I heard that some European countries have pouring lead tradition but it is a little bit different, still the ideas behind two traditions are the same. Actually in past we used to have other deities too (for example Erlik Han, Bay-Ülgen, Umay Mother, Ötügen, Ay Ata). But it is covered because of some political reasons. They teach us how Tengrism was similar to Islam, and how easly Turkish people have accepted Islam. In past a Turkic tribe (Yakut Turks I think, but not sure) became Jewish in reaction to Arabians. But our historians don't mention it, they don't mention about our polytheist ancestors neither.
  3. I did actually. I found all the articles from an academic website. Then I found a guy, I asked some questions to him, we talked a lot since yesterday. He was very helpful. He also invited me to Vienna. :) Actually I directly said the truth. Because while I was looking at his Instagram I noticed that we have a common friend. And this friend is also a Pagan too. I will look for Celtic Reconstructionists too. If I can't find one, may I DM you to ask help?
  4. I love Mildred Payne's The Black Enchantment Oracle, but I don't have one yet. I have Rider Waite and Katina decks. Images on Katina are really fascinating I think, but Katina is only used for love matters. It was first made by a Greek woman called Katina who was an Ottoman Empire citizen. The deck carries the traces of that period. I wish I could upload images here.
  5. Thank you for your answers. By the way, yes I will add from other paths on it, but what I mentioned will be the basis of my path. I should first form the outlines very carefully. I used to visit temples and ancient cities with my family every summer. Now I don't have enough time for this. But if I have a chance, I will go these places again and maybe I can get some dust from there. So I can always have the energy from these places with me.
  6. Hi everyone! I hope you are having a nice day. After I joined here, I realised that I have never read about Ancient Anatolian Civilizations (Hittites, Asyrians, Sumerians, Lycians, Lydians, Ionians, ...). Yes I heard about them when I was at high school but it was more like just few words about how they contributed to our civilizations. So recently I was looking for articles on this subject and I found a lot. In Turkey we don't have a specific path. Because people do these things without aware of what they do. Plus Anatolia has been the center of several civilizations since prehistoric times. I want to use their panteons. For example nearly all of them worshiped Kybele in their ages. Do you think is it a silly idea? I found some of their rites too. Maybe I will use them in a proper way. What are your suggestions?
  7. Yes it is. It is done over someone's head. :O
  8. Turkish people have Shamanic roots. I would love to share some Turkish folk believes which are still alive in Turkey and in other Turkish countries. - To 'cut' nightmares, place a pair of scissors or a knife under your bed.- If you see a nightmare, don't talk about it. Tell it to a running water. We believe that water will take it away far from us.- 'Sefa' and 'Cefa': Sefa means pleasure, happiness. Cefa means rigor, sadness. If you wish to learn how your life will be like, plant two same length leeks into one pot. Name one of them sefa, the other one cefa. Mark them with different color ribbons to discriminate them. Which one grows longer, your life will be full of it. - Kurşun Dökmek (Pouring Lead): It's a well-known tradition in Turkey to protect a person from evil eyes. Person who will be protected sits on the ground. Two people hold a sheet over him/her. A piece of (about 200 grams) lead is melted on an oven. It is replaced to another vessel including water, over the sheet. It's done. Some people also read lead's shape and divine. Some pour this water (after it got cold) on a dog. If the dog shakes itself and gets rid of water that means the ritual was succeed.- Tespih: It means prayer beads. Tespih is so important to Turkish people. They have come in our life with Islam. But there are a lot of usages of them. In Islam they are used for dhikir (mantra) workings. On the other hand Turkish people also use them as pendulums. They use them to find the direction of kiblah (Mecca). Besides they are used to learn the sex of unborn babies, to get answers of yes/no questions etc.- Knocking on Wood: While we are talking about unwanted possibilities, we knock on wood. We aim to make a sound and prevent evil spirits to hear us.- Wish-fullfilling Trees: Before Islam, our ancestors used to believe in Gök Tengri (Sky God). Trees are the connections between earth and sky. We still make a wish and tie a piece of cloth to a branch of a tree to send our wishes to sky.- Kırk Uçurma: There was a myth about Alkarısı. Alkarısı is a creature who can cause a lot damage (such as postpartum depression) to newborn babies and their mothers. After a childbirth the first 40 days are critical. The mother and her baby stay at home during these 40 days. If they can get over it, they can go out. But before a special rite should be done. A wise woman (generally the eldest woman of the family) goes to the mother's house. She collects 40 stones and 40 seasonal flowers on her way. She puts them into baby's bath water and washes the baby. There are some varieties about it. Some also adds a gold or different things into this water. After this ritual mother and baby visit houses and accept gifts like sugar, flour, wheat, milk, eggs. There are numerous believes like these. I just tried to give some examples as my English skills allow me. I hope you will enjoy reading it. I wrote this article long time ago. I wanted to share it and see similarities with your local traditions. Some of them are well-known in Turkey, some of them I just heard from my family members. I hope I posted it in a right place. :)
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