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About Gadalau

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    Reading, hill walking, Halo, Star Trek, Judge Dredd
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Not very, that's why I am here.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was raised a Christian (fairly informally) but have been an atheist most of my life, logic focused and I remain so. I have read some of the Bible recently and it still feels as alien to me as it ever did. Science provides the only answers I have had, but I am still searching and not closed to the idea that there may be more knowledge out there. Like this.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Not necessarily wicca, but more the folk witchcraft that has been passed down through generations.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I have not, I am only now exploring it
  • What brought you to our site?
    I want to have people to talk to, to discuss ideas with, as I learn. I am a fairly solitary person but I like a sense of community in areas I am interested in.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope I would get insight, somewhere to see new ideas and discuss questions I have. I hope I would contribute as well, I am a voracious reader when I get going and I just have an interesting feeling about witchcraft. It is very contrary to things I have explored in the past but I was reading Skye Alexander's 'Modern guide to witchcraft' and some of it didnt speak to me but some of it was getting my mind going. Due to bad job choices in the past that really didn't suit my character I have had a lot of problems with anxiety over recent years. I think this could be a good focus for me.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Id be lying if I said I have any at this point. In general, an enquiring mind, intelligence and I hope that overall I am a good person.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    All of it!

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  1. Thanks, that all makes good sense. I think I have just been a bit confused by how open it all seems. Maybe I'm too logical but I feel like there must be some rules, some do's and don'ts - this sort of thing is very new to me and I guess I just don't trust my intuition or instincts in this area - or more than that I don't even know if I have any.
  2. Hi. As a curious newbie I found this ancient post very interesting. I appreciate that startella is not on the forum any more but I have a few questions/points from the post that stood out for me that I hope someone can address? So: 'Our craft is what we do every minute of our waking moments, and some of our not so waking ones too. Which includes trances, deep meditations, astral travel, lucid dreaming' I have seen several posts on here saying that traditional magic cannot be learned from books. If it includes techniques like trances and astral travel, how do you guys learn that sort of thing? I think I am a book learner... If I'm interested in a subject I crave books on it. So the idea of learning something without books on it is confusing me! Next, a couple of quotes about how you feel you are born into this, innately witches: 'We are drawn to it because it was born in us, some and most can find signs when we were children' & 'For most of us things kinda flow being a witch and our craft is just who we are, and we can't imagine not being' If I do not or have not had that feeling through my life so far (I am 37), does that mean traditional witchcraft is not for me? Like if it was for me I would've known about it already? Next, this point confused me: 'We believe in the equality of all beings in the Universe, seeing them all as different and separate but still equal.' Depending on how 'beings' is defined, to me this belief, if followed sincerely, would mean you would have to eschew washing your hands or cleaning kitchen surfaces as the bacteria killed in eithe action must number in the millions. Am I misinterpreting the term 'beings' in use here? And lastly: 'most do not have the same belief of the 4 elements, that is taught in Wicca' I was pleased to read this. The one book I do have (and am reading) on witchcraft mentions this 4 elements business and different 'flavours' essentially for each of the 4 compass points and I just found it ... A bit jarring. Like, I don't see how that can be the case, what that means, how it came to be, it just seems like something someone made up that could not (to me anyway) seem to be true. Anyway, I hope any other visitors to this thread can answer my questions. I hope they have been respectful, honestly I am intrigued about this traditional witchcraft and mean no disrespect. I just have questions bursting out of my head! Thank you
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