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About Bronach

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  • Location
    Pensacola, FL
  • Interests
    Reading, research, writing, spoken word poetry, art of all forms, antiquing, thrifting, road trips.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Very
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was raised in a Christian household. I believe there is wisdom in ALL paths. But my biological Paternal grandfather was an Astrologer and artist. My biological paternal grandmother’s grandmother was an Appalachian medicine woman. I descend from multiple witches on my fathers family, including the Proctors of Salem. The witch woke in me when I was 13 and I have pursued it ever since.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. My talent tends towards Earth centered magic and ancestral communion. I am passionate about u covering and healing ancestral memory and trauma. I study the past and apply it to the present using a variety of methods. There is no dark or light there just is.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional witchcraft, to me, is uncovering the past. Breathing life back into the ways of our ancestors. I am not a Wiccan. I do not practice Neopaganism. I believe in the fairies of my ancestors and the myths of old.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    17 years of my life.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A curiosity and need to connect with others like myself.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I would like to expand my understanding of witchcraft beyond my own experience, and perhaps offer the same in a safe space.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No. Once; however, the site is no longer active.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Ancestral magic. Earth magic. I am a Genealogist and Historian. I apply genetic research and DNA testing to my practice as well as astrology and past life reading.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Fear.

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  1. ”My sky bends back like a bow at full draw for ages.” - Rumi Lately the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley has been powerfully speaking to me. Invictus means ”unconquered.” Those are powerful words to me. Freedom, unbowed, unconquered, wild, brave, victory. I've been meditating on the Ace of Swords the past few days.
  2. I consider the brand of magic I practice to be ancestral magic. When I say ancestor, I almost always mean blood related. I do work with spirits who are not blood relatives. I believe they are an extended family of sorts. Kindred. I have what I consider a family familiar in the spirit realm. As far as protection goes I consider him my keeper and my guide. Also a pretty good one at that. I do have a goddess I have dedicated my practice to. I believe in reincarnation and I believe I have served her in another life. It’s a personal decision and it’s not necessary to follow one god or goddess. I do advise making sure they’re willing if you do. Give it time.
  3. I have always been a solitary witch. I have had friends, and still do, who I discuss some relevant matters with... but I prefer everything done solitary and in secret. Magic feels very personal for me. It’s like sex. I might tell my friends about it but I’m not asking them to join. One thing that has changed is my sense of fear and restriction. Two years ago I reached a major turning point where I genuinely embraced all of myself, witchcraft included. I realized many of my boundaries and limitations are self imposed. Many things unfolded swiftly after that.
  4. I second photocopying the pages or handwriting them neatly. I love collaging so I don’t want to say don’t do it... but I also love books. The idea made me think of a form of poetry I learned in college called a Cento poem. It’s made of lines rearranged from other authors poetry. A collage of lines so to speak. i just don’t know I would justify destroying the book to make it!
  5. I found this post when I decided to take a look into the history of witchcraft section. I practice what I call Ancestral witchcraft. Not only because it has passed down to me through my family line, but because I am a Genealogist and I study History at University. My most recent essay is on Scottish witch hunts, specifically The Great Scottish Witch Hunts of 1597. There are so many who died during the witch hunts. This thread may go on forever. Some of the women who were accused and/or executed no longer have records of their trials. Records which have been lost or destroyed over time as wars have raged and churches changed hands. I would like to silently remember the women whose stories and names have been lost. *Sarah Proctor Dodge b. about 1639, d. about 1705 in Essex County, MA. Accused of witchcraft in Salem, 1692. Confessed and was released from prison. * Kate McNiven d. 1715 Monzie, Crieff, Scotland. (Though some historians question the story of her death). *Ursula Kemp, England 1582.
  6. This is not a poem I have written. This is from a book I inherited from my Great-Great Grandmother. It formerly belonged to her father, who was born in Monmouthshire, Wales and immigrated to the United States in 1848. The book is called The Language and Poetry of Flowers. I felt the urge to share it because I have found magic here. I hope you enjoy it as well!
  7. I would love to. I have a few ways of looking at it. I will try to explain it in a way that makes sense! The first way I see a witch wound, is in the disconnect from feminine energy and a woman’s innate power. What is a witch, historically, other than a woman who had the audacity to be different in any way. A woman who may have possessed what another desired. Women who were knowledgeable, nonconforming, or misunderstood. I understand it first as a disconnect from sisterhood and healthy femininity. Perhaps the best way I can explain it is through personal experience. My church upbringing teaches that virginity is to be prized and maintained above all else and that a woman’s body is forever changed, if not degraded, by sex. The church I was raised in teaches women are to be subservient to men. That women are, ultimately, to blame for the downfall of humanity in the garden of Eden. This is not how all churches approach it, but it is the distinct message I received growing up. Women are not powerful. They are weak. I consider the way wars have been waged against women for as long as humans have existed. How historically rape was seen as a consequence and spoil of war. Rape has been a tactic utilized to breakdown an enemies society. The root of the word hysteria. Sex as a form of procreation. Procreation as dirty and abhorrent. Medicalization of childbirth. The global warming we are currently experiencing as a result of the abuse of the Earth we call home. I see a parallel between the planet and the way women have been treated. There is a book called Vagina by Naomi Wolf. It is not about witchcraft, but the history of female sexuality. I gleaned quite a bit from it. In school, I never felt a deep sense of sisterhood. Girls bullied each other and tore each other down. The idea of celebrating another woman or being celebrated by one was entirely foreign. Women compete against each other constantly. And why? We are more powerful together than we are apart. Slut-shaming is rampant. Shame over a woman’s natural cycle. Disrespect for the aging woman and life cycles. Labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation strike me as a manifestation of it. I would not dare say a nasty word about the decisions another woman makes concerning her body. Yet I know it’s often made because of shame. I heard so many boys say the words “roast beef curtains” growing up. Men expressing disgust over the natural female body. Picking apart their breasts and nipple shape. Shaming of men and masculinity is another way I consider the wound manifesting. There are many things I consider a witch wound. Ultimately it’s a disconnect from nature and the power we all have within ourselves caused by centuries of bull crap. I realize many of these things can be argued as feminist issues unrelated to witchcraft. I consider them one and the same, and if not then at least close relatives. To me, a witch wound is any injury to the natural and inherent spirituality of a woman. The second way I see the witch wound relates to my belief in reincarnation. I believe it can be inherited through ancestral dna as well as through past life experiences. I study Genealogy, History, and DNA inheritance. One thing I found interesting relates to “junk DNA” or the DNA which appears to have either no purpose or we do not know yet what it is. I read once about a study done on rats. It was related to memory inheritance. One rat who learned to complete a specific maze produced offspring before and after they learned to do it. The offspring born AFTER their parent had learned the maze appeared to have an advantage at completing the same maze over their siblings born before the parent completed it. It was also observed that parent rats who were subjected to certain experiences which illicit emotional response... such as being shocked when they went to exit a cage and experienced anxiety, produced offspring after the event who exhibited greater emotional responses in any situation. Say the rat who experienced being shocked physically when exiting a cage, their offspring would exhibit higher anxiety in any situation that could be deemed threatening. I believe we inherit our ancestors experiences as well as those of our past lives and it’s woven into what I call our psychic DNA, or spiritual DNA. So if I have an ancestor who experienced trauma I may inherit a knowledge of it without being conscious. Or if I have experienced something in a past life, I may experience unexplainable emotions or reactions in this one. The same way I inherit eye color, handedness, or artistic ability. I hope that this makes some sense. If not, and I just rambled like a crazy woman, I’m sorry!
  8. I want to say I agree with this. A witch is a witch is a witch. I’d like to add that I was also raised in a religious household. My mother is as dogmatic as it comes. My father knows I am a witch. My mother does not and never will. I don’t know how you feel about reincarnation and past lives. I believe in them, and I believe the past does affect the present. For me, I believe I struggled between being a witch and the church because it is a carry over of the past. So many were persecuted in the name of God. I believe there are many witches who have reincarnated and continue to struggle with the church. Perhaps this is true for you as well. Perhaps it’s not. I wanted to suggest it as a potential area of exploration. I’ve only managed to find peace with myself by uncovering the witch wound I have and doing deep healing work.
  9. I don’t know if Wicca discouraged me so much as it didn’t fit. It felt close enough to be comforting, but not right. I guess something inside me always said there was more. I now practice ancestral magic. I study history and research Genealogy, weaving stories back to life and wrapping bones in flesh and skin. I don’t have another name for it. I have come to understand that I have walked this path before, and retain memories which I am slowly uncovering. I don’t know how to explain much of it other than I learn from the past and construct my craft out of spirit work and ancestral memory. I believe we all carry it in our DNA, the physical and spiritual DNA. Its always been an inseparable part of who I am. My mother is a pastors wife and a devout Christian. I have witches in my family tree. I have those who persecuted them too. I first encountered magic as a child though I didn’t have a name for it. Wicca was the first thing I read about that came close, but it never quite fit. I think the rise in its popularity allowed me access to the witchy world. If I had not walked into my first new age shop at 13, I may not have come to the understanding I have so soon. I don’t agree with it, but I am glad for it.
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