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Everything posted by StanLily

  1. I don't think I would recognize light, if not for the dark as a contrast. This year, well pretty much the years from 2016 on, it's been more dark than light. I don't believe that the dark will prevail, but I'd like to see at least a bit more light.
  2. I've read the term, "let there be light." I've also read, "let there be dark." Our planet isn't wholly light or dark at any time. It travels through the spectrum. Maybe that's what we're supposed to do.
  3. I've never been secretive about my practice. In high school, it was really cool to be working in the craft and watching Dark Shadows. I think the draw that Dark Shadows had for many people made working in the craft less threatening to Muggles. I don't think a lot of people took me seriously, which probably offered a certain amount of protection. Plus, it was the 70's, we were supposed to be entering the Age of Aquarius, and a lot of people were more concerned with Watergate. Even as I got older, I didn't feel need for secrecy. I have rarely used tools, so secret storage isn't an issue. Anyone who knows me, knows I love tarot cards. If you ask about the tattoo on my left chest, I'll show it to you, and explain the pentacle that the winged cat is wearing. I don't have the energy to hide who I am.
  4. I got irritated with the cook at a nursing home where I was working, because he was really going overboard with his foul language. I said, "language, sir," while making him think it was the administrator talking. It worked.
  5. I think I was about 12, with very little idea what I was getting into. I remember asking who was moving the planchette, and the answer being "Devil."
  6. I just figure they're dryads an others who feel comfortable enough with us to show their form.
  7. The next time we went there, the wolves had been reintroduced. My gaughter and I took her kids up to Norris geyser basin to hear them.
  8. I used to think Ouija boards were fun. Then I had some experiences that didn't set well with me. I don't recall picking up any hitchhikers, but there was a feeling of wrongness.
  9. I used to love working with candles. Then, Dreamer, the long haired gray cat I had at the time, set his tail on fire. It didn't burn down to the skin, so he wasn't injured. I was babbling and trying to get to him, when he looked back as if to say, "Oh. My tail's on fire. Isn't that interesting?"
  10. I started a new job right around the equinox, after not working for six months. The facility I had been working for routinely didn't have adequate PPE. It got worse when COVID hit, although they chose to downplay the severity. I decided that being unemployed and alive was a better option than being unemployed and dead. Especially since my grandkids would use my grandson's 3D printer to clone me. Now I get to dress up in cheesy gowns and shoe covers. I also get to pay my bills on time.
  11. I've been known to cause poltergeist activity when I'm really stressed. I used to get really stressed working at Cinnabon during the holiday season. I had one particularly annoying cashier who tended to get the brunt of my stress. I still remember the cups flying out of the cup dispenser at her. More than once.
  12. I'm not aware of any Jewish in my ancestry, but I definitely lack a sense of direction. I got lost in Yellowstone, at night, years ago. I was trying to get back to the west entrance, and ended up at the north entrance. My Aunt Laura made genealogy books for my brother and me years ago. That dude of the family is Mormon, so Aunt Laura had a lot of resources to work with. A couple of my male ancestors practiced polygamy. I believe they were still living in England at the time. Anyhoo, I do know that my family spent a lot of time swimming in the British Isles gene pool. And second sight tends to run in the Kelly branch of the family.
  13. I have attended Comic Con in Denver dressed as Professor Mcgonagall. I even had my picture in Westworld. But I was portraying a fictional character. There's a difference between that and portraying poorly, someone who was persecuted for existing. I think the people of Salem got a lot of things very wrong.
  14. I think that cats in general, are my spirit animal. I currently have five felines allowing me to provide food and shelter for them.
  15. Over the years it's gravitated more to animal spirits, mostly cats. The spirit of a young cougar used to visit my cats. I think he was lonely for feline company and felt comfortable here.
  16. I think I was in my teens before I realized that not everyone saw and talked to spirits.
  17. Sometimes you're the windshield. Sometimes you're the bug. I also like, "Fekking hell!"
  18. I've been known to be crabby enough to belong on the menu at a seafood restaurant. I try to stay away from people when I feel like that.
  19. I've been told that one can only be a witch after initiation by a coven. I've been told that I "outed" myself by things that I said. I've been "out" since I was 16, and I have no interest in playing by someone's fake authoritarian rules.
  20. I think I've had a bit of an ADD path. They say I can't stay focused on my path, but they just don't understand. Oh look! A chicken! Maybe a chicken is my animal guide! That accurately reflects my temperament during nursing school. I really struggled to get anything out of someone reading power point slides to the class.
  21. I agree with FancyShadowCat about the Catholic Church and it's use of magic. I was raised Catholic, and my ancestry is Irish. Back in the day, every Irish family was expected to have at least one child enter religious life. I started veering away when we studied mythology in seventh grade. What made the Greek and Roman gods fake, but the Catholic God real? From there I moved on to "what's really the difference between prayer and magic?"
  22. My favorite is Tarot of the Cat People. It was my first deck, and it still resonates with me.
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