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About spectropoetics

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  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Adequate at a few forms of divination; holding on to scraps of folk practices passed down in my family, from which I'm trying to extrapolate and revivify
  • Have you explored other paths?
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    A few folk practices hanging around in my family that we've sadly lost much context for.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Tapping into land and ancestral spiritual currents to work towards personal gnosis, power and attendant responsibility.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    A decade or so with Tarot and a few other forms of divination, without spellcraft or much spiritual connection.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Looking up online resources and communities on traditional witchcraft.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to get interested conversations and ideas that keep me inspired and challenged. I hope to contribute the same.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Tarot and traditional astrology.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Spirit contact.

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  1. Yes, it's like the gentlest ever version of the Wild Hunt! But still bizarre and alien. It's quite the balancing act actually.
  2. Despite a slightly disappointing last act, this book made it to my 'adult witchy fiction' list haha. The way it describes witchcraft is fabulous. I'm now breezing through Living Alone by Stella Benson in between heady non-fiction chapters, it's an absolute delight. Heartily recommend.
  3. I'm a long-time admirer of Leonora Carrington's art but I could never decide if she fit in this category of artists. It always seemed like the occult could just be a metaphor in her art, the way it is in so much of Surrealism - an alchemical allegory. It turns out I was completely misguided! According to Susan L. Aberth, the leading expert on Carrington, who spent a lot of time with her at the end of her life, Carrington believed herself to be a descendant of the fair folk. I had no idea!! It blew my mind and it's quite illuminating. Aberth talks about Carrington's relationship to the occult, and this story in particular, in a recent episode of a podcast called "The Witch Wave".
  4. @Sorgina there's a great episode on Lilith if you're interested!
  5. I started listening to this excellent podcast about dark feminine figures in religions and folklore by an academic (who's also clearly some sort of magical practitioner). Many episodes are on Greek goddesses since that's the host's field of research but there's a series on Tantric goddesses (which is pretty cool since you don't hear a lot about them in the West) and episodes about folkloric figures such as Baba Yaga or Black Madonnas. It's all really well researched and informative; it gives you leads to tons of primary sources to do your own research, which is extremely valuable as it's often hard to know where to start, and other witches or occultists are... not always great sources on entities. https://chthonia.net/ Here's a video introduction to the project by the host, Brigid Burke, although you can take it with a grain of salt: I don't agree with her framework* yet I find the podcast impressive and useful. * I come from historical materialism so an archetypal explanation of gender doesn't fly with me 😂
  6. I came across this article by Mat Auryn (author of the super popular Psychic Witch) today - he went around and interviewed basically the most famous Traditional Witches/authors, from Gemma Gary to Lee Morgan to Daniel Schulke, what books they'd recommend to someone curious about the Craft. They give detailed reasons so it's rather interesting. I'm familiar with some of these titles and I think they're great additions to a bookish witch's library at any level, I've added a few to my reading list! https://www.patheos.com/blogs/matauryn/2017/11/09/book-recommendations-trad-craft-witches/
  7. I've never tried Lenormand, something else always catches my eye before I can dive in but it's definitely a system I want to study at some point! Lenormand is such an interesting character, truly an inspiration for any cartomancer imo
  8. Oooh I think I understand the confusion - he's mentioned in an article I've linked earlier but I confess I scanned it for mentions of Houghton et al so I was struck with that quote but I discarded the rest. Beardsley is mentioned indeed but not as a mediumnistic artist, just as a point of comparison for what the author sees as A.O. Spare's "depravity" (lol)
  9. Wow I haven't heard that name in a while - love his art as well! I think it's fair to assume that every mid to late Victorian we know of was some shade of Spiritualist haha, although I had no idea he was either. I wonder to what extent his Spiritualist practice impacted his art though, have you read anything? I don't personally sense that 'revealed' quality in his work the way I do in other artists', some of whom I've talked about here, but I may just be missing something. If he didn't use mediumship in his art, though, that may be because the role of medium tended to be assumed by women, and so Spiritualist men had little direct spirit contact.
  10. My favorite "art deck" is a newer one, the Pagan Otherworlds. It's stunning, and very potent, as it tries to synthesize different historical interpretations of the Tarot - you can divine with anything but it's nice to work with a well thought-out tool. I'm waiting for a Joanna Newsom deck I supported on Kickstarter to arrive, I'm incredibly excited. You can see the artist's work here. Otherwise imo you can't beat the Marseille.
  11. Thank you for leading me down this rabbit hole, Onyx, this woman and her circle of artist/medium friends are fascinating! It's exactly what Hilma af Klint and her Theosophist friends did, only even earlier. They too painted with spirits, and as a result, they too explored art forms previously unseen, that we later - decades later, when men such as Kandisky and Mondrian picked it up in turn and exhibited it publicly - came to call 'abstract'. Here are examples of Barbara Honywood's work, for those curious: I find it beautiful, both delicate and exuberant. It may not look like much but it's distinctly original - this was painted in the mid 19th century! I'm even more taken with her fellow Spiritualist painter friend Georgiana Houghton, though: It's astounding. We had to wait a full century, with the advent of psychedelic art, to see such movement in paintings again. She must have been tapping into a very powerful current. As I was looking up these artists, I came across an interesting quote in this article: The absolute certainty with which the writer draws his "conclusion" is extremely funny to me. He's so close to the point though.
  12. It stands for Unitarian Universalism, an organisation formed of many different religions, spiritualities and even non-theistic cosmologies, all in the spirit of religious cooperation and spiritual advancement - from what little I know! It's a non-denominational 'church' in a wider-than-Christian sense.
  13. @nellopea I think it's hilarious in the best possible way that you attempted this at the UU in Texas. If you're still around these parts, I'm so curious as to how it went? Did you attempt other rituals in the book? They seem so particular to Gary's own little patch of Cornwall, I love to hear stories of their transplant.
  14. phantasmagoria gave great advice! I feel like adding my two cents because these are anchoring points I don't see discussed that often, unfortunately. Start with basic astronomy. It's probably the biggest field of scientific vulgarization, there are tons of solid, entertaining and beautiful educational material out there. You just need to understand the position of each of the 7 traditional planets (+ Uranus, Neptune and Pluto if you want to use them but only use the planets to start) relative to the sun and to earth, the time it takes for them to complete their orbit, to what extent they're visible from earth, and what they roughly look like. That last point is so important. It's crazy how well the images we've been able to get for what amounts to a blip in human history symbolically match the historical delineations: Mars not only glows red, it has a huge gash like a battle scar; Jupiter is ENORMOUS, like, you have no idea; Uranus is contrarian through and through, he won't even spin the same way every other planet does, etc. Rather than learning a list of keywords by rote, anchor your understanding in the astronomy, the way astrologers were always meant to. Relatedly, go out and look at the sky. Even in a highly light polluted environment, you can see tons of stuff. I'm in a big city and I can see Mars rage every night right now since he's been stuck in Aries for most of the year, we shake our fists at one another, it's great. It's absolutely fantastic that we can cast charts in milliseconds for free on the internet but it also means we've lost context for most of what we talk about. That's how you end up with really bizarre takes in modern astrology - if only people would look up from their computer screens (and understand that they're part of a tradition), most of these empty arguments would be cleared up in a flash. The point about knowing the length of the orbits: it's mostly so you know how personally important different placements are. No, it doesn't mean anything on its own that you have Pluto in Scorpio - Pluto spends up to 30 years or so in a sign before moving on in the zodiac, your whole generation has the same Pluto sign! Compare that to the Moon, who spends 2 1/2 days in a sign on average - the sign placement of your Moon is much more directly relevant to you personally. Understand the Moon phases: they're a product of the Moon's relationship to the Sun. At the new moon, the Moon is conjunct the Sun; at the full Moon, she's opposite; at the Quarters, she makes different sorts of squares. Understanding this gives you a grounded basis from which to understand aspects. As for the zodiac, don't start with lists of keywords and trendy buzzwords. Start with elements, polarities, modalities and rulership and derive meaning from them. No, Scorpio isn't about death and sex, it's a fixed feminine water sign, and it's the nocturnal domicile of Mars. Secrecy, dedication, stagnation, depth, instinct etc come to mind - you're building a larger picture, one you can remember easily because it's not an arbitrary archetype, there's a logic to it. Finally, and this is really my point in a nutshell: form an understanding of the underlying logic of astrology. It's a system, and so it should be well-oiled to allow the properly oracular moment to take place when you look at a chart. In addition to what I've already written, look into the Thema Mundi to gain an understanding of rulerships and other dignities, even aspects and house meanings. As for book recommendations for complete beginners, I think Carole Taylor's Astrology: Using the Wisdom of the Stars in your Every Day Life is fantastic. She has a very different approach to mine, I don't agree with everything, but she's a wonderful teacher and writer. It's the only beginner book I've found that doesn't drill anything in your head: it gives you the tools to start applying and observing astrology in concrete ways. This other book is more advanced and it's on an apparently narrow topic but it's actually fundamental. It gives you everything you need to know to understand the birth chart not as an abstract 2D circle on your screen but as it relates to the actual sky it represents: The Houses: Temples of the Sky, by Deborah Houlding.
  15. I like using directions, they're constant and always available. Plus I'm almost always aware of where I am in relation to the cardinal points, that's just how my mind and body work, I'm very spatially oriented. For me the points are about the sun's journey throughout the day, and so my associations are very simple but they can encompass basically anything I can think of. The sun dawns in the East (new beginnings, vigor, revelations), culminates in the South (high points, ardor, visibility), sets in the West (banishings, returns, dissolution) and disappears in the North (secrecy, death). So the power I find in each direction isn't inherent in it, nor is it because specific spirits dwell there. It's an accumulation of this primordial cycle.
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