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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. The exact birth time will give you the angles of your chart (the ascendant etc), which are the most personal points of a chart since they move so fast throughout the day (they change signs every two hours on average). Consequently, they divide the chart into houses. So without a birth time, you can't know in what houses (in what areas of the life) your placements fall. The Moon also moves pretty fast, so an unclear birth time could mean your Moon sign is uncertain as well. Although if you at least know what part of the day you were born in, you can pin down the right sign. But even an untimed chart can tell you a lot. You still get a fairly exact idea of each placement and the aspects they make. You just won't be able to prioritize which placements are leading your chart, the area of your life they influence the most, or in what period of your life they'll fully activate.
  2. The sky has been stubbornly overcast, I haven't been able to see the sun rise (or to observe the great conjunction 😞). I was busy with a big piece of astro-magic so I didn't observe the solstice in any special way. Just breathed, acknowledged those that didn't make it through the long night this time around, and expressed gratitude for those of us who survived.
  3. This article from 96 by Chumbley retrived via the wayback machine, that bears the same title as every trendy witchy video or post popping up nowadays, is the most refreshing thing I've read recently lmao. Such is the state of The Discourse. https://web.archive.org/web/20160506144818/http://xoanon.co.uk/archive/what-is-traditional-craft/ I don't know how well Chumbley is liked around these parts, but rest assured that this is some of his more lucid writing.
  4. I just had a quick look at the search results for "traditional witchcraft" out of curiosity, it's hilarious how every popular video is a variation on "what is traditional witchcraft and how is it different from Wicca". I'm coming to loathe the label tbh. It's become one more marketing/algorithmic burden. I don't really follow anyone on YT but sometimes I consult it when I'm getting into a topic. Maybe you'd have more luck looking up specific things you're interested in? A piece of folkore, info about your region or a particular tradition, a historical event or figure you're inspired by, a specific practice?
  5. Yes, it's like the gentlest ever version of the Wild Hunt! But still bizarre and alien. It's quite the balancing act actually.
  6. 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.
  7. 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".
  8. @Sorgina there's a great episode on Lilith if you're interested!
  9. 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 😂
  10. 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/
  11. 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
  12. 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)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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