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Xaviera

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Xaviera last won the day on August 19 2019

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About Xaviera

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    Inquisitor's Bane
  • Birthday 01/12/1957

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  • Location
    East Sussex. U.K.
  • Interests
    Playing piano (classical). Witchcraft.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I am an experienced witch. I am well-read in various paths but feel that my natural leaning is very much toward 'Trad'. I have always worked my craft on my own but recently (about a year ago) became curious about the many online groups and I joined a few. Disappointed in most.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, I've read a lot - and know a number of practioners of - Wicca, Druidism - and many Pagans. Many of these people are lovely as friends, but I would describe the path of the majority as an interest rather than natural ability and craft. I have, at times, sent blessings - and have always meant it.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, naturally, when I was a child, but with more learning and focus as an adult. I will change the direction of events to protect my loved ones. But I like to keep what I can do to myself. It seems the most sensible way to behave. I am a professional woman and one must be seen to conform.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It is my private identification of myself. It is what empowers me beyond what I have acquired and accomplished in the 'usual' way.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Fifty years (I'm 53). I scared my mother when I was 3!
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was interested in English Witchcraft Acts & Laws through the ages. I 'googled' the subject and was led to the site.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Since getting to grips with computer technology and the internet, I've joined a number of groups. I'm looking for non-melodramatic, intelligent discussion and exchange of ideas (and maybe a good laugh now and again). I like the more confidential and private look of this site.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    A few Facebook groups. But I've become very disappointed by the childish and 'bickery' nature of some of them. Off Facebook: Witchy Living Discussion & Chat Forum. More adult but my lack of computer skills conflict with the technology. Worth repeating: I've met some lovely, decent people through these. Some not so!
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Instinct. Intuition. Redirection of events. My spell work.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Sometimes some rotten judgement.
    Unable to give people bad news that I'm sure of.
  1. What wonderful advice! It makes me want to tell you about my four year old granddaughter, still small enough to sit in the baby part of the shopping trolley in the supermarket. My husband had wandered off in a different direction. My little one put her hands up to her face and mumbled into her fingers. I asked what she was doing and she said, "Just a quick spell to find Grandad." Sometimes I think there are things she could teach me instead of the other way around. She's definitely been here before.
  2. I loved 'The Thirteenth Warrior'. I didn't realise that the story had any connection to the Beowulf legend. (There's a gorgeous big blond viking chief in 13th Warrior - check him out!) Has anyone seen the film with Ray Winstone, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich and various other famous actors. Angelina Jolie plays Grendel's mother. Ray Winstone is a muscle-toned Beowulf. The music is haunting.
  3. Xaviera

    Playing witch?

    What wonderful, wise peers we have here! We've all had self doubts - at least I'm sure that I certainly have them all the time. For me, there's a bit of fear about finally having something proven against all doubt. There's no going back then. You're being honest to yourself, Abhainn, rather than pretending it's all easy and certain. Surely that's one of the greatest characteristics of a witch to start with. I'd rather spend time with a witch with a few honest insecurities than with someone who claims to know it all. I suspect you'll discover a path or a personal strength at some point and without realizing it, you'll suddenly know who and what you are.
  4. What a wonderful post, 8! Thanks for taking the time to type all that out. It's so worth it. (And I have Elder in my garden).
  5. Some colleagues used to think I could appear in a room out of thin air just because I was quiet despite an office full of creaky floorboards. One particular colleague used to annoy me so I'd stand behind him until he noticed me just to give him a fright. He once asked me to wear my bangles so they'd rattle and he'd hear me coming. I think he almost wet his pants one day when he thought he was alone in the room and I tapped him on the shoulder. When I was a child I had particularly long, thick (and usually dishevelled) hair. My mother used to say I had witch hair - although she alternated between calling me a witch and a bitch.
  6. WHAT? A Pagan who is also a respectable, upstanding pillar of the community!! This does not compute....somebody throw in a human sacrifice or some naked cavorting. No, seriously. I enjoyed seeing that; it was so positive and did the rest of us a lot of good. Sorry they cut so much out.
  7. ,I remember reading that women often cut their hair short after giving birth. One theory is that it's more practical and easier to deal with with the added work a baby brings - but another theory is that, having given birth a woman no longer has to prove her femininity with long hair.
  8. It is a great thread, isn't it. I was way into adulthood before I realized just how precious wood is in all its prolification and diversity. I suppose some of us, as children, are led to believe that if something is plentiful then it isn't valuable. Among all my boxes of very cheap and tangled jewellery, I've got some wooden beads and bangles (and in particular a wooden ring that cost £1.99 that I wear a lot). I always enjoy the warmth of wooden jewellery and the fact that it's been alive and still holds and transfers its own unique energy to the wearer.
  9. Thanks, G. That gives me another word to Google. That tree is the most magnificent thing; it has a cycle of blossom/foliage/seed that seems to produce so much energy you can almost hear it.
  10. Does anyone know anything about the Hornbeam tree and its wood? I've asked all over the place. I have a beautiful, enormous Hornbeam tree just outside my front door and two branches were recently thrown off in a storm and landed across my door. I'm sure they were given to me for a reason. All I know is that it's very hard wood with a pearly-white inner grain. I'll probably decorate the 'walking stick-size' piece. The other branch is perfect 'staff' length. I wondered if anyone knows of magical uses/properties for Hornbeam - or perhaps it's known by another name elsewhere... Please ignore spelling/missing letters: I've got false nails on.
  11. I love creative spelling when it changes the meaning. Watch out, Michele....you may end up with a room full of magically invoked sailors (seamen).
  12. I would never ignore your posts, Aloe, and your opinions are never 'spew'. Funnily enough, we have opposing views about hair for a similar reason. Part of my liking for my long hair is because it was one of the very few aspects of my childhood that I had any say in, and one of the few things that made me unique amongst my sisters. Like you, I was brought up in a strictly religious family so I understand how the association holds no pleasure for you now. (Although from what I know about your upbringing, you had a much tougher time than I did). My preference for long hair has nothing to do with the Bible. I suspect the Bible would have some unpleasant opinion or other about extensions. Tough! I do, though, have a 'Samson' effect; the strength of my craftwork and my confidence in general diminishes when my hair is shorter. Edited to add: I've just remembered I did a blog on here about this very subject. Sorry, I don't know how to add links.
  13. I feel strongly about this. I am one of the older women who insists on keeping her hair long. I've always felt that there's a power and strength within my hair. On the few occasions I've had it cut, I feel its loss acutely. I've even had colleagues telling me that professional women should have short hair - at least after the age of thirty. Not only is my hair long, but I add extensions (but not human extensions as I tend to get intrusive flashes of the original owners' lives). I may not be fashionable, but I have my own style.
  14. love them and pet them and call them George <~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :roflhard: :roflhard: Regards, Gypsy Wow, you've taken me back. When my daughter was little she used to quote this all the time every time she got a new toy.
  15. Wow Jevne, I share that with your friend. I've never met anyone else with the smell thing. I mentioned it on a thread here a while ago. I can even smell some people by looking at them on a photograph or on TV. It's not a conventional range of scents like: Flowers= Nice / Rotting meat=Nasty. It's very different but certainly to do with the olfactory senses. I'm quite excited to hear about someone else who can do that.
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