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About thevioletsunflower

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    Miss Clavel's Shadow
  • Birthday 07/17/1985

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    Feline
  • Location
    The Desert
  • Interests
    Tarot, reading, writing
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    More than a novice, far from an expert.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes. Wicca, the Dianic Tradition, Christianity (Mormonism).
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Magic without rules, restrictions, or required ceremony. Not being afraid of the "dark" or obsessing over the "light". Witchcraft at its bare bones- practical and living. Connecting with nature and ancestors of our blood and spirit.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    About 10 years. I had an "off" period but in reality I never really left at all I just did it all under the radar and was into self-denial.
  • What brought you to our site?
    My interest in Traditional Witchcraft.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I'm hoping to learn quite a bit and to share what I do learn with those who are in my position and to share my own perspective.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Use to be active on MysticWicks.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    A lady doesn't kiss and tell.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I have a tendency to get stuck in the logical mind.
  1. I agree that too much of the internet witchcraft/pagan blogging comes off as just attention whoring but there is some really good information out there that one can't find in books (at least not books under $150). I learned tons from reading blogs- namely going into the archives of Witch of Forrest Grove. People have already listed most of the blogs I read on the subject (there aren't many) but I will say- stay away from Tumblr. There may be some good stuff here and there but it's like looking for edible grains of salt in a sewer.
  2. This book has caught my eye. It's fairly new but I thought I would check and see if anyone has read it and their thoughts. This would be the first book I have read by this author though I am aware of him. Enchantment: The Witches' Art of Manipulation by Gesture, Gaze and Glamour by Peter Paddon
  3. I find that clothing and shoes do effect my ability to pull in energy if for no other reason than they are suddenly very heavy and distracting to me. I do 90% of my workings completely naked, without even deodorant, makeup, or jewelry. That said for whatever reason I can't manage to pull energy up through my feet. I have to be sitting on the ground and I feel it coming up through my tailbone. EDITED: okay, not *can't* just prefer not to. I find that when I try from the ground any other way I feel a bit scattered.
  4. As for what I did I laid in bed sick along with the rest of our family. What we had *planned* was a little fire in the backyard, a nice supper, and some crafts (fun for the kiddos, magical for me). I also had planned on tending a candle in the window all through the night. What a let down!
  5. I'm confused by this, M. The Earth's energy isn't winter in the Southern Hemisphere right now, it's summer and as such the Northern Hemisphere doesn't dictate what the Earth energy is in it's entirety is my thought on it. The seasonal energy is about how the Earth and the Sun interact together not just about the Earth as a whole. In all the Wiccan books I have read and Wiccan/Pagan/Witches I have seen from the SH talk about it they observe it from where they are. That makes the most sense to me as where they are that is exactly the dance the Sun and Earth are entangled in.
  6. - To add to this, look for Back to School sales. Wal * Mart in particular carries spiral notebooks for about $0.15 each in August. I usually buy 10 of them for myself for this purpose. - Seconding this. I went to the graveyard and was cleaning off headstones after a storm and didn't have anything to put the loads of dirt in. - To add to the warning: sometimes something that says cast iron in these stores aren't at all. http://www.ehow.com/how_8195275_tell-fake-cast-iron-pan.html ************************************ - Saint and 7 Day Candles are sold for around $1 to $1.50 at stores like Target and Wal * Mart as well as 99 Cent stores. The latter one usually has the cheaper wax. My favorite place to buy them, as they are a bit better quality, is Target. They have primary colors and white without Saints but the Saint candles always have the best colors I find like purple, pink, and green. What I do is thank the Saint (just because I figure it's polite) and then put an inch or so of hot soapy water in a pie dish and lay the candle in it, turning it every few minutes to get the whole label wet. The label just peels right off after that without any residue, even. - The 99 Cent store carries cheap Barbie doll knock offs that can be used for quick and easy poppets. - Putting a bit of olive or coconut oil in a candle holder is said to help the wax pop out easier after use. I still need to try this but I wanted to share anyway. - Tea lights are excellent. Really. And you can get a set of 25 - 50 for just a couple of bucks. They burn for roughly 2 hours. I use them in 95% of my spell work. But they are harder to carve into and the cheap ones are always white. I remove the tea light from the metal holder and put a slip of paper in it with something to do with my intent written on it and the color of my choice to align with the intent. Easy and cheap. - Spit infused with your intent and the utterance of a charm or the like can be just as useful as any anointing oil on candles or other objects. Chant building up saliva, swish your finger in your mouth, and rub on whatever. - Anything and everything can be used in magic. Nail polish, herbs, condoms, shit, stray hairs, bug carcasses, candles, scrap pieces of paper, etc etc etc. ANYTHING. So don't ever think that you don't have the supplies you need. Sometimes all it takes is the mind, too. - Buy herbs in bulk (if you can't grow them, of course). It really is a ton cheaper in the long run. - Sandwich bags are excellent for storing dirts and herbs. Not quite as glamourous but they work (I suggest getting the freezer variety as they are thicker/sturdier). - Keep certain things on hand for quick spell work. Almost like kits. I have certain infused oils and dirts as well as candles set aside for healing, protection, prosperity, and honoring (when there is a death) so that at a moments notice if someone gets sick, for example, I have a small healing kit that can just be thrown together and put to use. I usually keep tea lights, specific herbs packaged in smaller quantities, stones, cheap cotton yarn in various colors cut into "single use" lengths, pen and paper, pouches (various colors/patterns and sizes), poppets (again, various colors and sizes), cotton balls, oils (infused, essential, and carrier), etc etc. - If you're making your own poppets and pouches make a handful before hand so you can just grab them and use them. In the same spirit as above I like to make some for certain uses and put them in separate labeled baggies so I know which is which. - Reusable cotton tea bags make excellent pouches and are all of a couple of bucks for a dozen. - Baby food jars are great for storing and infusing (but remember they have metal lids). I especially like them for infusing oils because you are only making small batches which means you are more likely to use anointing oils up before they go rancid. They are also great for spells. They are super small so you can conceal it in your hand if, say, you decide to fill it with a bit of piss and throw it at some asshole's door. - Have a game plan for sudden issues and emergencies. Like if there is an impending danger know what you are going to do for protection (of course make sure your worldly stuff is taken care of ie: call the police if you need to, lock your doors, etc etc). I have been caught with my pants down before scrambling for something to do when the shit has hit the fan. Instead of having to pause to throw something together in my mind I like to have plans worked out for various things. This goes along well with the kit thing. I also like to do drills of said plans. A made-up example: one of my kids falls and breaks their leg at a friend's house when I'm not there. I already have something in mind to bring them comfort, protection, and healing (a chant and visualization for use whenever my kids are hurt and away from me). When I am washing dishes or in a waiting room I will play out said scenario in my mind and work through the chant and visualization. Keeps me ready for it. For obvious reasons don't make these super complicated. They are on-the-fly emergency use type deals. Nothing fancy. I also plan on passing these down to my kids.
  7. Trance-Portation by Diana L Paxson I'm only in the beginning of it so I can't say if it has good and needed information but so far I do like her writing style and the steps she has laid out to begin with/become acquainted with before starting. If I understand correctly she is a Norse Recon type but she goes from a few angles suggesting that if you are Wiccan or Ceremonial to do things this way, if you are Hellenic this way, if you are Norse this way, etc etc etc. I'm not finding it overly New Age-y at all; or at least not yet. Haven't read this one so take it with a grain of salt but I have heard that it does have a few gems. "Fluff" books are predominant in the market, certainly, but can still have some things of value in them. However, if you don't want to read anything with a remote hint of fluffy material I wouldn't even bother with Llewellyn at all.
  8. Come to think of it saving my kid's baby teeth may not be half a bad idea. Protection charms and what not.
  9. Some people think that vegetarians and vegans think that they are escaping the cycle of life and death (not to mention feel they are doing no harm). Now, of course, some veg*ns do see things that way but they are very mistaken, obviously. However, non-veg*ns often have misconceptions of what vegetarianism is mainly that it varies from person to person. And because so many tend to look down on veg*ns and feel the need to hold them to some ridiculous standard that veg*ns themselves don't even hold themselves to, they feel they are within their right to judge and even educate us on our lifestyle *insert eye roll here* "Shouldn't you not be doing this because of my narrow understanding of your beliefs?" People in general love to do this to the religious, non-religious, anyone on any diet that isn't laden with junk food, etc etc etc. Like "Ha! I caught you not living your standards! I guess you are just like the rest of us after all! Neener neener" I am also a vegetarian who is fine with having dead things in my house. But I am not a vegetarian that mistakenly thinks I am doing no harm by beging a vegetarian. I'm well aware that I still ingest animals in my plants and walk on their decay with my feet, because I'm not an idiot. If I come across dead things or if someone else has and they gift it to me or I buy it from them then it's engaging in reality, is it not? It's dead, I can use it, there ya go. Eating meat to me, however, isn't like that. I'm not just finding things already dead I am paying into a system that breeds animals, confines them in the most inhumane way, injects them with a lot of shit, and butchers them so I can stuff my face. No thanks. (And I am aware that there are free range, grass fed, etc etc animals that are treated far better but I'm not talking about that because it is far too expensive for me to eat. When I eat meat I eat the factory farmed variety as it's my only viable option thus my choosing to just not eat it at all. That among other things. I also am not judgy of meat eaters. Eating meat is a human prerogative. Do it or don't, I couldn't care less).
  10. Ohhh? I have been thinking about picking up this series for a while now but I have so damn much I am reading already and on my to-read list. But good to know he is continuing on with that world.
  11. Getting back to the topic at hand- I understand that there are elements of the craft, what interests me is when one element sort of rules for a person. Say you are more of a Seer than a Necromancer, for example. It seems reasonable to me that for some people their practice is going to revolve over one aspect. For example, Sarah Lawless revolves around Necromancy (as far as I can tell). I'm curious as to how others feel about this in their own practice. Do you have one aspect your practice revolves around? Do you still attempt to incorporate other aspects or do you not see the need? Do you feel newbs should focus on what suits them or seek a "well rounded" education in the craft by touching on different aspects, whatever those may be?
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