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About WVWitch

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  • Birthday 08/24/1969

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    skurtodell
  • Location
    West Virginia, USA
  • Interests
    Musician - electric bass guitar
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Fairly. The area in which I live has strong roots to witchcraft, though folks don't normally address it as such. I have been following this path for probably twenty years.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Sure. I was raised Christian and have spent a lot of time exploring Eastern philosophy, Taoism and the like, mostly due to the martial arts influences in my past. Some of the eastern beliefs tie in well to witchcraft, especially those concerning the cycles of positive/negative power, seasonal cycles, and the use of ch'i energy for healing.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    After a few false starts with Wicca that's been pretty much all I do where witchcraft is concerned. I try to put thoughtfulness into whatever I am doing, whether it is positive vibes for a good friend that is ill or infirm or making dinner for my family. My ties to the Earth are strong - I was raised to appreciate the out of doors and our connection with the world around us, as well as all living things in it.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional Witchcraft is the ever-pervading sense of connection to our Creator (whatever we might see he/she as), the Earth, and every living thing on it; the ability to influence our world and our lives by the direction of our will in a positive and meaningful way; the realization that everything we do has an effect, intentional or otherwise, on everyone and everything around us; the willingness to take personal responsibility for our lives and our actions. It is the realization of the cycles of life and the seasons and how they effect our lives.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Probably going on twenty years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I surfed into your site using Google IIRC. I was searching specifically for a traditional site rather than one geared towards Wicca.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    What I expect to get: knowledge and experiences from others like myself; different viewpoints that may open my eyes to things I had not yet realized; a sense of camaraderie and friendship with others. What I expect to contribute: the collective experiences and information that I have been able to obtain from my work in the craft; a different perspective on approaches to witchcraft, including where some of what we do ties in with other belief systems and religions; a friendly manner and kind demeanor. I'll also be glad to answer personal computer questions if within my ability to do.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    One or two, though I have not participated on them. They turned out after further reading to be more Wicca-centric.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Raising large amounts of healing energy; it is what I concentrated on the most during my more formative yearsand what I still strive towards the most these days. I am also getting fairly adept at pendulum dowsing, which is another one of my great loves.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    My weakest point would have to be anything requiring much in the way of "formal" ceremony - it's really just not me. Trad Crafters seem to eschew it anyway so I never really worried too much about it. I live traditional witchcraft rather than it being something that I just "do".
  1. Good day, all. Yesterday, June 21, marked the Summer Solstice, and as always we were determined to have a bit of a celebration. My wife, daughter, sister, cousin and myself all loaded up our little recreational kayaks and went out to the local lake a couple of hours before dusk. Initially we became concerned that a number of large thunderstorms would encroach on our celebration, and to be fair we did sit out a brief storm for about a half-hour. The storm worked in our favor to dispel the muggy oppression of the day, and after a short paddle we were entrenched on a small island several hundred yards from the shore. We set up a couple of torches to augment the failing light and placed solar lamps around the island. A picnic dinner ensued, the highlight of which would have to be lemon-currant cookies provided by my 12-year old daughter for just this occasion. After dinner we got out several percussion instruments (including a djembe) and made a bit of music, playing with rhythms in the gathering dark. As the evening drew to a close we gathered our things for the brief paddle back to shore and were treated to a lightning show in the distant skies as additional storms were closing on the lake. The skies directly overhead were clear and the stars shone down upon us, twinkling softly. This also marked the first time I had paddled my own kayak since the surgery on my arm over a month ago, and though the paddle was somewhat inefficient (and a bit uncomfortable at times) it was gratifying to be in my own boat again. All in all, a most marvelous evening. Happy Midsummer's Day, all! Kurt
  2. WVWitch

    Impending surgery...

    An update: my first post-surgery checkup yesterday went better than could have been imagined. The rate at which my body is healing has astounded the surgeon - consequently, he anticipates that his original estimate of 6 weeks before returning to normal use will probably hold true after all. I am permitted to take off the sling during the day and use gravity (NO weights) to stretch the tendon and muscle gently, and I can now lift light objects (a cup of coffee, for instance). I opted to not mention the use of Chinese liniments and ch'i work in the accelleration of healing, nor anything witchy. :-) Many very sincere thanks for the concerns and kind thoughts! Kurt
  3. WVWitch

    Impending surgery...

    Surgery was far more complex than expected - broken tendon had attached to the main artery feeding blood to my arm. Fixed now, but the 45 minute outpatient surgery turned into a 2 1/2 hour surgery with overnight hospital stay. Sincere thanks for the kind wishes - I'll hopefully be back to work Monday but full recovery looks to be 4 - 6 months out. Kind regards, Kurt
  4. WVWitch

    Impending surgery...

    The consult with the surgeon was this morning - it is worse than anticipated, as the tendon is completely torn through. He is in a mad panic to get me into surgery as quickly as possible, as tendon repair is apparently somewhat time-critical and if he waits too long it won't heal correctly. Surgery is tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday, pending confirmation of the surgical suite being available. The surgeon is reputed by several of my physician friends to be the very best in the state, so if it can be successfully done he is the fellow to do it. Many sincere thanks for the well-wishes!
  5. Good day, all. On 17 April 2011 I was two days into a much-needed vacation and was starting the week off with a bit of fun. That morning I found myself in the driveway alone loading a couple of recreational kayaks onto the top of my vehicle for a quick paddle around the lake. As fate would have it, one kayak became unstable on the roof rack and fell. Instinctively I reached out to catch it (they weigh in at 48 pounds) and the moment it struck my arm I knew I had screwed up - I heard a faint 'pop' and felt white-hot pain surge up my arm. Promptly I fell to the pavement, clutching my arm, trying to keep the nausea under control. A trip to the emergency room confirmed there were no broken bones, and the doctor there indicated it was most likely a muscle tear - I should be fine in 3 or 4 days. The bruising was positively technicolor for two weeks and the pain continued. Finally realizing the damage must be more extensive than originally thought, I saw my regular physician who confirmed my worst fears - there is a tear in my distal bicep tendon. Tendons don't heal well without surgical intervention, and if left alone my arm will be weak for the rest of my life. I am now awaiting a consult with the surgeon - my right (dominant) arm will be useless for 3 - 4 weeks afterwards. Bummer of a way to start the summer. Kind regards, Kurt
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