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Stacey

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    http://thecountrywitchscottage.blogspot.com/

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    South Australia, Australia
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    Dragons, Herbcraft, Candles, Reading Cooking, Gardening and Tea
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    It’s hard to say how familiar one can be because the learning never stops, there is always something new to learn and explore, but so far I think I am as familiar as I can be at this stage in my journey, I know what witchcraft is and is not and how I use it every day, I also know that to be a Witch is not to just say ‘I am a Witch’ but live each day as a witch.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I think like most I started on the Wiccan path after reading Wicca by Scott Cunningham but I soon found that it didn’t suit me at all. Once I started reading beyond the Wicca 101 stuff (which I do think can offer valuable information to those just starting or just learning before they make a firm decision on where they want to go) I felt misplaced in that area and began to look at the green/hearth/hedge/cottage paths, this is where I feel most comfortable and pull from.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Subconsciously I think I have always done so. I work mostly with herbs; it is always my first go to for spell work and creating charms. I also work quite a bit in my garden and grow herbs of my own (my Wormwood is currently reaching epic proportions). I prefer to do things without ritual or Deity or any sort of circle casting. I mostly focus energy and will into something and go from there.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    The other day I made a Good Luck herb jar; I chose my herbs, mixed them together, placed them in the jar, shook it up, blessed it and asked for luck. There was no Deity invoked, no circle cast, and no ritualistic elements. Full Moons I light a white candle, light Moon incense to acknowledge and celebrate the moon. To me that is what Traditional Witchcraft is. Working with the natural world and within ones self creating spells and magic from intent, focus and will with no Deity or Ritualistic elements. I also believe that it means balancing the light and dark, knowing that they exist and working with both energies because the natural world is also both.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I was 13 when my interest began and when I got my first witchy book, 23 when I began to learn and practice more seriously and 25 when I was initiated as a priestess.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was looking for somewhere to learn, somewhere that wasn’t completely Wiccan and Deity influenced. I found this site and after reading over some of the posts, I felt it would be a great place to be. It’s very hard to find places that don’t think you’re completely mad if you say ‘I’m a Witch but not Wiccan’. I also enjoy that this site does not subscribe to the ‘white, grey, black’ school of thought and that mentioning the word curse or hex does not evoke an instant horrified reaction. It seems as though all ideas and thoughts are embraced and I find that very interesting.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I think I am going to learn more about my path and where it can go. I think I will also grow spiritually and be able to add so much more to what I do now. I’m a fairly opinionated person so I think I will be able to start interesting discussions and add my thoughts to others. I am upfront and honest, its not my nature to keep my mouth shut if I don’t agree with something or if I have an opinion on something but I have always been able to be respectful and tolerant of others opinions because I firmly believe that just because an opinion is different, doesn’t make it wrong.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Yes, the Firefly Community and Walking the Hedge.
    Firefly is where I am most active. Firefly is where I teach, am part of the Council of Elders as a Priestess and read tarot. Walking the Hedge I have only just recently joined.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Learning I think. Being an obsessive reader tends to make me a little OCD about learning things so if I need to know about something, I will often research it. I would also say I’m fairly strong in herbs; it is my favourite medium to work with as well as candles.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Meditation. I really can never quite do it how it is supposed to be done. My mind is one of those that is damn near impossible to quiet.

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  1. It's been awhile since I've been in the forums, life and whatnot gets in the way so I thought I'd pop in and say hi and share some photos of my mandrakes - the first two are the sizeable Mandragora turcomanica I am growing (I have 5 but this is the biggest) and of my lone Mandragora officinalis root - I had to repot because the top was looking a bit half dead and the soil was quite wet (not from over watering but just general wet weather). So hi again all, hopefully I can become a little more active once again.
  2. I hear you. I am an Aries but there is barely anything of the Aries "traits" that apply to me. I have the impatience and temper and that's about it really, I'm not a leader or go-getter or outgoing etc. I began looking into my chart awhile ago out of curiosity and found all sorts of interesting things that made a lot more sense. So I do tend to hate the assumption that your personality or who you are fits neatly into the little "sun sign" box. It's an interesting thought, combining the two. Never thought to but it's grabbed my curiosity so I'll keep it in mind in future.
  3. I have witch friends that I connect with but a lot of the time we end up socialising more than doing witchcraft as such. I prefer solitary, I am really not a people person and I, like so many, need mass amounts of alone time to function properly. I'd rather avoid people for the most part if at all possible. It is nice to spend time with likeminded folk, go to an event or two but ultimately, I like doing things on my own but it is nice to be able to converse with people and not have the 'the fuck is she on about?' look and it's nice to have active, engaging discourse on the topic witchcraft., sharing ideas, trading stories, learning. But I think sometimes you have to find your tribe, those who are on a similar path or similar practice who you can be yourself with and practice your particular flavour of Craft with.
  4. This made me laugh my ass off. I was tempted to share it on FB but most people on FB don't have a sense of humour.
  5. I'm studying a million different things - what can I say? I like to learn. I'm also a herbalist, mad gardener, did I mention total book nerd? I have cats whom I adore, I like to sleep in (morning - what's that?), I read a lot, I live in the middle of nowhere so I live a quiet, hermitess life which I like. Not one for engaging with people much. I craft a lot, I do like to cook - I saw this thing on James Martin Home Comforts about this woman in Scotland who has a Macaron business and thought, I'd like to try and make some - so next project. I also have a collection of Baked and Delicious I never really used because of a crappy oven, we have a new oven and it's getting to winter to I'm planning lots of baking. So that's my non-witchy life. Books, cats, garden, sleeping, baking, internet, learning and people-avoidance.
  6. I have this book, it's quite good, an interesting perspective on the history of the Flying Ointment.
  7. I have about 7 different books on the go. I tend to buy books to read, then the mobile library comes round (I live really rural so a mobile library comes to my town - how cool is that?), but here goes on my list: The Black Toad - Gemma Gary The Devil's Dozen - Gemma Gary The Visions of Isobel Gowdie - Emma Wilby How To Write Your Own Spells - Sophia DeGregorio Illuminating the Prophecy (Raven's Prophecy Tarot Book) - Maggie Stiefvater The Natural Psychic - Ellen Dugan (I know, I know but I don't mind her) Heir of Fire - Sarah J Maas The Poison Diaries - Maryrose Wood (okay I have read this like 5 times but I love it)
  8. Hey Marla, I'm in Australia too and one place to get plants that you wish to grow yourself are All Rare Herbs - situated in QLD - they often have plants of Henbane, Belladonna and Mandrake with other ones like Yew, Hemlock, Aconite, Wormwood etc. They also a shitload of healing herbs, hedge shrubs (hawthorn, blackthorn etc). I actually have an order sitting on my verandah that I'm going to put in larger pots til Summer is finished (those in the hot states know what I mean). If you're interested in Datura, shoot me through a PM - I've got seeds of both Datura inoxia and Datura stramonium, also Datura stramonium var tatula soon and if all goes well, Datura metel var fastuosa (I'll have to post a pic of the flower on here). I'm also planning to eventually sell dried banes and live plants myself, I've got plants all in different stages of growth.
  9. I don't know if I agree with the supposition that there are specific predisposed "factors" to be able to do it (too much of "special snowflake-ness" in that idea for me), it reminds of that idiotic list she wrote about what makes a witch. I will be the first person to hold my hand up and say that I have had and still do in some cases, extreme difficulty in crossing the hedge. I wasn't caul-born, or had a near death experience - or any of that type of thing (though I was 8 weeks premmie) so like any other person, I've had to work at it. And it in no way negates the extremely powerful experiences I have had while doing so. It has changed my perspective on a lot of things - I'm not even sure I could describe what it is that I've experienced. I am a hedge witch - did I feel a call to it? Not to start with, it was more of a natural progression of my path, I started over there and ended up here but my practice is heavily based in the Green which includes the use of and interaction with herbs, land spirits, Chthonic beings I can't even put a name to and a deeper understanding of the currents in the earth and how we're connected. I use herbs sometimes, other times not. Actually one of my most powerful experiences was being yanked into the Otherwold while having a bath (Clary Sage and Lavender scented the water - not for any metaphysical reason but for relaxation reasons), I wasn't prepared, I wasn't even necessarily thinking about it but those that had something to say wanted to say it there and then. Got tonsillitis for like 4 weeks after that - though I do think my rather cute toddler nephew was in part responsible for that. So I think everyone's experiences differ and everyone's approach is all rather individual but I do wish you luck with the flying ointment!
  10. I grow mine in an enclosed bird cage, not because of children issues for me but more so because none of my poisons with the exception of Datura and Black Nightshade - though this one is not poisonous in the strictest sense, are not native or widespread weeds in my area. It's containment so they all grow in one place and not spread (very carefully timed seed harvest). But do you have something similar you could grow them in? Something that could be easily locked against little inquisitive fingers?
  11. I hear ya! I can't get basil to grow - tried so many times but I've had much better luck with Datura - currently have about 6 Datura inoxia plants, some flowering, some with lovely lovely seed pods (aren't the pods on Datura just awesome?). They were growing wild last year near where I lived so I dug up some seedlings, however I think they poisoned the original lot because I've driven past there a few times and not a Datura to be seen. I love making ointments (it is addictive!) and lotions. Mostly I make healing ones on account of my herbal business (well soon to be, I'm quite lazy) but I have in the past sold flying ointment (a mild mugwort/wormwood/mandrake combo). I've been growing poison plants for a while now and becoming quite familiar with them. I've got single infused oils of belladonna, henbane, mandrake and datura and an infused oil of all 4, I've just not had the time to properly test them yet. The belladonna was not from my garden (it was leaf purchased elsewhere) so I'm going to try it, then harvest leaf from my plant and try that. Although, overall, I think with the belladonna I'm going to wait until my plants fruit as I'd love to include some berries in it as well. I've also got a monster wormwood - should really have a go at ointment making with that too - I planned to many a moon a go but never quite got around to it. Mostly I let it grow and think 'Ooohhh pretty'
  12. I find it depends really. Sometimes I have success with them and other times not so much, it's a matter of frame of mind for me I think. I've found on the test style things (hold the pendulum over the backs of cards and see if you can find the red one etc) I don't have any real success but using them for personal questions etc I do.
  13. I think the one thing that has changed for me is I prefer the quiet, when I was younger, before I started practising more often, I could listen to music while doing things (reading, computer etc). Now I can't handle it, the noise invades my mind too much. I had an energy worker tell me it was because my mind is busy which is why I can never truly quiet it. That and lamb always smells decomposing to me when it cooks so I can't stomach it.
  14. I'm going to try and make some wormwood salve/ointment. I have a shrub that is reaching tree like proportions and I am at a loss as to what to do with so much. Dry some, tincture some, salve some....the tree needs a prune so something has to be done with all the leftover. I'm a bit bad letting it get out of hand like this but I think it look awesome in its current feral state. I've not tried wormwood salve before by itself so it'll be interesting, although I am considering adding mugwort and going for an Artemisia vibe with it.
  15. You do get this is a forum where people trade ideas and such whether the information is limited or overly specific, it's a community, a place of sharing and discussion. Izzie shared her story and asked for suggestions or ideas. We did so and she can take or leave what we said to fit her particular situation. I feel like you think you're better than everyone here or at least think you know more and therefore are better situated to judge others and throw your opinion around like it's the most important one. No one witch practices the same as another but you seem to think that everyone should practice as you do otherwise they're wrong. This is just my impression of you, I could be wrong - you may not see yourself that way but it is how you come across. I imagine Izzie will be quite specific in her working, I highly doubt she is going to throw the curse or hex out to hit numerous people. A specific person took her card number and used it or sold it on. A specific person is responsible for taking her money, whether she knows that name or not is irrelevant. And it can work. I remember reading an article where a coven of witches pulled together to have a serial rapist targeting women in their neighbourhood caught. They performed their working and a week or so later he was caught. They didn't know his name, they knew him only by his actions so it is possible to do as long as you word your working carefully to target the correct person/s.
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