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  1. Hello, I wanted to post a link to a facebook group called Shadowlands I admin with some friends. It isn’t exactly trad craft, but I thought it might be of interest to some people here. If you do decide you would like to join, please answer the admission questions, or drop me a message (Belladonna Miles on fb) to let me know who you are. I tend to automatically delete requests I suspect might be bots or scammers, it happens a lot. Here is the welcome statement for the group, to give you some idea what it’s all about, and whether it is something you might be interested in. Welcome to Shadowlands, a place existing beyond the reach of the light. I am here searching for something, though I couldn't tell you what exactly that is. I thought perhaps others might like to join me, and we could learn from each other. Earnest and bold seekers of the occult are welcome, as are the adept. Just know I seek to break the binds of dogma and indoctrination. I would topple the high-towers and strike their occupants from the parapets. If this is not your path you are always free to go your own way. If we are able to get enough interested parties with compatible ideas and chemistry, we would eventually like to engage in some group activities and experimentation, providing everyone involved is on board with that. It is by no means a requirement for membership, and it will probably be awhile before we get to that anyway. Mind you, I feel like time is ticking. The following is an advert for the group written by my dear friend you might know by the name of Ouroboros. Dear fellow occultists, witches and practitioners of the craft, it seems humanity is at a crossroads. The current chaos is both as symptom of our disease and a potential catalyst for change. This is the tipping point. Will we dig our heels in and attempt to continue with the strongholds that are currently in place? Will mankind wallow in ignorance and continue to aide and abet the oppressors? Or, is it possible to use this fire to burn away our bonds and topple towers? If you are interested in discussion and the pursuit of knowledge in this vein, please join us. We do not pretend to have all the answers, but we hope that maybe together we might find them. To be clear, so that no one gets the wrong idea; This is not a meme group. We unequivocally support BLM and all movements that that work toward human rights. We believe science is real. If your politics do not agree with these sentiments, this is not the place for you. https://www.facebook.com/groups/889510984858973/about
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  2. Trust your intuition - every single time. Know that you are so much stronger than you think you are. Tread carefully. You are leaving the safety of ignorance, and entering wilder territory. Centre yourself in your own work. Follow your own star. Craft is tools and techniques. Arte is your talents. You will develop your arte by practicing the craft. Get on with the witching work. Get on with the workings. Do the practice. Maintain a log of your practice. Write it down. The way that ye fall, shall be the way that ye rise. Thou Art Witch. Own it Sister. It's yours by blood and by rite.
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  3. Grow them, kill them, weep for them. Grow them again. Eat them, drink them, smoke them, wear them. Tincture them and distill their oils. Capture their Alchemal essence in a spagaric preparation. Grind their body, blood and bones to make your incense. Carve them to make the tools of your craft. Plant them to guard you home and boundaries. Visit them and leave offerings of yourself to help connect with their spirits. Sleep with them, meditate with them, lay with them and put down your roots.
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  4. Id like to explain something about Christianity that a lot of people don't understand about Christian worship (even practicing Christians don't often have a grasp on this). I know people get kinda hinky about Christianity (and rightfully so) but when talking about diety, it's useful to have several perspectives on the accepted worship of deities to know how cultures over the years interacted with diety. Orthodox Christian practices were based on Jewish practices which bear many similarities to the Ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, Sumerian practices that the Jews would have been familiar with. I'd love to hear also from the people that have a good understanding of how other pagan religions viewed worship because there are many similarities and differences and I believe that somewhere in those common threads is a good place to understand how to work with deity (and when to leave them alone). So here goes nothing, a quick primer on Christian Spirituality from the Witch's perspective, by a former pastor: ----- Most flavors of Christian theology teaches that God doesn't "need" humans to worship him but that humans are formed and shaped by their worship of Him. Since the goal of Christians is to have the Holy Spirit "within them." Whether that comes from the sacrament of baptism, or sanctification, or intaking him through Christ's presence in the Eucharist varies across the denominations, but the end goal is always the same: to have the presence of God within you, changing you to be more like Him so that you can enjoy unity with others in the body of Christ (the Church) and with God himself in heaven for eternity. So while many people may talk about the end goal being "getting to heaven" the New Testament really puts emphasis on joining with God (often referred to as being a part of the Kingdom of God) by his incarnation within the person themselves, granting them eternal life or consciousness or unity with God. When you look at it like that, it isn't too far off from the concepts of many eastern and shamanic religions, but where they differ is the orthodoxy, so I'll explain that. The Torah and the rest of the Old Testament are pretty clear about one thing: this God (referred to by many names) that claims to be the creator and judge and master of all things cannot stand sin. This is where it gets dicey...does he hate sin? Is he just a pompous asshole that created a sinful race of humans only to spend eternity telling them they aren't good enough. Theologians generally agree that this isn't the case, that the Jewish and Christiam God cannot stand sin because he IS the essence of good. That he literally can't exist where sin exists, because He is the opposite of sin as pure light and pure darkness can't exist in the same space. He was supposedly so glorious and righteous that in his presence anything corrupted by sin would be destroyed. So if a sinful human wishes to have communion with God (which the bible teaches is the only way to eternal life), he must first cleanse himself of sin, or he would die in the presence of God. This is the reason behind the importance of Jewish purification rites, and why no one but the high preist was allowed to enter "The Holiest of Holies," the place at the heart of the Temple where God was present. It is there that the priest would go and make sacrifices and supplications on behalf of the people. This is remarkably similar to ancient Eypgtian practices where deep inside the temple was a place that only the Pharaoh (or a preist named to go in his stead) would go and meet the God of that temple to plead on behalf of his people. No surprise there, because remember that Moses (who gave the Law of God to the Jews) grew up in Egypt in the Pharoah's own household. So that explains offerings and purification rites, which we see in many world religions that approach Dieties. But what about worship? How do gods stand to benefit from worship other than inflating their egos? Again it returns to the Christian desiring a full communion with God. The Jewish prophet Daniel (the one with the lions) was given a vision of his God on the throne of Heavem and he described that heaven is literally a place of constant and eternal worship. There were creatures and beasts who were created for the single purpose of worshipping God without ceasing, creating a sacred space for the God to dwell. You'll often hear Christians quote "The Lord is present in the praises of His people" because they believe that there is something in the act of worshipping the God that creates a sacred space for the God to dwell in. Hence why church services are full of worship in song and prayers and thanksgivings and offerings. Its more than just an invocation that we might make to invite a spirit to join us in the physical realm, but something about filling the space with worship and offerings allows the God to dwell there. Much in the same way we use herbs and incense to consecrate a space to make it inviting and comfortable for a spirit's presence, they use incense and worship to make their God comfortable. So Christians worship God not because they beleieve he needs it, but because they desire his presence among them. To take it a step deeper, all facets of the religion are in hopes that they can create a sacred space within themselves for the God to dwell. They achieve this by purifying themselves of sin (becoming "sanctified" through various rituals and prayers of surrender) and worshipping in all things. They are essentially Invoking a possession by the Spirit of their God, but of course, most of them don't see it that way. Because their God has made it forbidden for them to make contact or relationship with any spirit or God beside him, they are ignorant of anything that vaguely resembles spiritualism or witchcraft and unable to see the similarities. Which would be a smart decree to make if you were a deity that wanted the sole devotion and worship of your people. You may be asking where Christ comes into all this and the answer is simple. Where the priest once had to sacrifice an animal to atone for the sins of the people, Christ was the final sacrifice that would enable all people to commune with God through himself and his gift of the Holy Spirit. He claimed that God had sent him as the sacrificial lamb to release the people from the law which stated only priests could enter the Holy of Holies. Christ is the great high priest that stands before the throne of God and pleads on behalf of all people (which can get confusing if you consider that through the trinity, God the Father, Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit are all one in the same, but I won't get in to that). The theology behind this atonement can get complicated but what you really need to know is that again, his crucifixion and the devouring of his flesh and blood in the Eucharist are simply continuations of the Jewish rituals of purification, atonement and invocation of the God's presence, but instead of a priest, the presence was now made accessible to anyone (Jew or Gentile) through Christ. ---- Woof. Okay, sooo... This is one religion's answer to working with a deity that was very clear about a few things: that His followers must be pure (or made pure by atonement and purification) and they must worship no other Gods. And in return he made MANY promises to them. The reason I am no longer a Christian is simply because I beleieve that God is a liar, about many things, and uses fear and threat of judgement and promises of miracles to manipulate the powers of the world (something that I believe he feeds off of). I do not believe he is the creator or the great judge, or the only way to eternal consciousness. However, what we do have here is an interesting case study of a deity's relationship with his followers. We have the benefit of it being well documented for centuries where many other religious traditions are lost to us. We have the benefit of seeing that this God was very clear to his followers on how he wished to interact with him, and what he needed from them for full communion. We see a God whose demands and expectations change over time as his people changed and as history progressed. We see him making allowances and sacrifices to bring himself more followers and to allow for more people to come to know him. I believe this can be valuable, not for knowing how to approach this God (because I wouldn't recommend it unles you are ready to commit to his rules), but for understanding the symbiotic relationship between a deity and their people. A lot of Christian worshippers (in the US especially) don't have a very good grasp of the full narrative of the bible, or the complex relationship of the God to his people. In the last century, Church attendance became more a mandatory social norm than a show of devotion, and I believe this opened the door for a lot of other entities to attach themselves to local congregations. The church I ministered to for most of my life had a very strong attachment to their building and land, and I believe that the spirits of the land, along with ancestral spirits of the original builders/founders, and spirits created by what the congregations truly worshipped in their hearts over the generations are the entities that actually inhabit that sacred space and respond to the prayers and worship of the church. Those spirits are more than willing to take the guise of Christ and God when needed. And maybe that's okay? Besides the fact that it's blatant manipulation on the part of the spirits. Once I learned how to interact with them (and they realized I wasn't going to expose them for what they are) a working relationship developed. They are protective of their people and the people are protective of the land. It's...fascinating to watch really. The problems occur when the people hurt others "in the name of God" but that's a whole different can of worms...I think the Catholic Church of the dark ages was absolutely controlled by malevolent, vengeful spirits and tricksters that fed off the power of the church and used its leaders as willing pawns. But I'll leave that for another day. I hope this incredibly long-winded post offers some perspective to someone. And I hope it clears up a lot of the misinformation that floats around about Christian worship and its heritage.
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  5. Lo-fi for Witches I found this the other day and I think it really fits the vibe for this year! 🙂
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  6. Thank you all for the kind wishes! We learned that Miss Alice has an intestinal virus. There is no treatment, we have to let it run it's course. The trick is to not let her get dehydrated, and for the moment she is on a diet of chicken and rice porridge. She had a sedative so she is in kitty dreamland at the moment. We got some anti-nausea medicine form the vet and she has a follow up visit in a few days. I admit that we were so happy that there were tears!.
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  7. Another astrology meme that made me laugh out loud recently (but also, that is my entire philosophy lol)
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  8. I don't believe in worship and have never been able to connect to deities. For me power is inside ourselves and to give it over to a higher being or supernatural being does not sit well with me. You are giving your power away. The stories in mythology and creation are man made. They serve a purpose, they explain the world so we can better relate to things. But I do understand people needing deity.
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  9. I really liked the Anne Rice, vampire series, I will have to check out the Mayfair Witch series. I wonder if I can get them at the local library. Thanks for the tip!
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  10. Don't be afraid to price your art properly! I seriously cannot stress that enough. You should, need, and you definitely are allowed to get a real, proper payment for your work, and making art is work just the same as anything else. I say this because I work at a local Artist's Association, and the pricing issue is constantly brought up - as is the fact that artists just don't tend to get paid. "You'll get visibility!" people say all the time, refusing to pay. "People will see your work and more people will buy it!" Yeah, sure; if just one person actually pays for it, that would be nice. I recently bought this piece of art from a local artist (Rosa Kansala), after her first art exhibition. I paid 350 euros, and it most certainly wasn't too much! Not witchy/occult/horror/gothic themed, obviously, and the picture isn't too great, but I put it in just because of the never-ending pricing issue. If there are any associations for artists where you live, I recommend looking them up. They might offer options for places to sell your works at. Our local association runs an art lending/sales store, with a web-store included, and offers payment plans for customers, so that practically anyone can purchase art without it hurting their wallet too much. That really helps with the pricing.
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  11. Tablet weaving really is an ancient form of art! I don't do much tablet weaving myself; I prefer rigid loom weaving, but I've taught courses on both. The latter as a technique isn't quite as old, but many of the patterns used are the same, they've just been adapted. Most patterns have their own names and meanings, and once you look into it, it's quite easy to apply them to magical work. I don't have any pictures of my tablet woven bands, but I included some loom woven ones. The one on the left is what I'm currently working at. No magical purpose for these ones; just for fun!
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  12. Alice gets brushed each time she is fed. We call it, 'Taking a bit of fuss'. She prefers to be spoken to in a British accent, for she is a Tortie with proper English roots and her staff must comply with her very reasonable demands. She is not a Princess or a Diva, she merely 'is', and that is enough. She is not in the least bit spoiled or indulged...
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  13. I like to go to a park and be with trees, touch them, talk to them. It is too cold here yet to go barefoot, but in general I just try to ground myself in nature.
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  14. And just so you all know, I did the research & a familiar may be any animal or entity which shares a close bond with a practicioner - basically only YOU know if a particular creature is a familiar or not. Our beliefs create this world, what we "know" to be true is true only to us as individuals. There are no rules.
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  15. 28" natural Blackthorn
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  16. The crystal is a raw amethyst and most of it is embedded in the wood, the tip is elk antler tied with sinew. As this is a historic representation of a Norse shaman's staff, it is a diverse tool and can even double as a weapon. The runes say,"Hail Odin, Hail Freya, Hail Eir", and are translated from Icelandic, not English. The feathers are Raven to represent Huginn and Muninn as are indicated by the engraved antler dangles from the same rack that provided the tip.
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  17. 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/
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  18. I couldn't find a topic for this method of divination, only a scarce few scattered references, so I thought I'd start one! To be clear, I will be talking about the traditional method of divination using 16 figures - not about ley lines, places of power, sacred geometry or anything else it gets conflated with because of its ambiguous name. Does anyone use this method of divination? Any thoughts or tips you'd like to share? For those who don't know, geomancy is one of the most ancient continuous divinatory traditions. It probably started in the Arabian desert with diviners tracing the figures in the sand - hence the name, which translates to something like "reading by the earth". Geomancy is also sometimes cheekily nicknamed 'dirt astrology' because you place the figures in a house chart - the same used in astrology - to gain additional information. The figures also have planetary and zodiacal correspondences, which can give even more insights. It's still actively used in different cultures in and around Africa - I think the most vibrant branch of the tradition today lives on in Madagascar. There is a Western tradition as well, which is slightly different. It's currently enjoying something of a revival. I love this method of divination because it's so down to earth. It's not invested in anything beyond answering exactly the question you asked, in as practical terms as can be. I feel very connected to a long line of diviners when I cast a chart, tracing the figures by hand, making the same gestures as people have made for millenia to answer the same basic concerns around substance and sustenance. If you're interested in learning more, Sam Bloch's prolific blog The Digital Ambler is an excellent free resource. His free lecture series, Geomancy in the Reign of the Lady of Crowns from earlier this year is a solid introduction. If there's interest, I may elaborate here on what geomancy consists in exactly.
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  19. I'd really like to know where different practitioners draw their lines, or if they have lines, on this topic. To be clear, I'm not talking about how many generations of witches you come from. If that is the case this topic will not probably apply to you. A lot of us from the States (and probably elsewhere too) are absolute genetic mutts if we are honest with ourselves. And of course there are not truly any "States" specific long standing traditions except a few very specific localized traditions like different forms of mountain magic, hoodoo, etc. And Wicca of course(cough). I know, for me what styles of practice speak to me in a "like calls to like way", not in a "it's cool because I like dream catchers" way. And In my personal experience, what speaks to you is not always your dominant genetic lineage. The areas that speak to me ARE part of my ancestry, but not the biggest piece of my DNA pie, so to speak. But, that's just me. I certainly think if your going to claim a culture or tradition, you'd best know it very well and respect it completely. I also think ancestor veneration and assistance are important. But beyond that I do not personally have a strong opinion. So, how do my fellow mutts determine what tradition or traditions to embrace? Do you consider yourself bound to your dominant DNA? or Is DNA not all that important? What about someone who was adopted from one culture and raised in another? Do some of you consider it cultural appropriation if a witch chooses to practice a tradition that they have little DNA attached to? Do you think this matters at all? or Do you think this is the foundation of one's practice?
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  20. When we begin to awaken we are very excited about our sharpened senses and intuition. Each "new level" we see, hear, taste and feel all the nuances of everything, as if we have been born anew. And even though it is absolutely delightful and valid to be happy about it and to enjoy these states, it is very important to let go of the excitement sooner than later. As long as you keep being excited and pay attention to every new detail, you keep getting lost in it and your progress will stagnant until you finally get used to everything "new". This can take years and years for some. Another problem with getting lost in details, signs and symbols and meaning is that it might get you into psychotic states, where you lose track of your main goal and the "base of reality" completely. It's like being swallowed by chaos and still trying to make sense of every shape and color that's flying around you. This might cost you your potential at some point. To make sure you progress as fast as it is possible and healthy for you, you need to learn the kind of discipline, where you let go of excitement, of your attachment to signs and meaning and identification with everything "magical" and extraordinary. Make it all, every crazy synchronicity or divine-Kundalini-alien-sex sensation (😅) feel absolutely ordinary, like everyday business that you barely pay attention to. That way your capacity to hold "divinity" will increase exponentially and you will still not be attached to anything it brings up personally.
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  21. Also, I think we as witches, should explore the idea that maybe there are paths we cannot argue with... I do believe there is a higher divinity system based on evolution just as there is here & nothing is just coincidence. As witches we ALLOW what we want to happen because we understand how to using various methods. After all, the universe only delivers if you are 100% willing to accept... I think all here know what I mean by 100%. On the contrary other people will hesitate, doubt, worry, overthink, etc. They run through various scenarios in their head & manifest energies in which are unnecessary & affect their reality.
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  22. Hey Caps - that last bit is interesting to me "the guitar plays itself through your fingers"... I have read that true, magical connection is like that. When the witch becomes so familiar with the stream, so much a part of it, and so attuned to it, that spells are no longer necessary. The witch herself (himself lol) becomes the stream and becomes the magic.
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  23. I've just had this conversation with Llyr :) We are a strange bunch, aren't we? I really suffer if I don't get alone time and that can be difficult as a working, married parent. All those people around all the time! Craft time is time for myself and I really value this community and the people I chat with on here. I would love to find a local group to be a consistent part of but I tend to dip in and out. Partly out of a need to be discreet, partly because I don't gel with some of the 'leader' types. Why is there always some grand poobah type in these groups?!
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  24. While there are a plethora of meditative techniques from different paths and teachers most seem to fall into 1 of two forms IMO: 1. Void meditation. The pursuit of 'empty-mind' a good training tool, good for relaxation, may be useful in inducing trance. 2.Discursive meditation. The pursuit and intensely focused unfolding of one particular idea, concept or image to obtain greater meaning. This is key to the symbolism of many traditions and, (again in my opinion) a more useful magical tool. I would expect, and be trying to still/remove (in most cases) images in the case of (1). I (being a visual person) would both expect, and be trying to control and retain useful/relevant images in the case of (2). An interesting essay comparing the two can be found here. (AODA [druidic], comparing x-tian vs buddist interpretation of the two types)
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  25. All of the comments made by other members are brilliant. My computer mouse is getting worn out with all of the +1 clicks. :D The only thing that I feel I can add is the discipline of establishing a baseline. What this means is that before engaging in new activities in witchcraft, take a few days to define your "normal". Humans are dynamic creatures, always changing and growing- so what is "normal" behavior and thinking for you is probably going to be different now than it was a year ago. Personally, during these periods of establishing a baseline, I like to be as "clean" as possible: engage in little to no witchcraft, completely abstain from any mind-altering chemicals, and even adhere to a strict diet of unprocessed foods. It is a time not only to prepare for new experiences, but also to reflect upon my personal development. Creating this "control group" to use as a reference comes in handy when new experiences with the Other may prompt a witch to doubt their own perceptions (and, in extreme cases, their sanity). It provides a set of criteria for that one can strive to regain if they begin to feel as if they're losing themselves when working with the dead, autonomous entities, or traditional deities. Also, it can be an excellent tool to use when defining the different levels of influence a witch experiences when communicating with the unseen: there is an enormous spectrum of interaction, ranging from easily-missed messages to full-on invocation. "Witch, know thyself" isn't an adage that applies only to Seekers: it's a wise commitment to self-awareness that is critical for safety when dealing with the occult.
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  26. I can't believe that I just learned about Befana last night, and even after doing a search on here, there was only one mention, and no elaboration! So, apparently, there is a Italian tradition similar to Santa Klaus, but she delivers on Epiphany Eve. The Magi came to see if she could help search for Baby Jesus, but she declined for too much housework, then regretted it and set off herself. She did not find him, so still goes out every year giving to children either nice gifts or bad ones, depending on the child. In Italy there are still festivals to this day that gather dozens of thousands of people! 47% of Italian households hang stockings for Befana! (https://www.officeholidays.com/holidays/italy/la-befana) Wikipedia has some good information, and she is all over the internet besides... these poems I lifted from that page: The English translation is: Another version is given in a poem by Giovanni Pascoli:[13] The English translation is:
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  27. I still thumb through the Necronomicon I bought when I was in high school. I remember when I got my Giger Necronomicon art book, it shed a whole new darkness upon an old classic. I would read the verses into a cassette recorder (just dated myself) and try to pronounce the words perfectly, then play them back. Of course this was done at midnight, outside with the necessary candles and incense. This was done in all seriousness and solemnity, I was absolutely determined to become the most powerful sorcerer in this universe. I remember scaring the shit out of myself more than once. I swear one night I summoned Cthulu out of our irrigation pond. I still sometimes consider trying to foillow the rituals to see if anything would happen, but that's me, forever 13 years old...
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  28. I made a set of Witch Runes for a dear friend and realized how fun they are to paint... But are they still relevant?
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  29. Each of my tattoos has been planned, except one, with what the subject and color mean to me. I didn't consciously decide to have the right be day oriented and the left be night oriented. The rose on my thigh was a dare. A nurse I was working with dared me to get a tattoo on my thigh, and then show it to him. I was 36, so I figured it was my midlife crisis.
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  30. I've had a pentacle tattooed over my heart for many years. It was expanded later, to include a special cat who died too soon. It's a gray and white long hair tuxedo girl, coming down a branch. She has white wings and blue eyes. She wears the pentacle on a chain. The moon peeks over her left shoulder, from behind the clouds. The tattoo starts midway down my left breast and extends over my left shoulder.
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  31. Nice. I only mention this because you mentioned it could be used as a floor powder: I also like to use lavender oil in mixed with warm water and take a cleaning cloth and wipe down the doors. I use lavender for healing. Occasionally I’ll use peppermint for protection. It makes you home smell good too. I usually put something like eucalyptus, lemongrass, or tree oil in the window seals while the windows are open. It keeps away unwanted bugs. Another thing I like to do is to get a pan of warm water and fill it with lemon and orange peels, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and rosemary. You let it come to a light boil and it a nice scent to the house. After it’s boiling if you don’t want to stay at the stove and watch it, you can set the bowl by your window and let the air do the work in distributing the smell. It’s very calming and relaxing.
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  32. Reveal. Mjonlir, engraved glass and gold hightlights with an amethyst suedecloth pouch. The Mjolnir marker stone is a removable brooch...
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  33. Thank you Onyx. I used the dremel on the stone and the moon...
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  34. ...oh man...that's rough 😶
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  35. I found this cool questionaire while I was kicking around the internet the other day. It's about Bioregional Animism. I thought it was an interesting was to assess how well you know the environment you're working in, since TW tends to pull directly from the land you're on. I copied the questions here, but here's a link to the original post. I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on it.
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  36. I got irritated with the cook at a nursing home where I was working, because he was really going overboard with his foul language. I said, "language, sir," while making him think it was the administrator talking. It worked.
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  37. Thanks AAF9, I did a series of small acrylic eclipse paintings, most of which my oldest Son now has. Several Solar Flare ones and of course Moon eclipses in different stages. they were a lot of fun to do. They also have gold leafing on them. It gives them another dimension. I must confess that the Northern Lights picture was one of the first paintings I did. In fact I seem to think my earliest efforts are actually my best.
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  38. Before I get into a description of what a Doll Baby is I want to tell a short story from my youth. My Mamaw (grandmother, for those that don't know that word) and her sister Fern were the big sewers, and quilters of the family. Growing up my Mamaw always made dolls that she called her Doll Babies. fern and her would make these for people who asked her to, and sometimes she would make them as gifts. The dolls would look extremely similar to the the person they were being made for. The hair would be the exact color, the length, the eye color, etc. Right down to one instance she attached a fake plastic leg on one doll for a man who lost his leg in Vietnam. She would make them, but leave them a little undone. She would leave a seam out, or give the "customer" buttons to sew on later. When I asked her why she didn't finish it for the person she said they had to finish it, and then told me to stop asking questions. She always got on to me for going through her drawers, closets, and cabinets. I asked my mom once why my Mamaw didn't have a doll baby of her own. My mother's answer was that Mamaw had started working on one for herself, but stopped because of what the doll was doing. As she was making the doll she would stop and put the doll down to do something else and swore up and down that the doll would move its head to look at her. Or if she was talking to it while she was sewing it the doll baby would move its arms or legs just a little, like a small twitch. So she stopped and destroyed the doll, but other people still wanted her and Fern to make them. Now both her and Fern were very baptist. But we are from the Appalachian mountains, and these sorts of practices are what I grew up around. Where the older people did things, and I was told not to question or bother them about it. So the things I learned were from mimicking them, and trial and error from there. A few years ago I was reading a book called Jambalaya by Luisha Teish (Which I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND everyone read!) and in the book she has a section about Soul Dolls: (Pages 191-195) A short summation: two types of spirit dolls 1) spirit dolls, made for ancestors and affinity spirits, and 2) the petit-bon-ange or "little spirit doll." What I am discussing focuses on number 2 The little soul doll you make to look exactly (or as close as possible to) you. However, if you are wanting to loose 10 pounds make the waist look a little smaller than you normally would. However, once the doll is made it literally becomes you. It needs to be treated like a child. Don't abandon it for a long period of time, nor leave it where people you don't trust could harm it. The clothes need to be kept clean, and the environment as well. Even in extreme cases if your house catches on fire you need to get your human child, and your doll baby out. these dolls are made with parts of yourself. Braid strands of your hair into its hair. sew your fingernails into its fingers, etc... Luisha Teish gives some specifics for stuffing the doll: Boneset tea is the traditional stuffing for the dolls Head: a piece of brain coral, favorite head scarf, or a bundle of your own hair spine: cardboard reinforced with wire, fish vertebrae, several small thread spools on a stick, wipe it with some of your own sweat heart: a little red heart bag made of dirt from your home, turbindo sugar, and blood pricked from your finger: an Adam and eve Root, a piece of rose quartz lungs: two pieces of sponge with your breath on them; two balloons with sesame seeds in them Intestines: white yarn soaked in vegetable juice Kidneys: two pieces of clay mixed with your urine Breasts and Uterus: a ball of cotton with seeds soaked in milk, a ball of cotton with pear seeds soaked in menstrual blood; pubic hair Penis: raccoon penis bone rubbed with semen, short stick from home rubbed with semen Arms and Legs: chicken bones and body hair hands and feet: nail clippings, matchsticks and toothpicks for fingers and toes Give it a secret name and keep it covered for 9 days. Then have a party. Invite close friends, or ancestor (spirits) and introduce the doll to them. Now working with the doll: put it on your altar and feed her. Give it water and a candle. Have conversations. If you talk to your doll about your problems you can be sure of two things 1) nobody will lie to you, and 2) your business won't be dragged through the streets/ Beyond that give your Doll what you are asking for: If you want 100 dollars give her 100 pennies and ask your doll to multiply it. now here is where it gets back to the story i started at the beginning Don't be surprised if your doll starts talking back to you. You're not crazy it just means that you are getting in touch with yourself and the soul doll and Don't be surprised if the doll moves. Not as in walking around the house, but cocking its head, or twitching its arms and legs. or if it seems to smile, frown or go to bed when you do. And another word of caution, if you should make a soul doll/ doll baby and you pass away you have to decide what to do with it. Will it be buried with you, left to a trusted person, or disassembled by you at a future date, or a trusted friend after your physical departure. and heaven forbid if the doll is stolen or "dies" by acts outside of your control. you will need to shave your head and body. cut your nails, rinse your mouth our with alcohol (rum or absinthe, or anisette), take a bath in the river or ocean, change your brand or perfume,and adopt a nickname for a while. Do whatever your brain tells you to do to disassociate from the doll and to reclaim your little soul. Now i have to wonder if these aren't the dolls my Mamaw and great aunt fern were making. And the reason they gave them to the "customers" unfinished was because they need to be finished by the person they were being made for. And especially after the story my mother told me about my mamaw's doll. I haven't made one yet. And I am not sure I ever will but its a really neat idea I think. and I find it interesting how in a book about African faiths i found a link to something i grew up with in the Appalachian mountains.
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  39. Well that changes the meaning of Djinn a lot. From magickal servant who grants wishes to holy spirit.
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  40. The definition of a Familiar Spirit has changed and been moulded with overtime. With many New-Agers and Wiccans, a ​familiar ​is an animal (usually a cat) that embodies a spirit, and serves as a guardian for the fellow witch. However, the old (and true) definition of a Familiar spirit is much, much different and complex. A Familiar is actually a spiritual servant is created for the witch, and is created from the witch's psyche instead of resting in a physical, sentient being. Familiars are just as strong as demons and psi-ball spirits, but creating them can be a challenge. Here is a guide on how you can create one, and how you can have it (he/she/them for some people) be your servant. The first thing you want to do is think of a name for your spirit. No, not names like Samantha or Brown Jenkin. You can use these, but it's better to name the spirit after the intentions it's put to use on, like ​Lovebringer ​if you wish for a partner, or ​​a name with a translation of your intention, ​such as Aadya ​for strength and willpower. Simply naming your spirit ​Strength or Willpower is also a viable option. ​The possibilities are endless. Your next step is to bind the spirit. The easiest way is to make a sigil, which can be done in a variety of ways: from writing a symbol on a piece of paper to creating sigil wheels. You then create or find a physical object which the spirit is bound to when it is not doing work. This keeps it from leaving or sneaking away. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of creating the spirit, so get as creative as you can/like. I usually mark a symbol or the familiar's name to the object. After you do this, you are going to imagine what your spirit looks like, even if it may look slightly different on the astral plane. I sometimes draw my familiars concept and hang it on my altar for later ideas. This is the "incubation" period, but you have yet to summon it to you. That is the next step. Design a ritual for summoning the Familiar. I usually do so on an altar containing the Familiar's sigil, bound physical object, and image. I sometimes put objects that will be relating to the familiar's assigned duties, e.g some medical herbs for a healing familiar. You can also give offerings, such as florals, food...the possibilities are endless. When you begin the summoning, trace its sigil in the air with your finger, a wand, or a dagger while you say the Familiar's names 3 or 7 times (these two numbers are lucky and magical). Keep thinking of the Familiar's name while you look at its image on the altar. If you lose focus, repeat the sigil tracing and name pronunciation while you focus on the image. repeat this ritual everyday until you feel the Familiar come into being. These rituals help minimize influences from errors that may come up from doing something for a first time, so reflecting and re-working on your rituals as you go along helps you create a Familiar spirit to your liking (be wary that there will be imperfections, but nothing can be completely pure and free of flaws). These rituals play a huge role in the incubation period of your Familiar. After your Familiar has been "born" (a truly wonderful thing, indeed), you can start commanding your Familiar spirit for tasks. You want to create a bold proclamation at the time of the summoning. It can be short, about 8 or so sentences long, and should be clear, concise, and to-the-point. In your proclamation, name the spirit, say the purpose for its creation, and the consequence if it shall disobey. Remain calm, and show no fear. You can point a dagger at the sigil for emphasis while you do the summoning. You need to create a "return back" ritual to use once the Familiar has either finished the task or if you feel it has done enough to your liking. If you send it out for long tasks and journeys (such as pursuing an individual for hexes or finding a lost love), be sure to call it back once a week (or more often depending on how desperate you are for the familiar to complete the task) for a short rest period. This familiar can be with you your whole life or destroyed right away, depending on if you feel it is doing your bidding/tasks. More than one familiar can be kept by one witch, but be very careful. Never lose their sigils or the physical objects they are bound to, or the Familiars may destroy themselves. I recommend, if you want to keep your Familiar(s), to keep their sigils on an altar. Over a period of time, Familiars can develop their abilities and become better servants, so I also recommend being patient and attentive. I hope this was helpful...or at the very least beneficial. I tried to write this without it being messy.
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  41. Yea, everything you all have said. I thrive in solitude and also enjoy kibitzing with like spirits. If there is a non-conformist gene that is attached to the witch gene, I got it. It's ingrained. Ive been in a group and we were a pretty mixed but bonded set. Then life happens and people move away, get other priorities, yadda yadda. A group both takes energy and gives energy. Yet, I need solitude like breathing.
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  42. I remember 30years ago, when I was first starting on the WC trail, and you know how newbies agonize over circle casting; well I asked my guides if they could help. There was sort of an unanimous "shrug" in response, so I left it alone. A few nights later I dreamt my guides introduced me to Elsie Gibbons and that she would help me. Elsie was Scottish, circa 1860's. As far as I know, she is not an ancestor. The dream was long and detailed, and Elsie fully instructed me in when, and when not, to cast(with a bit of humor). Also how to raise and focus the energy, by pulling down from the sky and up from the earth, to meet at the belly. Then sending it out from either the belly, heart or hands. She told me to always be aware of my power, that is, centered. And showed me what it felt like. We went to the garden and worked at seeing and sensing plant energies. She cupped her hands around the plants and projected a visible shield around the plants before speaking to the plant spirit, that she called her "little dearies." Within that shield, I could see the plant's energy change color and respond to her. When the response was golden, was when the plant was giving permission to cut. She used a paring knife and cut on an angle, to protect the plant, she said, and cut only where the light appeared. She said that she always tells the plant very simply what she wanted it for and asked if it would come and help her. When I woke, it didn't feel as if it had been a dream, but that it was quite real and that I had just come indoors from the garden. I had even checked my feet to see if they were dirty. In those days, i had 2/3s of my yard tilled for vegetable (tomato, cucumber, peppers, squash, beans and peas) and a small flower garden. I can't keep it up anymore, and have gone back to lawn and a neglected flower patch. And awake, it was not as easy as she made it seem. She had true affection for plants...like I feel for my cats. But her method does work. It produced an abundant vege crop. I had extras, to share.
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  43. NP said "...if some deities became deities purely based on their own work and deeds, do they still need our worship? Ummmm, don't know. Note that this kind of deities is not restricted to Christianity." R.e. Do they still need our worship: I think they would to an extant, but relative to the situation. For example, let's pretend these spirits are the type of being we are discussing: If all Hindu's suddenly renounced Ganesh, well I think it would probably take a LONG LONG time before Ganesh began to lose power. Since a huge number of people have been putting energy into that being since pretty much the dawn of written history. On the other hand, let's say Krampus is around, he is comparitevly obscure, and I'm guessing rarely if ever worshipped or paid homage to. And while there is a Krampus festival and plenty of stories still told in certain circles; in the big scheme little energy from few people. So if he were suddenly completely ignored, I would think whatever power he has would dwindle much more quickly. (This is an example, if you worship Krampus please don't take offense:). The flip side: On the other hand. Considering these things are very much like really big powerful thought forms- I suppose it may not matter what we do once the thing is "alive"... In "Egregore 101" we learn to always assign the thing a death date while bringing it into existence. This statement is then followed by entertaining and sometimes terrifying stories from "Thoughforms Gond Wild". Apparently there have been cases where a Servitor was created, sent out to do it purpose, and then either the maker forgot about it (which is hard to imagine) or for various reasons neglected to end the thing. The egregore then slowly becomes "bored" and maybe even sentient. It was hard wired to DO stuff, so it starts to find it's own shit to do. Also, it just starts to use those around it to recharge its batteries without their knowledge and can act as sort of a psychic vampire. So in this case, the little shit not only does not need our directed energy and intent, but independently finds ways to get more powerful all on its own. So here is an uncomfortable thought: using the thoughtform idea- does this mean that the REAL reason some entities "require" worship is really because, basically we either feed it voluntarily OR in the abscence of voluntarily "food" they just start to dine on us in ways we are not aware of? I don't know if that's true- but it sure would explain a hell of a lot.
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  44. Cultural appropriation is based on the idea that someone can own a culture.... Which has never been the case in all of human history. No one can own a tradition or practice or style. Humans have always learned from each other and influenced each other and whenever we meet we rub off on one another. Now saying you practice a specific tradition when you really know nothing of the tradition will make you look like an asshole for sure. Trying to pretend to be something you are not will make you look silly too. But learning from another culture or adopting practices you learned from them is pretty normal. For a while I tried to learn the practices of my ancestors only.... It felt incredibly forced and fake, and also pretty impossible since I have ancestry from 10+ different countries and who knows where all those ancestors originally came from. I dont live anywhere close to those places my family used to live either. Go far enough back and chances are we are all related in some way right? People dont generally stay put in one piece of land but borders change and people intermingle and their are migrations and such. How is someone with ancestors from 10 countries supposed to follow where the people of all those countries came from before that, and who intermarried who? And what would be the point? Eventually I decided to just follow my heart... Led me somewhere I wouldnt have expected and which has little to do with my DNA... But it feels so much more natural and so much more "me." And in the end, I still dont practice any one cultures tradition - I have let my own tradition develop and evolve naturally the same way I develop myself. I'd rather just be one with myself and one with the Earth then focus too much on limiting myself to just one culture, or trying to relive the past...
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  45. For me, I don't know that energy itself could be sensed if you're not in its vicinity. One reason why I am leary of long-distance healing. One reason also why I think it is good to cultivate relationships with things that CAN travel distances.... Like the wind... Humans, I find, rely very much on the "human" senses, so I tend to get a feel for them by what they say (or don't say, lol) and their expressions (whether or not their smile reaches their eyes) and how they dress/present themselves, rather than by their energy. Their human senses tell a lot about a person. For someone (witch, etc.) who was trying to hide something or camofalgue (sp) themselves... well, look back at the thread about whether or not people feel nervous about you since people have started practicing the craft. And if they do and that's just mundane people feeling it, then to me your "vibe" is not being cloaked/hidden... And I think most witches don't really cloak their vibe (whether by choice or not I don't know). It's more mundane people trying to pull one over on you (like at work, or someone you're dating, or something, lol). For my personal path, it is very important to be able to cloak myself and just appear as a nice, friendly, somewhat eccentric middle-aged lady, lol. Which is basically what I am.... unless I choose not to be. By "hiding in plain sight" I can then be anything, and no one knows it. I think it is a trait well worth developing into a second nature so that people CAN'T sense who you are, or your vibe. If someone doesn't know what to expect of you, or they only expect what you allow them to expect, then you have the upper hand. Not to mention that it can make it harder for something to find you (unless they have DNA, lol)... M
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  46. Dear younger me, My advice would be to forget the books. They are helpful, but the way you are, you learn so much faster by being out there doing it. Everything I have read so far you have already figured out, its just validation and deeper thought at this point. Dont shut yourself in your room, closing out the world because you are an angry teenager. The whole point of this path is to connect to the world and learn how to manipulate the fabric of this world for your benefit. No matter what the books say, you wont figure that out shut up in your room with candles. You wont find "mister right", right off the bat so just have fun and work on you and its not worth the tears to take everything so seriously. Also, teenagers have no idea about how the world works, let alone how to manipulate it for their benefit, they are all just as clueless as you are so don't follow anyone. Beware: predators are everywhere. They have exploited every niche, even witchcraft. Dont fear. That thing you are most of afraid of feeds on it. She will go away once you overcome your fear. You wont be alone in this. Listen to that voice. You are not schizo. That voice has saved your life many times, some you are not even aware of. You are unique. Many others can not, and will not understand you. This is a good thing. It allows you to be free. You will go through times of unbalance, of being too light and good and too dark and nasty. Balance yourself or you will become very ill and vulnerable to things unseen. You can do nothing effective on this path if you are not balanced. Follow the sign posts and your internal GPS. They are there for a reason. Stop being so damn stubborn. Because you are, you will ignore all of this. Even though the voice has told you all of this already.
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