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luceaschild last won the day on June 5 2015

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About luceaschild

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    Occult, Witchcraft, Herbalism, Various Healing Modalities
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I've studied for about 12 years but it has always been from Wiccan sources and I'd like to study from a Traditional perspective as that is what I'm drawn towards. I could certainly use any advice on books and sites to follow and thought a traditional craft forum would be a good place to start.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Wicca, Traditional Catholicism/Folk Catholicism, and just a wee bit of study on subjects such as The Rosy Cross, Masonry and Crowley's works (but not enough to have much of an opinion).
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, as based on Treading the Mill (Compass work, trance work and basic charm making, energy raising, ancestor work).
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    A knowledge of folk practices (sometimes mixed with other practices such as Ceremonial, etc.) that common folk have used in everyday life for thousands of years. Witchcraft ala Cecil Williamson, Sybil Leek, and The Witch of Forest Grove (a blog I follow and highly respect).
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    12 years I've worked with witchcraft personally. I've been reading various occult materials since I was quite young but I never began practicing anything until years later. I am currently being trained in a coven. I feel the experience is helping make up for lost time.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I googled Traditional Witchcraft Forum. ;)
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I am hoping to be able to discuss various questions about how people do various things and looking for book/website/blog recommendations. Also, I'd like a good group of people to bounce questions off of as they arise. I'm basically interested in learning and have lots of questions. :) While I consider myself well-read on the topic of witchcraft I don't think my knowledge holds up in traditional circles because it's mostly Wiccan based - so I think I'll have lots of "newbie" style questions.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Yes, WitchyLiving - though I'm currently inactive atm. Between work, children, coven studies and social life I manage to stay busy... LOL
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Focus, trance work, working with the dead, dedication.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Lack of practical knowledge on a variety of topics (which has been part of my beef with Wicca - it's very one-sided much of the time). Astral projection

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  1. I am very private about it. There are a lot of reason why that works for me. I am part of one coven and run another one. Despite this, and teaching various classes, I am very under the radar and I work under a pseudonym. One non-witchy friend knows about me and that's it. I run in several circles at once and keep them quite separated. Generally I think I'll always be of the opinion that it's not something to be advertised. But to each his own. So many of my friends are very "out".
  2. Sure. I'll do my best. The Golden Tarot by Kat Black has always been a reading that is "soft" and "nurturing" for lack of better words. I feel like messages with that deck come across "nicer" and not so forceful or bluntly. There is a time for blunt, but there are times for soft, too. I'm drawn to it for that reason, but it's not my main deck. I love the imagery and the art and, of course, the gold foiled sides. :) My main deck at this point is the traditional Rider Waite. Never thought I'd say that because I avoided it for years, but for clean and clear messages and info the Rider Waite is my go-to. Medieval Scapini is a favorite. It is the deck I learned on whilst avoiding the Rider Waite. I love that it's based on the Marseille Tarot. Eventually I dipped into Marseille Tarot readings with traditional MT decks. Great rabbit hole. I've used some of the readings for professional venues and people love it.
  3. In my experience, the answer is a definite yes.
  4. Your method sounds similar to my own. I wanted so badly to have a badass looking book (ala Charmed or something) with lots of handwritten pages, etc. When I started keeping track of things and writing them down, I did it in a random order which I eventually found too confusing for reference. I wrote when inspiration hit me, and inspiration is chaotic - but if I wanted to be able to refer back to something I needed a way to organize the chaos. I eventually did so with three-ring binders. I started with Dollar Store type binders (which majorly suck, but work in a pinch) and once I figured out my system I began replacing them with Avery Framed View Binders, purchased from a local office supply store. Since they are so pricey I just bought one every couple of weeks (I'm still working on buying them to replace shabby $1 ones). They are nice, heavy duty and somewhat customizable on the front and the side - which for this OCD witch was a very good thing. They look nice and tidy where I store them. :) Anyway - what I wound up doing is splitting my grimoire into sections. I have one binder for every lesson I had in my coven and then one for various interests such as tarot, palmistry, scrying, spells, one which contains a little about several other forms of divination which I don't create detailed information lists about, one that holds short bio's and interviews with witches that I admire, one for crystals, one for flying ointments (articles about them and then my own written experiences with them), incense and kyphi making, etc. You get the idea. Any topic which I'd like to include in my grimoire winds up getting turned into it's own binder, and all of those binders together (20+ so far) equal the written sum of my studies. I even went so far as to include a binder that detailed all the books I've read and my general thoughts on the said book. Did I say I was OCD? But I'm getting to the teaching phase of my journey now and all of this hard work will pay off because it makes it easier to say, "Wait a minute - here were my thoughts on ....". Plus, journaling is growth - and my opinions change, so when they do it's simply a matter of typing up the difference, printing it and sticking it into the right binder. And I can remove anything at will. All this I simply couldn't do with a grand old book. I'm thinking that perhaps, when I'm quite old, I'll be able to determine what I ultimately want in one book - and *then* I'll get a beautiful hand-made grimoire. Until then, I've personally found that the binder method works wonders and in the end it will most likely be the binders that are worth so much more as far as information and personal growth and experience.
  5. This is a fascinating topic - I'd love to look more into this. I'm O- and have both color-changing eyes and psychic experiences so I wonder how much a blood type might have to do with that. As far as the eye color change goes I simply thought most people had that... I didn't realize it could be a limited number of people. But...it's not like I pay too much attention to that in people. LOL I've got green eyes. When I'm calm or sick they can darken to more of a hazel. When I'm happy they are most definitely green. When I'm in any type of impassioned state they turn a very bright neon green, which when coupled with my very dark hair and pale face scares the shit out of some people. I also suffer from rosacea so I have bright red splotches that form on my face when I cry or when I'm angry which just exacerbates things. I just had a miscarriage scare a few weeks back even though I'm 6 months along. Turns out it was an over-reaction on the part of my Doctor. However, when I was sitting in a hospital room after an ultrasound discussing why I had just been put through an un-necessary hell over something that turned out to be nothing I just about lost it. I was too angry and upset to pay attention to the people in the room, but after we left my husband began laughing his ass off in the car. He said that my face "did that thing" and scared the shit out of the poor nurses. I looked like I was about to eat someone according to him. So I looked into the mirror and actually got a glimpse of "angry" me. My eyes were bright, bright green! I wish they looked like that all the time... But it's definitely a barometer as to my mood. :)
  6. The Mabinogion, The Poison Diaries and a book on Irish Fairy Tales that my brother picked up for me.
  7. I have always preferred the secrecy aspect of the Craft as well. My husband's job would be at stake if I were ever public, as he works for a xtian institution. I also like hiding in plain sight, as many have previously stated. I practice herbalism at home and have a huge cupboard for the herbs in my kitchen. That alone has sparked some controversy with certain people who equate herbalism with witchcraft... :dry: The rest of my stuff either hides fine in plain sight or is kept in my ritual room, which doubles as a hookah-smoking room. I found a very nice cupboard at an antique market that we'll be moving to the ritual room to lock up the poisonous herbs, oils, and other general paraphernalia that I have kept hidden out of sight in my closet, behind curtains and blankets and in drawers. LOL This is for the safety of my children as well as prying eyes. And it will be very convenient to finally have those things in one place for once instead of scattered through the house. As for my book, it's just a binder. It's very business-like and professional (like some kind of manual) in design and I think that this helps it to look inconspicuous. Every thing is in English - I don't think I'd want to go to all the work of leaning something like Theban fluently and then translating everything... As far as people finding it and reading it... A *huge* pet-peeve of mine is people who like to pick up books off of my shelves without asking and I will generally stop them (politely) if they have not asked me first. I don't mind if people look - but don't touch. When people ask if they can pick up certain books and look through them I generally say no. LOL While I'm a big collector of books on all sorts of subjects, I'm not a damn library. :nono:
  8. These are my sentiments exactly - but you are definitely capable of articulating it better than I ever could! I voted this up.
  9. Just finishing up High Magic's Aid (first time reading that) and am beginning Magic Circles in the Grimoire Tradition.
  10. LOL! My most embarrassing book purchase has to be If You Want to Be a Witch by Edain McCoy.
  11. The only time I usually use eggs is when I'm baking, so I generally rinse the shells in water and then put them in the oven with the baked goods for about 5-10 minutes, or until dry but not discolored. I've never had an issue with the membranes, I've always left them. Good luck!
  12. I'm trying to make my way through Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition. John Baptista Porta's Natural Magick, West Country Witches and Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. West Country Witches has been an awesome read.
  13. I don't know yet. I was hoping someone here may have read it or had a copy. I found it for a couple of bucks online. For just a couple of bucks I thought I'd get it just to see. I'll be sure to report back. :)
  14. LOL! I assure you I wouldn't pay that price. ;) I found it for just a few bucks. I just now noticed how much the Amazon price listing was! O_o
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