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About scarlette

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    Feline
  • Location
    Beautiful Rocky Mountains
  • Interests
    Crafting, meditation, nature etc
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Very familiar with my own path, and learning about others often.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, some.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, most my life
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Spirits, not dieties, no harm none, no three fold, I dont need a shopping list to put together a spell. No circle, no watchtowers, compass if used is a place of invitation. Elements or directions, not watchtowers. Duality/Balance of black vs white.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Since the age of 13, tried to deny it for a few years but ended up being drawn back to the same path.
  • What brought you to our site?
    The desire to speak with and communicate with other wise people that have knowledge of non-wiccan philosophy.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I exect to get refreshing communication with like minded people and I expect to be able to contribute the same.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Witchcraftassociation.org
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Spirit work and vengance/banishing
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Self control
  1. Very good points and well put. I have to say that I am glad to have posted this here and gotten some valuable input. I also posted it another forum that I frequent with a lot less intelligible response. You offer much to think about to anyone else reading these posts. Yes, I agree that anger and fear are often times partnered and it best to try to keep both out of spell work when possible.
  2. Very good points. I had not considered fear but after reading what you have written I agree and see where the fear of a successful outcome either good or bad could makes waves in the silence that you need. Fear holds us back from all kinds of success. I will never be rich because I fear it. I know I would be completely irresponsible with excess money, it would be gone as fast as I got it. I would change who I am and I do not want to become that "person" you see who has more money than brains. LOL I do not do any kind of crafting to attract riches or assets because I know that about myself. Beyond that, fear never enters into my spell work. I have had things happen that may startle me or have scared me at the time but it is not usually something that hinders me from the start. So what are your suggestions to get past fear when it, instead of intent or doubt, is what is controlling the spell? Scarlette :hearts:
  3. Those are some very good suggestions. And you are correct, intention is very hard to harness, harder than some may think. Scarlette
  4. scarlette

    Balance

    Beautifully written! Scarlette
  5. scarlette

    Intent Gone Wild

    I was working on a project with my son the other day and he had to define the word "intent" and give examples of how sometimes what one intends to do is not what they accomplish. We came across the following definition: The road to Hell is paved with good intentions is a proverb or aphorism. An alternative form is "Hell is full of good meanings, but Heaven is full of good works". This sparked some deep thought about the subject as it applied to the craft. The biggest component to any spell is the practitioners intention, your desire, wish, what you want to accomplish. That intention is the first thought that set you on your path to create your recipe to achieve your goal. If you decide on a long spell or one that involves a ritual, your intention is a constant in your mind while you gather your ingredients or create your incantation. Your intention actually begins the magic that you will eventually create. Your intention is everything! But........are you sure you really know your intention? Intent can be a wild animal and just when you think you know it well and are set on a path to see it through, there is a little voice in the back of your subconscious mind that may be saying something different then you intend. A conflict of sorts. What do I mean? Well lets say that someone you care about has been injured or wronged by someone else. You decide the wrong doer needs to be taught a lesson. You have now developed an intent to cause harm or at least a consequence to wrong doer. Admirable? Perhaps. Deserving? Good possibility. Do you want to kill them? No, just a lesson. So now armed with intention you set out to create your spell with good intention to teach a lesson. But as you are gathering your things, making your plans, you keep the victim in your mind also. In the back of your mind you are remembering a time when they angered you, or they themselves did you wrong and you are still a little miffed about that. You move past it and back to your task. There is already a problem. What you choose or consciously decide to think about (the original wrong doer who needs a lesson) is not nearly as powerful as what your subconscious mind hears/thinks. I compare it to your conscious mind playing at volume 6 while your subconscious mind is playing at 10 and has a video to go with it. Your plan is complete, your ingredients added, candles selected (if you use these to begin with) and you are set to go. If you have called spirits, they are listening. You state your intention, in or in addition to any incantation. You continue your work until you feel it complete and you basically hit "send". It is off. Then you remember that little thought that had popped into your head earlier and you realize that it had popped into your head a couple times while working. That little voice that was introduced by a louder and more powerful part of your mind has just hijacked your spell. You did not mean to get even with your friend, you meant to help them. You did not intend to cast at them or teach them a lesson, I mean come on...that was years ago and you have forgiven them, right?. You were helping them, you were enacting justice, you were defending them. Weren't you? I promise that the spell you just did is going to have an equal or greater effect upon the person you thought you were helping. The seeds of doubt grow fast, don't water them. If you think you can or can't, you are right. (nice cliche) I never enter into any spell with even the smallest particle of doubt or with questionable intention. You can not afford to. This situation that I have used as an analogy and is a simple one but think about other big things. And it can go both ways. What if you are doing a love spell (ick) but deep down your are angry that you have to use magic to attract this person? Anger is a more powerful emotion than most. Anger is what is going to power your love spell, not love. Both because anger holds power and because it is your subconscious in stereo saying anger while your quieter mind is singing acapella. What if you yourself have been harmed and you want revenge. But you are not a dark and angry person and you are not comfortable with black (no such thing but have to put a word there to make a point) magic and you do not want to really hurt anyone. So you decide on a lessor of the evils type spell just for a little jab at the person. Depending how angry and how hurt you really are.......that spell is going to go wild and little jab will become something you never saw coming. My point is that what you think you intend and what is really deep seated in the back of your mind, often time do not match. Thus the phrase "the road to hell is paved with good intentions". This is also and especially true of doubt. What I see in the craft all too often , are people just starting out and on the path of learning. They read a book, think they got it and immediately jump to "canned" spells either from a book or a forum or the internet. They have not developed their confidence because they lack all of the foundational knowledge they need to be completely confident in the task. If you are doing a spell and thinking "I hope this works" or "this feels silly", it is not going to work. After a few spells not working the person begins to doubt even more. Any element of doubt in yourself is going to damage or completely dissolve your effort. Doubt is the killer of a rock hard intention. You can everything perfect, have your intention totally in alignment and just preformed a ritual fit for Hollywood........it will be a dud because of that doubt. How do you fix this? If your intention is splitting, deal with it before you add magic to the mix. If it is doubt that killed your spell it is a clear sign that you are not ready for spell work. You need to find yourself on your path, figure out who and what you are and what you want from "magic". For most Trads the answer is a way of life, not just spell work. It is in our household, our kitchen, our cooking, our bathing...everything we do. The way we treat a cold or celebrate a holiday or birthday. It is everything. When your life is in line with what you seek from the craft....doubt will be gone and your spells with be magical. Scarlette (who is heading off to wash dishes with my hand crafted dish soap because even the mundane in life has to be part of your craft)
  6. I was working on a project with my son the other day and he had to define the word "intent" and give examples of how sometimes what one intends to do is not what they accomplish. We came across the following definition: The road to Hell is paved with good intentions is a proverb or aphorism. An alternative form is "Hell is full of good meanings, but Heaven is full of good works". This sparked some deep thought about the subject as it applied to the craft. The biggest component to any spell is the practitioners intention, your desire, wish, what you want to accomplish. That intention is the first thought that set you on your path to create your recipe to achieve your goal. If you decide on a long spell or one that involves a ritual, your intention is a constant in your mind while you gather your ingredients or create your incantation. Your intention actually begins the magic that you will eventually create. Your intention is everything! But........are you sure you really know your intention? Intent can be a wild animal and just when you think you know it well and are set on a path to see it through, there is a little voice in the back of your subconscious mind that may be saying something different then you intend. A conflict of sorts. What do I mean? Well lets say that someone you care about has been injured or wronged by someone else. You decide the wrong doer needs to be taught a lesson. You have now developed an intent to cause harm or at least a consequence to wrong doer. Admirable? Perhaps. Deserving? Good possibility. Do you want to kill them? No, just a lesson. So now armed with intention you set out to create your spell with good intention to teach a lesson. But as you are gathering your things, making your plans, you keep the victim in your mind also. In the back of your mind you are remembering a time when they angered you, or they themselves did you wrong and you are still a little miffed about that. You move past it and back to your task. There is already a problem. What you choose or consciously decide to think about (the original wrong doer who needs a lesson) is not nearly as powerful as what your subconscious mind hears/thinks. I compare it to your conscious mind playing at volume 6 while your subconscious mind is playing at 10 and has a video to go with it. Your plan is complete, your ingredients added, candles selected (if you use these to begin with) and you are set to go. If you have called spirits, they are listening. You state your intention, in or in addition to any incantation. You continue your work until you feel it complete and you basically hit "send". It is off. Then you remember that little thought that had popped into your head earlier and you realize that it had popped into your head a couple times while working. That little voice that was introduced by a louder and more powerful part of your mind has just hijacked your spell. You did not mean to get even with your friend, you meant to help them. You did not intend to cast at them or teach them a lesson, I mean come on...that was years ago and you have forgiven them, right?. You were helping them, you were enacting justice, you were defending them. Weren't you? I promise that the spell you just did is going to have an equal or greater effect upon the person you thought you were helping. The seeds of doubt grow fast, don't water them. If you think you can or can't, you are right. (nice cliche) I never enter into any spell with even the smallest particle of doubt or with questionable intention. You can not afford to. This situation that I have used as an analogy and is a simple one but think about other big things. And it can go both ways. What if you are doing a love spell (ick) but deep down your are angry that you have to use magic to attract this person? Anger is a more powerful emotion than most. Anger is what is going to power your love spell, not love. Both because anger holds power and because it is your subconscious in stereo saying anger while your quieter mind is singing acapella. What if you yourself have been harmed and you want revenge. But you are not a dark and angry person and you are not comfortable with black (no such thing but have to put a word there to make a point) magic and you do not want to really hurt anyone. So you decide on a lessor of the evils type spell just for a little jab at the person. Depending how angry and how hurt you really are.......that spell is going to go wild and little jab will become something you never saw coming. My point is that what you think you intend and what is really deep seated in the back of your mind, often time do not match. Thus the phrase "the road to hell is paved with good intentions". This is also and especially true of doubt. What I see in the craft all too often , are people just starting out and on the path of learning. They read a book, think they got it and immediately jump to "canned" spells either from a book or a forum or the internet. They have not developed their confidence because they lack all of the foundational knowledge they need to be completely confident in the task. If you are doing a spell and thinking "I hope this works" or "this feels silly", it is not going to work. After a few spells not working the person begins to doubt even more. Any element of doubt in yourself is going to damage or completely dissolve your effort. Doubt is the killer of a rock hard intention. You can everything perfect, have your intention totally in alignment and just preformed a ritual fit for Hollywood........it will be a dud because of that doubt. How do you fix this? If your intention is splitting, deal with it before you add magic to the mix. If it is doubt that killed your spell it is a clear sign that you are not ready for spell work. You need to find yourself on your path, figure out who and what you are and what you want from "magic". For most Trads the answer is a way of life, not just spell work. It is in our household, our kitchen, our cooking, our bathing...everything we do. The way we treat a cold or celebrate a holiday or birthday. It is everything. When your life is in line with what you seek from the craft....doubt will be gone and your spells with be magical. Scarlette (who is heading off to wash dishes with my hand crafted dish soap because even the mundane in life has to be part of your craft)
  7. scarlette

    Renewing

    I have been away for what looks like 6 years? Wow a lot has changed since then. In reading my first entry into my Shadow blog it would appear that none of that has changed, only life style and places. Since my last entry I have specialized in Shadow work and integrating to the shadow self. Defining shadow self as that little black internal bag where we stuff everything that society says is no acceptable or the little voice of your parents or others telling you that is not okay. (ie: showing anger, boys don't cry, girls aren't aggressive) The bag that holds our temptations and our real feelings, what we want to say but don't. It is where we keep everything that is not politically correct. Since I have just returned to the site I will spend some time looking around and becoming more familiar (no, not my cat) before I continue with blog postings. It is nice to be back. Scarlette :wiccanpie:
  8. scarlette

    Learning experience

    Yes we do. :pumpkin_rolleyes:
  9. scarlette

    Learning experience

    Agreed! I have employees that say I am the best boss they have ever had, however they also say they know when to get out of my way LoL. Even they noticed when I was trying to be miss mary sunshine and they didnt like it LOL I am sure I will find a happy medium but I can say that my life has been much better since I returned to who I am naturally. Not to say that bolders stopped being thrown at my head but atleast with my head out of the clouds, I can dodge them before the colide LOL
  10. scarlette

    Learning experience

    Nice response. I can honestly say that I have never punched an old lady (besides they can be wicked mean lol). I don't think the shadow self is bad, not at all. The shadow self is itself. I do think, however, that there is a wide spectrum in that self for most people. That didn't come out right. I guess I mean that everyones inner self is different, some are naturally light and sunny and have a smile for everyone. Others are not and that is not bad, it is universal balance. I rather enjoy my true self. I think my point was that trying to be something other than your true self usually creates chaos.
  11. We must be twins LoL I have had people ask me not to look at them, they say my penatrating gaze creeps them out, like I am looking through them. My first husbands mother absolutely hated my guts. In out late teens he was not allowed to borrow her car if he was coming to see me. Then years later, at the birth of our first child, she showed up and commented that my son had the same "scarey" eyes that I had. She stayed for a week and during that time we talked (probably first time ever really. I asked her why she had hated me so much in the beginning and she said that she didn't hate me, I just made her extremely nervous and there was something about my very dark eyes that set her on edge. LoL nothing has changed.
  12. In the old days I would have been drowned at birth. Right under my left breast is a little bump. Had it from birth. My mother paid no attention to it. Then when I was 7 years old a big dog jumped on me and left a very large tear down my chest and left rib cage, it ran right through the little bump. My mother took me to get stiches and when the doctor was fixing me up, he noted the small bump and my mother said "it has been there since birth" and the doctor replied "it has been there since before birth, it is a 3rd nipple" My mother had a moment of concerne and then the doctor told her that it wouldnt grow into anything more than it was (no third breast lol) and that was the end of it. Never thought about again really, until I saw this thread.
  13. scarlette

    Learning experience

    Everyone has what some call a "shadow self". This is the darker (for lack of a better word) side of your inner self. Some people are controlled by this shadow, others try to ignore it and be something else. The latter rarely meets with any success because the shadow self will find ways to manifest when you try to ignore it. The goal would be integration or learning some balance so that you can make this a valuable addition to your everyday life. I have always been somewhat dark natured, in my practices I tend to lean toward what some would call the dark side. I do well with banishing, hexing, cursing and vengance because it seems to come naturally and resonates with who I am. However, being a firm believer of balance, I do work with the opposite as well, though I must admit.....not in balance. So recently I decided to try to balance this out. It did not go well. I choose to focus only on the helpful, the positive. To focus on positive energy, positive thoughts, try to control my shadow self or at least, choke it back. This would look something like "harming none" or "turning the other cheek" or "hakuna metata". If you have ever met me, you would KNOW this is NOT me. I am the girl kids in school came to when they wanted to know how to get back at someone, the woman that people come to when they want to know how to even the playing field with their cheating, lying boyfriend. Fluffy I am not! Anyway, my experience was this. The more I tried to be sunny and bright, helpful and loving....the worse my life became. Everything that could have gone wrong...did. Suddenly I found myself depressed and having one problem after another being thrown my way. These were BIG problems, not little ones like the car not starting or the cat getting out. These were problems that could have ended my business, my career, the possibility of loosing my home, my kids began to suffer with trouble at school, fights etc. I knew this was my shadow making sure that I remembered who I am. I am a fighter, someone who has always balanced a very intimidating lifestyle, been able to overcome things that would have killed most people. I didnt understand what was going on at first. I mean....we all hear you get what you send (though I have never ever believed that) and I was sending only positive. Then it occured to me! It isn't what you send, it is being true to you are. Some people are naturaly positive and filled with love and that is their true being. I am not saying that I am not happy and loving, but to me, those have there place and time. I am driven, motivated, ambitious, strong and extremly outspoken, A true type A personality. I am a fighter, someone who can jump hurdles and manage an extremly hectic schedule and lifestyle. Those are not the qualties of someone who is loving and kind to all things at all times. I have been described as being The Queen of Swords in nature. What I learned was that when I tried to be something I was not (light in nature) my life began throwing bolders at my head until I did what came naturally......fought back with a vengance. I would love to say that the world went normal overnight when I came to this realization, but alas....I had big bolders in my path by then and had to knock them out one by one. Still working on it. The lesson here may be that in addition to having some semblance of balance in ourselves, the universe also needs that balance. Some of us were meant to be filed with love and send out all the sunny and lovely. Some of us were not. Once I returned to who I really am, bolders stopped being flung at my head. It takes time to deal with the mess that is created, so my thought is...just dont do it in the first place. Be true to who you really are. I will leave the light and sunny to those that have it within them. I will never be fluffy again :)
  14. Oh boy can I answer this one. I used to date a guy that had some very unfavorable friends. I told him over and over that a few of them were drug addicts and theives and he wasn't hearing it. They were stealing and lying to him and he just refused to see it. So I took matter into my own hands, and I worked up an eye opener. My intent was simply to open his eyes and let him see what was going on. However, that intention is rather vague. What ended up happening is that several of them got arrested, one of them was in possession of a gun belonging to my ex boyfriend and he was not aware that it was missing. So he ended up in trouble too. Then two of my own employees got arrested on drug charges (guess I needed my eyes opened as well). When it all ended, so did our relationship.....BUT....his eyes were opened which is what I sought to begin with. LoL Scarlette
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