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About skylark

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    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 10/12/1987


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  • Location
    United States
  • Interests
    writing. drawing. painting. jewelry making.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    On a scale of one to ten, maybe a three or four.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    My aunt is a wiccan.. and it never 'felt' right to me. Like it was missing too much of something, and had too much of something else added. It just never felt like a path I could pursue.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    No, I don't think I'm ready quite yet - but I think that I maybe getting there.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    it means a way to reconcile my faith with the instinct inside me. All my life, I've had a ... gut feeling? About what witchcraft was/is, and wicca didn't meet many of my criteria. Like I said before, it never FELT right. Traditional Witchcraft, for me, is a way to practice and explore myself, my life and the world without feeling like a fraud. Honestly, I don't know what it means to me yet. All I know is that I'm very, very eager to find out.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Witch they exception of a couple minor spells when I was a teen, I've never really worked with witchcraft - but it's been an interest of mine for a very long time.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A web search - kind of a last ditch effort to find people with the same scope of beliefs that I have. I was looking for a non-wiccan witch.. and I was hoping for maybe ONE blog with one person who might have a path even remotely close to the path I was searching for... instead I found a whole community.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I think I have a genetic predisposition - a born in talent for witchcraft. I'm not saying that I was born a witch - I don't think its neccisarily genetic.. but all of the women in my family have these.. talents that I don't have any other way to explain, and I'd like to explore mine. I've been reading through the public boards on this forum and I see so many strong, confident women who are so sure about their craft, and I'd like to learn from them and their experiences. I'm not sure how much I have to get back, as a beginner who is still figuring out my own path, but I will. Give back in any way I can.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I've had dreams (and daydreams? like, I'm awake, and it feels like I'm imagining or writing a story in my head, only I can't really control the direction) of things that ultimately ended up coming true - and most of them were NOT good things. And at the time, I had no idea what they were, or if they were coming true until they happened - and I had no way to warn someone or change the outcome. I also worked a few spells when i was a teenager - and they ultimately worked. However, the outcome and the fallout wasn't really worth it. They were spells I would NOT try again now that I'm grown.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Lack of knowledge about my craft. Lack of control in the things that I CAN naturally do.
  1. :] Inscribing on tools was just the example I used because it happened to be in the text I was referencing.
  2. Pretty much everyone ended in a cliffhanger in book 5; one of the characters is missing, one of them (my favorite) might be/is dead (don't know for sure) ... you'll find out what happens to some of the people from book 4, but for the first eight hundred pages or so (I read in e-book, not sure how many print pages) you don't get any of the characters from book 4 - the timeline of the first 3/4 of the book is supposed to run parallel to A Feast For Crows. @Celtic; I was actually hoping HBO would change more things than it did. I know that Ned had to die to further the plot, but I was really hoping HBO would find some way around it. Like killing Catelyn instead.
  3. book 5 definitely doesn't get back in the swing of things... it was honestly almost as awful as book 4. i.e. just a whole bunch of traveling (with almost no one reaching a destination), a whole lot of "doublet-describing" and menu planning. Seriously, a good quarter of the book was describing either what the characters were eating/drinking or what they were wearing. And there were like, 13 jon chapters and 3/4 of them read like to-do lists or shopping lists. I was really disappointed in A Dance With Dragons. :\ And i definitely agree on the "too many characters" thing - especially when most of the POVs don't really have a point. I think my biggest issue with A Song Of Ice & Fire is the fact that ... i read fiction&fantasy for a reason. If I wanted to see horrible things happen to good people and "bad" people always triumph, I'd just pick up a newspaper.
  4. I just finished Paul Hudson's Mastering Witchcraft - which I didn't really love. Right now I'm flipping back and forth between The Mythology of Ancient Britain and Ireland (Charles Squire) and Herbal Magick; A Witch's Guide to Herbal Enchantments, Folklore and Divination (Gerina Dunwich).
  5. Oh my gosh. I'm sorry about all that :\ I wish you the best - and hope it's a misunderstanding of the dream or ... maybe that outside forces come into play and change the outcome for you... but if your suspicions/feelings are correct I hope you guys get a chance to re-connect ... like what you told me, about warnings and maybe (even if you can't change it) that knowing in advance gives you time to prepare your self and a chance to say all the things you need to say to him and give a proper goodbye (there are days I think I'd kill for the chance to go back and do the same). But I'll be keeping you and your brother in my thoughts & wishes and I hope everything works out well for the two of you.
  6. Haha - it's not that I particularly love my name - I've asked my mom a million times - Why Ashley? and more specifically - Why Ashley Marie? There were 26 Ashleys in my high school - and almost half of them were Ashley Marie. And I also have a very, very common last name. I had a boyfriend try to google search me once and he got like 4 million hits and none were me. Not scared at all - in fact, she's one of my two favorites (I'm Scottish - and I've always felt the most strongly about Celtic deities); . Morrighan was also described as a prophetess - and from my research her prophesies/predictions were usually pretty scary/bloody - and as a precog (just learned the actual term for it - and i like it a lot better than what i'd been using) that typically sees some pretty awful things, I identify with that. Crows/Ravens are both also usually associated with a third sight of some kind as well. Rhiannon being the other.. and i don't know, between the two of them, it's kind of like a balance between light and dark parts of me (and I say dark in a very odd way - i don't find the darkness inside people bad, necessarily). I know - I'm a weird one. But i like what you did with your name - besides being beautiful, the reasoning behind it and the thought put into it was amazing.
  7. I saw some pretty good reviews of Paul Hudson's Mastering Withcraft in the Book Reviews section, and I came to the section on choosing your "witch name," and from reading the section, I can see that in his mind, it's pretty imperative. I believe the exact quote had the word "must" in there somewhere. Different parts popped out at me:"Assuming you have embarked on your career as a practitioner of the Black Arts, you will have to take a new, magical name to supplement your old, mundane one... It is, in fact, an important part of your newly burgeoning witch personality, and henceforth you will be known chiefly by it to your fellow practitioners... Having settled on your witch name, you must keep it very, very secret, as it will eventually become one of the keys to your deep mind. You will be using it whenever you wish to "switch on" to perform a spell; this will be partly accomplished by pronouncing the name silently to yourself whenever you begin your use of [the arts]." So, I have a few questions. First, would a "tool" (if I chose to use one) be more powerful inscribed with a name of my own choosing rather than the one that I was born with, identify with and answer to? (Not that I think I have a miraculously amazing name, I don't - I think it's pretty boring and common - but it is the name my mother chose for me). Second, how many of you have adopted the practice of choosing your own "new" name? And if you have, why was that an important decision to you?
  8. this is going to sound like a really strange question. i know that, i apologize in advance - i've been sitting here for like 20 minutes debating asking, but this seems like a proper place for it, and you seem like you're experienced with circles/compasses, etc. I worked my first real spell earlier tonight (that's actually how i found this post, i was looking on info about a compass) because i thought it would be significant to the beginning of a journey. I'm not entirely sure i did it correctly (i'm not even sure if you can do it incorrectly with the right intent) - newbie witch alert. i'm cringing at myself. Have you ever gotten lightheaded? Like, it almost feels like when you're on a plane and your ears pop? I started out standing, ended up having to move to a kneeling position, and ended sitting on the floor. Is that ... normal? I mean, i could just be silly and was taking too many deep breaths while I was visualizing. I guess a better question is - do you (and anyone can answer this) physically feel something when you're either casting a compass or a spell, or doing work in general.
  9. This story is 100% true - as told to me by my mother (who doesn't lie/make up stories). My mom and two of my cousins were at my mom's house, and it was late at night, and she lives wayyyyyy out in the backwoods, nothing for at least 30 acres around her house. The trees scratch the windows and it's dark as pitch outside (no streetlights for miles). So my mom - who is obsessed with anything even remotely scary, decides she's going to freak my little cousins (boys - 11 and 15) by telling them all about Bloody Mary in this super-creepy way she tells stories. So by the time she gets to the end, the 15 year old is scared (he's chicken) and the 11 year old is looking at her like, "Yeah, right. Smoke another one." And he rolls his eyes, and he's sitting on the window seat facing my mom and his brother who are sitting on the end of my mom's bed, and he laughs and says (full of the bravado that only a child can have), "Yeah right, that's not even real, and even if it was, Bloody Mary's a B****." And he looks to his big brother, waiting for him to laugh and/or be impressed that he had the guts to curse in front of my mom, and my cousin was staring at him with what my mom described as "the most terrified look she's ever seen." So my mom glances over to see my younger cousin at the same time he reaches up to see about the wetness coming out of his nose. Nosebleed. One small little trickle immediately following his outburst about Mary. Coincidence? Allergies? I've never known him to have a nosebleed before or after the incident.
  10. Thank you SO much for this - i really needed it :]
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