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About Sparrow

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    Reading, music, writing, learning, art, crafts - anything creative really.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have been studying traditional witchcraft over the last two months (working my way through a free e-course and perusing these forums). Although I have only recently begun doing "conscious" rituals and spells I am aware that I have been doing them for several years, I just didn't know that they "qualified" as witchcraft per se.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes; I was brought up in a Christian family. I was never comfortable with the religion and left the church when I was 17. I then began studying other religions hoping to find the one that "fit"; these include Taoism, Buddhism, Wicca, and Druidry. Several months ago I gave up the search, deciding to simply forge my own path and suddenly came across the term "Traditional Witchcraft". It seemed to fit.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. I have begun conducting small rituals and conscious spells in the last few weeks, with great success I am happy to say. I have much to learn, but I'm finding that things are falling into place for me as I go along.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It means the freedom to take control of one's own life. To walk a solitary path unafraid. To seek and find knowledge. All the things that are important to me.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    My first experiences came as a child; I was drawn into nature and found myself compelled to do "odd" things, like burying small objects, gathering stones, making "potions" from flower heads and so on. I was forbidden from doing these things and suppressed my longings over many years. Then more recently I found I was able to influence people around me using my thoughts, which was a bit frightening but prompted me to find out more about the "supernatural", so to speak. I've just always been drawn to "witchy" things.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I found it by accident looking for information on traditional witchcraft. I have found the information very helpful.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to learn, as much as I possibly can. I hope that I may be able to share my own experiences and help others to grow too.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Herbal remedies, crystals, and general intuition.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Trusting myself; this is new knowledge to me and I have much to learn.
  1. Sparrow

    Going back to the start

    I'm trying to do that at the moment -- leave alone the things I don't feel mature enough to learn about/work with yet, and focus on where I feel comfortable but challenged. A hard balance to strike, but to me, balance is always worth striving for. Thanks for your thoughts :) Sparrow
  2. Sparrow

    Going back to the start

    That is a wonderful thought. I'm going to hold fast to that. Right now I am trying to develop in particular areas, but stagnation I think is just as bad as feeling like a noob. Limiting ourselves all the time wouldn't be better than being a novice. Sorry that's a bit scrambled, hope you know what I mean. Thank you for sharing your experience. :) Sparrow
  3. Sparrow

    Finding my way

    Hello all! Hope you're enjoying Solstice :) I've been taking some time out to focus and figure out my best way of working. Things are really falling into place for me now, it's so exciting and my confidence has grown so much recently. I'm really happy. I've realised that my top three things to work with are elements, astrology and herbs. They just seem to 'click' for me, I understand them, even though my knowledge is limited in these early days I am able to use them to effect. I can't wait to develop my knowledge and ability in these areas further. 2012 is going to be a big year. :) Sparrow
  4. Michele, thank you for sharing such wisdom. I needed to hear all of this, especially the part about what you feel is what you feel, and that it's okay as long as you keep it under control. If truth be told, getting back my perception of spirits which aren't land/nature spirits (trees etc., I never lost that) has put me well out of my comfort zone (though it's exciting too). I think that's largely because it's been so unexpected, and some of it I'm sure is also a conditioned response. I'm going to try not to push myself too far beyond my limits at the moment. I am still figuring out exactly what I believe. I know for certain that spirits are there, whether or not I feel able to work with them directly is another matter. Mostly I think I'm scared of biting off way more than I can chew. I don't really know what I can and cannot handle yet. I definitely don't want to end up in a situation where I'm working with spirits for fear of what will happen if I don't. I acknowledge they are there but I am not sure exactly what to do with that acknowledgement. Sorry if this is all a bit scrambled, just back from a long walk. Sparrow
  5. Scylla, you worded this beautifully. It's really clarified my own thoughts on the matter. Thank you. Sparrow
  6. This is a really interesting thread, love reading everyone's different perspectives. I'm especially curious about the distinction being made between internal and external sources of power. This is something I'm definitely aware of... My innate energy, and the energy in nature, and spirit energy, all have a different "feel" to me. Like there is a qualitative difference between them. Perhaps some of us simply associate with a different "type" of energy more than others? For example some have said they find power within while others find their power without. Personally I am more aware of "nature" energy than I am others, although I am *finally* regaining my awareness of spirits after years of silence... Because I have reached out and am working to overcome the fears that were instilled in me. I'm planning on searching the forum for ideas on working with spirits, I am a total newb in this area... Michele, thanks for the tip about poorly plants, I will definitely give that a go! My rosemary cuttings are a bit weak and I've been at a loss as to how to help them. Thanks! Sparrow
  7. Sparrow

    Going back to the start

    Nineheart, I can totally relate to getting more from divination just yourself and not from a book. I was trying to learn tarot by reading all the meanings online and trying to memorise them. I've given that up entirely and now I'm just letting the cards tell me their own story. I'm sure our own interpretations will be far more meaningful than anything we could read written out by someone else. It's good to know I'm not the only one who has doubts. Many people on the forum are well-established in their path and are full of confidence. It's a wonderful thing and I hope eventually I can reach a similar level of confidence in my own craft. Thank you for sharing with me. :) Sparrow
  8. Sparrow

    Going back to the start

    Ilexys, thank you so much for sharing your experience with me. I got rid of a lot of books recently too and more than anything else I think I just need to stop reading, and listen to myself. Just listen full stop, actually. There's part of me that keeps trying to learn everything by rote and that is never going to happen. It isn't even what I want. Before I discovered TW my thoughts were, "Forget it, I'm just going to forge my own path, nothing else makes sense." I need to bear that in mind. It's very comforting to know I'm not the only one who's gone through this. There is such an incredible amount of knowledge available on the forums and it's humbling to realise how little I actually know. But it's exciting too, because I have a clean slate. Thank you again. :) Sparrow
  9. Sparrow

    Going back to the start

    I just spent a good hour writing in my journal. Recently I have been scouring the forums like a thing possessed, gobbling down the words like an addict, and the end result was that I just felt mixed up and confused. Although what I've read has been fascinating and useful, my mind felt blurry and unfocused. I've been scared I'm missing something, so I've been trying to cover as much ground as I can think of, following up everything. With so many possibilities for learning it's hard to know where to begin. I was going to say, "I wish things would be more clear", but actually what I wish is that I could see more clearly. All of the messages are there, I just don't know how to read them yet. In my journal I worked out my insecurities and tried to figure out where I really am on my path. I realised I am at the very beginning. For all I've read about different paths, for all I've "tried them on" -- that knowledge has value, but only because it is in itself knowledge. One of the key phrases in a book series I love is, "All knowledge is worth having", and I firmly believe that. But for all the knowledge I've gained, it hasn't moved me forward. I'm still at the very beginning. In a way that's exciting, in another it's intimidating. What if I screw up? The only thing left to me is to just... have faith. Put trust in my intuition, and the little I do know. I know that the woods pull me in deeper. I know that I could never live anywhere other than a coastline. I know that the weather pulls at me. I know that I'm drawn to the elements; I've been fascinated by them ever since I found out what they were (thanks, Pokemon). I know that I can feel the life in every living thing, every leaf and root and branch, and that the dead leaves me feeling hollow, so much so that I became vegetarian. I know that I desperately need to learn how to manipulate energy so that I can stop being buffeted by every damn thing that happens around me spiritually/emotionally/don't know what word to use. But I'm right at the start. For all my knowledge, this is all I really actually know, deep in my bones and blood. This is my beginning. Everything that came before now is just... I don't even know. Superfluous. I don't really know how to wind this up, so: Hello. I'm glad to be here.
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