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About phantasmagoria

  • Birthday 08/07/1985

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    Long Island, NY
  • Interests
    astrology, gardening
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Witchcraft has been at the forefront of my life for decades in various capacities, from energy healing and natural remedies to esoteric arts, astrology, plant, animal and mineral communication, and spiritual and shamanic practices. I've researched to some degree or another a wide variety of traditions, approaches, and schools.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, many, and they all inform my practice and beliefs to some degree. I have explored some styles of Christianity. I became very interested in Castaneda and that branch of shamanism in my high school years. I spent a good few years learning and practicing Yoga. I also value and integrate what I have learned about Buddhism and Tao. I've spent years involved with Rainbow Gatherings. I'm pretty open-minded and eclectic and like to see value in every path.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I consider any intuitive work with the natural elements not bound by neo/contemporary trends, but honoring the history of witchcraft and magic as a whole, across all cultures, as "traditional witchcraft." I find myself led very heavily by intuition. Thus, yes, and I have been this way for as long as I can remember.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Living in a way that honors my true self, nature, and my ancestors in the most reasonable way allowable to me.

    It is everything: a deep and inseparable integration with Nature. A wise and detached meta-perspective. It is reverence, choosing to see what is truly there. Living Completely Authentically. Ancient Way.

    Influencing circumstance by shifting, placing, rearranging, blocking, pushing, pulling, moving, manifesting, and paying attention while reacting (passively) and non-reacting (actively). That is the goal, anyway.

    Deep commitment to personal integrity. Living with an honor code.

    Ultimately it is beyond language. It is in my blood and I learn about it more and more every day.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I started playing with crystals before grade school and declared myself a witch in my early teens shortly after becoming interested in Astrology and Tarot, and soon after, Witchcraft by name, so, quite a while.
  • What brought you to our site?
    To be honest I don't remember - I must have been doing a google search for a witchcraft-related discussion board that didn't feel hokey, and was not Wiccan-bound, and stumbled across this one.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    For both questions: camaraderie, beneficial discussion, inspiration, support, advice/guidance, information, the knowing that only a community of like-minds can provide.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Astrology, animal communication, and variety of knowledge/experience sets (renaissance woman)
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Recordkeeping, Mind Training, patience, and consistent discipline
  • Additional Information.
    My Big 3 are Fire (tropical zodiac), and I've a heavy Scorpio signature. I've lived semi-nomadically for extended periods.

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  1. I've done this. I also have tattoos, some of which I regret for various reasons, but I guess they "had to be there" due to circumstances at the time. Please be careful with what you tattoo on your body... as for locations on the body, well, there are lots of reasons, I suppose. Intuition, appearance, symbolism. The parts of the body have metaphysical meanings "in your hands" "cross your heart" "best foot forward" "in your gut" etc. Acupuncture or acupressure points. Planetary or zodiacal correspondences. Left/right side of body. When I have done this, it's been either because the body part was readily accessible/easy to draw on though, to be honest, and not for much other reason.
  2. We have to wait until at least the end of the year, if not next year, for season 2. Lord Light of the Sun that shines on our planet, I'm not sure if I can survive the agony of waiting, but I think I will be intact and well and I'll be able to withstand the pain of waiting for this show to come back 😭
  3. I just realized I stopped watching it because I was done with the season. I try to block seasons out of my mind when I'm done, because I don't like the cliffhanger feeling. I googled it, and apparently Netflix didn't renew for a season 2 at this point, so, it may be just the 6 episodes. Too bad... I really liked the Italian language and the aesthetic. There have been a LOT of Witch-related shows out there lately. Some are better than others. Luna Nera, worth the time.
  4. I have seen some of it. I thought it was really good, especially the production. Maybe I'll start it up again soon.
  5. That looks really good... I will keep it in mind to try!!! I love "wet cakes" with syrup. I have noticed that Turkish pastry uses a lot of honey syrup...yum. As for the magic spell, well, I have learnt my lesson about seeking for a man to love me madly....it's all fun and games until they actually "go mad" 🤐 Well, I don't think only writing his name in a cake would cause something too extreme, hee hee.
  6. thank goodness! ❤️ Let us know how you are healing...
  7. I made my runes from simple rocks and a permanent marker. I don't have a deep knowledge of them yet, but I feel as though I have a more organic connection with them than any cards I've used, because I made them myself. I also like that they are related to one of my ancestral traditions (Germanic), so I feel as though working with them can help me to connect more with my ancestral line on that side.
  8. 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:
  9. Oh dear. A doctor must be an option. Like Onyx says, eye damage is not a joke, and if you posted that six hours ago, you're probably in excruciating pain by now. When I accidentally smacked my eye with a stick a while back, omg, it was horrible. If for some extreme reason you really can't see a doctor, well, I remember when I hurt my eye, they gave me special antibiotic goop that was basically the same thing as bacitracin/antibacterial petroleum gel. If I were in the middle of nowhere and a doctor was straight up not available, I'd apply sterile applications of that to my eye after a clean salt rinse/no-preservative artificial tear rinse, and make my way to a clinic ASAP. Please be OK!
  10. Oh Onyx, I'm sorry! What app or website are you using? Astro.com is considered the industry standard for web-based (and the charts are much easier to read than a lot of other sites), and they have an option for unknown birth time. Or, if you're comfortable sharing your birthday, I can cast a basic one with one of my programs for you. Either way, please don't feel it's not for you! Astrology is for everyone who desires to learn it!
  11. Usually if birth time is unknown, a "day chart" (around 12 noon, or when the sun is at midheaven) is done, because 1. if the time is wrong, you're only 12 hours off or less, whereas if you make it 12 midnight, you could be a whole day off and 2. the sun at midheaven is the best "all-around" representation of the energy of the whole day, because the sun is at culmination... sort of like how the full moon is a fair representative of the entirety of the moon cycle.
  12. spectropoetics, I can't believe I didn't see your response until now. You have also provided great advice 🙂 It takes years of study, I have found, before being really able to see the bigger picture to any real clarity, so having a foundation in relevant astronomy and the tradition can really be helpful. One thing that I learned from my School that has helped me a lot is this: the planets are actions (verbs), the signs are adjectives or adverbs, and the houses are areas of life. So, Sun in Virgo in 4th could be: Intelligently (Virgo) Leads (Sun) their Family (4th) This is a reflection of how astrology originates from astronomy, because the planets are actual bodies doing things in the manner that the sign "colors" them, and the houses are the parts of our "clock. I'm also going to thank you because, due to my life lately being a bit difficult, I totally lost track of the Moon phase, and then checked it while looking at your post, and it's the dark moon... going to spend the next couple of hours doing my best to meditate on what I want to create in the next month. Oy! Thanks for keeping me in line...
  13. So, I've recently come to the observation that Thoth is a tricky beaky bastard, and I'm not afraid to say it!!! It thoroughly advised me, in my own readings AND across the board by the study group I was in that to rekindle my relationship with my ex-husband after 3 years was the Best Idea Ever, and good graces, I am a bit shocked that I made it out again alive this time. In general, I've been finding that I've been getting mixed and inappropriate reads from Tarot, various decks too... I think it may be possible that I've sort of become dependent on consulting cards, subconsciously looking for certain answers, or what...My Elder friend who reads Tarot (but not Thoth) confirmed that the Gods can and will absolutely trick a witch so that we learn a lesson, and Thoth is, of course, Mercury, and a known Trickster. I even cast off the deck into the bushes, that that Elder gave me in a desperate instance with Said Husband of Yore, and then couldn't find it afterward, I think because I was so pissed that it led me down the road I was asking about, even though certainly it knew what was going to happen. So, Hard lessons. I'm being forced to cultivate a much healthier respect for the Tarot lately, in multiple senses... awe, boundaries, skepticism, and awareness of that the consciousness behind the deck makes a huge difference. In the case of Thoth, the consciousness being a Deity, realizing that the lessons involved are from a God and can and may humble me. Anyway, Thoth has Thoroughly Flummoxed me. I have all of my study books out still, actually, so the deck as a concept IS calling to me, but, man oh man... it's no joke. I feel as though I really want to investigate some less "God Smack You On the Head like You're Dead"/"Trick You Cos That's My Job Fool", and more compassionate, motherly decks because now I am seeing why Thoth scares the shit out of so many Witches. LOL. I don't trust it right now, TBH... not for consulting readings, anyway... I think I'm going to keep it as a back burner study course rather than consulting it for answers for a while. I was warned about Thoth as a God being difficult, and now I see why. I was suggested the Deviant Moon in New Orleans, but didn't get it... I went for another Thoth instead, like a crazy person. The twisted path is long and winding, indeed.
  14. I also will never use a Ouija, ever. I heard a story from a very close childhood friend, when we were children, about something that happened to someone she knew who used one, and I remember the vision to this day. No fucking way. I saw them on sale in the corner Liquidation Store today and cringed.
  15. One year I dressed up as a "Beaten Belle" (a la Beauty and the Beast). Halloween is a gory holiday, and people apply bruises, blood, guts, warts, etc as part of costuming, but my intention was more political: to show the (oft) hidden dark side of that fairy tale, while also practicing self-empowerment as a masochist (something I have spent a lot of work on healing, and to continually positive results, and I actually attribute a lot of that healing to my being "out" with that issue). I've had other "politicalized" costumes besides. But they were all completely unique and custom or at least modified, not mass-produced. I think the "Salem 1692" costume is really tacky. It's mass-produced, first of all. No heart or soul in it at all. That's fine if it's something silly like a cat or whatever, but mass-producing political statements (and this one actually undermines our political issues, because witches aren't even persecuted in Salem anymore, but ARE in other places) just always chafes my mind in a way that isn't pleasant. It's low-grade. I wouldn't respect a witch or a non-witch who I saw wearing that. I'd feel embarrassed for both, for totally different reasons. It's a real "head-desker" if you know what I mean.
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