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Evergreen47

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About Evergreen47

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    Ms. Spock
  • Birthday 12/05/1983

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    Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Interests
    Reading, yoga, cooking, swimming, generally spending time in Nature
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I've been a student for about eight years. I read as much as I can, experiencing the ritual, use, and effects of magic, even when it blows up in my face. I find my center in my practice. It may not be perfect, and it may not be what someone tells me it should be, but it's mine. I learn, I practice. What doesn't work gets tossed or tweaked.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Like many that I've met, I started out in a watered-down Pagan-y/Wicca mishmash. It didn't seem like that could be all there was, so I explored further. I've read about ceremonial magick, chaos magic, druidism, shamanism, voodoo, etc. I've done the most work with folk magic and herbalism. Lots of kitchen witch sorts of things.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I've read and put into practice a bit of Robin Artisson and Nigel Jackson. I've never met or worked with another witch that considers themselves "Traditional." I've been reading this board for some time now, and I've learned a tremendous amount from your contributors.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional witchcraft is a connection to power within the material world. It doesn't need the name of a god, or certain ceremonies/tools/garb. It's being about to communicate with the forces that move you and wield them in ways that cause real effect. You use your inner knowledge, your book knowledge, and your experience to bring about your will. There is no right or wrong way to do something, necessarily, simply the witch and his/her power.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Eleven years or so.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was looking for community and stumbled upon it. I've been reading the public posts since about November.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to meet people and hopefully build relationships to the point that I may ask for their insight if it's needed. I intend to contribute the same thing. I really just want to share with and learn from others.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Yes. WitchyLiving.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I am always willing to look at things a different way if the result is not what I expected. I make mistakes and I learn from them and build on them. On the practical side, I'm very good with herbs, prophetic dreaming, and general witchcraft through food.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I'm impatient and sometimes cock up my spells instead of letting them go about their business.

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  1. I agree with what most have said here. Setting intention on your boundaries, having relationships with land spirits, etc. All great ideas. If you also observe the solar festivals of the year, some have excellent traditions of property protection built in. This past Lughnasadh, I baked my sacrifical god loaf, left him on my altar for a week to charge, and then divided him in quarters to bury at each corner of my property. He will be recharged every year at Lammas-tide. Similarly, I bake bread for Mabon (I actually bake bread for every sabbat), and feed this loaf to the birds after charging to encourage their participation in protecting my house and land. Just my two cents.
  2. Because I HATE cleaning candle holders, I tend to buy the novena-style candles for any sort of working. I will sometimes also buy the ones with Catholic iconography if they suit my purpose/intention. Because I live in a largely Catholic area, I can buy these at my grocery store very easily. I use wooden matches, or, more often than not, will simply light the candle with a stick of incense before I blow it out. The other thing I love about the glass novena style candles is that I can draw/write all over the outsides of them for whatever working I'm doing. The working will let me know what I should do with the remains. Generally, I just close the intention and toss what's left over. Most of my candle burnings take place in my kitchen, because I just light them when I'm around and leave them going as long as I'm on the premises. I love to glance over and have a reminder of the work I'm doing even as I go about my day.
  3. Currently reading Seidr: The Gate is Open by Katie Gerrard. It was free... so far it's... eh??
  4. Going back to the original post, I do like to know trad meanings of the cards, but intuition is most important IMO. And the key to that intuition is to really get to know your deck. I know the trad meanings for the RWS deck, but what really made it speak to me was taking the time to sit with each card and ask it what I should get from it. I wrote my impressions down in my journal and now those cards signify certain things for me that won't be in a guidebook. Some of them matched up perfectly, but some were just a little different. It's important to know what it means to you.
  5. I feel like everyone has pretty much covered it. You just keeping learning and doing and your practice grows. I know that I go through seasons in which I'm way more interested in certain areas than others. I follow my intuition. I add to my practice and weed out my practice as needs be. I can tell you in my experience that the only constant in my practice is my relationship with the earth I live on and my regional spirits and plants. Other than that, go where your spirit takes you. Don't be afraid to try new things and trust your personal gnosis. :ani_witch_moon: (This forum is INVALUABLE, but even here I go through ebbs and flows of activity and relationships.)
  6. Well, I think it's been pretty well covered already, but because of the immigrant nature of the U.S. and the Americas, the magical practices are largely based on ancestral knowledge adapted to an entirely new continent. I guess if I had to choose one word to encompass the magic of the Americas, it would be "adaptation." Some may disagree with me and claim that they practice a "pure" form of magic from their ancestral land, but I just don't see how that could be. The land itself has such a tremendous effect on all magical practices that I'm not sure you could perform a working in exactly the same way in England as one would in, say, Louisiana. I live in Las Vegas, and my workings are specifically tailored to my area (and not even by design, just by accident and what's available to me most of the time -- It's not like I sat down one day and said, "Okay, today, I'm going to develop workings for the Las Vegan witch!). A lot of my practices come from a hoodoo rootwork background, but the ground beneath my feet is nothing like the lands around the Caribbean, so it's not the same.
  7. :ban: :bullshit: :nono: :cuckoo: I just... can't believe you said that... mind = blown! I'm not actually mad about it, but it gave me a chance to use some fun emoticons! But, yes, you're crazy, girl!! Leaving out Stevie Nicks for one second (who is a goddess), I LOVE Lindsay Buckingham's voice and you can't have "Go Your Own Way" without him!!! Now, if you'll excuse me, I must cleanse myself of this blasphemy by mainlining Fleetwood Mac post haste!
  8. Oh, Jesus-Tap-Dancing-Christ! What a loon!! I have quite a few greys for a just-turned-30 year old. The folks in my maternal line go grey rather early and usually have a full head of shockingly white hair before their 50th birthday. I currently henna my hair, and find that it blends the grays very nicely. I'm not opposed to going grey -- I actually welcome it -- but I love my henna too much to give it up. Plus, my natural not-grey color is a icky mousey brown... Edited to Add: My hair is fairly long (just below bra strap), fine, and pin-straight with no bangs.... so I get to be a "real witch!" Yay, me! :jackoff:
  9. Bumping to wish everyone in the Northern hemisphere a Merry Solstice. Personally, the period between Solstice and Imbolc is my favorite time of year. Out with the old, in with the new.
  10. Definitely some good things to think about. Especially during the dark of the year. This is the perfect season to end the connections that no longer serve you.
  11. It's all situational, I suppose. I am very private about my craft at work because I'm a public school teacher and it's an inappropriate context for any adult to discuss their personal life IMO. I keep it from my mother and most of my family members because they wouldn't really understand. Beyond that, I don't really hide anything, but like many have said, I don't shout it from the rooftops either. It is what it is.
  12. Getting excited for Season 3: Coven!! I'm interested in seeing how they portray the voodoo aspect (I'm sure it will be grossly inaccurate for the thrill factor). Angela Bassett is playing Marie Laveau. For anyone who hasn't seen the preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcbMpr4alQs
  13. As far as the binding of children, I would absolutely bind my child or stepchild to myself as a safety measure. My step-daughter just started kindergarten, and I think a binding would be an excellent way to keep tabs on how she's doing during the day. Unfortunately, we live in some scary times for school children, and I think this binding would give me a measure of reassurance.
  14. Don't know if this is a common practice, but it's the first time I've heard of/used it. Homemade fly-trap. Small bowl + apple cider vinegar (I've also heard balsamic works) + a few drops of dish soap = drowned flies. The soap disrupts the surface tension so when the fly is attracted the vinegar, they fall in an die. I'm having a fruit fly issue, set this out, and had at least 15 flies in it in 10 minutes. Love the idea, and I don't have to spray haphazardly for the little buggers.
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