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Aurelia

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About Aurelia

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    Feline
  • Location
    Nevada, USA
  • Interests
    reading, writing, cinema, tennis, hiking
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Familiar. I've been brought up around family who read tarot and a crystal ball, contacted spirits, etc. When I was in my teens I started researching into witchcraft and started practicing when I was 15 - with my Mom, who is an awesome, open minded lady :)
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I read a lot online and in books and tried different spells and rituals, most of which didn't *feel* right. So I just really work by instinct. I didn't really know where I fit in until I came across this website today and read the "Traditional Craft by Startella" post and it was like reading about myself. Awesome post!
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes but I didn't know that's where I fell into until just :)
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    I'm not sure if you mean Traditional Witchcraft the website, or the practise. The practice, for me, just means being who I am - I can't help it, nor stop it, it happens in everything I do. As for the website, this means being able to talk to people who will get where I'm coming from, and hopefully I can fit in and get to know some more witches like me :)
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Really, since I was 15. But I always had an interest and was playing with my Great-Aunt's tarot deck since I was in single digits.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Google, the lord of the internet. But generally, I was talking to someone about witchcraft this morning and after saying "no I'm not pagan... no I'm not wiccan..." they asked what I was and I didn't really know what to say. So I googled, and now I do!
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to meet and chat to other witches, to gain a place in the community and hopefully contribute in whatever way I can.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I don't really know. I have a strength in tarot reading, but everything else just kind of happens throughout the day. I'm great at baking cupcakes? lol! In general, I enjoy working with herbs :)
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Overall probably my lack of direction. I have so many times where my body is screaming "you need to be doing something!" but I'm not sure what to do to sate it.
  1. This song has been in my head for days since I heard it. Can't help but dance and sing when it comes on. The Civil Wars - I Had Me A Girl. Love it :biggrin: http://youtu.be/-ZANAhnPDZk
  2. Oh wow, I love it! That is going to look amazing on! Definitely keep us updated with more pictures when you get your glue :)
  3. I tend to find with a lot (if not all) wiccan "rules" - such as this where a witch must have an athame and the athame must be double bladed, etc - that no one really knows the full "why" behind the rule. Not that there isn't one, I'm sure there must me...or at least I'd hope there was once a reason lol! But that in asking any wiccan you will get either a generalised answer that doesn't actually answer the question, or a vague reply that also doesn't answer it, or more than one answer which makes them more like guesses. So, I had assumed (and perhaps I read somewhere) that the athame was double edged for symetry, as it's used to focus energy and that lets it flow more freely. This isn't my belief, I will add, as I don't use an athame (although I own one from my early wiccan days...but it's still in the box, unused). In my craft, any knife from the kitchen is used for whatever purpose deemed fit. I don't use a knife to focus energy in the way I think an athame is used. But...I'm not really the best source about athames, as I don't use one. I'm not sure how much merrit is in the assumption I made over the double edged blade, but it was the only reason I could think of that kind of seemed to fit. I'd be interested to know if you ever do find out the answer to why they have a double edge, Wexler, purely because I hate having unknowns that *should* have an answer lol!
  4. I read Kelley Armstrong, though she's just finished her Women of the Otherworld series (13 books in total). It is all set in one world with different protagonists each book, mainly werewolves and witches. I really enjoy her writing style :smile: (She also wrote a couple of trillogy younge adult series set in the same world but with younger protagonists.) Also, the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells is very good. It's about vampires at first glance, but witches/mages play a strong role and are major characters throughout the 5 book series. I enjoyed it and will definitely be reading any other series that she writes. I very much enjoyed the Mayfair Witches series by Anne Rice, though it's been a long time since I read those. Maybe time for a re-read! I read a lot of Urban Fantasy, and most of those have witches in there in some form or another. But I can't think of any off the top of my head (other than those just mentioned) that have witches as protagonists or as other main characters. The genre seems saturated with vampires and werewolves though! Not that that's a bad thing, when done right :smile:
  5. Just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Well written book (fiction) and interesting plot. I'm still not sure what I think about the ending.
  6. I love Fascinating Aida, this is one of my favourite songs by them hehe! (Just an advisory, it does have some swearing in it) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAg0lUYHHFc
  7. Anara: I LOVE that you've posted some Gogol Bordello. Awesome band! There's another band like them called The Destroyers (English group) that I've been to see live in England several times - love, love, love. :biggrin2:
  8. Anara: Glad I'm not the only Tom Waits fan :D I love the Cookie Monster youtube video someone did for that song too hehe it puts Cookie Monster in a whole new light. Just discovered this band, can't stop dancing! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uiYp8xKjLM
  9. Currently reading Grave Memory by Kalayna Price. It's an urban fantasy novel, 3rd in the series :)
  10. Voted that up CG, I love the idea of collecting the air element with a spoon!
  11. I'm in a very Tom Waits kind of mood today, so here's one of my favourites :) Tom Waits - God's Away On Business http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9mhsW5aWJM
  12. That's great that you're on the mend and are finally getting some good sleep :)
  13. That was a really interesting read, thanks for sharing it! I don't remember hearing about the "princess" being found back then but this has sparked something in me that I feel I need to do some more research on her and her people. The tattoos were so well preserved and wonderful to see - the level of detail and skill is really great. It said the skin from her neck and face had gone before they found her, but it makes me wonder if anything had been tattooed on her neck as a sort of "bridge" between the two arms' designs. Not something we'll ever find an answer to though. I'm always in two minds about archaeological digs like this. Bear with me as this is typing-as-I'm-thinking. I find archaeology and the discoveries fascinating (I actually wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was younger) and yes it's great to be able to piece together history and find out things that we otherwise wouldn't know. But, at the same time, I don't think it's right to remove the body from it's resting place and put it in a museum for all to see (although I admit to going to museums to see exhibits). It just seems...wrong the way they go about it. Like they think that because she's been dead so long then she won't mind being moved. Yet if someone wanted to dig up a modern cemetary to examine a body they have to get exhumation orders (which can be denied) - almost like putting more severity on digging up the recently deceased than the long dead. So my mind is there with this quote from the article: 'She was a beautiful young woman, whom they dug up, poured hot water and chemicals upon, and subjected to other experiments. They did this to a real person,' complained Erkinova to the Irish Times newspaper in in 2004. I'm not really there about the experiments, as I know science is about experimentation, but more the last sentence, about her being a real person and sometimes I think that gets forgotten in the name of science. I know that some spirits are alright with witches using their bones or teeth, and also that some people donate their bodies to science for experimentation...but the key difference being that permission is asked and/or payment given in exchange. So I guess that's what it comes down to for me - she wasn't asked if she would mind being moved, her permission and her beliefs on where her body would lie were pretty much ignored. Do you think after all this time, some 2500+ years, that she would mind that happening to her, or would she not even notice? I wonder if her beliefs of being buried with horses, etc would mean that now her spirit wouldn't be able to stay wherever it was before because of the disruption of her grave? I'd be interested on other input on this, as I said it's more typing-as-I'm-thinking here for me so more thinking and different perspectives might help me hone in on what I'm actually trying to put into words. I found this quote interesting though: Drachevsky travelled to Kosh-Agach and told residents that the mummies would not be returned, saying they were serving important scientific purposes, and that he was 'simply uncomfortable hearing about angry spirits, as if we were living in the Middle Ages'. I wonder if he was uncomfortable because the profits from the exhibit would vanish if she wasn't on display? Or maybe just uncomfortable because he has some belief in spirits and his heritage and is trying to ignore it. It's always interesting how science trumps beliefs of long deceased, yet belief trumps science for newly deceased (ie: denying exhumation due to religious beliefs). Thank you again for sharing the article, Archabyss.
  14. One of my favourite songs: Wake Up Call by Maroon 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkQ0OJ5Byls
  15. My husband isn't witchy in any way, but he's very open minded and I can talk to him about anything I want to without feeling shy or like I'm talking to a brick wall. With my visa taking so long he was in America for a year prior to our wedding without me, then for another year after our wedding without me (yeah, it was bleh :/ ), it's only been the last 9-ish months that he's been immersed in my witchy-doings at home and out-and-about all the time. He does laugh at some things because he sees them as strange, but accepts them for part of whatever spell I'm working at the time and sometimes asks me questions :) I wouldn't change him at all, just like he wouldn't change me. So even though he isn't a witch, it doesn't hinder my path and my being a witch doesn't hinder his non-witchy-path. We walk hand in hand...with the occasional chuckle from him and a :P from me hehe!
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