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Mountain Witch

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Mountain Witch last won the day on October 16 2012

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About Mountain Witch

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    Practical b/witch

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    north Georgia mountains, USA
  • Interests
    gardening, reading, cross stitch, baseball
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    My own path, quite. How others use the craft I'm always learning (and hope I never stop).
  • Have you explored other paths?
    No true structure, although my family professes (but does not practice) Christianity.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Been a practicing (and practical) witch for more than 20 years. I don't do major spells often but do little ones on a regular basis, e.g., protection for the house. I also inject some healing energy into all my herbal preparations.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    I am NOT a religious person in the generally-accepted sense and never have been. Although I believe in and use magic, the Gardnerian (and to a lesser extent, Eclectic) traditions do not appeal. Magic is practical, not mystical. Based on what I see & hear, I am more of a "Traditional Witch".
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    As stated before, more than 20 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Can't remember ... Google?
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Conversation with people of a like mind. I live in the heart of the "Bible Belt" and although I know there are people like me in this area, they, like me, are very circumspect for a very good reason and almost impossible to find. Therefore, the Internet is the most readily-available place to find a "community" in which I am comfortable.
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  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    My ability to focus on the task at hand as a generality. Healing as a modality.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Using ingredients I don't like.

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  1. Like a few others, I grew up before the internet and most of today's popular authors weren't even born, yet. No one in my family knew a damned thing about magic and if I spoke aloud about what I knew, I'd have probably been taken to therapy. But I listened to spirit guides...and plants, and the earth around me. They were my teachers. Would I know to call myself a witch? Probably not. But would I be doing what I'm doing now? Absolutely. So call me what you will.
  2. There is no "historical" precedent for a blank stone. As far as I can tell, that was made up by Ralph Blum in the ...70s? The few other authors I've read on them do not include one. I've been reading runes for years and haven't missed not having an "Odin" stone.
  3. Please preface a statement like this with, "in my opinion," not as a matter of fact. There are many, me included, who do not add the 'k'.
  4. I use the Elder Futhark. Mine are stones (blue lace agate, to be exact). I tried wood but they didn't feel right in my hands. If I'm doing a full cast, I'll toss them on a cloth but if it's just a one- or three-pull, I'm usually sitting in my recliner so I put them on the arm of the chair. I'm not real formal about it.
  5. And it was disallowed because arguments ensued - there are people of the entire political spectrum on here. Whether it "affects our quality of life" or not, it is not witchcraft-oriented, which is the purpose of this site.
  6. "They" say to add a little original Dawn dishwashing liquid to the vinegar - the kind that breaks down grease. That will break down the plant's natural oils to allow the vinegar to work. That said, I tried that on all the 'weeds' in my gravel driveway. Didn't work worth a damn. I end up manually pulling everything. A chore but at least it's natural!
  7. You can still buy balls of 100% cotton string. I not only use it to tie up workings but to tie tall plants to stakes when it's needed. No, it's not as strong as binder twine (damn, people bury that???!!!) but doubling or tripling it works fine if you need more strength. I'm working on a ball I bought probably 10+ years ago. It doesn't take much!
  8. Gads, you'd be surprised. Glittery things are all the rage, it seems. Even holiday wrapping paper comes with the crap on it. A client gave me a Christmas present with glitter wrap - it took me 2 years to get the living room to stop sparkling. :mad: If you must have sparkling shit, color some sugar (or buy the pre-colored stuff). That's what I put in the "reindeer food" I make for the young grandchildren. It's not exactly healthy for wildlife but at least dissolves.
  9. Glass I don't mind for really long-term workings and since those are generally few & far between, it doesn't get used much. For those of you who live outside city limits (or not in a snotty subdivision with rules) & have a fireplace: rather than just dispose of your ashes in the bin, create an ash pile somewhere it's not very visible. Anything you need to bury to get rid of, bury in the ash pile. Water/rain soaking through wood ashes makes lye, meaning anything you bury there is going to decompose more quickly. Except plastic, of course. (I use mostly herbs & cotton in my work.) If I need it to decompose a little more slowly, I'll put it in a wax "box", a chunk of wax I've carved a hole in, put my stuff in & then re-seal the top with wax. Slows the process down by about a third.
  10. You may have daughters-in-law at some point. And my gay BFFs adore their fancy china and crystal. My fine china was my husband's 2nd wife's grandmother's. He kept it after her death & I fell in love with it. Things like that tend to find their way to loving hands.
  11. Catnip starts easily from seed and will tolerate virtually any soil or sun, but like all members of the mint family, it grows best in partial sun. Harvesting it before it flowers ensures all the "good stuff" is still in the leaves, but I always let a few plants flower & go to seed - it'll self-propagate. Catnip is a perennial and although the stalks die back during our winter, there's usually a volunteer or two down by the soil that will grow, too. Eventually, though, the plant will die, which is why I always let a few go to seed. I have an entire bed of it but our cats are indoor-only (and the neighbor's outside cat hasn't seemed to have found the bed). When I tried growing it in the city, the neighborhood cats loved the plants to death. Literally. The hanging basket is a good idea.
  12. I'd totally get this...if my phone would wirelessly charge. Which it doesn't.
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