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About Galen

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  • Gender
    Canine
  • Location
    North Carolina USA
  • Interests
    Love to putter around my garden. Extreme reader, I devour books.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have been involved in Traditional Witchcraft since my mid-twenties. My Wife's family also practices Traditional Witchcraft.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was a student in Anderson Feri for about six months until I came to the path that I follow now. I now practice a tradition of my Wife's family.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I have worked in Anderson Feri and the tradition I am in now... I was a student learning Anderson Feri from an Initiate; then I found my true path and have been working in it since.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It's hard for me to summarize my craft because its part of who I am; we would be here all day with me explaining the many facets of my craft. My wife says I tend to blather on, haha.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I have worked with witchcraft for over twenty years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I have searched for a Traditional community and after reading the posts and got a feeling for the people here, I believe I have found a community of peers.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    We all are always learning and growing. I have already learned alot of knowledge from this site and believe I can contribute some of my insights to others.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No, I don't belong to any other sites.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I have a strong interest in divination; using different techniques frequently. I have always been fascinated in wort cunning and have begun researching different herbs.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I have had numerous discussions with a family member who practices hedge-riding. I would need a lot more knowledge and experience before even attempting it.
  1. I have recently added Sigils to my craft, and I must say, I am very impressed with their ease of use and potency. One attractive thing about sigils is that they do not require much energy from the crafter. My first step in constructing a sigil is, what will it be used for? For example, say I wish it to rain today. I begin all my sigils with these opening words.., "It is my will...." Then I add the effect I require. So for example, If I wish it to rain, I will take a piece of paper and write down "It is my will that it rains today". Then starting at the first letter, "I" in this example, you would draw a line through every subsequent "I", then move on to the next letter and do the same. So in this example you would be left with i t s m y w l h a r n o d Then i take a piece of parchment paper and with an ink pen, write down the i then connect the t to it and so on, ending up with a pattern. You can connect letters to the end of other letters. Write a letter through the middle of a letter. Whatever is pleasing to you. The only requirements is that you form a pattern or shape of some kind and the letters are still recognizable. Then you must charge the sigil. Their are numerous ways to do this. Some crafters use intent, others use a spell or ritual. As you are charging the sigil, it is VERY important you keep your eyes closed. At the exact peak of your charging method, open your eyes and look at the sigil. Then IMMEDIATELY burn the sigil. You must totally forget the details of the sigil, wipe it from your mind. After the burning, I go watch a funny comedy to erase my mind. The Three Stooges works wonders for me, haha. I hope this example inspires you to research sigils and their use in your crafting, they are a very useful tool. I have mentioned a few times in other posts, but the go-to book in my opinion for all things Sigil Magic, is Practical Sigil Magic by Frater U.D. I can not praise this book highly enough.
  2. Acquire the basic knowledge, then don't be afraid to jump in; work those spells. You will succeed some, you will fail some, but your crafting will grow each time.
  3. Just finished Practical Sigil Magic by Frater U.D ..... I have been interested in Sigil Magic for awhile now and was told by friends this was the book to get. It is a very well-written book and gives the reader a solid base to begin working with sigil magic.
  4. I have a few "treasured" ingredients I have been hoarding for the right time and spell. They include volcanic black sand from Hawaii, charred bark from a lightning struck tree on our property, and an old piece of flint used to start a fire (I dont know the exact date of the flint but I feel it dates back to antiquity).
  5. Most of our friends know of my family's path. Our workspace and materials are setup in a spare room with the door closed when we have people over. A few of our friends recently have expressed genuine interest in our craft and we have been sharing more details with them.
  6. I just finished The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic by Catherine Yronwode. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in candle magic.
  7. Balkan Traditional Witchcraft by Radomir Ristic.
  8. I use stones frequently in my workings, and do prefer ones I find on my daily walks. That being said, a few years ago I was in a local craft store and she had a beautiful Moonstone in the case that I really connected with. It is now one of the stones I tend to use the most.
  9. Deacon Blues by Steely Dan. One of those songs that touches something inside of me that I cant explain.
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