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Christine last won the day on November 23 2020

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About Christine

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    Marsh Wiggle
  • Birthday 03/17/1976


  • Gender
  • Location
    Norfolk, Virginia, USA
  • Interests
    Huswifery, garden, architecture, karate, music, books
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Hang on, is that a joke? Well, if it is serious, I have been studying witchcraft as long as I have been studying alcohol, so since about 3yo. It is ok if you do not believe that, no one does. I worked my first book spell when I was 12, so... I suppose somewhat familiar. But, I have not been in a formal coven, nor often worked with others. Also, my familiar is dead just at the moment.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I mostly work with the land, with my own energy, and with herbs. I am omnivorous for information, though I admit a certain philosophical hesitation when faced with the word, belief. That said, I do have a patron deity. I love bones but have only worked with feathers. With that gift I feel assured of permission. It is a personal thing.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    My first work was a hex. I have dwelt with and worked with the unbodied over many years. But my own family's tradition has been to avoid doing witchcraft, mostly. I disagree with that as unhealthy, and am building a different tradition for my little ones.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    It means doing what works, when necessary. I have tried so many times to answer this question, never can say it right. A man told me once that his wife did aura paintings, so I asked him how she fixed the energy to the paper. Turns out she paints pictures of auras, with paint. Not how I would go about it, but it takes all kinds. Maybe I think it means direct, hands-on magic without having to pray about it. It would be nice to have someone to talk to about that. Although prayer is fine, don't get me wrong. I don't dislike the fancy stuff, as such, I just don't mess about. So what I have read here seems like the kind of talk I could participate in.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I did not know that was what it was when I began. I may have been the last person to realize that I was doing witchcraft. I have been actively studying since I found out that it existed, as an art that could be worked at and perfected. I guess I was 10 or so.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I followed a link from walking the hedge just now, but I keep landing on these forums from google searches.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect, or hope to expect, straightforward discussions of the sort of art I practice. I expect to contribute the same, that is just what I do.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Wards and necromancy.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I am not very politic and piss off all manner of Folk.

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  1. I have tried to read Artisson's work, because it seems to be in my wheelhouse, but tnen I can't, for the reasons Solanacceae summed up. Thank you, and Duchess as well, now I don't feel so crummy about that. I can usually plow through.
  2. Isn't the ability to enjoy research kind of important on this path? I know I wouldn't have gone very far without my urge to scrounge every last detail. I'm like a dog with an empty tuna fish can.
  3. It has been a couple of decades since anything large outright exploded on account of me, but I still can't wear any wristwatches, or use a touchscreen. I have to have a stylus or it all goes hooey... and yes I meditate &c, so no energy control rants please. Doing as best as I can.
  4. Perhaps, although what's more likely in the tale I remember is that the husband was ill. There is a kind of brain injury that disturbs its ability to recognize people and objects properly, leading the sufferers to conclude that some or all of the people in their lives have been replaced with exact duplicates, although I think that violence is a vanishingly rare result.
  5. All good points, and complicated these days by our growing awareness and understanding of ancient interbreeding among related Homo spp. that led ultimately to our current lineages and may be responsible for some or many of our peculiarities. And let's not forget that there are tales of adult changelings as well. I'm thinking particularly of a man who one day realized that his wife was not his wife, but a replacement whom he eventually slew in the belief that his true spouse would then return.
  6. Thanks Papa Gheny, that's a lot to mull over. Believe it or not, I still haven't tracked down the reference I was looking for, and I'm beginning to suspect that it's either in something I lost or some book I have since lost respect for. Come on back to Norfolk any time. I asked my Grandmother, who first moved into this neighborhood in the 1950s, whether she had ever seen hummingbirds in the neighborhood, and she hadn't, nor had anybody else I know who grew up here. I have a bunch of guesses about the reason for that, not very interesting ones though.
  7. Clean the soles of your shoes before leaving the cemetery or the ghosts will follow you home. Never sit or stand on a grave or tomb because that is disrespectful. Never look back as you leave a gravesite. Always dress up to visit the cemetery even if you only are there to pick up trash. Never bring anything home from a grave site. Don't whistle or sing at a grave site unless you are burying somebody. These are just some of the prohibitions my family taught me. They really did have me pegged from birth. Is it still superstitious when you know exactly what the reason is?
  8. I live in Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, CelticGypsy. We get a lot of migrating birds, mainly waterfowl, which is a big reason why I always look at flutterers. Your garden sounds very beautiful.
  9. I was looking up more information on these magnificent birds today, and now I know that their call is a rasping "Drrrrrrrrp." It would be neat to have a bunch of little greeny brown guys derping around in my garden.
  10. Thank you Solanaceae, it has had an effect upon me. I am aware that ranges are shifting, but this bird was several frost zones ahead of its food plants. Maybe you are right that this is simply a sign of hummingbirds to come. Certainly nothing to sneeze at! It's the out of place animal aspect that is grabbing my attention. I know that I have read of divinatory meanings assigned to animals spotted out of season, or out of their known habitat, even for animals who have their winter coat in summer. I do not remember where I read of this, or what the specifics are. It's all kind of on the tip of my tongue.
  11. This is perhaps a little off the original topic, but what do y'all think about sighting unusual animals? Not just rare, but animals that absolutely should not be present, as in not in this state at all, or not at this time of year ever, or otherwise in violation, flagrantly, of their well-known habits; how does one interpret that? I'm asking because I just last week saw my first-ever hummingbird, and it is a sort that is supposed to be on the other side of the country or in Mexico. There aren't any other hummingbirds around here nor have there been in fifty years at least. This one flew up out of my front hedge toward my favorite window, peered in at me, and effed off into whatever subspace it came from, as in it flew around a holly leaf and didn't come out the other side... I looked. So okay, some poor bird is seriously lost, but that's also the sort of thing I pay attention to. I just don't know what to make of it, beyond the OMG a real live hummingbird wow glee bliss reaction. It is a male humming bird of the kind once associated with a god. I just can't get this out of my head, like the memory keeps randomly transfixing me. It's really hard to remember divinatory associations while I'm all suffused with eerie awe. Help?
  12. Chlorophyll, the molecule that enables chloroplasts to convert ultraviolet solar emissions into ATP, all by itself in suspension, as a substitute for blood? What are you, conjuring the demon of veganism? Chlorophyll is a catalyst. It doesn't carry anything, it is not nutritive, the molecule alone is not living tissue, there is no biological, nor symbolic, resonance of any kind to blood. It might as well be a bottle of vitamin D. So I'm going to go with, nope. Not blood. But don't let me stop you! Give it a try, take lots of notes, and let me know what the spirits have to say about that.
  13. Okay but then you gotta pick a favorite book from it, and go back to read the apocrypha, because that's like the director's cut. Personally, I think Leviticus is underrated.
  14. I'm not going to live that down any time soon, am I? Blood functionally replaces eggs in some pastries, so a mayonnaise sauce is possible. Don't even ask me about cookies. Never ever trust anything chocolate.
  15. Maybe? Again, I just don't know, but I feel like the oil would have a huge sludge of precipitate: platelets, protein fibers, who knows what. You could wind up with three layers, oil, serum, and sludge. Because after all, blood is mostly water. If it were only the salad dressing effect to worry over then a good shaking would provide remedy. If it's important enough, you could do something like a mayonnaise, give it a thorough thrashing until it gives up and congeals... I just just tried to invent blood mayo, didn't I. Goodnight.
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