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About Barnstock

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    Corning, NY, USA
  • Interests
    Folklore and mythology. Bushcraft, hunting, painting and woodblock printing.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Very familiar, both academically and by experience. I've been involved with the use of magic in one form or another since I can remember. My foundation is largely instinctive, coupled with what I was able to learn from others I've met along the way. Of course this was all before the internet and the general availability of books on the subject, and I'm thankful that it happened that way.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, ceremonial magic, qaballah, Chaos magic, as well as other related practices. None of them resonated with me.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, if Powwow and Hexencraft count as witchcraft traditions. They are very close to what I do now, but I've gone my own way, aided by my own guides.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    For me, it is first and foremost a tool to use to attain my desires and deal with fate. It is also a connection to my ancestors and culture. That being said, the common question raised when ancestry is brought up is: "What are you doing to contribute to our history?" It's a living thing, ours to possess, and use, and build upon.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Off and on, most of my life, but I've been much more serious about it in the last ten years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    The question,"I wonder if anybody else does things the way I do?"
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I'm always looking to understand other techniques and viewpoints. I enjoy delving into different systems, not just magic, and modelling the concepts in my head. I'm also happy to contribute my own views and ideas when I think they'll be helpful.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Altering situations, whatever they may be, job getting, removing people, love and sex work, finding lost or stolen objects
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Healing and divination, I just downright suck at divination.
  1. This got me thinking, and it's almost as if the media has taken over for the church, keeping demons evil and in the general conciousness. I think this also goes hand in hand with all of the movies that are centered around a messianic character, i.e. "You're the one, Neo". Add in recurring themes of redemption through self sacrifice, like Tony Stark as Iron Man flying a nuke through the portal to defeat the Chitauri, as one example. A lot of movies, and tv shows seem like morality plays. That being said, it's no wonder that people who believe themselves to be posessed, or portray themselves to be mimic the "media blueprint".
  2. Oddly enough, I picked up the thing tonight and it broke open, spilling its contents all over the floor. I've only used it for a couple of other tasks, with mediocre results, so I'm wondering if I gave it too much right off the bat. I've decided to neutralize it and try to resurrect it into something new, but I'm not sure how that will go, and may end up destroying it.
  3. Almost finished with Atlas Shrugged, looking forward to it being over. I think it would have been a much better book if someone else had written it.
  4. For me, sigils are "locked in" once I create them, not so much an entity but a direct expression of my will. I had to learn to be very careful, and very specific when using them. And as with all workings, I've found that I have to be very honest with myself about what I want, and I use them as a tool of expediency. Sigils are very useful for those little changes that have to be made as situations arise. Servitors are basically a created familiar, and tend to be much more powerful. Essentially, to me, a servitor is a medium to work through that does an end run around all those pesky psychological conditionings that get in the way of a working. A sigil does the same thing, but can't be re-used.
  5. In consideration of everything I want to accomplish this year, I decided to create a servitor based on Iron John. He is a wild man of the woods with gold and arms at his disposal. I made the physical representation out of clay, in the shape of the head of a bearded man which contains the appropriate herbs, items, and a very large quartz crystal point. I used my own method to bring it to life. I had decided to sell my portable sawmill last year, but the timing didn't feel right, so I waited until after the holidays. This became my new servitor's first task; to quickly find a buyer that would meet my price without haggling. I gave it the command and then posted the ad on craigslist. In about ten minutes, the calls and texts started coming in, and ten minutes after that, I had spoken to the gentleman who would buy the sawmill. Last saturday he picked it up, leaving me with a pocket full of cash, and the promise of a complimentary night for me and a guest at his bed and breakfast. I rewarded the servitor with beer, fruit, and honey. Years of experimentation have taught me a few guidelines for creating these beings and using them successfully. 1. It's nature has to resonate with you. It is, in a sense, a reflection of aspects of yourself, and it's important to be concious of that in order to prevent it from taking on any detrimental qualities. This is also why I often choose heroic archetypes to base them on. 2. Trust your instincts during it's creation, and while a servitor can be created without a physical form, I find it's best to create something with your hands as well as your mind. 3. Each one is unique, and cannot be recreated, and each has a lifespan. 4. One task at a time. 5. Always command, never ask. As it's creator, you are it's god. It would not exist without you. 6. Reward it for its efforts, as a semi-sentient being, it's existence would become unbearable and it would wither and die without getting something for its labor. 7. The more you use it, the more powerful it becomes, but in reality, this is your own power.
  6. In my own experience, all of the christian point of view demonic posessions that I have personally dealt with have been faked. It's remarkably easy to get them to "break character" by either calling them the wrong name, or threatening something they value, like their Precious Moments figurine collection. Both examples are from my own actual experience. I'm not saying it can't or doesn't happen, but I have yet to see the phenomenon with my own eyes. Maybe I've just been lucky. I have personally worked with a number of "demons", Satanachia, Lucifuge Rofocale, and a few others I will not name. My perception of them is not one of malice toward humanity in any way, but that they do what they do, and how one percieves and classifies that depends on many factors. In fact, even their names are subjective. I've never been able to tell if they are the force or ability they represent, or if it is their vehicle or both. But to me, good and evil is a strictly human invention, and while we might apply it to them, they don't apply it to themselves.
  7. This has been one of those rare occasions where the majority of my immediate goals has coincided with the end of the year, or at least close enough to make it a convienient bookend. I don't think my efforts have ever culminated so conveniently, or so completely before. A new apartment that better suits my needs, new furniture, and a new start for my oldest son all top the list. The money for which came rolling in when I needed it to, all the result of both mundane and carefully crafted spellwork. My efforts have put me ahead for the beginning of the new year, financially and otherwise... A few weeks ago, my late wife came to me in a dream, not as a lover, but as a friend, letting me know she has continued on and is happy. This bittersweet visit unraveled some painful ties for me, and has allowed me to see my current lover in a new light. Things in her life have changed drastically as well, giving her a strength and confidence that is inspiring, and we have grown much closer. She is also my student.(it's become clear that she is akin to a much different path than mine, and will have to find another teacher, I can only show her the fundamentals) Enough of the sunshine and roses.... One person, someone entrenched in both my professional life and social life, the person that pretends to be a friend yet goes behind my back to constantly try to get with my woman, as well as everybody elses, cheating on his own fiance' in the process.(No, I don't worry. I trust her, I just take it as a personal insult) The kind of guy that will swear to stand by you, and then disappear into the background when the shit goes down, only to find out later he started the whole thing, the kind of guy who will steal anything from anybody if he can get away with it, the guy who literally slinks away when you confront him about it; well, that guy cut himself pretty badly at work, and left a blood soaked paper towel right in front of me. It's the stuffing in a poppet now. I don't usually use poppets, never felt the need, but I'm going to enjoy this, fully. Don't mistake this for justice, don't think it's altruism. This is my prize for a job well done. Moving Forward Early spring cleaning, in a magical sense, this week. I've depleted my supplies, so a trip to the store, and a trip to the woods, or several. Then I'll be ready to crack on. A well paying job for my son in his field. Continually improving my finances. A trip to NYC, vacation in Jamaica. I've got my eye on an opportunity to advance at work, it just needs a little nudge. Improve my healing skills. Improve my divination ability. That list should keep me busy for a while, along with all the little things that pop up along the way.
  8. I know this thread is a bit old, but it was some very interesting reading. As for myself, tools can be anything from a pen and scrap of paper to coins, string, sticks and so on, but when it comes to "proper tools", meaning the ones I regularly use for magic, I do have a few: My knife, which belonged to my grandmother; my mortar and pestle; and my cauldron, which I originally bought just to burn things in, but have since been taught in a dream by one of my guides that it is a tool of transformation, and have been using it quite a bit lately. It's one of those small cast iron ones with the triple moon symbol cast into the side, but lately I've been eying my wok for a similar purpose on a larger scale. I also use candles, mainly because I like them and the way they interact with the atmosphere, as well as mixing and burning herbs. I have a stang that I made from hawthorne, but I haven't really used it yet. It stands in the corner of my living room and seems happy there, maybe that's all it'll ever do... I also have a sample pack of hemp paper that I got years ago. The paper is great, very sturdy and good for charms and the occasional himmelsbrief. It also burns in a nice way, slow and steady with a low flame.
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