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About balefire

  • Birthday 11/23/1969


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  • Location
    Tidewater Virginia
  • Interests
    reading, jewelry making, gardening
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have friends in a coven that allow me to practice with them during Sabbats. Otherwise I am solitary and interested in hoodoo, herbalism, and hedge witch practices.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, I attend a Zen Buddhist meditation group weekly.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Hoodoo counts, right?
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Non New Age and not exactly Wiccan.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    20+ years, but not consistantly.
  • What brought you to our site?
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    An exchange of information and ideas based on experiences.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Bindings or banishing. Jar magick.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?

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  1. I use the Radiant Tarot (a more colorful verion of Rider-Waite) and the Modern Witch Tarot. I'm still trying to learn tarot, so I looked for beginner ones. I used to have the Renaissance Tarot (which I liked a lot) but I had trouble at times reading it. Now it is in the hands of some person that hopefully loves it.
  2. By my actions...I'm a witch and have been for a long time. I'm just not accustomed to referring to myself as one. Granted, I really don't talk to anyone about my practices. This forum is my only online interaction on this topic. I hope this answer helps.
  3. I don't know, maybe......I'm 50 years old. There was no internet and books were limited when I was young. I read Scott Cunningham's Earth Magick and The Spiral Dance by Star Hawk in my late teens, but didn't embrace their Wiccan beliefs. I just found them interesting books in passing. I'm not a hereditary Witch, although my family had some very Pagan practices which I didn't realize until I was much older. I just felt different. I was part of a coven at one point, until they cast me out. They were Wiccan and I was not. I didn't realize they were Wiccan until after I joined them. (The joining and separation happened back in the 1980s. I have no malice towards them, our beliefs were just very different.) Was I making poultices, practicing spells, watching the moon phases, and using herbalism in my day to day life? Yes. Did I call myself a Wiccan or a Witch? No. So are you a Witch if you call yourself one or are you a Witch by your actions? Truthfully, I really don't know at this point. I just do what I do from day to day.
  4. I miss the quiet and solitude of living in the country; hearing owls during the winter and coyotes in the summer. I was more trusting and passive. Life seemed to have a predictable slow pace. For the past 10 years I've lived in an urban environment. At first I hated it, too many people, higher crime rate, and too many cars. I'm more skeptical about others' motives now and have no fear to cross those who have crossed me. I've had to improvise more with less space for gardening, spell work, etc. But it's okay because I have learned to adapt and grow into this environment. The supplies I use are simple and common. They are the same as when I lived in the country. I don't plan on living here the rest of my life, yet I'm unsure where I will go next.
  5. Back when I was a teenager, a willow tree in the yard lost quite few branches in a storm. I always loved this particular tree for some reason and took a section of branch from a downed limb. I stripped the bark off of it and filed the ends down, but I rarely use it. It's become more of a keepsake from a favorite tree that was later struck by lightening and died. 30+ years later and I still have it.
  6. I remember having friends in high school that identified as "white witches or Wiccans" and they would make pleasantries with a "grey witch" classmate. I read their Wiccan books and found them interesting, but couldn't get into the whole Wiccan thing. I also stumbled upon a book in the crawlspace of the house I lived in that had a black cover with white sigils on it, something about ceremonial witchcraft or magick. Anyway, the only thing I remember about that book was: "You no longer have to copulate on a headstone in a graveyard at night to become a witch!" I don't know why I found that so funny at the time, but I did. So I just went through life until about a few years ago. Then I discovered hoodoo and hedge witches. I like it. Less complex rituals, no need for covens, doing witchcraft with the resources at hand. No white, grey, or black magick. Don't do what you can't handle. It just seems like common sense to me.
  7. I would say recycled tools and things have come to me, thankfully. Jars, bags, candles....it's amazing how many never used things you can find, be gifted, salvage. Pots...I've been lucky enough to inherit a few. I just cleanse them like all found items and make use of them.
  8. I did a similar binding, but instead of a photo I had the intended person's signature. With a cord I bound her (signature on paper) from speaking about me. Then I placed in a jar in a place where it would not be disturbed. The person I bound was a former supervisor of mine. She worked us severely short staffed for years. Despite receiving every merit raise possible, everytime I applied for another position it fell through. After I did this binding, multiple positions and employment opened to me. (BTW it wasn't just me....other employees I learned were shot down on their transfers by her despite positive employee evaluations.)
  9. I liked this film a lot. The hedge crossing, a coveted black scrying mirror, and the silly Friend character made this film complete fun for me.
  10. Thank you for the articles. How do you take the eggshell calcium? Do you mix it in water like the one article suggested, or can it be mixed in food like hot oatmeal?
  11. "Never allow a person in that animals dislike." I like this one a lot. I always took for granted that it could be considered a superstition.
  12. I pretty much do what NightshadeMoon does; I rinse the eggshells and then leave them in sunlight to dry a few days. Once they are dry; I crush them and then leave them in the open air a few more days before I bag them.
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