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SelkieBlythe

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    Feline
  • Location
    Arizona
  • Interests
    rock climbing, dance, filmmaking and video editing, music, mythology, Ireland, travel
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I've been a witch my whole life. I started actively practicing when I was around 12. I tend to use whatever is available to me, my spells are simple, and I love making my own oils, tinctures, beauty products, etc. I work a lot with nature.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I very loosely identified as a Wiccan for a short time, but it didn't fit. I am a Hare Krishna Hindu who practices witchcraft.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Every day.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    For me, it means being able to use things around you to have an effect on yourself and your environment. There are many things that fall under traditional witchcraft.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I started actively practicing when I was 13.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Web search.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I would like to get deeper insight into the practice, learn some spells and tips, and work with witches who don't identify as Wiccan. I like Wiccans, but I am not one. I'd like to see how other witches live their magical lives and blend it with the mundane.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Nature magic, kitchen witchery, candle magic, simple on-the-fly spellwork, traditional medicines, clearing ghosts from my house, faerie magic.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I don't do a lot of curses or hexes. Very rarely.

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  1. My personal belief (and I'm writing this before reading everyone else's answers, so If I'm repeating someone, it's unintentional): I know this forum is a place where witchcraft is discussed separate of religious belief, but in order to understand where I"m coming from, I am a Hindu - specifically a Vaishnava (or Hare Krishna, as we're known) who is also a witch. My personal belief is that there are many gods, and one Supreme God, and we are all sparks of his energy. But we are all eternally individual souls, the demigods and us mere mortals alike. So, while we are connected to each other eternally, we never "become one with the light" permanently as some believe, because that isn't our ultimate expression of self. We are all divine energy, but that doesn't make us all God. That being said, relationships with the divine are based on free will. We're in this material world of our own free will, and it takes our free will desire to want to connect and have a relationship with another soul - whether it's Krishna or The Morrigan. It's a relationship, and relationships require both participants. So, yes, deities "need" us as much as we need them in order to have a relationship. They do not need us or our permission to exist any more than we need someone else's permission to exist. We just exist. Eternally. And we have eternal relationships of different kinds with different deities and expansions of the Supreme. Which is why I don't believe there is one single path for all people. Again, this is what I believe, and I hope I have not caused any offense to anyone.
  2. I was told about the Master Tonic when I was sick, and immediately went home to make some. There are lots of recipes online, almost all the same. Sometimes it's called Fire Tonic. I added extra ginger and turmeric to mine, and some more habanero, so I'm naming it Gangsta Tonic, because it will &%$# a cold up. You know what I mean. Ingredients: Apple cider vinegar onion habenero ginger horseradish garlic turmeric Put everything in the ACV and let it ferment for 2 weeks, then strain and take a tablespoon or a shot a day to prevent, more to treat colds. This will definitely clear your sinuses. Take with honey if it's too intense. I'm hard core Gangsta so I take it straight, no chaser :P My other favorite cold remedies are hot water with honey and cinnamon, ginger komboucha (really anything with ginger, I'm obsessed with ginger and cinnamon), and vegetarian miso soup. Fermented foods are my go-to for healing.
  3. No it isn't necessary, but it can be helpful. I cast circles when I'm doing a full ritual, or when I need to be more focused, or when I meditate. If I'm adding some intention to some food, or charging an object, or just doing really basic every day magic, then I don't cast a circle. It's a good thing to learn how to do, but if it doesn't work for you, then you can use something else.
  4. I consider myself to be kind of a chaote, in the fact that I am willing to try other techniques and see what works for me. Most of my magical practice falls under "traditional" magic, and I tend to use what I have available. I do cast circles, always have. The LBPR has never resonated with me. Ceremonial magic is way less effective for me, unless I write my own. I'm more likely to come up with my own rituals based on knowledge I've gained from both my experience and other people's. I've been reading Phil Hine's Condensed Chaos and I've found a lot of it to be very useful. I've also created servitors with great success. I guess that falls under chaos magic, but a chaos witch/magician/however you identify is defined more by a willingness to stretch themselves and explore their own boundaries and decide which rules are effective for them. So, I don't see it as something that has to be a conflict or a contradiction to be a traditional witch and a chaote.
  5. IslandBruja and Kalinia, those are all great tips! I guess I have no excuse now :P Odalibuc, I made a mini travel altar out of an Altoids tin. I did not invent this, I got the idea from someone else. Anyway, small candy or cookie (or biscuit) tins work great for portable or easily hidden altars. I glued in pictures, ribbon flowers, chants or poems, and keep a tea light candle and some incense matches in mine. If you want to get fancy, you can decorate the outside with fimo clay or whatever else. That way you can bring your altar wherever, set it up quickly by opening it, and then take it away with you. Hmm, I could make one of those for the faeries!
  6. Thanks! The goal is to actually live there. That's how much we loved it! Lots of faeries there, and you better believe I will have an awesome faerie garden when we get there!
  7. I'm in major budget mode so I can get back to Ireland, so I haven't gone in on plants and pots, but I may treat myself this winter to a small version. Or at least giving my current house plants some more fairy garden flair.
  8. I've been wanting to do one of those fairy gardens for the longest time!
  9. I have a "formal" altar and a working altar. The formal altar has my deities on it— Sri Sri Radha Krishna and their avatars— on it. This is where I'll take darshan, and make offerings of food, incense, music, flowers, etc. This is the worship altar, and except for seasonal decorations (right now it's looking very Samhain/autumn), it's very traditionally Hindu in it's setup. It is on a cupboard all to itself with our spiritual books and aarati supplies underneath. My "working" altar is where the magic stuff happens. This is on a shelf in my bookcase, and has representations of my deities on it, as well as my spirit animals, lots of crystals, seashells and stones from Ireland, oils, candles, etc. I'll sit in front of it to chant or meditate (I'll do the same with the other one, but it's easier with the working one because it's at eye-level when I'm sitting on the floor.) Nice tip on the dog bed meditation cushion! I'll have to find one of those. The formal altar is the central piece in our living room, because we consider it the center of our lives. The working altar is actually in my bedroom, because that's where there was space for it. Ideally, I'd rather have it on something like a coffee table and maybe next to the formal altar. ** Edit I actually have a third altar in the kitchen! It's a picture of Radha Krishna with a candle and a bell. This is where I'll offer most of my food, since I don't do formal offerings for every meal. Also, I ask Radha for cooking inspiration all the time, so she oversees my work, and Krishna steals the butter. :)
  10. Fuck. I have, like, 20 crystals and zero skulls. And there's lavender on my altar. I knew I should have gone for the oleander! Damnit! I'm failing at trydaetionyl wytchecraeft. That was a really funny article. Ok off to post to Instagram now. :P
  11. I had both of these. I can't even say I'm embarrassed though. The only books I'm really embarrassed that I read were the Twilight books. (It was a rough summer, ok? I was living at my mom's and I needed something - anything - to distract me from the badness of my life, and the badness of those books did the trick.) All the wicca books I bought and read were just layers of information. I kept what worked for me and let go of the rest so I could search for more.
  12. I always have cinnamon, lavender, mint, and sage. Ginger and turmeric have become staples in the last few years. I use turmeric in face masks and in teas to sooth inflammation. It's amazing. I've also been using fennel and basil a lot for spells. Also, since discovering just how much my skin loves rosewater and rose oil, I haven't been without it. It doesn't qualify as an herb, exactly, but my aloe plant is very important. When I spilled boiling water on my hand the other day, my husband grabbed one of the leaves and got me some pure aloe vera immediately. It also helps for general skin irritations - not just burns.
  13. So, Target has some graphic T's with occult, astrological, and alchemical symbols on them. I definitely bought a few. I like the idea that it's safety in numbers, and a sign that humanity is learning about itself. That's a really positive way to see it.
  14. I think these are valid concerns about the backlash. In high school, I lived in a very Christian area that did have some satanic activity - specifically with blood sacrifices. I remember walking to school one day and finding a great blue heron with it's throat slit and laid out within a ritual design of bones and things, and it was pretty horrible for me. There were rumors that kids had gone missing... you can see where this goes. People were really on edge, and when I was caught holding an amethyst crystal, a classmate asked me if I was a witch and did I worship Satan. It was an amethyst! The very fact that I had a pretty stone made me suspect. If they found out that I read tarot (I kept that a secret) or communed with nature, I was done. My poor sister had a crow land close to her during lunch, as they tend to do with both of us, and that was it for her. No one would go near her. Good thing they never found out we used to have pet pigmy goats, or we'd have been stoned to death! So, people getting freaked out and going ultra-conservative is always a concern, and has always been a concern. But there's always that portion of the population who are attracted to the trend, and then find something real in it. I think when the masses see that people are finding some truth in their path and discovering who they really are, it freaks out those who aren't ready for that kind of self-acknowledgement. I moved away, and actually deeper into the bible belt, where ironically I found more people like me, and more freedom to express who I was with a little more safety. So, I guess, just be careful and aware of who's around you, and enjoy having better access to things for the time being! Also, when you can re-inform the mis-informed, that helps. And the fact that witchcraft is trendy means that people are more likely to listen now.
  15. My mom's side of the family never called themselves witches but... There was always a cinnamon besom by the front door to keep out bad spirits. Peacock feathers inside were considered bad luck (until we got a black cat, then they became cat toys.) No hats on the bed - sign of death. Always had mint plants and rosemary for protection. Bird pooping on you was good luck If your nose was itchy - you'd have a fight or kiss a fool If your ears rang or were itchy - someone was talking about you If your hands were itchy - you'd be getting money Crickets inside were considered good luck and were never to be killed If you kill a spider inside, it will rain in 3 days Ring around the moon meant rain This rhyme: "Red skies at night, sailor's delight. Red skies in morning, sailors take warning." I really like the wind chime one. I should get one of those.
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