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FrozenThunderbolt last won the day on August 10 2020

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    Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Interests
    gardening, blacksmithing, carving, leatherwork, brewing, distilling HEMA,
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Read about it (and other paths/occult sources) for 15 years. <br />Practiced many of the skills of TW (ie augery and wortcunning) for almost as long.<br />Very little formal (external) training - the one 'trad' coven I found was more Garnerian - spent a little time with them and learned some useful bits.<br />Read 'The roebuck in the thicket', working on 'Treading the mill' now.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Atheist skeptic &gt; Wiccan &gt; 'Eclectic pagan'/occult enthusiast &gt; Druid [as per John Michael Greer's work].<br />I got sick of the singularly positive focus, moved to options with a more balanced (teluric and solar [or similar]) duality, and now appreciate the spectrum apparent between these two polarities, and third options that are neither.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    As a single unified system, no. But as stated 100 T.Witches = 101 definitions yes?<br />I rather suspect that some of the things I have studied, intuited and tried may fit this purview anyway.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Utilizing the currents of magic in ways appropriate to the land on which I walk, eat and nurture, in order to gain greater control over my own life, and a greater understanding of the seen and unseen worlds around me.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    10-15 years depending on how liberal a view you take of the term 'witchcraft' ;-)
  • What brought you to our site?
    Google &quot;Treading the mill&quot; Review
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to get:<br />- A grittier and more practical perspective from practicing witches.<br />- A nudge in the right direction, and a slap upside the head when I need it.<br />- Engaging conversation.<br />I offer:<br />- Extensive and diverse practical crafting (little c not big C!) knowledge and techniques that will support witch-crafting.<br />- Some actual experiences (dare I say knowledge) and maturity on demand.<br />- Engaging conversation.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I believe I still have an account on Witchvox from waaay back when. I would be lucky to hack my own password for it though.<br />I have an account at Wizardforums which led me to realize that they are a vast waste of my time and effort reading back posts for 3 and 1/2 days.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Best at garden/Herbcraft (medical and magical), crafting magical tools.<br />Fair at meditation, visualization,rune and tarot div.<br />Good intuition/UPG/'feeling'
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I would like to be better at detecting and directing 'energy' (akaasha/prana/chi/astral light/arwen/spirit/term of your choice.<br />Interested in Hedgecrossing (no experience).

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  1. To my eye the tip is either bone or antler
  2. With one 7 months, and the other 2.5 sooo much truth here! lol
  3. You loose the right to complain about that which you have the power to change.
  4. If you got a series of lazy-susan bearing rings, and then cut a nested set of wooden rings that sat on each roller you could have them so that they were a single height and infinitely adjustable . . .😉
  5. No worries - they are madly expensive as very few are printed - only about 500ish per book for his first few, hence the insane price tag. I don't feel bad about reading the PDF of those ones as it is literally the only way I have access to them - I'm in the process of doing my own one off binding of Viridarium Umbris and lux haeresis in the hopes that I'm honouring the content and author. When and if there is ever another mass market printing I'll happily pay for a copy to legitimise the one I currently own. There is a mass market run of Veneficium, which I have purchased propperly as it is affordable. I feel it is good practice to purchase the books you can afford, but I'm certainly not above checking out a PDF first to make sure it is what I'm after. The cost of specialty books from the likes of Xoanan, Miskatonic and Scarlet Imprint makes me cry, to get a copy of John Michael Greer's Dolmen arch (even the less fancy version) here to NZ would cost me over $300nz which I just can't justify. I live in hope that it (and many other authors books) will be rereleased as affordable paperbacks once the limited eddition are universally sold out and they realise there is an ever increasing demand for such things.
  6. Viridarium Umbris - the pleasure garden of shadow (Has a tree like image on the front with a serpents tail instead of a root) or Veneficium - Magic, witchcraft and the poison path (Has a boquet of blooms and greenery growing out of a human heart) Both by Daniel A. Schulke.
  7. Brewing, distilling, wood and bone carving, leatherwork, gardening and forging that I do all tie in nicely.
  8. I would respectfully disagree here. Magic can't be EXPERIENCED by reading books would be a more nuanced view. A decent analogy might be food; A cook book can show you how to make a dish, but you can't truely smell, taste, feel, and ultimately understand and inovate on that dish until you make it. Most of the time you need to make any dish several times to get it right, and eventually you can make it without the guide in the book. Some dishes allow for innovation by the chef, others will simply (or disasterously) fail if they aren't followed precisely. I am a bibliophile, and can relate to the book learning desire. Start with 3-4 good introductory books and see where this is overlap/what rings true to you, then pick something simple and DO it. Ideally pick something that you can do repeatedly for a solid period of time to make it a habit. I would argue you would learn more from 2 weeks of 20 minutes of meditation every day, or a banishing ritual done daily, than you would from that time spent reading more books. Books might be a map to show you a path, but you have to walk it to walk it.
  9. It has a mild MAOI effect (monoamine oxidase inhibiter). This means it should not be taken with herbs or regular pharma that are SSRI's (selective seretonin reuptake inhibitors - a large number of modern antidepressives). If a MAOI and SSRI are taken together it puts one at risk of seretonin syndrome (an excess of circulating seretonin). The effects of this range from unpleasent to potentially fatal.
  10. Typically science and philosophy texts. Things like ecology and earth science textbooks are often helpful, as are books that deal with native flora and fauna where I live. Books on weather, constellations, myth and legends. Books and paper on the pharmacology/chemistry of various plants are vital to ensure that no-one gets poisoned. Sci-Hub: removing barriers in the way of science - is wonderful for being able to find the full text versions of papers that are hidden behind a paywall.
  11. Taking inspiration from you, I've used the last of my roses with the first of my elder-flowers to make rose and elder-flower champagne, instead of pure elder-flower.
  12. I have my moments, it's always good when they turn out not to be senior moments and I share something both accurate AND helpful ;)
  13. not unknown - 'reddening the runes' is a thing. The casters blood added to or laid over the ink if done properly. Or with read ochre and wine if there is a reason to use an alternative. I could certainly see adding spaygaric tinctures or other substances as being helpful if you were making as set dedicated to read about a particular theme aspect of life.
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