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Broomflower last won the day on May 28 2020

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About Broomflower

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  • Location
    Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?
  • Interests
    Art, illustration, writing, herbs, sewing, hiking, camping
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
  • Have you explored other paths?
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    I am a hedge-witch.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional witchcraft is grounded in European folk magick practices and may include shamanic, religious or spiritual elements.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    25 years+
  • What brought you to our site?
    a search engine
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    There are specific traditions and practices I'm seeking knowledge about. I hope I can be helpful to others sharing what knowledge I have.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I don't really have as much time to participate in forums as much as I'd like anymore.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    the ability to resist advertising my strengths and weaknesses in what is to me a very personal practice.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I'd rather not say, thank you.
  1. Actually, it's probably my fault. I have to move soon. It's like washing your car and expecting it not to rain.
  2. I mean, seriously, man? What the hell? Enough already! This has been a public service announcement. Thank you, Concerned Citizens
  3. I have one especially memorable experience with Shadow People, although its been decades. Like a lot of intense psychic disturbances, this experience occurred in adolescence. It was probably related the fears I had collected around my own newly budding power and creativity, as they tended to hover around my art trunk. At this time I was also experiencing my first really serious interest in occultism and my very earliest experiences of moon-worship, as well as questioning the systems of belief I had been raised to accept as true and challenging the assumed authorities in my life. They may have also been associated with the ocular migraines I began experiencing around this time as well. There was a lot of fear around all of these things, and these entities are definitely drawn to fear. Fear attracts them, feeds them, and in a lot of ways it is what they are made of. They are creatures of fear. This was also around the same time I went off to summer art school, not only away from home for an extended period on my own, but also in an environment where I was being expected to accept, explore and embrace my vision as an artist for the first time. Lots happening, as well as the usual adolescent stuff. I think all this turmoil either congealed into, called into being, or otherwise attracted these small, maybe 2'-3' high entities, with glowing red eyes, that would lurk in my closet and around my art desk and supply trunk and stare, wordlessly threatening. I don't know what finally made them go away. I think perhaps it might have been art school. At any rate these guys fit all the classic descriptions of the malevolent Shadow People, with the exception of their small size, their obvious lively alertness, and their extremely personal nature. My twin brother told me once he experienced the manifestation of similar Shadow People in his garage, years later, as an adult. (As twins often are, he is almost the exact polar opposite of me, very religious, a bit superstitious, and paradoxically embracing the hard sciences) He was extremely freaked out by them, of course by then, I had already gotten over my own experiences with Shadow People years ago, as well as making a formal study and practice of witchcraft, and in a lot of ways I think my non-reaction may have bothered him even more. I only had one other experience with Shadow People, around the time I completed my NLP Master Practitioner training. It was a few weeks before I would lose my home, cat and entire body of artwork to fire, and it may have been a harbinger of looming disaster. My NLP trainer was kind of known for his combining of NLP and other hypnotic techniques with ritual magick, so when this spooky shadow critter appeared right in front of me, my first impulse was to try an NLP technique on it. When we were younger, my brother and I had been in kind of an amateur magic show with my dad, and Dad had this color-changing scarf trick. So when this thing presented itself to me, I thought of my Dad's trick, I reached out to "grab" it (in spite of it having no substance) and with a quick flick of my wrist and a "snap" I "turned it inside out", like my dad's scarf. I honestly don't remember what it did after that, aside from go away. I think I recall it being colorful and light on the inside, strangely enough. I've never experienced them again since. Anyway I wanted to mention that because the technique clearly worked. Those of you who may be experiencing hauntings by Shadow People might want to consider trying it. It's not unlike how Harry Potter's Professor Lupin taught the class to handle a Boggart; in fact in principle its very much the same. (Shouting "Riddikulus!" really isn't necessary, but what the hell, if that's what you want to do, knock yourself out.) Do try it; if nothing else, it will drive home with clarity the fact that you are not powerless and can handle yourself against these things without being intimidated. (edited to add that this technique most certainly isn't traditional witchcraft. Nonetheless, when faced with something nasty and ugly that wants to rumble, I say it's totally ok to use any and all tools you have at your disposal to deal with the thing, and traditional folklore can go fuck itself.)
  4. Traditional witchcaft is not Wicca, so I think first of all it is important to understand that Gods and Goddesses are not collectible bubble-gum cards. (That always used to annoy the snot out of me.) The really best advice I can give you for understanding Gods and/or Goddesses is to ask the Land. You will get better feedback there than from even the best internet forums, like this one. :)
  5. I would have said it tastes like filthy gym socks, but yeah, I guess I can kind of see that too.
  6. I could never make it past step 1. Life without Tully, coffee, and hot sauce would be an empty, hollow shell. Mood swings: chaste tree berry, also known as vitex, is probably the reason why my teenagers and ex-husband are still alive, lol. Edited to emphasize this, since others here seem to be having hormone-related emotional issues. Really the stuff is amazing! Black cohosh worked great for hot flashes for me. I use ginko for memory, but if I may plug a specific product? Herb Pharm's "Brain and Memory" is a godssend. I made a women's tincture from chaste tree, red raspberry, mugwort, passion flower, and rose hips. Motherwort would probably better than the mugwort, but I had like a LOT of mugwort. So. Much. Mugwort. I usually prefer to use mugwort externally for cramps. It works great in a bath with motherwort and yarrow blossoms.
  7. I used to work in health food stores, so honestly I'm tempted to answer, "all of them"! But for personal use, my very favorites are nettle, hawthorn berry, and ginko. I've had great results with kava-kava and St. Johnswort. Garlic, ginger, cayenne and tumeric (with black pepper, for the piperine to aid absorption) are also favorites. Recently the line between healthful herbs taken as supplements, and wholesome, healing foods has begun to blur for me. I've discovered so-called "superfoods" like maca, and some of the healthful algea, like spirulina and chorella, as well as grass juices like wheat and barley. I have a manual juicer (hey it was free!) and I can't wait for "real" Spring to get here so I can try juicing some of my favorite wild plants, like purslane. (Purslane is so, so wonderful!) I also really appreciate the health benefit of elder flower and berry, rose hips, red clover, hibiscus and of course, where would we be in a NY winter without echinacea? Oh, I could go on and on about this. I really want to lead some local herb walks and teach classes, but I have o get settled before I start writing proposals and searching for a venue.
  8. Right now, my focus has been on parenting, job hunting, and cleaning up my personal life. (In a nutshell, I'm divorcing yet again and getting re-settled in my home city.) I'm homeshooling my middle child as city high schools proved themselves to be an awful learning environment for her. I'd like to buy a house but I'm waiting on a damn settlement that is actually overdue. I'm "adulting". I've been in kind of a creative slump for awhile. I consider myself an artist, but I've had a struggle making art again since I lost my entire body of work to a fire about 10 years ago. I used to write, but haven't written a word since my father died a few years ago. My current creative outlets are cooking (because it's practical) and crochet. I'd sew, but the pedal to my damn machine was lost in the move. It's probably in a box somewhere, but damned if I know which one. It's been my intent to get out into nature more. I'd like to start leading herb walks, but that means being outside, and human contact. I've been very withdrawn for personal reasons lately. I almost made it out the door to a drum circle tonight, but decided a the last minute I wanted to hang out in my room listening to 80's new wave and alternative throwback videos on you tube and eating chia pudding while wasting time online. I'm not sorry. I go through cycles of introversion and extroversion, and right now my priority is on more personal work. My other big passion is herbs and natural wellness. My last two jobs were in health food stores and it really felt like I'd found my calling. I've also been very politically active in the past, but that is another area where I've been withdrawn lately, in spite of what seems to be a desperate need for action in the US right now. I have a lot of personal stuff going on, and feel unable to responsibly contribute my best to the causes that are important to me, in spite of great need. I don't feel I can responsibly commit energy that I just don't have. I also enjoy books, and uh, maybe this is a bit embarrassing to admit considering I'm a middle-aged mother-of-three who works with holistic wellness and is involved in anti-war politics, but I do like video games, especially Skyrim and most of all the Fallout games. F*cking give me a Tesla cannon and get the hell out of my way. Die, super mutant scum, die! I bought Fallout 4 for my teenage son, but he didn't get to play it until I split with his stepdad and moved out of the house because I was always playing his game! Unfortunately the ex got the good computer (because really, it was his) so for now, no shooting super mutants for Broomflower. Boo.
  9. I don't like the cliqueishness and quibbling. That is more a critique of witch culture than the practices itself. Witchcraft can either be a disciline that calls you to focus on what is really important, or a distraction that encourages the burying of self in petty material drama. That choice s of course up to the witch, and whether or not they are "doing it right". So many people choose the path of drama and stupidity over the path of power and self mastery, and then indiscriminately or unconsciously fling it at anyone within flinging distance. Ugh. That is why I keep the specifics of my own beliefs and practices under my pointy, wide-brimmed hat.
  10. I have had so many books come and go over the years, I barely remember the really embarrassing ones. I think I had a copy if Al Manning's "Helping Yourself With White Witchcraft", but honestly, I picked it up for the cheese factor. I have another really awesomely silly mass-market 60's paperback called something like "Diary of A Happy Witch" (NOT the Sybil Leek book, although I've had copies of that come and go over the years, too.) But I have to admit, frequently I buy books intentionally because I know they are "bad" or cheesy, and I have a kind of strange appreciation for them. Kind of like occult literary art brut. Not the same thing as an embarrassing purchase. I'm sure I have others that are just as awful, but right now all my books are in a box in a storage unit waiting to move, and I have so many I don't even know what's there. I'd just know if something went missing! I did have a copy of Dancing With Dragons. Ugh, I think I got rid of it just a few days after buying it. I couldn't even keep it as New-Agey kitsch. Bleah! That being said, I had and still have many of the classic, fluffy Llewellyn books. Truth be told, although I don't think I could be considered Wiccan in the strictest sense, I still put it down on school and medical forms because most people, at least around here, know what it is. Although I have grown beyond my wide-eyed crystals-and-glitter newbie Wiccan stage a couple decades ago, I bear no ill will towards Wicca, and have nothing but fondness for it. There is no way I could have ever grown beyond it if I hadn't grown through it. And for that I am extremely grateful. Please forgive me for digging up this old bone. I didn't realize how old it was until after I'd posted. I just really love my "bad" books!
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