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  1. I had heard of witchcraft through video games and my very Catholic dad, and I was obsessed ever since. Then when I got into high school I befriended a girl who was Wiccan and tried to learn as much as I could from her before I ever got to read books or the internet (my dad wouldn’t even let me do enochian angel magick after I tried to make it sound as Catholic as possible).

    So I do think I would have managed to find my way without the internet. But it would’ve definitely taken longer, and I would have had more BS info to filter through before I got to my current place. 


  2. On 7/25/2018 at 2:15 PM, Aurelian said:

    Sigh.  The main issue with this is people thinking they have a RIGHT to other peoples practices!  I've seen a lot of people get involved with other cultural traditions, and after they've read a few books they consider themselves an expert on it and proceed to tell indigenous practitioners what is what!  

     

    Be respectful, be humble, or else, just stay in your lane.  A lot of POC are trying to decenter whiteness right now, so don't get up in their faces and throw a fit if you aren't accepted.  

     

    There are white people in the US joining the cult of Santa Muerte, as has been mentioned above.  Some of them throw a fit when they go to...the temple, the church?  I'm not sure of the exact terminology, but some of them throw a fit when it's all in Spanish and they can't understand what is being said, and whine and moan and ask for it to be said in English.  How about they learn Spanish and stop trying to colonize a tradition that has existed for hundreds of years?  THEY need to do the work to enable them to work this belief system.  Adapt instead of acting a fool.

    My 2 cents, anyway.

    Let my just bump this comment for anyone who reads this thread.

    Respect the tradition, because you aren’t a rightful inheritor, you are not a member of the culture, you are a foreigner or sometimes just a tourist. The cultural practice is there to serve them and not you so don’t expect special accommodations, it is meant to connect to their ancestors-  not yours, so respect that if you’re going to try and get involved.

    Don’t go selling it and displacing the rightful inheritors of the practice who have more right to sell the products/practices, don’t go trying to write books on it exploiting the culture to make a buck. Don’t just assimilate into the practice because you want to benefit from their ancestral treasures, try to assimilate into the culture to show respect. And stay in your lane. Don’t expect to be a leader in the tradition, because you cannot tap into the cultural and ancestral essence of the practice the way the actual members of the lineage can.


  3. On 1/22/2021 at 10:42 AM, Onyx said:

    I was brought up in Scotland, so the Celtic Folk Lore and the seasonal changes are perfect for me.  Now I live in western Canada, and the seasons are practically the same, except for a different Time Zone calculation.  I just use the same names, no need to invent somethng else.

    Do you practice any traditional magic from that area or do you stick with chaos magic? I relish getting to hear about traditional ancestral/cultural magical traditions (even though I only practice my own). 😄 


  4. The best genuine traditional witchcraft channel I have ever found on YouTube is The Hoodoo Queen who goes by the name of Queen Co.

    She comes from an unbroken family lineage of traditional hoodoo that dates back into the 1800’s. And she is a staunch traditionalist. I love her channel.

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  5. On 1/9/2021 at 10:51 PM, phantasmagoria said:

    So, I've recently come to the observation that Thoth is a tricky beaky bastard, and I'm not afraid to say it!!! It thoroughly advised me, in my own readings AND across the board by the study group I was in that to rekindle my relationship with my ex-husband after 3 years was the Best Idea Ever, and good graces, I am a bit shocked that I made it out again alive this time. In general, I've been finding that I've been getting mixed and inappropriate reads from Tarot, various decks too... I think it may be possible that I've sort of become dependent on consulting cards, subconsciously looking for certain answers, or what...My Elder friend who reads Tarot (but not Thoth) confirmed that the Gods can and will absolutely trick a witch so that we learn a lesson, and Thoth is, of course, Mercury, and a known Trickster. I even cast off the deck into the bushes, that that Elder gave me in a desperate instance with Said Husband of Yore, and then couldn't find it afterward, I think because I was so pissed that it led me down the road I was asking about, even though certainly it knew what was going to happen. So, Hard lessons. I'm being forced to cultivate a much healthier respect for the Tarot lately, in multiple senses... awe, boundaries, skepticism, and awareness of that the consciousness behind the deck makes a huge difference. In the case of Thoth, the consciousness being a Deity, realizing that the lessons involved are from a God and can and may humble me. 

    Anyway, Thoth has Thoroughly Flummoxed me. I have all of my study books out still, actually, so the deck as a concept IS calling to me, but, man oh man... it's no joke. I feel as though I really want to investigate some less "God Smack You On the Head like You're Dead"/"Trick You Cos That's My Job Fool", and more compassionate, motherly decks because now I am seeing why Thoth scares the shit out of so many Witches. LOL. I don't trust it right now, TBH... not for consulting readings, anyway... I think I'm going to keep it as a back burner study course rather than consulting it for answers for a while. I was warned about Thoth as a God being difficult, and now I see why. 

    I was suggested the Deviant Moon in New Orleans, but didn't get it... I went for another Thoth instead, like a crazy person.

    The twisted path is long and winding, indeed. 

     

     

    The golden tarot by Kat Black is pretty gentle and sweet, but also truthful.

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  6. I have started to come out of my shell a bit with my family, particularly my siblings (my younger sis I teach magic so no surprise with her). And I’ve been able to help a couple of them magically so they are appreciative of my talents lol. At this point in my life I’m focusing more on surrounding myself only with those who believe in witchcraft and the “supernatural” so that I don’t have to hide anything if I don’t feel like it.

    But if I don’t trust or don’t like someone, I absolutely keep it to myself, In case want to chuck a spiritual chancla their way later.


  7. On 12/13/2020 at 1:52 PM, StanLily said:

    My only ability that comes through my bloodline is second sight. It runs in the family. Anything else, I've sort of wandered through the buffet if life, and worked with what felt right.

    What I have found is that spiritual gifts don’t take the same form in everyone in the bloodline. My cousin is a medium, but her aunt was psychic with the ability of psychometry. And my great grandmother was a powerful medium, but she told me that I get my conjuring gifts from her and so I listened. So if you ask my view on it, you probably got your magical gifts from the same bloodline that gave you the Sight. They’re all spiritual abilities that take different forms depending on the person (from what I’ve learned).


  8. I will be celebrating family this solstice. My family has recently been blessed this month with a Yuletide miracle involving an extremely ill close family member (who nearly died early this month) that is fit for a movie (she was completely cured within days!). I may make a magical tea I created if we get the ingredients, and I will more than likely have a good sit down with the ancestors about this upcoming year.


  9. 1 hour ago, spectropoetics said:

    I've never tried Lenormand, something else always catches my eye before I can dive in but it's definitely a system I want to study at some point! Lenormand is such an interesting character, truly an inspiration for any cartomancer imo

    It’s nice getting to know the lenormand, it’s a good primer for oracles in general. Learning to interpret the language is a fun process, so I’d definitely start with it because there’s good books out in lenormand reading that will really teach you to read oracle card systems in general. Such as The Complete Lenormand Oracle Handbook.


  10. On 11/21/2020 at 2:33 PM, spectropoetics said:

    My favorite "art deck" is a newer one, the Pagan Otherworlds. It's stunning, and very potent, as it tries to synthesize different historical interpretations of the Tarot - you can divine with anything but it's nice to work with a well thought-out tool.

    I'm waiting for a Joanna Newsom deck I supported on Kickstarter to arrive, I'm incredibly excited. You can see the artist's work here.

    Otherwise imo you can't beat the Marseille.

     

    Have you tried the lenormand? I generally I prefer oracle decks to tarot. I’ve also considered working with the Santa Muerte tarot, such beautiful imagery. And it’s my lineage lol.


  11. On 11/14/2018 at 5:08 AM, Quietworker said:

    As a fairly new arrival into the world of witchcraft, and after finding that Wicca was not for me, I have been working at learning and practicing the craft. However, coming from 20 plus years pretty structured training in a different pagan type path, I am struggling to figure out how to learn without a structure or pattern. I feel I need someone experienced to give me a bit of an idea (books are great but very random) so wondered if any of you have worked with a witch mentor of any kind and could give me a pointer on how to perhaps find some help? Thanks.

    My best advice at finding the path for anyone is to look into your ancestry and specifically ask your ancestors to guide you to the bloodline where your magical abilities come from. 

    My ancestors guided me to traditional mexican Brujería, and I was told specifically by my great grandmother that my spiritual gifts come from her (she’s Mexican obviously). And now it’s clear why I jumped from reading about one tradition to the other, the only one that felt right was the one that was predominant in my blood from the beginning but I kept overlooking.

    Once you’ve found the tradition(s) that are for you, it’s best to learn from those of the lineage. 

    Edit- I thought I was looking at a newish topic when I posted this, and I should have read the thread more thoroughly.


  12. 15 hours ago, Freydis said:

    Thank you all for your replies. I have done some reading on the Domovoi (part of it was research for a historical novel about the Varangians thayt I was writing) and I found it very interesting. I still haven't found the quiet moment to just sit and be present and listen to whatever is there, but I plan on it. As far as household protections, probably a little weak in this area, thoguh I did place a ward on the house. What do you suggest Phagos?

    Home protections take many forms. You can carry protective incense counter clock wise around the home and place the ashes at the front and back door and windows of the first floor. You can simmer protective herbs and then pour that around the home, you can use powders, sigils, etc it depends on your way of working. I personally appreciate the incense (just place herbs on a charcoal bricket) among others.

    Bay leaves are excellent for protection against beings which intend to do harm.

    Garlic protects against evil (such as serial killers and other terrible beings).


  13. The Catholic Church practices “magic” too, they just don’t call it magic, or because they are praying for their god to do most of the work it’s simply faith, rather than magic. But my ancestry is heavy with Roman Catholicism, I know about the vigil candles, the novenas (I’m also Mexican American) and really the church only permits these practices under the terms that it is their deities doing the work and not the person. But when they say “In the name of the Lord (insert  command/desire)” it’s basically magic. They just won’t admit it. I never felt anything in church  either, but I agree with an above comment that most churches don’t want you to, because if you knew what it was like to feel a personal connection with the worshipped spirits then you wouldn’t need the church anymore.

     

    Also, you can be a witch with a “capital W” and still be catholic or any religion. Being catholic doesn’t make you less of a witch. I practice what I call “spiritual Catholicism” where I wait for the Holy Spirit to come through and speak to me rather than having a priest guide me. It’s very personal that way. Actually, I believe it may have been the Holy Spirit itself that told me I must be a conjurer/witch, it definitely felt like it.

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  14. This book guides you through the hardships and cultural origins of this folk magickal practice rich in history of Appalachian struggles. The beginning of this book is an introduction to the land of Appalachia and the people who immigrated there, and mixed with the natives which gives you a look at the essence of and birth of this practice. After this introduction Richards takes us through some of the folklore, folk religion, and importance of ancestral veneration, all speckled with a few workings and charms he learned from his elders thoughout which demonstrate the practicality and resourcefulness of the appalachian magic practitioners. 

    The author then gives us a look at signs, omens, superstitions and methods of divination he was taught by his family, and which are found throughout the Tennessee region of the appalachian mountains. This is peppered with family stories and anecdotes of how he learned some of these practices, such as divination by playing cards.

    Backwoods witchcraft concludes with a functional manual of ingredients and curious used in the practice (such as dirt from a churchyard, moonshine, stump water, holed pennies, herbs, and more), a list of how they use candles, dolls, and other components of Appalachian craft. This chapter is followed finally with a several tried and true workings for love, protection, luck, legal troubles, healing and a few other common concerns of the folk magician.

    Overall I really enjoyed this book. In fact I think it may be my favorite book on witchcraft yet. He leads us through his upbringing learning these authentic practices and living the experience the practices came from. I felt that this book came from his heart and soul and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I believe I have a good understanding of the general flavor and technique of Appalachian folk magic. 5 stars from me.

     


  15. This autumn equinox I’m celebrating a new chapter in my life actually. I just recently finished a career training course preparing me for a career in medical coding which I chose instead of getting a bachelors degree. To me this autumn equinox represents an opportunity to end my “rest” (where I stayed home and studied) which is counterintuitive to the equinox I realize. I’ve been spending more time with my garden plants as they tell me their spiritual/magical uses and I strengthen my bond with them and plants we newly added this year (I’ve met some great plants this year!).

    I guess me life isn’t balanced right now, I still have to begin this new career with a job that I hope this Covid will actually help me get. And yes I wear my mask lol if I go out but I try not to go out.


  16. “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you”

    -Sigma of Overwatch

    I love this (even though it’s from a video game), as there’s a lot of hubris in “scientific people” where if they cannot in understand something to a degree which satisfies them, it simply must not exist (like spirits and magick).

    To me this quote is also a “get over yourself” when I disbelieve something I’ve received in a vision or message simply because I don’t understand how it would be true.

    A human not being able to understand something is nothing spectacular.

     


  17. Here’s something I do think is valid cultural appropriation/theft. Tarot decks made by non Western Europeans who claim its “exclusive to their culture and theirs only”. The system and concepts used to create the tarot were from Arthur Waite of the Western European esoteric tradition of the golden dawn.

    Now just to be clear, I don’t think it’s appropriation to use tarot decks when you aren’t descended from western europe. But some of these people are literally taking a Western European system, painting their non European culture on it and saying it’s theirs and only they can use it. Yeah, to me that sounds like either cultural theft, or appropriation. And I think it’s a pretty good example some entirely inappropriate behavior.


  18. I’d like to add though, that before choosing between two things I try hard to have both. I don’t really like compromise and think of it as a last resort. Try to see first if there is a way for your heart and your head to both get what they want. And it can be easier said than done, but it’s the most satisfying of the options.

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  19. On 7/16/2020 at 8:15 AM, Gyreleaf said:

    That's also a hand gesture for the Thurisaz rune. Which would make sense for the energy your feeling.

    I’ve been learning about the runes more recently, though I’m currently reading about some trad British craft atm. I didn’t know there were hand gestures for any of the runes, so thank you for the info. 🙂

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