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About Stella

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  • Location
    Chico, CA
  • Interests
    Reading, cooking, baking, runelore, gardening... to name a few
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    fairly conversant with the basics. I've identified as "pagan" for 15-ish years, but have spent most of that time as a druid. ;) I'm now generally pagan with a recent lean toward Trad witchcraft and Voodoo (Yemaya has been rather persistent).
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes. Wicca, Druidry, and Heathenry.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    not in any organized fashion. I was absolutely captivated by the book The Call of The Horned Piper 15 years ago. after a lengthy Druid stage, I'm starting to study and research it in depth now and has inspired me to breathe new life into my divination, meditation, trance, and herbalism practice.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Just read Besom, Stang, and Sword and I realized that the core components of traditional witchcraft practice comprise my pagan practice. Namely, Divination, Herbalism and gardening, and the exploration of altered mental states, and embrace my lifelong fascination with bones. :)
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    It depends on how general... I've been pagan for 15 years. I am new to researching and practicing trad witchcraft.
  • What brought you to our site?
    a Google search
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect to get information and community and I expect to give the same.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    um... some general pagan community FB groups. it's mostly Wiccan and while that's fine if its what you're into, aside from a short exploratory stage, it's not been my cuppa
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Meditation. Trance. Basic gardening skills.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I'm a beginner herbalist, only been experimenting on myself for the last 5-6 years. While I have a connection to several ancestors, that area can use strengthening. I have an aversion to ritual due to previous involvement in a pagan group that burned me out on public group ritual. I'm a solitary now. My connection to nature spirits and plant spirits is there but needs work.
  1. Context: I am a paleskinned, blue -eyed, redheaded American of Scottish, Welsh, and English extraction. I have experimented breifly with Wicca, I've initiated and studied Druidry, and I've taken a fairly deep foray into Heathenism, and I still work with some of the Heathen gods. Very recently I've started studying traditional witchcraft... I loved the first book I read about it a decade ago, but life happened and I'm just now continuing that study. I realize now that I've been drawn to the practices, ethics, and aesthetics of traditional witchcraft for years, and I've started working hard to more deeply encorporate those into my life Life is never simple. One of the most devout Heathen men I know is an African American. I have been repeatedly told (by multiple different people in separate African traditions who dont know each other) that Yemaya, an orisha of the African Diaspora religions, wants to work with me. So in addition to my studies in witchcraft, I've added studies in African Diaspora religion, Yoruba culture, Hoodoo, and Voodoo. If I'm hanging out with a Yoruban orisha I want to treat her right. I am of the opinion that sometimes "they" choose you.
  2. I use runes. I have a water buffalo horn set, and I have a set made of bones (deer knuckles) that a friend made. I have a RW tarot deck. But it doesnt get as much use. Also use runes in my craft.
  3. Stella

    Bone casting

    Caps, what you describe is fascinating. I wonder if I could combine the directional aspects of what you describe with runes. I have a set of runes (Elder Futhark) carved onto a set of deer knuckles. They were made by a friend. The entire set is deer knuckle so that might not work. What do you think? Thanks, and thanks for sharing.
  4. Thank you Onyx :) a hanging basket sounds do- able and has offered a solution to something that has been puzzling me. We've 4 cats and I've one godcat (I'm to adopt my BFF's cat if/when she dies). My favorite (a grey and white fluffy ball of love and irrascable shinnagins) is crazy for the stuff. :D. He might even try clumbing or jumping onto it, but if I hang it from the rafter outside the kitchen window (where hes likely to be seen and subsequently chased off) it just might work. Thanks!
  5. So, I garden, but I've never grown catnip. I'd like to start growing it in my yard, but i have concerns about cats loving it to death. Do you start yours from seed or nusery plants? How do you dealt with the cats? Thanks.
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