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    Southern California
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    sociology, social justice, history, poetry, binging netflix, eating food
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I grew up surrounded by my diverse family's cultures, where witchcraft and spirits were just accepted as reality. My aunt was actually a practitioner and she gave me my first direct exposure.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes. I grew up in a predominately Catholic worldview, but began exploring in my teens. I experimented with solitary Wicca, Helenic reconstructionism, the european grimoire tradition, conjure and chaos magick. As an adult I've re-embraced Christianity on my own terms. I've also come to accept the practice of witchcraft will always be part of my life too. Today, I practice devotions and folk magic with the Saints of Christianity as well as having a distinct craft. I also love the Lenormand cartomancy system, it's my go to divination method!
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, I developed my own path throughout my teenage years which included trance and oneiric work, candle burning, spiritual bathing and talisman making.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    For me, the heart of my trad craft practice is the astral sabbat. Alongside the aforementioned paths, I began exploring theistic satanism and eventually began following the strands connecting it to witchcraft. Then, I spent a lot of time immersing myself in the imagery of medieval witches worshiping the Devil at the sabbat. I pulled together bits of folklore, like the flying ointment, with elements of new age 'shamanic' journeying and tried my hand at actually attending one. The experiences I have had with these techniques have been the primary drive behind my craft.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I have been practicing some form of magic for about 8 years now.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Your site was mentioned on another forum I was a member of years ago.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Well, with my embrace of Christianity, I've started keeping my practices more and more to myself. I'd like to be able to freely discuss the craft I love with like-minded or at least non-judgmental people. I hope to contribute some of my own knowledge of my beloved traditions.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    I do not currently belong to any other forums or websites.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I find spirit work, trance and cartomancy to come easiest to me.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Other forms of divination don't seem to work as well for me as lenormand. I've never really pulled off any successful healing work or love spells either.

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  1. I have mixed feelings about Connolly and her system. I've tried calling a few of her demons using the enns and sigils with absolutely no result. On the other hand, it was her sigil and enn for Satan that actually propelled my work with him forward. However, once direct contact was established he directed me to use a more traditional seal from the grimoire tradition and I've totally stopped using his enn. Overall, I would say worshiping these entities is generally a bad idea. While you can make the argument that SOME of them are historical pagan deities, spirits evolve alongside human beings. They are by no means "evil". Just "dark". And their energy/presence/whatever you wanna call it, can delude and lead you down an unsafe path if you don't have a 'counterweight' as it were. I think that's what the whole "command in the name of the LORD" stuff if really all about in the grimoires. I don't really do that, I treat them with respect and veneration, but when I feel their influence is getting to be a too much I take a breather and worship Deity.
  2. I find that lenormand decks in general tend to have a straight-forward, no-b.s. approach. I had a friend a few years ago who requested a general reading, so I threw a grand tableau for him (all 36 cards laid out in rows and columns). The cards ignored my friend's request and got really personal, hyperfocusing on a particular mental health issue he had been experiencing. He asked to stop half-way through and never asked me for a reading again. But it did not feel malicious, just like, 'you need to know and confront this. Do it.' I have a very similar personality, so I pretty much never stray from Lenormand now, we vibe really well!
  3. Ancestry has always been such an interesting topic to me as a mixed race AND adopted person. My bio-dad is Belizean creole and bio-mom is white, while my adoptive mom is half-white/half-Puebloan and my adoptive dad being Mexican. I wasn't raised in creole culture, and the closest to 'white culture' I got was my (adoptive) mom's dad. My grandpa was born and raised in Amish country in like the 1930's-40's. He had some very interesting ideas about witchcraft, namely that the practice pisses off God and results in severe physical disfigurement. Haha I was mostly raised in a Mexican Catholic worldview, but, well, my parents aren't very good Catholics. We didn't even go to Mass, we'd just go to Church, pray to God in the pews, then 'parade around' to the various saint shrines where I was told to touch the hands, feet or face of the statues, pray, light candles etc. As an adult, I look back fondly at those experiences in Church and I have to admit, it really made the idea of polytheism palatable to me. As an adult, I just live out the cultures that I was raised in and they do influence the way I do my spirituality. My Christian practice leans heavily on the cult of saints. Like, I have a sanctuario full of saints, where I basically mimic the practices I learned as a child. But in regards to DNA tests, I've never gotten one and probably never will. I've not found a reason to really explore my blood ancestral paths, as I've been pretty satisfied with what I've inherited and the additional diabolical practices I developed on my own.
  4. My favorite, go-to deck right now is the Rana George Lenormand. It's such a gorgeous deck! The creator is a reader herself, so she designed the cards with her traditional understanding in mind. Honestly, some of the modern decks veer too far off the standard path and it just ends up muddling the reading for me. Like, it's really annoying when I mistake the Whip from "Under the Roses Lenormand" for the woman card, because theirs features a dominatrix looking lady holding the whip as if she's about to get down and dirty. It's a cool looking card and emphasizes its sexual aspects, but practically it's been a hindrance that I've had to overcome rather than just seamlessly working like I think most decks should. Some really cool things about this deck is that they actually include racially diverse cards. They have white AND black man/woman/child cards. Considering how popular Lenormand is in non-white majority countries, I'm surprised that most decks don't do this (well, not surprised, more like disappointed) And lastly, I love the Piatnik Lenormand. It was my first ever lenormand deck, it's totally traditional and great for beginners. Granted, the imagery is a tad bland, but it's still a very solid deck.
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