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About Teknobard357

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    NY
  • Interests
    D&D, Herbalism, Gardening, Gay Sex, etc.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I've been practicing the craft for over a decade, though there is plenty I have not yet learned.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Raised Christian, I enjoy Buddhist teachings, Hindu mantras, and Taoist philosophy.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Not specifically, at least not indepth if we are talking either the Cochrane/Tubal Cain current, or the semi-reconstructionist folkloric magick current. I've touched on it quite a bit, but no committed study until now.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Still figuring that out.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I started dabbling at 13, started really digging in at 15, committed myself in my late teens as I entered college, and now I'm approaching my mid-thirties, still practicing.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Looking for research avenues and firsthand knowledge Folkloric and Trad Witchcraft practice.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Hoping to find new research avenues and firsthand knowledge Folkloric and Trad Witchcraft practice. I have done a lot of study on the wider fields of magickal practice in general, and can offer some experience/insight on that.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Witchvox, some yahoo groups, and the occasional facebook group.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Divination, Protection, Cleansing, Banishing, Ancestral Work, and research/connecting the dots
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Spirit Flight, Sabbatic Craft, Cochrane/Tubal Cain style craft, folkloric craft

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  1. General occult curiosity. Is anyone familiar with the concept or practice of drawing or painting seals on a particular body part or placement on the body for magickal purposes? Not specifically tattooing, I was thinking more temporary markings. I'm particularly curious about why one would choose specific places on the body and their symbolism, particularly if the symbolism has a meaning that is not immediately obvious or part of standard logic.
  2. Wow, I came to this late. Still, last post was a month or so ago, so I'll dive in. I have found that limiting Demons and Angels to the Christian definitions is limiting in unhelpful ways. I tend to define Demons as beings which represent or exert a force or personal nature that is anathema (intentionally or otherwise) to humans or perhaps to the world in general (note that I don't mean the human world, but some aspect(s) of the world independent of us). Some humans find kinship with these beings, take them on as teachers or allies. This just means that these people have a nature more in line with the Demon in question or some current of demonic energy in general. It also means most will likely not have this same experience. Same with Angels. In my definition they are beings that exist to support either human existence or some function specific to humans, or they exist to direct/maintain/embody some form/expression of natural/universal order. Again, some people will jive with the energy of an Angel, some will jive with the energetic current of a group/tradition of Angels. Some will feel neither and leave them be. Note that I am using immensely generalized modernized terms and that most spirits that fall under these ctegories will have a tradition they belong to and a traditional name for their class of being in that tradition, like animal/spirit guide to many native traditions might fit my Angels description, but I would not refer to them to their face or to native medicine practitioners as such. Similarly, some Jinn in middle eastern lore might fit the category of Demons as I have described, but I would not refer to them as Demons, I'd refer to them as Jinn in any work specific to them. I do find these terms as a great category, however, to categorize spirits in my own notes who do not fall into a predetermined cultural or religious paradigm. Take from it what you will. I use these categories to help remove my own value judgements from entities I work with, and for that purpose, it suits me well. Let me know what you think.
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