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About steffykaye

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    Marion, OH
  • Interests
    reading, studying, gardening and cooking
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Both very familiar and not very familiar at all. I was trained in the traditions of my family, so when it comes to them I have been practicing since I was 8 years old. However, I am less familiar with the more formal aspects of witchcraft, and although I have studied other practices, I am not completely familiar with them.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I love to learn, so I have studied other paths, including voodoo, paganism, druidism, and some of the Norse witchcraft. However, I feel as though the path I was set upon as a child is the path for me. To be entirely honest, I got annoyed with a lot of the more New Age teachings I was encountering. They just did not feel right to me. My religious beliefs fall in the Judeo-Christian frame of reference, incorporating parts of Judaism, Catholicism, and more traditional Protestantism. Honestly, I tend to look at things as being whatever resonates with my spirit is right and truth for me.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes. After I suppressed my gifts for the 11 years that I was in an abusive relationship, I contacted a friend to help me clear everything out. He became my mentor in traditional witchcraft. He told me that he would be helping me relearn how to be a witch, not a wiccan, as he is a witch, not wiccan. The granny witch tradition that I was raised with is traditional witchcraft as well. It exists outside the confines of religion. It is truly a craft that is practiced not a religious ceremony.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional witchcraft encompasses who we are at our most basic, core level of being. It is not a religion, does not always need a set ceremony or carefully worded spell, it is simply who we are and its practice is a part of daily life.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I first manifested the gifts I was given at the age of 8. I am now 48. I was trained by my mother and grandmothers to work magic, both of the will and kitchen magic.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was looking for a non-wiccan, non new age, non-pagan witchcraft site.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to get support and teaching about customs of which I may be unaware. I hope to be able to provide support to those just starting the journey and share the things I have learned with those who are interested. I am both a student and a teacher.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    There are some Facebook groups I am a member of, but as I mentioned before, they are a bit too new-age for my tastes. I am not currently a member of any other online sites.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Kitchen magic, charms/hexes, intuitive magic involving the will, as well as the psychic gifts of empathy and clairsentience.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Physical magic. I used to be able to manifest it as a child, but since coming back to the path, I have not been able to access that part of it.
  1. I buy all of my oils from the shop at my college. Most of the plants are grown on site, harvested and processed by the same people who grow them. However, as many have said getting them from a reliable source is the next best option to making them yourself. I don’t think oils reduce the spirit of the plant. We actually discussed this in one of my classes. With all of the attempts by traditional science to isolate individual chemical components that are medically beneficial in order to be able to replicate them in the lab, they have discovered something that amazed them. Even though the chemicals they replicated did have some benefit, the entire essential oil had a greater effect. The spirit of the plant is present in the oil making it impossible to duplicate the benefits of the plant in the lab.
  2. According to my school information, “Only the female hop flowers are cultivated in order to prevent the ripening of fruits (nuts), which are heavy and of no commercial value. Lupulin, the fine yellow resinous substance of the female flowers from hops, is the constituent that is linked to it’s sedative effects.” This is why the female flowers are typically the only ones used for brewing and for commercial herbal preparations. They have a strong link between creativity and sexuality, often to decrease libido in men and increase it in women and are used in sleep magic and divination related to dreaming. Most often the male plants are used just for the propagation of the species and the female used for medicinal and magical needs. At least that’s what I’ve always been taught. Would love to know if anyone has any different information. BTW, hops are not recommended medicinally to those who suffer from depression. Their sedative nature typically worsens depression symptoms.
  3. When I’m not “witchin” I am a full time grad student working currently on my online Master’s in complementary alternative medicine and certification in herbal medicine and clinical aromatherapy. I garden, wildcraft, and can (or jar if I’m feeling my Irish roots that day ????) veggies and make jams and jellies, I love to bake and most of our bread and sweets in the house are home made (except during finals week). We also run a business making and selling tie dye. I also help run a food pantry and a program to help with socialization among children, particularly foster children and those with special needs. I also help take care of my aged father and cater to our cats. Also keep the house in order, partially because my partner works outside the home for 12-16 hours a day and partially because he doesn’t do it right ???? In my spare time I read (everything from the classics to Nora Roberts), binge watch Netflix, and play rpg games like World of Warcraft and Neverwinter.
  4. We have a black Japanese bobtail, well she has us as she’s my familiar and pretty much does what she wants, including disappearing sometimes only to reappear in a place we have looked numerous times we finally just stopped and decided she would show up when she was done with whatever task she assigned herself. We also have a tortie that is all attitude. She’s his cat. It’s funny, when we went to the shelter both of them came up to us as if to say, “it’s about time you got here, let’s go home.” They chose us and since day 1 have chosen which of us they actually belong with.
  5. So much to go on, and learn, and discuss I love it! My thought processes on this subject are hard to put into words, so I apologize if I seem to be rambling. I learn and live a lot of my life based on the phrase “what if...” For example, “what if time really is fluid and it’s possible for us to function outside of its flow?” That question lead me to the belief that the times when I see or sense my ancestors around me, may be when they were astrally projecting from their position in the time line and came to my current reality for a brief time. Going further on that supposition, I believe it is possible for us to access all of our incarnations as we need them to learn and to grow. As witches we have a responsibility to the power we have. Not a responsibility to the concepts of good or evil but a responsibility to use what we have. I’ve been in a situation where by my choice I suppressed my magic and it almost killed me. To me, there is nothing worse than denying who and what we are and refusing to use what we have. Since I am an animist, I don’t believe in karma the way it is taught by most. Karma is not a sentient being, so therefore it is not a “bitch” it is not out to get you and it does not require you to make good on some sort of debt you owe. Karma, although I don’t usually use that term, is nothing more than a principle of nature. You grow what you plant. Or to paraphrase one of Newton’s laws, there is a reaction to everything we do. It’s the natural ebb and flow of the Universe though, it’s not some separate force bent on punishing us for “wrongdoing.” Those are just some of my musings on some of the subjects brought up in this thread.
  6. I work both ways. I seldom cast any sort of protection, focus, or containment when doing regular spell work such as charms, divination, etc. My home and the outdoor place I use are already protected and I seldom feel the need to cast additional protection or focus points. However, if I am doing something that requires or may result in me leaving this plane I will cast a circle or compass to both aid my familiar in guarding my physical body and as a beacon to make sure I find my way back. This is the way I was taught because my family has always been solitary, I think because we are often the only practitioners in an area. I’ve rarely needed that added layer, but feel more comfortable with it during those times.
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