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woodwitchofthewest last won the day on December 26 2019

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    Greater Seattle
  • Interests
    Reading and learning, gardening, ritual, rocks, lampworking, tarot, foraging
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Fairly familiar. Been doing witchy stuff most of my life. I have done some research over the years on different paths.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes, I spent a few years as an evangelical fundie. Before that I was agnostic with an animistic bent. Now I'm more agnostic/atheistic and pagan/druidic.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes, I'm solitary and atheistic when it comes to discrete deities, so Modern Trad is mostly what I do. Hedge witchery/Pictish witchery/Chaote is the closest I've come to finding a label for what I do.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Attempts to discover/reinvent what our pagan ancestors might have believed and done to celebrate life, the Universe and everything. Plus magic and divination. And trying to figure out how multiverse theory maybe plays into "supernatural" experiences.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Looking back, it seems I've been on this path much of my life. Since I'm nearly 60, that would be around 50 years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    A mention in a post on Reddit got me curious, so I found the site and lurked for a bit. Seems interesting, so I'm making an account.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I expect interesting conversations. I hope to participate in discussions here that I find interesting. I do not intend to pick fights, and will generally leave a thread if the signal to noise ratio becomes problematic. Life is too short to spend it bickering.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Not unless you count Witchvox, which is more of an info site really. Hmm, maybe Gather Victoria also counts? I sometimes post in the Reddit witchcraft subreddits, but only recently.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Tarot, meditation, dreams, solitary rituals, wildcrafting, apothecary stuffs.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Formal ritual (I like to keep it simple), public ritual (I am a fairly private person), coven work (I'm solitary)

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  1. Hi Onyx - well, you dissolve some saltpeter in a small cup of water, and briefly soak the paper you want to make incense from in the water, and let it dry. (Sometimes people paint the saltpeter solution on the paper - more than once, usually, and let it dry in between. Probably works better than soaking if the paper is thin or easily dissolved.) Then you add fragrance to the paper, let it dry again, and then you can write or paint on it (if you paint on it, let it dry again!) and then burn it. Depending on the paper, you can often light it, blow it gently out, then let it finish smouldering and turning to ash on a censer.
  2. 'Tis near the time of The Greenening!

  3. On the subject of words - I personally try to keep mine as succinct as I can. Sometimes that's not possible or desirable, for example when storytelling, but when it is possible, that is my goal. There are reasons behind that. First, it's a matter of style. I try to be clear and simple in most of what I write because in a world that constantly bombards us with noise, you risk losing people's attention if you are not. Second, it's a matter of energy. Writing takes energy from the author to write, and for the reader to absorb, so a high signal-to-noise ratio is helpful for all. Third, I have found that the more I talk, the easier it is to accidentally say something I didn't really mean to say. Editing for conciseness helps me stick to that which I intended to convey. Edited to add: Fourth, focus and intent is something that can be practiced outside of ritual and spellwork. The more areas of your life in which you practice being concise and focused in what you do, the more that focus will feed into the quality and effectiveness of your craft work.
  4. In a world where it often seems to be more common to wish others ill than to wish them well, I think sincere "blessings" in any form are a nice, gentle kind of low magic that has the ability to make at least one person's life better in that moment. Two, if you count the "bless-er" along with the "bless-ee." The only problem I can see with the practice in general is that some people use it as a foil for their bad intent (for example, the common southernism "well, bless your heart!" :D ) , and some others use it so indiscriminately that the practice becomes essentially meaningless. In those cases I think discernment is called for, and so that's why I say I accept blessings in the manner in which they were intended, because blessings come in all sorts of forms (a plate of homemade cookies given to a friend who is having a tough time of it could actually be taken as a non-verbal blessing) so IMO, intent is pretty much the only important thing to keep in mind about the practice. All of the "blessings" I've seen here so far appear to have had good intent behind them so I acknowledge them with gratitude.
  5. That reminds me, I have been meaning to make more "incense papers" for sigil magic. I'm going to try mulberry paper this time, thank you for the idea!
  6. This is really interesting! I'm going to work with it this year and see what I think about it. Thanks for posting!
  7. I have a niece who is autistic and was born with other genetic anomalies. My sister had her DNA and her daughter's DNA tested to see what sort of health issues they might need to keep a look out for, and asked that I and another family member do the same. So we did. The ancestry stuff was just kind of an interesting sideline from the other testing, but I was able at last to put to rest a family myth that we had a significant amount of Cherokee on my mom's side. I could never find any evidence in the genealogy, but some family members insisted it was so! (Hint: DNA results basically say "not one drop." I was actually a bit disappointed, but that's the way it goes.) So, if the tests are to be believed, I'm 99.9% European - 38% Irish, 32% French and German, a little Scandinavian, the rest a mix of other European ethnicities. Basically, looking at the map, it seems that the Celts roamed and left some offspring in lots of places who later became woven into my family tree.
  8. The daffies are almost set to bloom!

  9. I'm sorry for your family's loss as well. Dementia is a really hard way for someone to go, not only for the family, but the person themselves. That makes sense. And I guess that means I talk to dead relatives and interact with dead pets more often than I realized, because when I see them in dreams, I am almost always conscious of the fact that they are gone, and that it is a dream and not reality which I'm experiencing.
  10. It did feel very, very real. Especially the time where I dreamed I was talking on the phone to my late mother. She was talking like she did a few months before she died (demented, a lot of "word salad" and paranoia...) Now that I recall it here, I have realized this was actually a very vivid lucid dream. I realized during the dream that I was dreaming, but on the chance that something I could say might get through to her, I deliberately chose to not "follow the dream script" and instead just started telling her that I loved her, that everything would be alright, and I really missed her. So, maybe you are right. I am just sad to think that even months after her death, her spirit is still so confused and upset. Or, maybe time as we know it just doesn't figure in here and how she was "on the phone" that early morning is not really an indication of how she actually is now, wherever she is. Anyway, thank you for your response. It is sad but also comforting.
  11. Thank you for the validation on that, BlackbirdSong. It was definitely an interesting experience. I was shocked that my mother could also see it, because that meant I couldn't easily explain it away as just my imagination. I can't readily think of any other time I've felt or seen anything that could be described as a "spirit." I have talked to dead relatives in dreams, though, but I don't think that's the same.
  12. I remember one day that my mother and I were having a lot of anger and arguments. We ended up working together some time that afternoon trying to get our dining table to come apart so we could get the extra middle leaf out. We were still arguing, tugging on the table, and then suddenly, it finally gave and the two halves just flew apart. And as it did, up from the middle, rose a black plume of dense "smoke." I saw it, my mother saw it, too. We were both in shock. It rose up from the middle of the table and then dissipated before it reached the ceiling. I don't know if that was a dark spirit causing some of the anger and strife in the house that day, but I do know that after it left, we stopped arguing. Could have just been the shock, though.
  13. I've dropped a lot of things that just didn't work for me, like complex rituals. The things that do work for me, I've tried to make simpler as time goes on. I don't feel so rushed to do a ritual within a certain frame of time. Sometimes I take MONTHS to get ready to do something, doing a little bit here and there, sort of letting it "cook" for a while until I'm ready. I've also integrated more of my craft into my every day life and into my art. I'm also more open about what I believe with people I trust.
  14. I don't think I possess any physical "traits" but I have learned over the years that there are very few things I cannot grow if I put my mind to it.
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