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About Mimosapudica

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  • Birthday 11/13/1981


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    The Netherlands
  • Interests
    I have many interests among which; plants and creativity (in many forms)
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have been familiar with witchcraft for about 17 to 18 years now.<br />I'm a very eclectic person and so are my believes, for this reason I don't speak of witchcraft or being a witch.<br />I don't like to label myself or my path.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    My path is my path, there are no others to explore.<br />But I'm influenced by a lot of traditions, the paganism of ancient Europe as well as shamanic traditions, but also eastern mysticism for instance.<br />My main belief revolves around nature. <br />Although I like to learn about rational stuff, I'm more of an intuitive person, what I believe is what I feel, and what I feel is the energy of nature, of how everything is connected and how we are all part of a big whole.<br />I don't like to experience spiritualism in a rational way so I have never been that interested in religious lore of any kind.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    To be honest I never really came across the term 'traditional witchcraft' before.<br />I've always considered myself to be eclectic and didn't ever feel like I fitted in with any of the traditions around witchcraft.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    I'm not sure... since I don't really know what the definition of traditional witchcraft is... <br />For me it feels like a path that is more natural then traditions like Wicca for instance, closer to some forms of shamanism maybe, where the spirit(s) of nature is more important then religious dogma... and spirituality outweighs religion. <br />Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    As I wrote earlier, I have been familiar with witchcraft for 17 to 18 years now, and for all that time it's been an important part of my life, but I have not been actively practising for all this time, to me it's more important what's in 'our heads and hearts' then what we do (and to be honest, the practical has always been a weakness of me, I have very poor executive skills).
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was reading about this book by Raven Grimassi on old world witchcraft and was searching some related terms on duck duck go ( I was 'ducking' as opposed to googling I suppose...), then I stumbled upon this forum...
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I would like to learn more about traditional witchcraft.<br />I would like to contribute in the form of joining in on conversations and/or discussions from time to time, but since I don't know much about traditional witchcraft I'm not sure how relevant my contribution will be, still I hope that I will be able to contribute something.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No, I don't.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Hard to say... witchcraft is tradition or if you will a path to me, not something to excell in...<br />I can be quite observant at times, does that count?
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I lack social skills and the ability of being part of a community.

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  1. I just watched this documentary on herbs & witchcraft, it's quite basic but I still enjoyed it, maybe others here would like to view it as well: Enjoy!
  2. No sorry, maybe I was unclear, English isn't my first language. I just meant that autism runs in families, it can be passed on through the genes of each parent, or both. I don't like to think of autism as a disorder, that's why I wrote that people with autism are divergent from what is normal, neurodiverse so to speak.
  3. By the way, this is such a beautiful video that I would like to share it with you :) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hp7CNzKUss&t=31s
  4. Tagetes Lucida (Mexican Tarragon). Once more a herb from the American continent with which I have no previous aquintance, but which I have just sown in my garden. Funny because in the last years I have been more interested in plants that are native to my area. I learned about this herb only very recently. There’s this book by Josie Jeffery about companion planting (link), a subject that I find very interesting. The book has a “split page mix and match system” that allows you to easily see which plants will grow well together. Anyway, in this book I read about a plant called 'Tagetes Minuta'. This plant has some properties that could have had a positive interaction with other plants that I am growing, so I went online to look for it and found some information but couldn't find any seeds. I did however find seeds from Tagetes Lucida, I was curious about this plant so I looked it up and found out that not only is it a useful culinary herb with medicinal properties, but also a witching/shamanic herb which can have a mind altering effect, it can induce visions and enhance dreams. It has a broad history of use in religious ceremony. The Inca's used Tagetes in an incense that they used as an offering in rituals. In Mexican witchcraft (Bujeria), Tagetes Lucida in combination with other herbs is used in ceremonial healing rites known as limpias (purifications). These are just two examples of how Tagetes Lucida was/is being used for spiritual purposes, if you want to learn more you can read this interesting article, which is my source for the above information: http://entheology.com/plants/tagetes-lucida-marigolds/ Apart from being a plant with mind altering properties, Tagetes Lucida is also used as a culinary herb, it's taste is similar to that of Tarragon, hence the name Mexican Tarragon, although the taste has also been described as 'Anise like'. It is used for flavoring soups, sauces etc., it is also drank as tea. Other uses are as a dyeing plant (yellow) and to repel insects (source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tagetes-lucida). I even read somewhere that it is possible to make an insect reppelent balm for the skin which also helps with insect bites. According to a Dutch website that sells the seeds, the mind altering effects dissappear when the herb is cooked (I think dosage and the way of ingestion are also important factors). About the medicinal properties: "Medicinal use of Mexican Tarragon: The leaves and whole plant are digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, narcotic, sedative and stimulant. Use of the plant depresses the central nervous system, whilst it is also reputedly anaesthetic and hallucinogenic. It is used internally in the treatment of diarrhoea, nausea, indigestion, colic, hiccups, malaria and feverish illnesses. Externally, it is used to treat scorpion bites and to remove ticks. The leaves can be harvested and used as required, whilst the whole plant is harvested when in flower and dried for later use" This quote came from: http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/t/tagetes-lucida=mexican-tarragon.php What I like about this plant is that it is very versatile, it can be used in many ways. It's too bad that it's not hardy in the climate zone where I live, it is gtown as an annual around here. Hopefully it will grow back next year if I allow it to seed (which I intend to do). At our house we have already renamed the plant 'Mexican dragon herb' ('Mexicaans draken kruid' in Dutch), because in the Netherlands it is reffered to as 'Mexicaanse dragon'; dragon is French for Tarragon and in the Dutch language we also use this word. Off course we are familiar with the meaning of the word dragon in English and even if it's pronounced differently, we just like the sound of it. I think the association with the mystical creature somehow suits the plant, but that's just me off course ;)
  5. Thanks for your comments :) Today two tiny seedlings emerged from the earth where I planted the seeds, I'm happy they came up so soon. I too just grow plants that serve a purpose except from just being pleasant to look at. I really like the idea of permaculture, where every plant has a distinct (or often even more then one) function and benefits from it's neighboring plants.
  6. Maybe not really the same, but I have noticed that some people on the autism spectrum, who experience reality differently from those that are not on the Spectrum, sometimes see/know things that others do not. In the autistic brain information is being processed differently. The 'normal' brain 'prunes' information, so to say and usually only relevant information (for survival) reaches our consciousness... In autistic people less information is being pruned which is why they are often overwhelmed by stimuli in everyday situations... this could be why more of reality is seeping trough. Autism is a hereditary diversion from the norm. For the record; I'm not trying to state that all people with 'second sight' are on the autism spectrum, but I do think that the way our brain is wired is in big part hereditary... And even though I think that anyone who wants to, can, experience more from reality when they open up to the possibility... some people are naturally more open to it because of the way their brain is wired and will experience more without consciously trying to open up to it. We are energetic beings but our body is our vessel and it will decide part of how we experience the world around us and go through life. Off course this is just my strain of thought... To get back to autism once more, there are more people who have noticed the phenomenon of autistic people sometimes knowing things that they couldn't know, Olga Bogdashina for instance mentions it shortly in her book:'Sensory Perceptual Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome'. And when you search on the internet there are more sources, for instance this one, from an autistic pagans perspective: https://theotherside.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/autism-paganism-paranormal-updated/
  7. I thought that maybe some people here might find this interesting: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/how-biophilia-can-improve-your-life?utm_source=Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b2b6a87990-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_MON0420_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fcbff2e256-b2b6a87990-42699469
  8. I'm new to this forum so it's still a bit 'scary' to post here, since you don't know me yet and I don't know you... So I thought; why not start my own topic and see if people respond ;) I would like to discuss plants, since this is a topic that I'm interested in and would like to know more about. I will start by writing a bit about a certain plant and hopefully learn something in the process of writing and at the same time share what I have learned with you. If anyone would like to share something about plants (this could be just informative or a personal experience with a plant) I would like that, if not, that's fine too offcourse. I will start with 'Tropaeolum majus', commonly known as Nasturtium. Nasturtium may not be the obvious choice to start off with, but they've been on my mind a lot lately. I have always liked the appearence of the plant, somehow it seems to breathe out some of the energy of the 1970's... an Era just before 'my time' (born in 1981) which I could feel waning as a child, a time that somehow made me feel at home. Recently I stumbled upon the name of the plant, bought some seeds and planted them in the earth. To be honest I am not very familiar with this plant, I don't think I even ever tasted it, but yet the description of the taste seems familiar, so I'm very excited to try them once they have grown enough. Nasturtium is actually not the real name of this plant... Nasturtium is a genus in the brassica family, one of the plants in this genus is watercress (Nasturtium officinale). The reason that Tropaeolum majus is called nasturtium is that they taste a lot alike (or so I read...) Another common name for Tropaeolum majus is 'Indian cress', or in Dutch 'Oost-Indische kers' (East-Indian cress), which is also an incorrect name because Tropaeolum came from the Andes in South America (must have something to do with colonialism). Cress, again, comes from watercress... so double incorrect ;) Since I haven't had any direct contact with this plant yet I can't tell you what my associations are with Tropaeolum, so I looked up the magical properties. I especially liked this: "Nasturtium: Banishing Prejudice and Supporting Tolerance, Choosing to Create Your Own Reality, Creativity, Freedom, Independence and Creating Your Own Archetype, Protection, Releasing Fear of New Situations" Source:https://tesswhitehurst.com/the-magical-and-metaphysical-properties-of-flowers/ Tropaeolum majus somehow seems to reflect some of the energy of the 70's to my idea as I wrote before... and in the description above there are some properties that remind me of the values of the 70's; young people who wanted to do things differently from previous generations, they wanted to create a better place for everyone, without discrimination where people could live in harmony with their natural surroundings and be who they felt they should be. It is said that on hot summer days, when darkness is creeping in, sparks of light can be seen coming from the flowers of the Tropaeolum, due to phosphoric acid in the flowers heart... I will defenitly try to observe this phenomenon, when 'my' plants start to flower! According to a Dutch book about herbs which I own (Kruidenwijsheid, by Marjanne Huising) you can keep the picked leaves fresh in vinegar during the winter, according to this book the leaves will lose their healing powers when they are dried. The plant contains a lot of vitamin C and is a Good aid against blather infections because of it's antibacterial constitution and good for the respiratory system because of it's antiviral and antifungal properties, it also helps resolve slime and helps with digestion. These are only some of the properties of the plant that I've read about on various websites. For those who would like to know more about it's medicinal uses there are many sources on the internet among which this one: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-526/nasturtium Tropaeolum is also a very useful plant in the vegetable garden, it lures away aphids from other plants, attracts beneficial insects and pollinators and deters pests. Iam looking forward to connecting with this plant and to harvest some of it's leaves and flowers for medicinal and culinary purposes!
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