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About DroseraAmalia

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    Phoenix, AZ
  • Interests
    genealogy, gardening, historical research (American Revolution), R
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    dabbler for 20 years
  • Have you explored other paths?
    raised Christian fundamentalist, rejected that; looked into wicca, rejected that; looking into Taoism, but not really interested; gravitating toward shamanic teachings
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    In a sense, yes. Using intuition to guide me to herbs that will treat various ailments, but only as concerns me, my dog, and my sister, for example. Whether that’s considered traditional witchcraft or just intuition, ...
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Pursuing a path down the old ways—seeking old knowledge and new wisdom—not any sort of religion with specific ways of seeking deities.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Developed an interest in it nearly 30 years ago. Started dabbling nearly 20 years ago. With my fundamentalist Christian upbringing, it took me a solid decade to get over the fear instilled by those teachings.
  • What brought you to our site?
    some Google search that I don’t remember a few months ago.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I intend to find meaning to discern on what path my calling lies. As for contribuing, I have no idea. I don’t know anything. Just have a sense of what I’m supposed to be doing.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I understand the power of intention.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    I’m easily distracted and often drift away from any sort of spiritual pursuit.

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  1. Two strings that work well for me are "jambalaya pot" or "campfire kettle feet".
  2. I haven't interacted with many. I don't see them with my eyes; I moreso sense them (usually on my left side). When I sense most of them, they are see-through, but I don't see them. I think my mind makes a picture of what I'm sensing? One of them--don't know what it was--was an insentient blast of heat that set off the smoke alarm. This was preceded by a feeling of dread that I got up to find out about. Scared the living daylights outta me. I did not like that house at certain times. Neither did my sister. I know what they want, but there are no words spoken. A lot of the time, I think images at them, the same way that I think at strange dogs. (In other words, fundamentally projecting my intent at them, such as "I'm just going to go knock on your owner's door and ask if there's an unmarked cemetery around here," but with pictures of what I'm going to do/ask instead of words.) When I do speak/image at them, they tend to ignore me. It's like I'm just along for the ride (and seriously, one of the last ones that tapped me on the shoulder literally used my car as a taxi). I've never tried to intentionally call any, so I don't know about that. But I have no choice for when they choose to appear. I don't like not being in control of my surroundings. I have been thinking, and I think that's why I'll start down this path and then stop--because as soon as I start up, regardless of any protections I set during activities, strange things start happening at all times (like stationary objects suddenly falling or me not being able to find things), and I can't do anything about it. Maybe I need to figure out some stronger/lasting protections that I don't erect just when I'm practicing? Thinking out loud here, but welcome advice. Or maybe I'm doing something that is calling them and I don't know it? Edit for question: If I decide that they're not harmful and they pick up on that, am I accidentally calling them? That's what happened with the taxi encounter. I had felt the spirit in the parking lot a few nights running and sent out feelers and decided it meant me no harm, so I intended on ignoring it [him]. The first time (that I recall) was when an acquaintance who had killed himself answered my grief. We said goodbye (I projected an empty feeling in my heart at him ("I'll miss you"), and he faded), and I was much comforted. We're probably quite unique in our experiences, each of us with different talents and beliefs.
  3. Do any of the rest of you, when you're following your paper trails, commune with books/records in archives? When I do so, i have an uncanny knack of pulling a book off the shelf that contains exactly what I'm looking for. I never really thought before that it could be ancestor spirits guiding my hand, but...??
  4. Hear, hear! Also beware of FindAGrave, which has been owned by Ancestry for quite a while. Use the photographs of the gravestones, sure, but most of the family information on those pages is based on the content of the various Ancestry trees and is wildly inaccurate (even as far as getting the dates from the stones wrong). The (one) FamilySearch tree is much better for research purposes, as people (like me) do a bit of policing on it--but verify the sources anyway. People on all genealogy sites have a tendency to assume that just because they found a Phidelia Lewis in a census record, that it's the same Phidelia Lewis from the decade before in a state far to the East, even if it isn't. Or that because Joseph Bassett's middle name is Newcomb, his grandfather must be Newcomb Bassett--even though Joseph's dad, with the same name as one of Newcomb's sons, was born in a different year and died in a different year than the son. Driveth me bonkers. (Grandparents on both my sides--a great-grandparent on my dad's side--started doing genealogy way back when (pre-1940s), and then so did my parents and aunts/uncles, so much of my research is at the stage of brick walls, and I do quite a lot of non-related research when I'm in the mood. For my brick walls, I am using the triangulation tool over at GEDmatch to look over those barriers, but aside from finding a few relatives that i don't yet know where they're related (according to the paper tree), I haven't found much definitive, except for people I already know how they're related.) DNA research is useful only insofar as you can identify which side of the family a match is on. Each chromosome is like two sides of a zipper, and if you forget that mom is on the pink side and dad is on the blue side (so to speak), you might think they're related because they have the same range of little zipper things. But they're not actually, because they're on opposite sides of the zipper. And the farther back you go, the harder it is to remember that. That's where most of the inaccuracies crop up--because people forget. Oh, and the Adoption Registry has some quality non-DNA resources, for those of you who are or have someone adopted in your family, or who do research for anyone with the same. I could prattle on for hours...
  5. Up until recently it was the Witches Tarot, but now I’m mostly attuned to the Mystical Shaman Oracle. I had a difficult time learning to read the Oracle, but it pulls at me in a deeper place than the WT.
  6. I have seven works in progress right now, and those are just the ones I remember, lol. here’s one based off an impromptu photoshoot with a rattler on a hiking trail; oil pastel and oil pencil on wood panel (to be finished off with pyrography on the currently taped-off borders). Working tip: it is extraordinarily difficult to layer oil pencil over coarse textured acrylic medium.
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