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About Gloogal

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  • Birthday 11/04/1965


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  • Location
    West Midlands
  • Interests
    Walking, friends, wine, cooking, anatomy, learning, music, good wine and ale, the list may go on.
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Familiar with my own way, aware of many others, and there is always so much more to learn.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was packed off to Methodist then Baptist church from an early age until it dawned they were'nt too keen on questions.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    That would depend on one's definition but i would say yes.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Mmmm..for me it's the way i connect to the world around me, through folk beliefs/practices known in Britain and Europe through the ages, guidance from ancestors/spirit, and instinct.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    30 odd years consciously. Probably more.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Random search for something else and then curiosity.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Mmm..different and stimulating perspectives.
    I can contribute my own perspective and hope that's worth something?
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    This is the first site i have joined specific to Witchcraft.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Determination, instinct.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Finding time to get out there as often as i need to without the dog! I need to let go more than i do.
  1. I'm reading Carlo Ginzburg's The Night Battles: Witchcraft and Agrarian Cults in the 16th & 17th Centuries.
  2. I love her poetry, thanks for reminding me.x
  3. Visual Magick ; A manual of freestyle shamanism by Jan Fries. Some interesting stuff on working with sigils so far.
  4. Beautifully put Michelle. I don't think I would change mine-though I would have liked it to have been a bit quicker in the uncovering at times. Then there is part of me that always wants everything to happen yesterday-big lesson still learning.
  5. Strange for me to come across this book-it was the first book on witchcraft I ever read at the age of around 14 (on my mothers top shelf). I found it absorbing, and disturbing in equal measure. Had no idea it was now a rare book. It would be interesting to read it again-I may have to have a look around.
  6. After more years than I can remember 'living distracted' I've just learned to go with the flow. The T.V. does go off though-and the radio-and I have quiet as much as possible whenever I am able. Getting out walking helps me focus. More often than not I've found that it can be harder and more annoying for closer others than myself. That said they live with it pretty well I must say- most of the time.
  7. Agreed, great post. I consider myself to be very lucky in that I'm surrounded by these beautiful trees (though Elder is also known as Queen of Herbs). I have a Rowan just outside at the end of the short path to my front door-they are all heavy with berries at the moment-beautiful. Hawthorn I use for carving, a beautiful wood, (great smell to it C.G.). On my local fields they mingle together, along with Holly, Alder, Hazel, Blackthorn, Birch, Beech, Oak, Ash, Willow and Yew.
  8. Not just during pregnancy-this bloomin time of year for me. The dog and I seem to be in competition at the mo! The way it's going I'll be able to stuff a cushion at some point! C.G. my mind goes along similar ways to yours on this, you put it so very well as always. That said no Hobbit feet for me either-I'd struggle with that one.
  9. Thanks for that, seems quite a useful association. There is nothing like it that I have found in the U.K regarding nursing apart from the odd blog post. Pondering on it's usefulness in our business at the moment. Interesting about the 'coming out' situation.In my experience of my profession many 'come out' to each other, but that tends to be where it stays, quietly usually. Perhaps we are a lucky few but have'nt experienced bullying based on our beliefs, largely we get any requests we put in for annual leave unless there's organisational issues. If anything, the likelihood of complaints from other faiths about our beliefs would be the more likely, rather than management issues, in my experience.
  10. Thanks for posting that, very interesting. It's good to see a much more positive approach taken despite the shortness of the clip. Don't know too much about the Pagan Police Association but am aware of it's existence. How do you find it? Meaning, I guess, having a supporting body in your workplace? What sort of role does it play? How is it viewed by your other professional bodies? Interesting for me being a nurse, some of my colleagues being nurses and health professionals and pagan/heathen.
  11. As far as I'm aware I don't have any obvious witch like traits that I'm aware of. If you come to my home then you might come across random stuff collected, wood, stones and the like (could mean I'm a botanist, or biologist perhaps or just like natural remedies)? It's not intentional, I have limited storage, There are no cauldrons, and I hate velvet. I have a dog- no cat. I do have a small birthmark.
  12. Do you know, I was'nt even aware there was a new set. LoL. I've just checked them out-Mmm..I'll stick to my old ones. They're well loved, when they're used. I see what you mean by gilding the lily. I have Leormand but I've never felt comfortable with them in the same way as I do the Tarot, though they are a lovely set and gifted by a dear friend.
  13. The Mythic Tarot are what I use, when I use Tarot. I've had them a fair few years now and can't imagine using anything else-not sure why, I've looked and liked other sets. I'm just familiar with them I guess like a favorite pair of slippers. We fit each other well. I feel a loyalty to them somehow. I have'nt picked them up for while, perhaps that was the reminder I needed.
  14. Gloogal

    Impending surgery...

    Hope things have gone well for you Kurt, and you are making a good recovery.
  15. Great project Aloe! I'd be interested to know how they go down in the class.x
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