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Abhainn

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Abhainn last won the day on November 30 2011

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About Abhainn

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    Lady Vagabond
  • Birthday 02/19/1979

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  • Location
    Nevada
  • Interests
    writing, music
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I have been a solitary witch for about 7 years.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was Christian for most of my life, but I didn't feel comfortable. I have explored Buddhism for several years, and continue to include elements of it in my life. I also briefly looked into Druidry, but wasn't ultimately interested.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Since being here, I have begun working with ancestors. I am also researching into thought-forms.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Addressing all aspects of the craft; learning from others; exploring parts of self that have been ignored, repressed; discarding definitions like "good" and "bad," "light" and "dark;" pushing beyond perceived personal limits; discovering and embracing and strengthening connections to more than what the physical realm displays. Cutting through the bullshit.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    7 years
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was researching paths of witchcraft, looking for something that is real and powerful.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to learn about new perspectives about the craft, different directions I can explore.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Not really.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Willingness to explore and experience. I have a strong intuitive nature and I am working to strengthen other areas. I'm also dedicated to my craft.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Short attention span and impatience. Not a lot of "book" knowledge, especially about the more esoteric stuff.
  1. Abhainn

    Empaths

    re: Aurelian, it might be that the baser, nastier emotions are stronger, more primal and visceral, so they pack a harder punch than, say, contentment. Being able to empathize with someone as opposed to, as you say, actually experiencing their emotions. I would imagine being inundated by others' emotions would make one into a cold-hearted bitch simply for survival.
  2. I use runes in divination and certain ones as charms on my altar. I don't have a ritual per se. I like the idea of blooding the runes as a sacrifice and as a connection to yourself. My favorite rune is probably Ansuz. As a sidenote, has anyone any experience with Ogham fews?
  3. Abhainn

    Selling Witchcraft

    I was looking at the flying ointments on Etsy just a couple of days ago, wondering if anyone would seriously try to sell them, and if they were real flying ointments or simply snake oil. And I was shocked at how many flying ointments there were on Etsy alone. But, when I think about it, snake oil was pretty prolific back in the day, too. And a lot of people bought it because they didn't know better.
  4. Abhainn

    Hard Year

    This past year has been terrible for my husband's family in Colorado. A terrible motorcycle accident, prostate cancer (the same person!) and another motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a wonderful young man. And today I learned that my husband's uncle's prostate cancer has returned and they give him a year. Seriously. How much bad news can one family handle? I got to meet this family for the first time at the aforementioned funeral in July. You can't find a better group of people. Open, loving, fun. They don't deserve this kind of back-to-back catastrophe. I know I just fell into a cliche trap, but it's the truth. And no amount of philosophy (everyone dies, it's a natural event, it's best to accept its inevitability) can really combat the feelings of injustice. I'm probably just over-sensitive at the moment. Seems like one slam of painful news after another for both sides of our family, and being so close to my own tragedy, I feel it. Probably more than I would have last month. This is where my Buddhist leaning fails me. It's one thing to convince yourself that you can let things happen, can let people go. It's another to actually do so. It's one thing to say you're going to treat a funeral like a celebration, and it's another thing to actually find something to celebrate amid the loss. And as often as I have said to myself that tragedy isn't specific, doesn't choose people for certain reasons or hover over them, it's hard to see so many terrible things happen to such wonderful people and not get angry at least a little. Not angry at God, but angry at circumstances. How much more does life have to throw at them? Damn, maybe I shouldn't ask that. We're going to see them this Thanksgiving. What was intended to be a get together because we love each other has turned into a chance to hold each other up and maybe even prepare for the next tragedy. Maybe even say goodbye for the last time. Damn I'm tired of this.
  5. Marshy! Haven't seen you in a long time! So glad to see you. :)
  6. Glad Curly is doing better. Scorpions can be nasty little creatures. They make good "playmates."
  7. Abhainn

    Mum's diagnosis

    Hope the surgery goes well for her. I will also send some healing comforting energies to her and to you. ~ A
  8. I was pretty sure that when my mom finally passed on, she was saying "HOT DAMN!!"
  9. I love my uncle, the Southern Baptist preacher. I love his exuberance, his sunny personality, his sense of humor. He has been an enormous help and source of support. He was grieving as well, but he made sure that I had as much trouble as possible deflected away. He made calls, he set up everything for the reception after the graveside, he spoke for my mom's surviving brothers and sister, letting me know that we were all in accord about how to proceed. He has been a solid support through this whole painful event. And I know that his faith is paramount. I love that about him. He has no doubts about what he believes, and he lives it. Really lives it. He's not too enthralled with my nonchristian path, though, and he shuts down if I make any shadowy mention of it. I can't help smiling about it, because he sees himself as my father-figure, and he feels disappointed that I have left the fold, while his daughters are happily married to ministers and living in Zambia as missionaries. After 5 years of trying very hard to compete with my cousins for Most Likely To Rise in the Rapture, I realized that I AM NOT either of them, and I am not under my uncle's jurisdiction. I may be his niece, but I am not his responsibility. He sincerely worries when someone he loves leaves the fold. I don't blame him. He's all real - a "true believer." I got a few little mini-sermons this month. I made one comment that it would be good to have a pagan hospital chaplain and I got the cold disapproval face from him. I could have given the cold disapproval face right back for every one of those mini-sermons, but I didn't. I could have upbraided him at the graveside for trying to make my mom look like a long-time Christian when she has told me time and again that she wasn't interested in Christianity, but wanted me to at least give it a chance. (She was uncomfortable in churches in general.) But I let him do this because HE needed it. He NEEDED it for his own piece of mind. Because once she was gone, the whole process of the funeral was for the survivors. WE needed to see her as we wanted, as much as is possible that is, in order for us to move on. So to my uncle, she was an imperfect Christian, but Christian nonetheless. To me she was a woman who struggled with faith and religion in general. She wasn't crazy about my path, but not because she was afraid for my immortal soul. She doubted the existence of magic. Anyway, I could have done what he did to me, but I respect his faith so much that I won't resent him for living by it. Even if he got a little intolerant of alternative paths. I can forgive that in him.
  10. Glad you're back! :welcomehome:
  11. Magic is, essentially, neutral - the morality comes from the person using it. People can use magic for selfish reasons. There's nothing wrong with trying to make the best of your life. If existence were "fair" then I would understand not using magic. But it's not. Existence itself is neutral and gains its morality from the person living rather than from an overarching scheme of right and wrong. A genius shouldn't smother his intellect because others aren't able to think like him. A person who can manipulate energies, work with spirits, etc, shouldn't have to stop doing so because someone else sees the practice as strictly self-beneficial. Besides, people can and probably do use magic for selfless reasons, as well.
  12. I don't think I'm getting less tolerant, but I am getting more specialized. When I got started, I embraced everything because I didn't know which direction I wanted to take. Over time, I've weeded out a lot that just doesn't resonate with me. I find the New Age people are more willing to talk about topics I'm interested in, and are usually more informed. Makes sloughing off the surface of the conversation easier so we can get to the meat of the topic. I haven't met any New Agers that exude the love and light thing. Most of my experience, though, has been with Elementalists, Native American spirituality, etc., and they tend to be pretty down to earth (no pun intended).
  13. Abhainn

    Kantele

    **Googles "kantele"** That's cool!!! What inspired this purchase?
  14. Abhainn

    Blog Name

    I'm looking at my blog name (Brave Enough to Burn) and realizing that I've got a nice double-meaning there. The name is taken from SJ Tucker's song "Firebird's Child" (still one of my faves). I am the firebird! I am his daughter! I am the firebird's child! I am a firebird! I am his daughter! And like the flame, I am wild wild wild wild WILD! I am the firebird! I am his daughter! I am the firebird's child! I am a firebird, the boldest song you've ever heard Join in the dance, and make it wild, wild, wild! Join in the dance and make it wild! To see a maiden dance around a fire is not so strange but fire dances round the limbs of this uncommon maid! Be brave enough to burn and you'll be brave enough to fly! Join your sister Solace as she lights the morning sky! I am the firebird... Wonders of the water air and earth are all the same you'll never know a wonder like the wonders of the flame! Freely fly as what you are and never walk in shame! You must not fear to blister if you'd live a life in flame! I am girl and firebird and solace is my name! I am the firebird... If you're brave enough to dance then you are brave enough to fly! Forget what's right and proper! You won't know until you try! If you're brave enough to fly, then you are brave enough to burn! Take my hand and join me in the Carnival of Dawn! I am the firebird... Sister will you follow me? Sister will you follow me? Sister will you follow me? Sister sorrow walk with me! (Solace, Sorrow, round and round Sisters burn the morning down Solace, Sorrow, round and round, Sister, burn your Sorrow down!) Like a flame you must be wild/I am a firebird! I am the firebird... You must not fear to blister if you'd live a life in flame! Freely fly as what you are, keep dancing just the same! You'll never know a wonder like the wonders of the flame! I am girl and firebird and Solace is my name! I found this song when I first started on my path. The line "Forget what's right and proper; you won't know until you try" became something of my credo at the time, because I felt as though my actions defied everything "right and proper." I was leaving my Christian faith behind, engaging in witchcraft, doing things that confused and scared my poor husband. But I had to do all of it. It stopped being a dabbling little hobby of "religious tolerance" and became something altogether more internal and true. Authentic. Those first steps were serious acts of will and faith in myself. Rather than allowing someone else to dictate my spiritual parameters, I was admitting that I didn't believe any of what they swore was true. And I had let others dictate my beliefs for most of my life. I wanted to burn the whole thing down and start over. And this song resonated with that desire. A few days ago, though, ,my eyes caught on the thread about burning witches and I thought about how horrifically those people in the video died - whether they were really witches or not. I asked myself if I was willing to be burned alive like that because I claim to be a witch. It's an eerie reminder of the same question asked by and about martyrs of every religion. as well as freedom fighter. Is this enough to die for? I'm grateful that I don't have to make that decision.
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