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About Jaime

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    the cat's staff
  • Birthday 11/05/1976


  • Location
    St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
  • Interests
    singing, cooking, dancing, gardening, making things, too many things to think of and mention...
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I was raised Catholic. For me I needed a reason to believe in something, religion or otherwise. When I would ask why do you believe in God to most of the people I knew, I'd get either, the deer in headlights look or instant anger (how dare I question the existence or belief in God). Whatever. I found that the religion in which I grew up was content in people following it's tenents blindly. I don't really understand or trust that. That was the beginning of the end for me being a Catholic. I think I was 8 or 9.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional Witchcraft is a spirituality and a philosophy for me. It encompasses my life and general worldview. To me, traditional witchcraft is accepting both the usage and responsibility for your life, your actions and your gifts.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Friendship and scholarship. A place to challenge and be challenged. A place where I don't feel like the odd one out all the time
  1. I'm just beginning to look into Jung's theories about life and spirituality. He's definitely an interesting guy from what I've read so far. I like that he's practical about somewhat impractical things.
  2. Figured this might be a way of jump-starting the old noggins out there. This topic has been on my mind for a little while now and just thought I'd post it there to get opinions. Especially since I haven't posted anything here in ages :) How may of you believe in synchronicity? Carl Jung coined this term to describe (in his words taken from Wikipedia) "temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events." Do you see this as being a part of Divinity, or some kind of Cosmic Unconsciousness (as Jung believed)? Do you think Fate is the same thing as synchronicity? Just curious as I'm going through another one of my phases where I'm trying to figure out the universe and what it's all about! LOL I'm interested to hear everyone's point of view. What do you think? Jaime :)
  3. 1. What is your favorite witchy movie? Practical Magic and The Witches of Eastwick (what can I say, I have a weakness for "your average horny little devil") 2. Where is your favorite place to do a spell? On a cliff/beach/in the woods, preferably near water. 3. Where do you NORMALLY do your spells? wherever I happen to be when I want to do them 4. What type of spells are your favorite? I'd have to say hexes. 5. What is your favorite ingredient for a spell? I don't know if this can be classed as an ingredient, but I love to use fire. 6. What is your LEAST favorite ingredient to use in a spell? decomposing things..they don't tend to gross me out...I just don't like the smell.. 7. What is your favorite witchy holiday/festival? Samhain 8. Do you have an animal spirit, If yes how many? yes, but some are more noticible than others at certain times in my life. 3 9. If yes to #8, name the animal spirit(s): cat, snake, and most recently alligator 10. Name your favorite witchy character: Daryl van Horne, Tia Dalma 11. When was the last time you did a hex/curse? years ago, but planning one soon methinks 12. When was the last time you did a blessing/healing? a week/ week and a half ago 13. When was the last time you did a binding? many years ago...I don't really bother with them anymore.. 14. When was the last time you did a love spell? 6 years ago 15. Have you ever done a spell on someone just because you were bored? no, but I'm not opposed to the idea. 16. What is your strength as a witch? that whatever I really set my mind to I accomplish. 17. What is your weakness as a witch? self-motivation 18. If you could go back in time to meet ANYBODY associated in witchcraft, who would it be and why? Aleister Crowley and now with a certain recent thread, Anton LaVey. Maybe both at the one time and just listen to them talk! 19. How much of a "modern stereotyped witch" applied to you as a witch? lots in some ways, not so much in others. I don't necessarily advertise, but if you know what to look for you'll see my witchy tendencies are very plainly out in the open. 20. How long have you been a member of this forum? a little over a year now
  4. Sweet! :D I picked up on the link already, tks!
  5. These sound really interesing AC especially the last one. Where did you find them? I"m not reading anything at the moment per se, well I am thumbing through a friends introductory package from the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids...and am not really getting into them at all. I do have an old Newfoundland Superstitions book I keep reading from time to time. If anyone's interested I'll type some stuff out and post.. J
  6. In my little city there's a local storytelling circle. Meetings are held once a month, on the second Thursday of the month. Duane and I went to the meeting (open to the public) last Thursday and I must say we had a blast. Sometimes the meetings are themed and sometimes not. This being October, I'll bet you can guess what the theme was. That's right: Tales of Ghostly Horror!!! It was great!! There were two parts to the evening. Part one is prepared stories by the professionals in the community. We were told stories of Anne Bolin with her head tucked underneath her arm haunting the Tower of London. We were told an experiential story of the Old Hag that someone had (some of you might already know what this is...if not, go to the Myths/Legends section in the forum and search it) - which is a HUGE tradition in Newfoundland. There were countless other stories from Scotland and Newfoundland and England. Part two is for us amateur would be story-tellers who want to learn the art and to practice. D & I met a lady from British Columbia who had taken a year's leave of absence from her job and travelled across the country to "find herself." She was a plain woman with a very introverted but warm personality who put her name on the amateur list for the second half of the night. The amateur part of the evening isn't themed, just for practice. She told a story about a teacher she had in high school which was quite comedic. She was very nervous and did a great job. We also met Emma, an Aussie from Brisbane, who was at the local university studying geophysics, and her friend Lisa, a local who was an archeologist just back from a dig in Labrador, uncovering WWII airplanes from a bog there. When D & I arrived at the "Crow's Nest", i.e., the pub at which the storytelling circle is held every month, we were amazed at the place. It was one of those bars/clubs that is membership only. I'm not quite sure how the storytelling circle got to be at this place, but I have an gut feeling one of the more avid storytellers is a member. There's paraphanelia from all sorts of ships. There's a parascope from a submarine and a locked cabinet with swords in it (and a real katana!!). It was one of those places where you could spend hours looking at all of the stuff on the walls. If it's possible I'll get photos the next time I'm there. There's also a balladeers circle which I'm attending on Oct 30th. I may sing a ballad too! Guess that means I'll have to learn one! LOL For those who've read my previous ramblings, you may remember the blog entry about my experience hearing Beowulf about this time last year at a local event. Well it's that time of year again, and the 4th Annual International Storytelling Festival will be underway in less than a week. I'm excited. I'm signing up for a workshop in introductory storytelling. Eek! I can't wait! I'll let you know how it goes.
  7. Jaime

    Apology accepted?

    thanks folks. This place has so much information it's sometimes an overload for me. :chomp: I can't not spend hours here when I come and sometimes I just don't have that much time, so I'll just wait for a day when I do.
  8. Jaime

    Apology accepted?

    Hey all, First of all let me apologize for being such a lazy shit and not coming to visit more often. I received a message from Rebie a week or so ago, just to touch base and since then, I've been thinking about this site more and more often. Now I've given myself a swift kick and am trying to get out of the antisocial rut I can put myself into sometimes. I've been ok. Sometimes I try to do everything at once and end up beyond busy, burn out and completely retreat and become like a hermit. I've been trying not to come online too much as well, because for me it can be a fabulous procrastination tool. I don't get things done around the house and then I get overwhelmed and depressed! :cry: Blah! Anyway, no more excuses...here I am. Just a little blog to let you know what's been up at my end of the world since I've been here last. I've got a new job at the local DMV and with that all of the stresses that comes with learning a huge amount of information as quickly as you can. Duane (or D), my honey, has since taken over my position at the farm. Needless to say the smell of savory will never leave our home! We took some salsa dancing lessons this past summer and had fun. I've signed up for bellydancing this fall; two courses actually: an intro into a gypsy style and intro to Americal Tribal Style.. Dad's ok. Actually that's debateable as the test he gets done consistently come back inconclusive. Then more tests need to be taken, longer waiting periods, etc. I do what I can from where I am (I'm about 770 km from my hometown) and hope it helps.. So far Dad's got 2 growths in his sinus cavity: one the size of an olive and the other the size of a pea. He's also got a growth in the lower throat area. They can't operate cause these things have roots and they'd be operating too close to the corotid(sp?) artery and spinal column. The Dr.s say it's not a cancer but that it is a malignancy and it "acts" like a cancer. HUH? I know I'm no dr, but if it looks like a duck and quacks/walks like a duck..then to me... Other than that there's not much new happening...I've taken an interest in Hinduism and am learning what I can about it and Indian lifestyle in general (Ayurveda and the like). I'm thinking of decorating my bedroom (and eventually other parts of my home) in an Arabian/Indian theme. Any ideas are welcome.. My kitties are doing well. D's good (his eating habits however are NOT!). I've posted an album from the beginning of August of a concert I went to see, though it felt like a dirty big party to me! I'll post more misc pics soon. I've missed you all! Feels good to be back :)
  9. For the record (and for Newfoundlanders everywhere) in our defense...Most of the old timers (and alot of the rural folk) were raised on salted meat/fish and root vegetables. Sodium content is through the roof on traditional foods from here, and circulatory problems are common...so it's no wonder that our food was to blame! LOL Talk sushi to a Newfie and he'd laugh at you! Raw!?! Nah, b'y. We dry and salt our fish, then soak it, then eat it!!:nana:
  10. Yeah..a few of the traditional ways of breaking an old hag attack are: If someone is with you, and they know what's happening, they are to say your name backwards. Throw a glass bottle at the entity attacking you (don't know why this works or how you're supposed to do it but there you go) Relax and concentrate on wiggling your finger, if you can wiggle your finger, move your hand, your arm and so on until you break the attack. (this is the one I see as most credible) J
  11. I have Hufford's book. It was a textbook for a folklore and the supernatural course I did for my minor. The prof said that every year someone had "the hag" upon reading his book before bed. It happened in my class too. Not me though, that freaked me out too much to read it before bed. I read it at high noon!! LOL
  12. Jaime


    Rebie, I'm sure I remember something about fae type spirits in North American Indian culture. I'm not sure if it's elemental related and it must be 10 years or so since I read something but keep digging. I'll look into my old papers and reading materials from school as well...I also know a folklorist who knows alot about the faerie traditions here and I'll check with him to see if he's heard anything similar in the NA Indian trads.. J
  13. I used a "keeper" (made from natural rubber rather than medical silicone) and though I cleaned it regularly, I found that I got a lot of infections while using it. I haven't had one (knock on wood) with the diva cup yet...
  14. Oo, it's called a "diva cup." A cup made from medical silicone that acts the kinda like a diaphram...except rather than keeping those pesky sperm out, it collects your blood and you can dispose of it down the toilet (such a waste!!) or keep it. Make sure you clean it when you use it (they've created a wash for it called, you guessed it...diva wash) so you won't have infections...and there's rarely any mess...even when sleeping...of course I guess that depends on the body type too...and believe it or not...once you get used to them (it took me into my second period)...they're comfortable!! And you don't have to buy tampons or pads every month and there's no waste!! <advertisment over> LOL
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