Fairly. The area in which I live has strong roots to witchcraft, though folks don't normally address it as such. I have been following this path for probably twenty years.
Have you explored other paths?
Sure. I was raised Christian and have spent a lot of time exploring Eastern philosophy, Taoism and the like, mostly due to the martial arts influences in my past. Some of the eastern beliefs tie in well to witchcraft, especially those concerning the cycles of positive/negative power, seasonal cycles, and the use of ch'i energy for healing.
Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
After a few false starts with Wicca that's been pretty much all I do where witchcraft is concerned. I try to put thoughtfulness into whatever I am doing, whether it is positive vibes for a good friend that is ill or infirm or making dinner for my family. My ties to the Earth are strong - I was raised to appreciate the out of doors and our connection with the world around us, as well as all living things in it.
What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
Traditional Witchcraft is the ever-pervading sense of connection to our Creator (whatever we might see he/she as), the Earth, and every living thing on it; the ability to influence our world and our lives by the direction of our will in a positive and meaningful way; the realization that everything we do has an effect, intentional or otherwise, on everyone and everything around us; the willingness to take personal responsibility for our lives and our actions. It is the realization of the cycles of life and the seasons and how they effect our lives.
How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
Probably going on twenty years.
What brought you to our site?
I surfed into your site using Google IIRC. I was searching specifically for a traditional site rather than one geared towards Wicca.
What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
What I expect to get: knowledge and experiences from others like myself; different viewpoints that may open my eyes to things I had not yet realized; a sense of camaraderie and friendship with others. What I expect to contribute: the collective experiences and information that I have been able to obtain from my work in the craft; a different perspective on approaches to witchcraft, including where some of what we do ties in with other belief systems and religions; a friendly manner and kind demeanor. I'll also be glad to answer personal computer questions if within my ability to do.
Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
One or two, though I have not participated on them. They turned out after further reading to be more Wicca-centric.
What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
Raising large amounts of healing energy; it is what I concentrated on the most during my more formative yearsand what I still strive towards the most these days. I am also getting fairly adept at pendulum dowsing, which is another one of my great loves.
What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
My weakest point would have to be anything requiring much in the way of "formal" ceremony - it's really just not me. Trad Crafters seem to eschew it anyway so I never really worried too much about it. I live traditional witchcraft rather than it being something that I just "do".