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About Michele

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    The Exiled Goddess

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    Feline
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    South Florida
  • Interests
    Reading, Writing, Gardening, Playing, Hiking
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I'm familiar with my own Path.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Yes.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    Yes.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Relationship craft more than sorcery craft. Ancestor communication and honoring. Viewing the world - seen and unseen - as a living thing.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    Approximately 30+ years.
  • What brought you to our site?
    Google.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    Adult conversation that provokes thought.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    Not at this time.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I rarely lose my composure.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    The "rarely" part.
  • Additional Information.
    I also belong to and practice a traditional (as in it is based on long-standing tradition) diasporic religion.

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  1. Most compass points have specific associations based on the path the people follow. But I'd think that, being NESW, and then above and below - they are placing you in the center of everything, connecting you to everything, so you can then do a working (or whatever you're doing in the compass) with direct connection to the energy of any given thing you've got a relationships with. Being connected to everything it places one in the mid-place between worlds (what some call the hedge - as in hedge-crossing, hedge-sitting, etc.). Hedges are boundaries, and the compass is a boundary. Because most things are meant to stay in the world they exist in. But if one is using energies of things, one needs access to those worlds. Having a "point" (or place of entrance/exit) of all the worlds one could then access anything in any world that is willing to work with you.
  2. I don't consider myself a Christian, but there are many practices (including craft practices) that are interwoven heavily with Catholicism. The book Daughters of Witching Hill goes some into that. Certain members of the Cultis Sabbati have said the one of the ways to recognize traditional craft is its use of certain Christian concepts/things (not sure I personally agree with that one, I believe true traditional craft was shamanistic in nature). How many spells call for the use of Holy Water? or Gods? Who created "nature" - man or the divine? I actually know people who practice a pagan religion but attend Catholic Mass regularly and they don't see a difference between the energies once one strips away the "churchinaty" and humanization of the energies. If it feels right to you, do it. Ask whatever you believe in for guidance. Good luck!!
  3. I don't see why you can't! Get those plastic page savers and a 3 ring binder. Rip out the pages you want to keep and put them into the page savers in the 3RB, and voila!!
  4. Antiqueing!!! I've found some of the best stuff at antique stores. Old cast iron3-legged pots, religious articles from estate sales (where the relatives had no clue what the items were and just put them in consignment antique stores for 10 bucks when they should have been 1000), old wood cupboards and tables, book stands, herbals.... love antique stores. My son and I go often and find the coolest stuff!!!!
  5. I belong to a religion that is not of my culture. I grew up surrounded by it because of where I lived, but I was not born to that culture. I think it may depend on how one defines the claim - I used to work with an attorney who was Jewish. He never practiced the religion, and he considered himself Jewish by race (but not by religion). Another attorney there married a non-Jewish woman who converted to Judaism (a requirement for the marriage). So she practices the religion and is Jewish by religion but is not of the Jewish race. But bottom line is I think there is a big difference between practicing and respecting a cultural path and the cultural appropriation of another's practices without the respect and credit to the past.
  6. Interesting article. I think there is much to be said for rocking chairs - not so much in the Eastern definition of meditation, but for journeying. Basically to achieve the "drop down" that puts one into an altered state. The constant, lulling motion of the rocker I personally find can be very inducive to the between state of being. Kind of puts one into the not awake-not asleep moment of time.
  7. I just buy up 3 ring binders and note books whenever I see them on sale, lol. So far I have about 15 binders and may 120-25 notebooks of notes, printouts of conversations and emails (with notes scribbled all over the margin edges), dreams, inspirations, "jumpings", and even mundane conversations (because anyone and everyone can teach you something). They're in no order, but I know where most info is. When I get the "I've heard that before - I have notes on it somewhere" feeling I can pretty much get the right note book. But my books don't look like a grimoire of spells. They read as a story, as a thousand letters and memories and conversations kept, rather than as a spell book. Sometimes I just sit in front of them and pull one out at random and always I get something new from something I've already read a hundred times.
  8. <----- Is trying to figure out how this whole discussion ended up under a cartoon in the humor section, lol.
  9. Anyone use this form of altar and contact? At first I had a hard time with it because it has such heavy Christian language and I'm not Christian, but after working with it for a while, and attending many misas and spirit readings, I have come to really appreciate and benefit from the connection it brings. I use it both for my personal ancestors, my spiritual "quadrant" (weird word lol - basically spirit guides who work with you) and for the ancestors of my religious house. I also have an outside ancestor altar that is used for a more primal type of connection. Both altars I attend most days of the week. Attending the bovida regularly has really deepened the connection and opened up a slew of communications between me and those I work with or come from.
  10. I think the understanding of practitioners will differ depending on what they're involved with. I also think there can be more than one answer to most questions. I happen to be religious and very spiritual, and am initiated into a religion (that is craft friendly) and the plant associations and powers that I use will be effected by how my personal ancestors used those plants (and also how the ancestors of the religion understood those plants which may differ from my personal ancestors' understanding). Many workings could invoke not just the plant, but an ancestor who specialized in plant knowledge and would have much stronger power and relationships with the plants than I do (depending on the plant and the situation). So how I use and work with and relate to plants, and my belief system of them, might be very different from someone else's who is not in my religion and/or does not share my ancestors. And to contradict that, some plants unknown in my religion I would then use them in more craft-like associations. It's not black or white. It's much more BOTH black and white. So it will be different for each person depending on what they're into. The plant uses are usually very similar between most paths and beliefs, but the how and the way and the beliefs of the origin of the energy can appear quite different (although ultimately if it is stripped to its bare bones it usually has a thread of the same truth running through it, just personalized and named differently by different cultures and belief systems).
  11. Plants have their own energy, in my personal belief, as do all things (including people). I believe one needs to (or should have) a relationship with what one invokes if they want a better understanding and outcome of the energy. The nature of the plant energy is what makes it different from another plant... the strength of that energy depends on to what and how it is connected. Those are just my personal beliefs. I don't believe that the look and smell of a plant are the only thing they have to offer. I believe their look and smell can give one a good idea of what energies they might resonate with, but they also have a specific energy in them that needs to be invoked and directed for any working. I believe words said over generations gain a power of their own because certain energies are used to being worked with those words for that specific outcome. I believe all energies have (or can have) a connection to "other" and can be used as a portal to, or connection to, that aspect of energy. I also believe certain manifestations of energy, especially deific, have certain plants/animals they prefer to work with and respond to, and the repetition of the use gathers more and more power over time. But that's just me.
  12. I don't believe one actually works with a full divine force - it would probably disintegrate you. I believe that one manages to connect to an ancestor, or even a random spirit, of someone who worked that force and built up much power, and they connect to the energetic force for you and control whatever does or doesn't come through. One reason why in invoking a divine energy for a working the witch would also invoke the name of someone/thing that knows how to work with it and can filter it. If you think about it, that's actually what you're doing when you invoke an herb. It has connection to energy that is filtered through it into the specific property of that herb. You could try and invoke the property itself without the herb, but you'd be shooting in the dark.
  13. __________________________________ Oh yes! Post time and date?
  14. Yay the chat room is back!! Thank you!!
  15. _____________________ If you're interested and attracted to it, I would say to look into it. Just because it isn't in your dna ancestry doesn't mean it isn't right for you. As long as you're honest about your interest and intent. My understanding is the gods came to the new world by choice (although the salves didn't). Cultures met and eventually mixed to an extent. If you actually get initiated, although your dna ancestors remain the same, you are adopted into the house and the ancestors of the house become your "ancestors" too and part of your lineage.
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