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Hello, Folks [Feb. 3rd, 2007|10:29 pm]
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[Current Mood |happyhappy]

Name:  Phae Talon

What brought you here?  I was following dbmyrrha around, and I thought this place looked interesting.

What path/tradition do you choose to follow?  Hmm, difficult to explain.  Mostly it is of my own cobbling.  Bits of Irish lore mixed with family practises and stories.

What are your main interests?  Lately, spellcraft and theory.  I have picked up a lot of info along my path, and since I don't often have call to cast spells, I have been wanted to craft them just because I can.  That and herblore.  I love plants :)

What is Witchcraft to you?  The practise of changing reality/universe in accordance with your will. 

What makes you feel alive?  Sunshine on my face, the wind in my hair, the ocean lapping at my feet, wriggling my toes in the dirt ... and sex ;)

Ask us a question:   Can't think of one just off the top of my head, but I will come back with a good one.  Promise ;)

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intro [Jan. 8th, 2007|09:10 am]
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[Current Location |California]
[Current Mood |awake]
[Current Music |none]

Name/s: Real name is Kristi, but that smacks too much of Xtianity so I prefer to be called by my Heathen name, Sigrun (which means "Rune of Victory" in Icelandic).

What brought you here? Did a lookup on the word "Heathen" in Interests.

What path/tradition do you choose to follow? Irminenschaft, the Germanic Continental offshoot of Asatru.

What are your main interests? Writing poetry, painting, sculpting, drawing, reading, exploring my "woo", studying the Lore, Armanen runes.

What is Witchcraft to you? A way of using your mind to connect with the Gods to create changes in your life and the lives of others. I do as my ancestors did.

What makes you feel alive? Sex, and holding Blot.

Ask us a question: Define the concept of "a gift for a gift".
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Intro [Jul. 17th, 2006|09:45 pm]
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Name Cat(herine)
What brought you here? My friend Mandie does this thing called "driving by the Force". This was "websurfing by the Force".
What path/tradition do you choose to follow? Eclectic miscellany. I believe in what rings truest to me. I've been known to appeal to everyone from Mary to Allah to Brigit to Kali.
What are your main interests? Writing, spinning web(page)s, playing with words, making music, keeping journals, divination.
What is Witchcraft to you? The merest twiddle of a pair of thumbs; the glint of an old eye and the fluttering, surprised lashes of a young one. Quietly working real changes; showing off little magicks to people who only want a bit of fun. Time as a ball of string. Worlds upon worlds. The real. The unreal.
What makes you feel alive? Connecting with the most primal actions in the universe: creation and destruction. Traveling along paths only I could possibly have tramped-out for myself, be they concrete or symbolic. Laughing. Minding what's mine and keeping it safe.
Ask us a question Opinions and experiences regarding the Threefold Law? (Asking for personal reasons as well as out of curiosity.)
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New [Jun. 25th, 2006|05:35 pm]
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[Current Mood |curiouscurious]
[Current Music |"And in this case it all took place..."]

Name/s: Raen
What brought you here? I was looking through a friend's communities and saw y'all.
What path/tradition do you choose to follow? A very eclectic pagan one.
What are your main interests? In terms of this community? Its another aspect of paganism that I would like to watch/learn from/perhaps contribute to for a while.
What is Witchcraft to you? Witchcraft is by and large an art, though some people make a religion out of it. One could easily equate it to a shamanistic art.
What makes you feel alive? That's a horribly broad question.
Ask us a question: Not yet. Give me time. ;)

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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2006|08:17 pm]
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Name: D.B. Myrrha

What brought you here?: Random search for Traditional Witchcraft communities on LJ.

What path/tradition do you choose to follow?: I follow the Cosan, a traditional Witchcraft path that is the result of two blended Traditions, one BTW, one British Fam Trad. As we are first generation, we don't call ourselves a Tradition, but a way. We are not Wiccan.

What are your main interests?: Besides the Craft? I have many and varied interests.

What is Witchcraft to you?: My life's blood, my calling, and my service to the Gods.

What makes you feel alive?: Practicing my Craft. Being in Nature. Singing and all things that engage the senses.

Ask us a question: How many beans make five?
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The Sun, Moon, Magnetism, & Anomalies [Jun. 19th, 2006|02:17 pm]
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Many of us who pursue spiritual studies that encompass nature as sacred (rather than as peripheral) pay attention to and revere the cycles of the sun, the moon, or both. I mentioned yesterday that the Summer Solstice (Litha to some) is the time historically and statistically that the most paranormal, otherworldly, downright odd events occur. This is why so many cultures in the northern hemisphere have holy day (holiday) celebrations or rites around mid-June that revolve around the theme of faeries-- which are the strange denizens of realities beyond or beside our own. ("Faeries" often including what we call ghosts, angels, demons, and strange animals, besides that of other races of often distorted-seeming human-like beings.)  With me so far?

The question remains-- WHY the Summer Solstice?

More on why I surmise the Summer Solstice (and, to a lesser extent, the full moon) to be an anomaly attractor:

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Faerie Week [Jun. 18th, 2006|05:25 pm]
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This is the week of the summer solstice (or Litha, to you witches and western neo-pagans.)  Not many know precisely how the ancients celebrated this particular time of the year. We might have lots of watered down folk festivals or Christianized versions of many of the holidays, like Xmas from Yule or Easter from Ostara, but the summer celebrations seem to get wiped off the collective consciousness altogether. 

Which is a terrible thing, in my estimation, because both the summer solstice and Lunasa (Lughnasad) were very active times for pagan celebration. Come on, it was SUMMER! You think that didn't make a difference?

Yes, there is some evidence that the Greenman was a big part of many rituals (though, really, different aspects of the Greenman are a part of many holidays, as would be expected for any agricultural culture) as was the Sun. However, they weren't the major focus...

So, then... what was?

Here's where my love of history and the study of the paranormal come together in perfect synchronicity.  Many of the best tidbits we get about lost cultural beliefs can be found in the mythology of the past, and the one theme that seems to pop up the most for Summer Solstice (in Europe and some Native American tribes, at least) is that of faeries.  Even as late as Shakespeare, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, we see the theme. Other Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and Manx tales seem to concur. I remember when I found this pattern, many years ago, how it sparked a flash of insight and curiosity-- Was there some specific reason why people spoke of "little people," "the gentry," "fairies," odd "will o' the wisps" and so forth at this time of the year as opposed to any other time? Was it coincidence that so many cultures (not just Celtic) brought up the idea?

Now, you have to keep in mind that classic Faeries are not, repeat NOT, cute little winged sprites that sit on flowers and look all adorable. What were called faeries then would be today called any number of strange names: goblins, kobalds, imps, gremlins, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, etc. Basically, in your classic mythos, "faerie" covered any denizen of a reality that didn't seem to jive with what we deem OUR everyday reality. Interesting, no?

And, yes, there IS a reason why such things were celebrated, marked, or revered in awe at the Summer Solstice-- because statistically, more paranormal events happen in the week of the summer solstice than any other time of the year!  I've noted a pattern in my own curious meanderings, but never did an analysis of the numbers myself. But others have. John Keel, who investigates everything weird you can imagine-- a true paranormal generalist, not just into ghosts, or UFOs, or what-have-you-- made this observation by the 1970s and since then, the statistics bear him out. An actual, well-funded, scientific team found the same to be true when they ran reports thru computers of paranormal events in past years.

Now-- just a side note, if people create these things from their minds alone, our collective culture should totally insure that most reports statistically occur at, oh-- I don't know-- HALLOWEEN!? But they do not. June 19-22 has consistently shown more freaky happenings than any other time. And evidentally, even our so-called "primitive" ancestors copped a clue on the pattern of it all! Amazing.

From the other side of things, magick and prayer and personal directed will should be far more effective at manifesting results at this time of year than at any other. And, once more, statistics bear this out. (One wonders if the sun's energy being prominent has anything to do with it. For example, do the Aboriginal Australians have beliefs about THEIR summer solstice, which is our winter solstice? I wonder...)

Happy Summer Solstice Week, everyone! 
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Herding Cats [Jun. 18th, 2006|11:58 am]
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A.K.A. Leadership in the Craft!

Lately I have been wondering why it is that some pagans make fantastic leaders who are able to motivate people to do a lot of work towards great causes... they can achieve a lot, and set up huge organisations such as CoG and the Church of All Worlds (to name just a few), wheras other pagans can't even seem to get their friends to show up for coven meetings!

So... what do you think it takes to be a good leader in the Craft? Which personality traits are needed, and what is required in terms of training? How much work does a good leader need to do?

Are you the leader of a coven or tradition? Tell us a little about how you got to where you are, what your position involves, and why you think you became a leader. Why are you able to herd cats? Why do people "follow" you (for lack of a better term coming to mind right now, sorry).
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(no subject) [May. 28th, 2006|10:04 pm]
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[Current Mood |curiouscurious]
[Current Music |The Cardigans - Say That You Love Me]

Soooo, a while ago, I came across a little jade stone, carved into the shape of a (left) hand, with this carved into it:

My eternal gratitude to anyone who can tell me anything about it.

(cross-posted wherever I deem relevant)
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hacker [Apr. 8th, 2006|02:21 am]
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Hi everyone, just going around to all the communities that spiriteddryad is in to warn them that her account has been hacked and to ignore anything from it. I really wish this didn't happen to a sweet person like her.Unfortunately this hacker also acts like an idiot 13 year old so be warned. x-posted
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