• QUICK & DIRTY
married to J (affectionately referred to as ‘the Husband’), mom of three boys (C, L and O); living in Southern California in our 1906 craftsman bungalow; Aquarius sun/Sagittarius moon/Aquarius rising; INTJ; beatnik beauty, persnickety perfectionist, occasional creatrix, word weaver and tarot thrower
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• THE BEGINNING
I was born into and raised in the Catholic faith. Per my highly religious extended family, I went through all the motions from baptism (I was a wee tot, no choice there), to communion and confirmation (happened at the same time). I didn’t object as it was something that was assumed and a ‘tradition’ of my culture. Catholicism never did sit right with me and my personal views. I like to think of myself as very open-minded, logical, and I’m a skeptic at heart. I questioned a lot of what I was taught and never truly received answers that satisfied me. I stopped going to church pretty much right after my confirmation (I was 15). My parents didn’t really push me to go, as they hardly went themselves.
From then on, I considered myself/my personal views as Agnostic. Even so, I’ve always been intrigued by the ‘occult’ it wasn’t until I was around 20 that I looked into other spiritual paths. I read about Hinduism, Buddhism and the like. The more I read, the more I was able to identify with certain beliefs. I then started to look into other Pagan belief systems specifically, traditional witchcraft. I purchased a couple books and enjoyed what I learned. I’d finally found something that I agreed with wholeheartedly. It was a breath of fresh air, so to speak.
However, at that point in my life, I truly wasn’t ‘disciplined’ enough to follow through with the path. Although I shelved my studies for a bit, I looked forward to, celebrated and acknowledged the Wheel of the Year – albeit I did it privately. It wasn’t until the end of Summer 2011 that I had a gnawing urge to reacquaint myself with Neo-Paganism (specifically Witchcraft). I started slow; researching, gathering information, re-reading through my old go-to websites such as WitchVox as well as my ‘beginner’ books. Surprisingly, I retained a lot of what I’d learned back in my early 20s.
During the Autumnal Equinox (September 23rd, 2011), I decided to dedicate myself to studying all there is to know about Pagan/Neo-Pagan traditions, Witchcraft, divination (tarot), different pantheons, as well as other traditions under the huge Paganism umbrella. As you know, there’s a lot to learn! The studying and learning never ceases on this journey. Knowing this, I created this website to help chronicle my endeavors, and thoughts.
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• BEYOND THE SURFACE
I’m not your typical witch (if there is such a thing – I doubt it).
I don’t perform/create spells, though I do send wishes to the moon, and wish upon stars. It’s something I’ve done since I was little and believed in fairies. I still believe in fairies, actually. 🙂 I don’t perform elaborate rituals, cast circles, or call the corners. When a special sabbat or esbat comes along, I will light a candle (or two), burn fragrant incense, write, gather bits of nature, listen to music (not necessarily of the pagan variety, but most likely Thievery Corporation), and draw.
My sacred space is a collection of things I love; seashells, sea glass, driftwood, candles, fragrant incense, gemstones, bits of nature, and other collected curiosities. I love; the moon, the night sky, the sea, and the stars.
I’m drawn to the goddess Hecate (Hekate). She has made herself known to me through dreams, and various signs. She is someone I’m still getting to know, and I hope to foster a relationship with her as I progress on this path.
This is how I cultivate my spirituality, and well being.
This is me.
This is INKWITCHERY.