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    This is really interesting. I'm reading books about witchcraft, have an alter in my bedroom. I love reading things like this and about dreams and gemstones.

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    Welcome, the.tattooed.mermaid. Nice to meet you!

    What sort of things are on your altar?

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    that made me think of the time i caught my dog using the skull from my altar as a chew toy. soooo not happy, thankfully there were no teeth marks and i re-cleansed it with a ritual offering of apology. thankfully the deity the skull is for would have laughed their butt off if they could.
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    @inanna

    Heh, yes, you have to watch your animal friends around bones. When we still had cats, I always had to put small bones in jars and bigger ones up higher (way, way higher) to keep them out of kitty reach.

    While I miss the cats, I don't miss having to watch what is left on the altars. I never was able to leave offerings unattended for any length of time before. Now it is no longer an issue.

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    And now, for a personal request:

    I would like to ask everyone not to buy the following books or support these authors in any way because their books are plagiarized --

    The Book of Tides: Old Sea Witchcraft by Amber AE McDonald
    The Sea Witches' Handbook by Angela McKendrick

    Ms McDonald's book is a combination of articles plagiarized word for word from my web site with word for word content from Paul Holman's Sea Witch, plus some other content that looks familiar but I have not had time to source properly.

    Ms McKendrick's ebook is a combination of articles plagiarized word for word from my web site with content of presently unknown source. Again, looks familiar but can't source it right now. Most of it is random lists of correspondences which seem irrelevant to the practice of sea magick. I think some of this may be generic magick how-to from the Internet Book of Shadows?

    If you have accounts on Goodreads or similar, or if you see someone recommending the books, I would appreciate it if you could pass along the info about these plagiarized texts. I am working on getting the books removed from Amazon, but this may take a while from what I hear about Amazon's speed for IP issues.

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    I wanted to share something nifty that happened. I see an acupuncturist/Qi healer every month who is really good at what she does. Recently I went in to the room, laid down on the table, and she looked me over and said, "What's going on with your hips?" But I wasn't even thinking about it because I was thinking about what I'd work on that day, about removing blocks and dealing with anxiety. I'd been getting hip pains randomly, and no idea why, more on one side than the other. I'd gone to a new doctor who was wonderful, did all sorts of tests, and nothing's amiss. I'm 'perfectly' healthy in all the physically measurable ways, outside of having asthma forever (mostly under control these days) and hormone-triggered migraines which I can't take anything for. My acu-lady, I'll call her A, works on my migraines, and it's been incredible.

    But that day after asking me what was going on in my hips, she said, "Your energy is stuck in your hips." She did the needles for this. She proceeded to pull energy down from my head to my feet.

    When I go see her and I'm in the room, I'm open to whatever I need to come to me to help. That day, my canids did- my main animal medicine is and has always been Wolf. (This is something I was raised with, it's a tribal thing- my grandpa, who was chief, taught me to call it Medicine, so do not tell me that's not right, because in my tribe, it is. But I digress.) I also work with canids in general, and a lot of other creatures but Wolf is always with me. So you'll see on my altar, which is mostly water-based, a plaster north American gray wolf paw imprint and pouch of wolf fur, surrounded by whatever else I'm working with. I had not and I still haven't told A about mermaiding, or mermaid anything, we just haven't talked about it because I've been focusing on more finite things. So I'm laying there, and my wolf spirits arrived, along with a red fox and a fennec, and these spirits surround me and the small ones laid on my belly and my ankles, while she put the needles in my hips and legs, and then proceeded to the rest of me.

    And that is when she said, "You're a mermaid, but you were born on land. You need to BREATHE and use your feet."

    I had to smile at that. She said she saw my ancestors gathering around me.

    I said, "Those are my wolves... and a couple others."

    She said, "We're multi-layered. They're here to help you."

    My hips haven't hurt since. She knows her needles.

    There was something really lovely about that understanding of a mermaid soul. And there's a reason my favorite wolves are coastal.
    Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home. ~Sylvia Earle

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    Quote Originally Posted by tealmermaid View Post
    And now, for a personal request:
    Absolutely. My fb is currently deactivated, but if it comes up anywhere else, I'll let them know. (edit- it was deactivated til like 20 mins after this... sigh. Had to go back for reasons.)
    Last edited by deepblue; 04-12-2019 at 07:37 PM.
    Every time I slip into the ocean, it's like going home. ~Sylvia Earle

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepblue View Post
    I wanted to share something nifty that happened. I see an acupuncturist/Qi healer every month who is really good at what she does. Recently I went in to the room, laid down on the table, and she looked me over and said, "What's going on with your hips?" But I wasn't even thinking about it because I was thinking about what I'd work on that day, about removing blocks and dealing with anxiety. I'd been getting hip pains randomly, and no idea why, more on one side than the other. I'd gone to a new doctor who was wonderful, did all sorts of tests, and nothing's amiss. I'm 'perfectly' healthy in all the physically measurable ways, outside of having asthma forever (mostly under control these days) and hormone-triggered migraines which I can't take anything for. My acu-lady, I'll call her A, works on my migraines, and it's been incredible.

    But that day after asking me what was going on in my hips, she said, "Your energy is stuck in your hips." She did the needles for this. She proceeded to pull energy down from my head to my feet.

    When I go see her and I'm in the room, I'm open to whatever I need to come to me to help. That day, my canids did- my main animal medicine is and has always been Wolf. (This is something I was raised with, it's a tribal thing- my grandpa, who was chief, taught me to call it Medicine, so do not tell me that's not right, because in my tribe, it is. But I digress.) I also work with canids in general, and a lot of other creatures but Wolf is always with me. So you'll see on my altar, which is mostly water-based, a plaster north American gray wolf paw imprint and pouch of wolf fur, surrounded by whatever else I'm working with. I had not and I still haven't told A about mermaiding, or mermaid anything, we just haven't talked about it because I've been focusing on more finite things. So I'm laying there, and my wolf spirits arrived, along with a red fox and a fennec, and these spirits surround me and the small ones laid on my belly and my ankles, while she put the needles in my hips and legs, and then proceeded to the rest of me.

    And that is when she said, "You're a mermaid, but you were born on land. You need to BREATHE and use your feet."

    I had to smile at that. She said she saw my ancestors gathering around me.

    I said, "Those are my wolves... and a couple others."

    She said, "We're multi-layered. They're here to help you."

    My hips haven't hurt since. She knows her needles.

    There was something really lovely about that understanding of a mermaid soul. And there's a reason my favorite wolves are coastal.
    Oh wow that sounds amazing. My goddess name is Danu. I like to be one with the earth. I didnt choose this goddess she chose me as there is Irish in my family. My dad and his side are Irish. I love to be out in nature, I love animals. I'd be interested in finding out what my spirit animal was

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepblue View Post
    There was something really lovely about that understanding of a mermaid soul. And there's a reason my favorite wolves are coastal.
    Sounds like your acupuncturist possesses a keen insight!

    Quote Originally Posted by deepblue View Post
    Absolutely. My fb is currently deactivated, but if it comes up anywhere else, I'll let them know. (edit- it was deactivated til like 20 mins after this... sigh. Had to go back for reasons.)
    Thank you! I appreciate the help.

    I was able to get the one book listing removed from Amazon fairly quickly because Kindle seems to have its own legal team. The other book listing on the other hand is still active after several weeks and over 250 meg of documentation that this isn't the author's original work.

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    Oh, and I am still looking for a copy of "Sea Witch" by Wendy Joubert. After determining that all bookseller listings on Amazon and such do not actually have the book in their possession, I managed to locate the author in hopes that there might be a copy lurking in the storage room (usually have good luck with this). She doesn't have any copies, and said to try my local library.

    Much as I like to think this area is the Girdle of the Goddess, I live in the Bible Belt. Out of several library categories such as mythology, psychology, religion, etc, my local library has literally a handful of books that aren't Fundamentalist Christian. This is not one of those handful of books. I have looked at every library system in the state and surrounding states including the universities; they don't have it.

    Where I last lived, it was a more liberal area where the libraries did have this type of book. I checked every library system in that area. Nobody has this book apparently.

    If anyone has a copy to sell for a reasonable price -- or happens across someone else selling a copy -- please PM me about it. I would like a copy to review.

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    Happy Esbat, Sisters of the Sea!

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