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    Yeeessss! Very pagan for 20 plus years, in land locked STL. Always loved mermaid lore, and have been playing with it actively for about 2 years. I do need to find me some seawater!

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    Did everyone have a lovely new moon? Did anyone do any rites, baths, etc.?

    I basically just finished putting my altar shelves together that night, and let it sit idle for one last night before engaging it in work the next night. It's a large bookcase, I use the top for an altar, and put my cards, stones, books and bottles, herbs, oils, etc., on the shelves. My altar center is laid out on netting, I have shells and hag stones, dried sea grass and a little kelp, sea salt, and some coral there. I used to have a ton of black netting above it against the wall, also, but I have plans for the wall before I do that this time.

    My coral is one of those things that came to me. I had wanted some for ages, but I didn't want to buy it. As many know, there are a lot of issues with coral harvesting, and one doesn't always know where it came from, and much like using bones- where I don't mind obtaining bones from a creature who died naturally or because of something unavoidable, but I don't want to buy bones from something that was killed for the profit of it, this is just a personal ethos- I don't want to buy coral. But one night at club, a friend of mine from that club and another dance night approached me. She and I had been involved in a fling, and had fun but nothing more, but she was re-evaluating her life I guess, her relationships, etc., and she had been quiet that whole night. Until she approached me, put something in my pocket without a word, just looked me in the eyes and then walked away. I never saw her again. I gave her time to leave, and reached into my pocket to find a piece of red coral that she'd worn often, something that had been very important to her and she never let anyone touch. I still have that piece on my altar. I still miss that gal, but I think she went onto a different life for herself, and I was just part of her old life, and I'm okay with that. I keep the fond memories close.

    Oh there is another subject I love to hear about- any of you have mermaidy or watery things that have come to you in these special, unplanned ways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepblue View Post
    My coral is one of those things that came to me. I had wanted some for ages, but I didn't want to buy it. As many know, there are a lot of issues with coral harvesting, and one doesn't always know where it came from, and much like using bones- where I don't mind obtaining bones from a creature who died naturally or because of something unavoidable, but I don't want to buy bones from something that was killed for the profit of it, this is just a personal ethos- I don't want to buy coral.
    You could always keep living coral fragments in a saltwater aquarium. A tad extreme, I know, but the option is there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merman Dan View Post
    You could always keep living coral fragments in a saltwater aquarium. A tad extreme, I know, but the option is there.
    I do really want to have a small reef tank. It's in my plans for the not too distant future, but coming after some other priorities. And a lot of research. I don't want to make any mistakes when lives are in my hands.

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    I'm not pagan/wiccan etc. myself, but I've always found it interesting. I'll have to go back through this thread on my laptop and check out some of the links/sources listed here!
    However, I am an emotional energy/ elemental+nature energy/sanguinarian vampire. I also work with crystals and meditate when I can.

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    Long post ahead!

    Because so many of us here are aligned with water, I'm sharing these links. I realize there might be those here who don't do water magick or focus on watery spirituality, and some who focus entirely on other things, but these are good resources for water focus or if you just want to add more info to your general practice.


    http://www.waterwitchcraft.com/


    http://witchesofthecraft.com/2012/02...e-water-witch/


    http://www.waterwitchcraft.com/thewa...ter+witchcraft


    http://seawitch.org/




    A list of books on water witchery from Annwyn Avalon's site: http://www.waterwitchcraft.com/books/


    And there is a much longer, more comprehensive book list on the Sea Witch group, you can find that here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeaWitches2/ Because you can't see it unless you are a member, I acquired permission from two of the mods to post this here:

    A COMPARISON OF SEA WITCHCRAFT & WATER WITCHCRAFT
    http://www.waterwitchcraft.com/thewa...ter+witchcraft

    SEA WITCH

    http://witchesofthecraft.com/2012/02...e-water-witch/

    http://seawitch.org/

    http://www.seacoven.com/?q=node%2F711

    http://strawberrymooncoven.blogspot....-witchery.html

    http://paganthings.tumblr.com/post/6...hcraft-sinking

    Sea Witchery: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCma...SPhGQRwZIy4PvA

    http://ivypaths.blogspot.com/2012/06...ch-by-sea.html

    http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/book...nd-Legends.htm

    SEA MAGICK

    http://www.katiemcbrien.com/sea-magick

    http://www.jesterbear.com/Aradia/SeaMagic.html

    http://witchesofthecraft.com/2012/02/19/water-magick/

    https://witchspells.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/sea-witch-charm-empowerment-chant/

    https://witchspells.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/ocean-wish-spell/

    https://witchspells.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/sand-dollar-money-spell/

    https://witchspells.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/a-sea-witch-psychic-chant/

    DIVINATION & SYMBOLlSM

    Sea witch Runes:http://www.faerymagic.net/images/eDownloads/Mermaid%20eBook%20Janarric%20Runes.pdf

    http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/sea-symbols/

    BOOK LlSTS

    http://www.waterwitchcraft.com/books/


    http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/theresa-helton/sea-witch-magick/paperback/product-11493275.html

    BOOK REVIEWS
    The Way of the Sea Priestess - http://avalonblessings.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-way-of-sea-priestess.html

    SEA WITCH MEMBER ON-LINE PRODUCTS
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...4140155&type=1

    AUTHOR PAGES
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeaWitches2/files/
    There will be things that don't jibe with you, and things that click immediately. For me, the kind of generalizing that says things like, "Water witches project an aura of calm and serenity, like a reflecting pool." does not click. On some days, sure. And there are times when one might be more well compared to a stormy sea, a raging river, or a stagnant pond for that matter. I can understand if it's the ideal, but like most spiritual things, it's all pretty subjective to the personal evolution of the individual.

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    Hmn I guess if I had a thread I'd fit in more it'd be this one. My dad is Roman Catholic, and my mother is Jewish but due to their differences I wasn't raised much on either so they chose to let more of their cultures influence my spiritual upbringing. I come from a small rural town in Michigan adjacent to where my family settled after moving over from what was then Bohemia. My family has been tree farmers growing forests for as long as I can tell which goes hand in hand with the paternal last name prior to it's simplified americanized version, Hajny. The name translates to gamekeeper or ranger which seems fitting really, but yeah old world farming family with old world rituals and practices.

    Any who I wouldn't say I'm organized about any of it, rather I read up on stuff and keep informed on histories and cultures that I find fascinating, doesn't stop me from owning little occult things here and there that I find appealing. I've got whosits and whatsits galore, :/ It's a problem really.

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    I'm not organized about my path, either, beyond what works for me. I do much better as a very 'what comes naturally' kind of thing than I do as someone who is following steps, and it's always worked out well for me. Not that I haven't read and learned from books, I certainly have. I'm just more of the wild witch type than the neatly organized kind- and neither is more valid, each way has its purpose in the life of the person engaging in the work. I gather more power standing in the ocean and feeling the tide than I ever have any other way- drawing down the moon is a wonderful thing, but I prefer to draw the tides. There are exceptions of course, but mostly, it's about what comes naturally for me.

    Meanwhile, I got to practicing drawing in the tides now that I'm back at the beach. It's not coming as easy as it used to... being away and what was going on with me while I was away have affected that, but the ocean is a great source of power and comfort, and I will find myself in the water again.
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    Oh I did a drawing in the tides thing when I was pretty young. It was a nice experience very spiritual to do in a small and close group of friends and I recall the rush of it. I don't do group stuff anymore though, mostly just stick to my own thing and let instinct and interest lead me to where I will go next. Living in the city I've found I pulled inward more than ever before and built up a nice little shield for myself as I continue to evolve my interests, talents and knowledge in various craft. I do fondly remember community based activities though, a good memory that comes to mind considering the time of the year was the summer solstice back home, you could see the bonfires on the various hills of the valleys where the wiccans and pagans had gathered to join around the pits to share stories and well wishes. It feels all so distant now, different time, and far different place. I'm getting old.

    I have a crystal ball, palmistry posters, tarot, stones, bones, boards, and probably more in my apothecary drawers. Lately my hobbies have been embroidering different altar placement cloths, and digitally restoring old books and posters from the 18th and 19th century on the topics of spirits, psychics, and witchcraft. I'd be a dull person to know for actual organized practice though, I guess I'm always too busy making and never partaking.

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    Long post ahead!

    Because so many of us here are aligned with water, I'm sharing these links. I realize there might be those here who don't do water magick or focus on watery spirituality, and some who focus entirely on other things, but these are good resources for water focus or if you just want to add more info to your general practice.


    http://www.waterwitchcraft.com/


    http://witchesofthecraft.com/2012/02...e-water-witch/


    http://www.waterwitchcraft.com/thewa...ter+witchcraft


    http://seawitch.org/




    A list of books on water witchery from Annwyn Avalon's site: http://www.waterwitchcraft.com/books/


    And there is a much longer, more comprehensive book list on the Sea Witch group, you can find that here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeaWitches2/ Because you can't see it unless you are a member, I acquired permission from two of the mods to post this here:



    There will be things that don't jibe with you, and things that click immediately. For me, the kind of generalizing that says things like, "Water witches project an aura of calm and serenity, like a reflecting pool." does not click. On some days, sure. And there are times when one might be more well compared to a stormy sea, a raging river, or a stagnant pond for that matter. I can understand if it's the ideal, but like most spiritual things, it's all pretty subjective to the personal evolution of the individual.
    Wow! Thanks for this!

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    This is why I love threads like this, people understand what I'm talking about, or at least they have an inkling, or desire to understand.

    And at the intersection of mer and magick, it's even better.

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    Maybe not the best place to ask but is there any other Reiki mers on here?
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    That could be worth its own thread to ask. There might be Reiki practitioners who won't look inside this thread.

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    I consider myself an eclectic witch. I tend to be drawn towards the Norse mythologies but other than that I do whatever feels right. Since I started mermaiding I have been drawn towards water magic and have been drawn esp. to waterfalls and the ocean.

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    I meant to ask if anyone did any rituals or spellwork on the full moon over last weekend?

    It was the first full moon work I've done since moving back here and feeling like my batteries have been recharged. It was absolutely splendid. I had some important work to do that went along with this particular moon. I felt high off of it for hours.

    Then the next night I was doing spellwork for something else, ran into a wall with it, my candle decided to throw itself from the holder and I decided to step back and come at that from a different approach. lol

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    I'm eclectic with a main study of draconic. (Dragon magic)

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    Sorry, stupid question, but would anyone be willing to help me out with starting with witchcraft? When i learned about it I just felt it click, like it was something I missed, but I don't know how to start. There is so much to learn...

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    I became a witch in college and still practice today...although i tend to not celebrate ever sabbat, but....well I am a busy mom of 3!

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    Out of curiosity I've been looking into altars lately as I've started making embroidered altar cloths and was wondering what people expect to be mandatory for theirs? I've seen so many variances (personal tastes of course) that its got me wondering if there's consistency really. I was looking into some really nifty diagrams that have helped me figure out some but some more input never hurt.
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    My gut instinct is to first make coasters or free standing lace markers so people can customize their own cloths. Right now I'm working on embroideries for the Goddess, God, and pentagram and later a four pack of the elements.

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