Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hello...This is Me

Basics
Do you have a magickal name? 
 I am about to share something that I have not shared online before.  Dessa Wolf is my magickal name.  My real name is Lisa.
Does it have a special meaning?
Yes, it does.  Dessa means "to wander" and I have definitely done some wandering in this life.  And the wolf is one of my main Totem animals so it just sort of came together.
How did you find Wicca/Paganism?
I have always felt a calling to this path, I can remember feeling the "stirrings" back when I was in high school.  But, I caved to what others thought was best for me and became a Christian at the age of 20 when my daughter was born.  I followed that path and I really tried to be a good Christian but it just never felt "right".  I always felt more holiness in the woods than I ever felt in any church building and I found more tranquility and peace in the sound of Nature all around me then I ever did through any sermon.
How long have you been practicing? 
 I have been walking this path for about 5 years now--albeit a bit haphazardly.  I really want to buckle down and get serious and this year I performed a re-commitment ritual earlier this year to formalize that.
Solitary or group practitioner?
Up until joining this coven, I have always been a solitary.  Finding those with like-minds in the area that I live has been a little difficult and honestly I tend to be on the shy side so that doesn't help.
What is your path?
I am a very eclectic hedge or green witch-in-training.  I just don't feel that I know enough to call myself Witch yet.  Maybe some day.  Eclectic because I take what speaks to me from many different paths and combine them into something that works for me and I leave the rest.  I love gardening and have a special affinity for herbs and herbal remedies.  One day I hope to become a master herbalist.
Are you out of the broom closet?
Out with family but very much in with the rest of the world.  
Gods/Goddess
Who are your patron Gods? 
Really don't have any...except maybe Pan or The Green Man
Who are your patron Goddess'? 
I have had an affinity for Hekate for a long time now.  However, I am going to have to be a lot further down my path and know a hell of a lot more before I begin to work with her energies.  I have a feeling she is going to be quite intense.
Which Gods/Goddess' do you worship? 
The Mother
Do you fear darkly aspected Gods/Goddess, or rather respect them? 
Hell ya, fear and respect them both.
Do you worship the Christian God? 
No.  Not as he is written in their book.
Do you ever worship animals? 
No, I do not worship them.  But as like all Nature...I revere them as my brothers and sisters.
Or plants?  
See Above.

Nature
Do you regularly commune with nature?
I try...like when I am gardening, but I need to work on this.
Ever walked barefoot in the woods?
No, and this is something I would like to do. I usually have my hiking boots on.
Taken a camping trip just to talk to nature? 
Not a camping trip--those are usually all about family and kids, but I have taken solo hiking trips to get closer to Nature.
Describe the moment you felt closet to Mother Earth?
I feel close to Mother Earth when I walk the ranch my family owns in Oakhurst, CA.  The land is filled with quartz crystal and I can literally feel the energy running through it.
What is your power animal(s)? 
The wolf, the crow, and the coyote
Do you have a familiar? 
No
Have you ever called upon the powers on an animal in ritual?
No, I have only ever done 3 rituals
Or a plant? 
No
Do you hug trees? 
Oh, I LOVE trees.  I touch them, hug them whenever I can.
Give them gifts? 
My adoration...does this count?
What is your favorite flower to work with? 
Sunflowers
What is your favorite tree to work with?
Redwoods

Wheel of the Year
What are your favorite holidays?
Samhain and Yule
What if your least favorite holiday? 
I don't really have any
Have you ever held a ritual on a holiday?
I did do a small Blue Moon ritual at the beginning of this year
Ever taken a day of work to celebrate a pagan holiday? 
No
Do you celebrate Yule on the 21 rather than the 25? 
I celebrate Yule on the 21st but I also celebrate Christmas with my family on the 25th
Have you ever felt the Veil thin? 
Yes
Ever danced the Maypole? 
No
Know what the Maypole symbolizes?
Yes
Ever made love on Beltaine? 
Yes
How do you usually celebrate the pagan holidays? 
Usually in a quiet way of my own.  My husband is Christian and although he supports me he does not really join in.

Divination
Do you use Tarot? 
Not yet, but I want to learn.
Do you use runes? 
No
Do you use a pendulum? 
Yes
Do you use dowsing rods?
No
Do you use astrology? 
No
Any other form of divination? 
No, but my Great, great, great grandmother used to read tea leaves so that interests me as well.

Spells
What was the first spell you did? 
I did a home finding spell when the house we were renting was sold out from under us.  It worked very well.
What was the latest? 
I have not worked a spell since the first one.  I take the working of spells very seriously and do not use them for just anything. 
Ever done a love spell?
No
A job spell? 
Not yet
A healing spell? 
Not yet
What was the most powerful spell you've ever performed? 
The first one, the home finding spell


Cryptozology
Do you believe in Vampires? 
Energy stealers, yes.  The ones who HAVE to drink blood to survive--not so sure about these.  I think there are a lot of pozers out there, though.
Werewolves? Shapeshifters? Elves? Fareries? Dragons? Nymphs? Sprites?Mermaids? Sirens? Satyrs? Angels?  
 For the above...not sure
Ghosts/Spirits? 
Yes
Ever "seen" any of the above? 
No
Ever talked to any of the above? 
No
Ever called on any of the above in magick? 
No
Do you have one of them as a personal guardian?
I do not know, I would love to, though

Random
Do you see a rabbit, a man or a woman in the moon?  
Honestly, not sure what this means.  I think of the moon as a lady.
Own a cat? 
Yes
When you meditate what does your sacred/safe place look like?
I am just getting better at meditating and my sacred space seems to be some type of a wooded area.
Do you work with Chakras? 
I need to.  I have a feeling that some of mine are blocked.
Do you believe in soul mates? 
Not sure if I believe in love soul mates.  I do believe that some souls stay together through different lifetimes.
Ever met one? 
Sometimes I think so.
Do you have a Spirit guide? 
I would love to find out.  
Is it always love and light?
I think a Witch needs to know about the shadows and the dark to protect herself and those she holds dear 

Nice to meet ya'll.  

Be blessed and be a blessing.

5 comments:

luna said...

We are so glad you are part of the group, Dessa!

Catpriestess said...

I identify with so much of what you described about yourself. Do you know about the Goddess Demeter? She would be a perfect patron for you imo. She's a goddess of the earth, plants, flowers all growing vegetation. A mother of course to Persephone so she is one aspect of the Great Mother. Check out some of the myths about her and if you want I know plenty of resources about her.
I second Luna's sentiment, so glad you're a sister here.
Blessings,
Bast (Wendy)

Mother's Moon's Message said...

Loved your questionaire... glad that you found us and also that you decided to join. very honest and open answers.

Bridgett said...

Very nice to meet you, Lisa. :)

I promise, I'll still call you by Dessa. It's always just so nice finding out folks real names.

I also have dreams of becoming a master herbalist! Yay! Of all the 'types' of witches, I feel most drawn to the green witch. But I haven't categorized myself as that yet. I'm still way too new to the path.

So glad to have you as a coven sister.

JJ Beazley said...

May a mere man make a comment? I'm a writer. My latest undertaking is a novel about a mortal man taking a journey with a goddess. He meets her in a wood. I also have a green man hanging at my study window. I venerate the Divine Mother, although I follow no tradition (except maybe the Tao.)I was a Christian once, too, until it stopped feeling right. Now I just let the road come to me. I feed the rats that live near the bottom of my gardenj, to help them through the winter. And I spend a lot of time in my garden.

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