Greetings All

I hope this finds anyone reading it out there to be well. I’m quite new to all of this, that is to say actually putting things into practice! I’ve always been inclined but never really knew what all it meant and how to tap into myself or the universe at large. It’s amazing to see how many people are out there and how welcoming this community is. I myself come from the United States, Texas to be more specific. I’ve traveled around amongst the states quite a bit and to Mexico a few times but nothing abroad. I would love to have the opportunity to travel and see the world through this lifestyle and practice! I am very receptive to most things and I love to learn so if anyone feels inclined to reach out with any tips, tricks, pointers, or general conversation I’d be more than happy to soak up your knowledge and get to know those of you who are willing!

Be well.



Good morning @TheDarkestDesire! I’m Siofra_Strega a moderator here in the forum. I’m from Cape Cod, but at 2 different times in my life, I have lived in TX. I also have lived in KY. My family lives south of me now. One in FL & one in NC. I have done some travelling by way of a cruise to Grand Cayman, Honduras, & Belize… I feel like I am missing a stop, but otherwiss I have visited FL & GA along with areas of New England.

In a little bit there will be a Merry Meet Monday post up, a good place to meet others & find out what is going on here for the week & the witchy world at large.

No worries about being almost new, every one of us have had to start somewhere! I myself had been interested & somehwhat practicing when I was in my teens. Life happened & I came back in 2020. I haven’t been happier & learn something new most days from our amazing members.

Feel free to jump in on any open post or ask any questions you may have. Everyone here is very friendly & helpful. Someone will be able to assist in the right direction as soon as they can :hugs:

I look forward to chatting & learning from you :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


How very kismet! I went on a cruise with the same destinations!! If I am not mistaken the other stop was Cozumel? All beautiful as I recall. The waters are so clear and the beaches gorgeous, I’d love to go again sometime! Possibly adding Jamaica to the list.

I lived in Maine for two and a half years actually, I had to travel to Boston once to see a specialist, so I visited your state briefly!

Thank you for the very warm welcome, I’ve had nothing but thus far and it is heart warming. I’ve already learned so much from browsing around without an account, I cannot wait to dig further in now that I do!!

I’ll be sure to check out the Merry Meet Monday post and see who I manage to bump into, so to speak! Thank you for the suggestion.

I look forward to chatting and learning from you, and everyone else as well!!

Be well,



Hi @TheDarkestDesire! I’m Amethyst from Southern West Virginia. Welcome to the forum! :infinite_roots:

It’s great that you want to get into practice! I myself was a reader instead of a doer when I first came here. The Weekly Witchy Challenges really brought me out of my shell, so to speak.

The weekly Group Ritual is another good place to get to know people. I’m not sure if we’re having one this week, because of the holidays, or not, but we basically all set down with a cup of tea and do a meditation and sometimes a short spell at any time during the day and come back here and share what we drank and what we did. It’s fun!

If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to reach out. Someone will pop up to help you out. I look forward to getting to know you better!


Merry Meet Amethyst, it’s a pleasure.

I’ve always felt a pull to this world but I ignored it or brushed it off for a very long time. I met a lovely woman about a year ago and she and I became fast friends. She saw and felt in me something I had been long denying and she felt like I was not living up to my full potential and that I was denying a very deep seated and intrinsic part of myself. She convinced me to start practicing. I learned a substantial amount from her and I am eternally grateful for her pulling my head out of the sand so to speak!

Having found this site is probably the second best thing to her guidance and experience and I am thankful to have found it! Especially now that my dear friend has moved back to her birth home in Tennessee. I miss her a great deal, though we speak almost daily, it is just not the same without her presence. But I hope to meet and connect with many other amazing people right here. Growing my community, my family so to speak is very important to me at this juncture in my life. It is my hope this welcoming place can be the jumping off point for me!

Thank you for your suggestions and pointers, I will be sure to check them all out!

Be Well,



@TheDarkestDesire um… YES!!! Cozumel was the other destination! I don’t know why I couldn’t remember it, my daughter just returned from a similar cruise on another cruise line not to long ago & her favorite stop was Cozumel, I was just talking to her about it last night too :laughing: Morning brain :brain: pre-coffee :coffee: :rofl:

Ooo… now that you have an account, it just opens up so many more learning possibilities! There is a lot of content between the Spells8 site & the forum… so please take your time & soak it all in… you will find what resonates with you & your practice a lot easier without getting overwhelmed. :hugs: I say that because, well, that’s what happened to me… I wanted to know ALL the THINGS!!! Take your time & do what feels right to you & work within your practice… everyone’s is different & that’s perfectly fine because we are all different people :smiling_face:


Welcome to the forum, @TheDarkestDesire :wave:

My name is Megan and I’m one of the moderators here at Spells8 :heart: It’s nice to meet you!

I know we already touched base a bit in my welcome message but I wanted to welcome you here as well. I don’t live in Texas but I’ve also travelled around many places in the United States and I’m currently settled in Florida – hopefully for the long haul because I hate moving :joy:

I look forward to getting to know you better!


Merry meet @TheDarkestDesire,

Welcome to the forum! I’m Bry, another moderator here and an Eclectic Witch with a love for travel- it’s always a pleasure to meet a fellow wandering soul :heart::blush:

It sounds like we mirror one another- almost all of my travel is outside of the States, I really haven’t done much traveling within the US! Hopefully I’ll be able to remedy that someday haha.

I hope that all of the travel opportunities you hope for open up for you soon and that you are able to go wherever your heart desires- from one traveler to another, wishing you a safe path! :heart:

As for here in the forum, please make yourself at home and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything- your coven is here for you, wherever you may go! :infinite_roots:

Blessed be :sparkles:


Merry Meet to you @BryWisteria,

I thank you for your welcome. So many moderators, I don’t know which way to look first!! lol. You have all been wonderful though, so it’s been a pleasure getting to chat with each one of you.

Always nice to meet a kindred spirit! How lucky you have been to travel abroad so much. Where or are you a military brat or just fortuitous enough to have the ability to travel? I wish you the same opportunities to travel around state side if that is your desire, and safe travels to you as well.

Thank you again for the welcome, you all have certainly made this place feel like home.

Be well,



I’m glad you had your friend, and that she’s still a good friend despite the miles separating you. That seems to make all the difference.

And yes, we’re very welcoming! You’ve found a new home!

You’re welcome for the pointers. I hope they work well for you!

Merry Yule!


Hello :hugs: and Welcome home :infinite_roots: @TheDarkestDesire

It’s nice to meet you, Amber, I’m Marsha, an Eclectic Solitary Witch, from Colorado.

I’ve been to several states and even drove through Canada on my way to and from Alaska. I have lived in many different states, including Oklahoma, Kansas, Florida, also Hawaii, and Alaska, which are like different countries. I lived in Ireland, Germany, and Italy for several years. I traveled and explored many other countries in Europe as well. It was all quite an interesting adventure.

I hope that you find your own great adventures traveling in the future. Welcome to the family Amber.

With love :heart: and magick :dizzy: always,
The Other Marsha


@TheDarkestDesire Hi I’m Christeena, and I’m 42, a mother of 2 adult sons. One is a paramedic/firefighter, and the other is a Marine. I live in a very very small town in Central North Carolina with my hubby of 21 yrs, our 2 dogs and 3 cats. I was raised Pentacostal and was always told that my gifts were evil, so they were suppressed til just a few yrs ago when i finally accepted all of myself. It has been an amazing journey with alot of bumps along the way. But it’s all worth it bc for the 1st time in 42 yrs i feel whole.

I have a HUGE affinity for herbs, I commune with spirits, and my guides. I’m a daughter of Hekate, The Morrigan, and Thor. I will help anyone, usually to my own detriment. But I’m still just gonna do me. If you ask me a question please be prepared for an honest answer. Sometimes brutally honest, as I am blunt. I don’t sugar coat things. Here you will find so many like minded brothers and sisters who will welcome and accept all of you with open arms without condescension. If you have questions all you have to do is ask. We are all here to help each other. You will find people from all walks of life and paths. Again, welcome!!!


Hahaha yes! We’re often active in the forum at different times across the day, but the three of us are here and around in case you ever need help with anything :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Travel was my dream from a young age- so while I certainly won’t deny there was some situational luck involved, I worked hard in order to be able to follow the dream! I saved penny after penny from my very first jobs (babysitting, bagging groceries, helping at summer camps) and worked the system however I could (study abroad in university, taking work positions abroad, volunteering internationally) in order to be able to travel :airplane: It was a lot of work (still is haha) but I do believe the experiences are worth the effort :grinning:

Thank you so much for your kind wishes, Amber! I really appreciate it :heart::blush:

Safe travels to you too, my friend! Blessed be :sparkles:


Merry Meet @Mistress_Of_Herbs,

It’s a pleasure to meet you Christeena, my name is Amber!

We are similar yet varied in story! lol. I am 41, have one adult son, he unfortunately has not found his potential just yet, he’s 21 though so he still has a little time!! My husband of 15 years passed away, it’ll be three years ago in April. My heart breaks everyday still waking up without him beside me. I do not currently have any pets, though I’ve been considering a dog for some time now! I was raised without any real structure religiously. My mother was raised Baptist but she was not devout. She in fact told me I should basically “shop around” and see what fits me spiritually. Which sounds rather freeing on the surface, but It kind of left me feeling no spiritual connection growing up. As an adult I’ve struggled with my spirituality, but when my husband passed I felt a very real push, shove almost, to the Devine. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say my husbands passing was very, very sudden and unexpected and something pulled me in to the room with him, I believe in my heart, so that he would not be alone and he would know I loved him and was here fighting for him. Since that time I have felt the presence of not only my husband but something far greater than myself or what can be explained “naturally”.

As such, I’ve found myself trying to fit what it is that I feel spiritually into something I can relate to and practice. I feel as though I have found that in Wicca. I’ve had many experiences and otherwise unexplainable things in my life that I have brushed of, ignored, pushed down, or set aside that I could no longer ignore. So, here I am, on this journey. I love that you know and relate to your specific Deities, that is something I am currently exploring. Seeing if I feel a specific pull or if my Divinity lies more with natural order and energy in general. I’m figuring it out as I go!

Also, I can relate to the brutal honesty. I am the same! People either love it/you or hate it/you!! lol. Are you a Libra by any chance? It’s a very common trait amongst us Libra is why I ask! Astrology is another of my newer passions!

Thank you for the warm welcome, apologies for the long winded reply, something about your story struck a cord in me and I felt compelled to tell my story! When I feel that compulsion in me I tend to just go with it these days!! :smiley:

Be well,



Merry Meet @marsha,

A pleasure to meet you! Alaska huh? I have a friend who insists we should move there together! I think he might just be trying to get me al to himself!! What is it like, aside from cold! How did you cope with the night and day all day every day switch off? Is that the way it is in all of Alaska, or just parts? Now that I think about it I don’t nearly enough about the place!! lol. Hawaii would be AMAZING! Someone told me you can not own property there unless you are native born, do you know if that is true? It’s an interesting factoid anyway! I’ve always wanted to go abroad, Germany, Australia, Iceland, etc. So many beautiful and history rich places! You’re very luck to have had the opportunities to go adventuring!

I thank you for your well wishes! I hope you are well and thank you for the welcome!



Hello @TheDarkestDesire

I lived in Eagle River, a few miles from Anchorage. The eagles would gather by the river every day waiting for food. They were so beautiful to see. Where I lived the sun never rose above the mountains in winter. I worked in Anchorage so at lunchtime, I would sit in my car where I could see the sun which just barely rose above the mountains there. Farther north the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon for about 6 months. Everything was decorated with lights throughout the winter, which was also beautiful.

It was so beautiful there, the mountains looked so beautiful and so huge. Anchorage is on the pacific ocean which keeps it a little warmer. I was just in awe of the beauty. When the first snow covers the mountain tops it’s called Termination Snow which is the end of summer, which is about three months. And once it snows, it’s there until the Spring Thaw. Huge piles of snow in the parking lots didn’t melt until April or May. There’s so much wildlife, moose everywhere, and hunting and fishing. So if you love the outdoors it’s the perfect place to be.

Hawaii was also very beautiful. We lived in Kihei, Maui. We explored much of the island, black sandy beaches, lava fields and so much more. It was interesting how one side of the island is wet, another is dry, and the volcano sometimes gets a little snow. They burned the sugarcane fields so the smoke was bad sometimes. We lived about 3 blocks from the ocean so it was within walking distance and the ocean breeze was so nice in the summer.

The only way I could tell summer from winter is that there are more flowers blooming in the summer! I had the best tan ever, but I was afraid to swim in the ocean because I’m so afraid of sharks. My husband took up scuba diving. The fresh pineapple was amazing. We rented a condo while we were there. In Alaska and Hawaii, you can own property, you don’t have to be a native.

I loved being in Europe, there’s so much history there. We explored so many castles, churches, and old historic sites. There are walking trails everywhere in Germany. We wandered into a church in Torino, Italy, and I could feel so much amazing energy there, and soon after realized the Shroud of Turin was there!

I’m so sorry if I’m rambling too much, so I’m going to stop now.

With love :heart: always


@TheDarkestDesire im so sorry about the loss of your husband. I couldnt even imagine that loss. Im actually a Gemini, multiple personalities lol. My twinsie is @Susurrus we are identical lmao.

As far as the deities, mine are AMAZEBALLS. I have several guided meditations if u need them.


Lol… twinsies but I am a Scorpio Sun :rofl: I do however work with Brigid & the Morrigan on a regular basis. :smiling_face:


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