Shoulda Made That Left Turn

My name is Georgia. I’m in Albuquerque, NM. I’ve been studying since 1990, when I learned about Wicca in college in IU Bloomington- Indiana. I am new to this site- found y’all thanks to Megan Black’s Round the Cauldron site. Thank you, Francisco, for allowing me to earn a free pass into the coven, since I am low- income.

As for Wicca, I have seen myself as an eclectic solitary all this time. I’m a recovering Catholic. Abuse in my youth prompted visions of what I consider a deeper belief system, unacceptable by any but Wicca.

I took extra time getting through the 8 day lesson plan which got me to this point because I was so busy looking at everything available. The Witchy Challenge about defining beliefs was tricky, but good for me. I am grateful to have been allowed to look, even if I wasn’t allowed to speak. I’d never tried to make a Reader’s Digest Condensed Version of 47 years of experience & research. Keep up the good work on thought- provoking questions! They really do help.


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

Congratulations on getting through that first part of the courses! You did good! This is a great place to learn and grow and while I’m not one of them, there are plenty of lapsed Catholics around.

If you have any questions, ask, and someone will pop up to help you. I look forward to chatting with you more!


Hi @georgia I’m Tracy from England. Well done. That’s fabulous :sparkling_heart: :kissing_heart:


Hello @georgia,

Welcome! I’m Bry, one of the moderators here in the forum and an Eclectic Witch- it’s a pleasure to meet you :blush:

I’m really happy you found the challenge theme to be helpful! The topics can certainly be tricky sometimes, but if it helps to provoke thoughts or inspire your practice, then I’ll consider that a success :handshake: :heart: Thank you for giving it a go! :blush:

There will be a brand new challenge launching tomorrow (there’s a new one every Wednesday, running until the following Tuesday) - you are warmly invited to join in, if the theme calls to you and you feel up for sharing! Make yourself at home here, Georgia.

Blessed be! :sparkles:


Welcome @georgia! It’s lovely to be able to meet you here. :black_heart:

I’m Katerina, a baby witch living in Australia. :smile:

Learning these things tends to have such a result, doesn’t it. :joy: I’m always going down too many rabbit holes at once, but it’s so rewarding. :black_heart:


Welcome, @georgia! I’m so glad you’re here!! :sparkles: :grinning:


I’m so happy to meet everyone. Thank you all. I’ve always loved deep philosophical questions and putting odd things together to get an even deeper response or more questions. I believe in questioning everything, but I don’t usually get the chance to share it because so few around me want to dive so deeply. I’ve been told too often to accept things blindly by authority figures, so I have no intentions of going back. Sure, rabbit holes can be confusing, but they can also be enlightening and liberating. Blessings Be!


Merry meet!

I’m Kat and am currently located in North Carolina. I found the practice over 20 years ago but lost my way for a while. I found my way home a couple of years ago and shortly thereafter found this amazing group of people!! I am a fairly eclectic Green witch with a deep interest in tarot, runes, herbalism, and moon magic. My deities are Artemis (she’s been with me since the beginning) and The Morrigan, a recent guide in my life.

I miss Abq! Lived there for 4 years and then a year and a half in Los Alamos. Miss the beauty of the desert! That was where I was first called to the practice so I have fond memories.

So glad to have you here!


Welcome to the forum @georgia :wave:

haha well, I was going to introduce myself, but you already know who I am! :sweat_smile: I’m one of the moderators here at Spells8 - it’s nice to meet you!

You’ve been practicing for a long time and I’m sure you’ve got much to share! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been through some abuse in your life, but I’m happy to hear that things have gotten better for you. I look forward to seeing you around - please feel free to make yourself at home! :house:


I wasn’t allowed to reply to the page where you and @MeganB listed the challenges. Did anyone think to use them as chapters in a BOS? I’ve written 46 books already, so I don’t really need another- just keep adding to the ones I have until they’re so big they need to split for my own organizational sanity. :grin: I may reorganize what I have, if I can get up the energy to catch up on everything else I have to do.:dizzy_face: Too bad they don’t have an emoji like the cartoons where the muscle sinks to the bottom of the arm!


Ahhh North Carolina! That was where I walked in the colors of a rainbow soon after my father died. The mountains caught the end of the rainbow onto a highway where there was a lot of traffic. Mom said things would get better. Her family couldn’t believe such a thing was possible.

Many years later, I returned to Cherokee, and learned beading from the Natives, there. They are special to my heart.


Yes, that does happen if you’re not logged in or you aren’t a member. Those pages are viewable by the general public, but only members can interact and comment. You’re here now, though!

Oh, hmm… I’ve never thought of doing this before! That could be a good idea - there is a lot of information in those challenges! If that’s what you decide to do, I wish you good luck in organizing them :laughing:

That would be a good emoji to have :joy: I think maybe the dizzy-looking emoji could work, too? lol :woozy_face:


@georgia Welcome! So nice to have you here! This certainly a great place for thought provoking conversations! I’m totally on board with your BoS!


When this came over email, there was a different name. We may be shirt tail relatives!


Wow, 46 books is amazing, Georgia- that takes a lot of skill and dedication! :books: :two_hearts:

Like Megan mentioned, it may have been a case of not having been logged in. Additionally, once the challenge week ends, the page itself becomes closed to make way for the next challenge- there is only one challenge running at a time.

This week’s challenge is in the works (I’m writing it up now!) and will launch shortly- you are very welcome to join in if the theme calls to you! :blush:

Blessed be! :sparkles:


Not mine, but thanks. Most of what I feel is curiosity. I learned early in life to keep track of where I found stuff to prove what I learned and where I got it. It’s others who did the work. They deserve the kudos. I’m a collector, one who appreciates the work of others and keeps it close. In the vast expanses of philosophy in the original sense, it is easy for things to get lost. What actually works needs to be kept active. Thus is my dedication, my Purpose in life, I suppose. It’s not a career, but a deep appreciation worth continuing all my life- the original definition of amateur. :wink:


Merry meet :hugs: and welcome home :infinite_roots: @georgia

It’s so nice to meet you, Georgia, I’m Marsha, an Eclectic Solitary Witch, from Colorado. I’m so glad you found the courses, that’s a great place to start. Congrats :partying_face: and well done! If you have any questions, let us know. Welcome to the family :people_hugging:

With love :heart: and magick :dizzy: always


I think this is an amazing purpose to have! You are protecting and preserving knowledge that will be enjoyed for many generations to come. It’s eternal work that will continue to help people for a very long time. Thank you for what you do, Georgia! :pray: :heart: :books: