The Spellery Vol 5 July 2015 - Page 28

Re-Visiting

Amythyst

Raine

Hatayama

Part of our first issue, I had promised to re visit Amythyst. I was so happy when she decide to share about her life, books, and being a witch with our readers.

It is nice to visit with you agani! Can you tell us about your self, your family, your pets and did you always know you were supposed to be a witch?

I was born in Gardena, California, to teen-age parents, and raised in Mitchell, South Dakota, by my paternal grandmother. I think a lot of my curiosity about esoteric topics was triggered by her and her enthusiasm for astrology, handwriting analysis, and her openness to the idea of spiritism. The old house my grandmother had in Mitchell was rife with spirits, and I was acutely aware of them for as long as I can remember. The entities inhabiting her house didn't always seem friendly, and it wasn't until I was an adult that my mother and I talked about this house, these spirits, and our experiences, and we realized that we had both been acutely aware of them, and our experiences were remarkably similar.

Our house in Fremont, Nebraska, is a virtual kingdom of four-legged creatures, mostly cats, although we have one dog, and for several years we had the pleasure of a pet chicken (Miss Cletus), plus numerous feathered folks of the cockatiel and parakeet variety. We're also partial to Betas (our magical water creature of choice). Our dog (Sophie) is a rescue dog we adopted from the local pound. She's a mutt presumed to be part chow and yellow lab, with allergy issues and Black Skin Disease. It takes regular allergy shots, plus over-the-counter human medicine to keep her looking half-way like a normal dog. In spite of this, she sheds copious amounts of hair (more than all the cats combined). We have House Cats (Salem, Dolly, & Marbles); and we have Indoor-Outdoor Cats (Bast, Baby, Basil, Fox, & Pyewacket). We keep HCs and IOCs segregated, and fortunately our house is large enough for us to successfully do this. Three of these cats are black...naturally. Did I always know I was a witch? I always knew I was different, from a very early age (4 or 5), but I couldn't define this difference, and I wasn't exactly sure what it was until my late teens. I was excruciatingly empathic to animals as a child, so much so that seeing an animal hurt, or hungry, or in danger was almost unbearable to me. I'm actually glad that some of this sensitivity has subsided as I've grown older. And I think that learning to shield myself from the brunt of this energy, as well as learning to ground myself, has made it easier. The strong empathic connection with human beings is another matter. It produces an extraordinarily sensitive individual. I believe that an empath, such as myself, is more acutely aware of other people's actual feelings towards them, or ulterior motives. And I have to say that this instinct has stayed pretty intact my whole life. It's just such a shame that we don't always listen to that Wise Little Voice in our heads!

My entrance through the realm of witchery was highlighted when I was 17 and cast my first spell in the basement of my grandmother's house. It was a “no turning back moment”, although at the time I didn't realize this. I spent the next several years of my life reading, learning about, and exploring several avenues of spirituality. It simply brought me back, full circle, to witchcraft, paganism, and the Goddess.

I am what I am.

define this difference, and I wasn't exactly sure what it was until my late teens. I was excruciatingly empathic to animals as a child, so much so that seeing an animal hurt, or hungry, or in danger was almost unbearable to me. I'm actually glad that some of this sensitivity has subsided as I've grown older. And I think that learning to shield myself from the brunt of this energy, as well as learning to ground myself, has made it easier. The strong empathic connection with human beings is another matter. It produces an extraordinarily sensitive individual. I believe that an empath, such as myself, is more acutely aware of other people's actual feelings towards them, or ulterior motives. And I have to say that this instinct has stayed pretty intact my whole life. It's just such a shame that we don't always listen to that Wise Little Voice in our heads!

My entrance through the realm of witchery was highlighted when I was 17 and cast my first spell in the basement of my grandmother's house. It was a “no turning back moment”, although at the time I didn't realize this. I spent the next several years of my life reading, learning about, and exploring several avenues of spirituality. It simply brought me back, full circle, to witchcraft, paganism, and the Goddess

I am what I am.