About Me

Self Portrait, October 2016 by Valentina Kaquatosh

I identify myself with what I do, but I am more than that…  Here’s a few words about me:

I am an artist — I am inspired by, and devoted to, the people I love and the Old Gods, therefore my work consists of portraiture, iconography, myth and folklore.  I express my love and inspiration in many ways.  I am a “Jane-of-all-trades” skilled in multi-media, yet my favorite is ink drawing and watercolor painting.

I am an oracle — More than a whimsical fortune-teller, I read Tarot cards and listen to people, listen to silence, and let the Invisible World speak to me from out of that silence, then I share what the silence “told” me.  I do this in order to help counsel the people who ask the Great Spirit questions. It is my intent to nurture, to inform, to debunk, as well as to entertain while we commune with Spirit!  Basically, this means I’m your friendly neighborhood village wise woman available for any and all kinds of mystical kiki.

I am a Solitary Witch — I practice the Old Religion in a reclaimed, American way –for me Wicca is the perfect “melting pot”(or melting cauldron, if you will) religion, you see, where a little bit of spiritual everything I’ve learned over the course of my life is blended.  I liken myself to a Hermit Priestess; today we’re all connected by the internet, but I’ve also found I don’t have to venture far out of my little home near the woods, people tend to find me when they, or I, need fellowship most.  Being on my own allows me to speak my mind and my heart with great candor. I follow my own lead.  I answer to no authority but my own. This is at the heart of being a witch — we get to be rebels!

I make a great storyteller — so I’ve become someone who teaches as well as talks a great deal.  If you like to listen, I will tell you many interesting things.  Especially old stories!  I read a lot.

I am a Writer — I put down in words what I think, see, and feel. I do not hold back. I observe and report.  I often forget to edit what I write, too, sorry ’bout that!  *laughs*

I am a catharsis — always a waterfall purging poetry,  and if I can’t write, I am putting what I feel into drawing.  If I can’t draw, well, I tend to dream!  Eventually those dreams build up and BURST.

I am a Menominee woman — I seek to protect the beautiful, spiritual traditions of not just mine, but ALL indigenous peoples. I will never let the Old Ways disappear!  I feel the magic within my blood, my ancestors are alive within me, and I can carry on traditions they teach me.

Yet I am not alone — I am standing in my oneness with many other Witches, Pagans, and Native American people like myself from all across the world. I know you’re out there. Come listen to the silence with me and sing a spell.

May we, together, come to an understanding, and deliver ourselves some peace.

I will write more in the days to come.  Today I am feeling more confident.  It has been a very long while since I last wrote about myself.  I feel like a changed person.

Self Portrait Talking a Walk Through the Woods, July 2016 by Valentina Kaquatosh

19 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Hi, Victoria! I just wanted to quickly mention again how grateful I am that you nominated me for this award. I plan on mentioning you and one other thoughtful blogger who nominated me for another award. Yay. I’ll send you an email so you know I haven’t forgotten you!

      1. Nice to meet you too. Cant come upon the exact english word for it now, but you now whats quite awesome? How many of us solitaries are out there.

        Thank you, I subscribed to your blog just now, so yes I will be back 🙂

      2. I will write soon about being a Solitary. Yes, please come back! I will continue to write witch-centered blog posts, but also need to post more about my art. Thank you, Forestfae!

  1. I like how you think. I love being a Solitary, I like my own company. Sometimes I am surprised at how Solitary it can be but i find those wonderful times to explore, learn and listen. Always happy to meet new people on the Path but sometimes reserved until i get to know someone and not so quick to run out and embrace everyone wearing a pentacle the same way that I did not run out and embrace every person carrying a Bible when i followed a different path. But i like your style and think your very interesting.and hope to get to know you more.Brite Blesings.

    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts, Tidal!

      I hope to write more later. My blog and pages here at WordPress need to be updated. I’m doing a rethink and working out some new ideas. There’s more I wanted to showcase yet didn’t have the time for a year ago. I’ve been online since 1994! Yes, way back when the internets was new. LOL So I have a lot of history to get through. Almost too much. So I want to streamline…

      That is me thinking out loud. I’ll get back to that when it’s better done.

      Welcome, Tidal. I’ll have more for you to read and look at soon. 🙂

  2. Um, I don’t know if you still check up on this but I’ll ask just in case you do. I did the Hair and Mirror divination spell once before but I found a different version of it. In that one there was an incantation (that I forgot and CANNOT remember!), the lights could be on, the type of candle did not matter as long as it was a candle and it had to be done 30 minutes before sunset.

    Basically my questions are these:
    – Does the candle HAVE to be white? If so, could a jar candle work instead?
    – Can the spell be done before/after the midnight before/on Halloween? As I had done it in the winter and I’m paranoid about doing anything involving the Mirror close to Halloween due to a certain spirit with a name I shan’t say that has clawed me before
    – Should a spell of protection be spoken before hand?

    Thanks for taking the time to answer/read this!

    1. An answer to all your questions is: You can change the color of the candle to suit any of your purposes/fit your needs, doesn’t matter if the candle is in a jar or not, a candle is a candle 😉
      Before or after midnight? Sure, no problem. The “13th hour” is often a great time (1am) to perform divination spells.
      ALWAYS use protection and practice with grace and confidence.

      No problem! Good luck & blessings to you.
      Thank you for reading.

  3. hello I have a few questions
    1. how old do you have to be to cast these spells??
    2. are there any spells that could allow me too see though mirrors to watch over someone else?

    1. How old? I started when I was 13 years old, so I recommend starting when you are in your teenage years, but I also recommend starting with the guidance of someone older. I know not everyone can find a teacher, so learning from some basic books is best. It is also best if you can get the support of your family. I know this is not always something you will get their approval on, but I hope you can. As with all things, family should support you in all your endeavors.

      As for your second question, mirror spells are mostly divination, in other words, they are used for scrying — a tool for helping you get into a trance-like state of mind so you can see into the future, focus beyond yourself, and basically “dream while you are awake” — the mirror being like a crystal ball you can look into like looking through a window. The idea is tricking your mind into believing it can “see” past what’s in front of it into beyond it. It works for some people, not for all people. Everyone who practices some form of divination (psychic sensing, or “receiving divine messages”) has a method all their own. Using a mirror is just one way.

      You could use a “magic mirror” to watch over someone else, but this could be considered “spying” and thought to be very manipulative. You have to check your intentions — are they good or bad? Are you watching over someone to keep them safe, or are you wanting to watch their every move for more selfish reasons? Are you trying to see if they are cheating on you, or are you wanting to watch them in order to satisfy a whim? I don’t know your reasons, but if it’s for security reasons, you’re better off buying a tiny camera if you want to catch anyone stealing or cheating, or to watch over children to make sure they’re safe at night. It’s more practical. Then if you want to back it up with magic, you can.

      The other kind of mirror magic spells are for wishing and love. Like I stated above, there are plenty of books on them, here is a list I recommend (with a few books on basic magic for starters first):

      Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
      Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick) by Raymond Buckland
      The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition by Starhawk
      A Witches’ Bible: The Complete Witches’ Handbook by Stewart Farrar
      Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic (Llewellyn’s Practical Magick Series) by Scott Cunningham

      Little Book of Mirror Magick: Meditations, Myths, Spells by Patricia Telesco
      How to Make & Use a Magic Mirror: Psychic Windows Into New Worlds by Donald Tyson

      There are plenty of other books available out there, some that deal with magic spells that call for mirrors that are different than “magick mirrors” so do your research. Happy studying!

  4. hello again just wondering when I was younger about 12 (I’m 16 now) I used a few dark magic spells (only a few worked though) does that mean when I use normal magic will it go wrong??

    I want to use this kind of spell because I’m worried about one of my friends I think someone’s hurting her… I wanted to use a mirror just to check on her.
    My step-mum wont let me use magic dad doesn’t mind but if she says no he will back her up so I’m a bit stuck..

    thank for any advice you can give me x

    1. Your magic will work if you put enough back bone into it, and back it up with more practical “elbow grease”, too. Some spells don’t work because they aren’t meant to. Consider it a good thing, especially if you were doing dark magic! You don’t want that following you around.

      You don’t have to use magic to check in on someone whom you believe is being hurt. If you suspect your friend is in trouble, act on it and get her help, but if you’re not sure, ask her and get her to open up about it. That’s the only way to know for sure. If you think she’s being harmed by something spiritual? That altogether is something different.

      If your parents don’t approve, you only have a few years to wait until you are adult enough to start. Until then, study up! Do a google search. If you have a kindle, there are many books that are 100% free on the magical arts. They are thick reading, but worthwhile.

      You’re welcome! Enjoy your quest.

      1. Thank you for stopping by! I have some changes coming to this blog. I don’t know when I’ll be a-chaning, but soon! I have many stories and experiences to share. You’re welcome to ask questions and visit any ol’ time. Much art will be showcased next. That’s what’s taking me the longest to prepare before I update.
        I hope you’re enjoying the summer, where ever you’re at.

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