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ABOUT MANDRAGORA MAGIKA
This site came about with purpose in 2019 when WitchVox decided to close down (ARTICLE HERE). There was a need for a place to put all kinds of Witchcraft, Wicca, Pagan, ATR and Spiritual resources in one place. I am hopeful that it benefits these communities. You will find listings of Covens, Stores, Blogs and more that relate to these communities throughout the site. This site is one of the ways I serve the Pagan community and give back.
I am also a graphic designer that creates all kinds of stuff for pagans, witches and more. You can find more of my art HERE.
WHO AM I?
My name is Si (an abbreviation of my magical name, sounds like 'sigh'), I am an herbalist and plants with their individual magics are my passion. I was taught about plants at a very early age where I grew up in the country. I was introduced to people of many paths and customs including Conjure Doctors, New Agers, Pagans and old fashioned Country Folk. All of these people influenced my spiritual life and set me on the journey I am on.
GARDNERIAN WICCA or WICA
I am a third degree Gardnerian, I was initiated in 2001. My initiating coven has a verifiable lineage back to Gerald Gardner's coven via the New York Coven, which was the first established in the US. Previous to that I practiced an Eclectic Solitary Neo-Pagan form of Witchcraft since I was a teenager. This has been a major influence in my religious life and how I relate to the spiritual world around me.
I teach the tradition as it was passed to me and as it was passed to my initiators through a line of Witches before. If you are located close to Flagler County Florida and interested in joining the priesthood of Witches visit the link below by clicking the button.
My husband and I were initiated into the Minoan Brotherhood in 2021. The Minoan Brotherhood is a men's initiatory tradition of the Craft celebrating Life, Men Loving Men, and Magic in a primarily Cretan context. It is primarily a tradition for gay and bisexual men. However, is open to all men. The tradition was founded by Edmund M. Buczynski in 1975 in New York City. Eddie was an Elder of the Gardnerian and New York Welsh Traditions, and a founding Elder of the NY Wica Tradition. More information can be found HERE about the Brotherhood. And groups are listed on this website HERE.
I am initiated into a lineage of Haitian Vodou out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti as 'Bon Houngan Mache Cheche' in 2008. My Papa Fey is Houngan Erol Josue, and my Maman is Mambo Marie Lourdes. I share some info about the religion but do not take students in Vodou, I am not Haitian and it's important to immerse yourself in the culture to truly understand the tradition. I can however put you in touch with others who do, if you feel called to the path. I suggest you go straight to the source.
Although I include some info here on Vodou I should clarify it is NOT a Neo-Pagan tradition and is considered a Monistic or Monotheistic religion with ties to Catholicism. I know lots of people who have a real distaste for any Catholic liturgy or iconography however I was not raised in the church and do not have the same hangups that others have.
CONJURE or HOODOO
I have been trained in Hoodoo which was my original source and introduction to a magical tradition as a child growing up in the South. Hoodoo is not a Religion but most people who practice it are Christian of some variety.
I have always felt connected to Rootwork. I relate this to my ancestors, my Great Grandmother was "the doctorin' type" and the distant African heritage in my blood. I also have that strong connection because of the heavy use of herb and plant magic, specifically plants that grow and thrive in the country that I was born and raised in. Even more specifically the Southern culture I was born into.
This system was brought to the U.S. by slaves. Many of the techniques used in Hoodoo have been speculated from originating in the Congo, even though the practice developed in the United States to what it is today. Make no mistake, even though we can see some Native American and European influences in Hoodoo, the roots of this tradition are African and should be respected and acknowledged as such.
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