About Me

Welcome to my blog the Riddle Fisher

This is me in front of my ancestral Altar

Over the years this blog has changed names and faces and that is a direct result of my many spiritual transformations. So let me reintroduce myself to you, my name is Avalon, I am a practicing Witch. My style of Witchcraft is free, wild and unbridled. I do not subscribe to any particular doctrines or dogmas choosing instead to follow a nature based path that seems to grow organically.

My background is steeped in my family tradition however today, I seem to follow a rather different path. Coming from Umbanda Macumba, I still have a strong link to spirit work, divination and ancestral honoring. However I am now studying Druidry through the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids which I am absolutely loving. I am at present reaching the end of my Bardic grade.Witch 2

I feel I should also mention that I have a deeply intertwined relationship with Tarot. I am a professional reader and member of Tarosophy Tarot Association. I am very interested in developing my own tarot skills and so I take class after class after class whenever I can. At present I am following a Secret to the Wait Smith Tarot course and it’s blowing my mind.

Altar pretty 6My passion for tarot has slowly but surely bled into Oracle, I am now an avid collector of both, much to my hubby’s dismay ๐Ÿ™‚ Most recently I have set my sights on Lenormand and have purchased my first Lenormand deck whichaltar pretty 3 I am reeeeeally enjoying.

As for my home life well, I read Tarot professionally from home, I also have an Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AvalonsApothecary where I offer a ton of different readings. And I have my home based esoteric business where I sell goods such as Tarot, Books on Witchcraft, altar supplies etc. I also host workshops which focus mainly on divination, pathworking and engaging with aspects of the feminine divine.

Community wise, I co-run The Pagan Spiralย  with my beautiful friend Willow. The Pagan Spiral is based here in Cairns and is an active and dynamic community comprised of all manner of pagans. It has come a long way in 2 years, growing from around 40 not very active members to around 360 very active members.

witch 4As I write this, I feel I should mention that I am at present 36 week pregnant with my third child, my hubby and I are thrilled as I’m sure you can imagine. It is for this reason that I Witch 3will soon be placing my shop on Holiday mode and spending a good dose of time focusing on my family. I will still attempt to blog and I will most certainly vlog because I’m very active on You Tube. Actually I’m pretty damn active everywhere, You Tube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest etc, etc, ect.

So that is it in a bit of a nutshell OH! I should also mention I’m taking on a reading challenge at present. It will last the whole year I hope and I aim to review some of the books I’ve been reading on my You Tube Channelย  Avalon’s Spiritual Odyssey.ย 

Well, that’s about all I can think to write at present.

Come, sit, read

Blessings

13 thoughts on “About Me

    • Thank you very much for your kind words, I have been off line for a little while recovering from my c=section and have only just logged on. I’m so happy you like what I have thus far shared, I have a lot more up my sleeve, many blessings.

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  2. I’m really glad to have found your blog. I watched your video on grounding, centering and shielding because I have studied this all years before but wanted a refresher without having to read through it. I know myself- trust me, I’m a scanner when its comes to reading. Anyways, I will be returning to your blog.

    Love and light,
    Lee

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    • Thanks! I am collecting philosophies and educating myself on other pantheons and traditions. And I love the approach of the OBOD, they are all about including that which resonates into your practice and not shaping or restricting your practice so that it takes on a new form. So yes, wild free and keen on learning. This is me trying on many hats while keeping my fave with me at all times, tucked into my soul ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Fair enough! But my experience with OBOD Druidry was one of the most rigid training programs, and one of the most dogmatic rituals, I’ve ever seen. I find myself wondering how you can like it and say you’re non-dogmatic and non-doctrinal? It seems a contradiction in terms. OBOD Druidry, which has a formal belief system of the way in which things should be done (ie. a standardized ritual format) and a body of teaching and training which is formalized, is both dogmatic and doctrinal by definition.

        Not that this makes it bad or wrong in any way, it just seems to be exactly the opposite of what you say you like in your faith.

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      • I’m curious as to when you studied with the OBOD? I’m yet to encounter material in my Gwers that feels at all the way you have described. In fact one of my favorite teachings is in Gwers 5 page 80 states very clearly that Modern Druidry is a nature based religion as apposed to Revealed religions. And that nature religions are indigenous and have no founders, no sacred texts, no dogmas or doctrines they simply evolve naturally. It further reads that “The great advantage of these indigenous, or earth religions as they are sometimes called, is that there are no sacred texts. So there is nothing to fight over. That’s one of the reasons why so many people since the eighties and nineties have become interested in these kinds of spirituality. There’s a freedom in them that really seems to answer a need now”. I really enjoyed reading this as it fits well with my path as it stands today. Now I don’t personally live in the UK so I have never been to a formal gathering to have observed first hand what you are referring too. But I suppose if you have had a different experience with Druidry then I have then you will have already formed your opinion on the matter. I am of course looking at Druidry through an entirely different lens and I am looking to get out of my Druidic teaching something that further compliments my path. I have in the past explored path the were steeped in dogmatic and doctrinal teachings which I must admit were less then pleasant. But… even those experiences have proved beificial in the long run. Particularly where the subject of setting boundaries within my practice goes.

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      • I think you’re missing my point. I’m not criticizing OBOD or Druidry; they do some great work and their training program is excellent. But every Pagan path says that they are nature religions that evolve naturally, with no dogma or doctrine; from the most formal and hierarchical Alexandrian coven to the most eclectic of New Age shamans. But a “dogma” is “an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc.” or “a settled or established opinion, belief, or principle”; the statement of belief you have quoted there is by definition part of a dogma. And a doctrine is “a body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject”; so since OBOD does have a body of teachings . . . that’s a doctrine. You don’t need a Bible or a Holy Koran to have doctrine. Picture me sounding like Indigo Montoya from the Princess Bride as I say, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ That’s all I’m saying.

        (My references there are from dictionary.com if you want to read them over for yourself.)

        I guess I’m being a bit of a grammar Nazi and I’m sorry about that. I suppose it chafes my bum a little bit because “free and non-doctrinal, non-dogmatic witchcraft” is often a euphemism for “I don’t practice Wicca.” I would prefer people just say that, because if that’s what’s meant, this way of saying that implies that Wicca is stuffy, rigid, hierarchical and preachy; which it can be (and certainly there are groups out there who are that) but generally isn’t. It might, however, be both dogmatic and doctrinal, in the same way that OBOD Druidry is dogmatic and doctrinal; especially if it’s a formal tradition with a lineage, in which case those groups will have a tried-and-true general pattern of training and a Book of Shadows that’s been passed down.

        What is this path that you have explored that was “steeped in dogmatic and doctrinal teachings?” In other words, what are you trying to contrast with there? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Well, to answer your question the path or paths more specifically that I have explored that felt steeped in dogmatic and doctrinal teachings range from Catholicism (as taught in my private school) To Brazilian Candomble (I am Brazilian born and raised) to the Jehovah’s Witness that persistently visit me once a month to drop off there famous Lighthouse booklet to a few open circle gatherings with a hidden agendas. These are just some of the examples that I am personally using to contrast. I also come from Umbanda Macumba practice and that too is very structured.

        Therefore when I personally think of the words Doctrine and Dogma I think of unrelenting fundamental purist teachings presented as incontrovertible truth. Sure you could cling to dictionary definitions from Oxford, Webster or The Net based one you linked me too which, while informative and necessary certainly leaves room for subjectivity. For instance: “dogma” is “an official system of principles or tenets concerning faith, morals, behavior, etc.” is one of 4 possible definitions and or applications of that one word and what does the “etc” imply? and why does that definition end in “as of a church”?

        As for “Doctrine” Yes the OBOD certainly has doctrine. It however does not define the entirety of my practice as I see it.

        All that aside however I do understand what you are getting at. You see a contradiction in what I have written where as I do not. My path is not one dimensional and should not be viewed as such because as I’ve clearly stated I’m currently learning… as in “seeking to educate myself” on Druidry or more specifically the practices of a Bard. It is not the be all and end all of my practice it is simply another facet in my multifaceted practice. And one that I am free to shape however I see fit. And while, I am at present studying my Bardic grade with great curiosity and a desire to inform myself. I continue to build up the areas of my practice that get me outdoors in nature interacting with Gaia as much as possible. From outdoor rituals, to welcome to country, to talisman embedding to living earth mandalas and on and on. I’m personally very fortunate to live in an area that boast a beautiful natural landscape from the Daintree Rainforest (the oldest living rainforest in the world) to the Great barrier reef, one of the 7 wonders of the world.

        It is through connecting with my natural landscape that my practice takes on a free, wild and unbridled expression. Its one of very few constants on my path and one that occurs organically.

        As for Wicca, well I honestly can not comment as I have only ever skimmed the surface of Wicca and therefore do not know anywhere near enough about its intricacies to make any kind of solid statement. I do however have a tremendous respect for the practitioners of Wicca that I have personally interacted with and who knows, maybe one day I’ll venture down the Wiccan Path with a desire to educate myself about that facet of spirituality.

        The point is, I’m free to choose. At the end of the day, we are all blessed with the freedom to choose how we each personally view our path and its many layers and we are all free to cultivate practice in the manner we see fit, without ego, without rigidity and without the expectations that other may place upon us ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Everyone’s relationship to the divine, and their resulting spiritual practice, is intensely personal. I don’t believe anyone can ever dictate that relationship and understanding. Of course you must believe and do as you see fit; this is a basic human right and I believe it must be respected and fought for; except when those beliefs demand the denigration (or elimination) of other beliefs.

        I don’t know enough about Brazilian Candomble or Catholicism to know if I agree with your assessment of those paths. I do know enough about the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses to know that they are one of those groups that insist upon forcing their beliefs upon everyone else (and certainly Catholicism has done that in its history, and “violently” would be a severe understatement.) And therefore I am opposed to it; or at least the part that demands that they force it on everybody else.

        Thank you very much for clarifying. ๐Ÿ™‚

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