Hi! A bit of a wholesome post here. I joined SoM when I was 13, I am now 22 years old. When I first joined I was attracted by the fantasy spells and was hoping to become a mermaid! Hahahah. I put salt water in shells and drank them to grow a tail(cringey, I know. I was 13). After browsing forums and having mods and other experienced members knocking some sense into me, I came to the realisation of what this is really about when I turned 16. The occult has become a big part of my subconscious and conscious mind ever since then. I probably wouldnt have come across this world if I hadnt searched mermaid spells or wish spells randomly on my laptop at 13 years old. I just wanted to say thank you to mods and all the members who have helped me out on my journey this far!!! Have an amazing day/night!
I think several people wished to be something in the fantasy field, I always wanted to be a werewolf or a vampire, I even too tried the spells, thankfully a few members told me why it was impossible and they were very nice about it. While some people were quite rude, it made me more interested in Wicca which I started to study and fell in love with their beliefs.
Re: I used to be fluffy By: Misanthropy Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 3 Oct 13, 2020
I think a big issue with the "fluff" is how much Hollywood and popculture glamorize magic and witchcraft. Kids and youngsters become enamored with this idea of magic, that is portrayed on the movie screens, TVs, and books. When you're young, it's fun to imagine these ideas of fantasy and what you could do with it. Most don't even realize what real magic is or that it actually exists and, once they find out, it's hard to let go of that fantasy idea they formed regarding it.
I think many had that idea of magic when they were young, but it took research and being guided to the right sources to finally realize what magic actually is and isn't. It's easy to forget that we were all young once, and that we let our imaginations run wild. With proper guidance, patience, and a little kindness the youngsters can be guided in the right direction. Some are willing to let go of the fantasy sooner than others, some not so much. And that is where patience comes in. Offer guidance and resources, and when they are ready, they will make the proper steps in the right direction.
I am happy to hear that you've both found the wonders of real magic, and it pleases me to know that you've grown so much!
I'm glad you found your way. Best of luck on your journey.
I found the site when I was researching Wicca, but I was too nervous to join right away. I did go to the fantasy spells and write a few down, but the ones I found cool I avoided because I was afraid of what could happen.
I think it's a blessing and a curse, childhood curiosity bringing you to a place where you feel complete and happy is wonderful, but then you've got many who are so stuck in their mindset, they refuse to see things from a different perspective.
Personal Growth is a huge part of the path we are all on. Learning in a safe environmentis what this site is about. It is wonderful to hear another child has been touched by the gods as they made their way through this interesting world and now one who was once a child at play is a practicing adult.
Many Blessing to you as you continue on your path <3
Oh yeah, I was in your shoes too. I think many youngsters get into the idea of magic because of those fantasy spells- something about the idea, no matter how outrageous, is always appealing. I'm still super glad you found some more decent footing in magic! That phase seems to have been a good learning experience.
Funny enough, we're the same age and I was also thirteenwhen I came here looking for spells to become a mermaid. I was also sixteen when I realized what a resource SoM really is. Look at that, internet twins XD
Point is, our experiences come from what we learned in our lives, and we can use those experiences to educate the newbies who arein our shoes almost ten years ago, because we were them at some point. No shame in being a previous fluffy-magic believer. :) It contributes to your growth as a person.
Ah I remember that era of the site. Quite honestly, I first joined when i was about 14 or so but the werewolf and shapeshifting spells are what kind of got a grip on me at first. I used to try and do werewolf spells, shiftshape, etc. I remember going out one the harvest moon and chanting in hopes I'll turn into a large black and brown wolf with red eyes. My mom, who a lot of people are intimidated by tried telling me to knock it off. It took three or four years to realize that fluff spells are well, fluff. Im now a college student and I prefer to not look back at those times.
I was literally seven when I tried casting my first spell. After binge-watching Young Justice and watching how Zatanna crushed her enemies with high-fantasy magic, I wanted to be like her. I found a water freezing spell which, of course, didn't work. However, there were a few spells that actually did work, like a banishing spell which I cast to get rid of a bully when I was 10. Now I wonder if it was the universe, or my own child-like curiosity which brought me here