Hello, my name is Alysa Marie and I am the Great Lakes Witch. I have been practicing witchcraft and setting out to live a more spiritual lifestyle for the past 12 years. I have 2 cute fur babies: a white bunny named Murray and an orange step-kitty named Kira! And may I add: severe coffee addict.
My path started when I was 15 years old, when I discovered what true folk magic was while reading the series ‘Blue is for Nightmares’. Seeing magic outside of what I would see on mainstream media was exhilarating and I just could not get enough of it. To this day, I still have the small book of shadows I created using the recipes that they give you off of the back of the first book and also from forums from Gaia Online. I also discovered discovered the pagan YouTube community and my path skyrocketed. I created so many friendships that I still have to this day.
I did, however, make the mistake of combining my spiritual beliefs with my romantic relationships. So for a few years, after a couple break ups my path was not as strong as when it started. I was having an extremely hard time regaining what I needed in my path: myself. I had thrown too much of others into my path and I could no longer grow. So I purged. I gave away books, supplies, anything I could. This would end up leaving me with about 25% of the things that I had accumulated over the course of about 10 years or so at this point. It was hard, but it was what my soul needed.
After several years, I finally was able to come back to witchcraft and spirituality with open eyes. Able to come back knowing who I was more to the core opened up my path and myself to abilities that I never thought I would poses and that are still growing. In my comeback I am truly learning about myself, about cultural appropriation, and what I need to focus on to help myself and to better serve the spiritual community.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoy this website. Brightest blessings to you all!