About Me

I am a Scottish lass, a writer, a daydreamer, a bohemian at heart, and a witch living in Scotland. I don’t think I’ve ever truly grown up, and I don’t intend to. I laugh at lot, especially at all things silly, laughter is fantastic medicine. But it’s also important to learn to laugh at yourself. I don’t believe in taking myself too seriously.

I felt the call to magic as a young child. I was that little girl who would go looking for fairies in the garden, and make potions out of household goods, and I read the clouds for answers to my questions. Having a love of nature I would listen for the heartbeat of trees, and I wrote my own little spells. I had dreams which came to pass as well as out of body experiences. I looked for magic everywhere until I eventually found it, and it felt like coming home – The call had finally been answered.

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I practiced solitary Wicca for around 11 years before I joined a coven. The coven experience was not for me, I found it to be a toxic and stifling environment full of ego, lies and manipulation. My practice is no longer wiccan. I work a lot with my ancestors, land spirits and with Scottish deities/spirits like The Cailleach, Bride and Nicnevin. I use folk magic, commune with the land and practice intuitively as a witch, wild and free.

I am a seer and intuitive with a love of different forms of divination especially tarot, scrying and reading tea leaves. I see truths and receive answers in dreams. My abilities I believe were passed down the generations in my family, especially with the women on my mother’s side being a wee bit psychic. My Nana used to read palms and tea leaves and I’ve heard a few spooky anecdotes from family members.

I have an interest in shamanism, animism, any kind of witchcraft, the occult and a strong love of folklore and fairy tales.

I am a beginner Scottish Gaelic speaker, I am passionate about my heritage and preserving the knowledge of my ancestors.

I am a writer; as well as blogging I have published works in magazines and anthologies and I proofread and copy-edit for Witchcraft &Wicca magazine run by Children of Artemis.

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I choose this blog title in honour of The Cailleach – the original Hag o’ the hills. Plus the term Hag O’ The Hills is a nod to one of my favourite authors – Sir Terry Pratchett.

Thanks for stopping by!

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slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh

– Good health and every good blessing to you!

Find me on Tumblr: http://hagothehills.tumblr.com/

 

© Pamela Norrie. All rights Reserved.

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8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi there, I was very interested to read your latest blog post whilst scouring the internet looking for occult practices in our neck of the woods (Bonnie Scotland!).
    I have always had a strong belief in what i tend to end up calling ‘the unseen’ – because there are so many interpretations out there that I don’t know what else to call it – but have recently started trying to read up on some of the practices out there. With so much literature and speculation on the internet, it’s a bit daunting knowing where to start! I think the most appealing thing I have read so far is ‘Condensed Chaos’, discussing aspects of the ‘Chaos Magick’ movement.
    I was particularly interested in the last paragraph where you described your own movement through the Wiccan beliefs, to your current practices. I would really like to start dabbling in the occult/spiritual world, but find it difficult to accept some of the ceremony and formality of some sects, and would really like to talk to someone who has already started out, as it were, on the ‘unseen’ path.
    If you have time please feel free to get in touch with me as I’d love to hear more on your own practical experiences.
    All the best,
    Andy.

    • Hi Andy,

      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by my blog 🙂

      It can be daunting start out on a magical or spiritual path. The literature can be confusing and contradictory and the only advice I can really give you is to go with your gut, and your own interpretation. This is YOUR path, you forge it, you walk these roads, it’s down to your experience and your interpretation, make this path your own and not simply follow another’s path. Yes there are folk who may be more experienced and have been treading the path longer than you, but that doesn’t mean they are all wise or all knowing and they have no doubt made mistakes along the way. But by making mistakes we learn.

      Now I can only advise about Wicca and witchcraft as that’s my where my experience lies, I don’t know enough about chaos magic to give you any advice there. I started out with Wicca and for a while I was certain that was where I was meant to be. But other things have garnered my interest and I’ve been questioning what I’ve read and been taught by others, and there’s a whole of it I realize I don’t either believe or agree with. And there’s nothing wrong with that, question everything. There is only your truth that matters.

      When I started out I threw myself into practice with a passion. I learned through trial and error, I did spells a lot, practically every day. I kept a record of my results. When I felt confident I wrote my own spells, and felt comfortable changing spells from books to substitute one ingredient for another. I made a note of what worked and what didn’t. Then many years later I trained with a Wiccan coven.

      Wicca is good as a starting point because you learn some of the basics such as basic ritual, how to shield, the importance of meditation, how to visualize and beginner spell work. Wicca has a slightly ceremonial aspect to it, but not as much as other paths. It’s heavier on religion than actual witchcraft though. (Wicca and Witchcraft are very different things).

      Where to get started – read and devour as many texts as you can, and then start putting it into practice. It’s down to trial and error, but use your intuition and your own spiritual practice will begin to take shape. And it may change over time as you cast out old beliefs and practices and take up new ones. But that’s fine, because we are a changeable sort of folk, as we grow, our practices grow and change also.

      Get out into nature as often as you can, observe the seasonal cycles and the patterns of nature. Observe the creatures and get a feel for the spirit of the land. You’ll be amazed at what you notice if you take the time to observe. You might want to leave out some food and drink as offerings if you feel so inclined. You might want to observe full moons and sabbats if you feel so inclined, and your rituals needn’t be fully ceremonious. A ritual can be simply lighting a candle and watching the moon, or saying a small prayer, or sitting meditating or observing in silence.

      Brush up on folklore and fairy tales of your cultural background, much can be learned from what our ancestors believed and how they practiced.

      Some people may feel the need for a mentor, but to be fair those are few and far between, not exactly listed in the yellow pages. You may find a mentor by attending gatherings (If Pagan then through a local moot). However, If you really want to learn you’ll find a way through dogged determination like myself and many others have done.

      Suggested reading list for Wicca, Paganism and Witchcraft:

      Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin
      Wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner by Scott Cunningham
      Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner
      The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner
      Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson
      Witchcraft for Tomorrow by Doreen Valiente
      Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits by Emma Wilby.
      Triumph of the Moon by Professor Ronald Hutton

      Hope this has been of some help and if you’ve any other questions feel free to message me via my Tumblr page.

      Regards,

      Pamela

  2. Oh man thanks so much for the follow! I’ve always admired you both here on wordpress on tumblr. Hope I don’t disappoint!

  3. Hey! sorry I decided to create another blog. I had a bit of a spiritual crisis and closed down my other one but now I finally feel content with my path 🙂 anyways, hope you’re doing well!

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