The other day, during a friendly phone call, I was posed a question that I’d not thought about in a long while. The question was not startling. I’ve been asked this before. But it caused me some thought on this new occasion.
The question: is Witchcraft dead?
There were other implications behind the question: is magic weaker? Are the results not of the same level as they once were?
As you know, I’ve been doing the “back to basics” thing. I’ve been doing a Goddess Immersion Exercise, and it’s going quite well. I’ve also been sitting in the silence, and doing my energy work more often. That’s also going quite well.
But in meditation the other day, the thought just kind of hit me: there are things I know now, that I didn’t know when I started on this path. Some of these things would’ve made it a lot easier to deal with, had they been verbally conveyed to me.
Do you believe in magic?
I do. I’ve seen some things, in my 20+ years as a Shaman-Witch, that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt have happened because of a spell.
Thing is, though: they don’t always work, do they?
I mentioned in one of my YouTube videos that, back in the day, one of the earliest books I’d read on Paganism was In The Shadow of the Shaman, by Amber Wolfe. And since I’ve been going back to basics, I picked it up again. And I noticed something that I only cursorily glanced over before.
Throughout the book, Wolfe refers to, “wheels within wheels.”
A quote from the introduction is, “All of the worlds of nature spin like wheels for the shaman … All worlds spin and vibrate for the shaman.” Another is, “Like the shamans of old, we may learn to ride the wheels within wheels, which are all the vibrations of the worlds of Nature.”
I received well over 50 emails in response to my post “A Witch’s Words of Wisdom.” I had no idea it would be so popular. But people apparently love that deep-ish shish, because almost all of those 50 feedback emails had one thing in common: they asked for more.
So, without further adieu, here is more.
When I think of “words of wisdom,” I think of old adages that have been passed down through time. Things your grandmother would say, for example. Tidbits of advice that, when followed, made life easier, and hardship more manageable.
So I thought – why not talk a little bit about some of the things my Elders taught me? And then it occurred to me that all of the words of wisdom I live by don’t necessarily come from my Elders.
Have you ever been called by a Goddess or God? Pegged for service, so-to-speak? What does that mean to you?
I think sometimes people don’t recognize what being called is, or what it truly means, before they jump right in and try to “go all the way.”
As I understand it, particular Goddesses or Gods call to us. Some people pick a God/dess and run with it (like doing a Goddess Immersion exercise, which I talk about in a few YouTube vids). I believe that, in general, most deities are keen to work with a person … but there are always exceptions to the rule.
Beltane 2017, was wet! Extra, extra wet! I mean: wetter than I’ve ever been in my life, short of diving voluntarily into a swimming pool, or taking a shower.
Beltane is an extra-special time of year for me. Along with it’s opposite on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain, Beltane is one of the two highest Holy Days in my Craft Tradition (Feycraft).
I read a short piece today called Why Contemporary Paganism Deserves to Die. While I don’t disparage the author for his opinion (because it is just that), we have to note that opinions can be … well, wrong. And from where I sit as a Coven Leader, the ideas in this article are … well, wrong.