Modern Paganism – Alan Fuller | The Shaman Witch

The GBMO Ritual

Why should you do a full ritual for an offering? Is it ever really necessary?

To be all the way honest, yes, I sometimes do a full-on ritual. I do a daily ritual, anyhow – a “daily devotional” – but it’s nothing like the full-on ritual. It doesn’t feel quite as amazing, either, but it still gets results. (That’s a topic for another post, though.)

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The Mother Of Us All

Let me just say: 2017, was definitely a year of the unexpected.

Not that it was a bad year for me, necessarily … just some unexpected things happened.

Now, granted, I have been fairly open about my political leanings. And you’re smart, so you know what I mean by that statement.

But if we get right down to brass tacks, the fact of the matter is: those unexpected things will likely affect you and I very little. If we’re Witches worth our salt, anyhow.

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3 Myths About The Gods Sometimes Told To New Witches

Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, I was trained in a Coven. Most of my readers know that already, right?

The fact is: I love Covens. There’s a special something that working in a Coven – an actual one, that is more fam than your actual blood kin – brings to the table. Call it “extra oomph,” if you want. Or attribute it to being more social and spiritual, than religious. Whatever the case, I like it better than always working as a Solitary.

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The Magic of a Key

 

The other day (actually, last Tuesday), I was in the mood for a bit of magic. I had a goal to work on, and for the spellcraft I was brainstorming, a key would’ve been perfect. I love the look and feel of old skeleton keys.

So I went on a hunt in the basement – I could’ve sworn I had one back in the early 2000’s that I stashed for safekeeping. (Random tip: if you want to banish something from your life forever, put it in a “safe place” so you’ll never forget. You’re guaranteed to forget. LOL)

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How I Communicate with Deity

How do you deal with spirit communication in general, and especially with gods and goddesses?

I tend not to treat spirits of any kind, most especially goddesses and gods, as figments of imagination, or facets of my own psyche. For me, they are external entities, and they are very real spirit beings.

Since my personal Craft practice is centered a lot around working with Deity, I tend to give communications from them a good amount of credit. Deity communication is important to me.

I operate by receiving blocks of knowledge.

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Hestia’s Fire

After you become a Witch, things start to be a different kind of fun. When you cast those first few spells, or make those first few offerings to a deity or spirit, you wait, and you wonder.

And then, the magic happens. Things manifest.

And it amazes you. Because you never knew before that you had this kind of influence over your reality. There may not be thunderbolts and lightning when you cast a circle, and your results may not even be recognizable except in hindsight.

But once you see it, it’s awe-inspiring. Even after 20+ years, I still have a, “Woh, wtf,” kind of reaction to spell results.

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How To Make Beautiful Magic Together

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.”

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