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.
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.
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.”
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.
Someone asked me just the other day how I felt about learning Wicca, Witchcraft or other forms of Paganism or magic from a shelf of books. In all honesty, I have no problem with it. I’d prefer, in fact, that people would learn from books as opposed to the Internet any day. But in an ideal world, I’d rather students learn from actual teachers. I’m a huge proponent of Coven-based learning. But also know that I don’t insist every human being who wants to learn Witchcraft drop their lives and join a Coven. Truthfully, Coven-life (or even Witchcraft) is not for everyone. It is not a practice for the masses, regardless of what all the fun-loving gooey light and love authors want to tell you.
Is it important to do Solitary work, even if you’re with a Coven? Are Solitary Craft and Coven Craft essentially the same? Or will they be very different at all? And do you stick with one way, versus another, if they’re not exactly the same?
Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down!
Do I use a circle in my private Craft workings? How do I cast a circle? Why? Is there a difference in group and solitary work?
Sometimes. It varies. Because reasons (see below). And yes.