Why is it that Occultists (Witches, Wizards, Warlocks, Magicians, Druids, Pagans, WhatTheFuckEvers) get so attached to our bullshit? I understand that humans are creatures of habit, but really, is there any reason to jaunt about poking fun at a paradigm just because it isn’t yours? It’s “occult elitism.” And it makes you a douche.
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?
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.
Okay, I just have to say it right up front: I love this book. Dawn Rae Downton delivered a great modern mini-compendium of things we can do to get … well, vengeance (among other things). You have to check out The Little Book of Curses and Maledictions for Everyday Use.
Question from a regular blog reader: Where are all your posts on the magical experiments that you’ve done/are doing?
When I first started this blog way back in the day, I had a bunch of posts up on magical experiments. Usually, they were about the process that I went through to get my results, and then a good old-fashioned “field report” about the results from the spellcraft.
I was recently asked how people react to my spiritual pursuit – i.e., Witchcraft. So I figured I’d answer here.
My in-laws (my partner’s parents, and his sisters and their husbands) – as far as I’m aware – are in-the-know about my interests. I’m almost sure they’re aware of WitchInTheBurbs.com and my book, The Spell In My Pocket. I’m almost certain that my Mom-in-law purchased a copy. Or was it one of the Sis-in-laws?
They don’t seem to react at all. It’s not something generally spoken about. I have a feeling they were raised the way I was raised –> religion is not something you talk about because it’s highly personal and (in many cases) should be a completely private thing.
I have a friend who just recently found out I’m a Witch. Actually, it’s someone I work with via phone on a regular basis. We’ll call her V. Our conversation one night turned towards dreams and goals, as V was leaving her then-current department to do something meaningful to her. So, career moves was the thing that brought up my Witchyness.
I used to be very, very label-friendly. I was one of those people who insisted that words help us define things for ourselves, and in defining them, we can decide whether they are categories we like.
I wrote in What Is Life Redesign? about the first few steps I take when I undergo this process. Everyone is asking “what is life about” and “how do I do what it is I feel like I need to do?” People ask me, “Now that I know, what do I do?”
After a couple of days, come back to your journal, your list of things you’ve written. Get quiet. Open your mind. I know this is going to sound very “new age,” but it is what it is. The languaging helps to understand where I’m going with this.