Why am I a witch?
My journey (see previous blog post) led me straight to Witchcraft, Wicca at first but then off on a tangent to Kitchen/Hedge Witchery. But why?
I guess when I first started I wasn’t aware of just how wide or varied the pagan pool was. I knew the word witch from fairy stories, films and books. But I had only really seen the description of a druid in the Asterix books. Although the term pagan was known to me, I didn’t really understand what it meant properly.
The history of witchcraft book I found that started it all was obviously based on witchcraft! It was from there that I found Wicca because at the time it was the only source of learning available that I could find.
Finding Witchcraft found like coming home.
As a teenager, I spent several years following the Baptist religion. I knew I was looking for something but I wasn’t sure what, Christianity filled a gap for a while but I knew it wasn’t quite right for me.
Working with the ancient gods of the land and finding my faith. Something/someone I can rely on for support and encouragement and the occasional telling off, sheesh some of those deities are so bossy! was literally a god send (pun intended).
Being in control of my own life and being able to help shape my own destiny were definitely attractive features of being a Witch. Learning and finding my way through the Craft has helped me to find myself. I have made mistakes along the way but each one has helped me to learn and grow.
Whilst I don’t like being told what to do, I do like structure when I am learning. Wicca provided me with the structure to learn the base and foundations of the Craft. But I did find it a bit restrictive because I do like to ‘do my own thing’. It was at that point when I discovered Hedge Witchcraft and then developed my own journey more into Kitchen Witchcraft. My love of cooking sorted that out!
Dipping in and out
Druidry drew me in for a while, belonging to a Grove and completing the first Ovate grade with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. It seems to me to be very similar to hedge witchcraft but from a slightly different perspective. I learnt from that part of my journey but it wasn’t quite the right fit for me.
The pagan umbrella
Paganism is such a huge umbrella with so many offshoots too. It has allowed me to learn a variety of different skills from meditation to spell work, Akashic Records, divination and healing to name but a few. The Craft also helped me make sense of nature. I knew it was something very special but had no idea of the magical properties and power that each natural living thing holds. I love that Mother Nature is also willing to share this energy with us. If I had not found the pathway of a witch I doubt I would have discovered these other wonderful things.
I love being a witch
I love being a witch because it allows me to have a faith, to believe in a higher power and to be in control (I am a total control freak). But also to have my pathway be a flexible one. Witchcraft allows me to take bits and pieces from other pagan pathways and add them to my own, making my journey a very personal and unique one. I don’t have to follow strict rules. I don’t have to do what a book says and I don’t have to do things in a set way. It is my journey, my rules and my very own pathway.
Much as I don’t like labels or fitting people into boxes I know I am a Witch, not Wiccan, not a Druid, not a Heathen but a Witch. I love to work with the old ways, to follow Mother Nature on her cycle and to attempt to make the world a better place for myself and others and ultimately to make myself a better person. I am most definitely not the same person now that I was a gazillion years ago before I found my way.
Witchcraft has helped me learn, grown and evolve.