If you’re a Pagan Witch in the Western World there’s a strong chance that you grew up with Christianity. As such we often carry the indoctrination of our past religions with us. In The Witch’s Journey: Cutting the Cords of Christian Dogma by Elaanie S. She bravely shares her experiences of her Christian upbringing, her journey into witchcraft and her reconciliation of the religion she was raised within. While all our journeys are unique and individual, including Elaanie’s – any of us who were raised with Christianity, particularly the more extreme versions of it can relate strongly with Elaanie’s journey. Along the way she shares her musings, fears, doubts and revelations as she breaks free from Southern Evangelical Protestantism eventually becoming a High Priestess in the Temple of Witchcraft Tradition. Speaking of which, Christopher Penczak also writes an introduction for Elaanie in this book.
Written clearly and passionately, Elaanie provides introspective questions for the reader to reflect upon as well as rituals for severing those lingering beliefs drilled within someone from the Church to achieve personal liberation. She explores the theology of Christianity and Paganism and provides challenging questions and some very interesting musings about them. Taking a look at biblical scripture, core beliefs of Paganism and Christianity as well as the history of both, Elaanie challenges dogma in favor of the personal path to the divine. While I related and could empathize with much of her journey, it was also fascinating to see just how heavily religious the South is and how much of a struggle it must be to be a practicing witch in an area where almost everyone is not only a Christian but an Evangelical, believing that those who are not Christian are demonic enemies of their God in a holy war. This book is fantastic for anyone who has come to Paganism from Christianity – if only to assure them that they are not alone in their struggles, doubts and ingrained fears of choosing to go down a path others aren’t.