Re-Interpreting “Worship” in Witchcraft

An interesting conversation came out of my post on belief yesterday and I'd like to briefly touch on it.It's nothing new that many Witches adamantly deny that the Gods are to be worshipped but rather they are equals, allies, friends or even tools. I don't agree with this but I do get a bit peeved when it's suggested "real" Witches don't worship the Gods or that it's a "Wiccan thing," with the implication that anything "Wiccan" is somehow less.Here's what bothers me about this: the lore of … [Read more...]

Traditional Witchcraft on the Internet

I get some weird messages online. Sometimes it's the worst kind of gossip attributing disgusting and malicious acts to people who would surely be in prison if such things were true. Sometimes it's people offering to be my secret occult advisor or who claim special knowledge because they own Gerald Gardner's old chamber pot. Those are messages I can generally safely ignore. Sometimes, though, people have a weird idea in their heads, and it's an idea I hear repeated until I feel compelled to write … [Read more...]

Why Initiation Made Me Love Solitary Wicca

Some of the shock and bewilderment have passed, I'm eating solid foods and life is sort-of back to normal. Some folks wanted me to unpack my experience a bit, and I've had some interesting insights that I can share, so here goes:Even if my initiation wasn't oathbound, I still really couldn't tell you about it. Some human experiences can't be effectively communicated. I'd imagine giving birth or losing a loved one to a wasting disease are good examples of those kinds of experiences. You can … [Read more...]

Let me tell you all about it…

Or not.See, I thought I could at least unpack my feelings regarding initiation without revealing anything oathbound, but I can't see any way to do that. Not in any useful fashion. But I can tell you a few useful things. You will likely be disappointed.Initiation is not for the faint of heart or half-hearted.If you honestly can't enter in perfect love and perfect trust, you'd better not attempt it.If you find a coven/tradition that you respect, love and cherish, it is an entirely … [Read more...]

Today is the Day

Today I get initiated. I know a lot of you are tired of reading about this and ready for me to go back to talking about other things. I respect that and will be back to other topics soon. For those who find this interesting, here is what will happen to me today:First of all, I have fasted for two days. Not a strict water fast, but I've drastically modified my diet. I'm trying to push my body without crippling it. Today all I will have with me is water and some nuts, and I'm going to try not … [Read more...]

The Passing of Lord Merlin

Lord Merlin, aka David John White, was the elder high priest of the Ravenwood tradition for almost three decades and he died over a week ago, on Mabon. He led an extraordinary life, much like his wife Lady Sintana, and he died a year and a week after she passed from us. He was there by the Lady to bless the founding of my coven, and when I'm initiated this Saturday he will be a part of my lineage, my spiritual grandfather. Though I never met him, his passing fills me with sadness, and more than … [Read more...]

I Am Not An Angry Witch | Season of the Witch

"I am not an angry girl but it seems like I've got everyone fooled. Every time I say something they find hard to hear they chalk it up to my anger and never to their own fear." -- Ani DiFranco, Not A Pretty Girl You cannot talk about the stories of Witchcraft without talking about anger. It bubbles up around the edges, spills over into the narrative and makes itself heard. It's in the Witch trial records. It's in the lore. It's in the stories of Aradia. It's in The Crucible. Even Endora of … [Read more...]

Is Initiation a Betrayal? and other odd questions…

I'm getting antsy. I'm getting cold feet. I'm going a bit insane. I am told this is normal, as my initiation is just a month away.Last night I called my priestess to see if there was something I could work on or study to prepare and keep my mind busy. She laughed, like I knew she would, because reading and overthinking is how I deal with things. She said meditation is always good for anxiety, but what I was experiencing is a normal part of the process and I need to accept that.I knew she … [Read more...]

Is Wicca a Christian Heresy?

Yesterday I gave a grumpy rant over the Watchtowers and LBRP being included in some strains of Wicca. The responses surprised me and set me to thinking.If you begin with the premise that everything in Wicca came from a Christianized society, that Wicca was founded by people raised and well-versed in Christianity, that elements of some strains of Wicca represent entirely Abrahamic, Copernican earth- and human-centric worldviews, does it then follow that Wicca is a Christian heresy?If Wicca is … [Read more...]

Initiation: A Love Letter

The past two weekends I've been sorely tempted to write about things I find on the internet that make me despair of my community. From teachers whose "principles" require a fealty oath to their person, to people once again hating on Wicca, to people defining Wicca as spiritual silly putty. Maybe I should write about those things, but I just don't need to weigh down my soul with that right now. Instead, I'd like to tell you about why I petitioned for initiation into Traditional Witchcraft.1. … [Read more...]