Follow your own path.
Ok, so I have noticed on several Facebook pages/forums etc people asking ‘how do I become a witch’ well, here’s the thing – you’ve asked, so you are interested that’s a great start and it is lovely to have specially younger people show an interest. But just using that word is a huge generalisation – like to be interested in tradition, nature the power of herbs, crystals, hedge-craft – you have to define yourself a certain way, you don’t – so please stop it!
There is lots of information out there, a lot from the USA which tends to be Wiccan based, which is fine if that is your path, so briefly – Wicca has formed in the 1930’s by Gerald Gardner, and is know thought of as the Gardnerian Tradition, it took off in the States and other ‘types have come about such as Feri, 1734 and Dianic Wicca in the ensuing decades, and where organisations such as the Covenant of the Goddess were formed.
This is not my path, I personally follow the traditional path, I feel no need to be ‘initiated’, have levels I need to progress through or have rules and regulations enforced upon me, I have much respect for those who follow this path, so don’t get me wrong – each to their own path.
It is important that the path you choose is right for you, it is my whole hearted belief that you do not HAVE to BE anything, the craft is the oldest of practices, follow your instincts and you won’t go far wrong. It drives be nuts when i read books that say “if you are a Kitchen Witch, you do this – unlike a Green Witch” – ermmmmm hold the F*ck on??? What is this shit tbh, be what the hell you want to be. You don’t HAVE to be anyway other than you, that is power, that is freedom, that is strength – fly free! This is about deep rooted traditional beliefs – driven by the wish to heal and enhance life, cherish it and tune into the wonder that is all around us. And in my humble opinion, we get far too caught up on giving ourselves a label, witch/wise-woman/weirdo/hippy etc….what ever floats your boat I say!
So, Green, Hedge, Kitchen, Woods, Nature Witch, Herbalist, Wise-woman (or man), hippy, Naturist, Traditional Healer – if you feel pulled towards a descriptive title – knock your socks off my lovelies. But, use all of what is available to you – don’t restrict yourself. Everything i do and practice pulls from numerous so called ‘types’ of witchcraft, craft nature herbalism, I wholeheartedly believe this makes me more rounded. I choose to believe in the power of the Goddess however.
So – still the question crops up ” how do i be witch” – you just be you with the power of the Goddess behind you, “do i need to get all the toys (chalice, wand, athame, robes)” – no, not really I have some, not all, and i rarely use them, I am a bit more ‘freestyle’ in my approach, but that is what is right for me. Book of Shadows (or just a book you note stuff in, don’t get caught up on words and titles) – yep, this you should have, to journal what works and is a good tool to write down and keep idea’s and dates (Wheel of the year etc…). Do I need to wear black and be ‘all spooky like‘ – please let’s not be foolish….your not Sabrina the teenage Witch, and no you can’t get a talking cat…this is about working with the universe, nature, and it is about taking time to do it, no quick fixes in the craft.
Coming Out – ok, so you have decided to follow this path – do you need to tell the world? Well, lets be real – the craft still has bad press, so choose who you tell with a big dollop of common sense. And in all honesty, why would it come up in conversation anyway ?? – I mean you meet someone and it’s not like ” Hi, i’m Burt i’m a Buddhist, how are you today?” It’s just not how we live or interact so don’t fret or panic. Do people I know “know” – well, some – yeah of course – all of them? No, as I said it does not come up in normal conversation – if it did what would I say? – yep this is what i believe, but i’m nearly 50 and a bit past being bothered by other peoples expectations.
So, that is today’s ramblings – love, light and blessings x