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Journey To Witchcraft
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Author: The Wild Sorceress
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Hello from an Australian Eclectic Witch. I have to admit, Iím a bit of a procrastinator. Iíve been thinking about writing an essay for some time but as all procrastinators will tell you, itís always the thinking, never the doing.
I have always been interested in witchcraft. I think the awareness and the interest started when I was 13, (inspired from seeing The Craft. Yes, I know what youíre thinking and youíre probably right. But we all find our path in different ways).
I went to see the movie with three friends and at the end of the movie, like all teenage girls who are not considered Ďpopularí we thought ďWow this is for usĒ. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble the teenage way. And like all teenagers, my three friends lost interest fairly soon after.
The interest always stuck with me in various ways over the next few years but being in high school one has enough stress and doesnít always find the time to delve into the spiritual.
So as the story goes, years later I was cleaning out my room and came across a book my parents had bought for me when I was 13 called The Nice Girlís Book of Naughty Spells. (Yes you read correctly, my parents bought it for me).
I also came across articles I had ripped out of magazines and a booklet I had sent off for from the Church Of Wicca in Perth, WA. It grabbed me, and then it lost me. I began working and again, it took a back seat. I think at that stage in my life, it wasnít time for me to walk the path. (Procrastination again).
I was about 22 when the interest became more of a spiritual need, a path I felt I needed to walk. I bought books to read. My first 2 were Witch A Personal Journey and A Magickal Year by Fiona Horne, followed soon by Book Of Shadows by Phyllis Currot and then finally Wicca by Scott Cunningham. It really hit me: this is what I wanted, and I felt it was right for me.
Luckily I didnít have any religious conflicts. For all intents and purposes my mother was a single mother and she felt, not being religious herself, that she did not want to baptize her children (I have an older brother). She felt that we should feel free to pick our own path when we were old enough to understand what religion was. Suffice to say, Christianity was not for me.
Iíve always been an independent free thinker and the rules and rigmarole of organized religion was not for me.
The way I got here was interesting. As a general rule when I was younger, nature and its elements were actually very boring to me. I knew there were trees and flowers and things of that nature but it didnít really impact me in any fashion. I used to hate helping my mother garden. Also, every time I tried to grow something it would die. The natural world, seemingly, was not my friend.
As I began to study witchcraft the natural held more interest and I felt better and more alive when I would go outside. We have this massive Oak tree in our yard and it is magnificent and really old. Now when I stand with it and look at it or touch the leaves, I feel an affinity I never thought I would. I feel a spiritual recognition, a connection with its beauty and its sense of history. I grow herbs under it and they flourish nourished by its shade. Being a fire sign, Oak is also one of my Celtic trees.
I feel my personal power growing. I have always had a strong sense of intuition and occasionally have psychic flashes that more often than not just leave me with a head spinning sense of dťjŗ vu.
I am now able to grow herbs. Iím currently growing about 8 different kinds from seed and they are going really strong now. To me, this is a sign that the Goddess is helping me walk this path.
The one thing that originally boggled my mind was the amount of Ďthingsí needed in witchcraft. There are athames and wands, chalices, censers, candles, herbs etc and I thought that my new path -- although giving me great spiritual fulfillment -- was going to drain my finances. But I have found that these items have come to me when I have needed them, not before. I think that instead of rushing out and buying everything all at once that if you wait, the Goddess will deliver. If not, I have 2 great recommendations for you.
EBay is a great place to get different ritual items. I got my first lot of herbs, most of my books, runes and two lovely wooden pentagram boxes from EBay.
Another is an Australian website called Uncle Festers. They have a club called the Cauldron Club and each month for 13 months they send you a package, slowly building up all your ritual supplies. Since being with them I havenít really bought anything. I wait; it comes. I love it; itís like my birthday every month.
My mother and stepfather have always been incredibly supportive of my choice (as has my brother and friends). I never had to worry about their disapproval. It breaks my heart when I read articles on here about new witches who fear rejection and anger from their parents if they share with them the news of walking the path of the Goddess. Itís sad that people are not flexible minded enough to realize that what may be good for them religion-wise is not always good for someone else.
My advice is to stay strong and be true to who you are because ultimately in this world, the only person who you have to please is yourself.
Wow, do I go on. So this is the story of a 24-year-old Eclectic Witch from Australia who wanted to write an article for Witchvox.
The Wild Sorceress
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