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How Did I Enter Into The Craft?
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Merry Meet, dear witches, pagans, Wiccans and more. My name is Shadowcat and this is a true story about how I entered into the world of the craft.
When I was 13 years old, I used to go to the library very often. One day, I had nothing to do. Both of my friends were busy so I decided to go to the library. When I arrived at the library and began to look around, look at some magazines there and look at some comics here. Anyways, suddenly I had this feeling that someone wanted me to go check out the back of the library. I was a bit confused at first but I went anyways.
When I arrived at the back, I look through the aisle of bookshelves that stood there still. Then I found a book. It was on the ground in the middle of one of the aisles and it was open. I picked up the book and the title read, "Wicca: a Guide For The Solitary Practitioner". I sat down on the floor and began to look through a couple of pages. The book seemed pretty interesting, so I decided to read more. I checked out the book on my library card.
After reading the book for at least couple of minutes (wel,l actually for around a half hour) I got more curious on the subject line of Wicca, witchcraft and witches. Like a child, I always felt like a freak of nature and I knew there was something out there just for me, something to make me feel more useful to the world.
So then I went on the Internet. You wouldn’t believe how many websites I found on Yahoo just by typing in "Witchcraft". So many websites! I checked out a couple of the sites from the thousands I found.
Later that day, when I got home I went to my bedroom and began to read more from the book. After reading the book again about 2 times, I decided to take a couple of notes. I couldn’t find a notebook so I went downstairs to get one. I saw my mom watching TV.
She asked me, “What are you up to?” And I simply answered that I was just reading a book that I got from the library. My mom turn back to the TV and I went back to my room to take some notes from the book. I wanted to find a school where I could learn more.
For a couple months, all I would do is go to the library, eat, sleep and read. My parents didn’t really care what I was up to at that age. I found a lot of books on the subject of Wicca, witches and witchcraft. Some of the books would be:
1. Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner
2. The Complete Idiot's Guide To Wicca And Witchcraft
3. Practical Wicca: The Easy Way
4. To Stir A Magick Cauldron: A Witch's Guide To Casting And Conjuring
A year later (that’s when I turned 14 years old) I started to do more and more research. My parents noticed me sometimes –well, actually often -- doing research on those subjects and wondered what I was up to. Oneof the things I began to research online was an online school to go to. I found many different kinds of witch schools. But some of them were like forums for Harry Potter.
The first school I joined was an MSN group. Anyway I got kicked out in less then 3 months. How did I get kicked out? Well, it seems the staff there couldn’t handle a simple student like me. All I was doing was asking questions just like the teacher said. He actually said; "If anyone has any questions, please go ahead and ask". I’m telling you, people at that school were really not prepared to open a school.
By the time I found a second online school, I didn’t even try to sign up because the subjects listed on the site were not even related to Wicca or witchcraft but yet another boring re-make of Hogwarts school for witches and wizardry from Harry Potter.
Then I turned 15 years old. Wow. I grew up fast. Ha-ha. Anyway, I finally found a good online school: Witch school (WS). It was March 2007 by the time I signed up and went back to my studies.
I took a lot of courses since I joined there. So far I’ve finished four courses. Passed three and failed only one. That’s pretty good right? I think it has been already 3 years that I’ve been practicing witchcraft. WOOT!
Last year, my parents started to worry if I was worshipping the devil with the craft. But I told them that I was not practicing the black arts. I told them that I was doing sometimes basic and harmless simple spells.
I hoped to improve the life that I had at my old high school…which I doubt you could ever survive. The people there were so mean to me. All I would ever do there is show up for class and go home as soon as I could. I was scared when I was going to that school. I got hurt so much.
On the last day of school, I went outside to the parking lot to wait for my dad to pick me up. When I went threw the doors. SPLASH! Five boys stood next to the door. Two of them threw a bucket of ice cold water at me. Two other boys had each a digital camera and recorded the whole thing and the other boy just watched. I ran back inside to go see the principal… and guess what? He didn’t do a thing. No one did. Not the teachers and not the principal.
Now today, I’m in a small coven of witches at my new school. We are called the Celtic Shadows. I mentor my friends who also want to learn the craft.
In my coven, we treat each other almost like sisters. We don’t keep secrets from one another, tell the truth and most of all, we trust each other very much. This was a true story written by me. I hope you have enjoyed it.
Merry part and bright blessings to you.
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