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My Path to Wicca
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Growing up as a child, I loved the Arthurian legends that told of knights and magic and Excalibur, King Arthur and Merlin. I loved movies like The Wizard of Oz, The Black Cauldron, Sword in the Stone, and The Never Ending Story. I loved the concept of magic and tended to look up to the “Merlins” who performed it. The good ones at least, were usually wise old sages that could foretell the future. Little did I know that these were my very first roots in the foundation of my magickal life.
I, like many people today, came from a Christian household. My parents never really practiced or went to church, but the fundamental Christian ideals were firmly evident. The ideals that were held in my house were: you were to be a good person, and treat all others with respect, loyalty, grace and love; black was a negative color; piercings/tattoos were a defilement of “God’s Holy Temple” (the body) and heavy metal music was Satan’s way of speaking to his followers. Also any mythological beast was a demon beast of hell, as mentioned in the bible (i.e. dragons) .
When I was 11 years old, my mother, who was a single parent at the time, forced me into private Christian schools. I was a bit of a rebellious teenager and she thought the Christian atmosphere would straighten me out. She believed (or perhaps hoped) that the Christian atmosphere would somehow penetrate my way of thinking and perhaps begin to impact my life. However, little did she know that though this was indeed a Christian school, the students and teachers were anything but ‘Christian’ by their actions. Sex scandals between students and teachers were more common than parents would’ve liked to know and illegal drugs were rampant.
A couple years later, my mother decided to make our family go to church on Sundays. She decided to take us to the church that her husband’s mother (my step-grandmother) went to. While in the Sunday service, I would see the people screaming out their “Hallelujah!” and “Praise Jesus!” and lifting their hands in worship and running around the sanctuary and speaking in tongues. The entire experience was extremely moving. I wondered if maybe I could spiritually “fit in” here.
However the more I came and saw, the more disappointing it was. The same people who would cry and scream and sing praises to their lord would walk two feet out of the building and commence to gossiping about “who was pregnant by whom” or “who’s having an affair”, etc. The youth of the church were not safe from the hierarchical rumors that spread through the church like wild fire. Of course, since at the time I listened to heavy metal music and found rebellion a form a self-expression, I looked different than most who attended and was therefore a huge and widely shared topic of discussion in these groups.
The actions of the people in the church and the events that took place at my school rocked my spiritual world to the core. I’d never before seen people who professed to be “good Christians” behave in such a way. And while I may have liked to wear black and enjoyed loud music, I knew the things they were doing were morally wrong. This got me to thinking: If these people who are Christians can swear, gossip behind people’s backs, have premarital and/or adulterous sex, and do drugs just like the majority of the rest of the world but still be religious on Sundays, then what exactly is wrong with the things I do and believe in? Why is it wrong for me but not for them?
After pondering this for a while, I decided to take it upon myself to become a ‘World Religions’ student. I began looking up and researching different religions around the world. Some of the ones that came close to my personal beliefs were: Buddhism, Daoism, and Alchemy (not really a religion but a belief structure) . However, none of them seemed to fit quite right.
I had heard about Wicca from a friend of mine at the time and began researching it. I really loved the ideas and concepts of it. The biggest thing that got my attention was the belief that magick was real and that anyone can perform it. I have to admit I was a bit swept away with the possibility that the beloved fantasies of my childhood could become a reality. So I went out in search of a reference book on the subject. The very first book I ever read about Wicca was Wicca for Life by Raymond Buckland. Though the concept of magick was slightly different than in my fairy tales, I found the entirety of the religion, its beliefs and practices, to be exactly what I was looking for!
I had no idea that other people believed the same things I did, or wanted to worship their god (s) the way I did. It absolutely changed my life! It opened my eyes to things I never thought possible, and made me look at everything differently. I truly felt changed down to my very core… it was though the wounds of my broken childhood’s core were now healed.
With my faith not only spiritually but in humanity restored, I continued reading and eventually initiated myself as a Solitary Practitioner in 1998 and I have been practicing Wicca ever since. I am now a 2nd Degree Priestess and am legally ordained by the State of California. I am obtaining my 3 Degrees through my Correllian Tradition. I have also started my own coven, which is quickly swelling in numbers.
I am living better now than I was or would have before. Though I eventually grew out of wearing all black and listening solely to heavy metal, I still retained my rebellious spirit and will still stand against the masses for what I truly believe is right and ethical.
Wicca has helped me accomplish so much in my life and I am thankful every day to be a part of its growth and movement. I hope that you find this short story to be inspirational and/or entertaining, as I have absolutely no intention of offending anyone.
-Rev. Luna Seastar
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