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Aware Enough to Listen
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I was introduced to witchcraft in a rather roundabout way at the age of fifteen. I had been to church twice in my life and had already determined that those particular beliefs were not for me. I believed firmly in reincarnation (my first clue) and felt deeply connected with nature and even more so, with animals (my second clue) . I had dreams of things that hadn't happened yet, but later discovered the events would occur a year or more in the future. I am an empath and often (even to this day) can sense someone's true feelings, even from a distance and in some cases, with people I haven't talked to in ages. I forged a special bond with a gamer friend of mine that still holds strong even now, when we rarely talk. However, while I knew the more common religions were not for me, I had yet to find the one that was.
At this point in my life I was focused on competing on horseback and not really looking for any particular path to follow. It is here that a friend of mine, Anastasia, introduced me to Harry Potter in 1999. Now I was not as delusional as she was and did not think for one moment that if I practiced witchcraft that I could fly on a broom, transfigure objects or any of the other misconceptions a lot of individuals had from reading the series. What I thought was, "how interesting it would be if Witchcraft were real". (I had never heard of Wicca or witchcraft in any term outside of Harry Potter) .
I mentioned it to Anastasia. She laughed and thought I was playing a joke on her, but told me about Scott Cunningham's A Guide to the Solitary Practitioner. It sounded intriguing, but being a freshman in high school and showing horses, I was sorely lacking in funds and my parents are of the "don't ask, don't tell" persuasion. My interest was piqued, however, and I continued to read the Harry Potter books and feel that Wicca was something I needed to learn more about.
Through my high school career, Anastasia would periodically bring up Witchcraft and explained to me that she had a coven and several books I could read if I joined. It sounded odd, even at sixteen and still with no knowledge of Wicca, that another sixteen year old should have a coven, be high priestess and have no formal training of any kind. When she informed me that to be initiated she would have to hold an athame to my throat and I would need to walk into it, trusting that she wouldn't cut me, every instinct told me NO! This is not right! I spoke to my best friend about it (who is also Wiccan) and she confirmed my intuition. We both declined the offer.
Around 2003, I felt drawn to Wicca because of a strong interest in oils, so Anastasia loaned me Cunningham's Incense, Oils and Brews. Again, I felt a certain twinge that this was the right path for me, but wasn't exactly sure where to start and thought of the original book she had recommended. As life often does, things got complicated and quickly.
I found myself married, pregnant and moving to another state and having no real idea of who I was or where I was going and still feeling that something in my life was missing. After a short-lived marriage, I returned home and was finally able to purchase Scott Cunningham's A Guide to the Solitary Practitioner in the very beginning of 2008. However, being a full time, online college student, I didn't have time to read except for my one week off every nine weeks. During this time I read and even then, had difficulty understanding all that Cunningham had to offer.
I continued to research earth-based religions every chance I had and began to slowly purchase more of Cunningham's work. It wasn't until 2009 that I purchased Amber K's True Magick that I truly found my calling. Her words and teachings reached me like nothing I had read before. Wicca suddenly became clear, fun and interesting!
I became interested in meditation and connecting with the earth. I spent more time outdoors and learned to MAKE free time in my hectic work/school schedule. I became interested in tarot, though I later discovered it was not for me, but oracle cards were. I was introduced to authors such as Raymond Buckland, Ann Moura (Aoumiel) , Starhawk and Silver Ravenwolf, in addition to countless authors and articles I had read online.
When I finished school this past May, I took up my path with enthusiasm and determination. I studied deeply into the middle, younger and higher self, began to meditate daily and discovered a deep passion for creating my own incense and oils. I felt whole and at peace. I even ventured to find like-minded individuals to connect with on a regular basis to keep me grounded and reminded me that I am not the only solitary witch.
I have since slowed my studies to make time for life and family events though I continue my never-ending quest for knowledge, spirituality and friendship. When life gets a little crazy, I am instantly pulled towards my path and begin studying again with renewed vigor. I take comfort in the knowledge I've gained and the unlimited amount of information available.
Even now, through my daily trials, I take solace in the spirituality I have gained and confidence in the path I have chosen. I know the years ahead will unlock doors I had never dreamed of and bring me closer to the God and Goddess. Looking back, I see all the signs were right in front of me telling me where my path lie, if I had only been aware enough to listen.
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