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Witchcraft as a
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Ah, the romance of the village witch. Hidden away in her tiny stone cottage, vines covering the walls, a small stone wall separates the outside world from that magical place. Can you see the open hearth, fire licking the cauldron hanging on the crane, simmering its potent brew? The broom placed unobtrusively in the corner. Jars of oils, herbs hanging from the rafters. For many, this is the image we conjure up when thinking of healing in the Craft. Very romantic, somewhat mysterious, and for the most part, non-existent today.
That romantic image may be quite foreign to us. We live in cities, asphalt covers Mother. We are disconnected from the nature-based roots that we espouse. What could be healing about that? Perhaps it is our longing, our need to be reconnected to Her that draws us back. Healing is not just a potion, lotion or medicine, but an integral part of the system we call Witchcraft.
Witchcraft is just that, a craft of the Witch. We plan, make, or execute the things that we do. It doesn't happen willynilly or haphazardly (my apologies to the Discordians). Even if we do spontaneous ritual, we've trained to know our parts of what we do. Our practices are part art and part science. The skills we acquire by experience or study often involve healing. That state of knowing is our operating outside of ignorance.
We combine these aspects to heal. Which simply means make sound or whole. Isn't that what we do all the time? Make things whole. We are part of a whole, just as a facet is part of a larger jewel. We need each part to create the whole.
Each part of our rituals makes us think of the Wheel of the Year that makes up the whole of our yearly cycle. We gather to honor these aspects. Those parts make us whole and healthy.
While some people today see those at gatherings as grand poobahs of this or that. We come to this for ourselves, if we do so for others it is a waste. Its a far cry from the romantic vision above. However, that is the minority, fortunately.
Every Witch will have to use their healing talents. Many get into the Craft to heal some component of their life. This healing aspect is yet another empowering piece of our Craft. We are never helpless. We learn to draw upon our inner strength.
When we are sick, it is important to be careful in practicing magic. Depending on the dis-ease, you shouldn't be working magic. Well, I'm a Witch, and Witches heal... Remember the line, physician, heal thyself. We should use our magic to help keep us well. It is wiser to rely on others when unwell, simply because we are out of balance at that point.
If you've read my other piece on Initiation then you know, I've had definite trauma that I couldn't trust what I might do. Magic should always be done with a clear head. When we are out of sorts we should let others work for us. Besides, working magic requires energy, and your body already has its own mechanisms to let heal themselves.
Sometimes in our busy lives, we forget that the body, in most circumstances will heal itself without outside interference. It just requires time, and some rest. In our current society, we want everything now. We want speed dialing. We want to know who is calling before we pick up the phone. We want total phone so that if someone is calling while we are talking to someone else, we can get a special beep. Is this productive? Does it save us time? Does it help keep us balanced?
Those of you new to the Craft, learn your healing arts well. They may one day save your life. Indeed they have mine several times.
So, yes, healing is still very much a major part of our calling. Yes, you are called. This I've mentioned in earlier pieces. We are a priesthood, and the Gods do call you, make no mistake about it. Especially if you can't shake it, you've been called. The only thing you can do is answer, be healed, and whole once again
Mark MoonSpider Sosnowski
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Bio: Mark MoonSpider Sosnowski has been on this path most of his life. Life has dealt him many twists and turns, and usually says he came into the Craft through the back door. He loves books and reading and makes his living as a librarian. Numerology is his main form of divination, having worked it for over 15 years. But his Gemini mind, never at rest, has studied astrology, crystals, runes, I Ching and whatever else strikes his fancy. His previous ramblings have been published on The Witches' Voice at
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