Other Questions about Witchcraft and Magick
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Posted: July 16th. 2000
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The Witches' Voice has dealt with a brutal volume of email since its inception and we find ourselves consistently answering many of the same questions over and over again. In most cases we will simply build a page that offers our thoughts... This page contains many of the questions that really don't need a specific page but need a place to be answered.
Many of our thoughts are on Witchcraft and Magic are covered throughout the Basics of Witchcraft pages. The following are answers to questions that you won't find there.
Q: I have noticed many beautiful altar/magical tools on your Web site, do you have a catalog?
A: Sorry no. TWV doesn't sell products. The magical tools you see here are our own personal tools (unless otherwise stated). We have collected them over the last 25 years and they come from all over the world. We find them everywhere... Many are gifts, some are personal treasures from the local woods, and some are from places like; Pagan Shops, Pier One imports, Pagan Festivals, Tag sales,
Q: Do you need beautiful or expensive tools to do the best magic?
A: Goddess no! Tools are just that, it is our personal belief that real magic comes from your sincere intentions. Whether you "direct" your magical intentions with a $300.00 hand made athame or by simply pointing your finger... the magic is the same. We are a society that is mired in symbolism and ritual. You can see this everywhere... Magical tools are part of this process and finding/working with tools that "speak to you" can be quite inspirational in your magic.
Q: Why don't you list spells on your site?
A: We believe that a spell can only come from within each individual Witch or Wiccan. (Some do not use spells at all.) Spells are as individual as you are. It is YOUR wish and YOUR projection that makes the magic happen. Since most Witches and many Wiccans do not believe that they need an intermediary to talk to their Gods for them, they are also uncomfortable putting their voice into YOUR spell. It is a matter of believing in personal responsibility and being very careful where they direct their energies. Some believe that they will share in the karmic results of the spell-good or bad. There are guidelines on "how" to construct a spell in many Pagan books and WebSites, but a spell is usually too personal for the 'one size fits all" approach. There ARE some circumstances where a spell may be shared. There are group projections that covens may do for a specific situation or by request from someone that they know well. Some traditional folk-type Witches will construct spells upon request as part of their local community function. If you need to construct a spell, but are not sure how to do it, you can check the resources listed here on the website. The "gimme a spell" approach will, however, often get you the "If you need to ask for a spell, you are probably not ready to do one." answer. No one can have -or should have- the ability to make your dreams and hopes come true for you. That is your job and your personal responsibility as a Witch.
Q: Where can I find a coven?
A: Covens are usually an "invitation only" group of people who work very hard to blend their personalities and magic for a common purpose. This would not be an easy thing to create with an "open door" policy. Chances are, you will have to meet the approval of the entire group to be considered for membership and you must have the recommendation of a current member to be considered. That said, if you are starting out or have been solitary, but are now looking for a group to join, you have to "go where the Witches are!" Visit your local Pagan shop and check for workshops and local meetings. Attend open circles and events in your area. Go to the Witches of The World section and email some of the Pagans listed near you. Witches are strong individuals, so most covens are looking for people who can hold their own in Life and not for followers or hangers-on. Some covens or groups do offer "outer circle' training or teaching for new seekers. Study, study, study! If you can bring something TO a group, you will increase your chances of being asked to join one.
UpDate 12/1/98: The Witches' Voice now offers listings of Covens and Groups on a State by State, Country by Country basis... Click HERE to check out Covens and Groups in YOUR Town!
Q: Am I A Witch? Are people born Witches? Can I become one?
A: Some Witches do believe that they were "born a Witch." The common thread of this belief stems from the fact that as they discover the Paths of Witchcraft or learn about Wicca, they feel as if they have "come home." The statement, "I always knew I had a religion, I just didn't know it had a name!" is very common. Some Witches are born into Pagan families- and like in many mainstream religions- are 'covered under the umbrella of their families' home religion until they are old enough to make their own decision on religious preference. Most in this day and age read or study the tenets and beliefs of Witchcraft, Wicca or the other Neo-Pagan paths and decide that these "fit" who they are. So they adopt one of these Paths as their religion of choice.
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