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Magickal Path: Gardnerian Wica
Age Group: Adult
Occupation: human being
Relationship Status: Engaged
Located in: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Likes: People who "walk their talk, " exploring the Arthurian mythos, Celtic folklore (particularly Welsh & Irish) , hiking through local woodlands, herbal magic, gourmet cooking, reading & writing erotica, and collecting vintage Halloween memorabilia
Dislikes: People who lack integrity or a sense of responsibility, people who let their egos get in the way of learning, immature individuals with an unfounded sense of entitlement ---- no one can DEMAND my respect, but ALL are given the opportunity to earn it!
Originally from the Chicago area, I was an eclectic pagan for 20+ years before deciding that traditional lineaged-style Wica is what best spoke to me. After years of seeking, in 2006 I was at last blessed to find a BTW group that I could call family. With years of study and much wonderful coven commeraderie, in 2008 I was made a 3° Gardnerian HPS, with a coven of my own in the future.
So while I am "a Traddie, " I am still very open-minded and fairly conversant of other styles of witchery beyond that with which I choose to work today and hope to learn from others as much as they learn from me.
I greatly enjoy participating in British Traditional Witchcraft practice and have chosen to work in the lineaged Gardnerian path in particular. Doing so continues to speak to me in its "old school" method of teaching and learning through direct interaction within a coven of like-minded, consistantly-trained people.
However, I realize that such a structured and disciplined form of spiritual expression is not the best place for everyone --- that while I may be perfectly happy in such an environment, it does not preclude me from being friendly with other witches and pagan folks who are not also of my trad.
Although very proud of the work I've accomplished in the way I have been taught, you'll find no "Hard Gard" here. I am of the belief that modern witchcraft practice should be both revolutionary and evolutionary, and as such, there's plenty of room enough under this umbrella called witchcraft for both the breadth of expression to be found in eclecticism and also the depth of experiential practices upheld by traditionalist folks like myself.
Therefore, it seems meet that we should recognize and honor one another for the distinct, beautiful and diverse practices we choose to use.
Just don't call yourself a member of a tradition to which you haven't been rightly made an initiate and we will get along just fine...
After all, we ultimately share common goals --- that of honoring the Gods, enriching the world around us and constantly evolving as wondrous human beings! Doing so with honesty and integrity is the best approach.
(Author of the Flying Off The Broom Handle blog)
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