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Magickal Path: Solitary Adherent to Wicca
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Leo
Relationship Status: Married
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Located in: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Likes: I'm altruistic by nature, so both being enabled to and being allowed to help others are my greatest rewards.
Dislikes: Back-stabbers are my single greatest dislike -- the one thing that will make me angry is to have my efforts in support of others undercut (I once had a sociopathic boss -- who I had a firm promise from management that I would never have to work for -- who specialized in doing just that) .
The first witch I ever met was a high school classmate named kathe who deliberately befriended me and who we all adored intensely. Kind beyond words, she was truly a radiant being. I knew her for about two years before she died tragically -- we were literally devastated. I think of her every day, as I know several of us still do. That's what it takes to change a military-brat-turned-farmboy towards serving the world.
I've been roughly pagan-oriented since 2008, and have been reading about (and lightly trying-out) a Wiccan orientation since 2012. However, I've only attended two esbats (at the first one I, incredibly, served as HP) , and that particular attempt failed rather bizarrely (which is why I've read so much since, so That never happens again) .
My profile used to be virtually a resume. I've been to some unusual places in the U.S. and done many things I never expected to. I have, for example, hiked to the bottom end and back on the Bright Angel Trail, been on the refueling floor of a nuclear power plant, and lain naked on the lawn at Beltane. I've also created articles in Wikipedia, and ridden side-saddle in an open-door Huey. Through it all I've always had the greater good in mind, although my lack of self-centeredness has far too often led to a large amount of personal heartache.
I have a preference for strong women (and have asked to work under at least one) . My wife is both my equal (and superior in some aspects: we were both Mensa members, where we met -- only her Chronic Lyme Disease holds her down) . We're not identical people, but we meld our different strengths into a happy marriage. (I have a dormant Lyme infection now as well.)
My greatest failings have come when I've been called on to be the stereo-typical "alpha male". I simply have never believed that forcing situations through into a "win-lose" was preferable to finding a "win-win" outcome. Developing a bipolar condition at age 37 certainly didn't help (the result of overwork and an undesired divorce) -- although well under control 23 years later, the shadows of a decade of misery still haunt me (as does the bizarre incident in 2007 where one of my not-so-nice brothers had an identical breakdown) .
I've long had a saying (based on a Shakespeare quote that I've since learned is renowned here) : "A man who will lie to others, will lie to himself as well." However, the most important verse to me is "With our brothers, we will share" from the song "One Tin Soldier". Finally, there's a quote from a book by Cantrell -- "Witches harm none, not because they fear the consequences of the Threefold Law, but because all is sacred."
My favorite song is "Time Will Tell" from (appropriately) "Wizards" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwlgNT-vDEA (note that the MP3 file has a far better quality of sound than the YouTube video) . I've also watched other videos, and one I've long admired still strikes a chord -- "The Impossible Dream" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgzXwpePTTU ) .
Not being in a coven, I've had to "feel my way forward" in a non-traditional learning path. Basically, I skimmed a number of books, found some very good introductory books and read them, and added in some very good intermediate or advanced books. From these last books I am learning the kinds of things that a novice should concentrate on learning and why (tree lore, for example) . I've done little actual practicing to date (visualization is still very tough for me) , but now that I much-better know what to practice and why I am starting true novice-level efforts.
We have somewhere over 200 Wicca/paganism books (of which I've now read all the text in 36 solely on Wicca's theology, plus 18 related ones) and many associated ones. However, in the end the Goddess is right -- if that which you seek you find not within you.....
The books I recommend for a new explorer of Wicca are:
-- Silverwind's "The Everything Paganism Book" (2004, light-weight reading)
----- "Ultimately all correct actions are acts of love."
-- Higginbotham's "Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions" (2002)
-- Skye Alexander's "The Everything Wicca & Witchcraft Book, 2ND EDITION" (2008)
----- The "1st Edition" of this book (Singer, 2002) is atrocious
-- Vivianne Crowley's "Principles of Wicca" (1997)
-- Cabot's "Power of the Witch: The Earth, the Moon, and the Magical Path to Enlightenment" (1989)
-- Raven Grimassi's "Spirit of the Witch" (2003)
-- McCoy's "Inside a Witches' Coven" (1997)
-- Orion Foxwood's "The Flame in the Cauldron" (2015)
-- Silver RavenWolf's "To Light a Sacred Flame" (1999)
NEWLY-INITIATED WITCH'S MUST-HAVE:
-- Rabinovitch's "An' Ye Harm None: Magical Morality And Modern Ethics" (2004)
----- ("To cast a spell is to project energy through a symbol")
-- Vivianne Crowley's "Wicca: A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Religion in the Modern World" (1989/1996/2003)
-- Lady Sable Aradia's "The Witch's Eight Paths of Power: A Complete Course in Magick and Witchcraft" (2014)
-- The Farrars' "Witches' Way: Principles, Ritual and Beliefs of Modern Witchcraft" (1986)
-- Watson's "Practical Solitary Magic" (2011)
-- Frater U D's "Practical Sigil Magic: Creating Personal Symbols" (1990/2012)
----- (not a purely-Wiccan perspective)
-- Strong's "Auras: Discovering How to See, Sense and Understand Auras" (2015)
-- Pond's "Chakras for Beginners" (1999)
-- Pollack's "Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot" (1980)
-- A Rider-Waite deck and book
-- "The Witches' Tarot"
-- diZerega's "Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine" (2013)
----- (a Must-Read book for coven leaders)
-- Guiley's "The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft" (3rd Edition, 2008)
-- Telesco's "Which Witch Is Which?: A Concise Guide to Wiccan and Neo-Pagan Paths and Traditions" (2004)
-- Holland's "Wicca Handbook"
-- Holland's "The Spellcaster's Reference"
----- Note Bene: Do not cast spells when the Moon is void-of-course
-- Magliocco's "Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America" (2004)
Some classic Wicca-RELATED novels are:
-- Dion Fortune's "Sea Priestess" (1936)
----- Meant to be read right after reading her instructional book "Mystical Qabalah"
-- Dion Fortune's* "Moon Magic" (1956, a partially post-mortem sequel)
-- Gardner's "High Magic's Aid" (circa 1949)
-- Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1961)
-- St. Clair's "Sign of the Labrys" (1963)
*** The single most critical skill, and by far the hardest to develop, is the ability to visualize in your mind's eye an exact image of how you want things to end up, so real that you can see/hear/touch/smell/taste it .... and to want that outcome with an unambiguous passion that is so strong that it makes you yell and cry out. ***
*** The second critical skill is the ability to induce the right type of trance and then maintain it at length while also in the throes of passion. This starts with learning breath control, and then using that in prolonged meditation -- the intent of both of these is to train the mind to maintain focus for a prolonged time. ***
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