It's been a while since I've posted anything here on the blog, but it wasn't because I hadn't been thinking about it. I have been - constantly. I just wasn't sure what I had to say as I've been transitioning within my own practice, my own Craft since we relocated from the East Coast to the West. And honestly, it has been a challenging transition for me. I mean, I knew I was going to experience a shift in my practice, but I was naive to think it was going to be easy and simple and quick. It has been anything and everything but that. We, as Witches, experience changes within our Craft because, well we are human beings and as we all grow, right? We are not the same person now as when we were five years old or fifteen, as we live our lives we have experiences ... some are profound like a messy divorce or the death of a parent while others are
This blog post is in direct response to one made by Doreen Virtue, which can be found HERE.
The New Age offers a path to personal enlightenment and a deeper understanding of the Universe and humanity’s relationship with it. The New Age teaches us that we hold the inherent power to manifest whatever experiences we desire for ourselves as we live within the shared reality and physical realm of existence. The reality is that humans are just a part of the vast expanse that is the Universe and because of this we are searching for knowledge and greater understanding. There is no end to our seeking because there isn’t meant to be one.
I've been identifying as Witch for years now since about 2004 when I held a Dedication Ritual to my path and my goddess after experiencing an Initiation by God Herself, though if I consider my life experience and personal spiritual journey it is clear to me now that I've always been Witch, I just never understood that it was a label that described me and what I was practicing. This thought causes me to consider that perhaps I was born Witch and the whole concept of born or made that I discuss in a video on my channel; Are Witches Born or Made?, but I don't have a definite answer to that very question for myself and would never assume to know the answer for anyone else. All I am confident about for me is that I am Witch. When I became Witch? I'm not certain, but I know it is who I am in this moment in my current incarnation. There are many reasons why I identify with Witch, some of these are touched upon in the following poem that I stumbled upon when watching videos on YouTube. This poem is not written by me, but by a fellow YouTube creator and I have included her video in which she reads her poem as well as a link to her channel. She has many wonderful videos discussing numerous topics pertaining to witchcraft and magick that I recommend.
Witchy Aesthetics has been a hot topic as of late in the YouTube Witchy / Pagan community and I have reserved recording a video regarding the topic, but I do have an opinion on the topic that I would like to share with my readers who are either creators or viewers.
While I am concerned about the basics of making a video such as overall quality from sound to visuals my priority is the information I am sharing whether that is general knowledge of the topic or my personal experiences, insights, and opinions. I don’t generally wear make-up or do my hair for videos … I’m not overly concerned about how pretty I look though if I am feeling ill or have a cold and appear sick I will not
Recently I was emailed by a viewer of my YouTube Channel and in the correspondence was asked how he could thrive in their Craft as a Witch while living within a Christian community. His neighbors, coworkers, friends, and the majority of his family members were Christian, which made him uneasy to openly practice his Craft for fear of being attacked and mocked for his beliefs. I empathize with this individual. I know not everyone has the ability to be unconcerned about what others think especially if there are children or jobs at risk. In answering this viewer's question I can only speak from my personal experiences and as someone who lives in The United States where we have a greater freedom than many other countries.
Firstly I believe it is important for the individual Witch to define his or her practice. What I mean by this is that each of us has a focus that permeates our Craft. There is something that we do most often or maybe it is the only thing we ever do. It is something that we love to
I was surfing YouTube the other day and came across a video titled “Competitive Witchcraft” and the individual was discussing how they perceived that since witchcraft has become more “mainstream” it has also become more competitive. I listened to the entire video and understood the creator’s points, however I do not think that witchcraft has become more competitive; I believe it has always been competitive. Perhaps we haven’t seen it because the magickal community was more secretive and selective and with the birth of the internet more information is available. Anyone can make a YouTube video and share their opinions, thoughts, and experiences with the entire world and anyone can view that video, but years ago this type of platform was unavailable and if someone wanted to hear about personal experiences within witchcraft or learn about magick they would have had to have been a member of a group and those groups were pretty secretive and exclusive. There was a process someone would have had to go through (Initiation) to join. I think that with such availability of information comes
A short while ago I had a conversation with a friend of mine who identifies as Witch, but who feels as if they may have lost their Craft and asked me if I thought that was possible. He brought up the point that he wasn’t casting spells or actively practicing magick nor had he felt the motivation to do anything “magickal” and questioned if he was even still a Witch or if he ever really was Witch. I was intrigued.
I think the answer to his questions really comes down to how someone defines Witch and that definition would then lead to the answer to his questions. I would surmise that there is no one true answer and ask ten Witches you may get ten different answers. For me, I do not believe that I could ever “lose” my Craft. I also do not believe that I
The Witch is the sovereign of his or her own power. We are responsible for our own witchcraft. We acknowledge this. We know this. If another being is harnessing our power it is because we've allowed this exchange to occur whether consciously and intentionally or unconsciously and inadvertently because we didn't protect, shield, or ward ourselves and another Witch or magickal practitioner has manipulated us and tapped into our energy. There are reasons why the Witch would allow this to occur; coven workings are a perfect example. When working in a coven there is a merging of individual energies to create powerful spell castings. This type of blending of energy, of personal power is desired by all within the coven.
I have been asked by an online friend and Witch, Adam Balan, to address the following quote that he shared with me. He explained that he read this comment in a post on a video that they had watched on someone else's YouTube channel. It was not stated by the YouTuber he was watching, but was left by a viewer of this particular channel. Adam recorded his own thoughts on this quote, which can be found on his channel under the video titled: The Witchy Show: "My Craft Is Better". You can access it through this link. I agree with his opinion and thoughts on this, but I have some things to share with you, my readers as well. Let's begin with me sharing the quote with you.
I was looking through a facebook group I am a member of and came across a post with a link to a blog, which bore the title: The Witch Who Hates Spells. I paused, shaking my head in disbelief. Really? A Witch who hates spells? I was intrigued and skeptical so I clicked the link and read the blog post.
In the beginning as I read the article I found myself empathizing with the author and understood their initial uncomfortablity and lack of fondness for spells and spell books written and published by other Witches as I, too, have always felt it was best to write and cast my own spells than use one written by any other Witch including Scott Cunningham and the like. I don’t
I was recently watching a LIVE streamed video by The Deviant Witches (Michael Blackthorn and Melissa The Dreadful Mystic), whom I absolutely adore, in which they were discussing intention and how intention isn’t the end all be all of spell casting as many individuals believe it to be. Unfortunately I was unable to participate in the chat during the live stream, but I wanted to share my thoughts with you because it is a topic I adore and I couldn’t agree MORE with what they had said during the stream.
While intention is a vital component of a Witch’s spell isn’t the ONLY component within it. Thinking something isn’t the only thing required of the Witch in order to create a change, one must also move, unless of course that individual has reached such an
There has been a focus within the pagan community about cultural misappropriation and I am not certain where I stand on the issue, but this blog post isn't going to be about that specifically. What I am going to be discussing is if Wicca has misappropraited witchcraft. I recently watched a video that suggested that Wicca has misappropriated and continues to misappropriate witchcraft.
"WHAT?!" I raised my eyebrow when I heard this suggestion. "Seriously?!"
Let’s begin by clarifying the definition of misappropriation: taking something in a way that is wrong, illegal, or unfair; stealing.
So I was surfing YouTube the other day looking for new channels to subscribe to and interesting magick, witchy, and spiritual people to invite to be a guest on my weekly LIVE stream, The Sacred Circle, when I happened upon a video titled Wicca VS Witchcraft, which caught my eye so I clicked on it and began watching and listening to what the YouTuber had to say on the topic. While I listened I checked out the About section because I like to have some background information on who I am spending my time with: 436 subscribers, 17,097 views, and joined September 18, 2007. The channel had about 144 public videos. This individual described himself as a witch that has "being doing this for almost 10 years". I'm assuming that the "this" referred to was witchcraft, but it could also refer to uploading videos, so I'm not sure.
So I watched and from the beginning and it didn't take long to get to the statement, " ... there are some Wiccans who practice wicthcraft, and then there are some people who practice witchcraft but not Wicca, and then there are some people who are Wiccans, but do not practice witchcraft."