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."