Witch 101 – Introduction to the Matter at Hand

United States
January 23, 2007 10:04am CST
I have seen, over the years, more and more Witchcraft classes spring up online. I have found a few that I liked well enough to read. Others left me wondering where the writer had gotten the idea that this was a well presented lesson, because it seemed more rambling than focused. My philosophy on Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Earth-based Spirituality, etc. is that it is a path that calls to you or it doesn't. Some appear born to it, some raised in it do not always follow it, some trip over it and later say to someone 'oh, so that's what I've been doing!'. Hedge Witch or Ritual Tradition, makes no difference to the basics that I am talking about. Whether you call it a prayer or a spell it is a calling out for assistance in changing something you want changed. No matter if you believe the 'Energy' Comes From You or Works Through You, you are still directing the energy to a task. Herbs, Oils, Potions, Tinctures, Crystals, Colors, Materials, etc: these are a way to focus on specific properties we wish to invoke or employ. Depending on your teacher, and their background sources, the properties and correspondences for any material may vary from what another says. This is where your own judgment comes in. What Do You Feel Is Right? If you are confused that Madam S conflicts with Lady Z because they both assign different properties to Bismuth crystals, then it is time for you to do some research yourself. What are the scientific properties, what does it 'feel' like in your hand, odes one explanation seem to you to be more appropriate? Finally, you have to learn to trust your own instincts and KEEP NOTES! Eventually, there comes a time when the one common beliief issue that plagues all faiths creeps in. Ethics. The right and wrong dilemma. This has been a thorn in the side of humans since someone came up with the concept that just because you Want something doesn't mean that having it is right or that the method of getting it does not leave responsibility. Many of the world's Pagans debate, dispute and otherwise haggle over this, so do many other belief structures. To top it all off it's tangled in with all the business about free will, choice and the Law of the Land. Now there is an argument waiting for a place to happen if there ever was one. Can I tell you what is right and what is wrong? Up to a point, and then it becomes a judgment call on your part as to whether my opinion is 1) what you agree with and 2) doesn't interfere with your decision to do whatever you wanted to anyway. On Ethics I will give my opinion, you must decide for yourself. I'm not going to try and outline here what 'individual' lessons I may post will be. Part of it will depend on what I feel like writing on a particular day. These lessons will not earn you a rank or level or step or any other designation in any organization. I will attempt to answer questions anyone has on material that I post if you email me. If you try to get too in depth, we will have to discuss a regular teaching program - individual instruction - and I'm a Pain in the 'well-now-this-is-a-family-show'. You can ask anyone that I have taught in person. If you want rigid lesson plans that you can 'skip ahead' on - not happening - I don't work that way. Here Endeth this lesson. btw - I am considering putting some of my older guided meditation work on disc and MP3. I'll keep you posted
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Goddess Blessings to you! Thank you for the friendship invitation and I am happy to have found you ~Donna
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I saw your response on another topic I was commenting on and LOVED IT - then I saw the icon and decided I had to check out the profile. I am always happy to find another Wise Woman to talk with. Bright Blessings!
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@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
14 Mar 07
Great article you have here. I'll be looking forward to your future posts as I am still in the process of learning the Wiccan ways. Blessed be.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Believe me as someone who was raised Roman Catholic and knew that it wasn't the right place for me that finding information on other paths isn't always easy. Doing research on line you hear one thing and then another, things that contridict and you are left with a headache and your head spinning. It's usually then that I try to go backwards. Find source information, find as you said true history behind things and then go with your gut. Sometimes it's the best teacher there is. There are times when we have to look inside ourselves for the answer. It can be there when we take the time to actually pause and reflect upon what one has learned. Thanks for the friendship invite. I think I'm going to enjoy your posts :)
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