The path of the Witch is one of the most misunderstood of all. It is a path with ancient origins that has evolved over time. In my own life, Witchcraft is both a religion and a spiritual path, a magickal spirituality that blends practices both ancient and modern, from Herbology and Divination to Alternative Healing and Psychic Development. It is a path that acknowledges deity in many forms, as both Masculine & Feminine, Goddess & God. As Witches, we seek to bring healing and restoration, to the Earth and to our communities. Witchcraft/Wicca is legally recognized as a religion by the U. S. government, and Witches have the same legal rights and protections as followers of other religions. We are healing facilitators, shamans, educators, counselors, herbalists, care workers, clergy, doctors, police officers, teachers, lawyers and we can be found in many other walks of life. You might be living next door to us. It is important that we eradicate the false presumptions that many have about Witches and what we believe. Contrary to how it is portrayed by conservative religions, popular culture and the mainstream media, Witchcraft is not “evil” or “satanic”. This fear is largely based on irrational and uneducated views regarding Witchcraft and what it is really about. In truth, Witches work with the natural forces of the Earth and the Universe, as well as their own natural abilities, to bring about positive change and healing.
We do NOT believe in a Satan/Devil figure or in the ideas of Sin, Salvation and Hell. These are Christian concepts and have no place in Witchcraft. Instead, we believe in taking personal responsibility for our actions, and live our lives by a strict code of ethics. The Threefold Law states that whatever you send out, whether for good or for harm, will return to you threefold. (This is similar to the concept of Karma). We also acknowledge The Wiccan Rede, which states, “Do what you will, and let it harm none”. We believe that healing properties are contained within herb, flower, plant and stone. We work with the elemental energies of Earth, Air, Fire and Water in our rituals. We believe the phases of the Moon can work to bring healing and remove illness. All nature is an expression of the Divine. We honor The Goddess and The God, and their many manifestations of Deity. We believe in the power of Magick to bring about positive change, but the path of the Witch is not just about spells and cauldrons. Witchcraft is a way of life that demands self-awareness and introspection. It also requires that we embrace modern magickal concepts as well as the old teachings of our magickal ancestors. As one of my favorite teachers says, “In modern Witchcraft we find a blending of old and new ways, allowing for the growth and adaptation that will ensure the survival of Witchcraft for future generations.“, (Raven Grimassi, Spirit of The Witch).
As we walk the ancient path and work our magick, we become more attuned to the Divine within.
Lumos, Blessed Be.