On Being a Witch (part 2)

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It’s been several years since I cast a circle and performed a full on spell. To be honest, I don’t feel they’re necessary. Spells can be just as effective without it. I suppose it would depend on the gravity or importance of a matter. For really big spells in which I would use a circle, I take a very long time choosing the implements I will use. I examine my intent carefully and choose my words carefully. I create all of my spells myself. I feel this makes them stronger and there is a ton of great information on the web from proper herbs to use to candles to oils etc. Although, I don’t see as many sites as I used to.

Once a spell is complete, I give it time to see if it’s successful. If so, I put it in my book (my grimoire) for future reference. I may never need it again, but it’s there.

Sometimes I struggle with casting. I think that we walk a fine line between being helpful and interfering in situations. If someone is supposed to go through a hardship for the learning experience and the sake of growth, then who are we to potentially hinder that? Just something to think about.

We also always need to take karma into consideration. Ever mind the law of three, what you put out comes back to thee, and it’s often swift and just. When I’m greeted with the whole evil black magic response from others, that’s the first thing I explain. First of all, I would never do anything to intentionally harm another, and there’s extra insurance thanks to good old karma. Not messing with that. No. Thank. You.

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The awesome thing is that karma works for good also. It can even start a whirlwind effect that lifts you higher and higher until you’re fairly bursting at the seams. Life doesn’t seem to be going to good for you lately? Do something kind for someone else and watch what happens. Then do something else good and something else. Remember what you put out comes back to you. It’s like a drop in a pool of water. It ripples out, bounces off the edge, and returns to center. What returns is your choice.

Life can be pretty amazing for a practicing witch. I wake up every day excited to see what I’ll create and what good I can do. I’ve come a long way in the last 15 years (learned a lot), and I’ve discovered that the only real truth that exists is the one you create for yourself, because no thing exists outside of ourselves. One’s truth is never the same as another’s and that’s okay.

Wishing you a magic filled day!

BethAnne

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On Being a Witch

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Fifteen years ago I began my journey in Wicca. I had been raised Presbyterian and it just didn’t make sense to me. There were more questions than answers and I was never very good at following along blindly. I made a decision one day that I wanted the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Research began in earnest. I devoured various books and websites. I studied everything from Christian theology to quantum physics and everything in between. This was a very long process. Bits of information would blow my mind to the point that I would have to step back (sometimes for months at a time.) while I chewed on it and decided whether or not it made sense.

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Through all of this study, I stumbled upon Wicca. Now this made sense to me. The earth, nature, herbs, crystals, energy, vibration, and intention felt right to me and I jumped headlong into study and practice. This was not always easy as I had years of Christian teaching to overcome.

When I made the choice to embrace Wicca, something pretty amazing happened. Stepping outside one evening to sit on my porch, I noticed everything glittered. The leaves, the grass, the flowers winked and sparkled, and I was stunned by the beauty. It was a profound moment for me in which I truly grasped the meaning of connecting with nature, and understood the life that runs through all things.

Many years later, I no longer call myself a Wiccan. I don’t really wish to be labeled, but for sake of an identifier, I say witch. It’s gone beyond this even really I feel, because I’ve a greater understanding of how it all works. When others are curious and ask me about it, I try to explain that magic is very much like other things that can’t be seen such as air, radio waves, cell phone signals. I feel that we are on the cusp of grasping this, and soon it will be second nature to all of us. After all, we only fear what we don’t understand.

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Magic, to me, works on the basis that all things carry their own vibration, and all things are here to benefit us in some way. Plants, crystals, rocks, wood all carry a living vibration (the energy of all that is.), and if you can stop for a moment and just hold a rock or a flower you can feel this energy. Tune into it like you would tune into a radio signal and see what wisdom it has to impart.

The energy of emotion and intention combined with the energy of the essences chosen create the basis of spell-casting. Everyone does it and just doesn’t know it. We take spelling in school. We study our grammar books (from Wikipedia: Borrowing from French grimoire, from Old French grammaire. From Wikipedia: Grimoire /grim’war/a textbook of magic.), so that we can do our spelling well. Better, I say, to be casting consciously than unconsciously.

The most basic of spell casting begins in your kitchen on your stove (I know I say this a lot.). When my oldest daughter Kate was just four years old she understood this. As I was rolling meatballs for dinner one day, Kate climbs up on a chair on her knees, puts her little chin in her hands and watches me, looking thoughtful.

“Mommy. I know why your food is soooo good.” she says.

“Why is that?”

“Because there’s so much love in your hands!” she exclaims.

How remarkable that was to me. “Yes. Yes, that’s it exactly Princess.” I say as I sniffle like the big sop that I am. (Once upon a time I could call her Princess. She got too old and “mature” for that.)

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This is why mom’s chicken soup makes you feel better when you’re sick. It’s a combination of the energy of the ingredients used and the love and healing intention that goes into it. If you’re not convinced, make a meal when you’re angry and see how it turns out. These are basic energetic principles, and they work whether you’re making chicken soup or casting a circle for a protection spell.

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Dr. Masaru Emoto (who sadly passed away a few months ago.) has done research on water crystals and how good and bad vibrations have an effect on the formation of these crystals. If you’re interested in learning more about this you can find this information here. This is a great example of our energy affecting things around us.

To be continued. . ,

Wishing you a magic filled day,

BethAnne