I've been reading a lot of Lawless's site and came across this description of how a person becomes a witch:
" 1) Appearance or interference of gods and/or spirits
2) Dedication to one’s gods or spirits
3) Insistence of spirits or gods to initiate and make an oath
4) Illness or bad luck upon refusal or delay
5) Making an oath or promise of service
6) Acquiring or receiving one’s familiar spirits
7) Acquiring supernatural abilities and/or mystical knowledge
8) Continued visionary and mystical experiences
9) Growth and strength of abilities and experiences the more one practices and keeps their promises
So in conclusion – no visionary experiences equals no witch. "
Just wondering what people here feel about this description of the process... and do you think this process is specific to being a hedge witch, or a witch in general?
I have heard of Lawless, checked out her web site and blog, but they really do not interest me, personally.
I am a Witch by blood, and I am not going to get into a debate here about whether or not becoming a Witch is possible by other means . . . (There are many of threads on that subject).
But, as for the list . . . any one of those things could happen to anyone, regardless of who or what they are. For example, xtians dedicate themselves to a god, make a promise of service, and even (some) have visionary experiences, but that sure as fuck doesn't make them Witches. And, what is up with # 4? Generally, Witches do not believe in "bad luck" (per se), at least, not as a defining element of their Craft; although, I have heard that some Shamans report that illness or near death experiences triggered their abilities.
When you say "process" are you (or the author?) implying that someone has to move step-by-step through all nine to become a Witch? I think the list is just a compilation of the commonly reported experiences of people, who claim to be Witches. It has no significance beyond that.