@Aria, I firmly believe we are a mish-mash. What I find interesting on this forum, is, so far, nobody has said anything that I haven't heard already, and I've been brought up with The Craft.
You may be surprised at how much people do not spill out about themselves on an internet forum
My issue, is when people separate themselves, or belittle others. What is traditional witchcraft? How far can anyone trace it back to? Where is the origin?
I don't think this is happening, is it? Luckily, we're years past witch wars and the 'mine is more ancient than yours' argument (although few people and far in between still seem to find value in that).
To me 'How far can anyone trace it back to?' and 'Where is the origin?', as questions, are misleading. Personally, I didn't go about traditional witchcraft because I felt it was 'older' or somehow more 'authentic' than other paths. That's just the way my path naturally took 15 years ago, through a series of encounters and coincidences.
I don't care how far back you can trace it, I care that the system of witchcraft that I learnt and developed upon works for me. I don't need a certificate of authenticity to validate my practice, practicing my practice is what validates it for me.
So, contrary to you, I do get surprised. One example for all, I am always astonished at how liberally people on this forum seem to use blood in their practice. The way I was thought, you do not spill blood that way, and we use it on few and very structured occasions. The day I won't be surprised anymore I'll retire from witchcraft I believe.
As for the 'what is traditional witchcraft', I don't think this is the topic of the thread, but I find many people have many different answers. I personally dislike the 'trad craft is not wicca' argument, as it defines trad witchcraft for what it is not, rather than for what it is. To me traditional witchcraft is that for of the craft that develops on the long traditions of folk spirit workers, and it is often regionally specific.
And I do love the commonality of the English language. It means that a great many people, from many, interesting parts of the world, can communicate with one another. I make a living out of teaching it! And, like it or not, it is the international language.
I do love English, and as a foreign speaker I appreciate the beauty of the language.
However, there are large parts of the world in which for thousands and thousands of mile you'll not find anyone speaking English. There are a lot of vehicular languages in the world. Native English speakers, in my experience, are those who are convinced they can get away with English anywhere - until they find themselves in pre-Sahealean West Africa with Dogon people and can't speak a work of arabic or French I also work in education for a living, and I can ensure you 'English as international language' is often more a problem than a resource. But we go off topic.
Of course we should get together, but I am not conviced neglecting diversity is the best way to do that.
Edited by Aria, 05 June 2016 - 07:14 AM.
La strega è un frutto di terra. (M.)