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#1 Startella

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 05:38 PM

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Our Craft is nothing that we ally with, it is us. Our craft is what we do every minute of our waking moments, and some of our not so waking ones too. Which includes trances, deep meditations, astral travel, lucid dreaming, etc.. Most of us will add a little of our local environment and cultural background and customs, making it unique to us. That is not to say that we don’t “practice” our craft too, as you will read here.


We are drawn to it because it was born in us, some and most can find signs when we were children, some are able to follow through and continue – some have family to help, others are forced to follow what their parents tell them, some following without others knowing their secret, others as soon as they are of age to seek themselves find it coming out stronger and they then pursue it. Most of us here have not had family to guide them, or have a family line, and even if there is a family line, does not mean that they will be a witch.


For most of us, Nature is very big, most people think of nature they think of trees and animals, lakes and streams, they don't think of every single natural thing on this planet, and the rest of our solar system, galaxy and universe as well. Nature encompasses all of these things. Universal energy. We generally do not worship any entities, but we recognize the existence of them, commonly referred to as spirits. We believe in the equality of all beings in the Universe, seeing them all as different and separate but still equal. We revere and respect Nature, however we do not worship it or its representatives.


Most of us here do not call on deities, (except those that accept deities,) but many may call on spirits and their ancestors. Some of us use the “deities” energies, aspects in our workings, if it is needed. Some of us may occasionally call on the elements as well; most do not have the same belief of the 4 elements, that is taught in Wicca. When performing magic we will concentrate on our own power, or and we may call on assistance from a spirit in the spirit world or and ancestors.


Magic, that’s a big mouth full. It’s an everyday thing, we work our magic into our day to day lives, in cooking, cleaning, little spells here and there, keeping ourselves our family, and our homes even work, safe, healthy. We also work spells, doing something very specific (lack of a better word). Some of us do it in ritual style, sometimes, other times not. Some of us use tools, sometimes and sometimes not. Our spells and magic depends on our backgrounds, what we are doing at the moment, all different elements come into play here, at any given moment when it comes down to it.


I do not consider doing readings, magic. I have a natural ability but that did not make it so I can just do them. I had to find what spoke to me, and from there I had to work at it, not as hard as doing something I don’t have an natural eye for, but it is work and takes time to develop. We all do things very differently, and some here don’t do readings at all, some maybe they haven’t found the system that speaks to them, or they don’t have the time now to work at it.

Love and intent, wow, that’s wiccan…lol. You didn’t go very far in love, but yes we all do things in love, like protect our loved ones, our pets, family, friends whatever. We send each other healing energies, good thoughts, etc out of love. We will protect our cars, homes, lands, bikes, boats whatever, to protect them and the ones in and on these things, to keep them safe, running good, and healthy as best we can.


Intent that’s a whole different arena. Our intent is to do what ever it takes for most of us to get the job done, usually as quickly as we can. Does it harm someone in the process, well it might, but what were the consequences to us if we didn’t? And we take full responsibility for what we do. We don’t do things without thinking about it first.


Some of us, do hexes, jinks, and we will even do curses, if the need arises. What is the intent here, well that is obvious. I kinda think of it as tough love. Sometime you just have to do it, because it will help in the long run, no matter how hard it hurts right now. And then there are the times its just the right thing to do to someone, because of what they have done to you or yours. It maybe hate, discus, or anger as part of the intent, or because they paid me to do it, ..LOL But all in all you will find that we have very strong ethics that we follow, and each one of us has our own.


Evil spirits - none, that’s fluffy wiccan to me – just saying, no offence here, please. Please take a look at another thread here on the forum; Is ignorance truly bliss? Its in here the Discussions of Main Articles and Topics. I think you will get our ideas here very well.


When we die some of us believe we travel to the plane of existence called the spirit world. Our resting place. When we continue our journey we may be born into a new life, reincarnation being commonly believed in by many. However another alternative that some believe is that we meld with nature becoming one with it, becoming a land spirit, one of the reasons we always show respect for the spirits as they are the spirits of those that have passed before us. I think the vast majority of spirits will remain as themselves within the spirit world sometimes interacting, (or trying to,) with the living. Not all spirits are nice though.

We see all life, all nature, all space as sacred. Since we believe that everything is sacred it is perfectly acceptable to do magic or rituals and spells in our living rooms or bedroom as opposed to being outdoors. We do not need to cast any circles to make it sacred, we do not call upon the watchtowers or elements to guard us, if we need assistance we may ask a spirit or an ancestor with help or the use of the universal energies. At the same time this does not mean that we may not use a circle to do a working in, it all depends on what we are doing.

Some of us generally observe the sabbats as these days correspond to solstices and equinoxes, but I do not all relate them to a specific mythology, some do, per their tradition, background, culture and customs. I honor the seasonal changes themselves, when I see them happen in my area, rather than on a calendar. But not the lives of any Gods or Goddesses. Some or most, not sure, observe Moon phases and other natural phenomena also, with the full moon being the most significant. The Esbats (full moons) being more important than the Sabbats even. Others follow even older ways when the Sabbats were the full moons and the now called sabbats were just the festivals of their culture and customs.

For most of us things kinda flow being a witch and our craft is just who we are, and we can't imagine not being. That doesn't mean that it is easy, it can be a very hard path, is a life long journey, and well rewarding. As you see there are no hard fast rules, these are more commonalities. Each one of us is different, our craft is as individual as we are, it is the commonalities that bring us together.


(I’m being general here, because I know not everyone believes this, and it is only my view point)

Edited by Droghon, 29 May 2008 - 08:13 PM.
removed unneeded quote this was replying to, this post stands on it's own

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#2 Droghon

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 08:18 PM

Wonderful post Startella, I've copied it from it's original thread and put it here as a Sticky for Guests and Seekers to read.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Very eloquently put.

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#3 wolfjan1

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 08:35 PM

Absolutely excellent!
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Posted 31 May 2008 - 06:58 PM

Startella, I'd love to "steal" this to put on my witch blog if that's okay. I will give you full credit of course!

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 11:58 AM

Thanks for sharing. I love this!
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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:18 PM

Very, very well put! I've actually read it a few times now lol
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 09:03 PM

Very nice, Startella. I hope you write a book on this subject-- it'd be the first accurate one! ;)
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:09 AM

Thank you for the info. I've been searching for more information on Traditional Witchcraft, I feel more like I am being drawn away from Wicca and it's teachings to a broader and more down to earth reality. I'm glad I've found a place that will be able to answer my questions and will be open with information and people who care to share it. :vhappywitch:
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:08 PM

Informative, to the point and blunt. I like it. :D


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Posted 02 September 2008 - 12:59 AM

So much of that resonated with me. I'm going to have to copy that and post it in my journal so I can record myy thoughts on it as I continue discovering my path.
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Posted 12 October 2008 - 12:50 PM

This is one of the first descriptions of Traditional Witchcraft I can actually relate to and say "Yes this is completely accurate!" Beautiful, Startella!
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 10:29 AM

I've read this a few times now. And I will never tire of reading it. It's straight to the point. And I would DEFINITELY buy your books lol !!
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 06:03 PM

Thank you so much for this post. I love the 'and some of our not so waking ones' isn't that the truth. This includes being awaken every night by things that go bump in the night and not ever really getting a good nights sleep but you just accept it and go on because that is part of life! :atoast:
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Posted 08 March 2009 - 03:17 AM

This is awesome Startella! More of this is needed. :applause:
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Posted 08 March 2009 - 06:31 AM

Good points! :spook:
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Posted 08 March 2009 - 09:22 PM

Beautifully written and accurately put.

Thank you for this.

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 11:28 PM

hi, i loved this, Startella, would you mind if i translate it to spanish i think it could be a good way of explaining to some people i know :P (of course i would give you the credit and if you want link to the original here)?
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Posted 28 July 2009 - 09:19 PM

That has to be the BEST most Accurate Explanation I have ever read!! Good to know I'm not a nut case after all LOL
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Posted 19 June 2010 - 12:12 AM

Wow! that WAS awesome! i just joined yesterday and although i've not ever been what one might call "wiccan" i really wasn't all that aware of a more traditional viewpoint - i have been solo in this, myself, all my life and just did things the way i did them. not being too keen on labels, i didn't think too much about it except to wonder who else might have a view more like my own rather than the current popular mainstream.

so i wondered, as i filled out my application and answered the important questions, "what i am really saying about myself to the soul who reads this? AM I "traditional", then? or what am I?"

not the first time i've asked "what am I" mind you.
LOL

but now i realize i was guided perfectly to this forum - reading this thread made me feel so right at home!

thanks!

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 12:21 AM

That was a beautiful and very smart post! Thanks so much for it.
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