I think I've been on the forum for about 2 months (?) and so I just wanted to say how things have changed for me since joining, and working more with traditional craft. Let me know if you think im wrong on anything, because i’ve not been long at it ... !
... here goes...
∑ Witch is within. whatever you do outside of yourself is extra, additional, and perhaps whilst it works well for some, it’s not necessary. I’d always suspected this; but I think the work I’ve been doing recently and the discussions with everyone on here has confirmed it for me!
∑ I have found that I have become more ‘in tune’ with our ancestors, and the earth beneath me. I have worked with a few methods of raising earth/ancestral power using a method someone recently showed me, and it is a quiet, solitary, slow, powerful, way of raising and directing that energy in contrast to, for instance, a wiccan cone of power - (similar to the difference between cooking a yummy roast for 4 hours (with stuffing and all the trims!) and just putting a ready meal in the microwave for 60 seconds!!)
∑ Trads are down to earth. Thank god/s(?!)
∑ On that point, witchcraft is not a religion. It’s a craft, art, way of life, a belief. It can be paired with religion, as I do, but this is not necessary nor does it make any difference to the effectiveness of magic.
∑ Whilst the term ‘traditional craft’ gives the impression of a single ‘tradition’ this isn’t strictly true. Everyone has their own ways of working, and even hereditary ‘traditions’ can change from generation to generation.
∑ To work with traditional craft it helps to first change your 'world-view'. For instance, the issues of ethics, karma, sin (etc etc) are perhaps things which have been introduced to our society by other religions/belief systems/cultures, and as such are not necessarily an influence for people working with trad craft.
∑ Trads tend to have a good sense of humour and don’t take anything too seriously. I like this. No great high poo-bahs!!!
∑ There is a sense of continuous learning, mysteries unfolding through personal experiences, rather than being lead by something you have read in a book, and rather than ‘now you have this degree you know it all’. I know a few people who have become High Poo-Bahs through the usual medium, and that doesn’t mean anything. Noone knows everything!
∑ It is giving me a greater connection to my native land (i.e. Britain/Europe). I know that not everyone on this forum are British, and I don’t mean it like that. I mean that for me this is a journey of moving away from ‘jack of all trades’ and becoming 'master of one'. In terms of the origins of my craft, initiatory craft was a great journey through the cultures of the world for me, but im ready to come home now..!
∑ Whilst bookishness knowledge is not important in trad craft, the odd expensive chumberly grimoire is always on the wish list..!! (especially mine….)
Thanks to everyone for making this forum great, it’s really fresh and fun for me!!! viks
Edited by owlblink, 19 January 2009 - 01:11 PM.