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About Godless

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    englishwoodsman
  • Location
    England, you'll have to ask!
  • Interests
    Forestry, woodwork, ancient history
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    Not very, I am still finding my place.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    I used to be Christian until I decided I didn't believe in any God. For about a year before this I was leaning more to animism and shamanism rather than an intervening creator. Now I do not believe in God, I am learning how to communicate with the natural world.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    No, I have not even ever had the opportunity to knowingly meet a witch.
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    Traditional Witchcraft, to me, refers to the use of magic to enhance and ease your life and environment, with no attachment to any particular gods required.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    I haven't "worked" with witchcraft in the sense of spells or anything, yet.
  • What brought you to our site?
    I was looking through Google for a forum for witchcraft which wasn't just about Wicca.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I hope to find some advice on how witchcraft is performed in order to do it properly. At the moment I don't have much to offer other than an inquiring mind, but I hope to explore in my own time, practically, and bring answers and knowledge externally.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
    No.
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    I don't have any yet, I'm very new and trying to find my place.
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    All of them need practice.
  1. This is literally how I have described myself for the last three years. Almost word for word. Reverence, not worship. I know seeking validation can be dangerous, but I am glad that those who have trodden the path before me share my approach. I gives me some confidence that I am heading in the right direction, and that this is right for me. I may not have been born destined for the craft, but I do feel I may have a chance at creating something fruitful.
  2. I can relate to this description. I feel I may have been called by Diana/Artemis. I am wary, due to my philosophy, about pursuing this, however I am fortunate enough to have a friend who is a Hellenist, who informs me it's quite normal to be involved with only one deity and that I don't have to start worshipping a whole pantheon and become a Hellenophile just because I may be drawn to her. I also feel this may justify me violating my own rule, if someone like him is so welcoming. I'm still not sure if the connection is me pursuing her or her pursuing me, I've never been interested in the traditional classics, but I find her admirable. I am also unsure if this is some philosophical infatuation (she is a strong female figure not defined by who she is married to, which I respect, and who has intimate connections to forests, as do I) or that I might actually find myself building a rapport with her, due to my godless animism up this point, I don't want to worship anything again or I will feel I have not really escaped the religiosity I fought with a few years ago. As such any relationship I may have with her I will always feel like a guest in another culture's history. I wish to seek ties with the natural forces, will a deity distract this, or will she possibly make a "deal" of sorts which is mutually beneficial? Greek deities after all are not like typical ideas of God, verging far more on personification, and much more human than we realise. I don't know. Sorry I'm blathering but it seemed appropriate to the topic.
  3. Sorry if I seem overly critical, but am I the only one for whom the "Celtic" "tree" alphabet (it is not really either of these) is quintessential neopaganism fluff? Less than a dozen are actually linked to trees before Graves wrote about them and even of these, they date to post medieval interpretation. I have no problems with people assigning a value to something. What I dislike is dishonesty, pretending "druids" (those people we know nothing directly about) believed all sorts of things and were the ones to assign these values to the letters of that beautifully​ primitive script, Ogham. If it weren't for an obsession about all things "Celtic" and "druid" in one time period, we would never have these pseudohistorical associations that so many take as real. It's a little new agey.
  4. Although I agree cultural practices cannot be owned, you can find many who basically admit they are appropriating and assigning ownership to the things they take, but take them anyway. Why would someone outside of the southern region of North America combine turquoise, silver and the skulls of animals of this region (just an example) if not to appropriate another culture, when they have no ties to it. I wouldn't do it myself and I think it's in slightly bad taste to adopt an expression of a cultural trait from a certain country (practicing a cultural trait in a way exclusive to one region) when there is no connection between you or your land and them and their land? Because then you are connecting neither with your land nor theirs. By all means, white Americans can practice native tradition, but I do think they should do it under guidance of those whose ancestors spent generations understanding. It's a paradox, or something similar. People may adopt elements of a tradition but still call it something that links it. If they don't believe in cultural appropriation, why continue to name it that way? I think a lot of people, turning away from the middle eastern religion they were often raised in, struggle with an identity crisis. I know I did/do. By all means be inspired by those who inspire you, but I would hope that one is respectful. By respectful I mean actually try and bond with those who have a link to this culture you have appropriated, or make it clear it is your own (often uninformed) interpretation of what they do. Shouldn't be using a Inuit deer hoof rattle as part of any random practice and still call it whatever they call it, it has become something else. Personally, I would not seek a bond with anything outside of Brittonic, Slavic or Scandinavian culture or magic, or Bronze Age (or previous) British imagery. I feel that well and truly accepting these chalk downlands as my homeland (I'm the only one in my family born and bred in this region, my connection is stronger than the others) has rewarded me with the trust to use its imagery and history with maybe a little more ambiguity than a tourist would be allowed. I feel this range extends, to a lesser extent, across Britain, though there are high points (west coast of Scotland and the islands) and east Midlands (Lincolnshire, and the Danelaw generally). This range weakens of course because Britain is by no means a historically (or prehistorically) homogeneous land mass of people, although culture is widely similar. My Polish and Danish (more so) roots offer me, I feel, a window into two other worlds, but as they are distant these are by no means assumed or automatic and I have to be more respectful, or maybe less casual, than I can be seeking Brittonic and prehistoric British inspiration. This is just my perspective, and I wouldn't howl at someone who honestly believes they are respectfully using tradition and rite from a very foreign culture to their own. We don't own the land, or the animals and minerals that can be found on and in it (despite how people try), but I do think it is only respectful to engage with those whose ancestors have worked hard to interpret and learn it, rather than the magical equivalent of saying "Ooo, that person's worked hard at that book, I'll have it for free, thanks!" and go on to talk about how it is actually a door stop.
  5. Woodlands, by Oliver Rackham. Quite unsurprisingly this is a topic of interest to me! If you are British and your craft or beliefs are rooted in woodland and forest, I highly recommend reading it to get an understanding of the history of this wonderful environment. I have not long started The Witches: Salem, 1692 A History by Stacy Schiff. A collection and analysis of what remains of documentation of the events that occurred in Massachusetts that fateful year. Very interesting.
  6. Sorry to revive a very old thread, but I can't understand this bit "I don't believe that our future has been laid out for us... Free will is also not believed in..." Surely if you don't believe in free will, ie that you can, within the limitations of the present, act as you wish, that is the same as saying that the future is laid out. Free will is the opposite of fate, so to disbelieve in one surely means the belief in the other? Can someone explain what I'm not understanding? Aside from this confusion, it was a great and informative post, much appreciated and needed!
  7. This is the unfortunate result of the term "witchcraft" being sullied (no offence) by the religion we know as Wicca. It is quite hard to find material on modern witchcraft online, particularly British websites, that doesn't contain information influenced by Wicca which did originate in Britain. The Western concept of the witch has also been forged by imagery of British witches, black hats and broomsticks, and of course "witch" is an English word and if you call yourself one it's likely you are from an ex-colony or Britain itself. Witchcraft is a label that has been placed on cultures' practices during the anthropological exploration by the Victorians but of course these cultures have been practicing witchcraft long before the Empire had arrived. Sorry I can't help with the differences, I'm pretty green, but I thought I might help with the whole 'originated in Britain' misunderstanding as there are many reasons why a person may believe this to be the case.
  8. In the last year I've been blessed to see many hares, last Sunday we were driving (wife and I) and we noticed a hare running up a cut wheat field. We stopped because, well, we love watching them. Then another came up and they started boxing! It was such a sight. I would say that if you saw a hare running down the road in front of your car you'd know it, but actually you might not. It runs more like a deer than a hopping rabbit and at first can easily be mistaken for a small dog. If you've not yet been fortunate enough to see a hare you will realize the fortune of coming across them when you do. As with most animals I am willing to eat, it doesn't mean I love them any less as animals (like pigs, for example), but I have tried jugged hare and I'll be honest unless you're a real glutton for punishment I wouldn't recommend it. It was terrible, and not just because I felt bad for eating something as wild as a hare. It was so dry, like school dinner liver. Rabbit, on the other hand... But spotting hares is not easy. Before this last year I had never seen them before. It takes a lot of country drives. Unless you enjoy driving around the English countryside for its own sake, you are unlikely to be out frequently enough to spot this elusive beast. Its predominant habitat is fields however, so at least if they are around you're less likely to miss them.
  9. The whole of Laura Marling's catalogue. Familiars, Hospice and Burst Apart, three albums by The Antlers. Fever Ray. I listen to Fever Ray (When I Grow Up is my favourite, you should check out all of her videos, visually stunning, she has only done one album under this moniker and probably will only do one) or The Antlers (Familiars is particularly relaxing, as are some of the songs on Burst Apart) when I meditate and Laura Marling (I Speak Because I Can is her best album in my opinion, I love Blackberry Stone Hope In The Air) when I need to work but want to be relaxed. I find the music of Laura Marling and Fever Ray frankly inspiring, and no music has ever had as much an affect on my soul and heart as The Antlers. Beautiful music for what is described insufficiently by Wikipedia as "Indie Rock". One of the few bands where you can't split the lyrics from the music and say "yeah, they wrote that bit to fit with that bit". It's like they were created simultaneously.
  10. Woodlands (Oliver Rackham) Pagan Britain (Ronald Hutton) Iran: Empire of The Mind (Michael Axworthy)
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