I believe that a cunning one must first function within their own social and cultural traditions. Anything less would dishonor the men and women who came before them, upon whose shoulders they stand today. We honor the past, but we do not worship it. Just as the cunning ones of old were charged with adding to the knowledge of man, today's cunning ones are so equally charged. I try my best to honor this responsibility. I have spent nearly twenty years doing that very thing, studying the worlds religions and folk lore of my heritage, as well as building upon the past, learning various paths from a few select teachers in the traditional practices of the Cunning Folk.
Have you explored other paths?
I am experienced in Traditional Conjure as taught to me by an amazing man named Ira Dorsey. I however chose not to make this my exclusive path die to its religious themes of Christianity which are inseparable to the path. I also have been active in the past in New England Traditional Witchcraft. Growing up in New England, and even close to the site of the very first Witch hanging in the USA (Connecticut), I had the opportunity to explore this path in detail. However, also due to its religious themes of designated priesthoods, authoritarian dogmas, hierarchical degrees of initiation, elaborate ceremonial rites, and the many diplomatic deities invoked today, I chose to pursue a path more fitting to my spirit.
Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
Oh yes indeed! Daily in fact. We are guided by the many beautiful faces of the Moon, I participate in the Heavenly Dance of the Cosmos and the Solar Wheel from Solstice to Equinox and back again, While being joined by the genius-loci and anima-loci of nature, the familiars of insects and animals of the wild, and our ancestors alike, working with a primal form of the cunning ways.
What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
To be traditional witchcraft is to be pre-modern witchcraft (often known as neo-pagan witchcraft). Historically, it is void of the modern entrapments of religious theme of duality such as black and white, good and evil, etc. largely because it comes out of a survival of the fittest society. It is what was known by primal man, and did not have to be 'believed', as it was readily experienced on a day to day basis. It was without cultural bias, and experiential based. Unfortunately today, mankind's natural ability to dwell harmoniously in non material reality while in material reality is obscured by the pollution of societal programming, technological advances, organized religious scare tactics, and cultural biases.By stripping the contextual framework of these pollutions, once returns to the primal cunning-man (not speaking of gender, but mankind), and therefore embraces traditional witchcraft at its core.
How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
over 20 years as a whole. In my personal path for roughly 10 years.
What brought you to our site?
To simply meet, share, and learn with other like minded people.
What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
I have no expectations. Expectations lead to a false sense of hope and failure. I simply want to enjoy the experience-whatever it may be!
Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
Green aspects of the Cunning-craft such as Wortcunning, leechcraeft, plant spirit communication, Spiritual Botany of Old World Cunning-craeft, and grimoire practices.
What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
Astrology. This is something I hope to gain a better ability in.