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About witchynovice

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    London, UK
  • Interests
    writing, music, film, Netflix binges, chasing after my house bunny
  • How familiar are you with witchcraft?
    I am very, very new to this whole thing. For about 15 years, I reckon, it's been playing on my mind that I should investigate witchcraft after I interviewed a few witches for a newspaper. I'm finally listening to it. This path is new, my journey is just beginning, and I'm curious and seeking knowledge. It feels right, though. It feels like I'm coming home.
  • Have you explored other paths?
    Born and raised a Catholic. Went away from the church as soon as I finished school. I've drifted ever since, with no real "path" to speak of, besides knowing that I felt spiritual in some way, and connected to the world around me.
  • Have you ever worked with Traditional Witchcraft?
    No - I want to learn more first
  • What does Traditional Witchcraft mean to you?
    I believe traditional witchcraft is about connection with the earth, with nature, and with energy. It's about harnessing those energies to affect change and to seek the right path. It's not about worshipping ancient deities, and is a different path to Wicca.
  • How long have you worked with witchcraft in general?
    New, new, new!
  • What brought you to our site?
    Seeking likeminded folk to chat with, learn from and be part of a community. I find I'm not really in sync with Wicca chats as I'm not comfortable with worshipping deities.
  • What do you expect to get from this site, and what do you expect to contribute to this forum?
    I've said a few times that I want to learn and soak up information, but I also want to make sure it's not one-sided. I love getting stuck into conversations, and as a writer I am curious about people and lifestyles. I'd like to think I can contribute an open and analytical mind, a fresh perspective, and a sounding board.
  • Do you belong to any other online witchcraft sites?
  • What are your strongest points in witchcraft?
    Not sure yet!
  • What are your weakest points in witchcraft?
    Not sure yet!
  1. Hi all, thanks again for all of the input. I recognise my own beliefs in a lot of what you've been saying - I've always regarded myself to be spiritual rather than a member of a religion, and I do believe in energies that we can harness. I think it is the word "god" that puts me off, having come from a Catholic upbringing. I'll stop thinking of it that way, insert "spirit / energy" wherever I see "god / goddess", and keep my mind open. That's definitely the key with this new path: open minds, and willingness to explore. And thanks Anubha for the Celtic welcome :)
  2. Thanks, CelticGypsy, and of course Oroboros, for continuing this discussion. Really fascinating to watch as a newbie, and I feel I can certainly learn a lot from all of this. I'll continue my education, and wait to see what happens!
  3. +1 to Treadwells, it's amazing. I go often. I've not yet been to Atlantis, but as everyone has said, it's got the history. I found both via this post - a little more "spiritual" than trad path, but might be worth a read: http://www.amygarner.co.uk/spiritual-shops-in-london/
  4. Thanks so much, Oroboros. It's good to see it's not quite cut and dry.
  5. Hey all, just joined the forum, and really only just starting out on my path. Paganism has always called to me - I blame my Celtic ancestry! - but I'm only now listening. I do, however, have a little discomfort about "worshipping". I grew up a Catholic so that's probably colouring my view, but I've always felt drawn to nature and the natural world, and felt a general spirituality, but never really considered this to be the result of any deity. And now I'm beginning this path, and faced with deities once more. I guess that's why I'm thinking I'm probably more on a traditional path than a Wiccan one. My questions, though badly introduced, are twofold: are deities necessary for witches? And if so, how do you know who to work with?
  6. This. This is just an amazing post. It's the fear that's held me back all these years from beginning on this path. And reading your stories is giving me a good, healthy dose of fear again. But I take courage from them, too. Shit will happen, but it's all part of making you who you are. Isn't that what they always say?
  7. I love this advice. As someone just starting out on my path, I want to know everything, right NOW. NOW, dammit. I need patience...
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