Hi. As a curious newbie I found this ancient post very interesting.
I appreciate that startella is not on the forum any more but I have a few questions/points from the post that stood out for me that I hope someone can address?
'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'
I have seen several posts on here saying that traditional magic cannot be learned from books. If it includes techniques like trances and astral travel, how do you guys learn that sort of thing? I think I am a book learner... If I'm interested in a subject I crave books on it. So the idea of learning something without books on it is confusing me!
Next, a couple of quotes about how you feel you are born into this, innately witches:
'We are drawn to it because it was born in us, some and most can find signs when we were children'
'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'
If I do not or have not had that feeling through my life so far (I am 37), does that mean traditional witchcraft is not for me? Like if it was for me I would've known about it already?
Next, this point confused me:
'We believe in the equality of all beings in the Universe, seeing them all as different and separate but still equal.'
Depending on how 'beings' is defined, to me this belief, if followed sincerely, would mean you would have to eschew washing your hands or cleaning kitchen surfaces as the bacteria killed in eithe action must number in the millions. Am I misinterpreting the term 'beings' in use here?
'most do not have the same belief of the 4 elements, that is taught in Wicca'
I was pleased to read this. The one book I do have (and am reading) on witchcraft mentions this 4 elements business and different 'flavours' essentially for each of the 4 compass points and I just found it ... A bit jarring. Like, I don't see how that can be the case, what that means, how it came to be, it just seems like something someone made up that could not (to me anyway) seem to be true.
Anyway, I hope any other visitors to this thread can answer my questions. I hope they have been respectful, honestly I am intrigued about this traditional witchcraft and mean no disrespect. I just have questions bursting out of my head!