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So I've had this idea for a while; it's actually been the primary reason I haven't actually initiated myself into Witchcraft officially yet. Sure; I could find a Self-Initiation Rite and buy all the tools, but that doesn't seem as special or sacred to me. Going through a more symbolic/dramatic initiatiation into an actual coven would be a little better, but it's still not all that special or sacred for me personally. So, here's MY idea of intitiation, and starting a Traditional Path. Interested in hearing others thoughts on it. Step 1: Strip Naked Step 2: Run Into the Woods Step 3: Return in a Year and a Day In a nutshell lol. Basically it's the most dangerous, risky, painful, miserable and individualized form of Initiation; much akin to the Vision Quests of my Native American ancestors, only they were allowed to come back after a few days or so; however long it took for them to end up eating something that made them hallucinate lol. During my Year and a Day, the overarching goal is to simply survive, but after the first couple weeks or so, survival will have become second nature; I'll have gotten a nice camp crafted and some basic stone and bone tools, food, water and fire, and clothing made from the fibrous inner bark of trees, (You can create twine with it, then you can weave the twine into pretty much anything. Takes a while though.) After having the basics lined out, I'd get to work on making my primary witchcraft tools; Book of Shadows, Wand, Pentacle, Athame, Chalice, and Besom; making other tools in the future as my resources grow. Mining, smelting and forging all the metals needed will probably be the most challenging part, seeing as the only tools I'll have to work with at first will be made from wood, stone and bone. A lot of the first things I'd craft would be better working tools; like a hammer and long tongs for grabbing the ore out of the clay kiln; using a bloomery made out of wood and leather to get the heat necessary for blacksmithing (really really stupidly insanely hot). Definitely gonna be the hardest part. Especially considering I wouldn't have any of the standard safety gear used by modern day blacksmiths; I'd just have to do my best with making leather garments, leather apron and a leather mask with small slits; enough for me to see what I'm doing, but not enough to allow easy access to my eyes in the event of flying/splashing/exploding molten shards. Much like the eskimos. Basically just really primitive goggles; not the best protection but it provides at least a degree of protection. Better than nothing. My ultimate goal is to create a homestead by the end of the Year and a Day; complete with a garden and farm, everything there being made 100% completely by my own hands; all that will be seen there will be imbued with my blood, sweat, tears and essence. That's what I believe makes a witch's tools magick in the first place; it has to be way more personal than just buying a kit online in my opinion. Anyway; this is my personal way of starting a Traditional Path; by getting back to basics; back to the traditions of my ancestors, doing things the way they did, back before technology made slaves of humanity and weakened our spirit; I believe this path is the most direct one I can take straight to divinity; to learn from the God and Goddess themselves, in their own element, completely exposed to them in all my human carnality with no electrical buzzing, chaos of civilization, or toxic air and water, or a seemingly impenetrable layer of asphalt as far as the eye can see, cutting me off from the Earth and the cool embrace of her soil. Kinda makes me angry. As far as we have come technologically, they really oughta have figured out how to make floating roads and flying cars that run on renewable sources of energy by now lol. Not just the next great thing in a revolutionary bold new line of robotic sex dolls. Humanity embarasses me a lot lol.