I’ve shared my story previously but it got deleted somehow so here I am, telling you again about myself.
From a young age I was drawn to Witchcraft, I dabbled in the more stereotypical version of it. Learning from what I can find in books and films such as The Craft which came out in my younger teen years. However, as life got busy I left this path to the side.
A few years ago I decided to revisit it, I have always had a play with tarot and loved herbs and nature so this wasn’t exactly a stretch for me.
I devoured every book I purchased, joined numerous Facebook groups, scoured the Internet. There were a lot of things that I took from my reading but also a lot I felt I was rejecting, and that is where I felt lost.
Everything I read stated that I needed certain tools, circles of protection, to use the elements, moon cycles, days of the week and mostly, some form of pantheon or God to follow.
This for me was a big problem. I felt hemmed in by rules, it felt more like a religion than a adaptation of my life. It didn’t feel natural. I certainly didn’t believe in God and couldn’t bring myself too. Whether that God was Greek, Celtic or Christian.
I started to feel very put off. I couldn’t get my head around some of the stuff. Magic is innate, it is natural. If you want to cast a spell for something why should you have to wait for the right moon phase and day of the week. Surely your intention should just be enough.
It was then that I discovered a blog post titled: I’m A Witch, Not A Wiccan and so I opened it and read it 4-5 times. FINALLY! something I could relate too.
This post described exactly what I was feeling. That in fact I was not a Wiccan. I could practice Witchcraft without following a God, without needing to follow moon phases or use certain colours for certain spells.
Shortly after reading that post I joined the group of the lady who wrote it, Bexz from The Village Witch, and I have never looked back.
I openly celebrate what I am and how I practice my craft. If others want to follow other ways, paths and use alternative methods then that is great for them, but it is not for me.
I cast spells when I feel the need too, at any time of the day and I use whatever I have to hand. I make the most of my surroundings and use whatever a Witch would have used hundreds of years ago when items were scarse and people reused whatever they could. I don’t believe in light and dark magic, there is just magic and any one of us is capable of wielding both. Protective spells can be seen as a Hex which would fall under dark magic, but also as they protect they fall under light. Magic is whatever you feed into it and for me sits squarely in the grey. It’s up to us how we use it.
So if you are reading this post and find yourself questioning where you fit in my advice is this. Follow your instinct and trust your gut. Do what feels right to you, not what is written in a book. You have your own magic inside of you, it’s entirely your choice how you use it.