As many of you know, I am a traditionalist, but I wasnt when I began my path. I believe in the ways of my ancestors, and I honor those that have paved the way for me. My lineage is very old, and predates Gerald Gardner by many, many years. People do call Gardner the “grandfather of Wicca” and most believe that to be that he invented it. If so, how did he get initiated into it? You can not give yourself something you do not have. No, he just brought the practice to the forefront. In his time, Witchcraft was still pretty much outlawed, so he had to write the books in more of a fanatical way. You see, it wasnt until 1951 that the last laws against Witchcraft were appealed in England. He brought to the public eye a beautiful path, one he greatly loved, to try and teach them of the old ways and that they were not “evil devil worshiping” peoples. His book “The White Witch” was based on what he was practicing at that time. This day and age, the path has become tainted as many can not even tell you the basics behind this beautiful religion. Many want it classified as a religion because a walker of this path should have the same equal rights as any other religion. Many will take a path and bend and twist it til it is a mixture of many other paths….thus watering them all down. And this can be a not so healthy thing to do, as mixing isnt always a great thing. I, and many others, call it a religion as for the acknowledgement of the path. To me, when the word “Neo” is placed before any of the Pagan paths, I begin to laugh as well as become sad. I am sadden because I know that parts of the culture is being lost. Many believe that you do not need training…that again is laughable. Would you go to a heart surgeon and allow him to operate on you when he has never went to school to train to become a heart surgeon? Like I have stated many time before, I was eclectic for 15 yrs. I promise you, the knowledge you gain with working with a seasoned Witch (1 yr and 1 day) is priceless and you will learn so much more than reading a book. Books are great, dont get me wrong, but in books there are things left out and you will not gain the knowledge of having hands on training and direct attention. I have watched many people self destruct on the path of magic, for magic is a living being and demands respect. When Raymond Buckland came to America after his initiation, he began to teach this sacred path. Now, we should all know that this one man could not train the masses all by himself. This path takes time, as there are many trials and tribulations one will go through with the turning of the Wheel. One thing we have to understand as well, is that not all are ready mentally to deal with the responsibility of this path. Therefore, many became upset that Buckland wouldnt train them, they began to piece together this path with what they thought it was….ever heard of Rosemary’s Baby?? Even Gardner himself stated that the only problem with this religion was “there’s too many chiefs and not enough Indians”. In the 80’s with Scott Cunningham’s book “Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner”, Wicca began to have more of a new-agey philosophy and thus the watering down began. Self initiation was at the hands of the inexperienced and then Wicca split into Wicca and Neo-Wicca. In the beginning of my path, I did a self dedication and there is nothing wrong with that. I will say that when I stood there with my HPS and dedicated myself to the Goddess, the ground shook. Initiations are a bit different, you can not give to yourself that which you do not obtain. I am an Elder Wiccan, so I do understand that Nature has blueprints. The Goddess is all encompassing, but the God will not hesitate to show you the limits. In nature there are defined laws, and whether we acknowledge them or not, they are playing in our life every day. Many of us try to become deity it’s Self…and we are far from it. You can be very enlightened, but you are still in this 3D human form so there for you are subject to its boundaries and faults. We can not come to the Goddess and expect her to bow before us, this is a path of challenge and one that will break down your societal views, peeling layers of the falseness to expose the true diamond you are within. When you expect a path to bend just for you, you miss valuable lessons and training that you will never be privy of as well as it being selfish. Now-a-days, we have a lot of people running around making noise like little children not knowing where they stand, not rooted deep in their foundation. My goal is to educate and help bring others back to their core. Knowing our myths and history is very important…just look at the story of Narcissus as that could help many right now.
Please do not think that I am saying I am above, holier than thou , or this path is above any other. I am for the preservation of the Wiccan Path (as many may be for their path), and I honor my ancestors that came before me to make it possible for me to even know of such a beautiful path. This path isnt for the weak. It isnt unicorns and rainbows. This path is hard work, it is great responsibility, it is one that will tear you apart, but teaches you how to rebuild stronger and wiser. This path is a way for us to understand how natural law works. Witches walk between the worlds and are healers of the physical and spiritual as well as the Earth. They are made from the inside out, and they are capable of (by learning the laws) of bending the will to create the environment they want. There are many different definitions for Wicca, and none I have seen on other websites or even wiki-pedia and other definition sites even come close to its true meaning….so here it is:
Wicca is a Feminine Nature based Mystery Religion that requires training with 3 degrees of initiation and is Oath bound.
We do go by the 3 fold law…which is entirely different from the true definition of Karma. We have to realize our words and understand their true meanings, as this is what messes up a lot of things. Be conscious of what you say and do, as words and actions carry great energy. My path is Traditional European Celtic Witchcraft and I will be training after Samhain. If you would like to take this beautiful journey, you are more than welcome to look me up on FaceBook, SironaRoseOwl. I will be starting a learning circle. Let’s bring the sacredness back to the Wiccan path.