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Here's my story....my names Jenn, been practicing Paganism for 11 years now. I love being outdoors. I live with my boyfriend of over five years. He has a daughter who is 6 years old, and I love her as if she were my own. I have four cats, two are outdoors, and two are indoors. One indoor one, Willow, is my familiar and on my facebook you'll notice a ton of pics of her! My videos, followers, and contact info are at the very bottom of the page! This blog is for witchie stuff, daily life events, venting, journaling, and answering any questions. Ways you can contact me is through this blog, or my yahoo e-mail: amistisreudan@yahoo.com, or http://www.youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/amistisreudan

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lesson 1

Dear Silver RavenWolf,

I have started reading your book, to ride a silver broomstick, for the second time now. The first time I read it front to back, as I do with all books I read for the first time. But now a dear friend of mine has also acquired this book, and we decided to venture through the lessons together. So for this first assignment, you asked me to write you an imaginary letter about what I think it means to be a witch and what is witchcraft.

Firstly, I think a witch is a person to consciously chooses to accept the power of the universe into their lives, and take the time to learn the skills required to manipulate it for good to send out into the universe to activate change in their lives for the better, without harm to anyone else, of course.

There are lots of elements that go into being a witch, and this includes respecting the energies and life around us. We learn about the plants and animals that sustain us. We learn about the properties of stones, colors, herbs, etc, and how to use those energies to boost our spells. Respect for nature and life, and the divine is the utmost importance.

We strive to make our daily lives more natural, and to slow down, noticing the wonderful mysterious things around us. How simple things in life can be greatly magical is a thing of sheer delight, like seeing the world through the eyes of a child. The only limitations we have are the ones be put on ourselves.

Witchcraft is the practice of raising power, molding it with intent, and releasing it into the world where it can manifest to improve our lives. When we are children, we are taught about the stereotypical witch, the Hollywood version: green face, crooked nose, warts, gnarly hands, and cackling evil laugh. After all, she conspires with the devil right?

Later in life, one may discover that there really aren’t “those” kinds of witches, but rather a religion called Wicca, or Paganism in general. They may come to find these people are healers, herbalists, gardeners, etc. Some may think they are “floaty”, living in a fantasy world, where they can’t keep their feet on the ground.

Many do not see us as grounded, down to earth, normal people, who protect the earth, and a living to find balance and peace in their lives. We attune to the cycles of the earth, and embrace life in so many ways. We do not promote our religion, or try “converting” the masses, for we don’t believe we are the only way to divinity, and that people who are meant to travel this path will find their way on their own terms if it is meant to be.

Most people that I have encountered are very accepting of my choice, while others think I am a ding bat. My mother went postal on me when she found out in 2000, but now she is more accepting since she realized that I am not involved in a crazy cult where they will kidnap and kill me. The more people who come out of the broom closet and take the time to correctly explain our religion, the more accepting the world will be.
I hope when I finish this book, I will be more proficient in my practice. I want to understand some concepts better so I can teach them better to others who seeks knowledge from me. I want peace of mind knowing that the magic I create will be effective, and that my soul will be happy, inside and out.

Sincerely,
Amistis Reudan

1 comment:

  1. I love you! okay, ahem* now I wanted to say that. :) and I appreciate you sticking with this with me. I know this book sucks, but we should not jump the gun for those who need the beggining info. I think we should also look at another book as well but what? for more advanced pupils hee i just wanted to say er.. write that word.!

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