Becoming a Wiccan
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As you might assume, I get a great deal of email. Of this, quite a bit
is from those asking for guidance on how to start being Wiccan or a
Witch. First off, as a beginner, forget about casting spells. Spellwork
is not the main focus of this path and there is much to learn and
understand before you delve into advanced practices. If that's what you
want, you've missed the point and are seeking the old way's for all the
Simply put, it doesn't make sense for the novice to want to command the
forces of nature and the universe when you don't fully comprehend or
understand them. To do so, only invites total failure or worse if you
are successful in casting a spell or opening a portal and letting some
nasty out to follow you around.
For most long term experienced Wiccan's and Witches, spellwork probably
consists of less than 25% of what walking this path is about. Yes, we
occasionally use spells, but that isn't the most important part of
So how then do you begin
living a magickal life?
In all honesty, this is a question that I cannot completely answer for
you other than making a few suggestions and telling you to read
everything you can get your hands on. I list some books on my website,
please see "book list" to your left..
Since the Lord and Lady speak to each of us differently, the
answers to how a magickal life applies to you are questions only you
and the Goddess or God can find and define together. While I suspect
that many of you already have a beginning awareness of the answers,
they are most likely only faint glimmerings.
Understand that the seeds of awareness are already within each of us
through the divine energy of our spirits. We need only listen to the
subtle whispers and nudges as the Goddess speaks to us. They are like
the caress of a gentle breeze. Subtle and faint, yet still a tangible
awareness in our subconscious and soul. It is when we learn to
recognize the subtle nuances of her voice, then meditate and focus upon
how they apply to us individually that we can truly being living a
Walking this path consists of achieving an understanding and awareness
of how all things are infused with divine energy and are connected.
Once you truly gain this awareness, you then tap into divine energy and
everything begins to fall in place like the pieces of a puzzle. It is
at this point when you can begin to "work magick" because now you
understand how "magick works." It is within you and always has been.
You just need to realize it.
This concept is aptly stated in Doreen Valiente's Charge of the
"To thou who thinkest
to seek me, know that thy seeking and
yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery.
If that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee,
thou wilt never find it without."
In closing, suppose the best guidance I can offer would be to begin
living life differently. Make a conscious effort to slow down and
become aware of everything around you. Signs of the Goddesses presence
are everywhere. As we grew up however, we were trained by the influence
of a technological society to stop recognizing and acknowledging them
and we lost our awareness and connection.
When we were young, all of life and nature around us was truly
magickal. Colors were brighter, the tastes and textures of food were
more vivid as they gave us their energy, we felt the caress of a warm
summer breeze differently. The examples could go on and on, but in
short, we saw, felt and understood the magick. We had an unspoken
awareness from all of our senses of the magick around us.
How does one go about
reclaiming that awareness?
Go to a park and watch the children, hear the pureness of their
laughter for they see and feel the magick. Walk through the grass with
your shoes off and remember... Lay back and watch the clouds, marvel at
the blueness of the sky, see and feel the Goddess in the gentle breeze.
Pay attention and slowly you will "remember" how to hear that unspoken
voice and see the magick again...
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