I came to a paragraph in the book I am reading that really summed it up for me.
“Rather than the lower magic and witchcraft of using spells and intentions solely to bring about desires of the personality, such as wealth or love – without devotion or spiritual wisdom and without consulting the greater flows of the universal will – using red magic to magnetize abundance and love was about aligning with the universal will, and riding the ley lines of its energy flows, rather than manipulating it.”
I feel like this accurately expresses where I am right now in terms of being a witch. When calling yourself a witch in your bio took off in the social media world a few years ago, I was really supportive. As someone who has been a witch in one way or another for half of my life, it was great seeing more people called to the craft and sharing about it. With the increased interest, more books and paraphernalia are being cranked out too. And that was a lot of fun at first. It felt like a long time coming.
Alas, the pendulum must always swing in the other direction and frankly I’m over it now. The amount of people online calling themselves witches and misrepresenting the culture is just too much. I’m not trying to stake claim on the word witch, or argue that you have to study certain books or practice in a certain way blah blah. No, none of that. It would be impossible to define what being a witch is for every person; but the above paragraph from the Magdalene Mysteries by Seren Bertrand and Azra Bertrand M.D., helped me to form my thoughts around what is happening with all the new witches or baby witches (ugh, that particular phrase makes me want to barf and is almost as gross as fur babies.)
I wasn’t quite sure why every time I saw another post with a simple spell or enchantment made into a pretty meme I felt annoyed. We all went through that Llewellyn Publications stage when we were just learning the phases of the moon. You can’t begrudge someone that right of passage. It was more than that though. It is the lack of devotion and spiritual wisdom that rubs me the wrong way. It’s the particular brand of Urban Outfitters witch kitsch type nonsense that is invading the popular culture and forming a really lame impression for the masses.
In the past I’ve been adamant to point out that you can be a witch and not a part of a religion, and this is most certainly true. I don’t think though, that you can be a witch and lack a spiritual foundation. Everything about witchcraft is spiritual. Every ritual and circle cast. And I hate to see it being misrepresented in the media. A witch is not a pastime or hobby. It is everything you do, day to day, your living devotion. You can’t buy a tarot deck and instantly be a witch any more than acquiring a rosary makes you Catholic.
There are posers in every walk of life, or people who are just around until the fad wears off. I see that, I know. This was my little rant about “the scene” right now and how much I truly think many newcomers are missing the mark. There isn’t a Witchcraft Lite. If you are only here for the lower magic, you will do yourself more harm than good. If you are sincere, and know in your heart that the path of the Wise Woman is for you, let me suggest a few beginner books for you. These will take you further than the books instructing you to use green candles for money spells and basil for love.
FOR YOUR LIBRARY:
-Healing Wise by Susun Weed
-Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
-This Seasons People by Stephen Gaskin
-The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent by Esther and Jerry Hicks
-Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
-Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
-Reiki: Universal Life Energy by Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon
No spell books, no how to communicate with the dead. These are the type of books that build the spiritual life. The life of a witch. What books do you feel have enhanced your practice? Let me know in the comments below.