Recently embarking on our next adept lesson, Lady Beltane has prompted us to explore our path of the craft. Looking at the various traditions enables one to delve into the inner depths of ones soul to find their identity, their belonging, their longing, their entire being.
So where do you start? This is no easy task, as the modern world of magick and religion is not as clean and dry as in ancient times. Modern and ancient systems meld into one another and often sprouting new system. It is the ebb and flow of people’s beliefs that are carried on, inherited, created to suit a particular audience that I’m sure is nothing new.
My research on this topic has been of interest for a while, recently writing an article on CL about the Witch the Shaman and the Healer so this only re-ignited my inquisitive nature on distinguishing all three as one and the same. Different corners of the world practice in their own way, their own rituals, and their own traditions that have weaved their way through their ancestral roots and in the end it is all the same. What do I mean? Well any one you ask who is involved in any type of belief system will always worship, draw their energies, give themselves to a superior being, a superior energy whether it’s Pachamama, Gaia, God, Goddess, Theo, Allah, call it what you may. Both modern and ancient science is and has been in awe with all that energy.
“The scientist’s religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is utterly insignificant reflection. This feeling is the guiding principle of his life and work, in so far as he succeeds in keeping himself from the shackles of selfish desire. It is beyond question closely akin to that which has possessed the religious geniuses of all ages.”
Today the modern Witch, Healer or Shaman has the more accessible luxury to travel the world more readily to discover, to explore and to embrace spirituality. Most people also have the freedom, some less than others, but none the less we are a society with a greater religious choice more or less. There is contemporary thought, ancient traditional process and the fusion of practices that make the modern witch. We all want to believe, to hold, and to be connected to some ancient ancestry or practice of inherited tradition, but the reality is that we live in a modern world. We can preserve these ancient practices and carry them through into our time, just like they have done from one generation to the next, this is how we keep them alive.
The article below (The Witches, healers and Spell caters of Poland) is an amazing explanation of the various belief system throughout not only Poland that have held true to their traditions but all around the world. They have been incorporated, morphed, melted into one, and divided into others to develop their own way of healing. Yes the end result is healing, yourself, others and the earth. Looking at people that are engaged in the green peace movements, they are effectively worshiping Mother Nature, and they are hearing the call of Gaia. There is entire movements called the Gaia movement where in effect they are worshiping the Goddess in all her glory by actively participating in preserving her.
So after reading all that, where and how do you choose? This is something that comes from your absolute heart space, do what feels right for you. If you have been drawn to the arts like many before you and many after, you clearly have a calling. Spend time to really get to know yourself and your cause in life. Experiment with life, be daring with spirituality and most of all believe. Believe in yourself and everything that you stand for. This is one of the reasons that I was drawn to the Cl website because it offered a freedom of alternative belief systems. There are solitary Witches and ones that belong to covens. There are elemental Witches, Hedge Witches, Wild Craft Witches, Shamanic Witches, and the list goes on. There are Neopagan traditions of Wicca that include, Gardnerian and Alexandrian, etc, that have similar elements to the Qabalah, the very structure that resonates with the ancient Greek, Egyptian and Vedic religions. All hailing the same energy that comes in different aspects of the one infinite representation that is the God and the Goddess as one.
“Don’t expect everyone to understand your journey, especially if they’ve never had to walk your path.”
And never stop believing
Hypatia of Alexandrea.