I went into this year knowing that it would be a hard year of witchcraft. I was going into an intensive year of shadow work at the Temple of Witchcraft as well as Sacred Fires tradition. I carry a lot of trauma from my childhood and while I had mentally processed it and rationalized everything, I hadn’t actually emotionally processed anything.
There are a lot of articles on shadow work out there, particularly from those fairly new to their paths, and I am going to be very honest with you: don’t do it until you are ready. You may never be ready in this life, and that is okay as well. When I was at PantheaCon this past year I met a truly amazing person who had lost someone dear to him because they had jumped into this kind of work without having the skill set to carry them through it. Witchcraft has very real consequences and should be treated appropriately.
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Not too long ago I wrote about some of the stereotypes that plague Traditional Witchcraft. The overall message was that making broad generalizations or stereotypes about an entire group of people, especially when based off limited knowledge or experience, is never a good thing. Unfortunately, this still happens (for several reasons) and it’s obviously not limited to just Traditional Witches. Wiccans too are faced with many stereotypes and generalizations made about their path. One of the most popular and ridiculous sentiments being that Wicca is “Witchcraft without teeth.”
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I suppose there is one absolute in Witchcraft, and that is: there are no absolutes in Witchcraft. Which makes perfect sense to me as a Witch.
Practicing Witchcraft requires the ability to consider, perceive, and understand that everything contains layers upon layers of nuance.
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by Peter Grey
One of the currents running through modern Western society is the idea that something is badly wrong. We may not be able to articulate it, or we may try to blame it on a convenient scapegoat, but anyone who’s paying attention understands that new iPhones every year can’t hide the fact that we are living in an age of decline. Peter Grey isn’t just tapped into this current, he’s got the floodgate wide open. His new book Apocalyptic Witchcraft is a direct response to our disconnection from and desecration of Nature.
I read Apocalyptic Witchcraft in one evening. While it is not easy reading, it is captivating reading. Lots of people see our problems – some even describe them well. There are far fewer who actually propose solutions. Grey’s solutions are drastic, hard and fluid… but they ring true.
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“I do not hide my religion at work. While it can be hard to be a polytheist in a sea of monotheists, I have a simple method of dealing with them. I do not normalize monotheism and position polytheism as the norm.”
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Past Lives Tarot Card of the Day
When a famous author incarnates inside you, ideas that you couldn’t express in written words before suddenly come out more clearly. With your experience of this past life comes insight that you didn’t have before. If you take on the style of the famous author you once were, you can actually channel that part of your spirit of the past to affect your creativity in the present. Take advantage of this extremely creative moment, because past life incarnations can vanish as quickly as they arrive.
Daily Tarot Love Card of the Day
Someone refuses to talk about problems, or is blind to problems, today. If this is not you, and you want to handle things, you have to ask how much longer you can do it all by yourself. Yes, you can renew and rekindle feelings, but together. Then you work to stay together. Pay attention if this surfaces in a brand new relationship. It is a sign of things to come.