What is Witchcraft?

witches_brewing_300The title of this piece presents an interesting question, though it may not seem to be at first.  Defining witchcraft is just one of those debated and endless tasks that is usually best served on a plate of experience and opinion with a little history on the side.  So, every witch and non-witch has a way to explain and define what witchcraft is and this post reflects my current understanding on the matter.  And in case you are wondering why I am writing on such a rudimentary topic, I’m writing this piece so I have something to refer back to in any future posts because I would like to blog more about what I have been up to (meaning witchcraft).  Capeesh?  However, I would also like to elaborate further on this topic because of my appearance on Infinite Beliefs, which is a new podcast.  When I was asked about it, I feel as if I stumbled a little in my response.

Now, just to get the obvious out of the way, lets default to some dictionary definitions for some banal initial insight just in case you need it, though I doubt it.  According to the following wonderful online sources, witchcraft can be defined as: (more…)

Some Thoughts On Initiation

Francisco_de_Goya_y_Lucientes_-_Witches'_Sabbath_-_WGA10007With the going public of BlackTree Coven we felt that voicing some thoughts about the practice and utilization of initiation in a group environment would be appreciated as it has a tendency to be over dramatized and misrepresented by many practitioners and systems within modern witchcraft.  We feel that offering our thoughts on the matter might be a nice change of pace for some who read this.

What are some of the misconceptions about initiation?

  • Initiation makes someone a witch.
  • Initiation elevates the conscious of the initiate.
  • Initiation kick-starts one into a higher level of magical understanding.
  • Initiation creates some metaphysical transformation in the initiate.
  • Initiation can be removed at a later date or time.
  • Initiation may not have worked on someone.

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As of late…busy, busy, busy as usual.

I realize that I don’t often post much about what’s been going on in my life anymore. Not that anyone has to care, but I thought I would share anyway for good measure.

Summer time always knocks me down. I don’t do well with the heat and humidity of NJ and honestly it may just be the humidity that does it because hot or cold, humidity will add a special layer of ugh to any type of day.  However, despite the season, I’ve been trying my best to fill orders, podcast, study, practice with Tara, work my day job, and just be as present as possible in my own life.

Along with my usual activities, Tara and I have recently been involved with organizing a Sharon Knight concert with one of coordinators of SJPPD which will be happening in Maple Shade, NJ on August 4th. I imagine you’ve already seen my announcements about it somewhere via social media. If you’re local enough, you should come out for it because it’s going to be a fun time.

altarNow, what did I mean earlier, by “practice with Tara?” Well, I mean just that. Since I left the Gardnerian coven I was apart of 1.5 years ago, Tara and I have been working together in a ritual sense, in a magickal sense, and in a witchcraft sense. If you weren’t aware of this that’s OK because this is the first time that I’ve written about it online, but some of the altar pictures I’ve shared in the past have been from our nights working together. I haven’t posted any images recently because after a while they all tend to look the same, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been doing ritual in some manner or another.

What we’ve been doing is trying to find our way of working together which has been a lot of experimentation and research on both our parts and a lot of determining what feels better for the both of us, what works and what doesn’t. What our efforts have begun to establish is something different, but in some ways something new, and in other ways something completely recognizable.  I wouldn’t call what we’re doing as being eclectic because it has a formal structure and firm foundation, and it’s certainly not Wiccan for over a half dozen reasons and that’s fine. There’s enough of that to go around and we were pursuing something more relevant to our needs and sense of place.

I’m bringing the coven up in this post because we’ve decided to be a little more public with it in an effort to help it along and to not be so tight lipped about it. Like a plant, any growing thing needs some exposure and interaction with its surroundings in order to develop further and what we’re doing is no different.  Our work needs exposure and the opportunity to stretch its legs despite it being an initiatory tradition for practical reasons.

Aside from the coven, and yes, that’s what we’re calling what we’re doing because we’re hoping to attract others down the line, the resin version of my sculpture The Witch Lord will be available in the Fall, which is exciting! I’ll also be at various local Pagan Pride Days as well as FaerieCon! So, the rest of the year is full of wonderful things ahead and I hope to be sharing them with you all in some way or another!

Cheers!

 

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