Secret Desires That Draw Wiccans to the Craft

“Why did you become a witch?” Lena, a friend, asked me.

This started my thoughts about how many of us, Wiccans, find our way to this spiritual path.

I note four related topics:

  • You want control over your life
  • You don’t like being told what to believe
  • You love the Old Gods
  • You want to learn Secret Knowledge
  1. You want control over your own life

Many witches want the power to control their own lives. This draws them to magick.

Several individuals find their way to witchcraft because they feel that their life is out of control, and they feel the need to create the world they want.

You may desire a better job, home or a new lover. (Be careful of love spells—see my post.)

We note that to gain a job, one needs to do mundane practices boosted by magick. Mundane?—yes, we send out resumes and go to networking events.

Magick can help us weave our own destinies—at least the parts we can influence. Magick courses through us and the world around us. Witches harness these energies to change those things they need to influence. Numerous witches perform spells for those things they desire.

Using spells, witches can control their lives in ways others cannot.

  1. You don’t like being told what to believe

Along with having control of your life comes the fact that a witch doesn’t like being told what to think and what to believe.

We are free thinkers. We don’t blindly follow some priest in a church. We don’t blindly follow a priest’s pronouncements. We question authority.

Wicca attracts many women who celebrate that women have equal rights and powers as men.

Furthermore, many women have already had experiences with the paranormal. (Men have paranormal encounters, too.) For example, I observed Shadow People and heard a poltergeist while growing up in a haunted home.

Like others, I have wanted answers to such unusual occurrences.

  1. You love the Old Gods

During my childhood, my parents dragged me to their Christian Church. I couldn’t relate to their version of an angry, father-figure God who apparently doesn’t like people!

I wanted to interact with a god who wasn’t angry or punishing. My intuition told me that there were other Gods to interact with.

Some of us grew up reading the ancient myths of different cultures and falling in love with the Gods of old. One of my good friends had such an experience.

As a child, I found myself naturally doing rituals. I gathered berries and made a little altar, somewhat near my home. This was possible since I grew up in an undeveloped area of Redwood City, California.

When I read about Wicca some years later, I realized that I was already doing ritual. I found myself attracted to the Goddess and the Horned God.

  1. You want to learn Secret Knowledge

Once we’ve begun our Wiccan journey and we’re practicing as solitary witches, some of us wanted to learn the deep secrets of magick and the Wiccan Path.

Many witches realize that they want to practice as a solitary. Still, for the deepest knowledge, one can get initiated into one of the Traditions. This is an interesting transition. Why? Many of us begin with not wanting to be told what to do. However, in going through the secret training of the seeker, you do find that to stay safe while doing magick, you need to follow precise directions. Hopefully, by this point, the witch is not overly concerned about taking direction—because she or he is more focused on diving deep into the Secret Knowledge.

My own training, over years, led to my earning the role of 3rd Degree High Priestess of the Gardnerian Tradition. In the Gardnerian Tradition, there is much Secret Knowledge that I cannot even hint about here in this blog.

Once initiated, one discovers a whole new world of information. We note that newly initiated witches dive deep, clamoring for more and deeper secret knowledge. Only initiated witches receive the specific Book of Shadows (BOS) of the particular Tradition. The BOS unveils the secrets of the Gods and the Craft, satiating the thirst for knowledge.

In summary, many of us, Wiccans, come to our spiritual path because of these details:

  • You want control over your life
  • You don’t like being told what to believe
  • You love the Old Gods
  • You want to learn Secret Knowledge

Many blessings on your journey.

Blessed Be,
Moonwater


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How Wiccans Can Find Trustworthy Mentors – Avoid Plastic Shamans and Charlatans

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“How do I find a reliable mentor, someone who knows what they are doing?” Jim asked me.

“You look frustrated,” I replied.

“Yes! I paid somebody to teach me things over a weekend, and nothing worked,” Jim said.

I felt Jim’s pain. It can be hard to find an authentic Wicca practitioner.

This can be a real problem. Similarly, the Native American peoples warn about charlatans falsely identifying themselves as holy men of Native American spiritualty. These false holy people are called “plastic shamans.”

How Lineages Help One Find Authentic Wiccan Practitioners

British Traditional Witches can find suitable mentors by looking into the person’s lineage, which shows the line of witches who mentored each other. Often, one views a batch of paperwork that delineates which person initiated the person in question—with a line going backwards. For example, I am seven steps descended from Gerald B. Gardner, who is considered the father of modern witchcraft.

Lineage is a good way to start. There are other important factors. Once you have found someone you think might be a good mentor, consider who else knows this person. Ask these people questions like the following:

  • Knowing (prospective mentor), would you work with them again?
  • Is (prospective mentor) reliable?
  • Is (prospective mentor) knowledgeable?
  • Who else knows (prospective mentor) who can vouch for him/her?

Answers to the above questions can help you make an informed choice.

[For further thoughts on how to find a good mentor, click here for my post “Finding the Right Wiccan Mentor for You.”]

Blessed Be,
Moonwater


 

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Finding the Right Wiccan Mentor for You.

 

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Finding the Right Wiccan Mentor for You

The log of wood crackled as the campfire glowed. I stretched my feet, warming them near the fire, and I recalled a question raised by someone who commented on one of my blog posts. She asked about how to find a good mentor.

So I wanted to share with you the following List to Help You Find a Good Mentor.

If you’re just beginning on your Wiccan path, you may experience the difficulty in finding the right Wiccan mentor for you.

The good news is: When you find the right mentor, magick happens!

So here are some essential questions to ask yourself as you seek a great mentor for you.

  • Are you safe?

Safety is the most important detail here. If you don’t feel safe or you don’t trust the person who will be mentoring you, then it’s likely a bad situation. Listen to both your mind and your intuition. Do not take unnecessary risks. Leave or avoid the person. Safety first.

  • Do you two get along well?

The mentor-student relationship is a special one. Feeling good and connected to a mentor helps in the learning process.

  • Does the person abide by the Wiccan Rede?

If the person does not live according to “An it harm none,” you cannot trust that he or she will be good to you, too. Hurting others is simply wrong. If you see that the person does things that mess with another person’s will, get away from the potential Wiccan mentor.

  • Does the person align with the Law of Three?

Does the potential Wiccan mentor understand and accept responsibility related to the repercussions of his or her actions? The Law of Three holds that you will receive three times what you put out into the world. People who do bad things attract three times the trouble not only to themselves but to others associated with them. Get away from those who do bad things!

  • Is this person compassionate and respectful?

Some mentors are tyrants. A mentor who is a tyrant fails to demonstrate compassion and respect in many areas of life. If this potential mentor has no respect or compassion for others, ask yourself, “How will he/she ultimately treat me?” Avoid this potential mentor.

  • Does this person manipulate others?

Pay close attention. Do you see the possible mentor manipulating other people for selfish ends? It’s a fallacy that this kind of mentor will treat you “as special.” No! If the person hurts others, then at some point, such a person will hurt you, too! Avoid this type of mentor.

  • Does this person come highly recommended?

A rule of thumb for working with someone new is to talk with three people who have had previous interactions with the person. Certainly, you would ask about the level of the potential mentor’s knowledge. But even more important is to ask: “Would you work with this person again?” If the person does not have three people who unreservedly recommend him or her, then beware. So many people allow their desires to blind them to the truth. Do not let this happen to you. If you hear bad news about the person, heed it!

Use the above essential questions to help you find the right mentor for you.

Be safe by using both your mind and intuition.

This information is so important that I invite you to share this post far and wide.

Thank you.

Blessings,

Moonwater SilverClaw
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Mentoring

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The Golden Gate Bridge

I focused the video camera on the Golden Gate Bridge. I was filming some footage for my upcoming video program. After I got the shot, my friend turned to me and asked, “You mentioned that this video is to help people avoid mistakes when doing magick. What was a mistake that you did?”

This started me thinking. Actually, it was the fear of making mistakes that prevented me from doing a lot while I was a solitary practitioner. I avoided spell-work because I was afraid of doing something wrong.

A number of times, I could have asked for help from the Gods, but I was afraid of doing a full spell because I was not sure about all of the proper details of casting a circle, conducting a ritual and closing the circle.

In a way, I’m glad that I hesitated. One of the big mistakes that people make is improperly closing a circle or not even closing a circle.

I replied to my friend. “My big hope with my video program is to function like a mentor to the viewers. My own mentor has saved me from making a number of mistakes. And because of that, I’ve done many rituals with confidence that I was doing the proper tasks in the correct order.”

So now, as I’m getting closer to completing my video program, I want to ask you for a favor, dear reader: What are two burning questions that you have about avoiding mistakes in your meditations and your magick work? Please post in the comments section.

Thank you!

Blessings,

Moonwater SilverClaw

 


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The Importance of Mentoring and the Experience

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I placed the bowl of salt on the altar and then, gently, my mentor moved my hand to the left. Just then, I had the instinctive feeling that the bowl of salt was now in the right place.

I’ve found that having a mentor brings out an aspect of Wicca that one cannot find in a book.

Imagine trying to learn to swim without getting in the water.

Similarly, did you learn to ride a bicycle with no one next you? Learning to ride a bicycle is a good metaphor related to rising to higher levels of Wiccan practice.

You could read a book about a bicycle or watch other people riding bicycles, but that is not the same as having a mentor guide you.

When my dad taught me to ride a bicycle, he was there offering advice and helping me right the bicycle when I took a couple of spills.

Wicca is an experiential process. A mentor can guide you in a progression of experiences so that you learn at a good pace and have successful experiences along the way.

The idea of being a mentor means so much to me that I’m now completing a video in which I talk directly with the viewer and show the process of a number of meditations. I provide guided meditations—this is a prime example of when a mentor can provide an experience to help the viewer go deeper in his or her practice.

Consider ways to bring a mentor or mentors into your journey.

You’ll make progress faster and enjoy the journey more.

Blessings,

Moonwater SilverClaw

 


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