The views that are expressed within the pages of this site are not in anyway meant to be or taken as the views of an expert; and although I am a member of a close knit group/Coterie, they do not reflect or represent the views or beliefs of the Coterie or its members! These ideas, thoughts and beliefs are personal to me. They may be similar to the views of others but they are simply what works for me. They are in effect one way amongst many.
A quote from ‘The Gospel of
“God has made different religions to suit different aspirants, times and countries. All doctrines are only so many paths; but a path is by no means God Himself. Indeed one can reach God if one follows any of the paths with whole hearted devotion... One may eat a cake with icing either straight or sidewise. It will taste sweet either way!”
Over the last 25 years or so I have had an abiding interest in all things magical and over the span of those years have read many, many books and to be honest I have ‘cherry picked’ and adapted the ideas and methods that felt right and worked for me. Many of the books that I have read contain kernels of truth but sometimes it’s hard to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff’ as they say.
The reasons most of the articles were written in the first place was to allow me to order my thoughts in a rational way, and with a thought that I might one day write a book? Most of the articles were researched and written between 2001 and 2007, although some have since been revised. As to the book; thats still an on going project, so far I have written well in-excess of 100,000 words. Excerpts from the book can be viewed on the page titled Sabbats.
I have not been trained at the feet of a master! I was not that fortunate! Although I have sat and listened to many knowledgeable people expound on their ideas and beliefs, but in private rituals I have always followed the ways that felt right for me. I am not to proud to admit that if I hear or read something that strikes a cord with me I unashamedly borrow, adapt and integrate it into my own rituals. I feel this is the way that the Wiccan/pagan religion should evolve and grow; nothing should be set in stone as is the case in some religions!
It is my belief that to be witch you need to be, as the saying goes a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’ I believe no one can be a master of all; atleast I haven’t come across one yet but I have come across a few that believe they are? What you do need to do is talk to people that are involved in the ‘Craft’; read widely, and by that I mean not only those on the ‘Craft’ but on natural history subjects like Wild Flowers, Trees, Rocks, Fossils & Crystals, Birds and Mammals, and in addition to that History, especially Ancient History.
On the craft read books by as many different authors as you possibly can, but don’t believe all you read. Many books quote passages from the bible, some accurately some not? Check that quote out; you won’t burst into flames if you pick up a bible, I have three but I find the ‘Old Testament’ is more useful for this but the ‘New Testaments’ is also of some use. I think that all would-be Witches should read the Bible so if necessary they can argue from a base of knowledge when confronted by a Christian; 'Know thine enemy' not that I consider Christianity to be my enemy, just some of the people who practise it and are to narrow minded to see other peoples point of view!
Some books quote from Latin sources such as ‘Julius Caesar’ and other Greek, Roman and early British chroniclers of the ancient past, but again don’t believe all you read, even the Romans said that ‘History is written by the Victors’ and will be coloured accordingly and not to be fully trusted as an accurate account of what happened etc.
So in the words of Nenius (a 9th century Welsh monk)
"I have made a heap of all that I have found!"
“And do not be loath, diligent reader, to winnow my chaff, and lay up the wheat in the storehouse of your memory: for truth regards not who is the speaker, nor in what manner it is spoken, but that the thing be true” Enjoy!
Written by Rainbird