Witchcraft Theory & Practice – To Be a Witch

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We are a priesthood that works specific rituals for specific purposes, and sorcery (magic) because we have the ability, through our training, to do so.

A witch is either a woman or a man who knows that he or she is a witch.

A witch is a natural.

I’ve never yet met a true witch who felt like something else. I’ve met a lot of people who want to be witches, who dress and talk the part, but when you’re not, you’re not.

A witch realizes certain powers; represents, rather than worships them; calls them Goddess and God (without it being a fixed, or boxed, ideology) and invokes them; fuses with them emotes, and lives them; recognizes them in the vast forces of nature and beyond that (within other frames of reference).

Witches are priestesses or priests, initiates to these powers, and are never
laity. They are secretive in their undertakings and do not proselytize. Certain
of us w ork with the publishing trade to reach others of our kind and also to
dispel the ignorance that has, at certain times, arisen to cause harm to those
who walk a different way than that which is considered orthodox.
There’s no such thing as a good, or white, witch. There’s no such thing as
a bad, or black, witch. There is only an admirable shade of gray, as each
witch is answerable only to those powrers to which he or she is oathed and to
the axiom “Do as ye will e’er it harm none,” which is the only tenet to which
we adhere. The phrase has become flippant as a result of its widespread
usage within both the neo-pagan and the neo-witch movements of the late
twentieth century to the point where I have heard it used as an excuse for
nonaction in the face of necessary responsibility, and so we will examine it
here.
Many of the ways of working magic will be described for you in the
following sections of this manual. They are things you will want to know
about at some time or other, whether the need to use them arises or not.
Although I will provide you with many techniques, the ability to work them
will be dependent on who you are and whether you are a witch (based on the
definitions above).
Two common expressions associated with what constitutes a witch that
are both absolutely true: “A witch is born, not made,” and “It takes a witch to
make a witch.”
1. It’s in the blood, no matter how many generations it may not have been
acknowledged (and self-preservation may very w ell have been why seven
or ten or fifteen or more generations ago your ancestor shut up about it
and did not pass the knowledge down the line). Like a dormant seed, it
waits until the season is fertile for it to germinate.
2. Unless the witch is willing to take initiation when the magic calls, and to
actively, consciously, and with free will, walk across the line to live in the
world but not of it, and to take the oaths of priesthood, then the line is not
crossed. The powr er will withdraw because it knows
the witch is not ready.
“Some other time,” it seems to say. That’s okay, too, understand, because
you won’t be the same as even• one else. Even the vernacular of witches,
when they gather, is either hooded or inscrutable to cowr
ans (the term for
people who are not witches-it’s an insider w ord and not an elitist one!).
Witches work sacred ritual to Earth and Moon and Sun and Star (these
are covered in this section and the next) as an outcome of the priesthood
and as a means of removing the barriers of separateness that are the
current blindness of our species. As a way of keeping the powers strong
within our pattern as a people of the Earth, the pattern is of the cycles of
the seasons of Earth and Moon and Sun and Star. It is also our
responsibility to develop our deeper talents (each to their own) of psychic
capacity and the ability to cast enchantments; to study and come to know
and understand the ways of the sacred of other people; to constantly
strive to broaden our capacity to learn in whatever areas life presents to us
and in whatever areas we choose; to treat the whole bloody thing as the
art that living most assuredly is, and to perpetuate and project that art as
the gifts we can give to life.