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Which Witch Blog Hop

I’m absolutely thrilled that there has been a response to the blog hop. It’s the first one I’ve tried to organise and wasn’t sure if I was doing it right! So here are a couple of links of those who have so far taken part, I would love it if you would take a moment to read them and maybe comment too. I know time is precious, and the blogs keep us all busy in our already busy lives, but I think they are worth reading as I’ve discovered some things about other people that helps me with my own belief. Which, in itself, makes me a happy bunny!

Here they are:

The Rose Laden Magdalene

The Wayfaring Otter

Steampooka

However, with the deadline for this part of the hop not until the 17th of October, please do check my page “Blog Hop” as I will add more posts from others as and when they appear. They are all titled Which Witch Blog Hop, and will all be tagged as such too.

Now, for my own Which Witch.

Which Witch Badge

I was twelve years old when I found my way into witchcraft. It was 1984.

That’s 31 years. I have been a Pagan witch for nearly thirty of them, having settled on the craft as my spiritual home easily and quite quickly.

During those years, I have danced a little with spiritualism, I’ve gone to church, I’ve visited temples of one form or another. I like to learn what others believe in. I like to be informed. During those times, I have also had my faith tested and I’ve turned from it, especially during dark times. Those times when you need your faith even more.

I always found my way back. My way home. Back to the old path. I call it the old path, as you’ve probably heard others call it, because to me, it is an ancient belief system. Stretching back through time and space from the Shamans. Native Americans, Inca, Egyptians, of course, the Vikings, and more recently Wicca.

It is the word Wicca. The whole reason for me doing this blog hop. Can you be a Wiccan if you weren’t initiated into the craft by a coven?

The simple answer is of course No. Wicca is a word created by a man, Gerald Gardner in the 1950’s, which is derived from *wica and *wice. The male and female for witch. Basically, he took the word wica, added another c and developed a religion.

*words that seem to be lacking in definition over the years, I seem to recall them being of Anglo-Saxon origin.

So, in actual fact unless you have been initiated into the craft of Wicca, you can’t really call yourself a Wiccan, can you!

Gardner says he was initiated in 1939 by the New Forest Coven. however, there is no concrete proof of this, and as he was already involved in his own studies in the old religion previous to this year, I feel there are too many holes in the story. Some of the history is lacking. However, according to GG, a true Wiccan (remember it’s his word) can only be so if they are initiated into the craft, his craft, by a coven member and to his rules.

His rules for Wicca, are quite simple. Everything is secret unless you are accepted into the fold. His fold. His way. Personally, I think the man was a pervert.

Sorry. Just an opinion.

If I want to learn about the secrets of the earth, the universe, life, death, and rebirth, I’m going to try my hardest to seek the answers. However, I don’t feel it necessary to strip myself naked, shag some bloke, play with my faeces, don a hood and chant in Latin. These are initiations deemed worthy by GG to enter into the club.

Don’t get me wrong, this is history, history that changed witchcraft and the opinions regarding this beautiful religion. Gardner’s Wicca went mainstream, it spread like wildfire throughout England and America, and introduced so many people to the faith and helped so many people. He took something that was hidden and secret that would have quite possibly remained that way. He gave it a new name, devoted his life work to it, and taught others so that they may teach others.

I just think he went about it the wrong way. Whilst allowing the world to learn and understand, and finally accept, this old world religion, he created a divide. A divide among witches.

While the Wiccan is only allowed to be used by those chosen few, you can still call yourself a Wician.

Yeah! Let’s be pedantic.

Let’s be that bloody minded. If you say you’re Wiccan, yet haven’t been initiated into Gardner’s club, then others will say you’re wrong, that you’re not a true witch. Really. There isn’t enough trouble through religions across the globe on a daily basis, of one extreme or another, are we really going to be that pedantic? Are we?

With all the confusion around Paganism already, there has to be fighting within the circle as well?

Here it is simplified:

Paganism is an earth based religion. It is old. Ancient. It is within, and at the very root of All religions. It can be followed back, depending on the branch within Paganism, to the Shaman. It can be traced back throughout the world in all its rich culture and beliefs: The Incas, The Egyptians, The Vikings, Native Americans, The Greeks, Romans, Celts and more. It is as old as the earth. Because it is the earth. The natural order of the earth, the animals that dwell upon it and the seas that crash against its shores.

Paganism is an umbrella term for the many different paths of various magical beliefs. In fact, the word Pagan wasn’t used until religious persons began to describe the non-believers. The heathens, the atheist and the infidel. The range of beliefs beneath this Pagan umbrella are just as diverse as the religions and faiths that don’t fall under it.

Whilst there are a great many practices including Wicca, Druidism, Shamans and Eclectics, this is the crux of it:

If you believe in the turning of the years wheel.

If you honour your ancestors.

If you believe there is something beyond the human and physical world.

If you pray or meditate to a universal source that is both within and without your physical body.

If you believe in balance, equality, love, and trust for all beings.

If you honour yourself by seeking knowledge and aspire to better yourself, and to help others.

Then, you are probably Pagan. Most definitely in my book.

If, in addition to the above:

You honour the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit.

You practice magic in the form of intentionally focusing energy.

If you have studied or are studying the various meanings and uses of herbs, colours, numbers, signs and symbols, animals, etc.

If you look to the Moon, the Sun, and the Stars for answers of a spiritual nature.

Then, you are probably a witch. It is the way you do these things that will make you a particular kind of witch.

And, after all of this.

Does it really matter?

If you practice magic or not, we are all on the same journey with no destination set, travelling through space and time on a great big rock.

And if that’s the case, whatever your belief; enjoy the ride.

As long as you harm none – Do what thou will.


Which Witch Blog Hop Rules

  1. Write a post with the title “Which Witch Blog Hop” What it means to you to be a witch, and any differences you know about with other Pagan branches. If you are of any other religion or belief, we invite you to write about what you think about witches and how it corresponds and differs with your faith.
  2. Copy and paste the badge and display it on your post.
  3. Tag your post #Which Witch Blog Hop.
  4. Post before the 17th October – The second half of this hop will be after the 17th, ending on the 31st.
  5. When you’ve written your post, link back to me and we can all hop over to each others blogs and hopefully, learn something new about ourselves and each other!

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One Lovely Blog Award

I have the ever supportive and lovely Ramblings on the Wall to thank for this “One Lovely Blog Award” and I am oh so grateful for all the encouragement she has sent my way since starting this blog. She was probably my first Cyber Friend on the Blogosphere, and showed me how easy it is to build up a communication on this platform.

So THANK YOU. (Yes, I know I shouted!)

Here’s the deal:

  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. You must list the rules and display the award.
  3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Here’s the seven:

  1. When I was a kid, my favourite outfit was a bikini with wellingtons!
  2. I dislike being cold. I even keep a high tog duvet on my bed during the summer. If there’s a draft I will be miserable and I will make you miserable too.
  3. I am obsessed with numbers, especially their appearances in films. Every one has a meaning and I know what’s about to happen in the movie when a number appears. Odd.
  4. I have to listen to The Beatles when I’m baking.
  5. I used to be able to stub cigarettes out with my bare feet. 
  6. I once went on a spiritual retreat and spent the entire week in a pub, drinking, with two American girls, One Scot, an Irishman, a South African man, and a Frenchman. One of the best weeks ever!
  7. When I was in labour with my first son, and all the family were in the waiting room eating cake, I was visited by Elvis… I told him off for not being John Lennon!

(Okay, that last one might have been an hallucination because of the pethidine!).

 

Here’s the fifteen:

  1.  Steampooka
  2. Purpleraze
  3. Not Quite Wicked
  4. Where Spirit Stops
  5. Writing: A Conversation Without Interruptions
  6. My Life Lived Full
  7. Courting Madness
  8. Gotta Find A Home
  9. Adele D’Alleray
  10. Erik S Lehman
  11. Just Gene ‘O
  12. Hocus Pocus 13
  13. The Raven and the Oak
  14. Sacred Hands Coven
  15. Nottingham Hidden History Team

You’re all awesome for bringing a little bit of sunshine into my inbox!

 


Which Witch Blog-Hop

After much debate and discussion, I have decided to start a blog-hop for the month of October.

I would like to invite everyone, and anyone who has something to say on the matter, regarding their spiritual and religious belief…

I know that this can be a dangerous ground to walk upon, and I do hope that everyone who joins will tread carefully. I don’t want any hurtful words or malicious comments. Granted, we all have our opinions, this is basically what I’m asking of you for this Hop, your opinion.

Many people in my Pagan community, walk different paths, some of them the same as mine but mostly, they differ. Recently there has been some speculation, yet again, about whether a witch can call herself/himself a witch if they haven’t been initiated into the craft. This is the subject matter. What makes you a witch. Which witch are you?

Having said that I also invite, and indeed welcome, others from different faiths to contribute to this Hop. What are your views on what makes someone a witch. How does the belief system differ to your own. Do you really know what it is that we’re about? Do we know what you’re about?

I have a great deal of friends who, although they hear me speak about my belief, are still a little unsure about what that actually means to me and my life.

Appropriately for us, it is October, and the season of the final harvest is upon us once more.

Halloween, or Samhain is a greater Sabbat, celebrated not just for the earth cycle, but for ancestral knowledge and honouring the spirits of those who have passed on before us – when winter itself is initiated.

I’m going to split the month into two halves. The first half running from now until the 17th of October, with the topic being “What makes a Witch a Witch?” or “Which Witch”

The second half of the month, 18th – 31st, with the topic continuing. I hope it will continue into a bigger topic about what we’ve all learned about each other. I think this part of the Hop will be a group led from the posts we read…

I will be placing the rules on a sticky post, but for now:

  1. Place the badge on your blog/post, so others will know the who and the why.
  2. Write your post “Which Witch Blog Hop” Use the tag #Which Witch Blog Hop. So people will be able to find you if searching in the Reader.
  3. Please be mindful of others. Play nice – I really don’t want to see any hurtful comments, generalisations, sexism or racism. We each have as much right as the next person to write about our own feelings and emotions and our own faith and beliefs.
  4. When you’re done, link back to me by commenting on this post. I will then put all the blog addresses on a separate page for you all to refer to.
  5. Comment. Comment. Comment! We are all bloggers and we all like to have followers and likes. Who doesn’t like to receive comments? Therefore share the love. Also, please make sure your comments and like buttons are available for others too.
  6. Any problems? Email me at wytchway@yahoo.co.uk

Here’s your badge!

Which Witch Badge


Lucky 7

The wonderful “Ramblings on the Wall” has once again tagged me into a blog hop, I love it, I really do.

*I’ll tag you one day, lol.

So, here are the rules:

  • Go to page 7 or page 77 in your current WIP.
  • Write into your blog post, the seven lines, or seven sentences, as they are, from line seven.
  • Tag seven people to do the same.

My seven people are:

Erik S Lehman

Steven Chapman

Diary of an Aspiring Writer

Just Get it Written

Icess Fernandez Rojas

Scriblet

Cristian Mihai

Go!

This excerpt is actually a character who is only used in this one chapter, and briefly at that. On top of this, I think the lines are a bit useless without the context, shame, but, here they are anyway:

“He had left at age 14, with a prophet who his mother had sold him to, hoping to spare him from serving the King and saving her son from war. The prophet had seemed nice enough, offering to teach him the way of the Old Path as they visited villages delivering messages of truth. He had promised that he would show to him the wonders of the kingdom, the World Tree, the Sleeping Tree, where the first wytch had been hanged. But instead he was taken to Limenstowe, sold as a butchers boy, for a much higher price his mother had got. In an effort to save his own soul, the butcher, being the lowest form of all, had Ashton slaughter the animals for him. Blood was stained into his skin for seven years, like a tattoo, informing all he was a butcher; a damaged soul.”

It really makes me laugh here, that on page 77, seven sentences from line seven, I have written about the number 7! I just love me some synchronicity!

 

 


S is for Sisterhood of the World, Blogging Award

Sisterhood

 

I do love the sisterhood, and this one’s most awesome because it was awarded to me by a new blogosphere buddy S dot Love over at Ramblings on the wall. Her posts are so entertaining and have had me crying and laughing, as well as admiring the ace pictures/gifs that accompany her post. S dot Love, you’re an all round sweetheart. Thank you honey 🙂

 

I have been nominated for a couple of other awards, and they will be in future posts during May. This one however, requires me to nominate 12 blogs who are inspiring and gorgeous with their blogging.

And the nominees are:

 

1 – Lainey Rain 

2 – Crone-ing 

3 – Line of Delirium 

4 – Ileandraxraven 

5 – Scriblet 

6 – Trishnugentwriter 

7 – Suddenly they all died 

8 – Proactive Indian (as we don’t know whether you’re a sisterhood or brotherhood blogger, I’m just going to call it!)

9 – Lexa Cain 

10 – Millennium Dog

11 – NJ Magas

12 – Bead Contagion 

If you’re named above copy and paste the pic, link to me on your post and name your twelve! I nominated all of you because you  got my attention… Rare, as I’m easily distracted by shiny things!

If, you’re not on the list, I’m sorry. Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to get you next time. Mwah. xxx

 

 

 

 

 


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