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My Wicca: Absolute Belief is Essential

86DC5EB4-95B8-493F-A352-D46153D8F75BWithin the past year, I’ve had a couple of freak-outs. Like “I’m gonna leave the Craft” kind of freak-outs. Thankfully I managed to put those behind me, and I must say I’ve been a happy witch since. Over the past month, I’ve really ramped up my devotion to witchcraft, to infusing magick into our home, and even to getting back to my Wiccan roots.  The fact that I am using the word “Wicca” more on social media hasn’t gone without notice to me.

I do think of myself as a cottage witch and a Wiccan. Yes, in the past I’ve moved away from regular, more formal rituals, in favor of small bits of magick sprinkled around our home on a daily basis. But what I discovered is that for me, it does help to have some kind of ritual on at least a semi-regular basis. I think it keeps me grounded, and helps cement my relationship with the gods and goddesses.

What! The gods and goddesses?? Hey mister, wasn’t there a time in the recent past that you decided that the deities were archetypes? Hmmm?

Well, I’ll admit, that’s true. That nagging logic part of my brain that says, “Cmon, there’s no proof.” Ultimately, that’s pretty much true. However, I think that as a witch & Wiccan, my relationship with deity is way different than say, a Judea/Christian, who, when it comes right down to it, fears their God. Their God is one of death. By that I mean that his/her followers are trying their best to please their deity, in order to get a good seat in the afterlife. The orchestra pit isn’t as attractive to them in death as it is in life..

I don’t think the deities care that much about me. I think they cosmically do, or have done their thing, and we are just momentary commuters to them. I do think you can appeal to a deity for whatever reason, and maybe, just maybe, they will lend you a hand. But for the most part, witchcraft is all about you controlling your own life and destiny, not praying to a deity for his or her help on a constant basis.

As an example, take casinos. How many prayers to the Judea/Christian God are asked in a gambling setting each day? Thousands, right? Conversely, as a witch, I might create a good luck bag, using stones, herbs, oils, crystals, or whatever else may be needed, and carry that with me. Or perhaps, cast a spell before going to gamble. No asking deities for the right card or a good spin.

The key to all the witchcraft happenings, the spells, the rituals, the deities, the guardians of the watchtowers, the elements, the power of stones, oils, herbs, etc., etc, is one thing: rock solid belief. Janet Farrar, long time Wiccan author, wrote in her bookProgressive Witchcraft: Spirituality, Mysteries, and Training in Modern Wicca, that in order to practice the spirituality of witchcraft, she believed belief in deity was vitally import (I paraphrased there).

There are times of doubt for most all of us. Our logical brain tries to kick out the unseen, the things we can’t possibly wrap our minds around. And yes, I guess you can be a witch without believing in deities. But that is a practice, not a spiritual path. That witchcraft is all about spells and the mechanics of magick. But many of us need more. We need an empowerment brought on by a belief system. And that is exactly why I’ve gravitated back to Wicca.

I think my power lies within my total belief and acceptance of the existence of deity, and the full, unwavering belief in the power of magick through witchcraft.

Blessed Be!

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Adult male Pagan, witch, and modern day hippie. I've been on the Craft path since February of 2004. For much of my life I was the picture of consumerism. Only after finding Wicca in my early 40's, did I realize that buying and having lots of stuff did not equate to happiness. So I, along with my wife, decided to live a simpler lifestyle. I opted to take a more casual and hands-on approach to a magickal life. Cottage witchery lets me infuse magick into everyday home life and activities. In our home, we have flipped the "normal" social roles, as I am in charge of household care & cooking. Previously, I didn't think I could remain a Wiccan while relaxing my physical rituals, but now, I see no problem with that whatsoever. Now, I try to use all natural and homemade cleaning products. I use essential oils and other simple ingredients to make body care products. We are suburban hippies, with a little witchcraft thrown in for good measure.

3 thoughts on “My Wicca: Absolute Belief is Essential

  1. I like you have been on a journey, and I highly doubt I’ve reached the end of it, but I keep gravitating back to the craft. Why? Because it works for me, because it feels right (unlike my fifteen plus years as a christian), because my intuition says this is where I need to be, at least for now. I think it just took me some good solid time to shake my ‘programming’ (the whole, there is only one religion ect. sort). So this question about deities really interests me. I mean I still haven’t personally been able to accept the idea of a deity again (once burned twice shy). But also in my journey and my observation I’ve encountered a sensible reasoning that says maybe there aren’t deities per se. I don’t believe that it is harmful to believe in deities at all, but I’m leaning towards none.

    I guess my aha moment was when I read the teachings of Buddha. He comes out and says, there is no god. Yet he doesn’t discourage his followers from adhering to tradition and doing what is beneficial to them. In fact he keeps coming back to deities as illustrations.
    I believe that must be the bottom line. What is beneficial to you?
    I know people who are perfectly happy as Christians. Just because I’m not, doesn’t mean everyone else will be… egad I don’t even know if this makes sense, I hope I haven’t rambled on for too long! Thank you so kindly for sharing your journey, I hope you don’t mind that I have shared a little of mine.

    Blessed be
    Meno

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  2. Very engaging post. it’s funny that you’re watching yourself get accustomed to using the term “wicca.” I, too, struggled some using that word in the beginning. In fact, I went years not even allowing myself to utter the word: magic. I think…I was shy about calling myself a witch, or wiccan, or saying I believed in magic. There’s a certain stigma I can’t quite put my finger on to calling yourself a witch, and I felt pressured into thinking that to be a witch, I had to be a list of certain things. But I’m not. Certain things aren’t my “practice,” as you say. In terms of the dieties, in a universe that is full of so many dieties that people believe in, I think when one person devotes themselves to a diety in some way…there is a measure of respect for that. You could choose any god or goddess…but you chose Diana, or Morrigan, or Shiva…or all of the above…whomever seems to resonate with you, and I’d like to think that in and of itself doesn’t go unnoticed.

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    1. Over the last 12+ years, I’ve explored other paths, but have unfailingly come back to Wicca every time. It could be a calling, or simply it’s where I feel comfortable. You’re right, the “witch” or “Wiccan” stigma is there with the general public. I never mention those words to longtime friends or family. I spent so much of my life cultivating a cynical life outlook, that it would just sound very strange to them for me to say I’m a witch or Wiccan. That’s why “Pagan” suffices. A few did find out about Wicca, and I actually lost a couple of friends over that.

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