Good day to you, my brilliant blogoneers! I’ve missed you terribly. How are you?! Let my rays of love and light radiate through the written word and into your big, beautiful hearts! Muah!
The last few months were a time of writing (just not here), reflection, and serious consideration of the direction I wish to take myself and my writing. I am happy to report that I’ll be writing regularly here (yay!) and hope that you’ll continue your patronage to my little corner of the interwebs. There will be less crass culinary entries (though still sprinkled in!), and more of my true calling and passions: creative writing and Witchcraft.
WHOA. Pump the brakes. Witchcraft? I don’t believe you’ve ever discussed that before, Claire! You’re right. I haven’t. But it’s been a big part of my life since I was fifteen years old, and my practice and study greatly influences my creative writing. Only recently have I come out of the broom closet, however, which is why I’ve never mentioned it. It’s been a very personal, private, and downright secretive aspect of myself for many reasons up until this year. But here we are, and I’m ready to open this part of myself up to the rest of the world. Haters be banished!
Witchcraft — the word alone gives people a rainbow of reactions, mental images, and emotional responses. From green-skinned, cackling crones to eating children, Witchcraft is one of many religions that has been misunderstood, feared, and hated for hundreds years. Case in point:
I identify as an eclectic solitary Witch, which means I take thoughts, beliefs, and practices from across the mighty Pagan umbrella and weave them into my own unique, magical quilt. This concept — finding what resonates with me and creating my own path to spiritual enlightenment — was one of the aspects that first drew me toward Witchcraft.
For those of you who are less familiar with Witchcraft, allow me to clarify a few common misconceptions:
- We do not worship Satan. Satan is a Christian belief and has nothing to do with Witchcraft.
- We don’t cast curses. Well, a lot of us, anyway. The Rule of Three, also known as the Three-Fold Law or Law of Return, is a religious tenet held by many Witches/Pagans that states that whatever energy we put out into the world, positive or negative, is returned to us threefold. Because of this, many practicing Witches strive to be love and light and won’t touch curses, evil spells, or other dark magick with a ten-foot pole. Just as there are “good” and “bad” types of people in other religions (think radicals), so too do they exist in witchcraft and do not represent Witches as a whole.
- Pentagrams are not a symbol of evil. Upright pentagrams, or pentacles, represent earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, and are a protective sigil to ward off evil. The circle around it represents the harmony between all five of these elements. The upside-down pentagram is the Sigil of Baphomet, the official insignia of the Church of Satan and again has nothing to do with Witchcraft.4. We don’t sacrifice animals. Again, not referring to black or dark magick. In fact, many Witches are vegetarian/vegan, aligning with another cornerstone of Witchcraft philosophy: “An’ it harm none, do what thou wilt.” That goes for all living creatures, no matter how small. We give offerings of fruit, grains, and wine, but never corpses.
There are plenty more, but I wanted to be sure I got you properly Claire-ified on a few key points before you begin conjuring misconceptions.
My practice includes yoga, meditation, chakra work, self-care, being eco-friendly, and other things that aren’t solely Witchcraft-based, so I’ll be writing on these topics as well as more Witchcraft specific topics periodically. I’ll also be journaling about my writing process, providing excerpts from my current projects, as well as character bios, book reviews, and other shite!
I look forward to this leg of my literary journey, and hope you’ll continue to join me on the quest to be the best version of ourselves we can be. Till next time, my friends! Stay hydrated! ❤
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