I have been absent. There are some things that even magic can not block. After a bad start to the year, things took a turn for the worst. If you follow my Twitter of Facebook page, you probably have a clue. In May 2016 I was diagnosed with Breast cancer. Today I had my final injection. Tomorrow I start my recovery. I have seen the adverts that say it is the hardest battle you will face. Until now, I never really comprehended how much of a battle it is. It is also a battle you will never ever stop fighting. It stays with you. I was lucky, I had a very very supportive son and a very strong faith. I am still here.
You have seen the pictures, watched the film, read the books, seen the posts and forums and had your dreams. But what is being a Witch really like? What is the normal, everyday real life like for a simple normal, everyday Witch?
Well, for example, lets take a look at my life!
Ok, lets set the scene. I am single, aged <cough> years old, (not yet an old crone!), have a 20 something year old son that lives at home (you're working it out now aren't you!), have 6 cats and work split shifts Monday to Friday. I am a simple grey witch. My son is an atheist!
So what do you think my day to day life is like?
I have received a few emails asking this question.
The simple answer is NO.
You do NOT have to be in a Coven to practice or even to learn to be a Witch or to learn or practice Witchcraft, though if you are being taught by someone in a Coven, they may require you to join theirs. There are many benefits to being in a Coven but there is no actual requirement to be actually in one though.
Many starting out on the path of becoming a Witch, if they approach a practitioner of the Wicca faith they may be told they must join one but, really, you do not have to.
There are many different ways of practising Witchcraft, of being a Witch and this is where the pros and cons come in of being in a Coven.
So, I get asked a lot, "What is a normal witch?" This question usually emits a bit of a laugh from me! I mean, what is "normal" today? Its anything. Now I am in the UK and here, anything goes! But I think some people think that we witches go round with a broomstick in our hands, along with a spellbook and a pointy hat!
If truth be told the vast majority of us are just normal everyday people going about our daily lives as is everyone else.
There are witches, and pagans in ALL walks of life, but we are everywhere. Do you think you would tell us apart just from looking at us? That person in front of you in that queue, that person could well be a witch, or a Christian, or a muslim, agnostic, atheist, dog lover, cat lover, have children, no children, could own a car, no car, no family, massive family.
So, could you tell who was a witch?
It has been a very busy few months for me, and there have been a lot of changes in my life. Part of what has kept me busy is an escapade with 2 cats! One went missing, one was rescued (if you follow my twitter feed or Facebook page, you will have an idea of what has gone on).
Anyway today I saw on my own facebook feed a post that I actually liked but knew it was going to cause some divisions and arguments. This was the post....
Well you can imagine....
I work with crystals, a LOT! I have them all around the house, bathroom, lounge, my bedroom (well that is the limit my son has placed on me!). I also specialise in Divination, so the use of crystals is important in my magic work.
Before doing any divination, your mind must be clear, settled and calm. Unfortunately my job on an afternoon is in a place where there is a lot of negative energy from certain people. At times it can be overwhelming. It can make my evenings very tiring.
This is why I created my crystal dish. This is also the reason, as you will see, many of my crystals are for protection, calming and healing. I also think that is why I am so very drawn to black obsidian. This has always been my favourite.
There is a lot of fragmentation in modern Paganism. It is a faith that is very flexible and that is why so many turn to this path. There are many different religions that come under the heading of Pagan. But in reality there is also a lot of confusion in Paganism today. Modern Witchcraft is greatly misunderstood by the masses and under the heading pagan, there is confusion over the title of Witch, in its many forms.
You realise that Witchcraft is not a religion? It is a craft! Not everyone who practices witchcraft is a witch! You did one spell? Wonderful! It is a start, but do you realise it probably wont work? It can take months or even years to see the results. It takes time to learn, to study the craft, to understand how it works and finally to put it all together. Are you in it for the duration or just because you want to be called a witch? Modern TV and books have glamorised the craft without any real and honest understanding of it.
But delving deeper, I am a person who can not understand dual faith! I mean, how can anybody follow two faiths at the same time, but more astounding to me is, how can anyone follow two faiths that are totally OPPOSITE in their belief system?
Well those who know me already have a good idea I am a very busy person, doing websites for others as well as myself. Well recently things have calmed down a little, leaving me a bit of time now to start doing something I have wanted to do for a long time, to start a little bit of blogging…