I am pleased you've brightened my doorstep today. I assume that your interest here is to see, how compatible we might be? Well, fair enough. Take some time and listen closely to my waxing tale. It sets the tone, on if we shall roam, further down the path as we, or as he is he and she is she.
The Plain Truth:
I will speak openly and honestly about my perspectives here. I ask that none be offended or "rally" to "convert" me. My opinion is not shed into the world with a negative energy. Nor is it meant to harm or discourage others from following their truths. Having said that I am most interested in seeking like minded others more than enjoying the camaraderie of ‘sameness'.
To state myself plainly, I am a Witch. I was born that way. There is no other way for me to be. I wasn't brainwashed, high jacked, or had my "eyes opened" by some form of cult derivative one way or the other. I am tired of getting asked, "At what age did you become a witch?" I now must throw down the Pre-Gardnerian label, sigh.
Pre-Gardnerian not neo-pagan:
My educated opinion on modern wicca, neo-paganism, and the lot, is nothing more than "christianizing" what is commonly called Witchcraft. It keeps close to its christian ties with concepts of ‘good and evil'. I do not follow their ‘practices and rituals' as laid out by Gardner in 1950 when he organized this particular religion. Witches do not abide such labels and is why we get upset when lumped into this philosophy. I am a spiritual being not a religious one. My Craft is a sacred, all encompassing way of living.
Witches, are shadow dwellers, healers, and understand and interact with all forms of nature. People who practice wicca are about the ‘shout outs', wearing their label like a badge (or a cross), and having political causes. I liken it to a never-ending Woodstock festival. Witches are quiet watchers and doers. We do not scream, "We are Witches!" We understand such behavior would lessen our effectiveness. We do not make our own bidding, as ego is a large inhibitor. We work quietly and patiently with the knowing that the tasks we are meant to perform will come.
I've observed that wicca gets very focused on form, correctness, and ritualistic rights and wrongs. Much the way of the hardcore bible thumper. They are cunning in their promise of ‘things' while doling out misinformation and folklore about The Craft to get you to "join". Witches are Witches and we need not "join," only enjoy the learning and company of others such as ourselves to better learn and in turn serve. I am not a disillusioned christian as I have found to be the case with most wiccan and satanic practitioners.
I am a Witch.Of my particulars I will speak another day. I found it most important to get this out of the way. Offended of this you should not be. Come, sit, and have a talk with me.