A Pyrate Perspective
The thoughts and feelings of a Pirate Wiccan on Pagan issues and community.
Willow: But, there's also other stuff that we might show an interest in, as a Wicca group.
Wanna Blessed Be #1: Like what?
Willow: Well, there's the wacky notion of spells. You know, conjuring, transmutation.
Wanna Blessed Be #2: Oh yeah. Then we could all get on our broomsticks and fly around on our broomsticks.
Willow from "Hush," Buffy the Vampire Slayer
We have a joke in my household. My partner can make the mundane magical and I always manage to make the magical mundane. But that's just the way I am and honestly, I think I have the better end of the deal.
I am not what most people have in mind when they think of a stereotypical Pagan woman. I don't wander around discussing the position of the stars in the sky or what astrological sign we're under. I don't do crystal healing at the drop of a hat. My house doesn't have shrines in every corner (just one very well tended one, thank you very much). I don't wear too many flowing skirts and bangles. And magic is not generally what I would call my focus.
(No, sorry, I don't generally contemplate skulls as witchily romantic as it might seem. Sleepy Hollow - Wise Woman by Raskolnikova-Sonya)
But, it is still a very important aspect of everything I do.
I don't have to run around casting spells everyday to be a serious magical practitioner. While my practice is generally on worship, that doesn't mean that I can't whip something up when I need to.
And besides, everything I do in ritual as a Priestess is magical.
Sweep? Magic. Cast a Circle? Magic. Calling the Elements? Magic. Calling the Gods? Magic. Wine and Cakes? Magic. Drawing down? Magic.
Any spells I do decide to work take a lot of my energy, focus and intent. While I enjoy little household magics, I'm just generally not that sort of Pagan.
But lately I've been seeing a lot of my fellow Pagan friends, other initiates in my tradition and other various loved ones, complain about the usual sort of life difficulties: finances, relationships, bosses and jobs; you know, the same things everyone has problems with at one time or another.
And I end up sitting there thinking "well, are you a witch or aren't you?"
Maybe the holidays have brought out my snark, but what's the point of calling yourself a witch if you can't change your life and the world around you. Isn't that sort of the idea?
While I don't generally run around casting magical spells all the time, if I'm having a tough spot with finances, I sit down and rework my budget and rethink my spending habits and then I go and get myself a green candle and I work a little money magic.
If my boss starts giving me a hard time, I may come up with different ways to approach the situation, but I am also going to go and work a little magic to cause things to go in my favor.
Love life suck? Again, magic comes in handy. Attracting the right person your way can be just the ticket.
Need an update on the coming months? Out come my tarot cards.
Magic is not the focus of my life because as a witch, my life is magical. To me, the magical is mundane.
I think it's really easy, when we get caught up in the everyday world around us, to forget that we do have the power to change things.
You don't have to be a 32nd degree OTO member, you don't have to be a Master Warlock, you don't have to be a third degree Elder Priest/ess to create change in your life. Are you magical or not? Your attitude towards your magic counts.
I sat in on one of Orion Foxwood's workshops at a small North Carolina festival and listened to him talk about being a young practitioner and staring at himself in the mirror everyday and saying "I am a witch" over and over and over until he believed it with every fiber of his being.
Believing in your own Craft is probably the most significant tool any practitioner has.
Are you a witch? Or not.
'Greensward Grey' by Natalie Shau
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