image courtesy of Lucy Cavendish - Oracle of Shadows & Light
One of the first things I get asked when people find out that I am a Witch is "are you a good witch or a bad witch?", often followed with a long stare to see if I have green skin, a long pointy nose and a big wart.
For that I think we have to thank L. Frank Baum and his wonderful book Wizard of Oz. Who can forget Glinda (good Witch) and the brilliant Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, anyway I digress.
I am neither a good Witch or bad Witch, I am neither a white Witch or a dark Witch, I am simply me, how do I know I'm a Witch? Do I hex, curse and bind people? Do I sell love potions and good luck spells. Can I predict the lottery results? Can I turn someone into a frog. The answer to all of them is No, and being truthful if a Witch could predict the lottery results there would be an heck of a lot more millionaires out there!
There are a lot of labels out there for Witches, and I don't fit neatly into any of the boxes, but a lot of those boxes are ticked by me in the Path that I follow.
For anyone first starting out on this Path, I suggest they read Pagan Paths by Peter Jennings, it gives a very good guide to not only the varied Path's but also the ethics and ethos behind them.
When I first started this journey, one of the things I found most frustrating is that there are more questions than answers and that if you ask a group of Witches, Pagans or Druids the same question you will get different answers from them all! But, that is the joy of this ,,,, it is totally yours, you are not forced to follow one code, you can choose what works for you.
Most will follow "An it harm none" but you don't have to cast circles, call in the quarters or do a full-blown ritual every time you want to connect to the Divine, however, if that is what gets you excited and in the mind set ..... then go for it.... it's the joy, the passion that counts.
So, how did I start on this Path, well, a million lifetimes ago, I was in a very dark place, I needed something or someone to fill a void that was in my heart. I was forced to stop and look deep within myself for an answer to that old familiar refrain ...."what do I want to do with my life" and I started to read, I was bed bound and bored with daytime TV, so I surfed the 'net and found the book mentioned above. I ordered it from Amazon and started to read. The book piqued my interest and (as mentioned earlier, I had questions that needed answering), so I researched and read some more and found that the more I read the more I had the feeling of 'coming home' of feeling complete and of feeling that I wasn't alone.
From reading I joined an online school Sacred Mists and started to learn in a structured way. From there I took courses and became an Angelic Reiki Master Practitioner and now I follow my own very unique practise.
The answers are out there, but, remember, that the answer lies within you.
The best advise I can give you, is follow your heart, if it feels right then do it, don't allow anyone to tell you it can't be done that way. Equally, if it feels 'off' or wrong, then click those ruby slippers and head for home as soon as you can.
Well, that's all for today, if you are still here reading then thank you and may your day be full of sunshine and laughter.