Heather Carter on YouTube put together a series of prompts titled #31DaysofWitchcraft that she’s been working her way through since the beginning of May. I really like this idea, but I can’t handle the responsibility of any more daily posts, so I thought that for the next few weeks, I would do one (or a few at a time) for the end of week “My Pagan Perspective” posts. This is the first installment!
1. Is your witchcraft secular, spiritual or religious? How does this influence your practice?
My witchcraft is a blend of secular and spiritual. I revere the energies of the elements as well as those of creation, evolution, and balance. I incorporate these into much of my ritual witchcraft. At the same time? Much of my spellcraft is based not on faith but upon the secular qualities of the ingredients incorporated into the spells.
A secular example, I might imbibe a cup of mint tea with magical intent for healthy digestion before giving it to my sister when her stomach is upset. The magic is there within my will and my intent, which are pushed into the brew when it is made for her…. but, it is boosted by using the right ingredient for the purpose, which leans the ingredient into the energy of my intention.
Which is different than say… as a spiritual example, where I might plan a ritual that involves inviting the elements and those energies I revere into my ritual and my spellcraft, pulling them in to include them for not just their blessings, but also their power to be lent into my intent. This is a conscious act to include a spiritual aspect that is not present in the first example.
2. Do you work with any specific deities as part of your practice? Why, or why not?
Nope. My sister and I were raised Wiccan, and in that practice we included the god and goddess into our faith and our witchcraft. But once I moved out of my parent’s home, the deity aspect was the first to go for me in adjusting my practice to better fit me personally.
It’s simply not an aspect that has ever really connected for me. I don’t deny the concept of deity, only that it’s not a part of my own practice. I’d never say “there’s no such thing as Loki, or Diana, or…. any of them” because honestly? I don’t think that’s true. I just know that for me, it’s not what feels right. For me, a much better fit are the energies of creation, evolution, balance, and the elements.
3. What area of your practice are you currently focusing on, if any?
At the moment I’m pretty much in a “comfort zone” of sorts. I have my divination practice and clients. I have my daily devotionals and day to day spellcrafting. But honestly? I’m not researching or digging at this time. A huge majority of my witchcraft (and pagan path, for that matter) is instinct and intuition.
When something strikes my interest or curiosity, I delve in and sate that need to know, and may or may not incorporate something into my path if it resonates strongly with me. But there’s very little “study” going on… and other than my studies in plants? There never really has been. I’m comfortable. I’m happy. And I’m not looking to really “fill in any gaps” or change my path to something else as I don’t feel any lack of satisfaction in relation to the path (spiritual or witchcraft related) that I’m currently on.