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Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #44: Misbeliefs About Witch Blood, Born Wiccans, and Self-Serving Magick
April 01, 2015
Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #44
Witch Blood and Born Wiccans
After a year of pushing at full tilt to get the Wicca School rolling on schedule, I've decided to slow down and smell some of these lovely flowers.
...Whether or not I actually have the time.
My big lesson during this project has been that taking care of oneself is not optional: it's vital. In order to focus on A Year & A Day, I was working 12-16 hour days, often 7 days a week. I'd take a "day off" only when I was too exhausted to continue.
I learned something, from this insanity. I learned that if you keep running on a mere breath of fuel, on a tank that's all but dry, sooner or later you're going to burn out your engine!
Okay, from that poor analogy, you can tell I know very little about cars. But at least now I know more about running a marathon-size project.
After a month-long crash-n-burn, it was made really clear that there's gotta be a better way of getting things done. (Doesn’t take much to get through to me, eh? I always say, I can take a hint if you hit me with it hard enough!)
And, yes, I'm gonna share this better way with you!
Part of it is... well, if not easy, at least simple: daily self-care is a necessity. That includes time just to be quiet with oneself, and time to do something fun and/or relaxing too.
The other part is slippery; I just barely have a handle on it. I'll probably write more about it when I've really got a good grip. What I can tell you now is that it involves a white horse.
That's how it appeared to me in a dream, anyway. The message was this:
What, not whip myself til I'm exhausted and bleeding and half-broken?? Radical!!
I've actually been working with this idea for, oh, 12 years now. Seems like it's finally really sinking in, becoming more a practice than a concept. (Don't you love it with that finally happens?)
So, I'm still working on the course, and it's my top priority (in fact, almost the only thing I'm doing). And I'm still not able to be posting as much as I'd like online, answering emails (other than from A Year & A Day students), creating many webpages, or even writing full-length articles for this 'Zine (though you won't miss it, this issue, I'm sure).
But I'm learning a lot, and in the end, that'll mean I have more great stuff to share with you, to aid you in your spiritual life and Wiccan practice.
Meanwhile, please enjoy some of the special offerings in this Spring 'Zine.
And I hope you can learn from my mistakes... and enjoy the all-too-brief joys of this season!
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We've really needed something that puts all the best healing and self-development resources into one place. Now we have it:
This article acquaints you with the very best of the tools and methods I've found in 30 years of study / practice in natural healing and spiritual seeking. (Many of them, you may have seen in previous issues of the Silver Chalice.)
In my experience, Wiccans are naturally drawn to the healing arts, in particular energy, nutritional, herbal, and spiritual healing. And of course most Wiccans enthusiastically incorporate effective spiritual techniques of all kinds.
So I've felt this kind of resource to be long-overdue! And I'm really happy to offer it at last.
Check it out... there's bound to be a few things that will really make a positive difference in your life!
Now that we're long past Imbolc, you may be wondering if it's too late to start your Year & A Day training. I've been getting a lot of questions on this.
It's never too late, is the answer. After all, there'll always be another Imbolc, another Eostara, and so on.
But the "ideal" is not always what's practice, or possible.
There are lots of students starting to learn Wicca now, not in coordination with the seasons, and they're happy with that.
Virtually all of what you’ll learn in the course is useful to you right now.
The only bit that is less than perfect, perhaps, is learning about a Sabbat when you're somewhere else in the year. But that's minor. By the time that Sabbat rolls around, you'll really be ready for it!
The sooner you start,
the sooner you’ll know all you need to know!
Check out how A Year And A Day: 53 Weeks to Becoming a Wiccan can take you that extra step from thinking and reading about Wicca, to actually being a Wiccan now!
This column has, for years, been introducing the best of the best, when it comes to techniques for healing, magick, personal transformation, spiritual development, and so on.
This time, all the best of the best resources have been collected into one web page, and introduced in "What's New On The Site," above.
But you saw it here first!
Spotlighting some of the Wicca Spirituality articles you may not have seen yet!
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There is something in Wicca - in particular, Wicca Spirituality - that offers what no other religion seems to satisfy.
And the more I thought about that "something," the more I realised Wicca Spirituality is a huge gift to the world, and to everyone who practices it.Continue...
Living la Vida Wicca means living life with passion and spiritual joy, in every area of your life.
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Living La Vida Wicca is living a spiritual life . . .Continue...
Witches are very popular in fiction these days, and all those fantasy Witches are creating a lot of confusion.People are getting the message that in order to be a Witch, you need to be born into a certain bloodline. And that's pure horse-feathers!
We need to be completely clear on something: Witches are human. Fully human. There's no such thing as "Witch blood," except metaphorically, the way you might say you've got music or engineering in your blood. (And so, obviously, Witches are mortal just like anyone else.)
Shows like Charmed and Harry Potter seem on the surface to be a positive view of Witches as good rather than evil, but there's still the tendency to dehumanise us. We're not just people, like your neighbours and your aunt and the nice woman at the grocery store.
Apparently, to be interesting enough for TV shows and movies, Witches need to be some kind of mysterious supernatural creatures. Of course, we also must be conveniently human-enough to be attractive and normal, merely a little quirky and obviously with fantastical powers.
Don't get me wrong; I too enjoy Charmed and other entertainment. But they certainly do increase the muddled ideas about what it means to be a Witch.
I'd even say that, in general, most Witches are more human than other people more conscious, more aligned with Divinity, more compassionate. (Sometimes it makes me wonder if these portrayals of Witches as non-human mean that most people think highly-spiritual people are some kind of non-humans.)
Another idea going around is that you can be a "Born Wiccan" (or Witch). This is also known as being "a _th-generation Witch." And somehow, in this scenario, people can be born automatically knowing everything about Wicca and have no need to actually learn or do anything.
The entire concept of a Born Wiccan tickles my funnybone. By that logic, I was a "Born Catholic" that is, my parents were Catholic so supposedly I inherited their religion by default and without volition.
But it's in our ACTIONS that we express our spirituality.
I was a poor Catholic. I was dragged to church every week but it didn't mean anything to me. I didn't participate at a soul-level. I didn't seek out how I could become a better Catholic or Christian. I didn't even inquire into what it really means, deeper than the surface level.
In reality, you can't inherit spirituality.
Spirituality is chosen, studied, reflected upon, acted upon... ever-deepening your understanding of yourself, the Divine, and the world around you.
That's the only way we gain membership to a religion, let alone a spiritual path! At least on any meaningful level.
Some people are born to Wiccan parents or grandparents and never do anything more with it than I did with Catholicism... yet still seem to feel superior to Witches who've really delved into the Craft and done something with themselves.It's so ridiculous! It's as if their father and mother are doctors, so they are born a doctor, and therefore innately superior to anyone who's actually studies medicine.
Who thinks that way?
Not everyone is like that, of course... some take the opportunity of having Wiccan forebears and really make the most of it, as a launching pad for their own deep spiritual pursuits.
It can be handy to have family members who are Witches: you don't have to worry about your talents and spiritual leanings being accepted, and you are likely to get some guidance on the path... not to mention the pleasant circumstance of actually knowing other Witches and having someone to Circle with.
But there can be a downside too: you could learn one way of Wicca without questioning it, and it may not necessarily be the best way; and when you grow up with something, it's easy to take it for granted and never really explore the depths of it.
That's a great loss, because it's in the quest for the deeper meanings and the spiritual awakening that we find the power and value in any religion.
And it's that, not our birth, which makes us real Wiccans.
Is it bad to use a spell before my exams to help me get good marks?It's not as if I don't try, and leave it all to my powers/the God/Goddess/Elements to help me. I revise months in advance, but it's just to help me feel I have really done everything in my power to help me get a good grade, and know I've got the God and Goddess with me the whole time. It's worked so far I've got A's and A+'s in all my practises and stuff but I'm just wondering if it's taking advantage of my powers.
It's perfectly fine to use magick for your own benefit and well-being. It's only not okay to use magick when it will harm others.
Since there's no way your school success can hurt anyone, you're fine. And there's always the caveat to add in to any spells you do: "An it harm none." That way, you make double-sure.
(In fact, I recommend adding another caveat: "For my good and the good of all beings." That really punches up the power of any magick!)
The idea that it's bad to do magick for your own benefit originates with the TV show, Charmed. In other words, that whole concept is fiction!
It comes from the illusion of scarcity: that if we win, someone else must lose; if we get something, someone else must do without. That's the mode of the Old Paradigm: compete and survive at the expense of others. Maybe it was true, once, but in the new world that's evolving, it certainly isn't.
In the New Paradigm, the new reality on planet Earth, we're working with Abundance Mentality. We know that there's more than enough (of whatever it is) for everyone, when we each share our blessings.
And the more blessings we have, the more we can share!
What this means is, as long as your magick avoids harming others, you should use it to improve yourself and your life!
Remember the truth that we are all connected. So when one person does well in any positive endeavour, everyone benefits. The whole Earth benefits by your well-being! (Please see the Energy Field Barometer below, for more on this.)
The Goddess not only allows but is happy when you enlist magick in a good way like this.
So, you go, magick grrl! :)
And Bright Blessings to you!
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~ Thomas Edison
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~ Elizabeth Boyer
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~ Alice Walker
When the future is sufficiently clear, it acts as a magnet drawing us toward it.
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I have always felt that realizing our Divinity was the eventual outcome of any spiritual practice, but could find nothing explicit in books on Wicca to indicate that Enlightenment was even possible through this path, never mind desirable!
I have always felt a little put off of Witchyness by the popular emphasis on spell craft relating to mundane pursuit, whilst being simultaneously drawn to Wicca as the leading western path to worship of the Goddess. I have a real soft spot for yogic philosophy and Hinduism, but am tired of having to 'translate' constantly, literally and culturally.
Maybe I will study spell craft in more detail at some point in the future (I enjoyed reading what you have to say about it here).
But for now I feel empowered by your teachings to follow my own path, and worship Her in my heart and home just as I am guided to, and less by what I perceive others to be saying is the 'right way' to do so! I have been such a fool to doubt myself. (And by proxy Her!!) :)
Thank you again. I am getting much inspiration from your website and I pray that this light shines into the lives of others.
-- B.M. in Canada
Thanks for writing!! I appreciate hearing from you! : )
The energy has been really intense lately for a lot of people. It seems that masses of negativity are flying around if you're on track, it's likely that the negativity is pointing out what needs to change, and if you let go, the negative circumstances will move out of your life now.
There's also a strong, pervasive sense of anxiety or anticipation, like something is about to happen (referred to by many as "a feeling of impending doom," while for others it seems to be a sense of something good coming.)
Basically, "a great disturbance in the Force." (Been watching Star Wars. )In particular, getting reports of...
I read this as the ongoing Shift that's been happening at full speed since 2012, continuing to intensify as well as speed up:
Thankfully, its efforts are doomed to failure! The New Paradigm is definitely growing in strength and range!
In the meantime, though, it's extremely hard to live with all the hatred, fear, destruction, violence, greed, and overall massive negativity it's generating!
If you're a sensitive person, it's more important than ever to Shield and protect yourself, and cleanse often.The more sensitive you are, the more you need to do this.
The Divine Light Invocation is really helpful for this. As are any of the tools in the new Best Self-Healing Techniques to Make Real and Lasting Personal Transformation page. (See, this is why we really needed that page finished!! )
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