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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Tips for Solitary Witches ~ Part III

Part III concludes this series, which was based on Llewellyn's Witches' Calendar 1998. Adrian]

9.) Solitary work is ideal for self-transformation and healing. - You can focus on building up your self esteem, creating new habits, and modifying your lifestyle to suit your spiritual outlook. As a solitary practitioner, you can build your sabbat and esbat rituals around your goals and needs in ways that a group could never do. As you progress, as healing occurs, as changes take place, you will find your practice likewise changing. Consider this a form of sympathetic magic. As you become more fully integrated and whole, your rituals will become more balanced and holistic as well. The Craft is a healing path, so why not approach it as such?

10.) We all learn at different rates and in different styles. - Working alone makes it possible to modify everything to suit your schedule, circumstances, and requirements. Creativity and sincerity can guide you in making your Craft practice a viable and vital part of your life. No matter what disabilities, hindrances, or restrictions you may have in your life, you can practice Wicca--if you truly, honestly desire to do so.

11.) Be yourself. - Don't try to be something you're not. Remember the words of the "Charge of the Goddess", "...if you do not find it within you, you shall never find it at all." The established traditions--Gardnerians, Alexandrians, Algards, Sheba, Georgian, and so on--have specific rites they have developed. Established traditions have stuctures, essential teachings, practices, customs, and shared history that provides a collective context that cannot be accessed by the power of your will, no matter how hard you try. You can access many of the same truths, learn the same secrets, celebrate the same rituals, and experience the same mysteries, but you cannot initiate yourself as a Gardnerian or Mason. Think about it. Why on earth waste your time trying to be something you're not? There's precious little room on the path of spiritual development for self-deceit. Those who truly are drawn to the Craft value honesty. It is absolutely required of you if you have any spiritual aspirations whatsoever. You can lie to yourself, but you'll never fool the gods.

[I hope you agree that this article has been of benefit. Comments and questions are invited. Adrian]


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