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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Can anyone become a Trad Witch? Can someone be a Christian Witch?

I thought I would comment on a two questions I am often asked. Can anyone become a Traditional Witch? And, can someone be a Christian Witch?

Anyone that has a true interest in Traditional Witchcraft, who shares our beliefs and mind-set, who has the dedication necessary to live our lifestyle, and is able to master the techniques required, can become a Traditional Witch, or Traditional Crafter
, as many preferred to be called. However, few people are willing to delve into our spirituality because it is too unconventional. However, for a few, becoming a seeker is a highly rewarding and liberating experience.

Some seekers wish to hold onto Christianity in one way or another, while they walk our path. Now, I will admit there are some groups that seem to think this is acceptable. However, in my opinion, this is not possible, much less acceptable. Christianity and our fundamental pagan beliefs and values are at complete and total opposites. There is an article on this topic on the Blue Moon Manor website. You can find it by going to Articles on the navigation bar.

There is one point I wish to make clear. It is not that we are anti-Christian. Rather, it is that we hold no interest in their religion.

Inevitably, those coming to any pagan religion including Traditional Witchcraft will have to make a decision at some early point and pick one or the other.

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Blogger Nin Muir said...

I have my own issues with Christianity especially as an organized dogmatic religion but I am careful not to include the scriptures in the same framework.

You don’t find that the Bible as Christian scriptures hold profound insight – more so than most Neo-Pagan narrative - into the old Mysteries and that it is a wellspring resource for crafters?

We hold that the Core Mysteries remain present in the Bible, of course the priesthood are blind to the content of their own legacy mainly because their perspective is bound by a literal viewpoint.

Monday, July 28, 2008 1:02:00 PM  
Blogger пані said...

Good blog!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 4:56:00 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I simply have no comments to make regarding Christianity, as it is not my Path.
As far as Traditional Witchcraft of any denomination, I am not sure that I believe any of what we do can be called such. Witchcraft is a personal, experiential path, and, as such, is subtly changed and altered by each person who practices it.
My point is that, because we live in the here and now in our respective modern cultures, we cannot even hope, nor pretend, to have the same world views, experiences and perceptions as our ancestors. Not even those of a generation ago.
I do not think this a sad fact either. that is a pat response of the sheeple of our modern society. I think that any living religion or spiritual system must, just as we must, adapt, change and grow to serve or run the risk of dying out.
I find that too many a Witch, for my taste anyway, is far more concerned with the way others feel regarding their status as a real witch or their walking a truly traditional path, than they are with their own personal authenticity, growth and truth.
My ancestors did not call what they did by any particular names. They did what they knew how to in order to help, heal, protect and serve others. I cannot imagine them having so much leisure time as to be able to sit about and worry whether or not what they were doing was real or traditional enough or not.

Friday, July 16, 2010 7:59:00 PM  
Blogger Salvia Divine said...

so many questions so little time. ;)

Friday, December 31, 2010 7:30:00 AM  

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