Emotional level: 8
Mental level: 8
TODAY I LEARNED: There’s an island in Japan you can visit that’s inhabited only by friendly bunnies. (I would love to go here)
I really want to talk about the concept of witchcraft and what people think of witches. Honestly, there’s a large stigma out there that brings harmful focus to the entire topic of witches.
First I just want to say that, when it comes to the spectrum, there are two perceptions of witches in our world.
There are witches that we see in movies or cartoons, the type that we all have grown up to know and love (or hate.) These witches can do insane things like perform dark spells to hurt another, fly on brooms, summon demons from hell, and many other dastardly deeds. Witches like this have been dubbed the villains of tales and stories and are often bad in almost every way.
Then there are real witches. People who practice everyday magick, cast spells, and follow a path of love and light. If you’ve ever met a real witch, you would know that witches are not evil. They’re not the bad guys. They don’t bring forth horrible spirits from hell or sacrifice babies to Satan or any other crazy thing one can think up thanks to society tainting the good name of a witch.
It’s extremely important to know the difference, because there are so many misconceptions about witchcraft, witches, and what it all really means. That being said, I’ll detail what it’s like for me and give you a bit of my personal experiences as a witchcraft practitioner.
A Bit of My Experience as a Witchcraft Practitioner
I can promise you that witches are not here to harm. That doesn’t mean that all witches do no harm, but here is something to remember…
Witchcraft and magick are both like humans in the sense that there is a choice to be good or bad. There is nothing involving the Devil, Satan, or whatever you want to call him. It’s also important to note that most witches don’t even believe in the Devil, because it doesn’t play a part in the practice.
What I Believe
Personally, I believe in a greater force of good and evil. A great spirit and a darker energy. Because without either one, the world would fall apart. Everything requires balance. That’s just how our world works.
But the reason I wanted to touch on the whole “devil” thing, is because I recently had an encounter with a man who tried to convert me to Christianity. Little did he know I was raised through the influence of many Christian denominations, and I know my way around the Bible quite well.
He couldn’t fathom how I could possibly believe the things I did because he considered them “of Satan himself.”
Look, I don’t care what you do or what you believe in. I’m completely on board with following your own path through whatever religion or road you decide on, however, the point of it all was that he couldn’t see my point of view, because he wasn’t willing to. We both respected where the other was coming from, but he couldn’t find a common ground, because there often isn’t one when it comes to Christianity and witchcraft.
To him, witches and witchcraft are something he’s been raised to believe are horribly terrible and wicked. There’s not a doubt in his mind that my lifestyle isn’t ideal…but only because he couldn’t let his mind open up to the possibility of something other than what he was raised to believe. He’s cemented, for now, in what he believes. He tried to say his truth is absolute…but I don’t believe that at all.
We choose our own truths. But don’t let your mind be blocked off just because someone tells you to. Find out the truth for yourself. Don’t take someone’s word for it. Hell, don’t even take my word for my beliefs. Go out there and find what it is that you believe. You can’t just accept what someone tells you as truth. I mean, you can, but then you wouldn’t be living your authentic, true self.
You have to do the research. You have to find your own truth, because you owe it to yourself to be honest and open about who you are and what you believe.
When I first started researching witchcraft, it took me 2 years until I decided to sway against my own beliefs. But I never would have made it to that point unless I had made the choice to find out for myself.
That’s all I really want to stress today is that it’s important to find out the truth, your truth, for yourself. You can’t let someone tell you who you are. So, find it for yourself. And remember that all we can do is try our best. And that’s all you have to do, is try your very best at finding what it is that you believe in.
Don’t let fear, no matter what form it takes, keep you from finding who you are. Because fear is often the biggest wall that stands between looking for your truth and staying seated in what you’re taught.
Be you. Be free. Don’t be afraid to let go and fly.