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Faceless Gods

‘Witchcraft is not a religion’, ‘Witches are not Pagans’…Anyone who has read even just a few books on traditional Witchcraft or hung around a few message boards long enough will have heard one or more of these sorts of things…very few people however really explain what they mean, certainly not in terms which most of us can understand. 1,273 more words

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A World Full of Spirits

When you look at traditional witchcraft trials, both of people who identified as cunning folk and/or as witches, you find that the majority of the practitioners were involved with private/personal spirits as opposed to named deities. 364 more words

Godspouse

Beth reblogged this on Wytch of the North and commented:

Reblogging this (reblogging the reblog, that is) to say: Oh my goodness, YES. Another huge clue on the path to recognizing myself as a Traditional Witch (or at least some version of one) has been the idiosyncratic way in which Odin has presented Himself to me...right from the beginning, when, as I mentioned in my post On Being a Cunning Woman, He was calling Himself "the Devil." (This was back in my teens, waaaay before I knew Odin even existed, as such.) My Odin is so idiosyncratic, in fact, that I've often wondered if He is the same Odin other people are interacting with (and He may not be--barring the idea that He might not be Woden or Wodan instead, which are also possibilities if the aforenamed gods aren't really all one and the same). Regardless, He presented Himself to me as Odin and so that is the name I call Him by--even while my wedding band says Wodan in runes, and the new last name I plan to adopt is Wodandis, not Odindis. Does it really matter? As Heather points out, They present to us the parts of Themselves They need us to know and love, which are also the parts we need in our lives. If my Odin turns out to not be THE Odin (and I'm not saying I think He isn't, mind you; I've had plenty of confirmation and am not issuing a challenge, thank you very much ;P), that matters to me not at all; He is still MY Odin and I wouldn't switch Him for another. I would not be surprised if a lot of the spirits mentioned in the witch trials, the ones who became the companions of cunning folk, were known by other names as well, some of which we're more familiar with. I'm reading a book right now (Sorgitzak by Veronica Cummer) that discusses the Witch Gods as she understands them, but also gives alternate names pagans would be more familiar with. In fact, there is a passage I want to share here (not tonight though) on Magistrar, the Black Man, god of the rim (of the Compass Rose) that describes my Odin pretty well--His energies, if not His personality--although she does not identify Him with Odin.

A World Full of Spirits

When you look at traditional witchcraft trials, both of people who identified as cunning folk and/or as witches, you find that the majority of the practitioners were involved with private/personal spirits as opposed to named deities. 364 more words

Godspouse

On being a cunning woman

So, I clicked on a link in a friend’s blog post earlier that led to an Amazon reading list on English Traditional Witchcraft, read through the reviewer’s summary differentiating Brit Trad from Wicca, then called Jo over to listen while I read it out loud. 520 more words

Odin

Podcast 69 - Goodbye Peter

Summary:

This is a heartfelt (if rambling), often emotional, and very raw memorial to Peter Paddon, who passed away at the end of October 2014. You will hear my memories of him, what I owe him (hint: a lot), some of his thoughts in his own words, and a bit of the music he liked to play on his show. 297 more words

New World Witchery

All Hallows

The surface of the ancestral shrine is washed with a fresh white cloth soaked in warm water infused with Vervain and Hyssop. Each item is gently positioned just so, it has to be visually pleasing to me and hopefully the ancestors. 232 more words

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Are You are Tarot Snob?

I hate to say this…… I mean, I reeaaaaly hate to say this but a fleeting thought crossed my mind the other day as I responded to a friends You Tube Video regarding their “Top 13 Decks for the Season”. 541 more words

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