Seems like there are a lot of folks going around being really crappy people to their Craft Sisters and Brothers these days. And I don’t mean inter-tradition witch-wars. I mean people who claim to be Witches while, at the same time, going psycho, and berating others with no apparent rationale. Generally, it’s people who don’t understand what life – or the Craft – is really about. Yes, I’m criticizing those people right now. Because if – like the psycho I encountered last week – you claim to be so “old hat” and “mature,” but you want to email me snide
A couple of days ago, I was talking to a friend who also happens to be a Witch. Thing is, he is more of a Wiccan – he got into this thing for spiritual reasons, rather than magical reasons. So for a while now, he’s not been doing the magic(k) thing – really just working with Goddesses and Gods, and doing ritual celebrations on his own time. He asked me what, if anything, I thought would be important things to know about spellcraft if/when one decided to go down that road. And here’s what immediately sprang to mind.
Have you ever used Bindrunes? Bindrunes are one of my favorite, simple methods of working. A Bindrune is a symbol made by combining two or more runes into one pictorial image. It can represent a practical goal that you’re attempting to achieve – or a step on the way to that goal. Or it can also be a sort of magical monogram. This latter type is made by combining initials of a person’s name, in runic alphabet. Be we’ll focus on the practical Bindrune for this post.
Do you believe in magic? I do. I’ve seen some things, in my 20+ years as a Shaman-Witch, that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt have happened because of a spell. Thing is, though: they don’t always work, do they?
Someone asked me just the other day how I felt about learning Wicca, Witchcraft or other forms of Paganism or magic from a shelf of books. In all honesty, I have no problem with it. I’d prefer, in fact, that people would learn from books as opposed to the Internet any day. But in an ideal world, I’d rather students learn from actual teachers. I’m a huge proponent of Coven-based learning. But also know that I don’t insist every human being who wants to learn Witchcraft drop their lives and join a Coven. Truthfully, Coven-life (or even Witchcraft) is not