As with the celebration of life, we also celebrate death by giving honor to those who have passed.
As the sun rises, so does it set, diminishing the day’s light and making way for the moon, the stars and the stillness of night.
If we can freely accept these cycles as part of life, then why can some not accept that the same is true for magick?
If I had a penny….yes, a penny, for each time I or someone I know has been scolded with “Do no harm” and “Remember the Rule of Three”…while pointing their disapproving finger, I would surely be a wealthy woman. But since I haven’t been given a penny for each time, (or at all) I am going to toss my own two cents in here.
Lighten up. Yeah, I said it. I’m saying exactly what every traditional witch, necromancer and Hoodoo practitioner has been biting their tongue on for the sake of keeping the peace. And in light of what I am about to say, that first statement will likely come across as an oxymoron. I’m not only giving Wiccans the proverbial “Smack-Down” here either, I’m an equal opportunity verbal lashing kinda witch, so this is also for those of an enlightened path, who grab a hold of that Wiccan Rede and run a mile with it without actually so much as sticking a toe out of their cozy warm broom closet and committing themselves to the Craft…. and by committing, I mean just coming out with the fact that you have been a closet witch, or maybe just a Google witch tossing brimstone into a burning cauldron every chance you get without even having so much as lit a candle yet. Un-affectionately called “Wickers” or “Fluffy Bunnies” these types have actually caused a
few whole lot of decent, every day witches into calling themselves “Gray Witches”….. this makes me think of that scene in The Wizard of Oz where Belinda, “The Good Witch of the North” asks Dorothy, “Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?” ……………..which forces me to ask the question, DOES IT REALLY MATTER???
A witch is a witch. Wicca is a religion, witchcraft is a practice; much like Vodou is a religion and Hoodoo is a practice. We all know the same thing, but we have finally drawn the line between tomatoes and tomahtoes.
The Wiccans did a fabulous job of thrusting the Craft into the lime light, getting all of us acknowledged (yep, we’re here, we exist folks!) and getting us a whole bunch of rights that otherwise would have continued to go ignored and
or scoffed at. THANK YOU!!!
But I digress, other than the thanks and appreciation Wicca is due for the efforts put forth over the years, the rest of the practitioners…. you know, those of us who learned the Old Ways, the ways of our ancestors, the ways witches did things long before Wicca ever even existed, we owe nothing. We are not confined by a set of rules written by human hands who thought there needed to be order in the Craft. And these folks who call themselves “Gray Witches” are simply being PC in saying first “Hey, we have a label too!” and, “We pretty much mind our own business, grow our herbs and make our potions, but if you piss us off, watch it”. Which in a way is genius, because you are in effect admitting that you acknowledge there must be a balance, and you make use of it when you need to, without totally sending the ever-growing mob of “Love and Light”-ers into a defensive frenzy. After all, Gray witches have feelings too, and you certainly wouldn’t want to be called a practitioner of the “Left Handed Path”, now would you? 😉
There. I feel much better now even having likely ticked off several groups of people. But before you light your torches and come stampeding in defense, let me clarify one thing. Whatever practice suits you, it is no business of mine or any other witch or non-witch. All the rest of us ask is that you not shove it down our cauldrons. You are entitled to your beliefs and practices much like we are entitled to ours.
To close your eyes during periods of darkness will not make the sun rise any sooner. To blatantly ignore the fact that there are bad things–and bad people out there, in this world as well as in dimensions that cannot be seen with our naked eye and to turn your head, mind and spirit away from the fact that these things in life exist would be foolish. Us left-handers, Gray Witches, necromancers, “Traditional Witches” and hot foot tossing root working practitioners learned this first and foremost BECAUSE our teachers were wise enough to acknowledge the balance needed in everything. We were taught to harness the darkness so that we may deal with it decisively when the unfortunate occasion should arise, while we are otherwise living peaceful, productive,harmonious lives like the rest of the “Fluffies”…….. we fear no “Rule of Three” because in the old days, if you were wronged, you, in the eyes of the Old Gods, (yep, that would be the same Gods the majority of us all worship) were justified in what you did moving forward.
Everything must balance. The scales of justice, the scales in our bathrooms, our check books, nature, magick, and it’s practitioner. So for those of us who walk what was once not so much the unbeaten path, we want the rest of you to know that we do not bark up another’s tree unnecessarily. We don’t walk around town rubbing our hands together maniacally looking for some innocent soul to hex. Simply put, we Do No Harm, But Take No Shit….