How Can I Become a Traditional Witch?
There is no simple answer to this question because traditional witchcraft is a broad area of practice and, also, of research and study.
The question itself, “How can I become a traditional witch?” seems to reveal the nature of the person making such an inquiry since being a witch is a natural state. Chances are the person who asks such a question is coming from a religion, such as either Christianity, Wicca or some other form of neo-paganism.
The first thing anyone coming from a religion like one of these must do is to completely forget everything they were ever told about history, humanity, the relationships between men and women, the relationships between races, etc. They must erase from their memory and from their subconscious all of the programming inherent to religions – any religion.
Above all, they must forget the moral teachings of these religions. For Christians this is the whole of its teachings, for Wiccans, this is usually the Three-fold law and the Rede. This the first and sometimes the largest obstacle that must be overcome. It’s nearly impossible for many people who have been raised in some kind of Christian religion – they never quite get over their early programming and retain a lot of irrational fears. Although, the same can be said of many Wiccans, especially those who were previously Christians.
Nowadays, because of the popularity of Wicca in movies, television and popular publications, more often than not, the person who poses this question has already been introduced to Wicca.
For anyone coming from Wicca, another good move is to cast aside most – but not all – of the books written by Wiccan authors in your personal library. Examples of ones to keep are Cunningham’s books on herbs and gemstones because those have very good, useful information. But, if you’ve read or purchased very many books on Wicca, you’ve probably come to realize that most of them are very similar. You’ll, also, probably realize as you dig deeper into the occult that many of these modern books on “the craft of the wise” appear to be written for children.
Abandon, too, the idea that witchcraft is about “love and light” or that it is somehow an extension of the self-help movement. These are ideas that come from Wiccan and some other modern New Age writers and they are completely wrong. The truth is genuine witchcraft is about power – power over our own lives and sometimes over the affairs of others.
Instead reach for the older books on the subject of witchcraft, especially those written before the popularity of Wicca. When you look at newer books on the occult, look for those authors who are publishing books on subject related to traditional witchcraft.
Traditional witchcraft is almost always a solitary practice or a practice within a family. There is no initiation rite or baptism because traditional witchcraft (again, not a religion) is based in esoteric science and the transformation of someone into a witch occurs as a person comes to know the reality of those esoteric principles for him or herself. This is true initiation. Belief does not enter into the practice of traditional witchcraft as often as experience does. Traditional witchcraft is not a matter of faith, but a matter of fact. Once you know the truth about the order of the universe, you will never, again, have the need for “faith” or “religion.”
About What’s Next After Wicca?
Wicca is the most accessible and acceptable form of witchcraft in existence in English-speaking countries today. It can be a doorway to the the riches of the occult or a trap for the mind and spirit, depending on how it is approached and the knowledge with which this is done.
In “What’s Next After Wicca?” the author answers the question she often heard from her metaphysical bookstore customers who had studied Wicca, but felt dissatisfied with it and wanted to learn more about the subject of witchcraft, in general: “What else is there?”
This book represents the opinion of the author after 25 years of experience in the occult and several years of owning a store that was, also, a networking center for neo-pagan groups. It is written in an informative, yet conversational style, just as she would speak to friends and customers who would ask for her opinions about witchcraft and the occult.
It includes a discussion on the origins and the present state of Wicca, other alternative religions and philosophies including Satanism, Luciferianism, Germanic Occultism, Gnosticism and traditional witchcraft. Throughout are recommendations for other courses of occult studies, including a categorized bibliography.
Note: This is not a spell book or a manual on how to do witchcraft.