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[Witch Way] Volume #1 Issue #8 -- Prepare Yourself To Succeed!
January 13, 2009
|Hi, Happy Imbolc!
It has been an exciting and busy month for us here at CyberWitchcraft. Weíve added a bunch of new content to the website, and have plans for even more.
First off, weíve added a section for Interviews. The first two interviews are up, and have been extremely popular. We interviewed first Christopher Penczak, author of numerous books on Witchcraft. Among other things, he told us about a new course heís offered to online students.
We were also lucky enough to get an interview with Raymond Buckland, who is credited with bringing Witchcraft to America. He was one of Gerald Gardnerís students, and is a man who knows his Craft inside and out. Both interviews are up on CyberWitchcraft now.
In related news, weíve also put up a section for book reviews. Now this isnít the normal kind of review where I, or someone else on staff reads a book and tells you what we think of it.
Instead, you get to tell everyone else about the book you just canít put down, or the book you wasted money on. Even better, each review can be read, and commented on by other visitors to CyberWitchcraft.
This way you get several different opinions about a single book, to help you decide if itís something you might want or not.
Last, but not least, weíve added an easy way for you to tell others about CyberWitchcraft. The easiest way, of course is to just email your friends, and tell them.
For those of you who have web pages, weíve created code that you can copy and paste into your web page, so that your visitors can find us also. The Share This Site section is up and available now.
Sign of The TimesSome of you may have noticed that weíve changed the Home Page. When I first started CyberWitchcraft, my intent was to put up information that I thought visitors would find useful. Iíve spent months doing that, and now that I have a solid foundation, Iím asking for your help.
I had an experience poll up for several months. The reason for this was to find out who our visitors really are. What I found out, kind of surprised me. Most of those who filled out the poll are interested in Witchcraft, but not currently practicing.
So now Iíve put up a new poll to find out what you most want to learn about. This is your website, and in order for it to become the resource I know it can be, I need to know whatís most important to you. I have my own ideas about what I think is important, but they may have no correlation to what you really want to know.
Then we set up a question in the Beginning Witchcraft section, asking what questions you want answered. Weíve just put up a poll on the Home Page asking you what your most important question about Witchcraft is.
By asking you what you want to know, we are assured of making CyberWitchcraft the most usable and knowledgeable site of Witchcraft on the web. After all, a website is useless, if it doesnít give you the information youíre looking for. You know more about what youíre looking for than I do, so Iím asking for your help in letting us know what to put up.
Based on some feedback weíve already received, weíre in the process of putting together a section on astrology. Youíre questions and comments are what will help us become the number one Witchcraft website on the Net!
Time of The SeasonImbolc is the first of the Fertility Sabbats of the year. Normally when people speak of fertility, it has to do with human reproductive problems. This Sabbat is about the land and the animals (human fertility comes later).
At Imbolc, milk begins to engorge the udders of livestock, as the animals come closer to giving birth. Preparations for Spring sowing, and the hiring of labor that will be needed for the growing season, are made. Fishermen check their boats and make minor repairs, readying to go back out after Wintering in the safety of land.
Take a look out your window. You may have already noticed that the sun isnít setting quite so early as it was at Yule. Even the news casts have noticed that thereís more light out as they show the rush hour traffic in the evening.
Itís this extra light that we celebrate, and the changes it brings in Nature. Those who breed livestock know that itís the sun, and the abundance of its light that allows the animals to come into cycle each year. The sun is beginning its long march back toward the northern hemisphere.
Depending on where you live, you may be able to see new sprouts of growth in the trees and plants. Even here in cold, snowy Colorado, I can see the first stirrings of Nature. The grass is starting to show the first pale greens of returning from the brown of dormancy. Often it is what most call weeds, but we know as herbs, that start to show the first signs of Spring.
Brighid, is the Goddess in Her form as the Maiden, and it is the Maiden who is celebrated at this time of year. She wears a hat, or crown of glowing candles to symbolize the return of the light. Whatever the light touches, again becomes fertile.
The Greeks first, and then the Romans, had their tales of Persephone, returning from Hades, to be greeted by her mother Demeter. Now the Goddess, Her grief no longer upon Her, can allow the fields to bloom again.
There will still be cold and snow, but the frequency and duration will become less. The days will become warmer now. Windows will eventually be thrown wide to welcome the Spring breezes. This is the time for traditional Spring cleaning.
This is also the traditional time for Spiritual cleaning. Itís time to clear your Spiritual fields of the trash accumulated over the Winter. Get rid of anything that holds you back, or is no longer of any use. It will only keep new possibilities from growing.
Before you can till the fields of your Spirit, and plant the seeds of success, you must clear them of all that no longer belongs. Remove the dead stalks of last yearís harvest.
This is a new season, and a New Year. It will be better than last year. No matter what is happening in your life, you have the ability to take control and make of it what you Will. Will and Intent are the tools you farm with. Sharpen and polish them.
An Imbolc Exercise
Find a white candle, it doesnít matter if itís a taper or a votive. Dress the candle with oil, what oil you use is up to you, it can be an essential oil from a Spring flower, or even cooking oil. That too comes from flowers.
As you dress the candle, think about the things, the baggage you still carry with you. All the things in your life that you want to get rid of, or no longer need.
Make a mental list of these things that you want to get rid of.
Focus the energy of ridding yourself of these things into the candle.
After you have spent some time working out your list, place the candle in a fire-safe place. This can be your altar, or a coffee table, as long as it can burn undisturbed, and not cause a fire. Remember, magick takes Will and Intent, and it can take time to focus them into your need. Give yourself that time.
If you wish, you can carve labels for the things you are cleaning out of your life, into the candle with a pin, or some other sharp object. It can be done with your Athame, but itís a real pain.
The carvings donít need to be done, but they will give you a visual reference as the candle burns, and itís more time you can spend focusing your Will and Intent.
Once you have the candle finished place it where it will burn, and light it. You may see the flame spark and sputter as the energy you placed into the candle ignites. It is important that you allow the candle to burn all the way undisturbed. You are transforming all those things that held you back, in the Fire of the candle.
Watch the flame for a while, and see your worries and issues burn away, transformed into warmth and light. If you carved symbols or words into the candle, you will be able to actually watch them melt and burn.
This is magick.
You are transforming your burdens into energy, and sending it back into the Universe for other uses.
Allow the candle to burn all the way down, but you donít have to watch it. This is why you put it in a safe place. Let the candle burn down, and go about your business. Forget all about it.
When the candle has burned itself out, if there is any leftover wax from drippings, or in the bottom of the candle holder, remove them and dispose of them in running water.
This can be any running water from a nearby stream, to an irrigation ditch, to your kitchen sink.
Letting hot water from the tap run into a candle holder is the easiest way to get that stubborn chunk of wax out of it.
Once the wax has gone down the drain, your ritual is complete. You have burned away those things in your life you no longer need, so forget about them. Start to think of what seeds you want to plant. Ostara is just around the corner, and weíll be planting then.
The Myth of The Poor PaganIf youíve explored CyberWitchcraft at all, youíve probably noticed that I am a firm believer in the fact that you have the ability to bring about whatever changes to your life that you want. If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.
We all know how bad the economy has gotten. People are out of work, and even those who have jobs are finding it harder to make ends meet. So whatís a Witch to do? I find it amazing how many ďWitchesĒ I have heard say that itís unethical, or wrong to do things for yourself magickally.
When I hear this, I have to wonder, if you wonít do it for yourself, who will? Are you expecting that someone will just give you what you want out of the goodness of their hearts? Itís been my experience that I have to work for everything I get. No one has given me a thing since I moved out of my parentís house.
I think that the real problem here isnít that these people donít want to have nice things and money, I think that itís that they donít believe they deserve them. This makes it a confidence issue.
If you donít deserve the things you want, youíll never get them. Another connected issue is that if you donít have confidence in yourself, how do you ever expect for your magick to work?
Magick is all about Intent, and Will. If you really believe that you donít deserve something, no matter how many spells you cast, or rituals you do, you will never get it.
Beyond that, if you donít believe that you should get something, you will never find it in the physical world either.
If you want something, like money, you first have to believe that you should have it. The Charge of The Goddess says, ď...that which you seek without, you must first find within.Ē
That doesnít mean just magickally, it means always.
If you are one of these people who has been working at ritual and magick, but nothing ever seems to manifest, take a good hard look at yourself, and figure out if you really believe that you should have what youíre asking for.
Until you know with a certainty, that you should have it, the universe will never give it to you.
Magick doesnít work in a vacuum.
You back up your spells on the physical plane by doing things that will help the magick along. If you do a spell to find a job, or a better job, you look for that job, you donít just wait for someone to come knocking at your door!
If you donít really believe that you should have that job, or that better job, you donít look for it, and so you miss opportunities that you would see if you only looked.
This is why you must have confidence in yourself, in your abilities, and in what you really want out of life.
This is what Witchcraft can do for you. It can show you how to get those things you really want out of your life. Witchcraft can help you to build that confidence that you need, to be successful not just with Witchcraft, but in life.
Those who lack the confidence, and the drive to be successful at anything, are the ones who never will be successful.
Witchcraft wonít fix the problems in your life effortlessly. If that is what you are looking for, you are looking in the wrong place. Witchcraft takes time and effort.
The good news is, everyone has the ability to be successful, they just have to want it bad enough to work at it.
The ďWitchesĒ I spoke of earlier, who donít believe that they should work toward getting the things they want in life, will never be successful at it.
They donít believe they deserve success, and therefore they will fail. You on the other hand, can make the choice to be successful in your life, and reap the rewards of your own labors.
So you see, there really is no such thing as a Poor Pagan. Whatever success you want, you can have, even in this economy. You just have to work at it, and be willing to do what it takes.
The first step, is believing in yourself, and believing that you do deserve your success, whatever it is.
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Until next month, may you be blessed in all that you do, or as we usually say,
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