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“only a witch can make a witch”

If you have been around the pagan community for more than 5 minuets  you have heard these words. I have heard them over and over, from various different sources, and over time had many thoughts about these words. At first I thought it was pure rubbish. Recently I have begun to think they may be true. Wait wait hear me out. I think the words are true, but of course I think the way they are used is wrong. I think the general recognized meaning of these words is false, and should be examined.

The idea that the only way to become a witch is to be taught by the right person, with the right tradition, and the right level of initiation is utter and complete hogwash. Is it helpful to learn from someone? you bet. Is it nice to have some one to talk over new ideas and concepts? of course! Is another person needed? no they are not needed. it is nice but not necessary. If you have read either this interview or this one about how I came to this path then you can see quite clearly why I think this way. In short I thought I made this religion up and was practicing i,t when I found Power of the Witch in the library. I then learned other people practiced it too. Call it divine inspiration, collective consciousness,  or what you will but having that experience taught me that I didn’t need to depend on someone else for my spiritual well-being.

That said I DO believe that only a witch can make a witch, and that witch is the witch her or himself. Again I think that paganism is a religion of personal responsibly. So putting your validity in someone else’s hands is just loony to me. I have heard the argument that people read a few books (or internet sites) and think they are a witch. First off what of it. lots of folks read a little about a spiritual path and then choose to follow it or claim it. When are you a witch after the first step the 100th or the 1000th on the path? I would argue that you can say I am a believer of this faith at any point. I have seen this time and time again where my students (and this has been almost everyone that has found me) calls me up and says “I think I am a witch.” having declared yourself as a believer of said faith, or as a witch. declares ones intention, and does indeed make said person a witch. Thereby the witch has made themselves a witch.

After this first step of declaration and decided that you are a witch, then the study really begins and it is not reading a book or two it is reading hundreds if not thousands of books. It is reading new stuff and old stuff. Science stuff and nature stuff. It is practicing and tying things on and seeing how they fit with you. I it is praying and meditating to find your path. Saying “I’m a witch” means among other things that you have just made a life long oath to always be learning.  It is taking a life long oath to be true to yourself and to follow that path that is set for you. You are the only one in the end that can make you anything. Through work and study and experience and life you make yourself a witch.

And so it is true only a witch can make a witch, for you are the only person that can make you anything.

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Summer at the beach aftermath


The above image is beautiful and profoundly sad. I found on Pinterest with a link to a Tumbler but could not find the image there. If you know where it came from please share. The line about the image says that it was made from plastics that were left on the beach. Look at how many there are. I wonder how long it took the artist to collect them all. I am guessing not long. On a smaller scale EVERY SINGLE beach toy Little owns, every bucket shovel, mold or sieve, has been picked up by my mother on the morning walks on the beach. They were cast aside by the family that bought a set for a dollar and then decided they were not worth the trip back to the car or even to the trash cans.

I grew up in this beach town. I have watched every summer as the hordes come to our beaches and leave all kind of nasty things. I am not sure if they think someone else will clean them up or if they just don’t care. Where I wonder to they think their trash will end up? Do they think about what will happen to it? Whatever it is, it does not endear them to locals.

One 4th of July tradition in my family is actually a 5th of July event. Save Our Shores hosts a beach clean up on the 4th and 5th. On the 4th they stand at the entrances to the beaches and hand out bags for people to throw their trash into (God forbid they actually pack it with them back to the trash can) and on the 5th They hand out bags to a ton of locals at each beach so we can try to keep the majority of the filth out of our ocean. Even the beaches that don’t have a SOS table, locals show up with bags and pick up. We love our beaches. We love our Ocean. We love the animals that make the sea and land their home.

So this is me begging you. My heartfelt plea that you adopt the motto I learned so many years ago in girl scouts.

Take only pictures and leave only foot prints. 

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