What do you do?

What do you do?  I’m asked this question all the time, in respect to my spiritual path, in respect to religious practices and routine, in respect to practicing witchcraft.  People think in conventional terms of what they are familiar with– you have to attend a church service once a week, you have to follow this rule, you have to obey that rule, you have to undergo certain ceremonies (rites of passage) at particular set intervals, you have to follow a leader, etc.  Paganism, and especially witchcraft, is not like that, it’s not like that at all.  I keep trying to tell people, to explain to them, but I don’t think they understand.

Truth is, I don’t do a damn thing unless the urge hits me.  I might go for days, or weeks, or months without lifting one magickal finger to cast one crummy spell.  Then– Pow!– something comes up, something comes up that actually needs to be taken care of, there is a reason, there is a rhyme behind it.  Something comes up in life that needs my attention, so I take care of it with a spell, with a candle, with herbs, with a poppet, with other magickal twists and turns, whatever needs doing.

And that’s what I do.  There’s no law in my book that says I have to run around interneting people Happy this, or Blessed that– if I choose not to observe ‘traditional’ pagan holidays, that’s my choice, that’s my decision.  The sky isn’t going to fall, and  my magickal little soul will be just fine.

And that’s what I do…just exactly what I want to do.

This is the spirit of the witch…it wreaks of freedom.

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24 thoughts on “What do you do?

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  2. If and when I am asked I say Nature is my church, I give thanks to mother earth by doing my part in picking up after Litter Bugs, taking care of my plants and trees. Trying to the best of my ability to be caring and loving to all things. But I wont lie in some cases it is difficult to do, but I recognize what I said or am doing a lot quicker now.

  3. Amazing! And yes, I am but the same . . . I keep my beliefes, and I follow and respect the earth and her ways, but as for magick . .. . it all depends. There are no definites in the world of Paganism 🙂

  4. Thank You for your words…I get it, and I understand it…We should be able to do what we need to do for ourselves with out the comments of others. As long as we work from a place of love…and sometimes that love is love of us. Not selfish, just making sure we have enough…

    • Randi, you have a perfect definition for all this. Spoken like a true pagan. 🙂
      How funny that there would be any religion that would encourage followers “not” to take care of themselves, or even to deny themselves basic enjoyments in life as some sign of their spirituality. Boggles the mind.

  5. Thank goodness you posted this because I some what do the same. I see it as if Im a follower (no disrespet to others ). I do, do my own spells, but I take into concideration on what others use.

    • That’s my philosophy as well, Delores, you do what you do– kind of goes along with “I am what I am”…like holidays, there’s some pagan holidays that we love at our house and go all out to celebrate, and then there are others that either pass unnoticed, or pass very quietly, perhaps with a candle softly burning on my altar all day– no one else might even be aware of it, but I am (not all members of my household are pagan, we are a very diverse group, I’ve encouraged my children to explore their spiritualities and find their own paths)…the bottom line is that your spiritual path is just that ‘your path’, and if you feel good about it, if it is uplifting and inspirational to you– that’s all that matters 🙂

      Blessed Be

      • Thank you my hm is the same way. I also tell my kids the same thing. My 18 year old actually told me last year (him not knowing about my belief and studies) said he was interested in Wicca. Of course that made me happy.

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