Before we begin, let me state clearly that this article may make some of you upset or angry. Please understand that this article is not directed at you, nor is it about you. However, if the Golden Girl In A World Full Of Witches Be Golden Shirt shoe fits you have every right to wear it as you so choose. If you are enraged by this article I want you to ask yourself why, and really sit with it a moment before popping off.
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In this article, I’m not asking for the impossible. I’m not even asking for the difficulty. I’m simply asking for the bare minimum in terms of effort and respect. If you aren’t prepared to handle it, please walk away now. If you feel this is gatekeeping, feel free to see my recent article about that as well. Otherwise, let’s dive in.
Have we no pride in our species? Image by Allinoch via Pixabay.
We’ve all heard someone say it and we’ve all seen someone post it. “All you need to become a witch is to decide that you are one.” I find this statement at best, cringeworthy, and at worst, wildly disrespectful and even dangerous. Have we no pride in our species? Is that what we think of ourselves? That the bar is so low that absolutely no work at all is required in order to adopt a spiritual title with centuries of sacred tradition and blood behind it?
On the other hand, how dare someone to have the audacity to think that you can just decide to adopt a title that thousands of people were murdered for over the centuries without putting in any work at all? Yes, thousands of people were murdered in an attempt to wipe witchcraft off the face of this earth, yet brave witches risked everything to hide the knowledge and keep it secret until it was finally safe to bring it back out into the light.
Never forget that people had to die in order for you to be the witch you claim to be today. That deserves respect, not just for witches but for witchcraft as well. I think most of us would have a problem with someone referring to themselves as a veteran without even enlisting in the military. Titles mean something and our culture and traditions are not a joke, nor are they a game.
Never forget that people had to die in order for you to be the witch you claim to be today. Image, HG-Fotografie, Pixabay.
Beyond the fear of persecution, witchcraft has long been kept secret because it is dangerous. Mainstream witch culture likes to dramatically downplay the risks and dangers associated with witchcraft in order to promote the sale of products.
Ever notice that folks who say “there are no rules in witchcraft” and “witchcraft is for everyone” more often than not have something to sell you? Whether it is a book, a potion, or a social media account, these people are perpetuating the false idea that witchcraft is safe and risk free by willfully putting money and status before truth and safety. Take note of this when you see it.
Jason Miller, a respected worker, said it best in his book Protection and Reversal Magick, when he wrote “The path of a magician or witch has its own dangers. Paul Huson, in his book Mastering Witchcraft, warned, “The moment that you set foot upon the path of witchcraft a call rings out in the Golden Girl In A World Full Of Witches Be Golden Shirt unseen world announcing your arrival.” Not everything that hears this call will have your best interest at heart.”
Anyone who has a serious practice can tell you that at some point upon the path you will have to defend yourself or others against supernatural forces. It’s just part of the package. When we first begin to learn the craft, we stick our fingers into the magical pool. This stirs the spiritual water and makes ripples. These ripples carry a message through the spirit pool, and to all of its inhabitants, not all of which are friendly. When we declare ourselves a witch, we dive in cannonball style. Not only does this create a big splash that sends waves through the Golden Girl In A World Full Of Witches Be Golden Shirt spirit pool, it sends a message through their world as well. If you don’t know how to swim before you dive in, you are a sitting duck. Certain creatures will take advantage of this.
Witchcraft requires foundational skills and knowledge. Image by Dan Farrell via Unsplash.
Beyond this, the idea that no work is needed in order to be a witch sets a dangerous precedent that witchcraft is not only safe, but that it requires no work. This sends the message to new witches that witchcraft doesn’t need to be taken seriously, and that they can ignore necessary rules, guidelines, and foundational skills. This is a delusion that has been cast over much of the community thanks to the Golden Girl In A World Full Of Witches Be Golden Shirt “love and light” folks who believe that all witchcraft is beneficial, safe, and a “divine birthright” to everyone regardless of any parameters or prerequisites (but also be sure to buy whatever they are selling you).