Magick Is Everywhere
I grew up in a Christian home. It was pretty typical. "The Wizard of Oz" was a wonderful movie, but "Harry Potter" was of the devil. Basically the typical closed-minded view. Magick was a thing to be seen as an enormous evil; not something that could help people.
I was 19 when I got my first glimpse of what REAL witchcraft is. I was, ironically enough, going to a Bible School in Crowley, TX. I was perusing through the book section at Target and found a little blue book called "The Dream Book: Dream Spells, Nighttime Potions and Rituals, and Other Magical Sleep Formulas". Curiously, I picked it up and leafed through it. I'd already done the forbidden as it was. I'd seen the first two Harry Potter movies and had been pleasantly surprised to find that they hadn't been of the devil; they'd been about friendship and love and kindness.
So when I saw this book, I figured "What the heck?" I picked it up and leafed through it. It had a Dream Dictionary, described different kinds of dreams, and then it got to the dream magic. It had different things to do to provoke different kinds of dreams such as to dream of a loved one who has passed away, it gave suggestions as to how to deter nightmares, to recall good dreams, to overcome insomnia, different ways to provoke dreams that could guide you to the right decisions for your life, etc.
It gave suggestions of different magickal things to put under your pillow to get a more restful night's sleep, have dreams that could help you find lost objects and a whole plethora of helpful information.
By the time I finished leafing through it, I found myself actually stunned. Why, the witchcraft I saw wasn't evil at all! It was gentle magick designed to help you! It wasn't anything to try to hurt anyone, be they human or animal. There weren't any bat wings, eyes of newt or anything! (And on a little side note here, I found out later that Bat Wings are actually a nick name for Holly leaves and Eye of Newt is a nickname for Mistletoe berries if I remember correctly. Basically just about every disgusting-sounding thing that were a stereotype of evil witches were just nicknames for different plants and other natural things that can be used in spells).
So, that gave me some food for thought, but I went several months with a heavy curiosity but not knowing where to start reading. I'd go to the bookstores near my apartment and peruse the New Age section trying to get some clue as to what book I should start with.
It seemed that I instinctively knew that it was crucial to start with a good book to have the best introduction to learning more about witchcraft and I wasn't blind to the fact that there were books that taught more about the very kind of witchcraft that is what gives Witches a bad name. Now, mind you, I've met Luciferians and Satanists since and they were NOT bad people, so I mean no disrespect when I say that last. That was just what was going through the mind of my almost-20-year-old self. It's kinda sad that the Luciferian and the Satanist I'd met were far more kind than most Christians I'd ever come in contact with, but I digress.
It wasn't until I got with the man that I will actually soon be divorcing that I got my start. He'd been a Pagan since he was 13.
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At first he was a little hesitant when I and a friend of mine who was also interested in learning spoke to him of our interest. He'd come across a lot of posers in his life; they were the ones who just wanted to dabble with magick and think themselves like the girls on the TV show "Charmed" and the like. I actually knew one girl in my life who, along with 2 of her other friends, called themselves "The Charmed Ones". That's the kind of stuff that makes me want to slam my head down on my desk.
After I assured my boyfriend that I wasn't wanting to just be a dabbling, overly gothed-out poser, he pointed me and my friend in the direction of Silver RavenWolf as a means of starting.
Now, Silver RavenWolf is an authoress who is very heavily debated about in the Pagan world. Basically people either really like her or they really hate her. I've gotten into more heated discussions about Silver RavenWolf than just about any other topic with Pagans. I've noticed that of the things that Pagans like to gripe about, she ranks almost right up there with Christians in their view, generally speaking, of course.
However, for me and my friend, she was a GREAT way to start. Yeah, I will say that some of her information is a little bit skewed and I'd consider her basically Kindergarten level in her writings, but that's ok. She is a GREAT way for a Beginner to begin learning about the Craft.
I started with her books "To Ride A Silver Broomstick" and "Teen Witch" and continued on through "To Stir A Magick Cauldron" and "To Light A Sacred Flame". I'm even a proud owner of her enormous book "Solitary Witch", which is basically a compilation of all of her books up to that point to make it a giant, informative Book of Shadows.
As I read through her books at the beginning, one thing that struck me and brought about a lot of peace for me was the fact that, as I read from her, I didn't have to let go of everything I'd learned from a different belief system (aka Christianity for me). She taught me that you can just integrate what you know, what you've learned. She taught me to listen to my spirit, that my spirit knows what's right for me.
It's because of Silver RavenWolf that I came to the conclusion that Religion and Spirituality as a whole is like a giant puzzle that you try to put together as you go through your life. You try to put the pieces together but sometimes you come across pieces that don't fit, it's information that just doesn't make sense at the time. The piece doesn't fit anywhere at the moment. Well, when you're putting together a puzzle and you come across such a piece, what do you do with that piece? You set it aside for the time being knowing that it will eventually fit into the puzzle rather than throwing it away.
I've found in my experience that that's exactly how it is with going along our spiritual and religious paths. I've heard things before that at the time it didn't make a lick of sense and didn't resonate yet with my spirit whatsoever, but then as time went by, I'd find the piece that would make the connection for that previous piece that didn't fit anywhere before.
I've come to find that your spirit knows exactly when things are supposed to fit on your spiritual journey. It knows when you find a piece of the puzzle that doesn't fit yet, and it's ok. Your spirit knows when will be the right time for that piece to fit as long as you keep pursuing your spirituality and continue to strive to learn.
It's also because of that analogy that I've come to the belief that ALL religions have something good to teach us. They ALL have pieces for our own spiritual puzzles.
As time has gone by, I've found other authors that grab me. Ellen Dugan is by FAR my most favorite Wiccan author. Fiona Horne is another one as well as Scott Cunningham. I have learned a lot from them as well as Raymond Buckland, whom my current boyfriend is teaching me out of.
What has interested me so much about being Wiccan as I've come along in my learning: I LOVE magick, and I don't necessarily mean all the rituals (though those are quite enjoyable) and everything like that. It's more how Wicca/Paganism has helped me see the Magick in EVERYTHING. To see the God and Goddess in everything. To realize that I do have some power over what goes on in my own life and that I have the power to change things in my life. I've learned that I don't just have to lie back and take it, you know the whole "turn the other cheek" if life is handing me a bunch of sour grapes and lemons. I have the power to change it. And, once again, there's Magick in EVERYTHING. There's Magick in the Sunrise and Sunset, there's Magick in the thunderstorms, there's Magick in the fireflies I see flitting about in the twilight hour.
There's Magick in the breeze that cools your face on a hot, sunny afternoon. There's Magick in the ocean that dances on the beach and makes patterns in the sand. There's Magick in the laughter of my children as they play.
Magick is EVERYWHERE. And it's what makes it SO wonderful to be Wiccan because as a Christian, I found that people forget magic as they get older. Everything becomes a hodge-podge of the mundane and it's hard for people to take any joy as they look at the world around them. It's hard for them to even just be able to look at a flower in complete awe as the Magick works that causes that flower to open up to the world and share with us its beautiful color, its intoxicating scent.
So, I'll say it one more time: Magick is everywhere.