“We take spiritual initiation when we become conscious of the Divine within us, and thereby contact the Divine without us.”
This topic has been on my mind for a super long time, but I was taking a hiatus from writing and I wasn’t sure how to appropriately discuss this.
Here goes nothing.
I do not want to come off pretentious, elitist, or as a gatekeeper; I want to smash those ideologies, in fact.
I DO want to speak some personal truths and share observations in hopes that we as a community can grow, discussions can start, and we can change some of our negative patterns (both action and thought).
So, I might say things in here that are going to offend you, or annoy you, and make you roll your eyes, depending on your journey and path—I implore you to please read my points, and this piece in its entirety before forming an opinion.
There’s this large group within the greater Witch community who wants to see the Craft become accepted, mainstream (as far as not being considered completely taboo and Satanic) and open.
Then there is another group who wants the Craft to stay underground, to remain Occult (hidden) and let the muggles think what they want about us.
There is a final group forming of people who fall somewhere in between.
I have always been the latter.
The fear a lot of folks have with the Craft becoming mainstream is that it will lose its Mysticism, it will lose its Saredness, it will lose all that it means to be a Witch; to walk among the unseen and exist in Liminal Spaces.
What these folks fail to realize is that no matter how mainstream we become, there WILL ALWAYS be secrets to the Craft, there will always be things that can only be understood if they are truly experienced.
The Witch must experience their Craft subjectively and, on their terms, in their time.
The Craft is a consciousness of its own, dare I say Spirit—far beyond an Egregore at this point.
The Craft will weed out those who are not worthy of all it has to teach, if they prove their Will is not true.
That is not for any person to judge; that is for the Craft, the Spirits, and the Ancestors to judge.
We are not gatekeepers, and I appreciate some of the sentiment behind this; the Craft is Sacred to me, too.
But it is not our job to be Keepers of this Gate.
The Craft keeps and tends to its own Gate.
We each hold keys that we earned to access the Spirit World; my experience will be vastly different from yours, as will all the newer Witches coming up. We must make space for them, and allow them to earn their keys, too.
With all of this said, I want to discuss two specific aspects of gatekeeping that have become huge pet peeves of mine.
Myth: You must be initiated to be a Witch.
Fact: No, the fuck you do not.
The other day I was reading a thread of comments and it was kinda heated, and as I read one person was being ganged up on, so of course I clicked to read more and see what all the fuss was about.
The topic doesn’t matter, but what really bothered me was that people (more than 10) were hounding this person:
“Are you initiated? What titles do you hold? What Coven do you belong to? None? That’s what I thought.”
“You are not a real Witch if you have not been initiated, therefore your opinion doesn’t matter.”
And so on, and so on.
I was dumbfounded.
When did this become who we are?
I am not initiated by any group or person: THE GODS INITIATED ME.
Covens, Temples, Sects and Organizations have their place and for so many people they are a cornerstone of their practice.
But, for a lot of Witches, Solitary Practice is the only way, and, of course, there are a plethora of reasons as to why this might be.
Maybe they can’t practice in the open; maybe they live in a highly religious area; maybe they don’t play well with others; maybe they just prefer to Practice alone.
I think we should all read the works of those who came before us, listen when our Elders speak (that DOES NOT MEAN blindly follow, it just means listen as a form of respect) and accept Mentors if they cross our path or the opportunity presents itself and feels right.
However, I do not think initiation is the end goal, or at least, it doesn’t have to be.
Personally, your titles don’t mean shit to me or my Gods; we only care if your heart and your Will are true, and that you are living your authentic truth.
I am proud of every single friend of mine who has been initiated and holds titles, and props to building some amazing communities but please for the love of all that is holy and unholy, stop telling people that they must be initiated to be a Witch.
It simply isn’t true.
Myth: Witch Blood makes you more powerful.
Fact: No. Just no.
When titles and initiations don’t make someone feel special enough, they must pull the Witch Blood card, and it makes me fucking cringe.
C R I N G E
If you don’t know what Witch Blood is, it means just what you think: a Hereditary Witch, or someone who was born and raised in the Craft or a specific Tradition.
I come from a line of Witches, Eastern Stars & Masons, and was raised by a Pagan Mother and Aunts in the Granny Tradition. My other Grandparents taught me Slavic Traditions.
None of that makes me any better than anyone else.
None of it.
We all have access to the same Power Source.
Read that again, let it burn, let it sink in, let it burn some more and accept it.
Your titles, secret books, pacts and oral traditions do not divide off a part of the Universal Source of Magick.
WE ALL HAVE ACCESS BECAUSE WE ARE ALL THE SOURCE.
After all, we are what we come from.
I certainly believe that some folks are predisposed to excel in certain areas of the Craft, and there are *soooo* many factors that play a role in that.
I equally believe that we are all Magickal beings trying to remember who we are in a world that is forcing us into cages and prisons of definitions and divisions.
The Witch and Pagan communities are supposed to be the one place where the weirdos, the outcasts, the shunned, the misfits are welcome and are free to be whomever they want to be.
Let’s not take that from them because the Egos of a few have poisoned minds.
Be the cure.
Be the balm that combats the poison.
Be the voice that raises other voices.
Blessed Are The Witches.