Wiccan/Paganism VS Authentic Tradition
I have always felt uncomfortable in Wiccan groups. I could never fall for the idea of gods and goddesses, when I never believed in a higher power in the first place. I have always felt that I am empowered to make changes in my life and however unfortunate it may be, I cannot live my life and accomplish what I want by praying to a goddess. I cannot bring happiness to my life with expensive crystals or exotic spices.
I know many witches feel the same. Then six months ago I discovered Heritage Witchcraft Academy, created by Grayson Magnus to bring the authentic tradition to an online forum. It opened my eyes to the proof in history, the evidence in writing, that it was okay to feel so out of place in the Wiccan hodge-podge of ideas. If any of the below interests you, I encourage you to please check out his website.
What prompted this? Six months into the tradition and I have already seen spellwork manifest. Goals that I thought unreachable, not matter how many spells I tried with Wiccan groups, suddenly surfaced when I attempted them through the teachings on the authentic tradition. Plus I know carry a print version of Grayson’s book which has allowed me to absorb the content much better than reading a PDF.
What is this authentic tradition? How is there a tradition without gods and goddesses and preach and prayer? I feel it best to quote Grayson from his book titled Authentic Witchcraft.
"While Wicca may involve elements of Witchcraft, it is not the definition of Witchcraft. There were no-doubt Witches long before there were ‘Wiccans’.
For the sake of drawing distinctions between Wicca and the authentic tradition, I must take a moment to explain exactly what Wicca entails, that authentic Witchcraft does not.
a) Currently, Wicca tends to center around the worship of deities including a primary Goddess and sometimes a consort God. Originally, (1950’s) prominence was placed on the God and little was made of a Goddess. This changed in the 1960’s and 70’s with the emergence of the feminist movement which found Wicca to be a promising religious alternative to the patriarchal Church.
b) Wiccan magic is an extension of the worship service and is therefore not as much about magic as it is prayer.
c) Modern Wicca conforms to Christian-like morality which forbids Wiccans from harming others. This dogma is based in the so-called ‘Wiccan Rede’ and the ‘threefold law of return’.
d) Wiccan practice centers on a sophisticated ritual structure that is derived from Hermeticism, Freemasonry and Christian ceremonial magic.
e) Wiccan defines itself as ‘Pagan’.
None of these qualities have anything to do with the authentic Witchcraft tradition.
Witchcraft is not, nor has ever been, ‘Pagan’. Paganism refers to the systematic worship of ancient gods and goddesses. Even within the context of ancient religions, the practice of magic was considered taboo because it circumvented the temple systems at the center of most villages and city economies. Therefore, magic was often considered a crime against the state and punishable by death. Further, the idea that magic was socially accepted among the ancient Pagans is a new-age fallacy. It was just as feared and misunderstood then as it is now. This is evidenced by stories such as that of Circe.
Witchcraft is about physical and spiritual autonomy. It is about deciding our fates for ourselves, rather than petitioning some invented deity to do it for us. After all, why does one practice magic if a god or goddess can be expected to answer our prayers?”
Thank you Grayson.
I know I struggled with the concept of good and bad. Grayson’s third note highlights the crux of Wiccan practice. How do we define good and evil? How do we define white and black magic? It’s a law just to make practitioners feel good, a ‘fuzzy bunny’ rule. We cannot avoid harm. We kill animals to eat, we kill plants to eat and for spells and charms and talisman and jewelry, we harvest crystals from their homes by breaking them from the rest. We cannot define the rules of nature.
We might cast a spell that enables us to come across a large sum of wealth. In our eyes that is very good. Perhaps without interference, that wealth would go to someone in dire need of it, and we have just robbed someone of their opportunity. Surely robbing from the poor is bad and very evil and whoever casted such sorcery should be ashamed!
What then? Does the threefold law choose to project good or bad karma to the caster?
There is no good and bad in magic, just a point of view from which you view it. We live in a world with many points of view, and how I choose to view Witchcraft may be different than yours. But I hope that blasting this might open up a door to people confused by the idea of Gods or Goddesses in Witchcraft. I encourage you to read the free PDF of his book. I encourage you to read every bit of history concerning Witchcraft and sorcery, especially that predating Christianity. I encourage you to follow your heart and figure out which path works best for you, and let history shine a light on the authentic tradition.