A Breakthrough on the First Day
The other day I stumbled upon a year-and-a-day guide book, which was highly recommended over the internet. A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic by Marian Green is a wonderful publication. It’s very thorough, as it starts from the ground up in all of its teaching. It’s well written, and very hands on. It’s not so much a course book as it is a guide; giving the reader basic exercises to complete, along with outside reading materials to direct the student’s study.
Although I’m only two chapters in, I highly recommend it thus far. What really gave it a place in my heart, however, was because of a use of wording that I have never seen before, that really gave me a better understand of what Wicca is and how it “works”, so to say.
For the longest time, there was a little barrier inside of me that prevented my wanting to practice witchcraft, and it was my unwillingness to believe in any form of deity. Before discovering Wicca, I was a hard and fast atheist, who never believed in anything more than science. On top of that, there was a little voice in my head that said, “This is all a load of crap. They don’t even have a god. They continuously say that the God and Goddess aren’t even people or beings. You can’t picture them or describe them. You can’t see them. They just are. None of this can be true if the masters don’t even know what they’re talking about”. At that point, I was about ready to give up and forget any of this. Then, however, I read this passage from the book:
“It is by working with the God and Goddess within that we may gain much of our magical power, and alongside that the will to control it and the responsibility to use it properly. If you look at the earlier part of this chapter, you will see which are the main attributes of the God and Goddess as they exist and are available to everyone, and then you may be able to choose those aspects which you most need to invoke in yourself, using your inner God/Goddess force to do this. Gradually you will learn the ancient art of symbolism and magic, wherein a certain sign, number, colour, tree or flower may represent that which you wish to contact, and by its ritual use, or even mental imagination, you will be able to ask clearly for specific help, and receive just that”.
Green, Marian. “Two: Meeting the Goddess and God of the Witches.” A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic. London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2010. N. pag. Print.
I want to walk through what I realized because of this book that will make me a more successful witch. Firstly, the God and Goddess both maintain traits that are specific to them. To contact and get in touch with the God or Goddess is to get in touch with these traits, whether it be compassion, protection, or discipline and knowledge. However, what I didn’t know before this was that the God and Goddess are found within, not without. Everybody contains the traits of the God and Goddess somewhere deep within him or herself. To get to know and to visualize the God and Goddess is to visualize and know where the masculine and feminine traits lie within oneself, and how to access them. This is the beginning of being able to connect certain symbols with the God and Goddess, and being able to use these symbols to conjure the powers from within oneself.
Wicca and Witchcraft are not about looking outward to find the God and Goddess in the great wide somewhere, floating around in the universe or heavens or what-have-you. It is about looking inward, and associated certain traits, abilities, and feelings with the image of a masculine or feminine figure in your mind and using that image to excite magickal abilities. This makes the entire system of Wicca make more sense to me. I understand know that Wicca is a celebration of the self and our abilities, and not a process of worshipping some great being watching from above. The God and Goddess are the “All” because they are the embodiment of the traits that lie inside each individual, and not because they are omnipotent beings sitting on their thrones in Heaven, judging us.