Friday, October 23, 2009

The Male Witch



I have been very fortunate to have many people who have had real events, sightings, close encounters and unknown experiences write to me. The fact that I protect those who talk with me gives me a wealth of information about the paranormal to write about. I am not interested in bringing ridicule or heartache to those who endure the unknown. I am only interested in bringing the stories to those who wish to read them. It is up to each and every one of us to form our own opinions. Dragging a persons private life out for others to invade is not my idea of addressing the paranormal. I am not a news reporter I am simply someone who wants to share the experiences of others for us all to use as a base of knowledge. With so many having so many events or sightings happen it is very probable one day you may find yourself in the arms of the unknown. Reading what others have lived through and how they handled it may one day be a lifesaver for you when your paranormal day walks right into your life.

Along with events I have been fortunate enough to find those among us who live the lifestyle of things we all hear about, think we understand yet are sadly confused or misinformed about. I have been able to talk with those who live as real life vampires, pagan witches, as well as those that have been labeled a ware wolf when in fact they simply suffer from a rare disease.

Today I am going to share with you an interesting interview I was lucky enough to have with a real Male Witch.

I found this man to be very polite and easy to deal with. He was good enough to share with me what his lifestyle is like being a Traditional Male Witch.
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We interviewed in question and answer form. Since Halloween is a time of celebration for those who are witches I wanted to share some of those questions and answers with you as Oct 31st approaches.
What kind of Witch are you?
I am not a neopagan new age self studied witch. I also am not a follower of a religion called Wicca invented by Gerald Garner around 1950. I am not a Satanist or devil worshiper
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I am an initiated follower of an ancient wisdom tradition. A tradition handed down through generations from person to person. A tradition translated into different languages and cultures over the millennia. A tradition known in English as Traditional Wicca.

Do you belong to a coven of witches?
There are two types of traditional witches covens. There are training covens, where people regularly meet with a holder of the tradition, where that ancient tradition is once again handed down to another generation (possibly to a different language or culture). There are also “working” covens, where witches who have completed their training agree to meet regularly for a set period of time for some specific purpose.
I was trained for 10 years in a traditional training coven. Since my training with that coven was completed, I now practice on my own, not belonging to any working coven.

Witchcraft is often associated with the term "Wicca". What is Wicca?
It is a modern English term, coined by Gerald Gardner around 1950.
The term is used in two ways: neopagan Wicca, and Traditional Wicca.
Neo-pagan as the name infers is new paganism typically made up and invented by the leader of each group. This was the case with Gerald Gardner and is done by solitary witches. They do this without following the set traditions that are handed down from generation to generation. Followers of this type of Wicca often call themselves witches and being without a definite tradition, believe in and practice a random variety of different pagan ideas.

Traditional Wicca is a modern English term for a specific set of beliefs and practices that is handed down from generation to generation.

The modern term of Traditional Wicca refers to an ancient initiated, body of teachings and practices that have been handed down through the generations person to person for centuries.

These practices and beliefs constitute something similar to what is known in India as Hindu or Buddhist tantra, and could be described as "the tantra of the West." Contrary to public misconception, tantra does not refer to sexual practices. The meanings of the word tantra aptly describe Traditional Wicca.
Literally the word means: a loom, specifically, the warp or weaving. It also means: the leading principal essential part, main point, or characteristic feature of anything. It is a model, prototype, system, framework, doctrine, rule, or theory. Also: a chapter or part thereof, or a class of works teaching magical and mystical formulae.

Is there some organization behind Wicca?
There are some Wicca organizations, such as The Wiccan Church of Canada. Traditional witches normally have nothing to do with any organizations beyond their own coven of 13 or so members. The idea of some organizing body beyond that is foreign and incompatible with the basic tenets of traditional Wicca.

What does a traditional witch do?

Traditional Witches practice prayers, meditations, rituals and spells. We practice the prayers and spells that are selected, designed or altered by accomplished witches before us that are appropriate to our time and culture.
We learn prayers to watch and develop how we use our minds. We practice meditations, spells and rituals to explore what it is that we are really doing, and what it is that we really are. We do all of these things, so we can help others and ourselves when the need arises.

What's the purpose of the witch practicing witchcraft? 

We are all of One Universal Consciousness. Finding that and identifying with that is our most intimate experience. There are powerful immediate effects that come from recognizing this. Because we can experience firsthand that we are not separate from anything we can be aware by instinct of self-preservation. It becomes impossible for us to want to harm another. We would be harming ourselves!

At the same time any pain or suffering we become aware of we experience as our own. Out of the instinct of self-preservation it is impossible not to want to help heal that pain or suffering. A drive to help others is inherent in the core experience of Existence itself. . Abhorrence for any kind of harm or deprivation is our way of life. These are the effects of learning to be a witch in the traditional sense.

We believe it is the union of the God and Goddess that creates the entire universe. Traditional witches place great value in a balance between the two of them and in the equality between the sexes. One can no more have one without the other than one can have day without night, here without there, or up without down.

Our daily practice is to learn to recognize these truths within us and around us in every moment and everything we do. We have prayers, meditations, rituals, and spells for our own languages, cultures and time that we use as constant celebrations of those truths.

We use prayers, meditations, rituals, and spells to try to reduce the harm we see around us. We use those things to try to help those who are suffering because we can feel the suffering happening to ourselves, as we are all of one Consciousness.

What's an example of a ritual in the daily life of a Traditional Witch?

First thing in the morning, we pay homage (pay attention to)
1. The Gods of Creation
2. The Gods of Destruction (as in renewal, which is the secret of "healing"), and
3. The Gods of Preservation.
We go to a sink, use a special cup acquired for this purpose and this purpose alone, fill it with water and then pour that water in libation, once for each of the above three.
In doing so, we start each day aware of the on-going living dream that we are immersed in. This is a very simple and ancient ritual shared by many cultures through many ages.

What are Witches Sabbaths?

They are eight festivals each year: four festivals of fire (including Halloween), and four festivals of the Sun (solstice and equinox). In the year, defined as one complete revolution around the sun, we see nature go through an entire cycle, and then repeat. This cycle is for us a huge Reminder and Celebration of our own cycles of Awareness.

This cycle is the cycle of birth, death, and re-birth, as traditional witches firmly believe in reincarnation.

While the Sabbaths are sacred to the Horned God, being celebrations of Awareness the Full Moons are sacred to the Great Mother Goddess being celebrations of Life.

What do witches believe about sin and the devil:

We have no concept of sin. We also do not believe in any absurd concepts such as the devil, nor of hell. These are all relatively new and manipulative concepts of the Sons of Abraham, which are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Instead of the idea of sin, we have a more ancient idea, something very similar to the Indian concept of Karma: we believe that what you do comes back to you (because it's all You in the ultimate sense anyway).

Instead of the idea of the devil we have the idea of ignorance and ill intent, which are everywhere we look, but certainly not as an organized force or single mythical entity like a devil.

Instead of hell we have the idea of self-created bad dreams that we experience right here, right now, depending on what we are dreaming. We deliberately go to hell by immersing ourselves in a hospital of needy people, or by visiting a battlefield. We can make our own lives into a living hell by making poor choices of behavior. It is certainly not everlasting though as by simply shifting our attention we can focus on the fact that it is only a dream and not take it seriously or we can dream something better by simply seeing things differently. By changing our habits and behavior we can decide not to visit that hell again or deliberately return to help others out of it.

Traditional witches cannot knowingly practice evil black magic or black witchcraft because everything one does comes right back at them. Traditional witches believe that any form of imposing one’s own will or opinion on another is a form of black magic. For this reason, traditional witches learn to never argue religion, politics or philosophy with others. They never try to recruit or convince others of their beliefs. For these reasons, when political forces seek to impose their will or beliefs on others, to persecute and eradicate the beliefs of others traditional witches end up hiding instead of openly arguing or fighting. Instead, they work quietly in their meditations, prayers and in their magic circle arranging opportunities for people to see the evil in their actions even if it takes centuries for them to accept these opportunities.

What does Halloween mean to you?

Of the 8 Sabbaths that traditional witches celebrate each year this one in particular is called the Grand Sabbath. It is the most important of all to a traditional witch.

Mythological- this is the day that our goddess descended into the underworld seeking the Great Mystery. It is a day when witches do the same. At this time the veil between the worlds reach its thinnest point in the fluctuations of the year. It is a time when we can contact the dead, and for the dead to contact us. It is also a time when the veil between the worlds being so thin allows us to be aware of all kinds of nonhuman living entities and they aware of us.

These entities might include any from the whole spectrum of life including spirits, angels, gods, ghosts, etc. Our Grand Sabbath is held at this particular time because it is a time when our Awareness of so many things occult can be so easily opened.

What is a Witches Familiar?

Part of our training is to experience the dream-like nature of reality and the relationship of imagination to it. To do this we are taught how to move, live and work outside of our bodies for brief periods of time. Think of the way you develop a close bond with a husband or wife. At times you sometimes feel like you can see through their eyes, or tell what they're thinking. A traditional witch can learn to deliberately build such a relationship with a loved pet such as a cat, dog, raven, or owl.

There are techniques for you to actually move out of your body and share the body of your pet. You are able to see through its eyes, walk or fly with its legs or wings. The purpose for being taught this is to see for yourself firsthand that you really do share the same Consciousness that all other beings do. You see for yourself that you are one with every creature in the most absolutely concrete sense. You realize that your own human body is just a witch familiar: it is an animal that you share consciousness with.

You walk with its legs, talk with its mouth, but you are not human. So you get a firsthand experience that you are, and always have been something far beyond human.
My interview was much longer and detailed then what I have written today. I will give this male witches web site link at the bottom of my article. The site is filled with far more insight and history then I was able to cover in this article.

I admit I did not fully understand the true base or lifestyle of a real witch until I interviewed this man. I found it very interesting to be educated to another way of life and thank him for helping me understand the world through his eyes.

Since Halloween is just around the corner I felt it a perfect time for us all to understand the meaning it has for others past our treat or trick give me something good to eat concept.

I do know the next time I dress up as a witch for a Halloween party I will think of this man and be filled with new meaning concerning the term Witch.

Happy Halloween to all what ever you method of celebration may be!

Witches site below
http://dreaminghades.com/ Dreaming at the Feet of Hades

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4 comments:

Artemis said...

This fellow's "Traditional Witchcraft" is just one interpretation of what it is to be a witch. I live in a witches collective (all female), and on a farm, one rarely has the time to set up a huge circle-casting spell on the proper day with the proper moon phase. The Craft (very much traditionally all female, and we all do come from generations of witches with traditions handed down, thank you very much) was originally developed to assist and heal, needs which rarely coincided with a particular day or sun-sign. Neither did original Wise Women have a plethora of tools, expensive robes and endless gewgaws to play-act some dramatic show of otherworldy powers. We use what we have when we need it; the essence of living in harmony with the Goddess and nature. I'm very happy that this fellow is comfortable with his particular niche of witchcraft, but don't assume that, if we don't do as you do, we are wrong. Personal interpretation is the key. If we wanted stringent rules and lists of do's and don'ts, we'd probably be visiting the Baptist church on Sunday morning. -Thank you from Covenstead Farm

kevin said...

if there is a thing such witches and wizard? then prove it to me...

i'v always wanted to be one of them but it seem that everything i see in that net was just all chechat! nothing real...
it seems that a lot of people are just making this things up!

if this things are so real then i dare you. show me what is like to be a wizard or to be a witch.

make me one of you...
i call upon the powerfull and the wiseist wizard. make me one of you.

reach me please....
kebincio@yahoo.com

Tom Heck said...

Hello i strongly believe in male and female witches. I believe my mother was into wicca. she couldn't bare any children. she got into the practice..and coincidently had me..born on november 1at. the true day of the dead. she went into labor halloween night around 113o and had me the next day. i looked into my sun signs and my moon signs and it said i posses the strongest of the scorpio traits and ability to be psychic and delve into the spirit realm. i met a real witch in the mountains of santa cruz and was told how i possess great power within me. i want to learn more about becoming a male witch. i have crazy dreams and very real visions even while awake. i would appreciate anyone who can help please contact me at theckiii@yahoo.com i am a healer by trade. a paramedic. i believe i was put on this earth to help and heal. please help me become a better healer and use the powers of the earth and universe. thank you much thomas

Anaxo de Morte said...

This story is probably going to sound like the ramblings of a hormonal teenager but I hope someone believes and helps me with this. I'm a fourteen year old male Witch and I am new to the craft. Ever since I've started practicing pretty weird things have started to happen. Before I start I should probably mention that my family(on my mother's side) have had many encounters with the supernatural for generations. My mother and I are both strong believers in the supernatural(my mother's agnostic and I'm a neo-pagan) also everyone who has stayed in my old room have said that they've encountered a ghost(I myself included) and for a start I thought that it might have been my great-grandfather but I have reason to believe it is someone else. This is where things get weird, my mother told me there is a very big chance that I was supposed to have a twin, but she miscarried, and I have some evidence to support this, for example, my mother bled a lot while she was pregnant with me, the doctor's said that they thought they heard two heartbeats and when my mother went to a psychic, she said that my mother was supposed to have four children(I am the third and youngest child). Anyway a couple of months ago my cousin, my friend and I decided to have a seance(we did not use a Ouija board because we know how dangerous they can be) we set out candles, offerings and a kind of brew to try and make contact. While we performed it, it felt like something touched my shoulder and whispered something in my ear which I could not make out. Afterwards my cousin got scared and left and ever since the supernatural activity has sky rocketed. This is where I kind of got scared, recently I've had dreams that my twin never died and that they were a girl called Serena(the gender was never confirmed),I knew that she was my twin because she was the same age as me, had the same hair and eye colour as me, the same last name and we were very close. In the dream it was like she had came back from a very long trip and we had transferred to this weird school. While we were there, we tried to go to class and I followed Serena upstairs but when I reached the top I couldn't move and I felt like I was going to fall whenever I tried. When I finally got up the stairs I heard her scream and ran until I came to this strange labyrinth area(I know messed up) and when I got to this particular hall I swear I saw the goddess Melinoe. Whenever I would confront Melinoe she would look like she was telling me that in order to get to Serena I would have to get through her first. The creepy thing is every time I have this dream it becomes more realistic and Melinoe seems more corporeal and creepy. I don't know if it means something or if it's just a dream but I hope someone to help me with this.