I am a highly eclectic witch. I practice with abandon old-fashioned and quaint kitchen witchery, but I've also performed rituals within a cast circle amongst all the pomp and ceremony of High Magick. I have steeped myself in dark and mysterious hoodoo practices, and I have followed the herbal path of the green witch. I worship the Mother Goddess, and I relegate the God to His rightful place as Her consort. I am many things. My spiritual practices and beliefs are widely varied and uniquely personal.
I have successfully combined all of the magickal practices listed above on my Personal Spiritual Path, which I've dubbed: "Gray Magerium"
Below is an overview of the three main magickal practices that make up my very special version of Witchcraft-- Hoodoo, Wicca, & Green Witchcraft:
Hoodoo, Wicca, Green Witchcraft
Voodoo (*Hoodoo) consists of a large body of African folkloric practices and beliefs with a considerable admixture of American Indian botanical knowledge and European folklore. Although most of its adherents are black, contrary to popular opinion, it has always been practiced by both whites and blacks in America. Other regionally popular names for voodoo in the black community include "conjuration", "conjure", "witchcraft", "rootwork", and "tricking". The first three are simply English words; the fourth is a recognition of the pre-eminence that dried roots play in the making of charms and the casting of spells, and the fifth is a special meaning for a common English word.
•Hoodoo...is Voodoo without the religious aspects-- pure magick.
Wicca is a neo-pagan religion based on the pre-Christian traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Its origins can be traced even further back to Paleolithic peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess. Cave paintings found in France (and dated at 30,000 years old) depict a man with the head of a stag, and a woman with a swollen, pregnant belly. They stand in a circle with eleven mortals. These archetypes of the divine are worshipped by Wiccans to this very day. By these standards, the religion that is now called Wicca, is perhaps the oldest religion in the world.
In 1951, the laws against Witchcraft were repealed in England. A man named Gerald Gardner was the first to come into the public eye with a description of what modern witches were practicing. His information came from the traditions of a coven called the New Forest Witches, and from Ceremonial Magick and the Cabballah. He began what is now called the Gardnerian Tradition of Wicca. From Gardnerian came Alexandrian Tradition, and a host of other offshoots that today number in the hundreds.
Green witchcraft is a personalized practice, differing from person to person, incorporating the use of herbs in magick, use of everyday items in magick, and possibly a religious belief system as well, which also will differ from practitioner to practitioner. There is no one, established tradition of green witchcraft.
"A Green Witch is a woman of power, whose religion is her life, whose life is her art, and whose art is the wise use of the green."
I am a legally ordained member of the clergy, receiving my ordination from The Church of Spiritual Humanism, by R. A. Zorger, on November 10, 2007; and I am a Reverend of the Universal Life Church, ordained on March 3, 2010, by Pastor Kevin Andrews. I chose the Wiccan title of “Lady” as my professional clergical title. Currently, I am the High Priestess of the Coven of Bristolwicks, a closed, female only coven of 13 individuals. They are my Sisters, my equals, my friends, and my inspiration.
I am a Reiki practitioner, receiving my Reiki Level I Attunement from my closest friend and Reiki Master, which made the experience moving, incredibly meaningful, and spiritually fulfilling. She, in turn, received her attunements from her grandmother. This is a fascinating world of healing and serenity, and I feel I will be a student of Reiki, and other holistic forms of healing, throughout this lifetime and many lifetimes to come. I also practice crystal therapy, herbology, and chakra balancing.
I am a professional tarot reader, psychic, and clairvoyant. I use the intuitve method of reading the cards, and I’m the author of two tarot books based on this practice: “Tarot: A Witch’s Journey”, which is a complete tarot textbook covering a variety of tarot topics, including an indepth look at esoteric connections. This book is used for my online tarot lessons. The second book, “Tarot for Grownups”, takes a very unconventional look at the cards and the darker side of the psyche. This book also teaches you to group cards in a manner that allows for a broader spectrum of understanding when it comes to doing readings and making fast connections between personalities and circumstances
I give online tarot readings from my Tarot Website, as well as live in-house readings at new-age shops and book stores. I do readings for parties and corporate events, as well as readings through Skype, telephone, and video. I also make arrangements for personal one-on-one readings. Visit the link above for more information.
I am the creator/webmistress of The Witch’s Corner, where I have my online shops—Wytchy Wares, Enchanted Jewelry, and Creations by Isabella.* At this website you will also find information and links to books, rituals, sabbats, spells, dream journals, spell consulations, magickal herbs, the chakras, divination, and other topics that will help you on your Pagan path. You will also reconnect with the Mother Goddess, and through this connection find healing, discovering your personal powers and strengths along the way, and rediscovering your Pagan roots.
In the course of all these endeavors, I’m also an artist, web designer, pagan activist, animal activist, paranormal investigator, and radio personality. I’ve started an innovative video series at Youtube called “Woman Speak”, and you’ll find a link to the Youtube page at this page right at my blog, where I’m displaying links to all the latest Woman Speak videos. I originally conceived the idea of Woman Speak as a radio program, and in the bigger scheme of things, I also envision Woman Speak as a television talk show. I have several ideas along this line, and I’d be delighted to talk to a producer about the specifics, the details, and the vision of it all…How would it be Different than the talk shows for women out there today? Call me, and I’ll tell you.
I’m a busy wife and mother…My life is neither glamorous nor exotic. It consists of mountains of laundry, piles and piles of dishes, an often cluttered living space, lots of cats, heavy traffic, conflicting schedules, and always in the background – that wonderful steady ‘hum’ that is Life. I’m a hit and miss housekeeper—mostly miss if you ask my husband, avid reader, rock hound, chocoholic, master procrastinator, dreamer and visionary, and the typical “Crazy Cat Lady”.
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HOT OFF THE PRESS
What makes this book unique?
The world of the gray witch has been largely avoided, misrepresented, or glossed over with various books geared gingerly towards 'protection magic'. These books, though informative and well written as they may be, have totally missed the spirit of the gray witch - who she really is, how she relates to the world of shadows and light, and exactly what she's willing to do to stand her ground.
In our society, 'dark' is automatically viewed as 'evil', and 'light' is automatically viewed as 'good'. We're expected to live completely within one realm and to totally avoid the other. This creates imbalance and is a great injustice to the true spirit of the ancient wise woman.
The book puts matters to right and gives the public a view of just what the gray witch is - and what she isn't. The gray witch does not live in a world of chaos or unbridled black magic. She has a code of honor, a sense of propriety, and relevance in today's society.
The Spiritual Feminist empowers today's modern woman through the Goddess, connecting her to ancient matriarchal divinity and spiritual practices which invoke this energy. It embraces the essence of womanhood in its entirety, through mental, physical, and spiritual affirmations, connecting personal energy and lives through the four elements—Earth, Air, Water, & Fire, with affirmations and invocations.
Amythyst Raine joined me to talk about her book and it didn't disappoint. We covered everything from spells to Folk Lore and so much more. Take a listen!
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