Practical Magick

Working Alone as the Solitary Witch

While the path of a solitary witch is not for everybody, it can be a promising and fulfilling path for the chosen ones.
Many things need to be clarified about what it means to be a solitary witch.

What Is A Solitary Witch?

A solitary witch is a witch who works alone, without the aid of a coven or any other type of group. Solitary witches are generally more independent and self-sufficient than those who work within a group, as they rely on their own knowledge and resources.

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Everything You Need To Know About Ancestral Witches

The term “witch” generally conjures images of old women with pointy hats brewing potions in cauldrons. The reality, however, is that witches come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Some witches practice magic, while others choose not to use magic.
So what exactly is an Ancestral witch?
Ancestral Witches are witches who practice magic passed down from generation to generation. This type of magic is often passed down through families, and it can be used for various purposes, from healing to protection to hexing.
If you’re interested in learning more about ancestral witches, keep reading.

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Druids: Practitioners of the Ancient Celtic Religion

Druids were the members of the priestly class in ancient Celtic paganism and its many modern traditions and are revered as high priests of the Celtic gods.
Their sacred groves and ritual sites are found worldwide, including Stonehenge in England, Carnac in France, Newgrange in Ireland, Tlachtli in Mexico, and many more across Europe and Asia.
The oldest Druid site currently known in the United States is the Cahokia Mounds near Collinsville, Illinois.
An Introduction to The Ancient Celtic Religion
Druidism is an ancient Celtic religion. Druids are people who practice Druidism and are students or teachers of Druidry.

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What Is The Wiccan Rede?

Whether you are interested in the Wicca religion or are new to the modern Pagan religion, chances are that you have come across the Wiccan Rede. When we talk about the laws of Wicca, the Wiccan Rede holds priority. It is impossible to ignore it. Most magical practitioners today use it. It is important to note that the Wiccan Rede serves as a guideline. Today’s Pagans have no ethical standards or universal rules to adhere to.

The earliest version of the Wiccan Rede was popularized by Doreen Valiente during the early 60s. Then, Lady Gwen Thomspon published a new version of the Rede in the 70s in a Pagan magazine called “The Green Egg.” She credited Adriana Porter, her grandmother, for the work. Aleister Crowley also produced a similar guideline wherein he advised readers to love without any limitations. He has admitted to being influenced by Homilies on the First Epistle of St. John, a much older text of St. Augustine. Lady Gwen Thompson’s version is prevalent today among Wiccans. It would be unreasonable for you to assume that every Pagan follows the Wiccan Rede. Besides, not every Pagan is a Wiccan. There is significant room for interpretation.

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Differences In Ceremonial Magick Vs. Folk Magick

Not every magic has the same intention or practice. As you enter the world of witchcraft, it is important to know the differences between ceremonial magick and folk magick. The last thing you want is to confuse one for the other. Contemporary Western Paganism practitioners recognize both types of magic. However, the underlying concept is different. When we look at magic from a scholarly perspective, the term refers to a continuum of practices that involve both informal and formal ritual acts performed in sacred buildings and sanctioned spaces.

Ceremonial Magick

When it comes to ceremonial magick, it is entirely unique. It has its roots in the Western Occult Tradition and was spread by organizations like the Freemasons, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and other occults. Ceremonial magick is very ritualistic and ceremonial, as the name suggests. Some of its elements date back to Ancient Egyptian high rites. It is also known as high magic. Ceremonial magicians need to enter an altered consciousness to perform the spell. They force change through the astral plane and physical plane. Astral travel is also used by ceremonial magicians and other techniques for gaining knowledge and communicating with other powerful entities that most witches might deem dangerous.
Book learning is necessary to master ceremonial magick. It is possible to unleash its power only through the understanding of intricate sets of correspondences and complicated rituals. Judeo-Christian myth has been the backbone of ceremonial magick in the West until the 19th century. The purpose of ceremonial magick is spiritual and not practical. Its concepts might overlap with folk magick. However, you should never confuse it for folk magick. One also has to improve their soul by embracing their destiny, attracting proper influences, purification, and gaining divine knowledge.

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