The beginning, or: the accidental spell

Hail and welcome!

I am proud to have this space to share my journey as a new witch. "glitter witch in real life" began as an alias online several years ago and it has, probably most surprisingly to me, become something meaningful in my life.

As others perceived me as a glitter witch online, I realized that there was more than a bit of truth to it.

In a way, I had named a part of myself which wanted to be acknowledged and integrated; a part of myself which gained validity when others saw me that way.

That was a completely accidental spell.

On January 1st, 2016, I decided to dedicate myself to studying paganism.

Before that, I identified as agnostic, knowing that atheist was too absolute for the way I perceived the world, and that it directly contradicted what I had experienced firsthand.

Until researching earth-based religions as an adult, I had been unaware that there was a spiritual path that affirmed my experiences and gave me a framework for spirituality that felt authentic to me.

For most of 2016, I read all of the books I could get my hands on about witchcraft, paganism, and the occult. I started designing my own spells and observing the full moon. However, my efforts felt a bit rushed and uninformed. I needed a teacher.

A lot of these beginner books read as though you are supposed to develop, overnight, a sixth sense for the phases of the moon, the most effective correspondences for spells, and meaningful rites for observing the Wheel of the Year while becoming psychic.

For the past 10 months I have been studying with the Temple of Witchcraft (TOW) in their first degree program. Through TOW, I have been slowly and deliberately learning what being a witch means to me.

Here is a condensed version of my current spiritual values:

  • Cultivate self-knowledge. The occult practices of regular meditation, journaling, and reflection are invaluable for personal growth. Without this foundation, magic can be self-serving, delusional, and destructive.
  • Use magic to help others. I have a particular interest in using magic for healing, protection, and justice. I want my magic to serve my friends, family, and the communities I am part of.
  • Revere all spirits, living and dead. Strive to do as little harm as possible, to others and to yourself. We are all linked.
  • Include of all gender expressions and sexualities. The Goddess and the God are only one expression of divine polarity, not a prescriptive mold you must fit in order to practice. Witchcraft is for everyone who feels called to it.
  • Do not culturally appropriate spiritual practices. I believe that a lot is lost when religious practices are taken out of the context of their native culture without respect and care. For that reason, I am most comfortable working with practices and deities that are traditional to my ancestry, which is mostly British and German.
  • Respect both magic and science. While science is ever redefining our understanding of the physical world, there are still aspects of existence which can only be experienced subjectively, through meditative trance, dreams, visions, or intuition. Both paradigms have value, and I don't see them as being in conflict.

I leave you now with bright blessings. Please subscribe if you are interested in hearing more from me.

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