I've always been a great believer in discovering a path that works for you in a unique way. It can be quite difficult to be who you really feel you are, make it work and run smoothly due to many issues or obstacles in our lives. I've never been one to follow others and my path is made up of many years of knowledge that I feel benefits myself and makes sense to me, it might not mean anything to you but I guess that's what life is all about sometimes!
From a young age I would read books on many subjects including witchcraft and I love to know how other people came upon their journey in life and what they make of it all as it is important to understand where others are coming from. But it soon hit me that I didn't want to take a book, read it and follow everything in it because to me the underlying message for witches is to do what you feel you should be doing as long as it harms no one and this is when I really found my feet on that journey of discovery.
Being a witch has always for me been about experiments, all legal of course!. Whether you experiment with spells/magick, crystals, herbs, how you celebrate the Sabbats etc is all entirely up to you and no one has the right to tell you otherwise. Sure there are some amazing books out there and I own quite a few, some are my favourites and I do take from them what I need and what feels right but I will adapt alot of it to suit me. Take for instance spells, they are not just merely spells but rather words that have meaning and a very powerful meaning if you so choose, those words should come from your soul a place where only you have access because within your soul you hold a place full of ancient knowledge that is special and unique to you plus I'm sure there are some secrets in there too! It's ok to follow other peoples spells but when you want something on a more personal level we have to look within but where do you start? this is where your herb, crystal etc books can come in handy because you can look for their properties but choose what you feel is appropriate for you at that time instead of following a spell's ingredient list (make your own). That's the beauty of you, experiment and find what resonates with your body, mind and soul after all how do you think these spells came about in the first place? someone took the time to experiment with what Mother Nature had to offer and after trial and error their spell was made.
Take the Moon for instance, we know about her phases and what they mean but add something more to it, add into the mix a piece of yourself and I'm not talking about chopping off some of your hair or nails I mean add some of what makes you the person you are, think what you can do that makes you different. If you want to dance outside under the full moon singing to your favourite song then do so as I am pretty sure the vibes will build up the same way as when chanting.
So just like those who have walked this path before us let us walk it our way. There are customs that are handed down and there are parts of the path we cannot and maybe should not change but what we can do is add our own essence to them so I am in no way saying dismiss it as it is a part of who we are, just experiment a little. It's a bit like cooking, how many of us follow the recipe to the T? in time when we feel confident enough we don't need the recipe, we might keep the basics but change some of the ingredients. Follow a path that makes sense to you and makes you feel alive.
© The Faery Enchantress 9/3/12