On Facebook, Witches of Ontario, someone posted about their landlord not wanting them to practice Wicca/ Witchcraft in the home. The landlord was concerned about the spirits which might be attracted to the home. Yes, people do have rights and freedom of religion. Many people replied about that, some getting aggressive about it. However, there is truth to the landlord’s concerns.… Read the rest
I found, on Amazon, a book for solitary Witches written by Rowan Morgana, a woman from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. I have not ordered the book, it seems to be more about spells and recipes than I would like. But, overall it has very good reviews on Amazon.
Have you heard of a book for solitary Pagans, Wiccans, or Witches by someone from Ontario?
We are always changing, evolving. Not only do we change ourselves as we get older and value things differently. But, we change our minds as new ideas come in and merge with our existing ideas. Six years ago (on this same day) I wrote a short reply I could give to anyone who felt afraid, distrustful, of Paganism.… Read the rest
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite was an Australia illustrator in the early 1900’s.
I have seen her work many times without knowing who she was. This week I posted an image on Twitter and WebGrrl sent me a link with her name, history and other illustrations she had done. I found another link with more about her and more of her work.… Read the rest
You are what you wear?
Young people are drawn to Pagan ideas from outside influences like TV shows and the fashions they display. So young people come into Pagan/Wicca/Witch beliefs from less than credible or sincere sources. I hope they look beyond the fashions and the TV idea of magic and find something real for themselves.… Read the rest
The solitary Witch, Wiccan or Pagan is alone by choice. There are many reasons for making this choice to be a Witch or Wiccan on your own. There are also lots of ways solitary Witches can share notes, talk and get new ideas from other Witches, when they want to.
Solitary Witches tend to be eclectic, they have their own vision and ideals for the path they follow.… Read the rest
It’s not hard to find and join a coven if you are sincere and understand the basics of Wicca/ Witchcraft. Some covens will be a tough sell, some won’t want new members (especially new Witches or solitary Witches) and some will just be close minded to anyone who doesn’t fit exactly with their beliefs.
There may be an initiation required before anyone new can participate or join.… Read the rest
Originally written for The Crying Clown Zine (c. 1998)
Tis the season for ghosts to haunt, vampires to suck (blood that is), werewolves to howl,and witches to fly. Or is it? Most people have put Santa and the Easter Bunny away with the broken decorations and the egg you didn’t find till the next year. Yet the idea of a witch in black from head to toe, with a black cat, casting her spells with the twitch of an eyebrow is still around.… Read the rest
I don’t agree that men can be Witches.
They can be Wiccan, Pagan, and call themselves a male Witch. Witch itself still does not feel gender neutral to me. I wouldn’t call myself a Wizard, or a Warlock, or other masculine titles. Gender bending is confusing for little purpose or end result.
I try to watch for and keep track of Wiccan resources, including those geared to men.… Read the rest