This years Lammas marked my 15th year practicing Witchcraft.
This was in 1994, and I was nine years old.
Typing that sends my mind on a spin, because just what in the hell was a 9 year old doing secretly checking out occult books at the library and doing rituals by Ed Fitch in his bedroom at night?
Just doing what, to me, seemed perfectly natural and right.
Having parents who were disinteresed non-Catholics by the time I came around, there really wasn't a religious presence in our home. I went to Mass a few times, and had a statue of St. Barbara on my bookshelf, but that was it. I was never given religious instruction of any sort.
So, in truth, the Craft is the only religion I have ever known.
I quite comfortably found a "pattern" after several years of study. I somehow missed the Cunningham and the Ravenwolf, happily devouring Buckland and the Farrars and Valiente and Adler and such.
So without the benefit of coven training, or an established tradition with elders and years of experience, I took what the Farrar's presented as an "Alexandrian Model" and ran with it.
And I put "Alexandrian Model" in quotes, because nothing irks me more than people claiming themselves heirs to a traditions knowledge without benefit of initiation and legitimate study.
Earlier this year, it became pretty clear to me that I had gone as far as I could as a solitary/quasi-eclectic, and that Coven-based Witchcraft was something I needed to consider, and perhaps seek out.
So I've put myself out on the usual channels, and the local network seems to have dramatically shrunk in the past few weeks. One group seems to have disappeared, and the other local groups aren't advertising, because of pressure from the local Southern Baptist community.
One group only takes members of certain Elements. Which I assume means they want a certain balance of sun-sign elemental balance, which makes the lines from The Craft start running through my head.
"She's here. Someone to be the Fourth, she's the one."
"We don't NEED a Fourth!"
"Nancy, we need someone to call the Corners, North South, East, and West."
I guess they have too many Water signs.
The saying "The teacher will appear when the student is ready" is, I hope, something that's going to become truth for me.
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