Path Searching

I have had lots of friend ask me:

How did you find your path?

Honestly?  I just tried a bunch of stuff until something just felt right.

As a pre teen in the mid 90s I started out reading books about Wicca.  I still own some of those books.  There were things that resonated with me, but there were things which didn’t also.

A couple years later I looked into some Germanic and Heathen paths.  Some of it sounded super cool.  I was really interested in Norse mythology.  However, it didn’t stick.  The way things ‘went down’ just didn’t jive with me.  No embodiment of the Lord and Lady spoke to me.

In the early 2000s I was introduced to a woman who simply called herself a wisewomyn.  Sometimes she’d refer to herself as a hedgewitch.  Now – this woman knew her shit.  She knew every possible thing there was to know about herbs and dirt.  How did she learn it?  This is what she told me:

Well I looked up all the shit that was poisonous.  I stayed away from everything toxic.  Everything else I ate, drank, or used until I could determine its use.  Then I wrote it down.

I said to her:  They make books for that.

Her answer:

You think I’m going to let someone else tell me what works and what don’t?

To this DAY that is my advice to everyone.  Don’t let someone tell you what works and what don’t.  Try it.  If it works or if it feels right – adopt it and shape it into something that is yours.

I understand that sometimes we have to be exposed to something new in order to try it to begin with – but don’t be afraid to try it.  No one person is exactly right.

Here’s an idea:

Try casting your circle differently.

Typically it is:  East-Air … South-Fire …. West-Water … North-Earth

Try it this way:  East-Earth … South-Fire … West-Water .. North-Air

Why North as air?

Because the cold is blown in from the North every winter 🙂

Does anyone else do it this way?  I’m sure someone does.  I think each person needs to decide what element goes with what direction and what it means to them.  I think each person should decide what everything means to them!

Is there something that you know you do differently?  For example:  I read tarot cards.  However, I have never read a ‘how to’ book.  I know that each card is supposed to have a meaning but I can’t for the LIFE of me tell you what each card means.  Instead – I rely on my intuition and the order of the cards as they are pulled along with the pictures on the cards to tell me a story that I then relay to the person getting the reading 🙂

Does anyone else do this?  Or do you do something similar?  What things work for you that you don’t think would work for anyone else?

Posted on January 8, 2013, in magick and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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