I keep thinking about something that a friend of mine told me a couple of weeks ago: “You are the 21st century witch!” At first I started laughing as it sounded quite funny to me, but then when he expanded on the subject, it began to make more and more sense to me: “You are a visionary, an independent thinker, you believe in the power of the mind and in connecting with your inner self, you meditate and vision, you are non-conventional…you would have been burned on the stake 500 years ago…”
So I decided to do a little bit of research on witches and witchcraft and see if there’s any value in what my friend was telling me. I have to say, the idea of being a modern witch appealed to me so I was hoping to find some valid connections, but at the same time I definitely didn’t expect it to be so accurate. When I decided to name my blog Lav Craft, I did base it on the idea of witch craft, but at that time, I didn’t know how much truth there was in it…or maybe at some level I did know, maybe because of my connection with the Universe and the forces surging through it, the energy that lights up my body and connects my mind with the force of nature.
Witchcraft in ancient history was known as “The Craft of the Wise” because most who followed the path were in tune with the forces of nature, had a knowledge of Herbs and medicines, gave council and were valuable parts of the village and community as Shamanic healers and leaders. They understood that mankind is not superior to nature, the earth and its creatures but instead we are simply one of the many parts, both seen and unseen that combine to make the whole. These wise people understood that what we take or use, we must return in kind to maintain balance and equilibrium.
Witchcraft is a spiritual system that fosters the free thought and will of the individual, encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and nature thereby affirming the divinity in all living things. Most importantly however, it teaches responsibility. We accept responsibility for our actions and deeds as clearly a result of the choices we make. We do not blame an exterior entity or being for our shortcomings, weaknesses or mistakes. If we mess up or do something that brings harm to another, we have no one but ourselves to blame and we must face the consequences resulting from those actions. No ifs, ands or buts and no whining…
We acknowledge the cycles of nature, the lunar phases and the seasons to celebrate our spirituality and to worship the divine. It is a belief system that allows the Witch to work with, not in supplication to deities with the intent of living in harmony and achieving balance with all things.