I am prone to having a rant occasionally…I like to think of it as a sign of passion and intense conviction and for the first time in more somewhat recent blogging history i would like to share a rant with you.
I am a member of a Traditional Witchcraft Yahoo Group. Browsing my emails over the weekend a particular email relating to dreams stirred my interest and so i read the piece from beginning to end. This particular person was writing to the forum asking for help and advice on a rather disturbing problem they were having…this person was having….wait for it….
Wait for it…..
…..Nightmares!!!!! (cue dramatic music!). In their email they were convinced these nightmares were the result of a spirit longing to get their attention, maybe an ancestor or an evil impish entity which has been attracted to their spiritual light like a nasty tick!
This person received a few responses…all offering very wise and sound advice on how to deal with said otherworldly parasite. Yet so far no one has yet asked if this person had cheese before bed?!? Or maybe this person was watching particularly nasty programmes or playing on the XBox before sleep?!?
As silly as this sounds there is a very serious point I am trying to make here. We are practitioners of a magical tradition yet that doesn’t mean we must immerse ourself in delusion and sacrifice all shred of reason and logic. Nightmares do not always equal spiritual parasites, a pubescent teenager who suffers mood swings is not automatically possessed…sometimes a spade really is just a spade!
I am a scientist by trade, being a scientist and a Witch has been a curse and a blessing. If you look back at a previous post of mine you will see that balance is something I have always struggled with. In this case and in my opinion knowing when to suspend disbelief and submit one’s rational mind to the magic of the Gods and when to maintain a healthy scepticism is just another form of balance we must ALL strive for.
There is no room in Magic for ego…and equally there is no place in magical traditions for ego flattery and feeding someone’s delusions. We are all human, we are all gifted with the greatest gift the Gods (whoever you may choose to call them) can give….FREE WILL. So let’s all take a deep breath, look upon the arse-hole who stole your parking space, think about the choices we make from day-to-day and rather than think you are cursed, possesed or it happened because Mystic Meg said so…think maybe…just maybe you (yes you….and ONLY you!) made a bad choice.
“In Fate, and the overcoming of Fate is the true Grael, for from this inspiration comes, and death is defeated. There is no Fate so terrible that is can not be overcome…”
RC ‘Letters to Joe Wilson – 12th Night 1966’