So as you all know I am fairly new to the world of the occult. I mean I knew of existence my whole life, but I have never actively sought it out or participated in it. Now that I have, I find most of my free time going to researching, watching or talking about it. While I have very little contact with others who believe or participate in the occult, I find myself fully supported and answered by the Internet. It’s amazing all of the information that passes through our screens and how interconnected everything is. They say that Wiccan and new-age beliefs are the fastest growing religion in America and I can see why. It wasn’t until recently, in my lifetime, that computers and access to information were this free. It was only until recently that different religions, beliefs, and lifestyle have become more politically correct to accept in the free world. So now we have a new found freedom to share things that 50 years ago would have been so unbelievably taboo to talk about. Though the occult is still something some people will avoid or politely acknowledge.
I am finding that many of my friends while accepting and even mildly curious of my findings still shirk away from actively participating or even looking for information themselves. And because I am so new I feel like I have very little answers to share with them. I wish I could rid at least the people in my life of the stigmatism that still clings to anything occult, magick or supernatural. I find it so funny that magick is thought to be supernatural when most people who use it or believe in it, know that it’s all about connecting with nature, energy, yourself and others. It’s some of the most nature-based belief systems in the world and yet classified as supernatural and abnormal because it is the unknown. I think the fact that it is starting to come into the light or public notice, is why it’s growing so rapidly.
The things I have read, shared, seen and heard all point out that people who believe in Wicca, witchcraft, paganism and other factions of the occult often are some of the most open-minded and accepting people of the Internet. I think what really sealed the deal for me was read in the FAQ section of Witchvox.com where she answers many questions people have. She talked about how conversion for religion is like a form of religious bigotry and how those who participate in the occult often think of all religions and beliefs of having equality. That as long as they don’t take away basic civil rights and freedoms that’s all that matters.
Growing up in a strict religion and even looking at other religions, it was hard for me to distinguish any real significant differences for my personal beliefs. I still believe in God but most of the different religions I had tried and churches I had been to seemed to be filled with self-righteous and unrelenting people who tried to force me to do it their way. Finding whatever I am now has given me the freedom to do what I want and worship or celebrate how I want. Freedom of choice seems to be the biggest rule and belief in being a witch.
Now people might say, “well how can you be a witch and believe in God?”
Simple, I just do. How I personally see fit to worship my deity has absolutely no effect on anyone else. How I prefer to practice witchcraft also has no effect on others unless they want it to. And while I have indulged in a few thoughts of hexing another person from time to time, I believe in never trying to purposefully harm another creature. My goal is to live my life happily and to make others happy rather than forcing someone else to be something they are not. These are all values and ideas that I have found in witchcraft for myself. I encourage others to find what they want to be happy and to pursue it.
I sound really preachy hahaha. I’m not trying to be in just excited to be so open with what I believe and how I have decided that this path although seen as unconventional by most is how I’m finding my happiness in belief. Plus doing a spell or a ritual is lots of fun… Cough I mean super sacred hahaha.