So glad I asked people to write articles for B & B as I’ve had 4 come forward so far – brilliant. They are all very different pieces, but all equally fascinating, enabling me to share things with you relating to Bude I would otherwise know little about.
This offering comes from Emma-Jane Saunders, a psychic white moon witch, based in Bude:
What does that word “Witch” mean to you?
Does it conjure up scary images of old women chanting spells over a boiling cauldron?
Or, do you immediately think of wands, owls and broomsticks from Harry Potter?
Let me explain.
Witchcraft is an umbrella term which has a path of spirituality that is deeply connected to nature and magic. It was practised for thousands of years and still is to this day.
My Witchcraft path is one of a deep connection to Nature, to Spirit, to Magic and to the Divine, which I often refer to as the Goddess.
My path is one of healing, guidance and sharing magic and experiences with others. I hope to dispel common misconceptions and misunderstanding about this magical and spiritual path, by sharing my knowledge and experiences with you.
Witchcraft is not Wicca, although Wicca itself falls under the umbrella term. Witchcraft, is a craft, a practice of the wise.
Wicca is a religion.
You have maybe heard the term “All Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccans.” This is a perfect example, showing the difference and dispelling the confusion often surrounding these two spiritual paths.
I have nothing against Wicca at all – in fact it was because of Wicca that I started my own path into magic – but later and further in my journey I went down the path of Witchcraft, as I personally felt that it had more freedom for me.
A little history …
Historically, witchcraft has been practised for almost 80,000 years. The first forms of witchcraft were practised in the Stone Age, where burials, artefacts and cave paintings have shown simple acts of magic being performed. Within burials, the body is covered with red ochre – symbolically and magically helping the deceased to be “reborn” into the afterlife and have goods to carry on living there. Cave paintings show men dancing with headdresses to ensure the magic will give them a good and bountiful hunt. Artefacts show beautiful figurines of fertile women, honouring the fertility of the earth and nature.
As the primitive societies evolved into the more complex, ancient societies we know so well today, so too did magic and witchcraft evolve.
A lot of correspondences (attributes of certain crystals, herbs, moon phases etc.) and basic magic rules and discipline came to be formed during this time, reaching a peak in the 19th and 20th centuries.
For example, a crystal known as Rose Quartz, is known as the Stone of Love.
Why is that?
Well, in Ancient Greece, it was believed that the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, pricked Herself on a Rose Bush and dropped some of her blood onto quartz, staining it pink.
Another example is Mugwort – a classic Witch’s Herb – very connected to the Moon and as such; helps with divination practices (like Tarot cards) and helps heal menstruation issues; it’s Latin name, Artemisia Vulgaris, is named after the Greek Goddess of the Moon, Artemis.
A different way of looking at the world
Modern practices of witchcraft are very diverse and more widespread than you think. Many witches are very open with their spirituality, while others are broom-closet witches (often for personal and good reasons).
But no-one should be judged on what they believe: us witches have sadly been misunderstood and persecuted for thousands of years because we were different.
Witches just have a different and unique way of looking at life and the world – we see Magic and the Divine in everything.
We respect it and honour it and utilise it for ourselves when we want to change or create something in our lives and in the lives of others we help.
Dragon Goddess Healing
Dragon Goddess Healings is my own small, local business to Bude.
My own practice is one of connection to Goddess, Spirit and nature.
I honour the seasons with seasonal rituals; I celebrate the Goddess and the Moon (especially the Full Moon) with rituals and work magic; I work with Spirit to help and communicate to loved ones; I read Tarot Cards for people who need guidance and I work with Crystal Energies to promote healing.
I wish to be of service to Bude, it’s community and the surrounding areas by using my spiritual and magical gifts to offer alternative, healing and guidance approach to life and allow magic to be accessible to those who need a light in the dark.
I do hope that this small article has piqued your interest in the world of witchcraft and has helped to dispel – at least – some misconceptions about some of the things we witches are and what we do.
I look forward to doing more articles on this, dispelling the myths of magic and showing that we witches are here and ready to help those who ask for it.
Until the next time, take care, stay safe, be kind and Brightest Blessings!