New to the Craft

Merry Meet and Welcome to the “New to Witchcraft” column here at Pagan Pages.  My name is Twilight Raptor and I am new to this magazine, but not so new to the craft.  It is my goal to cover many various aspects of the craft in the column from a starting point and one of progression from then on.  Since reading is always an important part of any study, much of the information I will provide you with in future columns will of course be documented for further research on your part.  Any information that comes from an outside source will be documented through a footnote as well as a biographical reference at the end.  With no further adieu, I think it is time we get moving on our journey!

Each of us comes upon the craft at various points in our lives and it is up to us to decide just what this journey is going to entail.  Using me as an example, I felt lost when I was a young man and despite the fact that I was raised in a predominately Christian family, the need for something more was becoming increasingly more apparent.  At the age of 16 years old I began my journey into the studies of the Craft not quite knowing exactly what to expect.  In all truth, it has taken years of reading to finally be able to differentiate between the Craft and the various aspects of the Wiccan Traditions.  For those first coming across the Craft this can be at best daunting.  A new student will encounter not only the decision of whether to be solitary, but which tradition to follow as well.  It is important to understand that there is no right and wrong in Wicca.  There is only the path that you choose; the path that suits you best and above all, that you are most comfortable with.  Please don’t be confused with that which is right and wrong both morally and ethically.  Those rules still apply!

In deciding the way to best pursue the success of this column as a new writer, the most logical decision was to start at ground zero and build upon that.  So…hang on to your broomsticks and get ready for a ride!  The topic that we will be discussing next month is going to one that I consider to be vital to any person’s success within the craft: grounding your energies.  This practice is commonly done both before and after magickal workings and rituals.  We will spend some time going into detail about this and the various ways that such things can be achieved.  I realize that many of you may already be familiar with this.  If so, consider it a review as perhaps there is a new technique you may pick up!  For those who are new to this concept, we will start nice and slow to make sure that you get this process thoroughly ingrained into your regular routine.  I look forward to spending time with each of you!

If you have questions of me, I can be reached through Pagan Pages or http://myspace.com/twilightraptor.

Bright Blessings to you all and merry wishes to a happy Imbolc!