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    A Witch’s View

    Being in the broom closet is not a comfortable place to be.  There’s too much old stuff hanging around, it’s far too small and it smells a little like mothballs. I’m not in the closet but there was a time when I couldn’t be my authentic self.  I was far too worried that my friends wouldn’t be my friends anymore, my family would consider me weird and my then husband would ridicule me.  It turned out I was right on all accounts. When you’re not living life how you feel you should be, you’re not being your authentic self.  It crushes your spirit and often depression isn’t very far behind. …

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    A Witch’s View

    Is craft part of the Craft? Even though I’m usually very hard pressed to find ‘me time’ during the week I try to spend an hour or two at the weekend doing something crafty. When I was a child I loved spending time with a needle and thread or with a paint brush in my hand.  I even had, at one point, dreams of being a fashion designer.  Then teenage years hit, followed by the turbulent twenties and it’s only now I’m in my 30s that I’ve rediscovered my love of crafting.  And this coincided with my Pagan path. I adore taking my camera places then I’ll edit the photos, tweaking…

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    A Witch’s View

    Do you often wonder what the rules are to being Pagan? The Pagan path gives you such freedom and flexibility to worship and connect with the Divine in a way that feels right to you. But it’s also comes with no guide book, no official buildings and no main deity.  You really are on your own – even if you belong to a group of like minded people there are no official rules. I popped on over to dictionary.com and looked up the word ‘pagan’.  Here are the definitions: one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks. a person who is not…

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    A Witch’s View

    I love going to new age and metaphysical shops to see what’s new on the market. Over the years you can notice trends coming and going with whatever is in vogue at the time.  Sometimes you’ll find an abundance of Native American items and at other times there will be Celtic lore galore. I’ve noticed it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible to find books about local folklore or traditions.  Often, here in England, our own home grown histories and roots are put aside so popular categories can take centre stage.  This is a shame because our history is diverse and with a little effort you can trace the…

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    A Witch’s View

    With a husband, 3 kids and a business to run I sometimes struggle to find the time to connect with life on a spiritual level. As a solitary witch I have to rely on myself to make time to celebrate the Sabbats and Esbats – it’s not like going to church every Sunday (whether you want to or not!). Often my celebrations don’t register anywhere near on the grand scale. But, you know, that’s ok. I think sometimes we get caught up in the ‘more is more’ way of thinking even when it comes to our Pagan holidays. Usually to honour the Sabbats I perform a candle ritual and make…

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    A Witch’s View

    Winter is nearly over, and this year it seems to have been a very long season.  I think I got too happy at Samhain as it wasn’t cold and I wandered about with the kids in a witch costume and not much else.  My logical mind figured if it was mild at the end of October then surely winter couldn’t be too severe.  Well, that’s what you get for thinking and trying to out guess Mother Earth. Luckily we faired quite well here in the South of England with only 1 heavy snowfall but it’s been so cold.  Freezing cold (and I’m not a big fan of being cold).  Now…

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    A Witch’s View

    Here in the UK we’ve had, so far according to the weathermen, the worst winter for 30 years.  A few days of snow brought much of the country to a standstill with people stranded in their cars and schools shut for days. It was the first time my children (the eldest is 11) experienced what it was like to walk in snow and ice.  And yet when I was a child snow was a regular part of winter and I remember, not fondly, walking to school with cold, wet feet and wishing for the sun to reappear.  I have to confess to feeling pretty much the same way as an…

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    A Witch’s View

    One of the things I love to do is visit churches and cathedrals.  Amongst the pews of a Christian church is not the obvious place to find a Pagan but I find them quite compelling. I have a love of history which makes England the perfect place for me to live.  With the arrival of Christianity in the 1st century A.D. there’s probably no other invasion which has had such an impact on our history.  By the 10th century the rich land owners were beginning to build chapels on their land so the common folk could have the services of a priest.  However, the Lords who owned the land wanted…