**Jonny T asked:
I have some questions for those of you who practice witchcraft (not just Wiccans).
- Wicca only - would you agree that the emphasis on the Goddess is a form of sexism, albeit of the opposite sort to that found in many other religions? **
While certainly there are some groups of Wicca that focus exclusively on Goddess worship, the majority of Wiccans (at least in my experience) worship both God AND Goddess. In that context, neither is seen as being “higher” or “supreme” to the other, but rather they share a dynamic balance of power.
While Gardner and his first groups apparently focused more on Goddess worship, usually with a male consort, Wicca as it has grown and evolved thru the years seems to have moved toward a duo-theism rather than another brand of monotheism, but with a female at the top rather than a male.
5. There seems to be a move to “mainstream” witchcraft - resulting in books espousing it as “hip” and “cool” (such as a book called, IIRC, “A Witch’s Journey”, the author of which temporarily escapes me). Do you see this as positive or detrimental?
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, people can write on whatever subject they want. But I personally feel this comes very close to proseltyizing, a practice that I abhor.
4. How does one differentiate between “black” and “white” magick?
Magic, in and of itself, has no “color” to it. It’s not black or white or red or rainbow-colored. What’s important is the INTENT behind the magic, the directive force of will. Think of it this way, what color is electricity? Then consider; the same electricity that powers an iron-lung can also be used to electrocute a person.
3. Do you feel that Christians should regard magick as having genuine power? And, if so, is the reverse true - do you regard Christian prayer as having genuine power?
I believe Christians should respect other people’s rites and rituals the way other faiths grant their rites and rituals respect. Yes, I do believe that Christian prayer is genuinely effective, it can affect the real world around us.
**1. I have heard magick referred to as “prayer with props”. If this is the case, why bother with the props? Why not just pray directly?
- Do you feel that the “props” - such as the rituals - give your request for divine intervention greater emphasis?**
Props, yes, but props with a purpose.
First, a few words. I’m sure there are those who think my belief in magic and its use is outrageous and stupid, if not downright delusional. That’s fine, you’re free to believe whatever you want. I’m simply explaining my beliefs to someone who asked a sincere question. If you want to flame me for my beliefs, take it to the Pit.
Back to props. The driving force behind magic is emotional intent. The props help the magician raise and focus his emotional energy. That’s why things such and incense, music, certain types of clothing and staging are used in many rituals, they help raise and focus the the emotion state of the magican to carry out his “spell.”
Here’s a simple example. I have a special robe that I wear only during rituals and rites. It’s a simply T-tunic, given to me as a Yule gift my a former High Priestess many years ago. There’s nothing inherently special about the fabric or its make, in otherwords, the robe itself isn’t magical. Because I only wear it at specific times, in my mind I associate it with doing only rituals and rites. Wearing that robe reminds me, subconsciously, that I’m entering a special state of mind, the time to preform rituals and magic. It helps me move into a “magical” state of mind.
I hope that answers your questions.