Since I started writing the blog, I have received many requests on writing books on Witchcraft, on my own way to do Witchcraft. Though it is very, very flattering, I really don’t think it’s possible.
My only secret recipes are the products from my shop, which of course I am not giving away. My shop and my Tarot readings are the ONLY income of a family of two humans and eight animals, so as you can imagine I am not selling that recipes for no amount of money. And, to be honest, I don’t think I’m being asked for that – the people that have asked me for books have always been absolutely respectful to me and my work.
Besides that, I have no secrets at all. I only have 20 years of experience, hundreds of books read, and a 24 -7 commitment since I was 21 years old. I have no religion, and as I said in the previous posts I have no powers at all – Eleggua, my protector and guide, has them. The only things that are mine, and do not come from the Orishas, are my knowledge and my experiences.
The knowledge I have acquired can be acquired by anyone. I don’t have any secret or hidden books – I really don’t believe in their existence. In my Witchcraft Crash Course book I gave a list of books to read, and that is truly the books that have helped me the most to develop my work, at least to the day I wrote that list. I have never belonged to any coven or group, or received knowledge from any secret line of Witches, or had any hereditary/born-with-it powers, or ever had a master who taught me.
My point is – there is no way a book can give you experience, and all that I have learnt from books (including the Internet), I’m sure anyone can find it too. The experiences that take you to be a Witch cannot be transmitted in a book, because there is nothing more true that there is a different path for every learner. Being a Witch is not a goal you reach, but a path you choose and follow forever, so you’re always a learner.
I really wish there was a way that a book could change others – but there isn’t. You have to accept the change before you read the book – and there are already many books that are absolutely enlightening. Jesus’ or Buddha’s teachings should be enough, actually. They set the example of compassion, commitment, detachment from materialism and were both powerful shamans that let the Higher powers work through themselves.
And of course, there is no way a book can give you commitment. That is something that every Witch has to choose, and that cannot be rushed. My whole time and life is dedicated to Witchcraft, and I have sacrificed many things and lived without things that everyone around me has, like regular monthly payments, mortgages and new cars. But believe me – I am not poor AT ALL. My knowledge is an endless wealth for me, and I prefer a second-hand old Toyota than selling my life force, my time and my life for another’s profit.
And how many mistakes I have made!!! All that you can imagine, and a few more :) . Today, I am deeply thankful for all my mistakes, but when they happened I felt frustrated, sad, angry, abandoned – just like anyone. Given enough mistakes, you can learn to cope with them and even learn from them, seeing them as the teachers they are, but you have to commit them! I think my readers want the books as a safety net – sorry, you need to make all those mistakes a) to earn knowledge about yourself and thus be able to change into what you want to be; b) to learn to be free from being judgemental when your consultants make that mistakes too, and understand them compassionately.
Though I am a bookworm and don’t believe at all in “intuitive” approaches to Witchcraft, it is life, change and love that are our teachers, and not books. A good book about local botany is a must for every Witch, but you have to experience the way to get in touch with each plant’s spirit. You have to feel the plant, talk to its soul, and wait humbly for a response. It make take a long time. Some of the plant’s spirits will work quickly with you, and others will never do it. You have to accept it – you simply can’t be friends with everyone.
And this is only one example, but it works the same for stones, incenses, gods, goddesses, fairies, ghosts and everything that involves the Supernatural world. Just going one by one, and learning like if you knew nothing every day, because we really do know nothing.
Love. Love is what we have to learn. Every day. If you love Witchcraft enough, sooner or later you’ll be a Witch, and as a lover Witchcraft will give you good and bad times, will make you have to make sacrifices and will make you stand for it. But as a lover, it will comfort you when you’re sad, care for you when you’re ill and help you when you need a hand.
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