Here is where I’m going to put the questions I get asked most frequently.
1) I’m interested in Paganism/Wicca/Witchcraft/whathaveyou. Can you reccomend any books?
Here’s a link to a list I once made for an asker. Not only does it have books but also blogs, youtubers, and a list of things I think anyone interested in Wicca should also learn about.
2) How do I ask a question?
There is a link on the right-hand side of my page (actually, it’s just after the link you clicked on to get here, how did you miss it?) called “Questions and Requests. Feel free to ask anything on your mind. I only have two rquests of my own:
A) Please, check the Answered Questions Page before you ask, to make sure it hasn’t been answered before.
B) Please, don’t send me questions in forms of Fanmail — I know that the ask box only allows so many characters, but I’d rather get 5 or 6 medium messages in my inbox than one gigantic one. It just makes everything easier to answer and post when it’s in inbox form.
3) Hey!! I sent you a message _________ ago! Why haven’t you answered it??
I get asked for info every week, and most of them are long, many part questions. I take great care in answering every single one (if I can). And in order to do that to the best of my ability, I spend time researching and going through all of my resources in order to find the best possible info or advice. For anyone who’s studied Paganism for most of their life, you can imagine how many resources you can collect in your library — so this part takes a very long time.
Usually, you’ll notice, I do my question answering in chunks, about once a week. Sometimes if I get a free afternoon I’ll answer the most I can. I’ll usually give some kind of warning if that happens, so you can send some in.
If you send me a message asking me if I got your previous message, you’ll probably get a response like “Yes, I received it, and I’m working on answering it — keep checking back, it’ll be up at (rough ballpark time)”.
That being said, you have a better chance of your question being answered sooner (because I try to answer every question) if
A) You’re not anonymous, or
B) Your question is simple. (but where’s the fun in that?)
4) What is your belief?
I’m a practising Witch, and call myself a Wiccan, though I usually shy away from the “only Love and Light” view that most people seem to have of it, because I believe the world is made up of balance, good and bad.
5) How did you get started in Wicca?
I began studying Wicca in the 5th grade, after a friend of mine introduced me to Tarot cards. I studied and studied and read and read for 4 years before I felt I was “ready” to become a practising Witch. I hold the idea of preparation very highly and I wanted to make sure I knew every bit of the basics I could before getting started.
I began calling myself a Wiccan when I started highschool. I felt it was fitting that in a time of already great change — the beginning of the transition from childhood to adulthood — that I began a great change in myself as well.
6) What can you reccommend to people in the Bible Belt/Catholic School/Fundamentalist Christian Household?
Stay strong. You may not be able to have freedom of religion for a bit, especially if you’re still a minor. If you find people you can trust, that’s great. It’s an amazing feeling to have confidence in your beliefs and feel safe sharing them with others. But always weigh your options — is it worth “coming out of the broom closet” to a world of heartache? If you aren’t in a position to do so, maybe it’s best to stay private. If anything, it would strengthen your faith. Just a thought.
There are many other things someone could do to still practice their faith without much controversy:
- Meditate. Even most fundamentalist religions out there accept meditation as a completely harmless activity, akin to praying.
- Go outside. It’s the most effective way to connect to Deity.
- Find connections to Wicca through other religions. Yes, you guys, even Christianity has some ties to Wicca. Finding them will make your life so much easier. Remember it’s not an “us vs. them” thing. Why not try to see the beauty in both for a bit until you’re free to practice one or the other?
- Start gardening.
- Start cooking. You’ll feel more witchy, trust me, when hemlock and amethyst powder become replaced with flour and oregano. Treat every recipe like a spell and you’ll be well practiced by the time the eye of newt comes into play.
All of these and more can help you still feel connected with your religion and the God and Goddess, even when it seems impossible.
7) Can you write me a spell/recipe for a potion/chant/prayer/invocation?
My ask box is always open and I love taking requests. Personally I am of the belief that spells are much much more powerful when you write them yourself, but if you’re really stuck and can’t write one, or even if you’re almost done writing one and need some correspondences, a little help with the last two rhymes, or specific ideas for herbs/crystals/incenses/whathaveyou, I’m always happy to help with that too.
8) Why don’t you talk about where you live/your personal life/tell us your gender/tell us your age/post pictures of yourself?
In short: because it would ruin the anonymity of the blog.
I try to keep this blog as much of an unbiased space as possible. By posting things about myself (whether it be location, gender, or even dietary habits) I can’t have the same tone to my blog — that of an amoeba-like blob, shifting to whatever the reader needs of it.
I’ll update this page as more and more questions become more common!