I recently received an email from a blogger by the name of Avery Hart who was looking for witches to write articles for her blog, The Traveling Witch.
And it occurred to me…
How many of my readers know that I’m a witch?
I’m not referring to the traditional view of witches; the devil-worshipping, ugly hags who live in the woods and eat children (thanks, Brothers Grimm and Disney).
I mean, a practitioner of Pagan magick (no, that’s not a typo; the k is there to differentiate between fictional and stage magic and our kind). In other words, I’m a Wiccan.
While I don’t do the usual complex spells and ceremonies of many other Wiccan branches, I do frequently utilize herb, gemstone, and candle magicks. I’ve even been known to use sigils and runes to empower my spells. And always for healing or self-improvement (read the Wiccan Rede below).
In my home — should you pass the threshold — you’ll find a garden, jars and jars of herbs and reagents, gemstones scattered about, and a variety of candles. You might even spot my grimoires (which are my reference books of spells and incantations I use) among my many bookshelves.
Because of my focus on nature and use of natural materials and energies, I am what’s referred to as a Green Witch.
An example of one of my spells is boiling cloves, allspice, and hyssop in holy water (yes, Wiccans have holy water) to dispel negative energies. It’s a great thing to do while you’re spring cleaning (and it smells good). Another is burning white sage as an incense for the same thing.
Not what you were expecting, huh?
You’re probably not expecting me to say that I honor a goddess either.
Well, it’s true. I follow the Triple Goddess, Hecate, because I feel connected to her. She is the Goddess of the Crossroads, the moon, the night, and the earth, sea and air (just to name a few). She has a vast knowledge of herbology, and is one of the protective goddesses who bestow daily blessings and prosperity on family. And dogs are sacred to her.
That’s everything I personally cherish and honor wrapped up in a single deity.
Now, I imagine, you might be wondering: How does being Wiccan affect my writing?
While my religious practices don’t make it in to my writing, quite a bit of my beliefs make up the elements my books.
For example, the Five Souls in my epic fantasy series Dragon Diaries. It is an element-based religion wherein each of the five elements is represented by a deity, a gemstone, a season, and a color. Zahadu-Kitai, for example, is the Goddess of Fire, Spring, and Rebirth, and is represented in the color red and in rubies. And many of the holidays of Ithnez (that’s the planet in which the tale takes place) center on the equinoxes and solstices, which is when half of the Wiccan Sabbats occur.
You’ll definitely find Pagan and Wiccan themes and elements throughout The AEON Files because that world was built off of those beliefs. These elements include casting circles, the Three-fold Law, energy practices, and more. But let’s focus on the character Bones for a moment (you get a glimpse of her in The Lycan Pharaoh). While she is a witch who uses magic (the fictional kind), if you look closely, you’ll see that she is often wielding a wand and athame (that’s a dull knife used in rituals). These are tools used in many Wiccan ceremonies.
What I do NOT do in any of my books is bash or belittle other religions. I have heard of a number of authors claiming to be Wiccan doing this in their books, and I do not endorse it. My mom and grandma are Lutheran, so I’ve gone to Sunday School and read the Bible (the kids’ version of it, anyway), and came to the conclusion on my own that it just wasn’t for me. That doesn’t mean I’ll drag that belief system through the mud.
Just don’t try to convert me ’cause it won’t work.
And now, back to Camp NaNo.
With love and light,
The Wiccan Rede:
Bide the Wiccan Law ye must,
In perfect love, in perfect trust.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An’ ye harm none, do what ye will.
What ye send forth comes back to thee,
So ever mind the Law of Three.
Follow this with mind a heart,
And merry ye meet, and merry ye part.