Back on December 2 of last year, I wrote a blog post entitled, Earthen Polytheistic Witchcraft. In it, I mused about the fact that I had let several spring and summer months go by over the period of years, hibernating in the house, watching the world through our windows. Obviously the onset of winter had me realizing what I had been doing. I spoke about spending lots of time doing assorted witchcraft type of things instead of getting outside and experiencing the natural world.
I wrote about the concept of moving away from formal, rather antiseptic ritual, and adopting a more earthy, shamanistic, polytheistic approach to Paganism and witchcraft. This post came to mind recently, when I realized I was beginning to fall into the same behavior. We’ve had a few wonderful days outside, between monsoon rainy days, and I’ve spent them…yep, inside.
So I’m heading that behavior off at the pass. I began to do some research into shamanistic Paganism and witchcraft. I found two books that appear that they will be helpful finding my way.
The first book, Wild Earth Wild Soul: A Manual For An Ecstatic Culture, appears that it will be more of a Pagan related book, about breaking out of our domesticated lives and rediscovering the earth and our relationship with the land. The second book, Ecstatic Witchcraft, brings witchcraft into the mix.
I just started reading Wild Earth today, as I ordered that as a Kindle Book. I think that book will serve best as a table setter to Ecstatic Witchcraft, which is being delivered tomorrow. Both books are rather well reviewed.
Obviously, I know about shamanism, and have read about it in the past. There was a period of time when I was looking into Celtic Reconstructionism, and its’ concept of Land, Sea, and Sky appealed to me so much that I have a section in my Book of Shadows devoted to Celtic Recon rituals.
I guess the appeal is getting my hands and feet dirty, not needing a lot of tools and spells, but being able to channel witchcraft through my relationship with the earth.
There is a part of me that feels like this may draw me back into a more natural Wiccan path, and yeah, probably will bring about the re-emergence of hippie me. Honestly, I’m not going to force it any particular way, rather I will let this guide me to where I should be.
Thanks for reading, and blessings to you.