The Magical Garden--An Introduction


I would like to welcome you to the garden of magic--to be your hostess and have a tea party with scones, clotted cream, and homemade jam. Alas, I cannot.

True, we are separated distance, yet that is not the reason. Time and space reveal themselves as illusions within these palace walls. I can’t welcome you here because I have not the status. This place is no more mine than yours--the ground on which we stand cannot be owned.

So, may we instead declare together that we are well-met at this entryway. I would not presume to present myself as a gatekeeper to magic, because it tolerates none, (even if some try to pass themselves off as such).

You are free to do as you will, though you may be new to the charm and beauty of these grounds—and their hazards. If you’re already acquainted with the arts of enchantment, you’ll know that I speak truly when I say that no one can own magic. From the wisest crones and sages to the newest apprentice, you are free to do as you will. With freedom comes responsibility.

If you’re new, and you don’t want unintended consequences, please read at least the short chapter on safe and effective magic before you cast any spells. Better yet, read the whole book.

Whether you’re ready to study the Craft in earnest, or whether you simply want to know more, you’ve come to the right place. This is a basic textbook for Wicca 101, a term that started as a joke. Friend and priestess, the late Alison Harlow, came up with it as a lighthearted way to describe basic Craft training. People liked it, and it stuck.

Tough none have the right of ownership here, I have an understanding that comes with more than twenty-five years’ exploration—thirteen of them as a guide, teaching and initiating new Witches in a coven, GreenHeart Grove, located in Santa Cruz, California. I am grateful for the many hours spent in study and conversation with teachers, peers, and leaders of local and national renown.

The internet makes it easy to find information on the Craft. Unfortunately, the sheer quantity of material also makes it hard to tell accurate sources from bogus ones. Wiccans have a behavioral guideline called ‘The Rede,’ which can be summarized as: “an’ it harm none, do what ye will.” But not all Witches are Wiccans, and Witchcraft has no rules.

From the outside it might be easy to conclude that you can just make it up yourself, but here’s the kicker--real Witches bring magic to life by uniting with universal forces--and the forces of magic operate according to laws as surely as the laws of physics govern matter.

When we practice magic, we weave the threads of fate and act as co-creators with the source of life, which you may define however you choose. Neopagan Witchcraft is only one approach to the art and science of commanding the currents of enchantment. To be a true Witch, in my estimation, means to serve Life in partnership with All that Is.

The multi-faceted Craft of the Wise, correctly understood and practiced, offers a journey of growth and expanded consciousness. There are as many paths to personal wholeness as there are people. Witchcraft has helped many find answers to the riddles and challenges of life.

If you choose to travel the Witch’s path, you must make peace with yourself both as your starting point and as an ongoing practice. Anyone can claim the title of ‘Witch,” but if you have internal conflicts, they will manifest in everything you do in life and in magic. The Craft, properly practiced, opens doors to inner peace and self-realization. Witches grow into power from the inside out.

The internet makes it easy to find information on the Craft. Unfortunately, it also makes it hard to tell accurate sources from bogus ones. Wiccans have a behavioral guideline called ‘The Rede,’ which can be summarized as: “an’ it harm none, do what ye will.” But not all Witches are Wiccans, and Witchcraft has no rules.

From the outside it might be easy to conclude that you can just make it up yourself, but here’s the kicker--real Witches bring magic to life by uniting with universal forces--and the forces of magic operate according to laws as surely as the laws of physics govern matter.

When we practice magic, we weave the threads of fate and act as co-creators with the source of life, which you may define however you choose. Neopagan Witchcraft is only one approach to the art and science of commanding the currents of fate. To be a true Witch, in my estimation, means to serve life in partnership with all that is.

Magic itself is neither good nor evil, simply a force--like electricity. It can bring benefit or harm. The Witchcraft presented in these pages offers a journey of expanded consciousness and growth. There are as many paths to personal wholeness as there are people. The Craft of the Wise has helped many find answers to the riddles and challenges of life.

If you choose to follow the Witch's oath as presented here, you must make peace with yourself as both your starting point snd as your ongoing practice. If you have internal conflicts, they will manifest in everything you do in life and in magic.

The Craft properly practiced opens doors to inner peace and self-realization. Witches grow into power from the inside out. May the following chapters allow you to know the beauty and power of your own true nature.

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