other folk appear to believe that one can make oneself a Witch, simply
by declaring "I am a Witch." And then there are those silly folk who
have been heard to declare things like "Of course I'm a Third Degree
High Priestess! I've been circling for six months, and I've read all
but three chapters of StarHawk's Spiral Dance!" -- and are outraged
when they are not accorded the recognition they believe they are due.
I hold to: "A
Witch is born, not made; or if a Witch is to be made, then tears must
be spilt before the Moon can be Drawn. For the Lady chooses whom She
Will to be Her Lovers, and She rends Her Servants apart before finally
making them Wise."
anyone interested, this is my reworking of someone's reworking of two
separate statements originally written by "Robert Cochrane" of The
Regency (Britain) and 1734 (America) fame - or is it infamy?] And how
do I interpret that statement?
A Witch is born;
It is necessary to "make" - to awaken, to actualize and bring into manifestation - that which was born within one;
"To learn it is necessary to suffer and be purified..." ;
the Gods can make a Witch because the Goddess is the Source of the
Initiatory Current, and She can, and will, bestow that Current when,
and upon whom, She chooses. For priesthood is a vocation, and it is She
who calls us: "Arise! And come unto Me!"
is essential to becoming a Witch. While I think the term
"self-Initiation" is a misnomer, nevertheless it is possible to attune
oneself to the Initiatory Current, and thereby become Initiated - not
into any particular lineage or family, of course, since nobody can
adopt themselves into someone else's family, but into "Wicca".
it takes a considerable amount of work, study, and effort to attune
oneself to the Current - and it takes being Proper Person enough to be
able to know what is wheat, and what is chaff, out of the
publicly-available material to properly prepare onself to attune to the
correct frequency - to tap into the proper Initiatory Current.
I still hold to "only a Witch can make a Witch" - although there are
those for whom both instances of the word "Witch" refer to the same
individual; and I also still hold to "only the Gods can make a Witch"
for the Lady chooses whom She Will.... And I also hold to "declaring 'I
am a Witch'" because it is we, each of us individually, who must answer
Her Call - and accept that possibility, and bring it into