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That’s quite alright! With many people just using the term “witch” in the broader sense, it can get quite confusing, even for some of us in the community. It definitely doesn’t help that a lot of authors and blog owners don’t always make it clear which path they’re writing about either.
I actually wouldn’t fall under the Wiccan umbrella as I don’t follow the religion by Gerald Gardner or any of it’s offshoots. If I had to pick an existing label, I’d probably fall closest to Eclectic since my craft is not part of an established religious structure and is based more on folk practices and lore from different cultures. There was also a point I would have considered my practice Trad Craft, just a different variant than the one mentioned in the first post, but I found that the label did not quite fit what I do and was limiting.
Of course! I would be more than happy to discuss my practice further and answer questions. Thank you for listening to my input.
The type of witchcraft mentioned in the original post appears to be “Traditional Witchcraft” specifically, which is only one type of witchcraft among many. And even then, there are various streams depending on which sources one chooses to follow and focus on. For example, many Trad Witches work heavily with the fae, while others focus solely on published grimoires.
As for other types of witchcraft, there’s also Wicca, Eclectic Witchcraft, Hereditary Witchcraft, Hellenic Witchcraft, Christian Witchcraft, Luciferian Witchcraft, Satanic Witchcraft, and so on. It’s difficult to generalize, and doubly so when you consider that each practitioner is an individual with unique perceptions and beliefs.
I myself am both a witch and a Bardic Druid. Before turning to Druidry, I already worked with and honored Na Morrígna as I am a polytheist. Then over time, I was pulled towards other aspects of the various Celtic cultures, and inevitably, this path. But besides honoring Deities, my craft also includes spirit work, animism, and meditation. None of which I’d consider incompatible with Druid beliefs.
No worries, apologies for the confusing question.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that as a writer I have no issue being creative for things outside spirituality, and consuming works made by other people can often trigger my emotions in a spiritual way. But I’m finding a hard time connecting my interest in writing (or the arts) to my own work as a Bard.
Perhaps the answer is actually very simple and I’m overcomplicating things, but I keep wondering if there’s a “proper” way to combine Druidry with one’s creative talents.
I’m glad your efforts to create the horse-hair harp went well. I’ve never even heard of such a thing before so I’ll definitely be looking it up. Thank you for educating us on yet another interesting fact!
“Is it just me whose brain is wired this way or do you also find healing in music?”
I agree that music has always drawn me in on both an emotional and spiritual level. As a child, I often found myself singing to express my emotions, or just singing to the animals like some cheesy character in a Disney movie because it was fun. Now I’ve found that I almost always have music playing, and no genre is fully off-limits.
Some songs have helped me connect with my inner self while others have helped me feel more connected to things like nature, humanity, or even the gods. It truly is something I can’t imagine being without and I’m grateful to all the musicians who put their creativity and work out there.
This is my first time posting here so firstly, I’m pleased with the Mods response and genuine attempts to keep this forum a safe space for all members. With social politics discourse going on in multiple Druid and pagan groups, it’s refreshing to see that those “in charge” are taking a clear stand.
Secondly, I’m going to agree with the above posts saying there’s no place for prejudice in today’s day and age. Non-heterosexual relationships have existed since pretty much forever. Likewise, many cultures have recognized trans individuals, including those outside the man/woman binary. They may not always have been called “transgender”, but there are plenty of historical accounts of people choosing to live as a certain gender, and many non-Western cultures have more than two genders in their gender binary to begin with. I would think that right to live as your authentic self so long as you aren’t causing harm to others is a value that goes hand in hand with the values of Druidry.