The way of the Witch, the Shaman, the Worker of the Ancient Ways is the way of Spirit; communication and veneration of the Unseen and Those who dwell within it. Spirits are the Life Force of the galaxies. The Universe hums and vibrates with Their presence. They are all around us. They are the voices in our head, the daggers in our hearts and the joys of our lives. They existed long before man and They will exist long after we are gone.
For people like me, the Spirits and Gods I venerate are what give my life purpose. I am consumed by Them. I am hopelessly and eternally lost in love for Them. Because of this devotion, my life is not my own and I am grateful it is not.
As I have grown older, my life’s journey has taken a turn and now, instead of just living for myself, I live and breathe to ensure They are not forgotten. There are not many True walkers on the Witching Road. Many profess to walk, many profit from selling useless trinkets and vague promises, but few actually take the time to travel it; to feel the ruts of those Ancient roads, carved in the Earth by our venerable Ancestors who often gave up their lives for their Gods.
There is much misinformation regarding Spirits. It is no wonder so many of us feel that Spirit communication is difficult or that one must go through a series of complicated initiations and rituals to ensnare the attention and favor of these difficult Beings. This is the ‘command and compel’ school of thought. You don’t forge a relationship with the Spirit; you order It to do your bidding. You protect yourself with sigils, circles, emblems, ceremonial garb and magical tools of all kinds to keep the aggravated Spirit from harming you. You work in fear, because you know, deep down, one day, your luck will run out. You will misplace a protective sigil or fail to close the circle entirely, and the very Thing that you have bullied and coerced through discourteous and ungrateful means will finally get you. And They will. And They do.
This practice is an anathema to true Workers who know, that really, Spirits are like humans. There is nothing complicated here. To get the best out of Them and to get the best out of ourselves while working with Them, we need to forge a relationship. This takes time. No ritual, no working, no sigil, no herbal incense or commanding incantation can take the place of spending time with your Spirits and Gods, building that trust, that bond, that communication that only the True Worker knows.
There are kind Spirits and malevolent ones. They are Those who adore us and Those who are not so fond. There are Those who wish to help with very little prompting and then, there are Those who require bribery (grand offerings, sacrifices). The Spirit mentality is like ours; there is much self-interest. They are grander than we. They are Ancient; Their wisdom timeless and Their vision stretches through the Universe, seeing and taking in all. Remember your place. Always treat Them with respect, honour and reverence. Remember your place. You are mortal; you are requesting Their assistance and aid. Never take Them for granted or treat Them in a callous manner. You will pay for this disrespect.
To me, building a relationship with a Spirit is rather like dating or courting. You meet, you exchange glances, you sense Their interest and They sense yours. You take an interest in what pleases Them, what offends Them, what causes They feel passionate about. Like us, Spirits have moods, favourite foods, desires, lusts and emotions to express.
Time and attention is what is needed. You need to take the time to get to know the Spirit, because hopefully, your relationship will grow and flourish for years. My Goddesses are my best friends. When I hurt, They are my solace. When I am frightened, They are my bodyguards. When I am mistreated, They are my avengers. No human takes the place of the Divine in my life.
Before you decide to embark on the Spirit Road, make sure you’re ready. For once They enter, your life will be forever changed. Your heart, your perceptions, your priorities, your entire existence will be altered. It is a grand thing. It is the Shaman’s Path that beckons. It is the Way of our Ancestors. It is the Way of the Witch.