How did you discover your path?
My feet have always been on this path, although I wasn’t aware of it. From my earliest memories, I’ve always been fascinated by magic. When I was a little kid, I did a lot of “potion” making, kept stashes of herbs, “borrowed” my mother’s rock and crystal collection, talked to plants/trees/animals, and read dozens and dozens of fantasy novels. My friends and I had several months-long periods of “play” where we more than half-believed we had magical powers, including control over the elements. I must have been a witch for Halloween at least 10 times.
One day one of said friends brought us a book of spells she’d bought at a festival held by a local Buddhist temple. It was a little thing for tween witches that talked about stuff like wearing “a witch’s lucky green underwear,” and that sort of stuff. Cute charms and whatnot. I didn’t find that very interesting in itself, but my mind was blown: I had NO IDEA there were serious books on this stuff, written by ADULTS who did magic and witchcraft “for real”!
I was 10 or 11 and we were allowed to ride our bikes down to the library if we went in groups or pairs. So the next time we went down there, I slunk over to the adult section and started looking for the witchcraft books. I found them on the very last, back row facing the wall, on the bottom shelf. There were maybe a dozen at most. I was so scared someone, especially my mom (despite her own witchy tendencies and lax attitude about church and god), would find me back there. It’s funny in retrospect, though XD.
I took home Silver RavenWolf’s To Ride a Silver Broomstick, and I think one of Cunningham’s books, and devoured them. Seriously considered not taking them back to the library. Renewed them as many times as possible. Yeah, I know, GREAT BOOK, such *accurate* information! Sarcasm. But we all start somewhere, and somewhere for me felt like home.
Clearly this isn’t just what set me to becoming a witch, but also a religious Pagan. Since then I’ve done a lot more research, practice, and growing up, although most of that has happened in the last 2-3 years. Kinda makes it awkward to be like, technically I’ve been a witch for ~12 years, but not really.