Monday, May 21, 2012

Maps and the Lonely Road

The Path of the Witch is often referred to as the Lonely Road. As a deeply esoteric path, only we truly walk it. Granted, we share many of the same experiences as others that have trod the way we have gone, but that is not the same. Eventually though, every Witch will find themselves feeling alone. It is a part of the path.

It is also part of the internal spiritual process, that on occasion we find ourselves at a crossroads, conflicted, and unsure where to proceed forth to. This is why it so important to not walk the path without the assistance of others that have been that way before. Of all that arguments that can be made in favor of working within an established Tradition, this is the biggest, in my opinion. The way through the brush does not have to be cleared, someone else has been there and though you walk alone, they can recall the trials and how they overcame them. Long standing Traditions even develop about them, as part of their egregore, lore and practices that act as a map.
It is a map that was built upon by each person that has gone down the lonesome trail; even you will leave the trace of your hand upon it when you need to pass it to another.

At some point even the experienced will find themselves in need of a push in the right direction. Perhaps they are blind to the road ahead for some reason, or they do not want to accept the truth that is sitting before them. Don’t be afraid to say as such and see. Learn to recognize these moments, so that action can be taken.

Joining a Coven is a very involved process, it is long, and may result in either the group or the Seeker deciding that they cannot continue to pursue. There must be great trust forged, in order for those experiencing a Branding to open up to others, likewise those that have already felt that particular sting of severity, must also have that bond. It is no wonder that Traditional Covens seem to be standoffish. It is not because they think themselves better; it is because trust must be built over many long hours, weeks, months, even years; much like joining a family.

So who do you have that can hand you an occasional map down the path? Teachers? Friends? Is there only one or many? Every Witch needs to know, for everyone needs at some time or another a helping hand.

Boidh se!

-Spanish Moss

"Lost in a thicket bare-footed upon a thorned path."


"Crossroads" Joe Carriker said...

Fantastic post, brother.

Anonymous said...

thank you! just today, an awesome pagan asked about the bonds that exist in our tradition. yes, we are individuals, but our combined energies and experiences create one awesome force! THANK YOU! Mermaid Blessings!