I have had to learn a hard lesson as of late. It is one that has been difficult, because when something that has given such love and beauty to one’s life is perceived to be attacked, misrepresented, or distained the inclination is to respond, if not negatively then in an attempt to correct. Neither one of these is acceptable. Each path must make its own way.
Their path is not my concern. Certainly the proponents of these very different ideas of the purpose behind practices we have in common, particularly those that originate in Traditional Wicca, follow a valid Craft of their own. They are Witches, just a different kind of Witch. Our paths long ago diverged from one another and that is okay. We hold ourselves up and we hold them up, each is valid in its own right without needing the other for a stamp of approval. Let’s just not claim to speak for anyone not on our path in sweeping all inclusive proclamations, because to do so is to misrepresent a path not one’s own from a position without knowledge of the essence of that path. This does not mean that one cannot, or should not, share the beauty that has been found in their own spiritual journey. There is much that can be gained there; if each path is allowed to speak for itself.
Acceptance and tolerance of other’s paths is something I have long ago learned, it is central to the Contemporary Pagan paradigm; however, sometimes life likes to return us on the wheel to a different angle and nuance.
"Lost in a thicket bare-footed upon a thorned path."