What has training in initiatory Witchcraft or the Wica got to offer?
It gives the opportunity for the seeker to be involved in the Western Mystery Tradition which dates back 3000 years or more. While Initiatory Witchcraft can only reliably be dated to 1939 and Gerald Gardner and his associates, it is nonetheless one of the modern manifestation of the Western Mysteries, which includes Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Sufism, Thelema, Mystical Christianity etc., some of which date back into antiquity.
Training in Initiatory Witchcraft gives the seeker the opportunity of participating in the myths of the Lady and Horned Lord- Life and Death and the Wheel of the Year. Myths if they are to be effective in reflecting life, in guiding in us and helping us to relate and give meaning to life's inevitabilities can’t be changed on a whim of what ‘feels’ right. Therefore myths are to be experienced rather than believed allowing scope for personal exploration. By engaging in Craft training the seeker has the opportunity to discover profound meaning and depth.
As part of the Western Mysteries training in Initiatory Witchcraft makes use of time tested techniques for inducing the experience of the mysteries, personal transformation and changing one’s reality. With the advance of sciences such as cognitive science, neuro-science, psychology and anthropology these techniques are now becoming better understood.
Taking a structured approach to participation in the occult with experienced teachers ensures that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel and can learn the techniques in a safe way. You will be able to avoid the common pitfalls in esoteric spirituality which saves you both time and energy.
It gives you access to the experience of other people who will challenge you but allow you to make up your own mind and gently guide you to the mysteries. Craft training enables you to participate in a dynamic living tradition and gives you access to a host of techniques and experience not known to exoteric religion. It will allow you to make an informed decision on whether this path is for you before making the commitment of initiation into the mysteries. Most of all it brings the chance to meet, discuss, celebrate and make friends with like minded people.