The Magickal Universe

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Primordial Wytchecraft

Throughout the history of humanity there were those who are chosen as as vessels for the Gods. The Shaman, The Village Wise Woman/Cunning man, The Witchdoctor, The Healer, The Oracle.

They were chosen for their skills; gifts or differences. Most were chosen from a young age, their differences and skills acknowleged through ceremony and accepted by the spritual leader. They would then spend years apprenticed to their teacher. Learning from them, but also accepting the day to day care of their teacher enabling the teacher to remain within the spiritual state for longer periods of time. In this time both the spiritual and physical care of the clan or tribe was the province of the 'wise ones'

The village 'Wytche' could diagnose both human and animal ailments and would dispense herbal remedies in the form of powders, potions and ointments, they prescribed charms or cast spells to rid the body of an illness. They may have chanted, made passes over the body, or cast bones for guidance.

They also acted as a spiritual go-between for the tribe. Speaking with the spirit world the 'Wytche' would consult with the chief on spiritual matters pertaining to the safety of the tribe, the Wytche would take spirit quests or spiritual journeys to seek out answers, or to find prey for the tribe's hunters.

Spiritual Healing and folk-magic remedies were the day to day business of the 'Wytche' - some of these remedies have matured into modern scientific and medical practices. Others are performed almost identically today by modern Primordial Wytches, Pagans Natropaths and Homeopaths. One of these is sympathetic magick - eg. the use of a poppet in healing magick as a representational image of the person requiring healing.

The early Christian Church needed to be the only available source of miracles if it was going to succeed in its mission to convert the world to the one God and so attempted to discredit village healers and shamans as devil worshippers. 'Witchcraft' or 'sorcery' was considered fraudulent and discouraged by the establishment, but the populace was loath to give up their local healers. Many continued to follow their ancestral knowledge and ignore the attempts to take power from the 'Wytche'. To ensure an end to village healers the church encouraged healing only within the confines of established religion. Those who refused to work under its umbrella had their healing labeled as the work of the devil.

From then on the healing power of a 'Wytche' was denounced as a diabolical gift from the Devil rather than a divine gift from a God or Goddess. However even the following persecutions of the Burning Times never completely removed the power of the Wise Ones, who continued to flourish away from the Christian Church.

In many families, there had been traces of the old ways passed down through the generations, healing lore, folk magick, family recipies, yearly traditions. In much of the Modern Church traces of the old ways are seen, in rituals adapted to encourage the local populous to join the fellowship. All around us, fractions of the old ways have been kept, hidden in plain sight. There are also those who are awakening just as their ancestors did with a mind full of knowledge, or an ability to share, who are seeking out the old ways, collecting the pieces, remaking the picture, once again allowing the passion, the joy, the divine inspiration that was the Village Wytche to once again surface as Primordial Wytchecraft.

Primordial Wytches are not Wiccan though we share much of our beliefs. Primordial wytches do not follow the "law of three", for we believe that in order to heal one must be able to harm. This does not mean we seek out others to cause harm but rather that we accept that the same ability that can heal can also hurt and that sometimes healing begins with hurt.

Much of our practices resonate with Shamanism, we are a tribal people accepting that the power of a people is based within their spiritual essense, we work within both the spirit world as well as the mundane as they are intertwined.  Yet in our modern society we are very often no longer a part of a tribal group, we often work alone, adapting our practices to our own personal situations.

As Primordial Wytches we take our role very seriously, we stand by our beliefs, our word is our bond and we have pride in our practices. Our traditions are sacred and are not shared freely, but are shared wisely. We inhabit a world full of potential, and the ability to manifest that potential lies in the soul of every Primordial Wytche.

Brightest Blessings

Lady Rohanna Ravenswing

HPS Terra Sphere Coven

05/07/2008