Well, the dust has settled since the book launch of Craft of the Wise: A Practical Guide, which was a huge success thanks to Liz and Trevor of Witchcraft Ltd who allowed us to use one of their shops as the venue for the evening.
It was lovely to see so many friendly faces there, and it was a particular honour to have all three of my High Priestesses in the same room – Natalie, Maureen, and Morgaine. This was a rare occasion, which gave us a chance to recognise their own commitment to the practice, whilst also giving me the chance to thank them for what they took the time to teach me.
Janet and Gavin also made an appearance, by the medium of the World Wide Web. They had emailed a speech to my friend Maggi to read out on the night, which was a really lovely thought – and one which now has us referring to Gavin as ‘King of Witches’!!
Since the book has been released, I have been contacted by occult practitioners from all over the world – Greece, Australia, and America, to name just a few. This has been extremely insightful (and something which I hope will lead to some travel opportunities in the future!)
So what next? A few months ago, I said that I would wait at least a year before considering writing anything new. But it looks like the Gods have other ideas, as always … so I have begun writing again, this time focusing on a more specialised aspect of the Craft. I am being guided in a certain direction to cover what I consider as a very important, but often overlooked, element of modern (and ancient) practice. I will not be able to make the subject matter of the new book public yet, but I will as soon as I can.
So, being guided on a new path yet again! As with my writing, I usually find that it is near impossible to try and plan a ritual with a fine toothcomb – and we very rarely write a detailed script to follow. A list of ideas, and a suggested itinerary for the evening, perhaps – but intuition, creativity and fluidity seems to be what is most important to those Gods who are guiding my groups’ rituals at present.
They have started appearing to us in their fundamental, organic, primordial forms. They ask for words and actions which are spoken intuitively from the heart, from the depths of the soul – spoken with a passionate delivery which is – quite literally – fit for the Gods. We are all being pushed in the direction of more daily devotions, lustration, supplication, and meditation.
Of course, it won’t always be like this; the wind will change again, and we will be taken down another path, guided in another direction. The important part of course is to listen, to learn how to separate their messages from the white noise, and act on what the instinct of the moment demands.