My Path - Stories on the Path to Witchcraft - Guest post with H.Roberts



Hello Sacred Souls, today I am excited and honored to share space with the Helen Roberts. Author of Spider Eats Fright and Australian Bush Witch. Today she shares her journey through her path, and gives us some insight into the inspiration and guidance for her fictional work. 

 

 




What is an Australian Bush Witch? As I began reading about the many types of magic practices, I became very interested in hedge witchery, however the concept of the hedge witch was a very British one. Various sources characterised them as some kind of wise woman/man of the olden days, knowledgeable in herb lore, folk medicines and shamanism, who journeyed beyond the hedges that marked the boundary between their safe little village and the wilds of the forest. The thing is, we don’t have hedgerows where I live. I wanted to identify with something more culturally relevant to me as an Australian so instead of “Hedge Witch” I decided on the term “Bush Witch” since that's where I live. I'm out on the fringes of a rural town; in the bushland that then gives way to tuart forest.

What areas of interest in terms of Witchcraft pull you in the most? Chaos magic and herbal magic are the two big ones, but I'm always interested in exploring new areas. I like to keep my spell working fresh and creative and I'm not one for rules, so my practice is pretty eclectic. I like to mix things up. If something feels like it will work I go with it. Lately, I've been working with tarot magic.

How did you come to find the craft? My mother was part of a mail order book club where she had to purchase so many books from the catalogue a month. It had a new age section and I made a passing comment that some of the books in that section looked interesting. That Christmas I got my very first tarot deck and a book called “Notions and Potions” by Susan Bowes, both of which started me off on the path I'm on now.

 What has it offered you and what have you given back? A spiritual practice involving magic and witchcraft has given me so much joy over the years. It has brought me peace during difficult times and given me control over myself and my circumstances. It has helped me to find purpose in my life and has taught me humility and gratitude. Without all that I don't think I would be in the field that I am today because as well as being a writer, I'm also a carer for the elderly and disabled. I do my best to put that sense of calm, humility and gratitude, as well as empathy, into the services that I provide. That's my way of giving back.

Being an Australian Witch, do you pull from the land and how drawn are you to its native lore and magic?

I frequently use native plants and animals in my magic practice. I love connecting with this land so European herbs don't feature as heavily in my spells as natives unless I happen to have them growing in my garden, like a bit of rosemary. I have spent most of my life working on my own local myths, rituals, seasonal observances and correspondences; creating and maintaining traditions that have personal relevance to me. I have always enjoyed learning and reading about Aboriginal myths and traditions, especially for my area but I am also aware of the concept of cultural appropriation. For me personally, Aboriginal culture is not my culture. I have my own and so have no need, nor desire to take on theirs and include it in my magic practice. As always it's up to an individual to work with whatever resonates and is most meaningful to them.

How important is your practice? Very! I've been working on integrating my practice into my life on a daily basis through daily ritual and mindfulness. I want to recognize what is sacred every day. I'm a very private person so I don't talk about my spirituality often or in great detail, except online, and you wouldn't know I'm a witch to look at me. It does, however, make up a large part of my identity. Putting that detail in the author bio of my book “Spider Eats Fright” was a huge step for me but I feel it was a necessary one. I like to think it shows just how important being a witch is to me.


Thank you deeply Helen for your insight, and inspiration.



 



You can find Helen’s Website here: www.spidereatsfright.com



 



If you would like to share your own story on your path feel free to contact me at Authenticangelbliss@gmail.com

Blair Mirth

Blair is a Pagan Loving, Earth magic maverick with a love for Tarot, poetry, Herbs, Creative Writing and Learning. Here you will find all manner of magical tips, techniques, interviews and sharings

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