The other day, a new friend came over. I was running out of things to talk to her about, so I went to get my tarot and oracle card collection. It is only about five sets, so not too overwhelming, but something interesting to look at and to prompt conversations. The cards were pretty and we talked about the purposes of the different sets: The Celtic Shaman set is for aiding journeying, the Tarot sets have multiple uses including divination, The oracle sets are easier to use than tarot, the various types of tarot, etc. What my friend really liked was the bags that I kept my tarot in. She noticed that most were handmade and that someone must really love me to put so much care into a present. Well, as a matter of fact several someones love me very much! My various tarot bags were all given to me by fellow witches. Three of witch were handmade by each of my coven mates. I have a knitted one with a sweet little crescent moon and star charm, an applicayed one with Spanish image of the La Luna trump card on it, and a velvet silk lined one with a stag charm. The magic and handcrafted love that goes into these adds to their power and make the perfect homes for such special items as my tarot and oracle cards.
These simple material items aren’t, of course, all that my coven and witch friends provide me. Meeting other witches and working in any sort of group provides close friendship, help and assistance when you need it, opportunities to learn new skills and advanced interpersonal skills. I would never be rude about someone being a solitary, in fact I think it is a normal stage in any witches life to retreat and focus on the self. However, I would persuade others to consider a witch group as an option. My group doesn’t push me to do things some weird way. We plan rituals together, and we come together on things. I am not giving in, I am entering into win-win situations. (Which are similar to compromise but even better). When we plan together we all get what we want and then even more, because new ideas are introduced that provide even better experiences.
My coven mates give me opportunity to explore my storytelling interests, we grow gardens together and share tips, and we make things together. When I am sick or one of them is sick we perform healing rituals and make healing potions for each other. I never ever ever feel the need to write to an online community asking people I don’t know and love to send me healing energy. I have an abundance of people I trust fully to take care of that for me, and I for them.
Oh and the holidays, the holidays we celebrate together. If you could see them: A chosen family of friends dancing around a maypole, sitting by the fire roasting marshmallows for s’mores, eating a dumb supper and sharing stories of ancestors until you can feel the words shared present in spirit with you.