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Traditional Practicers?

To: alt.traditional.witchcraft,alt.magick.tyagi
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Traditional Practicers?
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 01:12:37 GMT

Aetyr wrote:
> Hello solarmoon.
> This group was created to discuss traditional witchcraft
> specifically in contrast to Wicca, and its derivatives.  I would
> assume that it also contrasts to ceremonial magic, the OTO,
> Theosophy, etc. etc.
> All of these intersect at many points so its tough to make great
> distinctions.
> It was founded by Raven Blackbane in 1998.
> From the beginning it has attracted people practicing European
> based traditional witchcraft, and that was probably her intent
> since alt witchcraft was already created, and that group
> attracted a wide variety of magic users.
> As for Alt Magick...ask Parse/Ren.  He has been a poster there
> for many years.
> Pip

I practice in the African-American and European traditions of folk
magic, witchcraft, brujeria, hoodoo, powwow magic, conjure, hexenkraft,
stregeria, et al, without respect to coven membership or a specific
religious orientation. 

For what it's worth, i do not consider the word "traditional"  or
"tradition" to refer to initiatic lineages in the least, not do i think
the term "traditional witchcraft" refers to any religion. . 

In the usage i see on the net and locally, a "tradition" or "path" is a
generally respectful term meaning "a coherent system of magic / religion
/ mysticism / spirituality"  -- while "traditional" generally means
"archaic" or "not New Age" or  "more 'paleo' than 'neo' Pagan." 

Also, i particiate in alt.magick regularly, and i would like to note
that although it is chartered for the "scholarly discussion of magic"
without respect to lineage or style, most of the particiants there work
in Hermetic, Ceremonial, and mystical paths, with occasional nods of
friendship to folk magic and traditional witchcraft of various ethnic
and cultural forms.

cat yronwode 

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