When I was four years old, I wanted two things out of life: a boyfriend and to be a witch.
My role model of being a witch was the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. I wanted to be green, wear black and cast spells.
I was raised Roman Catholic. Every Saturday night we would go to church. It was boring and I hated it. It made no sense to me.
In kindergarten, I was taught that the American Indians worshiped animals and the trees. They prayed over the buffalo after they killed them to thank the buffalo spirit. That made more since to me then going to church every Saturday night.
Fast-forward seven years: I was wondering in my small town library and I happen upon To Ride a Silver Broom by Silver RavenWolf. My eyes were open.
Yes, I could become a witch and cast spell. It was real and all I had to do was learn it.
And then I read about the Goddess. The idea of a female deity was almost mind blowing. Womanhood was starting and the blood and cramps were not fun. The idea of a deity who would blood once a month like me was like being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold night.
I read anything and everything I could on witchcraft, Wicca, and magick. I just soaked up as much as I could. But I never put it in practice. I just went on.
The event that made me disown the Roman Catholic religion came four years later, my grandma’s death. When a classmate asked if we paid the church to have Masses said in her name so she could go to heaven, I said that my grandma was in heaven, not in purgatory.
I went on the next seven years with no religion and no faith. It did get to a point where I felt so powerless because there was nothing I could do to change my life.
June of 2004 changed everything. I brought To Ride a Silver Broom and got serious about witchcraft. Ostara of 2005 I performed my self-dedication ritual. Ostara of 2010 I was ordained a minster in the Universal Life Church.
So that’s my story. I’ve been a witch for seven years and I don’t feel powerless anymore. Being a witch has made me happy and found me some inner peace.