My Left Hand Path
The Left Hand Path… Many cringe when they hear the term. Visions of satanic orgies and black rites in the middle of a moonlit graveyard filling the heads of christians and pseudo-christians alike. A dark robed magister spouting vitriolic hatred and poisoning the minds of the community against the practitioners of the various peaceful pagan traditions. In short, the term invokes fear on both sides of the fence.
My path may invoke some of these feelings of fear, but I sincerely hope it does not. If it does though, I have no apologies to offer up. Sympathy perhaps, and tolerance for opposing viewpoints… but no apologies. This is not Wicca or any of the other touchy-feely-law-of-three traditions out there. There are some things we have in common, but much that conflicts. If you are looking for a Wiccan tradition you would be best served in looking elsewhere.
I am a practitioner of Witchcraft, both as a religion and wielder of power. I cast spells, I summon and bind, and I am not bound by any formal dogma or code of morality. I treat others as I wish to be treated and recognize that kindness garners more than being mean. All actions create reactions, even if they cannot be perceived. Living life is more akin to an exercise in logic than most people probably believe.
The Left Hand Path for me recognizes that good and evil are part of a duality, and that one must exist to define the other. Society outlines what is acceptable and what is taboo, but the Left Hand Path leaves us free to explore and contemplate those things that are forbidden. This contemplation and experience is a conduit to power and knowledge. This is also one of those places where the aforementioned logic and kindness plays into the equation though. I also believe sex has a place in ritual and magic. Religions, gods, and other powers are like us mortals in that they are subject to change and assimilation. Nothing in the universe is constant… not even gods. There is no such thing as a “pure religion.” If that is what you are looking for, you will not find it here. You would be better served taking your search elsewhere.
My particular flavor is celtic and shamanistic. It is mystical, feeds on older traditions, clings to the shadows, and whispers dark secrets if you are willing to invest in what is required to listen. Most of what I have seen over the years on the internet and other research has been fragmented, has not made much sense, or has been wholly incomplete. So many traditions present themselves as the “only true path”, and it has been difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. I started this project to help bring together many of my beliefs and writings into one place, and perhaps share them with a few souls who have a little interest.
Remember… There a thousand paths to God.