Great, informative piece on Traditional Witchcraft. I am starting to become very much drawn to this school of magick. I don’t really consider myself Wiccan anymore.
Preface: the ‘Traditional Witchcraft’ this article relates to is not Wicca, a Wiccan derivative, nor any variant on “British Traditional Witchcraft” (aka: BTW). Also, of course, this is my definition (not one from a book) so take that for what it’s worth.
Traditional Witchcraft is a type of witchcraft that is founded upon and is strongly rooted in a in pre-1700’s European worldview, generally based on the historic wise-woman / cunning man. Most Traditional Witches practice solitary, those some practice with others via varying systems of organization (covens, clans, traditions, etc). Generally there is a strong sense of alignment with one’s biological heritage, but occasionally a practitioner will choose to practice Traditional Witchcraft will outside of their cultural biology due to following a strong calling or longing.
A Traditional Witch is not overwhelmingly indoor, temple, or grimoire based but occasionally pulls from those (and other) sources to create and manifest their unique path. However, one of the most notable sources of wisdom and inspiration for Traditional Witchcraft is revelations delivered in ecstatic gnosis & communion