When doing research on the subject of witchcraft, a division exists between solitary witches and those who practice in covens. I love the idea of being a part of a group to share my experiences with, but the solitary path just felt right for me. This brought up the same feelings I had in the music business. I feel like my spiritual path mirrors my musical path. Musically, I use to be in a rock band, work with other musicians, and even felt at home with this culture. Spiritually, I was a part of a Rosicrucian Lodge, worked my way through the ranks, and felt at home here as well. Over the years, my music turned toward electronic/DJ and I began learning audio engineering, music technology, and as many aspects of the music industry as I could. I soon became a solo artist with complete freedom. Around this time, I also began taking my spiritual journey in the same way, breaking away from the lodge and studying on my own. I’ve been lucky not to get any real backlash or hate from “the community” for becoming a solitary witch as many other authors have. In all honesty, I actually felt supported in this decision and never felt like I was kicked out and forced to go solo. The same could be said about the music scene, I was nothing but supported in this decision and encourage to grow on my own.
Being a solitary witch, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is you can explore any topic and idea related to the occult with complete freedom, the bad news is the same, with complete freedom it makes the scope of study enormous and I can easily get off track. For me, witchcraft is an umbrella term for leading a balanced and holistic life. With that definition, even going to the gym can be a part of this journey since it’s focused on my health. This made it difficult to narrow topics down and focus without having a “Oh look! Squirrel!” moments.
For me, a solitary witch needs to understand the “skeleton” of the craft before they can flesh it out with the art and creativity. This makes it a logical study merged with the art of the craft. It forced me to develop both sides of the brain and look at my craft from all sides. At times I felt like Jekyll and Hyde bouncing from one personality to the next. It can be hard work but leading the solitary life does have it’s advantages. It gives me the opportunity to develop both aspects and gain skills I would never explore if I were a part of a group or coven.
With my musical background, I used this as a way to make sense of it all. In music, you have music theory, music technology, and the basics of songwriting that are common in the music industry. The creativity isn’t in the science or structure of music, but what you can do with it to make it your own. The flavor and genre of music is what gives my mix life. I see witchcraft in the same way. No matter what aspects of the occult I study, there is a basic theory that connects them together. How I want to flavor this depends on the mythology and best practices I choose. Once I have a clear understanding of the theory, I can begin to play with the ideas, break the rules, and make it an artistic expression. When I look at my journals and even my music, the most successful moments was when I worked on the theory and then revisited the same exercise or mix with knowledge and a creative spirit. In other words, my best formula is to master concepts twice! Once, to master the logic and science, the second to master the art and expression. This can make for a slower journey, but one that is rock solid. For me, this is what the solitary life is all about, exploring all sides of myself.
Picture: Circe Invidiosa by John William Waterhouse