Fiona Horne on Witchcraft
Sept, 1998 - Rolling Stone
I practice witchcraft (namely wicca). This is a nature
worshipping, Goddess oriented spiritual path that makes
sense to me in a way that Catholicism, (strait) laced
with all the obvious shortcomings of a patriarchal mind-set,
never did throughout my childhood.
I have trouble believing in things a lot of witches
are adamant about. Witchcraft has an enormously lush
and varied pantheon of Goddesses and Gods -- embracing
as it does expressions of human spirituality from many
cultures. However, I don't believe in Goddesses and
Gods -- that is I don't believe they exist in some perpetual
reality dealing out judgment and assistance on call.
I believe when I talk to the Goddess and God I am talking
to parts of me. I am using archetypes and forms to access
parts of myself to unleash potential -- to remember
what I've forgotten -- to learn what I don't yet know.
I don't believe there are established divine plans,
I believe you make your own. I don't believe in karma
(as a hierarchical institution) and I don't believe
in reincarnation -- all these things (most) witches
take for granted.
I do believe the world answers according to the questions
you ask of it. I ask witchy questions. I believe there
are forces in nature that a witch can harness magickally
and use to create and destroy. As a witch I believe
my existence and reality is completely enmeshed with
Gaia -- Mother Earth... Planet Consciousness.
My personal brand of witchcraft is fairly loose and
unstructured which allows me flexibility. I do believe
nothing stays the same -- especially when working magick
-- the one spell often won't solve the same problem
Witchcraft places your religion in your own hands -there's
no definitive book written about it (you write your
own "Book of Shadows").
There's no one way of going about it but there are
- Do what you want but harm none.
- As you send out, so returns threefold.
- Do what you want but don't interfere with another's
A lot of people believe in a religion because it helps
them fear death less -- they can go to heaven, can be
reborn as a greater (or lesser) creature -- or a witch
can go to Summerland (a witch's heaven) until it is
time to be reborn. I believe what happens when you die
is what you think will happen. You see what you want
to see in those last infinite seconds before final shutdown.
I don't expect I'll see much except my life flash before
my eyes -- and one last goodbye.
One of the reasons I started doing music was because
I wanted to feel immortal -- I wanted to leave something
behind, something others could enjoy (life is more about
giving than taking). Maybe that's why so many of my
song lyrics haul themselves up a mystical mountain.
As a witch I believe every second counts, that every
minute has the potential to be infinitely long and short
-- that time is an illusion that I can play with. I'm
not racking up points on a spiritual scorecard -- the
way I choose to experience my life is a personal choice
that isn't under anyone or any God's jurisdiction. It's
important and unimportant, essential and unessential
-- it is what it is, what I am and what I do.
Witchcraft provides for me a framework -- a multifaceted,
holographic one at that -- in which to explore my life.
It's what has worked best for me so far.
Fiona Home is the author of "Witch" and the former
singer with Sydney band Def FX.