How many of us have physical representations of them on our altars or use them in ritual? If I were a betting woman, I’d wager a few of us for sure! But what do we actually do with the elements in our magic making?
The solstices are always a good time to take stock. While at winter we may muse over the successes and failures of the year, the summer solstice is a time for taking a look at our progress through the year so far, but it’s also a good time to look at the plans we made at the beginning of the year and adapt them to suit our needs and purposes going forward.
The issue of gate keeping often arises in witchcraft circles – people telling other people what makes a true witch or rather what doesn’t . Sometimes the advice is well meaning though unsolicited and often patronising, whilst other times it is pure snobbishness. Sometimes it arises as a defence mechanism from those who have experienced some sort of trauma or negative treatment, either because of their own practice or at the hands of those who would appropriate and exploit it