So my Witchvox article went over very well, and I was pleasantly overwhelmed with the responses I received, which came in the form of well over a hundred and thirty emails and counting. I have made it a personal challenge to answer each one of them. So if you haven't heard from me, you will.
I knew I was going to receive opposition from some people, which I was prepared to receive and interpret as "constructive criticism" and food for thought. To be completely honest, I actually expected to receive it from RO, who always calls'em how he sees'em and often comes out of left field with a perspective that no ones considered, because he's crazy. Grin.
It turned out to be Frater POS and Jason Miller who strongly disagreed with me, and RO who argued in my defence, (you think you know people) thanks again bro. But in reading their responses I found that I was either honestly misinterpreted or purposely misquoted. Either way it was really funny to hear that I wrote/said/think that all traditions or system are based on lies and it's all a sham.
I'm a Freemason, I LOVE me a good system and feverishly disagree with everything they said "I said". Their comments were not applicable to the subject matter of my article. This later sparked an interesting thread of comments on my Facebook page, where I ended with the point of this post. Which it that there is a difference.
In the preface of Jason Miller's book "Protection and Reversal Magick" he writes...
"...the first thing I want to make clear is that this is a book on Witchcraft, not Wicca. Though many use the terms interchangeably, witchcraft embraces a much wider spectrum than just Wicca, which can be seen as a particular type of religious witchcraft..."
I wrote about a religious form of Witchcraft, where the craftwork is a religious activity. I write about being a Priest and I write about being a Chaplain, not about Ceremonial Magic and not about being a Magician.
You guys use a "system of magic", you train and perform "Ceremonial Magic". You cast spells, create thought forms and perform acts of magic to achieve a desire result. You invoke spirits, and with my blessings, you perform the Great Work, and much more.
I worship a God and Goddess, whom I pray to. I even have a system used to perform religious ceremonies, and yesterday I performed "Last Rights" on a dying seventy year old women in the hospital and helped her family prepare themselves for what is soon to come.
So although we share so much in common speculatively, we clearly have our differences when it comes to applications, which really puts all of this in proper perspective for me. I hope it clears things up for you.