the question frequently asked, “Where can I find a
teacher?” Then the querent usually follows with
This latest fellow would be better
employed learning about basic English & spelling!
- “I am
beginning to crave power to make my spells work.”
- “I am
immersing myself in books to find spells.”
- “I have read
book after book and need help to work magic.”
- “I need to
have power to invoke spirits that will bring me what
- “I would like
a teacher to help me with coven work.”
- “I want
someone to teach me more spells.”
- “I need a
teacher to help me get power.”
- "I am an eclectic
pagan following the path that suits me
at the moment."
- "i take
difrent belifs from difrent religons and mix them
togethe r as i
So why does a
teacher not appear to all those who bleat “I need”, “I
want”, “I crave”, “power”, “more”?
Note in the last
quotation "ME" and "AT THE MOMENT" which means I may
keep or discard whatever path at will as the mood
takes me! As I said on the 'Comparison' page:
"Reminder:- religion = a system in which is 'religare',
to reconnect one with the Source that provides her/his
existence, entailing sacrifice of 'the self'.
The maxim is "what may I give" NOT "what can I
get". With this in mind, everything falls into
its allotted place easily and satisfactorily with the
minimum of soul and conscience searching.
If one is drawn to
this thing termed “The Craft, Craft of The Wise,
Witchcraft, Wicca, the Old Faith, the Old Religion or
Paganism”, one should question exactly what these
1. Any expression
with the word ‘craft’ as part of the terminology
implies that, in what is primarily ‘worked to obtain
an end product’, e.g. woodcraft, metal craft, the
practical skills of a silversmith, blacksmith,
carpenter, seamstress, confectioner, or
sculptor, dressmaker etc., the digital skills to
create are all important.
2. Witchcraft was
the name given to those non-Christians who could work
what was called in its day ‘magic’ by Anglo-Saxon
lawmakers and judges in Britain - those who were
hell-bent on destroying such people. Of course,
this was encouraged in Medieval times by the various
decrees from the Vatican or kings which heralded the
“Burning Times”. This derogatory term
‘witch’ was never adopted by those people who
were usually healers, herbalists or rudimentary
amateur apothecaries (chemists). Seldom
did one find a ‘coven’ – a concept invented by the
legislature to ensure more and more were tried and
convicted. Said they, “You may not be a
witch alone”. They were usually alone,
however, in the shape of the village wise (wo)man
whose role it was to help the community in the healing
of people and animals, preventing abortions in cattle,
trying to influence the weather, helping to ensure a
good harvest and much more – a councillor and
protector in all the important areas of living.
3. The Old Religion
(Faith) was a term that appeared after the Reformation
and referred to Roman Catholicism which predated
Protestantism and only in the 1960s did it became a
pseudonym for the Craft, Wicca or Witchcraft.
4. Wicca was a
system invented by Gerald Gardner in the late 1940s
and early 1950s (ably assisted by Aleister Crowley)
and publicized to ensure more and more people came to
his “Witches' Mill” – a museum of so-called
‘Witchcraft’ in Castletown, Isle of Man. The
more who came, the more money he made. That is
it in a nutshell! And this system was highjacked
in the 1960s by Alex Sanders for publicity and
subsequent personal aggrandizement.
5. Paganism simply
meant the way of life led by the Latin ‘pagani’ –
those who lived in the ‘pagus’, the village.
These lived closer to Nature by working the land, an
occupation today called the ‘agricultural
So the seeker
should now decide which of these 5 he wishes to
follow, if any.
Until now there is
little evidence of faith, belief, spirituality or
religion in the above descriptors.
In the times of
persecution, a number of families treasured a form of
ethnic religion (British, Keltic, Gaelic and Norse)
which had evolved over many generations. This
happened in India over millennia and is called
Hinduism – quite an innocent form of religion.
These families tended to shun the limelight, remaining
'underground' and calmly went about their businesses
or trades, perhaps being seen at times conveniently as
friends of the law enforcers or even the local priest,
perhaps attending Mass as a front. None ever
gossiped about what his/her beliefs were as it was no
one else's concern – none stupidly thought or said,
“Look at me, I’m different”. It was retained as
a personal and family secret and never did
faith or belief come into it. What was at
the heart of this religion was absolute 'certainty'!
They, therefore, were more likely to survive.
This is still the approach to a certain extent today
and this prime certainty remains.
"But", you say,
"Most people connected with Mystery websites and blogs
have heard of Gareth Pengwerin. You do
not hide." "Oh really?" I retort.
"Yes", you reaffirm, "We can even find the High School
you attended in North Wales." Let me enlighten
you - if you read the terminal portion of my FAQ page
and the whys and wherefores, you will discover that
there is no such person as Gareth Pengwerin. He
is simply a 'front' persona for Y Plant Dôn but
granted, some useful scraps of misinformation have
been conveniently and deliberately 'planted' to
provide a cloak of authenticity.
I do have what I
call an 'incarnational identity' - the name which
appears on my birth and marriage certificates, that
which links up with my social security number and
national insurance number, that which appears on my
bank statements and by which I was known in my
profession and which appears on my degrees. So
there you have it - Pen---Gwerin [which simply means
'Head (of the) Warband'] is all smoke and
mirrors. No one can ever point to me in the
street and say, "There goes Gareth"! And that is
how it shall remain. Furthermore I have no
pointed devil-style beard, do not hang out at 'witchy'
pub-moots at the local bar wearing a fancy cloak with
an ankh or pentagram around my neck! That
which is constantly aglow with Keltdom is my heart and
mind and that unseen realm occupies me more and more
with the advancement of age. And in so doing,
another personalized cult can never be
attributed to me!
There will never
arise a Pengwerinism, thank the High Gods.
Now let me return
to motivation. What we do find, however
and thankfully, some seekers who seriously desire an
equillibrated meaningful religion and who are not
concerned with the “I”, “me”, "ego", “more” and
“power” etc.. They are quite willing to give
their lives, bodies, minds and inner selves as a
wholehearted offering to the Ancient Deities or Powers
of the country in which they were born, asking..nothing
in return. These then will be recognised by
these High Gods and Goddesses and will be rewarded
each according to his/her needs. These rewards
may be the powers of healing or clairvoyance, creative
ability in art, craft or word, stability and happiness
in one’s life, the blessing of children and much, much
more but not because these things were asked for nor
made part of any selfish bargain.
Such people find
that the appropriate teacher will appear at
the proper time in their lives. These
seekers are usually those who are quite single-minded
in their searches, feeling the ethnic stirrings of
Keltdom or a Gaelic/Norse heritage etc.. This
applies to seekers in Britain and such will eventually
find themselves adopted into a traditional family on
the appropriate spiritual stream.
But what if some
have no particular interest in Keltic, Gaelic or Norse
mythology and heritages but still long for a balanced
religion? I am thinking here of Americans,
Germans, Romanians, Italians and many other residents
in Western lands who strangely ignore.the.land on which they are domiciled - the
living Earth that gave them an incarnation, a life,
sustenance, clothing, housing, a living and all the
comforts of modern society.
I now ask a simple
question:- If a Canadian has the following
antecedents, ¼ Russian Atheist; ¼ Italian Catholic; ¼
Welsh Presbyterian and ¼ Dutch Lutheran through birth
parents born in Canada, what in the hell pagan
tradition is he to follow, bearing in mind that
paganism never appeared in his family?
There is obviously one option available - heed the
call of the land of his birth, his true and only Alma
Changes are being
made and could be greatly increased in Wicca which
could prove an alternative to this scenario,
if novel approaches were to be made such as I have
described near the end of my 'Comparison' page - these
suggestions may be read here.
date there has been, alas, no epiphany. I should
also encourage the reader to examine the complete Comparison
page when time permits to fully examine the anatomy
and complicated origins of the modern invention called
approaches, as I said there, would demand rethinking
& reorientation, research & revision and
original reconstructive work - all which would entail
personal and collective EFFORT! Anything
that is worthwhile and of value is never
easy. I am still yearning to see the advent of
those busy, dedicated workers.
I notice another
tangent now arising. It is a relief to see on many Pagan
Social Platforms a considerable number of American
members who list as an interest - "Native
Spirituality". Yes, the land is calling
out to ALL its children!