Wicca and Witchcraft have been sensationalized a great deal by the media over the last decade. Movies and TV have painted fantastic and unrealistic pictures of both, attracting many newcomers to the Old Ways. Some undoubtedly drift on to another less-demanding path once they’re dis-illusioned – once they discover there’s nothing supernatural involved. (But…I just spent $300 on a custom-made, silken, hooded ritual robe!). Unless their path later brings them back to the Craft, these people may never discover the beauty and power that lay in its simplicity.
In truth, much of what’s viewed as mysterious or “supernatural” is incredibly simple. Take Stonehenge. For many years scholars and metaphysicists alike have pondered its meaning and purpose. Meditation and/or quiet reflection while visiting the site (or one like it) will reveal much. It really isn’t as complicated as we’d like to make it. The same goes for magick. The novice might be tempted to spend unreasonable amounts of money on magickal tools and accoutrements (I know I was). But does having a silken robe, a leather-bound Book of Shadows, and a complete set of custom-made, ultra-blessed altar tools make magick more powerful? Absolutely not. The power does not come from things, it comes from us.