I'm a solitary eclectic, that much bemoaned classification that makes practitioners of 'traditional witch craft' scoff and/or roll their eyes; a topic I have just decided to save for an upcoming post. Creating my own faith and praxis means that I have more freedom to improvise in this modern world as I spell and ritual craft.
Example #1: Candle Magick
So how many spells contain some version of the phrase "Using your athame/a pin carve xxxxxx onto the candle to imprint your intent"? Well, let me tell you a secret, I don't like getting my athame all waxy and/or I don't have it on me and/or it's a letter opener that couldn't carve into a candle if you tried. The point of the spell is to take an instrument of your will and set your intention on the candle so why not use a sharpie? A sharpie can be an instrument of my will, it's even very permanent. I can be more precise with it; they even come in colors, allowing me to add one more layer of correspondence to any given spell.
I have watched this suggestion make witches literally twitch but I don't see why. I am a witch of the 21st century with amazing technology of markers at my fingertips! My Will will be permanent and pretty!
Example #2: Ritual Tool Storage
Many witches have a special box or shelf in/on which they keep their magical tools, spell components, altar decorations ect. I also have a special box... a big, portable, many-layered yellow and black tool box.
I like to call it my 'portable altar'. I have gotten many a skeptical look when I pull it out of my car, but those looks change to looks of grudging admiration when I can set up at least four different altars at the same time, all with materials that I safely transport wherever I want. Forgot your chalice at home? I gotcha covered. Need a different color candle? Votive, tea-light or chime? Offering plate broke? How many do you need? I LOVE my toolbox!
Example #3: BOS in the Computer Age
Seriously.... see this previous post. I want a ridiculously practical and modern Book of Shadows. I want folders and spreadsheets and cross referenced tables and I don't want to have to hand-write it. Again, we live in a time of fantastic technology and I do not see the issue with integrating this technology into my magical practice.
Does it really make one's knowledge more 'real' by writing it by hand? Is the act of typing really less powerful than writing? I don't believe so nor have I experienced a 'lessening' of power. How about you?