Welcome to the all new, all singing, all dancing, WinterHome! It's been a long time coming, and for this I humbly apologise. Life often has a habit of getting in the way of Grand Projects!
WinterHome... a site about witchcraft and not Wicca - what does that mean? Well, firstly, Wicca is a religion, not a practice except in the sense that people "practice" the religion of.... well, name your favorite religion! And while many Wiccans may be witches, not all witches are Wiccan. The terms are not interchangeable.
Witchcraft, on the other hand, is a practice, and the practitioner may be any religion he or she chooses - religion doesn't come into the practice of witchcraft at all - unless you get particularly annoyed by something and invoke the name of your god or goddess in anger and frustration (and haven't we all done that !). Witchcraft means taking responsibility for your own actions, be they for good or ill, freely accepting any of the resulting consequences or bad karma that you may incur.
Witchcraft needs lots of self discipline, study, practice, more study, acquired knowledge, and determination. You have to work hard - very hard. You have to un-learn things that have been drummed into you since infancy. The only tools you really need are an iron will and determination - you don't need fancy incantations, tools or robes to work magick.
So what exactly can you expect to find here at WinterHome? A certain amount of interesting trivia and a few serious and hopefully useful sections. There are a few pages about herbs and their uses, a treatise on the Tarot and what it really is, a bit about crystals and gemstones with some pretty pictures to help you identify them, and a few basic exercises on visualisation, which is the first step towards the working of magick. You'll find some rather mouth watering recipes that I use all the time, a small list of helpful or amusing links that I have found of interest, a short essay about myself for those who are interested, and a forum where you can ask questions and discuss your life experiences and views...
Warning: This site does not attempt to be politically correct or child safe - if anything you read or see here offends you in any way, please feel free to leave. You are under no obligation to stay! If you're interested, please feel free to explore!
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