A note from Witchy Words: At the beginning of the year, I asked the circle I coordinate, Circle of Fountains, if they'd each like to do a guest article based on a topic that I might not be able to cover. This is a great effort by my amazing circle to give you information that you might not otherwise encounter here at Witchy Words. The following article is not written by me but another member of Circle of Fountains, with credit and notes about its author below. Enjoy!
I was raised to love magic, and I still do. I remember seeing the full moon in the sky when I walked to school in the morning and knowing that it was still there just to protect me. Or knowing the real reason that you could see a five pointed star in the middle of an apple if you sliced it the right way. I even remember the first spell I ever did on my own. It was from Elisabeth Brooke’s book A Wisewoman’s Guide to Spells, Rituals and Goddess Lore. I found the book in middle school as was so excited to try magic by myself. I cast the healing and health spell calling on the sun. I remember using a yellow and white striped birthday candle because I didn’t have a golden candle and I was so excited about trying magic that I didn’t want to wait until I had all of the “right” ingredients. I was raised to love magic, and I still do.
I love science. I love the fact that there is an order to the universe, that conditions in one laboratory can be recreated anywhere in the world, and that there is a secret code to the world that makes plants grow the way they do. I am endlessly fascinated by the wonders of the human body and the way it can repair itself, or how DNA works. My future career is in medicine precisely because of these things. I love science.
As a witch, the trend I see the most often is that people seem to believe that religious dedication and scientific belief are mutually exclusive. As though we aren’t allowed to believe in a higher power, or our own powers, and still acknowledge science as real. I have never had any problems with the two. Any divine power that can create a world, can also create rules that govern how it works. If something I attempt to do in a research classroom or an operating room were truly against the will of the Goddess, I believe that it simply would not be possible. In my beliefs there is never a fear of going against the will of the Gods. I do not believe fiery brimstone will rain down on me, I believe that if I ever try to go too far it simply will not work.
It’s the same with magic. Try a spell to turn off the lights. Doesn’t work, does it? No. Because the universe knows that we can simply get up and use the light switch. Magic will take the path of least resistance. Or have a sense of humor and you’ll end up with a power outage on your hands. Either way.
I see nothing wrong with celebrating the sabbats with my circle. We are amazingly joyous (okay, maybe a little crazy) when we are together. I can feel the energy we raise all around us. There is nothing against the laws of the universe in that. I see nothing wrong with exploring the intricacies of the world through scientific investigation. If anything, I believe that it pleases my Goddess that I am so curious about the universe that She has created, and wish to better understand how it works. In my personal philosophy magic and science work in harmony.
I love magic. I love science. I am the way the Lady made me, and so is the world. I will continue to study it in whichever way is more applicable to the situation at hand, and try to influence it in whichever way I feel is best at the time. I see no ethical or moral conflict between the two.
Abby, the Circle Stenographer, is currently working in the security field and attending college full time to finish her pre-med degree. She was raised as a hereditary witch by her mother and is currently practicing as an eclectic witch with Celtic and Russian influences. She is interested in learning more about different mythologies and the intersection of magic and science.