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    I was just on this site http://www.thecrookedheath.com/elder/hallpage.htm and it describes Traditional Witchcraft, and i was wondering if anyone else has heard of it or if they practice it. Also there are a few terms that i don't know so if someone can help me. On the glossary, http://www.thecrookedheath.com/elder/lexicon.htm, it says
    OLD FATE: (Traditional Craft). The True Goddess of the Old Faith and of Witches. The Absolute power that reigns over every aspect of creation, as its source and as its devourer, and who appears as the implacable and lethal Dark Goddess who gives all and consumes all, only to give forth once again. That Ultimate Power whose breath and movements cause all events to come to pass, including the creation and destruction of universes. Old Fate was associated with the act of Spinning, and sometimes appeared, classically, as a triplicity of women. Old Fate is as much beyond all things as much as all things are Old Fate. Transcending the unconscious drives and seemingly inescapable events ordained by Old Fate is the goal of True Witchcraft, and Fate is the "cradle that rocks the infant spirit" in preparation for its transcendence. The Granter of True Inspiration. Old Fate's secret Name is the Name of Creation that can bring Fate under the knower’s control. Old Fate is esoterically the “inner reality” within and beyond Yarth, Yarth’s eternal transcendent core. See AULRAUN and YARTH.
    Does anyone know where this goddess comes from, is it Germanic or in some other culture, since i tried searching but can't find any references to 'Old Fate'.

    Anyway, Thanks

    BTW, it mentions the Fetch and i was wondering what it was and if anyone works with it.
    Last edited by David19; December 29th, 2005, 08:54 PM.

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    This is a referance to "Old Fate":
    http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/OLD_FATE/id/187673

    Other than this referance, I can't really find anything else that relates this to traditional witchcraft without connecting it to Robin. I've heard of Traditional witchcraft and its similiar to the old folk ways of Anglo-saxons, Celtic and European people. Most of my practices are similiar to Traditional Witchcraft but I'm not a traditional witch.
    Try these sites for differing Traditional Witchcraft views:
    http://www.spelwerx.com/wvtw.html
    http://www.irishwitch.org/grove/Trad...craft_vs.shtml
    http://www.traditionalwitchcraft.com/HSDwitchFAQ.html
    http://www.geocities.com/echo879/
    http://www.geocities.com/astraeaarad...itchcraft.html
    http://www.branwenscauldron.com/witch_wicca.html

    This is a good place to learn about traditional witchcraft:
    http://www.hedgewytchery.com/indexb.html
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    • #3
      this look more like the path i follow. americans normally see trad witchcraft as being gardenarian or alexandrian but here in the uk we look at it as being conneted to how our ancestors would have been practiced. like the hedgewitch for example, to me one of those would have been the wise man/woman of the village, so things in reality haven't chaged much just evolved.

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      • #4
        Fetch can refer to one of the selves in our triple soul, as in the Feri tradition. Here Fetch is the part of ourselves that is childlike, playful, instinctual, and even primitive. It delights in play and indulging the senses, much like a child.

        A fetch can also refer to a temporary elemental created by the magician for a specific purpose. It may obtain information, for example, or seek things out for you. I haven't worked with one, though there are instructions on how to do so in Witchcraft Theory and Practice by Ly de Angeles.
        Om Namah Shivaya.

        "Im finding seeking the sacred, well, that its rather like falling in love, the harder you seek it, the less likely it is to happen." - Brightshores

        "When your consciousness is directed outward, mind and world arise. When it is directed inward, it realizes its own Source and returns home into the Unmanifested." ~ Eckhart Tolle

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        • #5
          I am a traditional witch (going by the British viewpoint) but that site dosn't really sum up my beliefs at all (not to say its not traditional just that pre gardnarin there were more than one path). So its just one version of traditional witchcraft

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          • #6
            The almighty Figure of traditional Witchcraft is...

            Andrew Chumbley, almost everyone connected with traditional witchcraft heard about is Book - Azoetia . He is no longer with us - but some will always remember is Genius.
            Clarevoyant extraordinair

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            • #7
              I actually have chatted with the person that runs that site. All I will say is take that site with a very large grain of salt.

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              • #8
                Oh silly me, didn't realize you asked about fetches in another thread and got answers on that already;

                http://www.mysticwicks.com/showthread.php?t=117433
                Om Namah Shivaya.

                "Im finding seeking the sacred, well, that its rather like falling in love, the harder you seek it, the less likely it is to happen." - Brightshores

                "When your consciousness is directed outward, mind and world arise. When it is directed inward, it realizes its own Source and returns home into the Unmanifested." ~ Eckhart Tolle

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                • #9
                  I'm much more a Hedgewitch than anything, resembling the British Traditional path more than anything Neo-whatever. Just thought I'd throw in with everyone else
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                  • #10
                    Traditional paths very upon location and culture that it draws from. From traditional witchcraft to traditional druids, shammans, mystics. Most traditional paths follow closely to the tribal gods and ancesstors that gave birth to that culture, not nessassarly a religion of an entire country.
                    Time, conqurers and other religious faiths have so much influence on these older cultural beliefs, that even the most advent of a 'traditional' path follower has to admit that there is much that either has no physical nor historical facts to base certain aspects of the path beliefs, and very vauge or colored hints of history and cultural belief exists on others.
                    Not that I am saying that this is wrong, or that traditionalists are fakes or flukes, just that much research in the base cultural and spiritual beliefs should fist be examined about the traditionalists path.
                    I too am a traditionalist of sorts, I am a Geal Druis, a 'traditionalist Irish Druid'.
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