On Fear In The Craft

“A witch ought never to be frightened in the darkest forest, Granny Weatherwax had once told her, because she should be sure in her soul that the most terrifying thing in the forest was her.” ― Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith.

A witch ought never be frightened for she should be sure in her very soul that she has faced her fears and in doing so conquered fear itself.

Embrace your fear. Hold it close, hold it tight. Don’t ever forget that feeling, that gut wrenching stab of fear. It prickles at the heart and sets it ablaze, preparing you for action.

I think that so often we are taught to fear fear itself. We’ve become so afraid, we’ve tamed ourselves and have allowed ourselves to be tamed. We’ve been conditioned to fear those feelings of fear. To be afraid, but not to act on it.

Fear is a natural instinct, a gift from the great mother so that we may heed it and survive, but to do so requires action. Fear as a natural, bodily survival instinct prepares us to either run or to fight. Hormones like adrenaline flood the body, energy stores are mobilized all so that we might have the energy necessary to survive, by whatever means necessary. Fear is natural. Without it, whole species would be wiped out.

But we must also recognize, especially when it comes to our craft, which fears are real, and which ones conjured up by our traitor minds, the product of endless conditioning. This kind of fear, the fear of looking into the unknown, to be frightened by what is outside of mainstream culture, is like half living. We have been caged by fears unknown, dark and misty, half-truths and lies.

We must look into those fears, face them head on and stare them down, like a boxer facing his or  her opponent across the ring.

Because you will face fear and uncertainty as you forge your own path, it is inevitable. Sometimes those fears will be mundane, for instance, you may worry or be scared to truly be yourself. Sometimes, we care too much about what others might think of us. Or perhaps the fear you will come face to face with is something else. Perhaps it is the fear of being unable to turn back, the fear of the unknown, the fear that is self-doubt.

Witchcraft is scary because it forces us to acknowledge all parts of the self, the dark and often unsavoury, along with the light and the love. To see ourselves, our whole selves for what we really are can be a frightening prospect and I wonder how many turn away at this hurdle, unable to come to terms with the truth of what they see.

All of those things the seeker must face and must overcome in the forging of their own way. It is a must. It won’t be easy, nothing worth doing ever is. It takes sacrifice, courage and the sheer force of your will. But in the end, you will be the stronger for it. You will look back with awe at the strength of you, your will and your craft.

We witches are wild things. We have faced our fears and conquered them, and do so each day. It is the only way real freedom is achieved. Not to be fearless, but to embrace our fear, accept it, but to forge on nonetheless.

  • Author Posts
My name is Emma Kathryn, my path a mixture of non-Wiccan Traditional British Witchcraft and Obeah, a blend that represents my heritage. A Devotee of Hekate, my witchcraft is what is needed when needed. I live in the middle of England with my partner, two teenage sons and two crazy dogs.
  • summers eve emma katryn obeah celtic magic the house of twigs
    Ode to A Summer’s Night
    “A witch ought never to be frightened in the darkest forest, Granny Weatherwax had once told her, because she should be sure in her soul that the most terrifying thing in the forest was her.” ― Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith. A witch ought never be frightened for she should be sure in her very soul that she has faced her fears and in […]
  • New Eyes Extra Colour Emma Kathryn Obeah Woman Whispers The House of Twigs Spring Witchcraft
    New Eyes, Extra Colour

    Reassessing what we thought we knew through the lens of our experience is the bread and butter of witchcraft. Our paths are ever ongoing, they never end. There is not some end game or final result, which once achieved, we just stop, our witchcraft practices complete. That’s not how witches do.

  • Witchraft the house of twigs ThoT Obeah Yule Winter Solstice
    Yuletide Wanderings – Elen of the Ways
    “A witch ought never to be frightened in the darkest forest, Granny Weatherwax had once told her, because she should be sure in her soul that the most terrifying thing in the forest was her.” ― Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith. A witch ought never be frightened for she should be sure in her very soul that she has faced her fears and in […]
  • emma kathryn winter yule the house of twigs thot witchraft solstice
    The Descent of Winter
    “A witch ought never to be frightened in the darkest forest, Granny Weatherwax had once told her, because she should be sure in her soul that the most terrifying thing in the forest was her.” ― Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith. A witch ought never be frightened for she should be sure in her very soul that she has faced her fears and in […]
  • animism the house of twigs samhain dead spirit fall autumn season of the witch
    Animism, Witchcraft & Spirit Work

    This garden and every living and dead thing within it. The earth, the grass, the trees, the soil, all alive and filled with spirit and as I immerse myself in it, my soul soars, my spirit rises and rejoices, connecting me with everything and everything with me.

×
My name is Emma Kathryn, my path a mixture of non-Wiccan Traditional British Witchcraft and Obeah, a blend that represents my heritage. A Devotee of Hekate, my witchcraft is what is needed when needed. I live in the middle of England with my partner, two teenage sons and two crazy dogs.
Latest Posts
  • summers eve emma katryn obeah celtic magic the house of twigs
  • New Eyes Extra Colour Emma Kathryn Obeah Woman Whispers The House of Twigs Spring Witchcraft
  • Witchraft the house of twigs ThoT Obeah Yule Winter Solstice
  • emma kathryn winter yule the house of twigs thot witchraft solstice

RELATED POST

  1. […] written about fear in the craft before but we find ourselves in a very strange time where fear rules supreme. We’ve come to see […]

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Creative Commons License
This work by The House of Twigs / Author of Article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.