I know it has been a week since diving into Aleister Crowley, but this week I wanted to talk about an organization he was in for a brief time, and an organization that influenced the creator of Wicca, Gerald Brosseau Gardner. That organization is the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
First off, what in the world is the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn? The answer to that question is an odd one, for sure. According to the New World Encyclopedia, the Hermetic Order was a “magical order of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which practiced various forms of theurgy and spiritual occultism.” Basically, it was a group of people who met up in a religious context and did spooky stuff.
Continuing on my path of Pagan exploration, I want to talk about Aleister Crowley this week. For fans of Supernatural, Crowley should sound familiar as the King of Hell for a few seasons. For fans of the spooky, Crowley has another, not-so-different meaning.
According to Britannica, Edward Alexander Crowley was born on Oct. 12, 1875, in England. His father was an evangelist, and they do not mention his mother, which I think is highly rude of them, but I digress.
This week, I decided to do a little research, because someone asked me what the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft was, and I did not know the answer. A quick Google search gave me 14 million results, but of course I only clicked on the first three.
From what I can understand, most people use Wicca and Witchcraft interchangeably, because they are both a form of Paganism. So, in comparison, it is like Christianity. You have the umbrella of Christianity, but you also have the similar branches of Christianity, like Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, et cetera.
It is week three, and if you are anything like me, you are already dealing with the mountains of stress that come with being a college student. There are a lot of things happening and you may or may not be able to deal with them.
Even though it may feel like the world is crumbling, it is not and you will be okay. I am here to give you some suggestions to make you feel better.
Recently, I have been poking around on WitchTok, or people on TikTok who are witches, to see if they have any advice for someone interested in what they do. I could spend hours watching people on WitchTok talk about different spells, gods, and not trusting the fae.
One thing that always stuck out was when they talked about their Grimoires and Books of Shadows. I wondered what a modern witch would have to write about, besides spell recipes and the like. Turns out, it is a lot.
This semester has already started with a bang. This last weekend, I turned 21, moved back to school, had an anniversary dinner, and mentally prepared myself for classes. Whatever I could have done, it was not enough. Already, I am dealing with the stress and pressures of the beginning of the semester.
Usually, in these times, I would turn to my friends. Friends are an excellent source of encouragement and distraction. I rely heavily on mine, especially when I am having a bad day. They listen to me vent, give me advice, and just make me feel better overall. I do the same thing for them, and everyone is happy.
It is the end of the semester! Time to celebrate. All your hard work has been for this moment, and the only thing that stands between us and winter break are finals.
With break coming up, we have a little less than a month to recuperate before the spring semester. During the holidays, it can be a little stressful to hang out with family, despite being away from them from so long. Here are some ways to relax over break without losing your mind.