Sirona Knight is the author of a number of books on Paganism and Wicca, including A Witch Like Me, Wiccan Spell a Day and Wiccan Spell a Night, Empowering Your Life with Wicca, and the Shapeshifter Tarot Deck. Sirona was willing to take some time out of her busy schedule and answer some questions for us here at About.com.
Pagan/Wiccan Guide Patti Wigington: First, I’d like to take a minute to thank you for answering questions for our readers at About.com. We’ve got a lot of people from some very diverse spiritual paths reading the blog. Can you tell us about the path you personally follow as a witch, and how you arrived on the journey?
Sirona Knight: Thank you, Patti, for asking me to participate. Your About.com site has become an awesome resource for Wiccans and Pagans. As with most journeys, mine started out simply enough by seeking out my Celtic roots dating back over 900 years, plus I have always had an interest in shamanism and the magical arts. From there, my personal journey broadened to include every aspect of my life and how it connects to the divine Oneness.
My initial interest in Celtic Druidism led me to explore other paths, such as Wicca and the Faery and Norse traditions. Each had unique qualities, but at the same time there is a thread of continuity and commonality that links them all together. They all seek a communion with the divine and the Goddesses and Gods are aspects of that divine. Oneness is achieved through the union of God and Goddess, who represent archetypes of the divine male and female, the yang and the yin.
In my book A Witch Like Me, I write about my experiences of growing up with psychic abilities and not being able to express them. I began reading tarot when I was in my early teens, and from there I became more curious about divination which then led to the other magical arts. Along the way, I learned a myriad of information and techniques, including druidism, shamanism, and crystal healing from a Senior Scientist for IBM, a man by the name of Marcel Vogel. He was a good friend of mine and the inventor of liquid crystal diodes (LCDs), among hundreds of other things, and when he retired from IBM, he set up lab near San Jose, where he did metaphysical experiments on crystals. He devised the optimum healing crystal, which he cut according to measurements he determined from the Kabala – The Tree of Life. He was a powerful teacher who taught me about the properties and powers of crystals and how they could be used for healing.
My main purpose in writing books was to help people heal themselves and get back in touch with the energies of the Earth. Wicca is re-emerging as a spiritual path for people to connect with nature and heal our planet. It’s important that people stay positive toward one another, and stay away from the types who advocate negativity and harm toward others. You know what it’s like when someone around you is always whining and complaining and basically bringing your energy level down. That’s why it’s important to be around family, friends, and business associates who empower you, those that make you feel better and brighter and help you express your true nature.
Guide Patti: I’ve learned that for me personally, it's okay to blend a little of this system with a little of that system and make something new. Do you find people are more accepting of the blending of other traditions into the Wiccan format these days — for example, that one can be a Wiccan and a Druid, and that the paths aren’t mutually exclusive?
Sirona Knight: Yes, definitely. Wicca is inclusive, not exclusive. It doesn’t discriminate, and fortunately it has very little dogma or rules. Each person chooses their own spiritual path depending on their needs and experiences. Many people begin by learning a tradition, and as they continue on their spiritual journey, they adapt what they have learned and become more eclectic. This often results in the blending of traditions because each person finds concepts and practices that work for them in terms of their life.
Some people in Wicca are purists and get miffed at this idea of blending traditions. The problem with this is that most Pagan traditions were oral traditions, meaning there is very little reliable historical documentation of the ancient rituals and spiritual practices. By the time these traditions were written down, they had gone through many alterations. Besides that, the people who wrote them down changed them. This means it’s hard to find a truly pure tradition that is not already a blending of traditions. This is also true of Paganism and other religions such as Christianity. It’s a mixed bag.
Although some authors proclaim ownership of some Wiccan concepts (which is bogus at best), overall the concepts because they have been passed down orally for generations, are fairly universal within the Wiccan community. Whether you consider yourself a Wiccan or a Druid at this point in time, it is much the same. Many of the Wiccan concepts come directly out of Druidism. As a Wiccan, you are welcome, even encouraged, to incorporate spiritual practices from different traditions, depending on your personal needs.