What does it mean to be a witch in these more modern times? It means you have found the belief system that speaks to your heart – what you know, and feel, to be true; for which you may have searched for a long, long time. Being a witch takes a commitment; of time, of energy, and of service, for witches are not Halloween characters that have nothing but ill will in their hearts; nor are they worshipers of any kind of devil or negative deity.
What are we then, or what should we strive to be? Many of us have been part of the old religion in past lives, for the Wiccan belief includes reincarnation. Many of us remember, and many of us are called by the love of this planet and all its beings. Many of us hold this blue and green world, its plants and its creatures, to be holy; a marvel of life, of cycles, and of love.
She sees a relationship between Wicca and other disciplines, such as astrology and alchemy, and has incorporated them into her teachings, rituals, and practices. This book also includes information from the very magical Summerfest events she and Mountain Moon Circle members held for nine years in the mountains of Montana. This includes the themes, workshops, installations, and rituals (though incomplete due to copyright laws) that were presented to the attendees.
About the Author
Lady Nytewind (Charlyn Scheffelman) is a Wiccan High Priestess and founder of Mountain Moon Circle, an eclectic Pagan/Wiccan group in Billings, MT active from 2001-2015.
She has been active in metaphysics since childhood because of the psychic experiences in her past. In 1971, she opened the first metaphysical bookstore in Billings, where she taught Psychic development and Astrology. Nytewind was trained in Past Life Regression Hypnosis by Dick Sutphen, Marcia Moore and Isabelle Hickey.
Besides the book store, she has also owned/operated health food stores and her dance studio, where she taught ballet, tap, jazz, belly dance and yoga; then back in Billings after teaching elementary school in Las Vegas for ten years, Nytewind works to build community among Montana Pagans. She hopes to bring the many ‘solitary’ Witches and Pagans together for Sacred Play and support. She also hopes to dispel some of the wrong ideas that the general public has about Witches and the Craft.