To add to a chaotic week, Jamie and his friend Lana visited me at the weekend.  Gareth also came along  (see Pic. above).  Jamie brought me a ‘surprise present’ – a black-covered ‘witches chair’ which had to be dismantled before it could fit inside my front room.  I had heard a lot about Lana because of her interest in the Paranormal and the fact she admitted to being a practicing white witch, and so I had asked Jamie if he could bring her along.  He did, and I took the opportunity of speaking to her about her involvement.

Basically she admitted she had become intrigued in the whole subject of Mysticism and the Paranormal from a very young age, which included Wicca; although she stressed that she was not a member of a Coven, but preferred to ‘work alone’.

This is not unusual, in fact, as nowadays  people often prefer to learn by their own inherent psychic capabilities, as opposed to attending organised meetings involving other people.

Indeed, I told her that I was much the same myself, and had left ‘organised Wicca’ back in 1982, having concluded that many of the superficial Rites and customs were no longer necessary.  She smiled; although I think she understood exactly what I was saying.

She was an attractive girl with a slender figure; and her eyes were deep, but ‘knowing’.

I’ll go into our conversation a little more later here.  But at the moment I really just wanted to post up the photo of our meeting which has only just been forwarded to me.

Thanks Lana, and thanks as well Jamie.

 David (Farrant)

  • reply Anna ,

    Glad you had a good weekend. From the sounds of it your old armchair was resembling some kind of wormhole through which one might at any point fall through into another dimension. Or less excitingly, through the springs.

    With regard to ‘nowadays people often prefer to learn by their own inherent psychic capabilities’, I do concur, I have talked with many people over the years that work alone (although there is obviously also a rich history of this). I think the internet is a great networking resource for people to share methods and experiences of psychic development, protection and practices, and definately enhances the experience of the sole practitioner. In decades past presumably there was little external recourse to support and advice beyond the Llewellyn back catalogue ;-). Except talking with other lone practitioners in person, or as you say learning through one’s own inherent psychic capabilities.

    What has dismayed me in the past is meeting people who participate in organised group practices but do not put in the time, study, energy, intuition or imagination to fully develop their OWN skills, and thus contribute to rituals/practices by rote. By default this can obviously render the work of the group lacking in maximum or any energetic potential (except energetic interference by external forces, which can negatively or confusingly affect people inadequately equipped for the kind of practices they are participating in).

    And in any group there is the potential for dominating figures to limit individuals’ contribution and development through pack mentality/their desire to play a leadership role. This is by no means a generalisation, just based on personal experiences of specific groups long in the past. I know that group work works well for many people, but I agree, it is not for everyone. I have also met people who work in groups in almost perfect harmony and achieve a lot of positive things. Sometimes this seems to be because the people participating can channel their own, developed energy better in a very structured environment, perhaps seeing others channelling their energy increases or triggers their ability to release their own. Strangely these are usually groups which are comprised of women, I have no idea why but I am sure there are many sociolgical and topical studies which would attempt to explain any dynamic link.

    Ultimately it is a case of whatever works best for the individual in question I think, and achieves the best result for whoever they are attempting to help. I am no expert, these are just some ideas.

    Anna

    • reply David Farrant ,

      Hello again Anna, and thanks for posting.
      First let me apologise for not releasing your post earlier – truth is, I’ve been keeping some very weird time schedules lately (mainly due to my next book I think) and simply didn’t see it until late afternoon.
      Its funny what you say about my old armchair and the springs falling out. Because that’s exactly what happened! They did! I hadn’t got the heart to throw it out so I cut some pinewood planks up and nailed them on. Which is why its not as comfortable as it was. An old lady gave the the chair actually when she moved and she’d had it for years. So it really is pretty old.
      I agree with most of what you point out about Wiccans or other occultists working individually, and the dangers of ‘leaders’ getting carried away by their own authority.
      The main reason I left Wicca in 1982 after having being Initiated to the 3rd Degree, was mostly because I felt there was little else it could teach me. That is not meant to sound arrogant, because its really not. I just felt (or maybe was ‘compelled’ to feel) that further searching for Truth must really be done inwardly. The danger is (I felt) was that if you ‘stop’ at a certain point (even having reached it) and merely adhere to set tradition, it can ‘hampen’ spiritual progress and people (both leaders and adherents) can actually become ‘entrapped’ by a ‘material form’ of worship (as happens in most Churches) which tends to separate material conditions as being independent from spiritual ones.
      So, it was really why from that year (1982) I decided to pursue the vital issue of Consciousness – both human consciousness and spiritual consciousness.
      I have never wavered in that search, though perhaps expectantly, much of what I have chosen to disclose has been either not understood or misinterpreted. That’s another story. But that’s the real reason.
      Thanks again for posting Anna. And, if you want to, please do keep posting.
      For the moment,
      David

      • reply luciloo ,

        hi,DAVID.Its really strange what Anna says about working alone?I had some idea that perhaps i was in the minority?Its good to know that is not the case?The reason,ANNA that most groups and /or/covens,dont work,is because of all this nonsense about hierarchy? Most groups have too many chiefs and not enough indians.The bitchiness is unbelievable.The occultist,Dion Fortune,thought that it was a good idea that there was a surplus of single women in every society,as they could use their organisations to do good works,and keep the morality of that society in place.However,we have learned, just the oppersite happens-womens groups[especially those comprised of single women],are a nightmare!Sadly, most single women hate other women and bitch about them when their back is turned!Most women are very suspicious of other women,and thats sad,because, really,we should stick up for each other?From Clarmonde.

        • reply Powder_Gem ,

          Glad to hear you are doing well David. Do let me know when i can purchase volume 2 of your autobiography as im just itching to read it.

          Powder_Gem

          • reply David Farrant ,

            Hello Powder Gem

            My new book won’t be long now and as soon as its ready, I’ll send a copy up to you. But I’ll tell you beforehand so you can be expecting it. (Hope you enjoyed the last two incidentally). New DVD will be ready soon (in fact, before the book), so I’ll send one of those as well.

            Nice to see you on my Blog. You should come more often!

            For now,

            David

            • reply Powder_Gem ,

              David,

              Yes! Good news about the book, actually, make that fantastic news. Thank you for saying you’ll send me a copy. That means a lot. But do let me know so i can pay you for it without you having to wait so long this time! I really did enjoy what you sent me, especially the autobiography. You have lived an eventful life! Very exicted to hear about the DVD, would love to see it!

              Its nice to be here. Im here often, i just cower in the background.

              Powder_Gem

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