Gumbo Wicca Tradition is a specific practice.
Gumbo Wicca Tradition
What is, Gumbo Wicca? Put simply, it’s how I, Alaric MysticKnyght, practice witchcraft. I’ve been at this for over thirty years now. Gumbo Wicca started out with a murky form, but it’s shaped up a lot over time. This website starts with the Gumbo Wicca Tradition’s formation. Here’s how that happened.
I came to the Craft from a Catholic upbringing. While one might think this is stark transition, it’s really not. Catholicism contains many similarities to the pagan traditions and practices it supplanted. In many parts of Europe, Catholic priests worked existing practices of worship into their idea of worshiping the Christ.
Shifting belief from other denominations of Christianity present greater challenges. After all, the Protestant Reformation was about reforming Catholicism. Reformers desired simplification. They wanted a scale-down of ritual. Simple beliefs required less “smells and bells.” Fast forward to modern Protestant practice. The prospective Wiccan faces a wide chasm between, say, a Southern Baptist upbringing and the folks in the coven. Or, say, Calvinist beliefs in predestination.
While leaving the Roman Catholic Church to become a witch is still greater jump than becoming an Episcopalian, it’s not as severe as as some. Catholics, Anglicans, and Episcopalians find common ground with Wicca.
Becoming a witch in the Gumbo Wicca Tradition
I’m very much an introvert. So, “peopling” doesn’t come easy for me. Forming my approach to the Craft focused more on just me. I worked in a self-taught Golden Dawn-style practice of Ceremonial Magick. Learning by reading Regardie, Crowley, and Dion Fortune, helped me sort out perspective. Fortune in particular, pulled me away from Catholicism, but slowly. She saw a great deal of value in Christian writing and belief, adding her esoteric perspective to the mix.
It wasn’t hard to include Ceremonial Magick into my beliefs and practices. Doing so, however, led me further away from the Christian view of God. Visualize walking out of church, heading to a stream or bayou. When you get to the water’s edge, the focus is less on the building, more on the ebb and flow of the water. That called to me, and I became a witch.
I wasn’t ready to step out and look for others in the Craft. So, I continued to read. Starting with Regardie and Fortune led to Buckland and Gardner. Someone back in the early online days suggested books by a Wiccan named Scott Cunningham. Cunningham’s books on the tools of the Craft, what many would call “kitchen witchery,” appealed to me. I encountered Cunningham’s Witchcraft: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. A great fog lifted in my mind!
I knew then it was OK to be a Solitary Witch. It was OK to be a Wiccan and not be part of a coven.
I knew I could take what Cunningham wrote and make it into my personal practice.