I was almost certain my “C” post was going to be about candles or candle magick.
But I also felt like that is soooooo overdone – I’m sure there are at least a million websites and blogs that talk about candles. After all, they’re a mainstay. And I’m not sure my take on it/them is unique in any way. I couldn’t think of a way to make it interesting.
Then I looked at the prompts given for the week.
And I saw Scott Cunningham on the list.
This is an old story, one my close friends have probably heard way too often, but others may not have heard at all.
I was in the Navy, training to be an electronics tech in Great Lakes. Some of us started playing with psychic energy – and when you get that many young adults in one place that can get interesting all on its own.
There were some things that I knew instinctively were “right” and, well, some were bullshit. My personal life was an absolute mess.
But somehow I managed to make it through, and was high enough in my class to pick my own specialty school.
Shortly before I left, there were rumors that this one girl, K, was a witch. Like a really real witch.
A couplefew weeks later, I was home in Florida on leave before driving out to San Diego for my specialty school.
My mother had just bought the same book. She hadn’t read it yet, but it was sitting on the table.
I picked it up and read the back and the “about the author” blurb.
And I found out the author lived in San Diego.
Well, if the book is going to follow me around the country, maybe I should read it.
And read it I did.
When I got to San Diego, I checked out some of the stores he mentioned in the back of the book. Well, haunted them really.
Whenever I had money, I spent a good chunk of it at this one particular store. I used to spend a lot of time there. They had free psychic fairs every couple of months, and speakers/classes happening quite often.
One day when I was just hanging out, Scott Cunningham walked in the store, greeted the store owner, and started signing some of his books. I had a total fan-girl moment. :P
The most recently published was his aromatherapy book. He was in the store to make arrangements to teach a class on the topic. I chatted with him for a few minutes and signed up for his class.
I went on to immerse myself in Wicca and magick for many years. I made contacts at that store that led me to others. The really real witch from Great Lakes came out to San Diego and we connected for a time.
Would I have found this path without his books? Maybe. But these were the events that led me to this path.
Cunningham’s books were many people’s introduction to Wicca, and I’m glad that I found them. They lacked oppressive dogma and arcane knowledge and didn’t hint at more secrets to come. They
were ARE straight-forward and easy to read and easy to begin a practice with. I’ve passed some of them on to my daughter.
When he died, I was once again living in San Diego and attended a public ritual for his passing. I was grateful to be there.