Since 2011, I've taught magic skills classes in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. My Elemental class series, an in-depth intro to elemental magic and eclectic witchcraft , focuses on skill building and developing a spiritual practice based on embodiment and personal relationship with Spirit. I also teach single classes on psychic hygiene, getting to know your spirit team, and identifying and working with your heart's desire. Contact me to find out about up coming classes!
About Miel's Practice:
My practice and teachings are rooted and centered in queer and women’s mysteries, Goddess worship, and European pagan/witch traditions. Within that, my tradition and practice is very eclectic and anarchic. When I say eclectic, I mean that I believe in a living and evolving tradition that incorporates surviving pieces of old witchcraft and newer traditions (Reclaiming Collective and Faerie) practiced by my teachers, and is held together, fed, and dictated by a deliberate and active relationship with Spirit. We don’t practice by wrote, we check in with spirit about what needs to be done. We check in with our guts and hearts about what feels right. A kitchen knife becomes an athame in a pinch, a cup of water a sacred well. When I say anarchic, I speak of a focus on cultivating trust in your individual authority and learning to participate in ritual within the context of a peer group that shares power, a collective creation where everyone assumes the roles and work they are called towards.
Some words on Tradition:
Traditions are living, breathing, evolving creatures; they are not stagnant. They are defined by and meant to meet the people’s needs. Traditions are recognized by colonizers as an essential part of a people's spirit, and are therefore immediately under attack. Colonization and genocide have a way of interrupting tradition and freezing it in the moment, destroying its continuity and evolution and making it a static thing of the past. It is important to remember that while traditions draw on past knowledge and practices, they are meant to serve the needs of today.
For white people coming from various European pagan heritages, our traditions were largely destroyed a very long time ago. We grasp at the fragments that have survived, or pilfer from more recently colonized peoples to fill the gaping hole in our spirits. The latter is, more often than not, hugely disrespectful and appropriative and salt in the wounds of peoples who were not only most likely colonized by our biological ancestors but whose cultures are still under attack today.
We all have ancestors that practiced earth based spirituality at one point. We need to remember that all traditions find their source in spirit, that traditions evolve out of an active relationship with spirit, and because the spirit source is always there for us to access, no knowledge is ever truly lost. My personal practice and tradition at its core is about an active, open, and intuitive relationship with spirit, and through this, acting as a tool for change towards balance in the world.