My name is Tahlea Moonwater. I am 20 years old.

December 3rd, 2008 § 2 comments

Tahlea is a modern day witch. She saw the occult film “the Craft” at the age of ten and has been on the witch hunt, so to speak, since. “I thought it was ‘cool’ and wanted to be like those girls…I read up on Witchcraft, which lead to reading about Wicca, and found that it was a perfect fit with my own personal views.  I identified as NeoPagan from that point on and started actively practising as a solitary Eclectic Wiccan from about age 15.” For those that don’t know what that is, here’s a Wiki definition: “Eclectic Wiccans are more often than not solitary practitioners.”

Moonwater lives in Tasmania, Australia with her fiance and two cats.

After nine years of website building and five years of Wicca research and practice, Moonwater decided to create GeekWitch.org. “I didn’t want to give a 101, but rather a place for the gaining of knowledge…a place to start discussion between those that are Pagan and those who aren’t.”

To date, GeekWitch has had 33,660 hits and the podcast has hit 4,500 downloads.

“I’m not sure it’s a matter of courage but rather a matter of wanting to get information out there about what I do and if it interests other people, how they can do it too.” Knowledge is power, as far as Moonwater is concerned.

“The general Australian public haven’t really heard of the terms ‘Paganism’ or ‘Wicca’ so they don’t really have an opinion about it, which is another reason I want to get out there; not to convert …but to bring about awareness of the fact that yes, there are people out there who practice Paganism, people who aren’t Christian, and we’re not all bad!”

But what about the negative people, the absolute cynics and head strong Atheists?

“I used to be hesitant [about stating my religion], but I think that was more for the fact that I wasn’t entirely sure what I was.  But nowadays, I am pretty open with my religious views.  Depending on the type of person I’m talking to and the situation, I will say “I’m Pagan”, “I’m Wiccan”, “I’m not Christian” or “I’d rather not say”.

Going back to her first Wiccan experience, the girls in “the Craft” progress from doing fun little spells on each other to a full-on mind fuck attack against two heroines, including hallucinations, levitation and shape shifting. No wonder most people think of Witchcraft, it’s always the dangerous stereotypes that spring to life. So is it evil and uncontrollable forces?

“I believe it all comes down to intent.  The main idea of Wicca is that it’s a religion you can practice without strict regime – you take on the responsibility for yourself to make time for practicing your faith.

Moonwater shared one of her positive stories, “I was laying in bed, and it was raining but only light rain.  I was hoping for a clear day the following day as I had plans to go out, etc. so I was laying in bed and repeating “Rain heavier overnight so we can enjoy tomorrow”…As I was repeating it, the rain starting hitting the roof just a little harder then a little harder, before a deluge just poured.  I was then startled by a noise somewhere (my brother closing his bedroom door, or something similar), my concentration was lost, and the rain stopped completely.  Needless to say, the next day was quite fine and I was able to carry out my day as planned.”

Tahlea Moonwater recommends:

Geekwitch.org (A self-proclaimed shameless plug)

“Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham is an excellent 101 book for anyone wanting to find out about Wicca.

“There are plenty of websites out there that can help too, such as witchvox.com – you really just need to Google ‘Wicca’ and heaps will come up – but avoid anything that says it’s evil or devil-worship, because it just isn’t!!!”

Yes, there are people out there who practice Paganism, people who aren’t Christian, and we’re not all bad!

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