I grew up in the craft as a Wiccan. As a Wiccan there are “right” and “wrong” ways to do things. Your alter belongs at the Northern or Eastern point of the circle. You always cast a circle and call the corners before ritual. There are specific items that belong on your altar. I could go on, but I won’t. Over the years I’ve read authors whom I didn’t much enjoy. I would have to say that Silver Ravenwolf was one of them. There was just too much fru-fru everything is lightness and joy going on there. Also, she didn’t cover important things in her teen books that I really needed like grounding and centering. For me, her books were utter crap. I’ve railed against them for years.
Tonight I came to the realization that her books aren’t crap. They’re perfectly fine books. They were just crap for me.
There are some undisputable good ideas in all of “the craft”-casting protection before major workings, elemental tables that have been compiled over centuries from various sources, pretty much anything that is a compilation of hard won knowledge is important-but, BUT, for the most part it is someone else’s UPG. I’m not saying I’m going to ditch casting circles, but if I work with a plant extensively and it is listed as falling into the domain of water elements and for me it feels like fire…I should use it as a fire correspondence. For me. Depending on what I am doing.
Every bit of the craft, even the fundamentals, is based on UPG. A lot of it is corroborated UPG-stuff that works for everyone, but we shouldn’t be discounting our own gnosis for spellwork. We should be documenting and altering our spellwork according to our own experiences.
It’s all UPG.
I’ve wasted a lot of energy being disgruntled over what I considered to be half assed advice in the past. No more. I simply won’t recommend books that I feel are subpar to my friends and anyone I am teaching, but I no longer think I feel the need to rail against them. My way is my way. My way is not necessarily better or worse than another.