I had the pleasure to interview Sarah Horne from The Stone Dragon Crafts
Introduce yourself and what The Stone Dragon Crafts is about
I’m Sarah, I’m 26 and I have identified as a witch since I was 13 years old. I opened the Stone Dragon Crafts to express my craft and share it with others who practice as well. I practice a more Celtic leaning path but dabble with some other paths as well. If I’m not working on the shop or my own personal craft I am writing novels or enjoying time with my friends. The Stone Dragon Crafts is about bringing affordable and personalized Pagan products to the market. It is also about providing in-depth readings and helping others understand the benefits of tarot and introspection.
How did you begin your journey into Paganism and Witchcraft?
I had a bit of crisis of faith when I was attending church as a teen. I had numerous questions that the Baptist church wasn’t readily able to answer for me or answers that just were satisfactory. Anything ranging to those who don’t accept Christ but were good people still going to hell didn’t align with the idea of God I had in mind.
I found Wicca first through my own searches, remembering some of the pop culture references it gandered in Movies like Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost, the Craft, and a few others. Over the years I grew out of the Wiccan title and branched into Paganism and found it much better suited my needs as I dove deeper.
How did you begin in Tarot and what made you want to read for others?
I picked up the Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot deck on a whim and honestly didn’t touch it for years out of ignorance. I kept putting off trying to read them simply because I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to learning them while working two jobs and school. Then one day I was reminded I had the deck and just like that I decided to dig it out and try. I was pleasantly shocked in the accuracy of what I was reading and I was up pulling cards until nearly 3 am. That was 3 years ago and I have only gained more interest in it as time has gone on.
What are the top 5 books you recommend for anyone wanting to learn more about Paganism/Witchcraft and why?
There’s a wealth of writing on paganism that is so good but there’s also navigating a sea of misinformation. I have five authors I stick by for experience’s sake and knowledge (Thea Sabin, Raymond Buckland, Skye Alexander, Scott Cunningham, and Morgan Daimler.) But there are so many more than them who’ve heavily influenced the market it’s hard to say who’s the best for the beginner.
Instead, I have a list of things I learned to be red flags in books and in writing.
1.) Anything that talks about casting love spells and their legitimacy as a form of spell casting. Whether you follow a Wiccan path, eclectic, hoodoo or anything under the umbrella of Paganism, there is an inherent risk you take when casting with the intent to manipulate or cast upon someone unwittingly. Love spells are the most commonly searched and highly commercialized side of witchcraft, and these really should be done with the intent of improving the caster, not anyone else.
2.) Try to be aware of when something is appropriating from religions that are closed. Smudging is exclusively for Native American practices, if you are not a part of those tribes, it’s appropriated. It’s important that if there is any kind of spell or ritual or practice a witch wants to look into is to be cognizant of culturally relative values as well as honoring them respectfully. This isn’t to say you can’t marry practices or beliefs (I plan on blogging about that myself) but it’s so, so, SO important to be aware of the sociopolitical powers at play and recognize what can be insensitive to the powers that be (and the people who it influences).
3.) Witchcraft is meant to uplift, not put down. A lot of persons have entered Paganism and the Craft with a chip on their shoulders from whatever mainstream organized religions have done to us. I would avoid things with tones that are overly harsh to other religious beliefs. It’s one thing to be historically accurate to the fact (that the church has actively persecuted pagans for centuries) versus scorned and bitter (“all Christians are terrible,”)
4.) You will encounter a lot of material that is just plain commercialized. Some things are dressed up in the aesthetic of Witchy or goth, or even psychedelic just to garner the attention of impressionable newcomers or make sales. Not that everything that looks pretty and appealing isn’t helpful but read reviews and try to follow up the writing with your own research.
5.) Just like how Christianity has Prosperity gospel we have our own brand of Toxic Mediumship and Spiritual bypassing. I highly recommend looking into spiritual bypassing, toxic positivity, and it’s relation to the law of attraction and shadow work.
6.) Be careful of anything that is anti-science, or claims to use scientific research to prove a religious belief. Just as there is much historical misinformation there is just as much scientific misinformation.
What are your favorite tools to use in your practice?
My favorite tools are definitely my tarot and candles. I have only recently begun using my athame to cast circles, but tarot and candles make my practice much easier and I feel closer to what I am working with when a candle is lit. As well as incense. I love incense.
What are some ways you like to include magick into your mundane life?
Making candles, making necklaces and doing tarot is often how I do bring magick into my everyday experiences. I have a 365-day tarot journal, and though I have missed some days, I try to do spreads for myself now as often as possible and apply those readings to my daily routine. I offer incense most mornings or evenings on an altar. I have satchets I have placed in pillows or on bedposts, and I’ve also got a money tree and a feng shui dollar at the base of it on my desk at work with a battery operated candle. Little things can make an area feel witchy.
Is there anything you would go back and tell yourself starting out?
What I would tell myself starting out is to not be as dismissive or skeptical of my own personal experiences. There’s so much I’ve looked back on with the lens of scrutiny and I realized that I had very strange things happen, even when I was a kid, that I cannot explain without my spirituality or beliefs in metaphysical capabilities. If I had embraced the fact I had realistic dreams that turned true much sooner I would have entered my adulthood with less doubt when I felt gut reactions in the face of Déjà vu.
Where you can find Sarah
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