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Fiona Horne ~ Sexy Spirituality

Think witch and the first image that comes to mind involves a broomstick, a cat and a pointy hat.

Image two may involve the sexy trio from Charmed or one of the new generation of modern witches, such as Fiona Horne.

What do the new witches think of the old fairytale witches and the TV stereotypes?

According to Fiona, the old image of witches arose out of ignorance and fear and the new is nothing to be worried about.

She says: “I grew up watching Bewitched, and Charmed is just another piece of fiction. Most people are able to tell fiction from fact and so it should be enjoyed as an entertaining show and not taken to be a documentary about witchcraft.”

Unlike the Charmed sisters modern witches don’t spend much time blasting ghouls back into their appropriate dimensions. But they are into something that has a magical feel about it.

Fiona states emphatically though that this doesn’t mean they all believe in the existence of obscure ancient deities.

She calls herself “a self-confessed atheist” and says: “I don’t believe that gods and goddesses exist other than as archetypes, or images we form in our minds.”

Is this a Jungian approach?

“Yes, very much so. I don’t call it my religion. I prefer the term spiritual path because it’s more open. There are others though who do consider it a religion, and I respect their choices. These people are into Wicca, which is the religious branch of witchcraft.”

Interestingly, according to Fiona, although not all witches are into Wicca, Wicca is still the fastest growing religion in Australia. She cited recent reports that there had been a 300% increase in people identifying themselves as religiously Wiccan or Pagan since the 1996 census, which is huge considering the decline in numbers being experienced in other religious circles.

While the roots of witchcraft stretch back into misty pre-history, the term Wicca was coined only as recently as the 1950s, by English witch Gerald Gardner, making it a relatively young religion. According to Fiona, “Wicca is still in the process of forming itself and witchcraft is more a melting pot of ideas than an organised system.”

She says: “There is no one voice saying this is what witchcraft is. Different people say different things and overall our strength is in our diversity.”

Describing her current role as a writer and entertainer disseminating information about witchcraft she says: “It’s important work because forging any religion takes time. It usually takes a few hundred years for people to learn about and to get comfortable with it and this is a path with so much to offer that I feel that it’s a privilege to be part of the process of sharing information about it.”

Fiona, who started her career as the lead singer of the 1980s chart topping rock band DEF FX, has written six books about witchcraft, appeared on dozens of TV shows talking about it and is now living in LA developing a TV series based on her books.

Why is she so interested in speaking out about her beliefs and spiritual practices?

She’s cheerfully emphatic that it’s got nothing to do with furthering her own public profile. “I was on TV before I came out about my witchcraft. I’ve always been a performer, it’s my job.”

She says: “I don’t see myself as a leader or a prophet, but I have experience that I’m happy to share and I’m comfortable with the media, which makes it easy for me to do that.”

On a personal note she adds that the fusing of her industry work with her witchcraft “feels like a natural progression. It’s about doing what I’m passionate about, which is fantastic”

She draws lines though and insists that while she is earning a living from her media work she “never has and never will charge for her witchcraft” ~ meaning the spells and rituals she does for individual people.

Does information about witchcraft need to be shared?

Fiona is adamant that her work isn’t about recruiting converts to the craft. She says: “People are curious about it and are looking for information and I feel that I’ve been called to take on a teaching role.”

The other side of her work has been a kind of campaign on behalf of witches. In her words: “Explaining that we don't worship Satan, we are not anti-Christian and that we deserve the same respect as people on any other spiritual path.”

Alongside her writing she has spent many hours over the last few months working on her website that receives a whopping 6000 visits a month.

She says that while there is a huge amount of interest in witchcraft, it’s important to remind people who come to the site and ask questions that while its an honour to be asked for advice, they have to lead themselves. She says: “You have to find out what’s in your heart, who you are, you are always your own boss. I encourage people to understand that. I’m not one to look up to or to put on a pedestal. Things need to be kept in that perspective.”

Keeping things in perspective, she sees the Internet and television as natural mediums for communication about a new religion or spiritual path.

She says: “It’s about being part of the culture that we live in. Jesus spoke to people from a mountainside, which was the equivalent of mass media for his time and place. If he was alive today he’d have a website and a chat show.”

While the media work is fun and exciting, Fiona stresses that that’s not what being a witch is all about. She says: “Witchcraft is an occult path. It’s not about being famous.
The best moments of our lives are quiet moments of revelation.

“It’s a way of experiencing life in all its richness and fullness. Obstacles are seen as opportunities for growth. There has to be death and decay in order for there to be growth and renewal, something has to pass to make way for the new.

“It is a way of making sense of the hard times we live in and that's why I love doing it.”

Asked for more on the basic tenets she says: “We see nature as sacred.

“We recognise that there is a power in natural things and believe that certain spells and rituals can harness and direct that power. The rituals are about creating alignments between objects, lining them up like magnets and focusing your will on them and through them.

“It’s about recognising that we are all powerful beings.

“It’s very different from my Catholic upbringing where all you could do was pray and hope that something would happen. Witchcraft is much more interactive.

“It is also a very sensual sexy religion/spiritual path. We see our bodies as perfect profound expressions of divinity as opposed to the Catholic idea of bodies being unclean.”

Her fifth book, Magickal Sex, released by HarperCollins and Random House last year tackled the issue of sexuality head on.

Fiona says: “The witches I know are very comfortable in their sexuality and their sensuality and that includes their cycles, their menstruation and their orgasms, it is all seen as being part of the joy of being alive and it doesn’t lead to promiscuity or any of the sicker sides of sex.

“When it comes to sex we are into spiritual ecstasy and much as physical ecstasy.

“Instead of saying a prayer before you go to sleep at night you can have an orgasm and offer the energy up to the light. It’s more fun than saying a prayer and it’s a wonderful thing to harness the power of orgasm and to treat it as a sacred entity.”

Connecting this with history she describes witchcraft as pre-technology, saying, “it goes back to the old days when there was the Celtic festival of Beltane celebrated in spring when people were encouraged to make love in the fields and it was important that human seed was spilt upon the soil, because it was about connecting with the fertility of the land.”

It’s this simply earthiness and sense of connection with nature that Fiona says she loves about witchcraft.

While the ‘great rite’ is always part of Wiccan ritual, it is often celebrated symbolically with a phallic object such as a dagger and vessel-like object such as a chalice. In some instances though participants take on the roles and do it for real.

The most important point about this, Fiona stresses, both in our interview and in her latest book, is consent.

She says: “If anyone tells you that you are required to do this in order to be initiated, or for any other reason, then you know for sure that they are a wanker and not a witch and you should get out of there as soon as possible.

“It isn’t about one person having power over another. It is about making a connection with nature through which the simplest of acts becomes extremely sacred.”

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