Witches (male or female) are attuned with the feminine principle (Mother/Goddess/Moon) so they run feminine energy. They are gifted mediums, diviners, and healers.
Sorcerers and Sorceresses are more in tune with the masculine principle (Father/God/Sun) and run masculine energy. They are gifted at conjuring, spell casting, and magick. Magick is “the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with Will.” Think of Solomon the Magi or Merlin…
So there’s a difference, in my opinion, between Witchery and Sorcery. A person of course can practice both and those that do are highly evolved. The ultimate goal of the Spiritual Alchemist is the alchemical marriage of opposites. (SUN/MOON, YIN/YANG, SHIVA/SHAKTI, YAB/YUM) The spiritual transformation into the Androgyne, a complete spiritual being. (As opposed to the fragmented human being) This is where you’ll find true spiritual power!
"It is essential…to undertake the reconstruction of the primordial Androgyne that all traditions tell us of…within ourselves.” ~André Breton
Q: Alexandrian Wicca vs Reclaiming, which is more relevant and/or attractive to noobs?
A: Great question! These are two very different paths, both equally relevant and attractive. I suppose it depends on what kind of person you are and which path is right for you. This is really a question of Ceremonial Magick vs. Natural Magick. Ceremonial magic is generally highly complex and requires a vested interest in the Occult Sciences, i.e. astrology, numerology, and alchemy. If Ceremonial Magick and structured ritual appeals to you I would recommend looking into ceremonial magick groups like the Golden Dawn rather than Alexandrian Wicca.
Alexandrian Wicca is very structured. I don’t like the pyramid hierarchy of traditional paths. Alex Sanders, the founder of Alexandrian Wicca, called himself the “King of the Witches” How arrogant, no Man is going to initiate me into the Mysteries of the Goddess!!! As women, we are living manifestations of the Goddess…our lives are Initiation! Besides ceremonial magick is not as sexy as it looks, Maxine Sanders just made it look hot!
Personally, I’d rather dance around a fire conjuring the Ancient Ones with wild women! Or just sit alone in meditation…”Drawing down the Moon!” I think it’s when you release yourself from logic and reason that the real deep Natural Magick happens! I prefer the artistic, unpredictability of right brain paths like Reclaiming Witchcraft! But that’s just me!
Reclaiming is a wild and creative path of self exploration! First of all it’s non-hierarchial and non-denominational! Yay, freedom! This path encourages the arts and music. The focus is on soul development, the Spiral symbol adopted by the Reclaiming Tradition, represents the awakening and raising of Kundalini energies. This is a path suitable for one who wants to dance the spiral dance to the sound her own drum. You’ll learn to re-connect with the ancestors, commune with the Spirits of Nature, cultivate of ecstatic trance states, and find the TRUE GOD(DESS), Deep Self, God Self, the Divine within! Reclaiming Witchcraft is a Woman-Centric, neo-shamanic journey. I love the aspects of Sisterhood, building a community, healing, and green activism!