I, M. Macha NightMare, Priestess & Witch, aka Aline O’Brien, withdraw from the publicly recognized organization known as Reclaiming Tradition Witchcraft and hereby dissociate myself from further involvement with the tradition. I make this statement formally and publicly because I am a public figure known to be connected to Reclaiming.
I do not make this decision lightly or without forethought and considerations for potential consequences. It has been a long time coming. I no longer feel that its principles and practices accord with my own. I intend to remain as true as I can to original Principles of Unity released in 1997, and of which I am a co-creator. Many may assume that the adoption of a revised Principles of Unity soon to be published is my reason for retiring. However, my unwillingness to accept them is not my only reason. I have long felt alienated, estranged, and out of sync with how I’ve seen the tradition devolving.
The incompatibilities between Reclaiming and me also trace to loose, undefined standards; lack of accountability; uncivil personal conduct and rude, disrespectful behavior without any restraint or consequences; lack of coherent theology; lack of intellectual rigor; and carelessness in ritual and other aspects of religious practice.
I do this in order to maintain my own standards of honor and integrity. I need to love and respect the person I see in the mirror.
I remain a Witch. I am not renouncing my oath to protect and defend my sisters and brothers of the art. I intend to remain true to my vows. I hope to continue to enjoy the many loving relationships engendered in the context of Reclaiming.
It will take me some time to unpack and explore these many concerns (on my Broomstick Chronicles blog www.besom.blogspot.com). I hope others will join me in this exploration and will contribute their thoughts and feelings as I begin to articulate mine.
I am full of love and gratitude for having had the opportunity to help midwife the birth and growth of Reclaiming in its earlier incarnations, and to have trod the path alongside so many loved ones.
Yours in changing culture,
Macha, Witch at Large