This is interesting to me, because I don't know a lot about hedge witchcraft, and have wondered as to what exactly its relationship to shamanism is. Are you insinuating that hedgecraft is the use of shamanic techniques by someone who hasn't had a shamanic calling? Shamanism for the non-shaman, as it were?manshin wrote:You can't choose to be a shaman. There isn't really a choice in the matter. You're more talking about hedgewitchcraft.
I worked with an ayahuasquero in Peru, someone for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect, and who was a serious shaman, trained in a respected mestizo linage - not a new age charlatan, as far as I could tell - and he kept a large number of crystals that were present during his ceremonies. Just as not everyone who has a crystal collection is a healer, not everyone who heals with crystals is a fraud.Traditional shamans do not typically use crystals like new agers do. We are animists, but we don't keep hoards of quartz around.