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It Started With a Status Update

Author: Jade Aurora
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I have an old friend. She is someone who I’ve known for as long as I can remember and who I have always been there for. She’s let me down sometimes, opting to hang out with the popular girls, and sometimes we fought, but she was a family friend and I love her. And if she’s reading this because she has Googled ‘Witchcraft’ (Hey, you never know!) , then I am extremely proud of her.

Anyway, a little history: We used to love fantasy, especially the exciting beasts involved. Sexy, immortal vampires, savage, proud werewolves, and mainly, mysterious, vengeful witches. We would play games where we were witches in disguise, and we’d cast spells and curses with a wave of a finger. We kinda grew apart, her being bouncy and popular, me being eccentric. We talked a lot less, and then she moved away, and we hardly ever talked. She used to come by occasionally, and we’d watch scary movies, but otherwise... No.

Our argument started with a status update: ‘I want to go to Indonesia.’

A Facebook status, the seemingly simple sentence which can wreak so much havoc, boost someone’s social status, or throw them into the depths of despair. Even now I ask myself why I even bothered commenting, but I did, and I asked her why. She wanted to go to convert people, or ‘let the Holy Spirit come into them and fill them up.’ Really, I love how spiritual she is, and how she wants to spread it, but I told her not to throw God into people’s faces, as many have done to me. I was probably a little forthcoming, I admit, but it sparked what you could have called it debate until I said I was a practicing Wiccan. I had thought she’d support me, or wave it away. I even thought maybe she’d be interested in it, given her previous interest in witchcraft. (I even mentioned this.)

She said I was going to Hell, that it was wrong, that I was worshipping the devil. I can honestly say I didn’t expect, and even now I wrinkle my brow as to where it came from. I, obviously, defended myself, saying that I didn’t believe in the devil, that it was a Christian thing, that she should stop insulting my religion. I did so as calmly as I could. Was this really my witch-obsessed friend trying to convert me? She even said that yoga, meditation and massage are passages for Satan. Why was she acting so naive and ignorant? Reading some of the thing she wrote made me shake my head. Relaxing is a portal for the devil? Would that make sleeping a sin?

I laughed, and then I cried.

That petty argument was a like a flesh-eating virus. Over the hours that passed, I began to think, had I done something to alienate our friendship, or was it doomed from the beginning? Was it my fault? Am I some heartless, terrible monster who doesn’t deserve to exist? I believe that night, sobbing my eyes out, was when I first truly became a Wiccan, when I poured my heart and soul into a plea for the Goddess to hear me.

I asked her these questions while I hugged my pillow, crying out to the moon, and she replied, to my relief and surprise. She wiped away my tears and told me not to worry, that it was just a small rift in our relationship, and it was not my fault or hers. After a night’s sleep and some meditation, I felt so much better. Through a connection with the Goddess and some clear thought, I had healed myself, and came to a conclusion…

Did I blame my friend? No.
Did I blame her faith? Not really.
Did I blame myself? No.
Did I blame Wicca? Certainly not.

I blame society and its poor representation of Witches and magic, for how it has taught people to close their minds to new things, to follow trends and not be yourself. I didn’t tell my parents about this fight, I didn’t think they would care, and I have continued existing as I have, excepting a few differences. Now when I look at her Facebook profile, I think, lies, lies, lies. I also have a fish who I believe is a familiar, and he reminds me of simplicity, peace and knowledge, who I can talk to whenever I’m having trouble.

So this is an open letter to all teenage Pagans who have had falling-outs with their friends because they were of an opposing religion… Don’t tell them their religion is hateful and wrong. Instead, learn about it. Learn exactly what David and Goliath did, learn some of Jesus’ parables so you can connect with your friend, and in turn, educate them on Paganism. I read about ignorance in these essays very often, and, as a writer, I try look at both sides.

Are you ignorant on the subject of Christianity?

Remember, to your friend, you are in danger. I realize that now. They don’t want you to go to Hell, and they’re trying to save you. You have to quietly talk to your friend, explain to them that you do not worship Satan, and ask her to support you.

Remember that while we can talk to the Goddess (or God, or Deities, or whichever you choose) , your friends talk to their God, and ask for guidance. Most of them chose their religion and they love it and will defend it. Sure, you get some people who would preach about how their faith is superior to yours day and night, but such people are rare amongst teenagers. Remember there are two sides to every story.

Both Paganism and Christianity preach about love and understanding… and to understand something you have to learn about it. It’s why I tolerate my religion classes week after week. I really hope this article helps you to get a different perspective.

I haven’t talked to my friend since.





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