Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Earth Pages

[Show all]

Views: 613,354

Week of: August 4th. 2013 ...

The Deeper Meaning of Harvest Celebration

Week of: March 31st. 2013 ...

Harp! Sing For Me: Musings on a More Sustainable Future.

Week of: March 24th. 2013 ...

Women Walk to Heal the River

Week of: March 3rd. 2013 ...

Artisan Sea Salt: Organic, Traditional Healing, Medieval Re-creation, and Cleansing Magic!

Week of: December 30th. 2012 ...

Four Thieves Vinegar: History, Uses, and Recipe

Week of: October 28th. 2012 ...

Samhain: a New View

Week of: September 2nd. 2012 ...

A Pagan Chaplaincy Perspective

Week of: August 19th. 2012 ...

More Than Animals: The Totemic Ecosystem

Week of: July 22nd. 2012 ...

Thoughts Are Energy: "The Dark Knight Rises"

Week of: July 8th. 2012 ...

Spiritual Learning and Social Change

Week of: July 1st. 2012 ...

Animal Religion: a Proposal

Week of: June 24th. 2012 ...

Loving Balance: Competition and Community

Week of: April 10th. 2011 ...

Better People = Better World

Week of: October 24th. 2010 ...

Fernwood Glen

Week of: September 12th. 2010 ...

Peek-A-Boo: Finding the Sacred

Week of: August 1st. 2010 ...

Compost and Natural Fertilizers: Practical Offerings to the Land

People Are Part of Nature Too

Week of: June 27th. 2010 ...

Cell Phones: A Rude Awakening

Week of: April 25th. 2010 ...

How Magic Can Save the World

The Sanctity of Ancient Hunters

Life at Lizard Holler

Week of: April 4th. 2010 ...

The Delicate Dance of Balance

Week of: March 28th. 2010 ...

Everyday Things Have Ancient Roots

Pagan Carbon Footprints

Week of: March 21st. 2010 ...

The Prayer of Transcendent Smoke

Week of: February 21st. 2010 ...

Time Passages

Week of: November 22nd. 2009 ...

A True Inspiration for Healing Our Planet

Week of: November 1st. 2009 ...

Nature's Way

Week of: October 11th. 2009 ...

I Buried Maia Today

Week of: May 10th. 2009 ...

The Abuse of Parents and the Abuse of Mother Earth

Week of: March 8th. 2009 ...

Why Hug a Tree - Or To At Least Pay More Attention To One

Our Mother Crystal

Week of: December 28th. 2008 ...

Connecting To The Land

Week of: September 21st. 2008 ...

Healing Children, Healing Earth

Week of: April 27th. 2008 ...

She Needs You to Listen, Her Children...

Musings About the Land: The Turning of Spring to Summer

Week of: April 20th. 2008 ...

Baba Yaga in the Sacred Landscape--a Witch Approaches Another Earth Day

What We Can Do For The World

Week of: March 23rd. 2008 ...

Paganism is a Dirty, Dirty Word

Week of: January 20th. 2008 ...

Pagans and Environmental Issues: Can We Save the World?

"An Ye Harm None" On A Global Scale

Week of: January 6th. 2008 ...

Higher Knowledge: The Enriching and Enabling Factor

Week of: December 30th. 2007 ...

On Being a Pagan Omnivore

Week of: December 23rd. 2007 ...

A Sacred Retreat

Week of: December 2nd. 2007 ...

Saving Mother Earth from Us Nasty Humans: A Contrarian P.O.V.

'Earth Is In Trouble', So Let's Capitalize On the Trend

Week of: November 25th. 2007 ...

The Spine of the Love

Week of: September 9th. 2007 ...

Nature Spirits: Tree Spirits

Week of: January 21st. 2007 ...

Eco – Witch (Part I )

Week of: July 16th. 2006 ...

Think Your Paganism Isn't Nature-based? Think Again...

Week of: May 8th. 2005 ...

On Seeds and Connection

Week of: April 24th. 2005 ...

Act Up

Natural Allies

Week of: April 17th. 2005 ...

Where the Christians Go Wrong and Why the Pagans Don’t Get It

Week of: March 19th. 2004 ...

Confessions of a Dirt Worshipper

Week of: April 20th. 2003 ...

Night Vision: Where Did the Stars Go?

Week of: April 22nd. 2002 ...

Every Day is Earth Day

From the Waterfront...

Pagans and the Environment: Leaders or Laggards?

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 12843

VoxAcct: 254150

Section: earth

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 2,036

Times Read: 3,525

RSS Views: 27,963
Healing Children, Healing Earth

Author: Hobbittmom
Posted: September 21st. 2008
Times Viewed: 3,525

You've heard the old myths about Witches and/or Pagans. That they eat children, worship the devil, are engaged in all manner of nefarious sorcery and are generally unfit human beings. Today, those old myths have died away, at least to some extent. But not all of them. They've taken a different form.

Many Pagans have had to fight to keep their children or have been barred from community activities because they were Pagan. The fact remains, Pagans love Mother Earth and how could they possibly be abusive to children when they love all life? That's not to say that there isn't the Pagan who does abuse children, there probably are but for the most part the abuse inflicted on the child is because the abuser was abused and has an unstable mind.

What are the basic causes of abuse of children? Actually they are many and varied. First, there is the obvious, abuse in the family the carries down through generations. Second, there are those with unstable minds due to medical or psychological difficulties. Third, neglect because of the demands of the modern world.

The results of this abuse are devastating. Broken homes, homeless teens and younger children, neglect of basic needs and children who lack trust of others. Some go on to become bullies, perpetuating the abuse on those younger or less fortunate. More tragic perhaps, are those inflict harm on themselves. And then of course, there are those we mourn, children who commit suicide because they can't live with the harm caused to them.

How do we Pagans and other members of society correct these horrible problems? It should be noted that not all the problems of society can be corrected, but we can make a start and correcting the abuses inflicted on children would be the obvious place to begin. Religion has definitely played a part in the abuse of children and I will go into that further in a later paragraph, but history has shown that it can be a good support for families in trouble.

The clergy of many religions including Paganism offer counseling and therapy for adults and children who may need counseling. The medical establishment has seen the benefits of holistic therapies in their treatment of individuals and holistic therapy has its basis in many form of spirituality.

However, before the clergy begins to offer counseling, they must first eradicate their abusive tendencies towards those who are outside the mainstream or who are outside the Pagan religion, spiritual path. The clergies' abuse of the past include forced assimilation of Native peoples, torture and killing of those accused of Witchcraft, and wars such as the Crusades.

The effects of these abuses can be seen in society today as people mistrust each other, cause war and ravage the environment trying to outdo other people's. The biggest effect is on children, as those in the midst of war have to fend for themselves or even take up arms. As for the environment, if the past mistakes are not corrected, children will have no home.

It's going to take more than the political machine in place in many countries to alleviate these problems. Here again, the clergy can take a positive stance and help children. How, you may ask? Many members of the clergy have advised politicians and once their abusive tendencies are taken care of they can then advise politicians of today in how to get along with one another. Other ways include helping those in war-ravaged countries and educating the public on ways to help the environment.

Since we are speaking of the environment, it is time now to speak of Mother Earth, for that is where we started. How does all this abuse of children affect Mother Earth? Children who are in abusive families are less likely to be concerned with the environment than their peers and are therefore more likely to cause harm to Mother Earth. Since no has seemed to care for them, they in turn care for no one, so as not to get hurt again.

We need to raise our children in a consistent, nurturing loving environment that stresses the importance of everyone and our role in taking care of our planet. Ways to do this include community awareness of problems on our planet, community outreach programs for disadvantaged children and educating them in ways to help our planet.

Also, families who teach in a loving manner the dangers of abusing our planet and ways to care and love for her teach children nurturing techniques for family, home, community and environment.

Finally, the clergy can also get involved, not by preaching but by several options, such as cleaning up a torn down neighborhood, planting trees and creating gardens for meditation and play. There are many ways in which the clergy can help care for children and ensure a healthy home and planet for future generations.

In many ways Mother Earth belongs to children and children belong to Mother Earth. Each is necessary to the other and there must be balance between those who on the planet and the planet itself. Ecology is the way in which lifeforms and Earth find balance with each other. How do children and the clergy find balance and therefore transfer that balance to Mother Earth? Working together for long-term goals. Caring, nurturing, sharing, finding balance, each of these things must be in place in order for children to stop being abused and for our planet to be a safe haven for future generations.

Finally, I must add that this article began with mythological abuses of children by Pagans and how mainstream religions still perpetuate some of those myths. Obviously this is abuse and it translates into abuse of children today, the abuses of the planet we live on today, and the abuse that will continue into tomorrow unless we do something about it now. And as I stressed in an earlier article, each of us is important to the wellbeing of the planet and it only takes the abuse of one child to start a downward trend that could spiral out of control if not corrected.

I was such a child. Many people abused me, clergy included, and were it not for the efforts of family who did love me, wise counselors who stressed nurturing the self, and the efforts of loving Pagans, I would be an adult out of control. Thank Mother Earth and her wise children that this is not so.

Blessed Be,
Kelly a.k.a. Shining Crow Spider
a.k.a. Hobbittmom



Location: Westfield, Massachusetts


Other Articles: Hobbittmom has posted 2 additional articles- View them?

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email Hobbittmom... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Hobbittmom ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2014 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).