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When I Decide!
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I titled this article ‘when I decide’ because I have been a witch at heart and in the broom closet for many years off and on. But yesterday I decided that I was going to follow the path that felt right to my heart and soul. I think a lot of witches who come from Christian backgrounds can understand were I’m coming from. You are stuck in between wanting to practice the craft and being scared of what has been imbedded in you your whole life… that being a witch is a sure ticket to hell. But I was having the most refreshing religious conversation yesterday and I realized that whether you are Muslim, or Christian, or pagan, or just a witch, god still loves you. We are all his children no matter what some people may say or believe.
So I decided on that day that I was going to be the best witch and person I could be because the god and the goddess are always watching. We should love each other ‘in perfect love and perfect trust. We are all brothers and sisters. But as we all know, there seems to always be a hitch when we reach a spiritual enlightenment so, with that being said, let me elaborate.
I told my mother that I was no longer going to church with her, so please, mom, don’t ask me to attend. Her reply was, “that’s fine” – pause -- she jus had to add, “I don’t want any chanting or witch sh*t in my house.” So I told her “I won’t disrespect your sacred place”. Basically, she won’t see any of my books or tools, just my necklaces. Stones, those she doesn’t have a problem with and she doesn’t mind me burning sage. So there is a middle ground to stand upon. I am happy I can finally say I have found a path that brings me joy. I am a tree-hugging witch and I love it!
You know how you wait so long to do something that brings peace to your soul and you’re ‘too young’… but when finally you reach the age when you can decide what path you want to walk, it’s an amazing feeling. I find myself on the wise woman path. I stopped polluting my body and soul, so I can proudly say I smoked my last cigarette today and will not be drinking any more. To all of my wise women and men, I wish you the best on whatever path you are taking to seek god and or the goddess. We all have to find a path that fits us physically and spiritually and I am proud to say I have. I feel so bad for the people who let the fear of judgment or what they have been taught hold them back. I used to be one of them and I can tell you from experience it is not fun. To sit in a building for hours just wishing you were outside with your shoes off talking to god and mother earth, seeing and feeling the natural energy that flows through the earth and you.
I’m good with god and mother earth and my mom I so frankly I don’t give a damn what anybody else has to say. I’m just so excited. When I first started the craft I was young, and looking back, I see that I have learned so much and yet still have a lot to learn. But you want to know what’s really got me so excited? I can finally buy the tools I want.
For example, I have needed an athame for years. I am a green witch. I love to garden and help mother earth out. But I do know I won’t need a wand. I found out that I am a natural witch. My mother told me my great grandmother was a witch and she worked with what some like to call ‘white magic’. That excited me even more, plus I love working my energy with my hands. It’s amazing. I always felt different. I was the one who loved mother earth and animals growing up. I even taught myself how to read – well, god/goddess did -- but still, how many kids do that at a very young age? Not that many.
When I was nine, a deer came into our back yard. My mom was scared. She said that she told my brother and I brother to get in the house but I just looked at her, turned my head, picked up some grass, and started feeding and petting the deer. To me, that’s a funny story but I also know I am a natural witch because my mom is one, too… even though she doesn’t want to admit it. I can remember being little and she would take me and my brother outside just to look at the stars. She knows things too, like if were going to have company. She knows before they call or come over and she hears someone call or knock before they do it. She passed it down to me and I love it. She knows her mother’s mother was a witch and, for a time, my grandmother was a witch. She’s a pastor now.
So I love being a witch and plan to be one until I die. If friends or family want to stop talking to me because of that, then they never deserved the title of friend and family from the get-go. And to all of the people who want to walk the path our ancestor’s walked, do it! Only god/goddess can judge you. You have to decide whether your peace and happiness is worth more than what someone will think. And it won’t be easy.
Now I’m eighteen, so the only things my mom can say is ok and don’t bring any witch stuff to my house. If you are under eighteen, just do research. Thank goddess for the web! But for everyone out there, no matter what path you choose to seek and to connect with god, stay true to yourself. You will know what’s right for you because it will feel right in your heart and soul.
And please people, stop thinking that every witch wants to hex you or kill animals. Hello? We love animals. We have familiars, so why would we want to kill animals? Now granted, there are people out there who chose to practice the darker side of the craft, and may sacrifice animals for some twisted reason, but as for the wise witches, we don’t do that. Our goal is to learn all we can help to better our community and our people. We are not all the same, just like every Christian isn’t the same… hell, no one is the damn same! So, with that being said, blessed be.
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