'Living the Life of a Witch in a Christian Community' and Other Such Rants.
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The times of Witch burning is long over, praise the God/ddess, Watchtowers or Elements. You pick what you wish to praise. The intolerance for what people don’t understand however is far from historical fact. What makes it more difficult, is the sad truth that witchcraft is no longer a path or believe we feel deep within our-selves, but for many just another “in thing” to embrace.
As everything else that becomes “popular”, it suddenly looses its meaning. Witchcraft has become a cutesy entertainment. Teens run around with a Pentagram or Baphomet sign around their neck without an idea of what it even represents.
Being a Witch suddenly has become cool. Of course it is mostly those that have nothing to do with the true inner believe and choice to be a Witch that seem to give Witchcraft a bad name. If I would have a dollar for every time some “enlightened” and “well meaning” individual asked me why I am a ‘devil’s worshipper’, I would be living in a brand new house without bills.
There are still those who expect me to hop on my Broomstick and take a midnight flight over the full moon. I wish I could, would save on gas prices! Not to mention the delightful entertainment of turning my enemies into Toads.
But why would I want to insult a Toad?
Christians seem to think they need to save me from myself or from my satanic husband/master. On the ironic side, those who just preached to me about death and damnation come running to me for a Tarot Reading or Spell Casting at the first signs of trouble. My answer is one and the same each time.
“I am very sorry, but I can not do this for you. It goes against your beliefs and I for one have no intention to lead you astray from your path.”
At that point they either trot off shamefaced or the verbal abuse starts.
Witchcraft versus Wicca is another lovely theme that seems to not get into most people’s heads. I wear a Pentagram therefore I am automatically Wiccan? No, no, no.
I believe in balance, use the negative forces of nature along side the positive.
Even so, I have read the Bible at one point in my life and find it a beautiful book full of stirring mythology. But I do not tie the saints, angels or other biblical creations into my beliefs. I do not walk the middle path of least resistance. It is not who or what I am.
I am a Witch, eclectic, solitary for the most part and privileged to have had my start under a wonderful Strega when I was but seven years old. I do not believe in a “Christian” God, nor do I prescribe purely to the Goddess.
I believe in the need for both in my life and take on the attributes of God and Goddess as needed and become their physical representation. I don’t set out to harm, but am aware that no matter what you shall do in life you will take from someone else by gaining your-self.
The job you just took, has given harm to the other applicant who now is without. Nothing is every strictly black and white.
I am not a white witch, unless of course we talk about the color of my skin.
I am not a black Witch with demons sitting at my feet.
I am a Witch with a lot of wisdom and tons more to learn.
Children and Witchcraft is yet another of those lovely little subjects that can get almost any person’s blood boiling. I had one person actually ask me if I am planning on sacrificing my virgin daughter!
At first I took it at as a tasteless joke and responded; “Only when she is plump and juicy enough”, but after seeing the horrified expression on this poor fool’s face I realized that the question was in earnest.
His reasoning was the fact that I wasn’t a good witch (Wiccan) and was married to a Satanist; hence my child was in mortal danger. After checking this poor guy’s temperature with the back of my hand and asking him if he was in need of medication, I explained to this lovely individual what would happen to anyone touching my child.
Of course the response was the media generated scare tactic of how it is always the Satanists that harm the kids. Funny, I hear more about Catholic Priests not knowing which holes to stay away from.
Yet it is not all bad.
Once the more tolerant people actually get to know you, they become quiet interested and even amazed. Some actually are open to learning the pagan background of most Christian holidays. Ask intelligent questions and allow me to simply be who and what I am without shrieking in horror when I step a foot into the room.
My daughter and maiden is 16 Years old now. She came from a “Christian” father and little ole me. My other two no longer live with me. I have always made a point to be open about my belief and path without pushing it on them. If my kids asked questions they received age appropriate answers.
They were explained the different healing properties of herbs and crystals. They could sit in or stay away from any ritual I may did. Most of the time I don’t use Rituals to spell cast, but only the force and focus of my mind and desires. However, from time to time I indulge myself in the beauty of them and my kids were welcome.
Now, only one of my children is studying Paganism and trying to find her own path. I am here to help, guide and talk to. I will step in, only when necessary. I am her Priestess and she is learning one of the most important principles already. You are responsible for your own believes, actions and behaviors. I cannot think for you, you must do this by your-self.
She will find her way and I will be proud of her as I already am.
Even my husband and I are not in complete agreement when it comes to our spirituality. I find no need to make others feel foolish, stupid or less then myself. I don’t appreciate other god-based religions trying to tell me how to run my life, but that does not give me the right to treat them the same way.
I don’t enjoy being preached at, but am I any better if I push my beliefs into their faces? He prescribes to tit for tat. The Christians are annoying him and he lives to do the same to them by constantly poking fun at them and trying to scare them silly.
His choice, not mine.
On being a lifestyle BDSM slave and remaining a priestess... Here is one area in which I and some of my fellow pagans seem to have a lot of disagreements. They believe that since I am a Priestess I should be non-controlled by men. I am the property of my beloved husband and owner, but he does not control the way I believe, worship and the way I am in my spiritual arena. I am the goddess on her knees and to me he is my consort and god. However, that does not mean that I am dictated in my Path.
Tides, forced contributions and undignified forced rituals… It is everyone’s own choice if they wish to be sky glad, cloaked or dressed. When I hear of covens forcing, not requesting, one to go against their own comfort level that makes me very sad. Personally, I warn anyone away from such a coven.
If you are not comfortable with those practices, don’t join. Sexual intercourse cannot and should not be forced; then it becomes rape. And when I hear of the Great Union being just another excuse for an orgy, I want to scream.
Tithes and forced contributions are another thing. When did we become another Church?
Yes, I agree, if you are part of a Coven you should give whatever you can. But if you don’t have money to give, and all you have is your time and talents that should be more then enough.
Every Pagan has a different outlook, that is just a given. We are human and we will look at things through the colors of our reality. I am certain some of you may find my little speech offensive. I am sorry for that, but this is my reality.
What bothers me is when we cannot respect each other’s needs, beliefs and paths.
Witchcraft once had a meaning. It is one of the oldest “religions” and sources of natural wisdom.
Can we please get back to that?
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