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Food for Thought
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As I sit here with my young two years old Witchlett son, Dragon Hart. I stare off at the television and see the devastation and disaster that have plagued the gulf coast. I think to myself how does someone discuss this with your child. Especially when he looks unsure at the images on the screen. Then looks out his own window to see a beautiful scene of sunshine and birds and safety and security and does not understand. Yet the puzzling looks upon my Witchlett's face made me come to the computer and has guided me to write this.
Looking at little Dragon Hart watch was so hard as hurricane KATRINA rips through the states and destroys so much. Tearing through houses and hotels and stores and trapping frightened people in building. Also, trapping them on their roof of their houses. All the while they are trying to flee from the storm. I can remember my little dragon's eyes wide and confused as he sat watching a man, on top his house. Waiting scared and hoping to be rescued. While the gentleman was only a little way away from a neighbor, whose house was on fire. My son looked at me and asked "momma why?" I honestly sat there in terror. Honestly because at first I did not know how to answer him.
See, I can remember growing up around nine years old. Coming into my powers in secret. I was trying hard to hide it from my family and friends. Also not being able to talk to anyone about what I was going through or seeing. I can remember the feeling that it was hard. Also while I was being forced to be raised in the Baptist way that my family was and is still. During that time. Back in the late 70's and early 80's different disasters plagued the USA. Surrounding countries. I can remember questioning it to my mother and my grandmother. I remember asking why and always being told the same thing. Also hearing it repeatedly in the church, I was forced to go to as well. They would always say that it is because "god" is upset with the way things are and he is fixing it. That the people are messing up God’s House. So he is cleaning it.
Of course I never bought that theory of theirs. Also, because I did buy that theory. I usually caused a big argument. Both at home and in the church because I would tell them that Their God seemed real mean. Because it seems wrong if he would kill little babies and old people just because he was mad at the way that part of the world is treating his planet and each other. And they would tell me that old sayings, "suffer the little children unto me"
Usually that is when I would just clench my shirt collar (which unbeknown to them had a pentagram under it) and would just ask the Goddess to give me strength to deal with all of this. I would walk away. Into the woods and find my peace with nature and deal. Sometimes sitting by a stream that was at the end of the woods. Watching and listening as the goddess sent me the guidance to help me through. Whether it came to me in a gentle breeze or through the stare of a near my bird that has perched closed to me. At times it would just come to me in the euphoric feeling that would engulf me as I lay against a tree and meditated.
Well now many years later, I am the mom and I am attempting to raise my two-year-old son Dragon Hart in the Wiccan faith. I am also attempting to help him with his Witch instincts and powers as they grow. I have noticed that ever since this disaster, my Witchlett may be clenching to me more than usual. Staring at any images that come across the tv about the gulf coast. As I sat, I thought how does someone tell their child about this. How does someone begin to explain such devastation and destruction, without sounding like your parents did?
I actually asked myself how does someone tell their child the truth about all this. Yet simultaneously not scare him. Also at the same time help him or her to come up with a way to let themselves feels like they are helping others. Because you see sometimes the best way to help someone heal is to let them help someone else.
So I kept thinking and well I did not want to be my family. Shovel some crap to him because I am not of their faith. I am not Baptist any longer. I am Wiccan. So I decided to do it my way. So I told him the truth. Because everyone knows that children are smart. Yet as Pagan and/or Wiccan parents know. Their Witchlett tend to know and feel/seance something that other non Witchlett doesn’t. So the truth is best. So I explained what KATRINA was. Also how it devastated the area . Also what exactly happened to some of the people. (Meaning the passing on of life) and that the people over there need much help. The look and feel I got from my son, was that he wanted to help somehow. He points to the children on there. When the news would show them and he would look at them like he wanted just to save them? He kept taking him stuff animals and laying it in front of the tv, when they would show the young children. I would cry because I knew what he was doing.
So I came up with an idea, and maybe you all can use it with your Witchlett and non Witchlett too. Through this time and in other times of despair. This can be used now and can be used as a tool in explaining other things that arise that cause children to approach us and ask why. So here is my idea.
We are in the new moon cycle now. I have built a small altar for the gulf coast refugees. I also will light a 7-day candle for them and design a prayer to help them. I will also set an offering up to the Goddess and God. This will consist of the things that these people need. I will ask that it be brought to them swiftly and maybe if we all do it. Then we can all make a difference somehow.
I am not saying that you should not give or donate to the Red Cross. Or any area charities that are being raised right now for these refuges. Because if you have it legitimately to give then please do so. but what I am saying is that first off. I am disabled and I live off a single SSA disability check that has to take care of both me and my son. I do not honestly have it to spare. Because if I did, I would give it. Nevertheless, what I do have is magick, and my faith in the God and Goddess. A belief in the power of combined magick and faith. I think that if we can get a candle prayer circle going maybe our magick no matter how many different levels, types, paths, and strengths there are. We all can help these people. Because honestly, every little bit helps, and some of these people may only have themselves. Not even a single family member. So they need us. Because some have become weak and their strength is growing weaker each day. So maybe we can lend them ours to help them make it through.
So that is my idea and this is just my food for thought.
Thank you for listening and for all that take this to heart. Thank you for caring enough to do this. Also remember it takes a single person to make a difference in the world. If one starts and others follow, blessings can be made.
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