Re-Interpreting “Worship” in Witchcraft

An interesting conversation came out of my post on belief yesterday and I'd like to briefly touch on it. It's nothing new that many Witches adamantly deny that the Gods are to be worshipped but rather they are equals, allies, friends or even tools. I don't agree with this but I do get a bit peeved when it's suggested "real" Witches don't worship the Gods or that it's a "Wiccan thing," with the implication that anything "Wiccan" is somehow less. Here's what bothers me about this: the lore of … [Read more...]

The Devil Is A Useful Creature

Some days I envy the Christians their Devil. He's such a useful creature. All the evil deeds mankind does can be left on his doorstep. Everything we don't like can be blamed upon him. He's a one-size-fits-all scapegoat and I kinda wish I had one. If I had a Devil I'd blame him for my hair not cooperating and looking sad and limp. I could spend more time on my hair, but it sure would be easier to blame a Devil for the frizzies. And when someone cuts me off in traffic, instead of reminding … [Read more...]

Why This Witch Supports Gary Johnson

Before he asked Pagan troops to fight overseas, and give their life for their country, then-Gov. George W. Bush told Good Morning America that he didn't think the military should give Pagan servicemembers equal rights with servicemembers of other faiths: "I don't think witchcraft is a religion. I would hope the military officials would take a second look at the decision they made." Last year, Christine O'Donnell asserted that she was NOT a Witch, as if that was a bad thing, to which I (and … [Read more...]

Today is the Day

Today I get initiated. I know a lot of you are tired of reading about this and ready for me to go back to talking about other things. I respect that and will be back to other topics soon. For those who find this interesting, here is what will happen to me today: First of all, I have fasted for two days. Not a strict water fast, but I've drastically modified my diet. I'm trying to push my body without crippling it. Today all I will have with me is water and some nuts, and I'm going to try not … [Read more...]

The Gospel of the Witches | Season of the Witch

For October I'm focusing on Witches and their stories, and it seems appropriate to begin with Aradia. Aradia: The Gospel of the Witches (or Vangelo della Streghe) is a strange text, as strange as any scripture any other religion can boast. When recently ill I grabbed it to read between fever dreams, and just like when I read it as a young Witch over a decade ago, I was enchanted and disturbed. The Gospel, or Vangelo, contains a creation story, a nativity story, worship instructions and stories … [Read more...]

Quick Bit of News and Inspiration

I've had to find a quiet place to work today and have had an interesting morning, so as much as I have to say on many things today, I simply don't have the focus to get it out. Which is ok, because The Wild Hunt has a great news roundup today, including coverage of the TSA firing a Witch in what appears to be a case of religious discrimination. I found a really interesting translation of the Homeric Hymn to Hephaistos. The last line has become my new prayer: Of Hephaestus, famously skilled, … [Read more...]

Hubris, Disaster, the Gods and Schisms to Come

A couple of days ago I wrote a post on why disasters happen from a religious perspective. I got some really good feedback on it that made me rethink how I think of myself in relation to the Gods and the planet. Here are two examples of some of the excellent comments I received: Cara Schulz said: What if a god had been holding back this earthquake for hundreds of years, until now, when Japan (and the world) is more able to deal with the effects - yet didn't wait so long that the quake would … [Read more...]


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