How’s your summer going?

Sooo how has your summer been going? Mine has been going great actually. It started with my wife losing her job, (no big loss I was trying to convince her to quit anyway) this happened on the last day of school. She seemed to think this a major catastrophe, I saw it as a chance to have a family summer vacation together for the first time in years, if the look on our sons face as he left school with both of us that day was any indication he was happy about it too.
The owner of the company she worked for lied to his employees, he will get his, Karma has a list and his name is on it. There was another this year that I had to work magic against who had been making my wife’s business life a living hell. My wife fights through Social Anxiety Disorder, and was doing quite well…until this “friend” began purposely triggering her at work. This person evidently was also banging the boss…a tidbit we just learned recently thanks to my wife’s new job! You may ask why I worked magic to remove this woman…because my Wife and her happiness are more important than this other person, anyway her boss we will call him JackAss from here on. JackAss told his staff that he was thinking about selling then decided against it because the company would not take all the employee’s. I told my wife he was a liar.

The reading we did in October for everyone at her job stated that money would become an issue, things would be changing etc. TOLD YA SOOOOO…
Things went on as normal for next few months, then in June those who he hadn’t fired for one F’d up reason or another walked into the job and found that something wasn’t right. Glad my wife had thought enough in advance to begin cleaning out her desk like February advance. JackAss ushered them all into a meeting stated that if their names were not read they were to leave in an orderly fashion, and he would be kind enough to pay them for that whole day. WOW what a guy, more than 10 years at a company and her “severance” was ONE DAY?!?!! He later told people that he kept those “most loyal to him” funny but a few of those who remained said he let the most loyal ones leave when my wife walked out the door.

Now she was really upset and worried, and to be honest so was I, we have bills like the rest of you out there. Our family motto is “we will make it work,” I believe that the gods do with us what they will for a reason. She filed her unemployment, this woman had never had to file it before, must be a Maryland thing but I have filed it numerous times, or maybe it’s just a Judas thing. Anyway she spent the better part of her mornings looking for a job. I was proud of her for that. We would get up have breakfast outside, all three of us, then she would go back in and finish what she was doing. A friend from where she worked told her and a couple of others about a job opening. My wife called, made an appointment with this guy, (she later found out her was the president of the company) two weeks later she was offered the job, more than what she was making, the hours are better and the travel is 20 min shorter so she took it. I know how hard she has worked, and how hard she does work at her jobs one way or the other we will always make it!

So congratulations Hun we are proud of you! Plus now I can play on the computer again!

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Epic Fail~~Vatican laws

This past weekend was one to honor those who died defending us in the military we must remember that they are not the only ones we need to honor or at least thank.  Let us not forget the surviving family members who must go on without their loved ones they too have made sacrifices for our country.

 

This week has been full of news, mostly coming from church groups calling for the continued fight against the homosexual movement.  Some have even called for homosexuals to be killed.  Enough already, we are trying to teach our children not to bully one another and here we have grown men calling for a group of people they don’t even know, but they don’t like to be killed in the name of their god.  Get over yourselves, we are all supposed to be made in your god’s image so guess what, your gods got some homosexual tendencies, and he believes that woman are equal.   Now that’s out of the way I want to move to the most appalling thing I read this week.

 Being a reformed catholic, which means I got out before they realized I was a homosexual and practiced magic.  I still find myself interested in articles about the church, I was a supporter of the last Pope John Paul, partially because he looked like my Uncle and he had a heritage that neighbored my mother’s side.  Benedict on the other hand does not even deserve the title, his predecessor began righting the wrongs the church had done to others, he put his foot down on the child abuse that is going on inside the church, this one wants to cover it up, as the recent article                       

http://secular-europe-campaign.org/2012/05/vatican-bishops-dont-have-to-report-child-abuse-to-the-police/

 

It seem that during the churches annual bishop conference they decided that some new rules needed to be made, one in particular sticks out, apparently the Pope feels that the bishops especially in Italy no longer need to report child abuse.  Now I know this has nothing to do with Pagan’s and practicing Witch’s.  This isn’t our community but the church knowing that there is a very serious problem with their people abusing children and instead of holding these people accountable the Pope has told his people NOT to notify the Italian authorities.  Why?  Good question, from what I read because the bishops and priest hold no public office nor is he a public servant, so they are not governed by the same laws in Italy.   Hold on just one second, is it not the public that goes in to these supposed houses of worship?   Are this places not supporter by the public?  And yet the publics children are no safer then say chilling in an Italian prison with a murderer or two.

 And what of the US? How are they going to govern the protection of our children?  I understand that my child does not attend a catholic church or school, but I have nieces and nephews, and friends whose children attend these places, how are they going to be protected from the perverts who will use this new document to their favor until someone calls them on it?  The church has balked at the United States laws many times, they have been very devious about avoiding the way we want things done by stating that they were only following the churches laws.  These new guidelines will most certainly be used in other countries as well.   And they call us HEATHENS.

 

So what are we to do?  This is not our fight.  But it is, they have made it okay for grown adults to abuse children behind closed doors and tell no one.   We may not be members of their community be we are members of the human race and what these fools do eventually affect us.   Just as we must band together and fight the churches war against the homosexual community, by spells, hexes or whatever means we deem necessary we must pay attention and protect these children, they may not all belong to us but they are all the god and goddess children and we need to be diligent about listening to them when they come to us or we suspect something.  Be it the church, our neighbor, a relative, or a spouse, we need to believe the child first until it is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are mistaken. And hold all to our laws.  If you suspect a child has been sexually assaulted or is being abused DO SOMETHING!! 

The following links are for survivors of sexual assault:

http://www.rainn.org/

http://www.aftersilence.org/

 

Healing can happen….but we are adults so PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN COMES FIRST!!!

 

See you around the cauldron

~Judas

Witches, Pagans, Warlocks, whatever the title who inspires you?

Fire stoked, cauldron bubbling, come on over, get comfy, mug of cider?    Comfy, in a few days it will be October and you know what that means.  Pumpkins, candy, decorations, death being celebrated and honored.  Now usually I like to hold off on decorating until the second week of October, for some reason my little warlock has wanted to decorate since before Mabon, to the point of invading my sleep asking “when we can decorate?”  I relented the other day and told him to have at it.   While we were doing said decorating he noticed my styrofoam tombstone.  Now we have put this thing out every year since I made it. That was oh some sixteen plus years ago.  This day it really caught his attention, he began reading the names listed on it and asking me who they were.   So I explained that they were the names of the people who were murdered in Salem back in 1692.

“Oh, so they were all witches?” he asked.

“Sadly no,” I told him, “most of them were just simple farmers who were murdered because of fear & greed.”  He didn’t quite get it, so I continued explaining it could be because someone wanted their property, house, farm, whatever, others were killed because someone didn’t like them, and also some because they stood up and spoke against what was happening.

“You mean  there were people way back then like the wakadoo group that doesn’t like us?”

“Exactly!” I told him.

“So then they didn’t kill real witches did they?  If we didn’t know any of them,why did you paint all their names, when and how they died?”

“Because they inspired me, these people all died doing the right thing, standing up for what they believed in, not bowing to say they were something they weren’t.”

He walked away satisfied with that answer.   It got me to thinking about a blog that Kallan did a few months back, about pagans who inspire us.  I hadn’t read anything further about it.  So after dinner the other night, (fantastic dinner I might add) while she was showing us the prizes she had for a couple giveaways she is planning I brought the subject up, and was surprised at what she had to say.  She only got two, yeah two inspirational pagan/wiccan/you pick a title people.   Anyway it bothered me that she received only two inspirational people.  So me being who I am decided to bring it up again here.   Now when she originally posted the question two people came right to mind for me, and I am going to share them here.   Have you heard of these two people before?  Yes, some of you may even know them, have they published any books?  Are they famous?  No, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t inspirational.

My first inspirational Pagan is Snowy Morrighan, now I’ve known Snowy for a while, we took a Wicca 101 class together, she was at my handfasting, belly danced before my father at our reception, and gave me silly string for a handfasting gift ( which we finished the silly string off last year).  That in itself makes her important to me, but my reasons for her being inspirational go deeper than that.   She moved to Pennsylvania, opened Eye of Nuit Shoppe, makes her own candles, and runs an online store as well (Pagan Stuff Cheap   http://paganstuffcheap.com/index)   Snowy has been through some hard times, and survived, she does not hang her head and cry “poor me”, she takes what the gods hand her and make it work.  Having been a member of a couple of Covens that let her down, she has not given up on them and last I heard was still looking for the right one.  Her friendship is deep, heavens help the person who verbally or physically attacks one of her friends, or people she cares about, she will be on you faster than the hounds from hell.  Chew you up just like a chew toy.   Snowy will bury you in the back yard if you cross anyone she cares about.  Snowy takes her Craft seriously, though the people in the craft can annoy the crap out of her from time to time.  She is against what our Wackadoo friends are doing, and has tried numerous times to get groups organized to do something about them.   She gets frustrated with us but she never gives up.

My other inspiration is Kallan Kennedy, unlike Snowy I have only known Kallan for about a year, but have learned much in that time.   Now for you who have all read her blogs, she keeps us posted on the happenings in the witchy world, gives us a card of the week, mind you (I still think I should rule) tells us what she thinks about books, and shares what she has seen.   Frolics with us on Fridays, and then feeds us Stew on Sundays.   Most of her pieces are soft, friendly, but be warned if you tick her off, like the Wackadoo’s have recently done she will RANT.  Now unlike me, who sees the line you have drawn in the sand and will immediately step over it.  I will gladly chase you down like my favorites hounds, tear you apart and leave you there for others to see as a warning.  Kallan on the other hand, is “like a cat, she plays with her food first.”  Don’t believe me, just read her blogs.  She has posted about our Wackadoo friends for months, putting little pieces in here and there.  Reminding us not to stoop to their level, with the name calling and childish acting.  (I never listen, sorry) Be warned although she may act like a sleepy cat, lifting her head and eyeing you then going back to sleep like you were nothing to worry about, she pays attention.  As was proven in her most recent rant, when the Wackadoo’s went too far, the threats were and still are dangerous, and just like a cat that has had enough of the mouse running in front of her, she pounced.  Kallan not only sliced the group up, logically, but she counted her points off on her nails as she did so, then when she was finished she ate them and deposited what was left in her kitty box.  (I’m not cleaning that either).

That is not the only side to Kallan, she is also the type of person who see’s strangers broke down on the side of the road during one of the hottest days in the summer, goes home gets them a cooler full of ice, water, and snacks, goes back has a chat with them,  offers them her home, for a shower, etc…  She takes strangers in like wolves do abandoned pups.  She nurtures us, watches us grow, and adds us to her pack.  She dared a young warlock, to throw his toy as high as he can to see if it will hit her ceiling, fixes friends dinner, has serious discussions, shares her magic and the magic that is her family and rarely does anything in slow motion.  She is also a mother of five, grandmother of two, and a wonderful friend.

Kallan and Snowy are two different women, with their feet on a similar path, they may not take exactly the route the other takes, but will end up at the same destination regardless.   Being a Witch to these two women is not just about ritual, or the “show” Kallan believes you can actually “teach the witch right out of people”, and I agree.  Both Snowy and Kallan, show what being a witch IS, for me they are the “wise ones” of my community, they teach by doing, be it ritual or life in general.  I have only highlighted some of the facets on these two gems that I am favored to call friends.  They will not back down when our community is attacked.  They make me proud to be able to say “I’m a Witch.”

So now you know who mine are, who are yours?

Hope you enjoyed the cider.

See Ya Round the Cauldron.

Judas

So…how’s that hiding in the broom closet going?

Sorry this was not posted this morning I was in the middle of one blog, then, something happened that I really couldn’t pass up, so I scrapped it for this one.
I want to thank those of you who responded to my blog last week, the help you gave has changed things for Volante Carlson and her brother. It seems that the police have suddenly taken an interest in her brothers’ case and are investigating it now. Again, thank all of you for your mundane, and whatever magical help you all supplied this is what a community is all about.
Kallan Kennedy found a very interesting article yesterday, so interesting that it caused her to Rant. And we know how often she likes to do that. This is the little gem that caused the rant, take a minute to read it then come on back!
http://pncminnesota.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/dc40-to-pagans-we-release-the-power-of-blood-covered-light-over-you/
And this was Kallan’s response; again take a minute to read it, it is SO worth it! http://mypaganworld.blogspot.com/2011/09/rant-alert-pagans-response-to-dc-40.html?spref=fb
I think that Kallan handled it pretty classy, quoting scripture, and putting it in as polite a format as possible though I must admit calling the holy spirit out for raping Mary was pretty good, as I quote, “Will be born of human parents, not the culmination of rape (Your Holy Spirit did not ask Mary’s permission to inseminate her.) She will also not be a ‘virgin’. The Hebrew word “alma” means “young woman”, not “virgin”. If his patriarchal lineage was cut off from David (which it was), then he could not be the messiah. There is no room for the ‘adoption’ argument here.” She even went as far as explaining what the Hebrew word that they got wrong means. See what happens when you study?
Me on the other hand, I turned away from their bible at the end of the 8th grade, after serving my time in Catholic school I didn’t want anything to do with it.  I have picked it up from time to time just to read some of the stories, why you might ask, because I like a good book on mythology just like everyone else. Yes I have been disassociated by a few because I call the bible a book of fables and fairy tales.  But I ‘m venturing from the point.  After reading the article from the Pagan Newswire Collective I have one question to ask all of you, “So how’s that head in the cauldron and hiding in the broom closet working for ya?”

Does anyone else have a real problem with a group of people not just threatening us, but actually telling us they are shooting arrows of blood at us?  These fruitloops have (to quote what a lot of us were saying last night,) “thrown down the gauntlet”, I wonder if they really know what that means?   They have drawn a line in the sand and are telling us “don’t worry about stepping over it you have already lost”.   Already lost, really?!   Sorry Adolph, we are just beginning.   If your letter was meant to worry us, frighten us, break our confidence, you obviously don’t have a clue about the people you are dealing with.  Our people were hunted and, innocents murdered by people just like you blinded by hatred and fear, their blood is still on your hands. “Come out of the dark and into the light?”   Fools we came out of the dark you drove us in a long time ago, and that is where the real problem lies. WE stand proud! We are uniting! WE are stronger then you have ever imagined.  Remember you were the one’s CALLING US OUT… Have you ever wondered why after all this time you people cannot become a dominant religion?   Because you deal in greed and lies, Hitler had the same kinds of vision one race, one nation, one “kind”. As you see that worked out really well for him, and in the process, he caused the Holocaust.   That is a chilling reminder my friends of what can happen with people blinded by hatred and fear.   Oh and praying for us, I really wouldn’t bother.   For those of you still convinced he exists it wasn’t our religion who nailed Your gods only son to a cross, it wasn’t our religion that murdered him, nope that was you, maybe you should be asking him for forgiveness instead.   Maybe instead of pulling the guilt card on the rest of the world, you should own it, face it and move on.  The rest of us aren’t breathing down your necks threatening you with “arrows of blood” but what some of us are about to start using may just make you want to hide yourselves deeply in the dark you claim we are in.  Yeah, I know someone in your little group has bought our books, and read them, totally misunderstood and misconstrued what we are about.   Aside from this you have the misconception that the Wiccan Rede is like your commandments.  Wrong they are more like guidelines, “an harm ye none do what you will” doesn’t mean bend over and take it up the arse, nothing in the Rede tells us not to respond when attacked.  Am I worried, NO what I have done has been to protect my family and those I consider to be part of my family, and I will gladly CONTINUE!
My question again for those of us who have been ignoring this situation, how do you feel about leaving it alone now?  I posted the link to the PNC article in a few groups and was amazed that no one in these two groups knew.  We have been doing what we do, combining our magics to defend and protect our country, Lady Liberty, and Columbia. The first wave has been doing all the “fighting”, it’s now time for the reinforcements to step up. Strengthen the power being generated, gather more WITCHES to the cause. It’s 2011, and we should not be thinking that if one of these “righteous people” get into office that we are going to have to pack our families up and leave our country.  Is that what we really want?  NO, we have struggled, fought, and survived we have hidden in our broom closets and let the world pass us by.  It’s time to blind these people with their own arrows of bloody light.   Halloween is coming; this group is talking about harvesting souls, and that day is the best to do it, again I’m asking WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?   Halloween is a holy day for us, will we allow these hacks to harm our glorious dead?!

Me, for one I am going to have to change some of the wording in a few things I’ve been doing, time to fight fire with FAITH!!!   My partner will keep working with her light and together we will send our energy that way.  We are not only trying to protect ourselves, we have to protect our ancestors, the souls of all those who shouldn’t be disturbed by these dangerous fools. Again, I ask what are you going to do?
Close that door to your broom closet, walk away from it, step up and add your energy to the rest of ours! BE proud to be who and what you are! “But I don’t want to use angry magic, I want to use only love and light.” You do that, wrap it around the rest of us, if all the light, and all the harsher magic are wrapped together, then while the harsh magic is knocking holes in their walls, and parting those bloody arrows, the light from the rest will be shining on our people, showing them that we are all the same. The blending of dark and light has always been the strength of our people. Hand to hand, shoulder to shoulder, we are standing between them and our secular country. If we do NOTHING, if we continue to HIDE ourselves away they will think they have won. WE are AMERICAN witches, the call to arms is clear my friends.

Thank You Kallan for allowing me to quote you from your blog The Secret Life of the American Working Witch….

Witches-we aren’t just for Halloween anymore

If you have clicked onto this blog thinking that you are going to find magical spells and potions recipes I am sorry this will not be the case.  Though you may  find some from time to time that is not what this blog spot is about.

I have wanted to do a blog for some time but I kept stopping myself.  There are so many wonderful blogs out there, helpful and insightful blogs, that teach us everything from how to set up altars, and what phases of the moon we are now in, to just how to enjoy the path we are following.   There are those blogs that are informative; they let us know what the news is in our community.   And well I felt I really wasn’t “qualified” to do either until a very good friend told me that she looks at her blog as her “own personal soap box,” it was at that moment I realized she was right!  A lot of blogs out there are just that, people just expressing their opinions about things.  It was then that I came up with the idea for this blog, a place where I can vent my frustration and you can express yours.

With Stirring the Cauldron it is my hope that I can do just that, stir things up, we all need a little kick in the arse now and then to get us jump started into thinking about things we would rather not think about or even discuss.  I am starting out easy, believe me there are a lot of things going on in the world around us affecting our community that I will be discussing, and angering a few of you with.    But hey that’s what I do, it’s what I live for.   I’ll start with this.

Unless you have been living under a rock lately then you know about John Benefiel and his DC40, prayer plans, as well as his theories on the Columbia Statue, and the Statue of Liberty.  How suddenly hateful politics are in style, and modern day witch hunters are after our freedoms.

There are millions of people in the United States from many different religious backgrounds.  Yet it seems everytime something goes wrong in this country our group gets fingered for the problem.   We get accused of every little thing from our ancestors’ spirits still causing tornado’s after being chased from their homes and murdered, to the present day if a co-worker falls and hurts themselves after having an argument with one of us.  Is it always our fault?   Do the Christians get blamed when they tell someone god will seek vengeance on them and something happens?  No.

So why are we the easy group to blame group?  This country was founded on religious FREEDOM, don’t believe me read article 11 from the Treaty of Tripoli http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/treaty_tripoli.html  (thank you Kallan  Kennedy).  At one time we were called on to help with everything from helping the crops grow,  to birthing babies, then in a blink of an eye, innocents were persecuted and murdered.  Not one witch was killed in Salem.  Laws were made against us and our practices.  After a while religious freedom were restored and we were allowed to practice in the light again, so if that is the case why are we still prosecuted?

This leads me to my second reason look at how we are depicted, old hags, hunched shoulders, and warts on our noses, cackling at everything, casting spells around a bubbling cauldron, the list goes on.  And why has this continued?  Because we have allowed it, that’s why.  Just open a history book, they are replicas of the original drawings, do a search for picture of witches and see what you find, other than a few Hollywood stars in roles they made famous most are hags.  We have worked hard to keep that persona,  look at most of the writers out there and how they dress, even our modern artists work hard to keep us dark and mysterious.

I have been saying this for a while people, “Witches are not just for Halloween anymore” I use the term witch because that is basically how the public recognizes us, though we may use terms like Pagan and Wiccan, when you ask people about what they think when they hear any of these titles their answer, “Witches, like the kind you see on Halloween”.    We have allowed one of our sacred holidays to be turned into a night of make believe and fear.  That was not what it was about…

“It’s time for us to fly from the broom closet” and be noticed.   I say we fight fire with fire.

A group of us have gotten together and want to do something about it.  We are putting together a video of us dressed in street clothes, or work clothes, getting in our cars, or cooking breakfast for our kids.  Anything showing the public we are NORMAL PEOPLE leading NORMAL lives, raising our children going to soccer, baseball, basketball practice.  Whatever, the point is to look in the camera and say, “I’m a mother, I have a real job (or say what your profession is), and I’m a Witch, (I’m Pagan, I practice Wicca).”   I am not saying give out your name or address, the point is showing us as real people with real faces.   It makes it kind of hard to be afraid of something once you put a REAL face to it.   We need to be SEEN, and to be HEARD.  We are here and none of us are going away.  Please stand with us, stand for our future and that of our children and grandchildren.  We plan on putting it together and making it public, so if you fear of losing your job, or that your family won’t understand, use your own judgment, but if you feel like a lot of us that the time has come, and are ready to take the risk then send me your spot!

Email it to me at stirringthecauldronwithjudas@yahoo.com.

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