What makes you a Witch?

“What makes you a Witch?”  That was a question recently posed to me; I was a little surprised by the question, and quite honestly a little taken a back.  “What do you mean what makes me a witch?”

It got me to thinking though, what makes me a witch?   In the days of old we were the most respected of tribe members, the other members of the tribe would come to us and ask us for help, either with crops, lovers or enemies.  That was then but what about now?   We have computers to get answers from, courts to seek out justice, steroids to help with our crops and livestock.     So what is our part in society?  Are we witches because we dress in black and wear dark makeup, or because we dress like a gypsy? Before someone gets offended I do not mean gypsy as a derogative term, they too had a place in society, and what group of people filled the void after most witches were destroyed? That’s right gypsy’s.   Still that didn’t answer the question what makes me a witch, way back when we had teachers, those who saw the spark and took us under their wing.  Then just as now they were not always honorable some took advantage of their students as well as their tribes.  Without a teacher to notice me what convinced me that I am a witch.  A friend told me that she believes “there is a witch sleeping in all of us and when it awakens it’s up to us to decide if we want to follow that path or ignore it,” okay but because my witch woke up did that make me one?   I don’t dress like your normal witch, occasionally you will find me with all my rings but that is only when it feels right, my wardrobe consists of more than the color black, unless I pick up weight then I use it to hide the rolls.   My home has a few pixies and fairies in it, I have books, and signs like a lot of us but that does not make me a witch.   I was not taught by a coven, I did take a few courses but for the most I stumbled, and spilled wax on my floor, mixed a few foul smelling herbs and realized that I am left handed and setting my alter up the way a right handed witch does is not for me.  Does that make me a witch?

For me its accepting the responsibility the gods bestowed upon me, they opened up the doors to the massive libraries stood on the threshold and ushered me in, they granted me a peak at what I am supposed to be doing, they gave me a small person to teach, and they showed me that I don’t know all that I thought I did.  They also told me what being a Witch is all about for me, it’s helping others.   I don’t mean doing the occasional love spell, I have people who ask for readings, some ask for spells to get ahead, others just want me to talk to my gods just in case there really something more out there than they have been led to believe.  For me being a Witch is about more than lighting candles, it’s about PEOPLE.   People need healing, protection, love,  and sometimes just the solace of a friendly ear.  I as their Witch am all of that.  Answering questions when they are asked, offering help when I am needed, finding those who are uncertain and helping them find their footing, spreading the word that Witches are not BAD.   We just aren’t scared of doing or saying  the right thing even when the world seems to think it’s wrong.  It’s about teaching my young Jedi the ways of the Force  and appreciating all the gifts in my life the gods have given me.  Yes you all are gifts, and I appreciate each and every one of you.   My role I have recently discovered is spread the word WITCHES AREN’T EVIL, while some call me troublemaker it’s not really trouble I hope to stir.   It is my path to keep us all THINKING about who we are  and what it means to be us, remind you to  use the gifts we have been given.   My gifts may be different than yours but our bond is what keeps us strong we are all brothers and sisters, no matter what gods have called us to be theirs.

Well now I know what being a Witch means to me, what does it mean to you?

 

See you around the cauldron….Judas

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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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