Ah, religion.

Now anyone who knows me should know I’m all for religious freedoms, so what I am about to say in a moment has NOTHING to do with the fact it’s to do with Islam, I wouldn’t even feel the need to state this at the start of the post, had religion not caused so much hate and trouble that people might misconstrue what I say just because I’m not part of that religion.

I’m alright with rituals, all religions have them. Mine has a ritual for nearly every event possible, so I’m actually rather fond of them. Animal sacrifice I have a few issues with, even if they do eat it/send it to be eaten. I’m watching a documentary on the pilgrimage to Mecca, the one Muslims take every year (I don’t mean they all take it every year. Talk about traffic congestion.) and they slaughter uh one sheep per person or a camel per seven people… not only is it extremely gross to watch a sheep get its throat slit but its a little disconcerting. The meat does go to poor countries to feed the poor, which is good, but it was a little cruel, they made us watch it drown in its own blood. Though I know slaughter houses are sometimes worse I still don’t fancy it much. Ah well, there are worse things then death…

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Sigh.

I don’t know why people are so tetchy. I understand this faith is part of the occult. Occult means secret/hidden, and I also understand there will always be someone afraid of our practises. Actually pagans are afraid of some things, for one reason or another. We all know this.

We are not always happy, agreeing people. No. We fight, argue between different paths (and there are many) there can be as few or many things the same as each other in our paths. I’ll probably always be quicker to say I’m pagan then I’m wiccan. You know why?

I’m not traditional. I’m not trained. My Wicca is based on what I can learn from people I meet along the road, and sadly they are few and far between. I’m Eclectic, and yes, I happen to be the type that Traditionals don’t like because I believe everyone has a choice and a right to make their faith fit their belief system. So shoot me.

Traditional Wicca requires that one is trained for a year and a day before being initiated into a Coven, it’s a little hard to do that in a community that there are no pagans, or at least uncloseted ones, let alone no Wiccans. There is no way for me to be one of them, and thats okay.

We all think differently, though we may find like minded people.

I am a witch!

I’ve always believed, that to an extent we all have our powers, that all this stuff, the occult, witches, mages and all this were not evil as I was taught. Rather I was always drawn to these people, wise people. Odd, perhaps but it was something I could feel, power, love, strength.

It’s something I often loved when I was little, though most witches I saw in books where green old hags with a wart on the nose, though for the most part that was all the more endearing to me.

There was a time when ‘witch’ meant ‘healer, wise one, sacred man/woman’ and many other things. What happened to that? What happened to revering nature and its creatures (including ourselves!), the moon and sun? Why is it seen as a ‘heathen’ act to know how to cure someone without aid of a doctor? Why did being called witch become an insult?!

I’m not insulted if called ‘witch,’ actually I’ll probably take it as a compliment.

I don’t care how ‘good intentioned’ your bible thumping is, it will neither work nor make me think you are of higher intelligence nor spiritual enlightenment. Actually, it will probably cause me to glue a pentagram on your nose.

While we’re at it, that bible thumping. It just makes me more assured of my faith, thanks for the little nudge towards it.

No we don’t hex/curse/murder *insert thing here* the Goddess doesn’t ask for sacrifice, and we don’t (or no one i know of, certainly) sacrifice things. We don’t worship satan. Then again we arn’t the ones obsessing over him, he’s your deity not ours. Go think about that for a while, yeah?

You know why we don’t do these things?

Well first of all we’re more self preserving then that, we believe in karma and the three fold law. Self preservation is much more lasting then kicking your sorry arse. And as for Satan… well you seem to be having fun obsessing about him, I would hate to interrupt you from it.

Yes, we get annoyed when you call us ‘evil, wicked, satan worshipers’ or anything of the above or beyond. I’m sure you would get annoyed.

Just leave us be, have a little faith in us. We arn’t here to hurt you, we’ve just re found something taken away from us due to the fear of the Christians and Catholics.

Have some tolerance, we may just know how to save your life one of these says, have some good advice, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen.

I will always be a witch, and I assure you this you cannot change for it is as natural as the sea to me and many others. I have found my faith, I have found my peace.

Fight the fear.

Fight the fear!

All we need.

Anyone who knows me would know I’m of the opinion that everyone, every religion, every race etc can get along but just won’t. We all make mistakes, we all do stupid things, we all act like complete arses. Plain and simple.

I was looking at PaganNews.Com a moment ago and found this article by Laura. Now not to christian bash, because I believe this applies to all religions but people who do one thing and say another are far to common for my liking. It’s not right, it’s not fair. It’s one, big, fat lie.

Why don’t people get along? Well for starters ALL of us are too proud/stubborn/etc and ridicule a person at least once in life merely because of what they are or what they do or believe in. We may not do it all the time, but isn’t once bad enough?

I may not agree with a lot of people, but I’m not going to (usually) harrass them for the simple fact that I disagree. If I do or have, I am sorry.

I look at this world in the hope to see compassionate, loving, caring human beings but I don’t always look upon it and find such things. The world has turned into a company, proffessional, uncaring and out for personal gain.

Do you want to live like that?