5 Questions Witches Get Asked Far To Often

5 Questions Witches Get Asked Far To Often

Witches haven't always been perceived in a positive light, but needless to say, they've made countless headlines throughout history.
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Chances are you've heard at least one tale involving a witch throughout your childhood. Sadly, many of them depict witches as evil beings who murder and deceive to get by. Almost all of the children's' fables tell of old evil women who want nothing more than to cause harm to an innocent. I honestly can't blame people for giving us a bad reputation after all the bad press.

1.So does that mean you're just really into Harry Potter?


I honestly don't know why this is such a common question I get asked, but I wanted to get it out of the way first. While I love the Harry Potter series for its merits as a great set of books, I don't think it has much to do with real life witchcraft. Some of the topics in the books vaguely discuss real sub-studies of the craft, such as; Transmutation, Divination, Spellwork, and Herbology. The parts they go over in the book are mostly exaggerated for fiction's sake and aren't based on any type of actual witchcraft sadly.

2.Are you okay with God hating you?


Witches have a really loose base on our religion. Pretty much anything goes as long as it doesn't involve harming a living being. With that being said, a lot of us like to practice our craft hand in hand with another sect of spirituality. I've met many Christian Witches, myself included. (I can recite bible verses off the top of my head, so you probably shouldn't judge a book by its cover.)

3.Does it affect your personal life?


Yes. I would think any type of spiritual practice can likely take a few moments out of your day. In the same way that some people have a set routine to go to church every Sunday, read the bible every day, and so on; witches also have routines in which they practice their craft. I've known some to take hours creating and practicing rituals, I've also seen the crafty witches who will mutter incantations to help them as they go about their day. . I don't think it matters the amount of time you put into your craft as long as you have real intent behind it. You also have to go through a year and a day of intensely studying the craft before you can rightfully call yourself a witch, so I would say your first year is going to be when you spend the most time focusing on it.

4.Do witches celebrate holidays?


Everyone is different, but a basic guide for most witches is our calendar. It's quite similar to a regular calendar in the sense that Yule rituals are a derivative of Christmas, Samhain correlates with Halloween, the summer solstice would be summer, and so on. It's pretty easy to understand if you look at them side by side.

5.Can you curse someone for me?


I'll put this as basically as I can. No. No way in hell. The basis of a witchcraft is the law of three. Everything you put out into the world comes back to you three times over. I think the law of three can be pretty much broken down into the golden rule, just a bit more enforced. 'Do unto others as you would have them do to you.' Which is a pretty simple concept. That being said, I would rather not get myself into the mess of putting that negativity into the world.


All in all, Witchcraft is just as good or bad as you make it. No one person is truly good or evil, nor does the faith they claim have much say over if they're any better than the person next to them. Witchcraft is not unlike any other spectrum of spirituality, except in the fact that it can be a lot more personalized to your needs and interests. It's a way to grow and expand your knowledge of not only yourself but the world around you as well. It's helped me grow as a person and become more in tune with the needs of the people around me.






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When God Says, “Not Right Now.”

“God give me faith to wait and not manipulate. To trust You fully, no matter how my circumstances may appear." — Lynn Cowell

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One of the most frustrating yet beautiful things is when God tells us “no" or “not right now."

At the time, you may have agony or desperation for this one thing to work out in your life, but it slips away from you. You may ask God why. Why does He want you to be unhappy? Why does He want to take away your dreams?

At the time, you cannot see how much God truly is working in your life, but He is. In my life, every time that I was disappointed that a plan or dream didn't work out, I was devastated. I didn't want to be in a position where I was challenged and tested. I wanted all the blessings to flow and to fulfill what I thought was my plan in life. But that's exactly what it was: my plan.

I did not see at the time that that is not what God intended for me and that He actually had far greater plans than I did for myself. He needed to mold me into who I am supposed to be today. Along the way I have met the most amazing people that have had a huge impact on my life, have gone through the most amazing experiences with God, and I wouldn't trade going through all the trials because it has truly made me into the woman I am today.

“What God does in us while we wait is as important as what we are waiting for." – John Ortberg

God is continually, endlessly, working in our lives.

We may not see it, but He is. We may blame God for all the things that are going wrong in our lives, but we never see that in the end, we were supposed to go through the low valleys to get to the high, amazing, and beautiful mountains in our lives.

I truly believe that it's when you're at the bottom of the darkest pit in your life that you can actually see the light of God shining brightly upon you. During these times, pray to Him to lead you to understanding that this is all a part of His plan for you.

It hurts God to see that His child is suffering, but in order to carve out just the person that you are supposed to be, you must go through challenges. Where you are today is no accident. God is using the challenge you are in to shape you and prepare you for the place He wants you tomorrow. When it comes to God's plan, timing is absolutely everything.

Looking back on all the events that I had to endure before getting to where I am now, I know that I had to go through the trials in order to be just who I am today, which is happier than I have ever been because I know God and His plan for me. Waiting is the most difficult job of hope, but you must remain faithful and know that God is guiding you.

“When I wait, you strengthen my heart." Psalm 27:14

When you are waiting for God's righteous plan, don't lose faith in His goodness. He only wants the best for you, and in the end, you will look back and see just how much He truly was working in your life. Be patient and the blessings will flow.

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How Superstitious Sheep Herders Started Beltane, The Irish Fire Festival

Mayday, still a popular holiday across Europe, has its roots in an important festival of the past.
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A Celtic tradition, Beltane was still practiced until the 19th century. As one of the four major Gaelic holidays (Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh), it was a celebration of the changing seasons. They divide the year into seasonal quarters. Beltane is the beginning of summer and marks the beginning of the second half of the year; the time of light.

Pastoral Ireland


This tradition is much older than the mayday festivities seen in Germany and Scandinavia. It dates to a time when Ireland was a pastoral community. May 1st holds no value for agricultural communities. It marks the transition of livestock to open pasture.

Herding is at the root of Beltane. Called Lá Bealtaine in Gaelic, it means “bright fire” or “lucky fire.” The tradition is celebrated in not just Ireland, but Scotland and the Isle of Man. It centers around the lighting of large bonfires to protect the herds.

Aos sí


Therefore, it’s one of the most important of the four Gaelic holidays, second only to Samhain, the beginning of the dark half of the year. This is because, at the split between light and dark, the veil separating our world from the aos sí is at its thinnest.

Aos sí translates to “people of the mounds.” They’re a supernatural race of spirits, gods, and ancient ancestors similar to the elves and fairies, thought to live in mounds or across the western sea. Inhabiting Ireland before the arrival of man, they live in an invisible world parallel to ours. Think of it as a mirror where they walk among the living.

Belenus


One such god, Belenus, is called the “bright one.” Speculation insinuates that Beltane is for him. Beltane can be translated as “bright fire” or “Bel’s fire.” He is likened to Apollo; he brought the sun across the sky in a chariot pulled by horses.

Belenus was one of the chief and most prominent deities worshipped in Ireland. Essentially, he was the sun god. He represented rebirth, youth, and life. With the coming of summer, and the entrance into the light half of the year, its not an unreasonable speculation that he was associated with Beltane.

Need-fire


A need-fire or wild-fire is used to start the Beltane fires. This is a very sacred and ritual tradition: rubbing two sticks together. It’s a primal method of fire lighting reserved for emergency and festival. It’s usually done by certain individuals, most often while naked.

In Scotland, the men starting the need-fire must devest themselves of metal. In the Herebides, the archipelago off the coast of Scotland, the tradition is that the age of the men lighting the fire must total to 81, and they must be married. In Germany, two chaste boys, while naked, must start the fire. The ritual varies culture to culture.

Murrain


Aside from Beltane, need-fire might be used in times of murrain. Murrain’s literal meaning is “death” which refers to various spreading diseases among sheep and cattle. It’s an antiquated term from when people believed disease was a sign of ill luck and they’d ask the gods for favor. They’d light a large need-fire for healing.

The ritual


Before lighting the two need-fires for Beltane, all the hearth fires in the surrounding area, the area between the two closest streams, needed to be extinguished. Each person would carry a torch or lantern and light it from the need-fire. Then after, re-light their hearths.

Once the two fires were blazing, the community’s herds of cattle would be run between them. It’s thought the smoke would cleanse the livestock of illness and bring productivity and fertility to the herds. Scientifically, this may have rid the beasts of some insect pests or at least repelled them with the smoky odor.

The ash was particularly powerful and would be sown in with the crops. Ash is heavy in nitrogen, which grows strong crops. These fertility traditions were applied to humans as well as crops and livestock.

Gone a-maying


Beltane was seen as a festival for fertility. Often a woman would be named May Queen (or the May Bride or Goddess of Spring) and a man would be May King (also known as The Young Oak King or the Green Man). Depending on the community, they’d go either into the woods to consummate the coming of Summer or publicly celebrate it.

This was a time for marriages, as well. Couples would often jump the fire for fertility in the coming year. Handfasting, the tradition of tying hands and committing each other for a year and a day, often happened on Beltane. And many went “a-maying” in the woods.

“Giving it to a pebble"


You could also jump the fire for luck in the coming year. An Irish tradition is to whisper a wish to a pebble then put it in your pocket. Walk around the fire three times and toss it in. You’ll wish will come true. Others believe the dew collected the morning of Beltane had the power to restore youthful skin.



It was recommended you wear your clothes inside out to confuse them, thus stopping them from taking you to the otherworld. People would also keep their need-fire torch with them to prevent spirits from attacking them.

Stay safe this Beltane, folks!

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