On Facebook, Witches of Ontario, someone posted about their landlord not wanting them to practice Wicca/ Witchcraft in the home. The landlord was concerned about the spirits which might be attracted to the home. Yes, people do have rights and freedom of religion. Many people replied about that, some getting aggressive about it. However, there is truth to the landlord’s concerns.… Read the rest
Some religions have commandments. You can narrow most of the list down to “don’t hurt other people”. If you don’t hurt other people, chances are you will be ok, more or less. I do my best to stick with the Wiccan Rede, do no harm. But, it is pretty general and people have found a lot of ways to interpret it.… Read the rest
The solitary Witch, Wiccan or Pagan is alone by choice. There are many reasons for making this choice to be a Witch or Wiccan on your own. There are also lots of ways solitary Witches can share notes, talk and get new ideas from other Witches, when they want to.
Solitary Witches tend to be eclectic, they have their own vision and ideals for the path they follow.… Read the rest
Originally written for The Crying Clown Zine (c. 1998)
Tis the season for ghosts to haunt, vampires to suck (blood that is), werewolves to howl,and witches to fly. Or is it? Most people have put Santa and the Easter Bunny away with the broken decorations and the egg you didn’t find till the next year. Yet the idea of a witch in black from head to toe, with a black cat, casting her spells with the twitch of an eyebrow is still around.… Read the rest
Witches don’t believe in hell, or devils or satan, none of that Christian stuff of nightmares. (Note: I’m sure there is someone who is thinking even now… “that’s not true, I believe in devils, imps and the like”. In my opinion, that’s your choice but most Witches wouldn’t agree).
Anyway, if Witches don’t believe in Christian baddies, is there anything evil that we do believe in?… Read the rest
I’ve strongly felt that the Wiccan Rede defines the rules. With a few simple words, everything important is said. I’ve never thought it was open to many shades of grey, but people tend to find what they look for when they want to bend the rules. Sometimes the rules have been bent like cooked spaghetti. As soon as you have to ask “what does harm mean” you’re drifting into grey.… Read the rest
What do you do with Pagan kids?
I think kids are too young to get started on the more serious side of being Pagan. Partly because they are too uninformed to make the decision to be Pagan versus something else. Also, calling themselves Pagan could become a problem with other members of the family or kids/ teachers at school.… Read the rest
What do you tell people who ask you what Pagan means? How do you explain being a Witch? If you choose to explain at all, of course.
Religion is not a news item for public consumption. It’s a personal thing.
But, if someone does ask you and you decide you want them to understand, what do you say?… Read the rest