Like a tired old joke, people seem to stereo type witches and women in general. “if you are a witch you are always wearing black and have on heavy eye makeup” “If you are a witch you a teenager or someone looking for attention.” And yet when those people pass a witch who doesn’t wear black or “Goth” makeup, or is even a teacher, doctor, or grandparent they don’t see that these people could be witches. Witches wear regular clothes, hold down regular jobs, have regular families. We don’t necessarily wear black robes or pointed hats. We love colors, pantsuits, dresses, shorts or any other type of clothes we feel good in. I certainly don’t wear makeup, unless I am A. going out and want to dress up or B. am dressing for Halloween or a play. And it certainly isn’t all black. PLUS I am over 21 and have owned many of my own small businesses. The last being a tea and baking business. So next time you pass someone in black, don’t laugh point and say “witch” Could be someone who decided they like back and it has nothing to do with being a witch.
I asked a question on Y/A this last week, (And commented on several articles things that I have read which leaned heavily towards liberal ideals) and immediately got lambasted and told I was a follower of Rush and Fox News. Problem is, they are listening to people who presume everyone watches TV or gets the Rush show on Radio. I have not had TV since 2005 and where I have been living (since 2007) The only RADIO stations I get are PBS (VERY LIBERAL) and Country western! Neither of which I turn on until between 6PM and 8AM when it is Jazz, 70’s music and BBC). The thing is I use my eyes, ears and brain to process my experiences and research THEN I decide what I believe or not, I do not rely on media of ANY kind to decide what I believe in. I would hope those who tell me off for my beliefs would do the same, but it seems that their answers are fabricated by what media is telling them rather than thinking for themselves.
I just read a blog that was interesting and followed some of the views I have held from my many years of researching Polytheistic beliefs. Yes, Paganism is a general term, originally meant as an insult but now embraced by many followers of the old Deities. What irks me is the fact that (like the writer stated but did not followup on) was that those who don’t understand what Pagans represent tend to lump all into one category, or add the word NEO to the beginning of a religious belief. And GODDESS FORBID that Wiccans rename themselves just to make themselves different for other Wiccans. The basic beliefs are the same just as the term Christian means follower of Christ’s teaching, one who follows ANY polytheistic belief is ether called by the title of their path, or called Pagan, Wiccan or ? … Neo basically means new. And the old was are neither new nor renewed. How you follow those paths is not what makes them NEW or NEO, you are still going to be Celtic, Norse, eclectic etc. You are still following the old ways. Another beef I have is with those who add K to the spelling of magic. They say it is to distinguish real magic from stage magic. Why not say the truth. You are being an elitist snob who thinks we don’t know the difference ILLUSION and MAGIC! That is my gripe for today. So please, quit labeling everyone and actually accept people for who and what they are. No matter WHAT they believe.