I love the fact that someone just pointed out that, nothing changed before Adam partook of the fruit of knowledge. If you go by the patriarchal ideology of the bible, Adam had the power to not take of the fruit even when Eve gave it to him and told him what the serpent said.
Adam had the ability to say no, according to the scriptures, he even may have had a better understanding of commandments of God ( maybe not sure). He didn’t not do it, so putting the blame on women is just pointless, bc in the end he chose to sin as well.
I think I asked this once as child but the idea was rejected by an elder. I feel like rereading this scripture now.
What do you think of people using Warlock to describe themselves or as a label, the same as I call myself a witch.
There are 2 definitions I know of:
– Old english one that breaks faith/ oath breaker (also the one that Wicca and many neopagans commonly use)
I find it interesting that so many people believe you MUST have certain tools and instruments to be a pagan or practice witchcraft.
Where have we gone wrong in our teaching, guidance and mentorship, that people gain the misperception that you must use these things.
Using tools has many purposes; Ceremoncy, focus, establishing connections, channeling to name a few.
Tools though are not a necessity. If you don’t have them it doesn’t make you less than or unable to practice.
Our bodies are the only “tool” we need. You can’t leave home without it.
Now there are some forms of the craft and certain pagan paths that do use tools as part of a regular practice. Those are specific parts; they don’t represent the whole.
I’ve through plenty of crap in life that makes me doubt the existence and concept of all power omnipotent diety.
Please don’t try to tell me that the only way to be pagan or a witch is to have deep unwavering faith in an deity. You probably don’t really understand what either is.
Niether requires a belief in deity, but apparently people are so wrap up in religion that they can’t understand being spiritual as something separate from deity, even pagans and atheists.
We’ve mingled spirit with th by spirit and have forgotten that it also means many other things. Its even in the dictionary for basics.
( http://i.word.com/idictionary/spirit )
Being spiritual is coming to understand that their are thing that surpass our limtied knowledge, seeking answers, and coming to understand of ourselves.
You don’t need god for that.
I will formally not address the belief that witches and pagans should practice/worship in secret beyond stating this: I do not believe that is a blanket rule; I believe that it is advice for the instances where it can be dangerous for you to be open.You don’t have to go and say that you are a witch or pagan to every person you meet, but you should not have to hide it any more that anyone else has to hide their belief.
In some places it could be dangerous to be found out that you are pagan, a witch or both. You can be simply bullied or literally murdered, imprisoned and persecuted for you religious and/or spiritual practices. I live in an area that is relatively safe and I am an out and open witch to promote the truth about the craft in hope that people will stop seeing us as evil and hopefully lessen the persecution of our sisters and brothers. For me being out isn’t just because I don’t want to be in the closet. Its is a form of activism that is easily accessible to me like have and blog and sharing via word of mouth and actions. People see me, a sweet, nice, adorable, innocent, respectful and educated young women, but then they hear I am a pagan and a witch. If your opinions and perception of me change simply bc of my spiritual practices ( or what you think i do), but not because of anything that I have legitimately done wrong, that says a lot about who you are and about the ill perceptions society perpetuates. This is what I do. I use myself as a living and breathing example of what we really are, because o me it is important to try for the safety and well being of those that can not.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On a side note I also do this for:
- Polyamory/Polygamy to name a few
Over the past 9 years I’ve been accosted with statements about how I don’t look pagan.
I like shopping and clothes, but what does that have to do with my faith. I love my fitted outfits and mini skirts/dresses and heels just as much as I love my flowy outfits and ,well, heels.
What does Pagan look like?
I’m not sure that I believe in omnipotent being in the sky or around me, but I do believe in the feelings and actions, that what we consider to be, deities evoke. They are symbols, reminders if you will, of our capabilities.
No one knows for certain if Gods exist, but we do know that the universe and nature exist.
Pagans honor that fact and respect the life we have been given and the home that we have been provided.
I hear people criticize pagans for being fanciful and stuck in a fantasy world, but are we really more than anyone else.
I can understand. Media has played upon our practices and sensationalized them into something different.
Our deities have been turned into mythology, fictitious characters in stories, because there is no proof they exist. Is that not hypocrisy?
The craft that many pagans practice, as well as non pagans, has been mocked and distorted because people have forgoften the history of witchcraft and it’s use. They no longer recognize it as anything more than tricks and make believe.
There is much that you do not understand about us. Our beliefs vary from person to person depending on their chosen path.
The assumptions and jokes made about us are breed from ignorance and fear. This seems to be a common things for our species. If you do not know educate yourself rather than perpetuate the spread of lies. This had been demonstrated over time to be harmful.
I do plan on raising our children on a pagan path. I plan on teaching them as eclectics and letting them learn about my path, their father’s path and their other mom’s path. My hope is that with my influence and our partners influence they will learn to love research and that would result in them being able to define their own spirituality when they are older.