It will soon be mid winter “down under”
I realize some people still equate witches with evil people who sacrifice animals.
This is the first page of my Book of Shadows started in 1983
“Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfil
An it harm NONE
Do what thou will”
The concept that witches were evil began at the inquisition when the Church of Rome was trying to get rid of the Old Religion and the women herbalists.
The Satanists, who we are sometimes equated with, got their ideas from Malleus Maleficarum, which is about how to torture people to get them to say that they worship the devil and not about witchcraft as it says if you Google!
(It is where the term “third degree” originated.)
Our rituals are similar to American Indian rituals –at least the one I am aware of, which is Sioux tradition.
After telling a friend that I used to lecture on Wicca in the 1980s and early 1990s –
I told her that in the 1990s when it was becoming popular it attracted a lot of people to training courses
Her reply was “you must have made a lot of money“
WE DID NOT CHARGE
Neophytes were asked to donate for candles and incense.
Back to witches not being evil.
I will not kill anything — Not spiders: mice: insects: trees –
I believe everything that exists has consciousness and deserves respect.
I have cried on many occasions because I haven’t been able to save a bird: animal or reptile that had been hit by a car – at least I move them off the road so that they are not continuously run over.
I get upset when moths throw themselves at the window to get to the light.
This doesn’t mean there are not people out there calling themselves witches and killing animals.
Male witches are called witches,
so if someone claims to be a warlock be suspicious.
The following words had different meanings once:
Wicca meant wise or to bend
Heathen = dweller on the heath
Pagan = village dweller
Weird = magic
Sinister = left-handed
Blessed Yule or Litha
Not a literary masterpiece but a true story.
And there are so many amazing stories omitted so as not to break client confidentiality.
The second part I wrote as therapy and had not intended to include.
It wasn’t included in the original l publication
( I started shaking when I tried to write about the abuse so it is badly written and a great deal omitted)
I first published this sci fi short story under a different title on 4th April 2017 when the human population was only 7.4 billion:
It is now more than 7.9billion.
Our cultural norms and the Protestant Ethic are causing the extinction of all life
My sci fi is social satire: