A warning I do get off the topic of the title of this post here and there…lol
I work at a small family owned carryout restaurant and Saturday was the day for children to trick or treat at all the business in the downtown area of the village I live in. Our downtown is about 3 to 4 blocks long. So even though it was my day off I said I would “dress up” and come in to handle the candy giving. Any guesses of what I “dressed up” as?…..
A more or less stereotypical witch but I use this day and when children trick or treat at my home on Samhain to educate people that witches are not some green wart faced horrible creature but that we look just like any person does. To teach them we live in their neighborhoods if we have younger children they go to school or make play dates or well basically we do everything the way they do except our religion is thought to be dark and evil instead of loving and forgiving.
Let’s take a minute to look at the way we approach our spiritual path compared to those who follow a mainstream dogma. We do not have a set “in stone” way to practice our spiritual path we are free to choose what feels right for ourself, even if you are in a coven. The only thing almost all witches and pagans follow is “Do as ye will, less it harm none.” Our pagan ways take us down a path the honors Mother Earth instead of trying to rape and destroy her. Our “Earth Day” is not just Aprill 22nd our “Earth Day” is every day! We do not condemn someone for being different we embrace being different in our actions and words. We do not have a son of god to pray to ask for forgiveness of the wrongs or sins we do to others. We take responsibility or at least we should for wrongs we do to others in words or actions and try to make amends for them besides asking the person to forgive us and forgive yourself. If it is a wrong we have done to ourself we also need to be able to forgive yourself.
OK time to get off my soapbox and back to the topic I started with. So I had a medium size Besom with me that my mother had hanging on the wall with pictures of our family and some friends on it. She had asked me to charm it to keep anyone in the pictures safe. I had this and my staff sitting next to me. A little girl about 4 or 5 years old got her candy and then just stood there staring at my Besom, finally, I asked her if she was ok as mom was talking with another mom. She said she was fine but asked, “Can I please have a ride on your broom?” Trying hard not to laugh because the way she looked and how she asked was so cute I asked her, “Do you have a broom drivers license?” Of course, she said no so I had to tell her she had to wait until she had one before she could ride my broom.
I also had grownups come up to me to tell me that I had the most authentic witches “costume” they ever saw. Let me explain what I was wearing – I had on my cloak, dress, different amulets, my pentacle, different rings, and a necklaces of many types of stones and crystals in other words almost everything I would wear to a face to face gathering. I would thank them and let them know except for the pointy black “witch’s hat” that this what I wore to coven gatherings and I was a real witch not just dressed up in a costume. Most of them then asked if they could take a picture of me with their children to which I let them. Some even asked for this website address.
I figure if I can change the way people think about witches and pagans, even if it is one at a time, maybe someday soon it will be safe in every country in the world for witches to come out of their broom closet. Just think of the changes we could make in the way most people treat our sacred Mother Earth, her waterways, and air. Even as far as doing something about all the garbage that circles our plant in the outer atmosphere.
I ask myself daily I how can I make a difference in the way I and my fellow witches are seen? My usual answer just be myself. If you are out of the broom closet ask yourself the same thing. If you are still in the broom closet how can I be of help to bring you out?
May the Lord and Lady bless you this day and always with good things in your lives.
Blessed be sisters and brothers.