Number Three of the Top Ten Things A Witch Learns Over Time

Well, readers, I can assure you that my butt will be rather sore today as I transverse the miles between Rome, Ny and Canajoharie, NY, into the southern Adirondacks.

Number 3: Fundies Never Change

This doesn’t just go for Christian fundamentalists, but any fundamentalists. They always use the same arguments, because that’s what they’re trained to do. And their closed minds may piss you off, but battering them with your own wit isn’t going to make those iron doors open.

We all get almost a conversionary zeal sometimes in defending our own path. It’s what we know to be natural and right, and when we hear things like, “You’re going to hell because the Bible is God’s Word, and all men fall short of the glory of god. Repent, sinner, and cast your cries to Jesus to make your life better…” it can piss us off, especially at the end of a long day. They may be on the street, on the phone, or on your favorite forums, but its always wise to remind yourself that it’s best to back away.

It can feel so good though, to throw their words back at them, to use their own weapon (the Bible) against them. Even I slip occasionally – just the other day I was forced to email a fundie who ran a website and had insulted the 13 Principles by misinterpreting them beyond the normal standards. I believe the man had related the third principle, about the respecting the world in which we live, to abortion. Apparently, caring for the environment murders babies. Who knew.

Anyway, the point is, the best we can do is say, “You have your way and I have mine. May you walk a long and fruitful path that does not cross with mine again.” And pray for the gods to open their hearts – much as, I’m sure, they’ll be praying for Jesus to open yours.

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The Gifts of Hawks

When I spoke to the gods on Samhain night, I was asked to research my totem animals. Among these totem animals, I have already established that the animals that I need to research throughout the year are the Hawk, the Cougar, the Bear, and the Turkey. I should back up momentarily: my patron God and Goddess make an interesting pair: Hanuman, the monkey god of the Hindus, and Athena, the warrior goddess of the Greeks. Needless to say, it is the equivalent of an older sister bickering with her younger, trickster brother.

The next morning, as I was walking to class, I nearly stepped on the remains of a small, unidentified bird which had been torn to bits. Lovely animals, hawks. The day before Samhain, I had taken a walk into the woods and found a Turkey feather, which I mistook for a hawk feather. Personally, I think it was Hanuman’s way of apologizing for not making my totem clearer to me. Turkeys are important, yes, in the grand scheme of things, but it seems someone wanted me to recognize that hawks are there too, and play an important part in my life. It was like a twisted apology.

I don’t normally laugh at death, but I’m pretty sure, with the state of the remnants of the bird I found, that it died quick and relatively mercifully, and I couldn’t help but to smile, knowing that my brother, Hawk, was still flying above, watching me – even if I couldn’t always see him. I also don’t ask for signs of outright proving of my faith often – but I believe I did, in the case of the hawk. I imagine that the gods get tired of proving they exist – so instead, I ask for smaller signs, occasionally, that I am going in the right direction. Unfortunately, the beauty and bane of magick and our spirituality lies in the manifestation of those wishes in a not-always-pleasant manner.

I’ll be writing a multitude of posts in advance of the weekends, and hopefully posting them every other day until December starts, when I can resume my normal posting amount. At least then, I’ll be regular.

What omens have you received from the gods during this sacred time? Were they as obvious as mine? Or more hidden? What will come of this year for you? Mine is the year of discovery – I plan to make great advances in my life and amount of knowledge. After all, I’m halfway through college – and I’m loving every minute of it!

Blessed be.