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Gods and Devils: A Witch’s Perspective

I think one of the things that confuse people most about being a witch is the ridiculous amount of propaganda about witches being “devil” worshipers. The funny thing is most witches not only do not “worship” the devil, many do not even believe in the one as described in the Christian religion, at all.

Most of the popular current religions teach their followers that there is a “God”, which is a being that is 100% good and a “devil”, which is 100% evil. As witches, our Gods and Goddesses can be either, or neither. They are true constructs of reality just like humans are. Our Gods can be wonderfully loving and caring individuals who want the best for us, or tricky little bastards seeking death and destruction. Some of them even want to be one way or the other, but end up being both… just like their followers.

As humans, I believe that most of us truly want to be the best us we can be. We strive to excel, we want to make good choices for our lives. We consider what is best for ourselves, and those around us, and we do our level best to do all we can to achieve it. Do we fail on occasion? Of course! We cannot be perfect no matter how hard we try. Do we try to learn from our mistakes and do better next time? Of course! It is just human nature to fail at some things and have to try, again.

Take, for example, parenting. I think most every parent wants to do the very best parenting job ever. A few could care less, and it shows, but I believe that most parents want to do a better job at parenting than their parents did. We can all look back at things our parents did and say, “What the hell were they thinking?”, but at the same time, we know that our kids are going to feel the exact same way about some of our decisions. Did we think our choices were the best we could do at the time? Of course! Did we know there was a better way to handle a situation and then make a conscious decision to do worse? Of course, not!

Many religions teach that in striving for good that people are trying to be “God-like”. These same religions blame the evil that men do on their being tempted by the “devil” to do evil acts. As witches, we acknowledge that the potential for good and evil exists in every man and that it is up to the individual to choose to which they will allow to let out. We do not need some external force to lay claim to when we make good choices, nor do we need an external force to blame when we make bad choices.

As a witch, I believe that it is a conscious choice each person makes with their life whether they are going to do good or evil with their lives. They alone choose what to make of their lives. They alone will bear the ultimate consequences for their actions. If they choose to commit to evil acts it was completely their choice and not to be blamed on some mythical “evil being” which sneaks around whispering in people’s ears. What lives in a person’s heart is what will come out in their lives. For good or evil, we are masters of our own fates, deciders of our own destiny. Good or evil is in our hearts, minds and hands and only we can decide to act upon it, or not, as we see fit.

As witches, we may call upon our Gods and Goddesses to help us with our choices, to aid in our endeavors, we do not try to blame or praise them for the choices we make. We know that our choices are our own and that our deities are free to help, hinder, or ignore as they see fit. This is the life of a witch. We make our beds and we lie in them, for better or for worse. Enough said.

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Witches’ Spell: Banish Anger Spell

Sometimes, in life, we have people who seem to delight in making us angry, other times it may be a situation, which frustrates us and draws our anger to the surface. When you need to get rid of anger, this spell will help you to pull peace and happiness in to replace the negative emotion of anger, instead. Make certain you have a comfortable chair to settle into during the spell, as you will be relaxing deeply during the spell.

First, cleanse yourself with a ritual cleansing bath before beginning the spell.

Second, you will need to decorate a blue candle with symbols and/or words of peace and happiness. Carve them into the candle all around the surface of the candle. When finished carving, anoint the candle with Peace oil. If you do not have a Peace oil blend, you may use either bergamot or clary sage essential oil as a substitute. Be certain to dress it deosil from top to center and then from bottom to center in order to draw peace into yourself.

Third, place a piece of rose quartz beside the candle while you write the name of the person, or the situation, which is causing the anger on a piece of parchment with Dove’s blood ink, if you have it, if not any red ink, will suffice, and set aside. Have a fire safe container to hold the burning parchment.

Finally, you will begin the spell by taking your seat and lighting the candle. Pass the piece of quartz through the smoke of the candle three times. Focus on absorbing the peace from the candle into the quartz. Then, holding the piece of parchment in your sending hand and the rose quartz in your receiving hand, breathe deeply in through your nose to the count of ten. Hold your breath for one heartbeat and release it through your mouth.

As you draw each breath, concentrate on this thought:
Let peace now enter me and stay.
As you breathe out, concentrate on the thought:
As anger in me, goes away.

Focus on feeling the peace as it eases into your body from the rose quartz. Feel it seeping into your hand and moving toward your heart. As it reaches your heart, focus on pushing the peace out to every part of your body. As you push the peace into your body, push the anger out of your body and into the parchment in your sending hand.

Continue to repeat the chant in your mind as you continue to breathe deeply. You may choose to concentrate for a set number of breaths or you may focus for a set amount of time. The choice is yours. Do which ever seems best for your needs.

When you feel the peace has flooded throughout, when you feel it in every part of your body and know that it is radiating out from you, with your sending hand, set the parchment aflame. Concentrate on seeing the anger go up in smoke and dissipate. It no longer exists for you.