There is No Such Thing as an Evil Witch. Wrong!

This post comes about due to a conversation with a large selection of fellow witches, druids, pagans, LHPs etc. in one of the groups online. The comment a friend started to remind people who were new to the group (and possible to witchcraft, too) never to believe those who say that there is no such thing as an evil witch. This is not only a flat out lie, but it is a dangerous lie, as well.

Only a naive idiot, someone brand new to the craft, someone from the IRAB (“I read a book”) tradition or someone delusional would make such a statement. Of course, there are evil witches, evil pagans, and even evil Wiccans, no matter what people in this latter group are fond of spouting online and in books. Many of the Wiccans want to act as if only love and light exist in the world of witchcraft and Wiccans. They even try to take it several steps further and say that any “real” witches do not do harmful, binding, or controlling magick at all. This is a blatant lie, as well.

These people are either criminally insane or criminally stupid. If they want to make the statement that they do not do these types of magick, fine. I will give them the benefit of the doubt that they actually do adhere to the strictures against it in their rules. However, to make a blanket statement that “no Wiccan” or no “real” witch does and to encourage others, especially new witchlings, to believe these lies is inexcusable. That is like saying that no person who identifies as Christian ever steals. It is as ridiculous as saying no Muslim, ever cheat on their spouses, no Buddhist ever swats a mosquito, etc.

Too many Wiccans are guilty of spreading the lie of “no evil witches” which I find interesting because they are supposed to be bound to do no harm in word or deed, according to their laws. Nevertheless, spreading this lie most certainly is harmful. Sadly, I have found that their laws are much like the laws of other religions. The laws exist more as a “do as I say, not as I do” type situation for a majority of the practitioners.

These types forget, do not care, or ignore the fact that some people are going to do evil, no matter what. If some people disguise themselves as “sweet, little, fluffy-bunny Wiccans”, when they are not, then, with the books and the propaganda everywhere online stating that all Wiccans are good witches and do only white magick, these predators have easy pickings. They can hide in plain sight and watch the innocent young witchlings flocking to witchcraft and go after only the most tender and unsuspecting victims.

Make no mistake about it; just as sexual predators hang out in teen-centric chat rooms, they also make camp in witchcraft related chat rooms. After all the demographics of Wiccans are estimated being 30% to 40% aged 25 and under. These are prime ages for sexual predators at the very least, not to mention all the other predators who are after other things than sex.

Just one particular group I belong to has almost thirty thousand members, worldwide. Several in this group openly admit to being predators of various sorts. Some members admit to playing the “fluffy bunny” card. After they have an acolyte in training, only then, do they reveal their true path to the young witching. Some admit to targeting youths as young as 18 years of age, I suspect, but cannot prove that some target people even younger, whether for sex or magick the young one is unprepared for, does not matter. In my opinion, both are equally reprehensible. Unfortunately, this sort of behavior is worldwide and the advent of the internet simply makes it easier for the evil ones to gain access to the inexperienced and immature witches who do not know any better.

A great rule of thumb to use, if you are in a large group and you see someone spreading the lies of “only love and light” on any specific path, step up and speak up. The oft-quoted Mill said, “Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” It is absolutely correct as we discovered in the last century, as genocide after genocide occurred around the world, while “good men” stood by and did nothing more than watch.

Though I am not Wiccan, by any stretch of the imagination, I do however hold a personal tenet that requires me to do as little harm as possible. As such, I will speak up when I see this occurring. I also warn the new witchlings that if they ask a question and suddenly someone is asking them to go into a private message, instead of speaking in the open forum, the witchling should tread cautiously. These are usually predatory people seeking to separate the witching from the protection of the group. If they have something of value to a public discussion post, or an answer to a publicly posted question, there is no need to go “private”. Typically, the ones insisting on privacy are up to something unsavory, or know that the more experienced witches in the group can “out” their information as poppycock. As such, they seek to seem “mysterious” to the witchling, by acting as if the witchling is so very special and the predator is only sharing with them due to a unique bond between them. Ask other, established witches in the group, what they know about the person. You may think that because you are online, you are “safely” beyond their reach. Do not believe it; we are talking about people who work with magick, Gods, Demons, energy, etc. Give out the wrong information and you are not safe, anywhere.

Be careful of the information you share with strangers, magickal strangers especially. Do not give your school name. Even giving your school mascot and the state you are in can lead to your location if the person is experienced. Photos of your home, your neighborhood, posting from a phone that logs your GPS, and you would be surprised how quickly someone or something nasty finds you. The witch does not have to travel, after all, only send something sentient with orders to report back. You think “Big Brother” is scary. You have no idea what they may be working within real life. Do not take a chance with your safety or the safety of your nearby loved ones.

The most important lesson you can learn is to think for yourself. If someone is telling you that “all” of any group is strictly one way or another, chances are, you have smoke in your nether regions. Be a smart witch, protect your safety, protect your identity, and location. Once you have something tracking or spying on you, it is too late, at that point all you can do is start gathering information on what it is and how to get rid of it. Some things are easier than others to repel. If you do not already have a protective witches jar set up, do so immediately! I do not have instructions on the blog yet, but there are many reputable resources on the Internet. Witches and witchlings should always think protection first, curiosity second.

Musical Interludes: Change

Tracy Chapman is one of the most amazing combination singers, musicians, and songwriters of our time in my opinion. Her vocals are just stunning as you feel the emotions flow from her voice into your soul. Her beautiful arrangements are haunting and melodious. Her lyrics compel us to think about life and the world as she and we see it and challenge us to define what it is we want to achieve for the future. She is a true master of the music industry.

“Change”

If you knew that you would die today
If you saw the face of God and Love
Would you change?
Would you change?
If you knew that love can break your heart
When you’re down so low you cannot fall
Would you change?
Would you change?

How bad, how good does it need to get?
How many losses, how much regret?
What chain reaction
What cause and effect
Makes you turn around
Makes you try to explain
Makes you forgive and forget
Makes you change
Makes you change

If you knew that you would be alone
Knowing right, but being wrong
Would you change?
Would you change?
If you knew that you would find a truth
That brings a pain that can’t be soothed
Would you change?
Would you change?

How bad how, good does it need to get?
How many losses, how much regret?
What chain reaction
What cause and effect
Makes you turn around
Makes you try to explain
Makes you forgive and forget
Makes you change
Makes you change

Are you so upright you can’t be bent?
if it comes to blows
Are you so sure you won’t be crawling?
If not for the good why risk falling?
Why risk falling?

If everything you think you know
Makes your life unbearable
Would you change?
Would you change?
If you’d broken every rule and vow
And hard times come to bring you down
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you knew that you would die today
If you saw the face of God and Love
Would you change?
Would you change?
Would you change?
Would you change?
If you saw the face of God and Love
If you saw the face of God and Love
Would you change?
Would you change?

Produced by: Tracy Chapman and Tchad Blake

Witches’ Holiday: The International Day of Peace

As a witch, two of my favorite things to do are celebrate and cast healing spells. In a case, like this I get to do both, which thrills me. It is a worthy goal to cast spells for international peace, on Sunday September 21, 2014; this is day the world has set aside to focus on international peace. As such, I know that the energy from my spell work will join with energy from other witches, and the prayers of non-magickal folks from all over the world on this special day.

Intl Peace Day 2“Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at at all. Do it for peace.” Mother Teresa

The International Day of Peace established the same year that I left high school, is a day that needs a LOT more recognition, in my opinion. I think it should be every bit as well advertised as every other world holiday. It should be bigger than Samhaine; more widely celebrated than Yule, and generate more excitement than the World Cup, World Series, and Super Bowl combined. It is an important opportunity for citizens of every nation to concentrate on finding peaceful solutions to the problems between different factions the world around. It is a chance for leaders of nations to talk about solutions, explore new ideas and work together to end the ravages of war and discord that exists in and between so many countries. It is a time for rebels and regimes to find a better way than wholesale slaughter of one another to exist.

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandela

If we learn to talk to one another, work with one another, discuss terms, come to agreements, and realize that we all need the same things. We Intl Day Peace 1need sufficient clean air, clean water, and safe food. We need shelter, safety, and security for our loved ones and ourselves. We need to be able to contribute to society, to feel a part of something and help build toward a greater future for the whole world. We need the freedom to worship our God, Goddess, Gods, Goddesses, all or none of the above as we see fit without persecution from others for our beliefs. There are many more, but these are the most important to my mind with only one exception. We all, as human being, deserve and have a right to exist in peace. We need to stop killing over possessions. We need to stop killing of resources. We need to stop killing in the names of our deities. They are surely as sick of it as we are, yet it does not end.

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” Mahatma Gandhi

During this time of global ceasefire, global concentration on peace and non-violence, we need to focus not only on making peace from an external standpoint of putting down our weapons, but also of finding peace within ourselves. We need love in our hearts and most importantly peace for those who think differently, peace for those who worship differently, peace for those who love differently, peace for those who act differently.

If we can find the peace in our hearts, we can bring it into our actions. It is a small step from the heart to the mind. It is a step worth taking to save lives, entire generations, to end the genocides, the wars against brothers, neighbors and friends.

poster_sm“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” Dalai Lama

Every year there is another International Day of Peace observed. Every year, millions of people take part, the world over, people celebrating from state to state, nation to nation, and continent to continent.

When we will realize that just as with everything else in life, if we take peace day-by-day, starting on September 21st, this year and carry it forward, one day at a time. With each step we take away from violence, we begin to heal. With each day that passes it will become easier. Each day that passes will save more lives; each day will make a phenomenal difference even taken one single day at a time.

Can we try it this year? Can we take peace one day at a time? Can we see how long we can make it last, not just for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, but also, for the world as whole? I am ready, are you?