Archive for the ‘witchcraft’ Category
Frequent readers of this little blog know that I am an airplane nut. Ever since I was a kid, I have loved everything aviation-related. Even as an adult flying commercial, I would waffle over taking the aisle seat for comfort, or the window seat so I could stare out the window. It has taken the particular genius combination of airline stupidity (charge for checked bags and everything else they can suck out of you) and government unpleasantness (TSA stands for “They Suck Ass”) to make someone who loves to fly HATE to get on an airplane.
Add this one to the long-as-my-Johnson list of reasons I won’t set foot on a commercial flight, particularly not one of Delta’s:
Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly Delta Air Lines flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta’s new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines. (emphasis added)
I suppose that a witch wearing a pentagram and flying on Delta to Saudi Arabia would be right out. Like I’d ever be caught dead entering a backwards, barbaric, Stone Age sandpit like that.
Or like I’d be caught dead EVER taking another flight on Delta.
(h/t to AoSHQ, of course)
You will all surely be interested to learn that the Catholic Church has issued new guidelines for converting Witches.
Heh. At least their tactics have softened somewhat since the Middle Ages.
What I find particularly interesting to note is that many of the witches I know came from a Catholic background.
The recent atrocity in Arizona has had the blogosphere in an uproar. I have withheld comment thus far, preferring to direct the energy of my thoughts in support of the families whose lives have been shattered by this obscene criminal act. One fact that has emerged from the MSM-induced fog of faux-reporting is that one of the bystanders who selflessly leapt in to restrain the shooter – a young man named Joe Zamudio – was legally carrying a firearm and was prepared to use it. He did not, showing admirable restraint, and demonstrated what a responsible gun owner and concealed weapon carrier looks like. Not that the media cares to see that.
I am often asked by liberal friends, particular pagan ones, if I carry a gun. I reply: “Of course. Don’t you?” My answer is only meant to be partially tongue-in-cheek. Even though I am known to be a conservative witch, the answer still takes them aback. Apparently they believe that the Wiccan Rede somehow proscribes the carrying of a personal weapon or using it to defend yourself. I believe that law-abiding, responsible citizens not only have a right to go armed, but may well have an obligation to do so. I believe that each of us has an obligation to attend to our own personal safety and not devolve that responsibility to the State. I believe that responsible adults have an obligation to defend their families, particularly their children. The most effective way to discharge these obligations is to carry a personal weapon and to be proficient in its use.
The Rede, in its abbreviated form, states that “An it harm none, do as you will.” What part of this constitutes a proscription on carrying a personal weapon? Do as you will, but accept the consequences of your decisions, is the correct interpretation of this phrase. Those who choose to go about their daily business while armed have chosen to exercise their will and to accept the consequences of that very serious decision.
I have been licensed to carry a concealed weapon for nearly three decades. For nearly every day of that entire time, I have been armed in every place I am legally allowed to be while armed. I have obtained the proper training in the use of that firearm, from a former law enforcement officer. The firearm I own was carefully selected by me for the task at hand, and I maintain it just as carefully. I have taken the time to study completely and to understand thoroughly the laws concerning concealed carry in my jurisdiction and the law governing the use of deadly force.
During those three decades, I have faced two situations in which a weapon could have meant the difference between life and death for me or a bystander. In one, I arrived on the scene of a mass shooting only minutes after it had occurred exactly at the place I was going that day. Several people were shot and one killed by a deranged lunatic. I will never know what might have happened differently had I been at that spot a few minutes earlier. In the second instance, I narrowly avoided being caught in a rioting mob and had to seek shelter with a small group of people. We were able to leave safely after the riot was quelled, and I was grateful not to have needed even to unholster my weapon.
In neither case was I called upon to draw my weapon or to fire it. However, I was prepared to do so. It was comforting to me to know that in extremis, I would not have been a helpless victim, unable to protect myself or those around me.
Anti-gun people regard firearms with a sense of horror and revulsion that should be reserved for the Ebola virus. A firearm is a tool; nothing more. A tool that can be very dangerous in the wrong hands, just as a table saw or a compressed-air nail driver can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. They are tools as well, and useful ones. Society does not ban the responsible and law-abiding ownership of such implements just because they could possibly be misused.
Our founding fathers gave us a great gift in the Second Amendment to the Constitution. We must resist the efforts of those who would cravenly use the recent tragedy in order to diminish our rights and further their own political agenda.
What say you, dear readers?
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has changed its labor laws to officially recognize witchcraft as a profession, prompting one self-described witch to threaten retaliation.
The move, which went into effect Saturday, is part of the government’s drive to crack down on widespread tax evasion in a country that is in recession.
In addition to witches, astrologists, embalmers, valets and driving instructors are now considered by labor law to be working real jobs, making it harder for them to avoid income tax.
For months the measure had been debated, protested by witches and mocked by the media.
On Saturday, a witch called Bratara told Realitate.net, the website of a top TV station, that she plans to cast a spell using black pepper and yeast to create discord in the government.
Silly Romanian witches. They should know that black pepper and yeast are ineffective to create governmental discord.
Sea salt and Grey Poupon mustard is the ticket.
Seriously, I think there should be a Guild of Romanian Witches, Astrologists, Embalmers, Valets and Driving Instructors.™ People working real jobs have to stick together.
From Ace’s place.
Samhain has come, and the Wheel of the Year turns again. Last night under a cold, clear sky, Elphaba and I joined the circle of witches to celebrate Wicca’s preeminent Holy Day: Samhain, or All Hallow’s Eve. As I felt the balefire’s warmth, smelled the wafting scent of incense, saw the starry sky through the trees, and listened to the familiar words of the liturgy as they washed over me, I was reminded why The Old Religion speaks to me so powerfully.
In the Craft, this is the beginning of the Wheel of the Year, the Wiccan New Year, so to speak. It is a time when we say farewell to those we have lost in the previous year; it is the time of the final reaping. The dark of the year is upon us, when we must recognize that all that lives must die, but that all that dies shall live again.
Death is not to be feared, it is only to be accepted and acknowledged as the expected resolution of the lives we have lived. As I spoke in a Samhain ritual some years ago, in the role of the Dark Lord of the Underworld:
The Goddess awaits you, at that which is the end of all Desire. But none shall cleave unto her, save that you within my bending sickle’s compass come.
We recognize that death is not an end, it is only a transition. In many ways, this is the central mystery of our faith.
Samhain is also a time to recognize that true change comes from the ending of the old; old patterns, old ways, old ideas. I cannot think of a more powerful metaphor for the moment that is to face this nation in two days. I sincerely believe that the majority of people in this great and wonderful country will take a hard look at where we are and where we are going. I believe that choices will be made and a path set for the future that will restore us as a people to the greatness that is our birthright.
Hoof and horn, hoof and horn, all that dies will be reborn
Corn and grain, corn and grain, all that falls shall rise again.
To all our fellow witches and pagans, Blessed Be!
To all those who do not follow our path but have so kindly graced our little blog with your presence and your interesting comments, thank you and Happy Halloween!
(Herne image by Angela Barnett)
I’ve gotten so caught up in posting comedy bits and political rants here, it seems I’ve neglected the “Witch” part of Red State Witch. So, I just like, totally swiped this from the venerable V. Sebastian Page; a thoughtful consideration of the question: just what is a witch or a Wiccan? If you have a passing thought of learning a bit more about us, this is not a bad start.