I suffer not for them 🙂
I feel just fine about them, I only know a little but any group whose main theme is do no harm can’t be all bad.
I used to cyber-chat with pagans, witches and wiccans, and I believe that there is much we can learn from them to make us better people and this world a better place. Even tho I do not believe everything they do, there are many things they believe that make a LOT of sense!
I am proudly A witch. And I am sorry if Lupa has had some bad experiences with witches, but he is right, it can be very dangerous for the dabblers and uneducated. It is probably these that give us a bad name. I am a solitary as are many of my friends.
What it means to me is I like being associated with a bunch of open-minded, non-judgmental people who truly believe in the earth and all she has to offer. I have the ability to accept everyone, no matter what they believe (or don’t). I will NEVER tell you that what you believe is wrong. And I believe most witches are that way. If everyone would follow the rede “Do as thou wilt an in it harm none” or the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have done to you” (pretty much the same eh?). The world would be a nicer place to live. I refuse to judge an entire segment of the population because I find a couple of them irritating or doing things that I don’t approve of.
I admit I have trouble with close minded people who cannot be bothered to actually find out what all religions are about before making their flash judgments. I think at this point I have friends in just about every religion (and non) that you could name. No Shinto as of the moment, but I am open to new friends!
I feel very proud to be able to call myself a witch. Although I am not Wiccan, I am Pagan.
I have studied various other religions, and have always come back to paganism for the simple reason that it is the right religion for me. I do not nor will I ever go door to door promoting my religion…who am I to tell people which religion is right for them.
The one really wonderful thing about being a witch, and being a part of the pagan community in general is that everyone is good to each other, we are all family whether we’ve just met or have known each other for years…you can’t just get that feeling of belonging anywhere else.
I have three children and have not tried to raise them with my religious beliefs..two of my children have decided to follow the pagan path and one has decided to go in a completely opposite direction…this is perfectly fine with me, in fact I encourage it…I feel that everyone should find the religion that “fits” them…that one shouldn’t follow a certain faith just because the rest of their family does.
To Howl – I am sorry to see you have being thumbed down, for not caring is far better than caring in a negative way.
Open mindedness is all any Pagan / Wiccan should ask for.
Love and light
Wonderfully nice peacful hippy types into nature.
With none of the evil sexist, sexaully repressive , homophobic crap in other religions.
the only pro female equal rights pro beatuy and love relgion.
No history of relgious wars, inquisitions etc.
I am going to try and answer this question without offending anyone, and without getting into a whole lot of retorhic about who is right and who is wrong.
There is no right and wrong religion. I am Wiccan, and I practice Witchcraft, but the two do not go hand in hand. You can be Wiccan, and not practice, and you can also dabble in Witchcraft (which personally I find very distasteful, disrespectful, and down right dangerous) and not be Wiccan, or Pagan at all. I was Christian for a very long time, but that was not my path, but I do still hold some of the beliefs, as they are comparable to what I believe as a Wiccan, “Love thy neighbour”, “Do unto others, as you would have done to you” and so on, but I do honour more than one God or Goddess.
You will never find Wiccans, or Pagans for that matter going door to door, as we believe and practice freedom of religion, as long as what you believe, and what gives you strength and faith makes you morally and ethically a good person, then so be it.
In comparison, we all believe basically the same thing, that something larger, and greater than us presides over us. Call it what you will, Divine Nature, God, Allah, The Universal Mind, it is all the same basic concept.
We do respect nature a little more than some, but nature is tied very closely with our Divinity. That is a sign of our Gods/Goddess’s beauty, and awesome power. We honor the seasons, and the passage of time, as that too is a testament to our connection with Divinity.
I guess what I am trying to say is that, those who fear us, don’t understand us, or don’t want to take the time to see that we are just the same as everyone else. We are doctor’s, lawyers, teachers, accountants. We cry, we laugh, we love, and we bleed, just like anyone else.
You will never see us petitioning to have our religion taught in schools as ours is one of family and community, and it is mostly taught through speech, and handed down from parent to child. Not all of it is this way, but we take our spirituality very seriously, as it is sacred, and we do not believe that it should be forced on those who follow a different path.
I hope that this has given people something to think on, instead of something to fight about.
If it hurts none do what thou wilt
Not my problem until they start coming door to door, and start demanding Gaianism be taught in schools.
They exist and I make no claims for or against their faith
It’s an ancient belief system. I think you should do as you wish, but harm none!
I have nothing against them .Some wiccans keep many christian beliefs as them live a wiccan life. Sometimes I think some wiccans are better christans. They don’t want to harm the earth or people. They try very hard to get along wit everyone and not judge people.
i feel we are a wonderful bunch!
we try not to be disrespectful of other people’s beliefs. we respect nature and believe we are an equal part in it. we don’t believe in (or worship) satan, as he is a christian belief. we usually worship our gods/goddess outside, not in a church, as this helps us feel more connected to them. we don’t sacrifice anything because all of nature is sacred. we like to play drums and dance around the fire at night. we volunteer in our community, and raise our children to help others and be compassionate. we practise magic(k) with the same intent as when you pray, only ours usually rhyme. many of us are well versed in many religions and have chosen this path as our own.
see, we’re a pretty good bunch!
A healthy outlook on life. I’m all for it.
they are evil.
some of my best friends are witches.