Adelina Soto Thomas—the author of Mid-Stride Moxie!—wrote a blog post that discusses the ways in which diversity, individuality, culture, personal choice and other factors in her life might have led some members of our witchy community to label her a “Bad Pagan.” After reading the reasons behind the you-are-not-so-awesome label, I laughed and told Adelina that if she was bad, then I was most certainly rotten.
Her post has been pacing around my brain housing group for days… You see, my Wicked Luvs, the question of what makes a good Witch or a bad Pagan or simply a decent human being is one often
fought over, slapped around… explored by those of the witchy persuasion. Many
of us share similar beliefs and practice them in equivalent ways:
Words have power. Darkness is as beautiful, powerful and necessary as light. My pentacle is fire, water, earth, air, and spirit dancing together in the circle of life. Good invites better and bad summons destruction. Magic is as benevolent or evil as its intent and outcome; it is wild energy that can be twisted and changed. ~ “Witch, Wiccan – Tomato, Potato”
But in the end witchy people are usually as different as fire and water. Let me share an example. My best friend has the blackest thumb in the history of gardening. Without trying, she was able to murder a plant that had been nursed by her father for over 60 years. The same witchy woman has a gift when it comes reading to the stars. She can deduce things from the sun, the moon, the planets and their dances with each other that always leave me in awe. She is a Witch.
On my part, I can only tell you that the sun, the moon and the planets are there. I feel the pull of the moon, but most of the time I can’t tell where the friskiness came from until after the deed is done. However, unlike my friend, I can garden in my sleep. Plants love me and I adore them back. My favorite witchy librarian used to tell me, “Even your toes are green, Fireball!” I am a Witch.
We are so very different, my best friend and me. And time has taught us that those differences might be the ingredients making our friendship stronger (and so much fun). We complement each other. I am fire and she is water. Together we walk with purpose, kiss change on the lips, hunt for balance and make delightfully strong magic: we are Witches.
Fly over to Adelina’s blog. Her examples of what might have made her a “bad Pagan” are quite enlightening (and freaking hilarious at times). And please, my Luvs, do tell me, what would you say makes a good/bad Witch, Pagan, human being…?
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