A Little Eloquence for the Day

September 1, 2017 at 11:49 pm (Random Thoughts, Uncategorized)

The question-
I get the impression that a lot of people can live normal lives without being witches. So why one would actually choose to be a witch and practice witchcraft is a puzzle. Especially if they are agnostic!

The answer –
Why not? If my little push of energy directed toward my flock, let’s say, helps keep them healthy, productive and safe from predators as they range the back field, shouldn’t I do that? Shouldn’t I use all the means available to me to have the best farm/homestead i can have?

If it helps keep the seams solid on the quilt, the tomato plant yielding an especially good crop, the creek clear, the animals and the humans healthy, why not? A bit of energy – magic, if you will – into the food in the pot, the thread on my needle, the wool on my spindle- it’s just another tool to use, as much as a farmer’s almanac, that needle, a shovel, a fence, physically walking in the creek and picking out trash.

Being able to walk out in the field and know and feel that all around you is at peace, and that everything that lives there – seen and unseen, is contented with your human intrusion – that’s a peace most people don’t know. And that they long for.

And if you want to take a religious angle – the gods are all out there in that field, the woods beyond, in the depth and darkness of the kudzu draped trees. The green man is there – his abundance shows. the gods are there in the contented cluck of the hen foraging in the grass, the burble of that creek, the very small ancient dog dozing in the sun, the grapes ripening on the vine, and now, in the juice of those grapes in jars on my counter. They are in that same old small dog currently asleep on my lap, the man sleeping in the other room, the wood of this table, the words I write.

It’s not my place to say if gods exist or not. I do believe if they do, that they get the worship they need out of my care for the land, the animals, other people, my handwork.

But if you’re given a tool that works – why ignore it for something less effective? That’s just foolish.

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