A Witch's Thoughts on Halloween
Most people celebrate Halloween as a children's holiday
and costumes. However, I will be celebrating tonight as
("Sow-wen"), the Celtic New Year, the night for remembering loved
past and looking toward the future. For I am a Neo-pagan, a follower
the Old Religion, a Wiccan. I am a Witch.
There are probably as many definitions of Wicca as
there are prac-
titioners of the Craft--one of the joys of this path is that there
"one, true way"; intuition is as valuable as teaching. This
then is my
personal definition of what Wicca is to me.
First, what Wicca is not is devil-worship.
Wiccans don't believe
in an entity of all-evil. (I personally don't believe in evil
all evil is simply a perversion or excess of something that is good
present in a proper balance.)
Wicca is a religion based on experience of Deity as
female. It is pantheistic--seeing all things as part of God/dess,
seeing the Earth Herself as a living organism of whom we are part.
is also a religion of immanence--seeing God/dess present in each of
and in the world around us, not "out there somewhere" but part of
Wiccans celebrate eight major holidays, or sabbats--the
and midpoint of each season. We also celebrate the phases of
some only celebrate the full moon while others celebrate full,
and new moons. Each of these rituals helps keep us in touch
Nature. These celebrations are in small groups usually called
covens, or groves and are usually led by a Priestess, and often a
Priest. Some groups share duties and avoid titles.
Wicca is also a "Craft". We practice magic
visualizations and spells, all to focus our will on something we
happen. We believe that everything we do, good or ill, comes
back to us
tripled, which is why we don't "hex" or "curse" anyone. We
that many psychic talents are real and simply haven't been studied
enough by science to be catalogued as such.
Wiccans for the most part accept reincarnation, not as
dogma to be
believed, but as fact based on personal experience. Many of us
past lives. As one who has studied science, I know that every
my body once was part of something else, and I am continually
atoms that become part of others. Knowing this, it makes sense
soul also is "recycled".
Wicca is a positive philosophy. The only "law" is
'An it harm
none, do as ye will": Enjoy life to its fullest, and remember
everyone else enjoy it as well. Wiccans don't preach; Wiccans
evangelize. Everyone has to find his/her own path, and we
diversity this brings.
So tonight, when you dress up as a "wicked witch", know
are "good witches" celebrating as well. Know that I and
me throughout the world are celebrating the cycles of life through
dance of the Lord and the Lady, trying to make this world we all
a little brighter through our cauldron fires in the darkness.
are not out to convert you; know we mean you no harm.
All we ask for
is understanding, tolerance, and the freedom to practice as we
High Priestess, Thalia Clan
P.O. Box 681092 . Indianapolis, IN 46268-1092 . (317) 579-3083