It’s Samhain! That “scary” time of the year when the veil between and betwixt is at its thinnest, and many of us are honoring our ancestors and others who have crossed that veil. And in some cases, even communing with them. I put “scary” in quotes because this Witch doesn’t find anything scary about that. Tis some of the living that truly terrify me. It wasn’t the dead who tried to exterminate the Natives of this country. Nor did the dead rise up and keep slaves, and fight for the right to continue doing that. It wasn’t the dead who lynched others during the Civil Rights Era. Nor did the dead murder those in Salem during the REAL Witch Hunt. Nor did the dead gas millions of Jewish people during the Holocaust.
All these truly horrible, really frightening things were done by the living, not the dead. So, this Samhain I will remember and honor those this happened to, and commune with any of their ghosts who want to commune with me. I will love those tragic ghosts, and fight so that others do not join them. I will fight with my words, and with my vote so that others are not forced to cross that veil by the real monsters who walk this earth. Like those murdered so very recently by two very real monsters.
Because I have learned that Jewish people do not really believe in an afterlife, I will honor the Jewish people murdered by those monsters by simply remembering them, and the lives they lived. I will honor them in a way that respects their beliefs by focusing on the lives they lived. I will do that because it does me no harm to honor them that way. But, it could harm the spirit and souls of the living should I insist on trying to honor their dead in a way that insults their belief concerning death.
I will honor my Pagan Ancestors by remembering the reality is, we ALL have Pagan Ancestors, no matter what religion we may, or may not follow now. I will think about ancient cave paintings that show a desire to create beauty, while also recording what were important events in their lives. Like the Harvest, and the Hunt. Those important events insured the survival of their people through the long dark cold winter. That’s why our ancient Ancestors took the time to celebrate and record them.
I will remember and honor those innocent souls murdered during the days of the REAL Witch Hunts. I will bow my head and pay my respects to those put to death in Salem, when the wall between Church and State crumbled, and was no longer there to protect them. I’ll also remember all those victims of the Spanish Inquisition. And let their deaths be a lesson to me about what happens when Church and State combine for the purpose of exterminating those who do not believe the “Right Way.” And I will fight with my last breath to prevent that happening again. And by Badbh’s black skirt, I will vote in EVERY single election from now on.
I was recently told I needed "Get Right" with God because he was the only One True God, and there are only two kinds of people in the world, those who are of God, those who are of the Devil. Now before those words were said to me I cared a great deal for the person who said them. Unfortunately, anyone telling this Proud Pagan things like that is bound to destroy any friendship whatsoever between us because I find it that insulting to be preached to in such a manner. No, I do not follow the Christian path. But, that does NOT make me of the Devil, or even a bad person. And I now find myself wondering how many of the other Christians I know, and consider friends secretly feel I am of the Devil because I have chosen a different path than them. If this is how you really feel about me, that I am something evil and of the Devil, then please, unfriend me on FB, unfollow me on Pinterest and Twitter, step out of my life, and go your Christian way in peace. My Purely Pagan Heart harbors no evil, I don't kiss the Devil's ass, or belong to him in ANY way shape or form.
The spiritual path I follow absolutely positively forbids any attempt at converting anyone to this path I have chosen. It also teaches me not to insult someone by telling them they are of the Devil because they don't follow my path. I understand if you are a Christian your bible teaches you these words. It also tells you suffer a witch not live. However, since most of my Christian friends don't seem terribly eager to burn, hang, or otherwise kill me, I am assuming they have somehow managed to overcome those words, and allow me to live in peace. I wish those of you reading this who are Christians would somehow find in your hearts to overcome the urge to quote other words from the bible that by their very nature are inclined to cause hurt, heartache, and separation from others who do not follow your faith.
We are not living in Old Testament times. We are ALL living in a world where people of many religions often find themselves interacting with others not of their faith. I understand the One True God religions stress theirs in the only path to heaven. But, please understand I do not believe in the Christian version of Heaven, or any version of it. I'm not trying to get to a heaven I don't believe in here. What I'm trying to do is help change the world enough so ALL those upon this earth can live peacefully and lovingly with each other. If we can do that, then people, no matter what your religion, that would truly be heaven on earth.
Blessed Be To All
What my spiritual path teaches me is to respect ALL religions and spiritual paths, no matter how much they differ from mine. All I ask in return is that others show me the same respect I am showing them. I realize if you are a Christian reading this that your religion teaches yours is the only One true God. That is in fact one thing that turns me completely off of Christianity because I really do believe all Gods and Goddesses are true and real to those who believe in them. My path also teaches me the concept of Harm None. I firmly believe to try and "convert" another to Christianity or any other religion by claiming all Gods and Goddesses are one in the same is to harm those who do not believe in whatever religion you happen to. So PLEASE, if you are a Christian reading this, try and find in your heart to understand where I'm coming from here. I love and respect the path I follow just as much as you love and respect the path you follow. Do not try and forcefully "convert" me to your path by telling me all things trace back to your God. I will never believe that, and if pressed will defend my right to believe in my Gods and Goddesses with my very last breath. Even if it means screaming it from a stake I'm being burned at. Just as you will defend your beliefs to the death. For all of us on this planet to truly get along with each other we must all realize this, and allow those who do not walk our spiritual path the freedom to do so without interference from others.
Blessed Be To All