Interview with a Pagan Witch

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PostWed Oct 14, 2009 7:36 pm » by Savwafair2012


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had the interesting experience of meeting, talking to and learning a great deal from a very nice woman named Amy. Amy is a articulate bright soft-spoken woman. She lives in the southern part of the United States and her religious or spiritual life is Pagan

I know little or next to nothing about Paganism. I know it was the spiritual thinking of many in Europe before Christianity. Besides that I know Halloween is a celebrated time for the Pagans. I decided it was time to find out what I could about this life style. By chance I heard Amy talking to a group of people on line. I was impressed on how she handled the subject and set up a time to spend talking to her one on one.

Amy explained many things to me I never before understood. The first area of my confusion was that Pagans, like Amy, are not always Wicca. Pagans can join in covens, which are groups of 13 (13 being a magical number). Amy however does not belong to a group and practices her beliefs as her life style.

Paganism goes back to the route of first religions before Christianity to the time of the first Celts. Pagans, like Amy, have a spiritual connection to the earth and universe and try to keep a clear focus at all times. Amy uses this belief system to try to keep in balance with all nature, earth and the universe.

I asked Amy about how this works into her daily life. She explained to me that she meditates often as well as using visualization to bring her to the balance and focus she needs to live a balanced life. She explained to me that pagan witches, like her, use spells differently than the general public thinks they do. Amy told me that as other religious people pray to God for help or an answer, Pagans use spells and rituals. They use these things as a focus or a way to pray to the ultimate power and universe as their way to ask for help or answers. She also explained that using meditation and visualization along with spells and rituals is a way for the Pagan to focus. This is how they work on the balance d and confidence needed to stay centered as well as a way to rid them selves of the negativity we all pick up in daily living.

I asked Amy about the idea of white and black or good or bad witches. Amy told me most of that is myth and that magic has no real color. Amy told me that there are those who do use magic for bad or evil purposes, which in her mind is very dangerous for that witch. “Those who use magic for those reasons need to remember the laws of nature. Whatever you send out does in fact come right back to you. If you send out bad energy you get back bad energy. It is a fact that needs to be considered by those who do these things. Get ready as what ever you send out - WILL come back at you!” Amy told me magic is all intent and you do receive back the intent you send out. I think that is a good piece of advice for everyone to consider in today’s world. We all need to understand the way we treat, act and the deeds we do to others, will show up again at our front door. It best you consider this upon your next intention towards another. I guess it all agrees with the old ‘do unto others’ ideology, or truth.

Pagans believe in mother earth or Gaia, as well as the moon goddess, sun god along with others. They celebrate the seasons, their sabbats and festivals yearly. Amy has an alter in her home that she keeps decorated with the seasons festivities. Presently fall is represented with pumpkins and things October and the Halloween or Samhain sabbat brings to mind.


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October 31st is the Pagan time of Samhain. It is celebrated with barn fires and rituals like the burning of the year’s negativity. This is when the Pagan lists all the negative things that filled their year and take the list to the barn fire and burns it with the intent to burn away and rid them of those negative things.


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Amy listed the Pagan times of what we call our holiday times. They are very similar to all the times of year Christians celebrate holidays. Amy explained that Paganism was here far longer than Christianity. When the church developed they needed to win over the people who were basically all Pagans at the time and did so by copying the Pagan times of celebration as a way to make them feel comfortable in the new founded Christianity. You will find other similar believe systems and base of the Christian faith taken from the first spiritual Pagan groups.

Pagan Sabbats and Festivals

Yule – Dec 21st

Samhain- Oct 31st Halloween

Imbolc-Jan 21st- Feb 2nd

Ostaro vernal equinox- March 21st

Beltane-May 1st

Litha-June 21st

Lughuassadh August 1st

Mabon Sept 21st

Amy told me she comes from a Celtic background, which is where her Pagan belief system stems from. She also told me that although practiced and in the United States this type of spiritual life style is more known and accepted in both England and Canada.

Amy talked to me about the rituals used in Pagan worship as a private time which she does not discuss. It is like praying. It is personal to the individual as to what they are focusing on or needing help dealing with.

I found Amy to be a very nice person who explains her spiritual life and customs clearly and with out any form of harm or misuse to others.

After interviewing Amy I spoke to a friend who just finished interviewing a witch who describes her life style as Wicca and far from the kind connected to earth views of my Pagan friend.

I can only report what Amy, who is Pagan by choice, told me about her views and life style. I found nothing at all to fear from this woman. I will tell you my friends experience with the Wicca witch were opposite to that of what Amy explained to me.

Amy did tell me there are those who use the power of the earth and universe and its magic for dark and ugly purposes. I guess the answer to all of this is that humans have choices to make be it in every day decisions, work, family or friend matters. The choices of each human are to lean towards the good of all things, like Amy does in her Pagan beliefs, or to use their abilities for dark more sinister actions.

The entire key to all of this is for us all to know and remember with all our intents- once you send them out you must be prepared as the universe will make sure they come right back at you! I think that is something we all need to reflect upon.
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PostWed Oct 14, 2009 7:57 pm » by Snake Plissken


Weird how it has become one big 'thing', Paganism. The word pagan was used to describe basically anything that wasnt approved of by Christianity, and therefore covers lots of beliefs.

Worship trees instead of Jesus?PAGAN!! Sacrifice chickens to a giant lizard gor? PAGAN!

Im not big on Christianity, give me Cernunnos over Jesus any day, but saying im a 'Pagan' could mean a whole bunch of things!!! :wink:
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PostWed Oct 14, 2009 8:04 pm » by Cornbread714


savwafair2012 wrote:October 31st is the Pagan time of Samhain. It is celebrated with barn fires




I LOVE A GOOD BARN FIRE!!

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