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Halloween Time and Chris Holly's Talk with a Pagan Witch

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I had the interesting experience of meeting, talking to and learning a great deal from a very nice woman who happens to be a Pagan Witch.

This woman  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  did  know it  was a spiritual thinking of many in Europe before the spread of  Christianity.  I also knew that there are people who still live a Pagan lifestyle today.
 
Besides that I knew Halloween is a time of  celebration  for the Pagans. I decided it was time to find out what I could about this life style. By chance I heard  this woman  talking to a group of people  in a  internet  chat forum.
 
 
I was impressed on how she handled the subject and  was able to arrange to  spend  time talking to her one on one.
 
This Pagan witch  explained many things to me I never before understood. The first area of my confusion was that Pagans  are not always Wicca. Pagans can join in covens, which are groups of 13 (13 being a magical number) . This woman  however does not belong to a group and practices her beliefs as her life style only within her own family.
 
Paganism goes back to the route of first religions before Christianity to the time of the first Celts. Pagans  have a spiritual connection to the earth and universe . 
 
They spend a great deal of time concentrating as to  keep a clear focus at all times. The woman explained how she  uses this belief system to try to keep in balance with all nature, earth and the universe. 
 
I asked her for an example how this  works in  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.  She explained  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  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  and confidence needed to stay centered as well as a way to  get rid of the negativity we all pick up in daily living.
 
I asked her  about  white and black or good or bad witches. She  told me most of that is myth and that magic has no real color.
 
She explained  that there are those who do use magic for bad or evil purposes. She believes this to be  very dangerous for that witch.  She explained  :  
“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 whatever you send out - WILL come back at you!”
 
She  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 a moon goddess, sun god along with assorted  others. 
 
Pagans  celebrate the seasons as well as their sabbats and festivals yearly.
This woman has an alter in her home  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. 
 
October 31st is the Pagan time of Samhain. It is celebrated with barn fires and rituals such as 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.
 
She explained the different holidays  her family celebrates and the dates they take place. 
They are very similar to the times of year Christians celebrate holidays. 
 
This Pagan witch  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. 

Below find a list of Pagan celebrations:
 
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
 
This pagan witch  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.
 
 She told me that the  rituals used in Pagan worship are  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 this Pagan Witch  to be a very nice person who explains her spiritual life and customs clearly  without any form of harm or misuse to others. 
 
I do know there are other types of witches out there who may go about this subject very differently from this pagan witch. 
 
I am grateful I was able to spend some time learning from someone who actually lives  the pagan life exactly what her life style is all about .
 
Before we parted this Pagan Witch 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  decisions every day be it  work,  family or friend matters. 
 
The choices of each human should be and hopefully would be to lean towards the good of all things.  It would be very dangerous to  use their abilities for dark  sinister actions knowing those poisonous arrows will without question come back to stab them in their own heart. 
 
The things to consider from all of this is that it may be truly the way of the universe  to deliver in spades the intent you send out to others  will indeed come back to you.  I think that idea is something we all need to reflect upon.
 
With that said have  Happy Halloween and choose carefully to trick or treat !
 
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