Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch To Live… The Existence of Christian Witches

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It’s a hard pill to swallow for some…. ok, most, I know.

Whether it be on the Christian side or the Pagan side, neither of the majority of groups want to acknowledge much less discuss that fact…and yes, it is a fact, that Christian witches (also affectionately dubbed, “Christopagans” exist. (I know, the photo says “Pagan”, but it was honestly the best one for the occasion. I thought perhaps posting a picture of a Catholic nun wearing a pentacle might just cause a riot, but I’m still on the fence with the option). ūüėČ

……Oh, what the hell??

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More innuendo, less of a sting…hey, I compromised! ūüėČ

But before I continue, I have to gt this out of the way:

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Clicking my heels and carrying on…

People have sunk to verbal warfare in message boards, Facebook groups, Twitter and even on my own Facebook community page, The Pagan Circle about this very subject. It seems that the divide is split down the middle between those who simply want to embrace all possibilities, to those who have completely closed off their minds and hearts to the possibility that’s actually a reality standing right before them….. if it were any clearer, it would jump up and bite them in the ass, as they, (Christian Witches) have been around for quite some time….maybe longer than most of you even suspect. I get it. Some folks are just so darn passionate about what they’ve been taught and come to believe, there is no room for anything else up there in that crammed cranium, but the problem of acceptance concerning either of the two often comes in two ways: when individual Christians believe pagans are too loose or random or ‘hippy-like’ in their basis for religion–or just skip over all that and assume we worship a devil we don’t actually believe in– and when some pagans assume that all Christians are Bible thumpers, ready with torch in hand to burn us at the stake if it ever became legal in most countries to do so again….although I have to say, the jury is still out on that one…

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And then there is the even smaller group (who I really didn’t factor into this divide because it is just that small) of people who shrug their shoulders and say, “I still haven’t decided if I like this, but tell me more anyway.” …and conversely, my favorite kind of people.

There really is no ¬†no simple answer as to the “How” of it, it just is, and no matter how it gets answered, or how I proceed with this, somebody, somewhere is going to get pissed off…but since I’m not here to coddle feelings, instead, I’m here to broach a subject that has ¬†(and probably will always be) a source of some serious disdain between the two groups, I will continue. Having said that, let’s proceed….

**Breaks out the cauldron and reaches for something to stir it with** ūüėČ

The first thing I want to clarify, is that Wicca and witchcraft are not synonymous (and this isn’t me “Picking on Wiccans again.” )¬†Anyone can be a witch without being Wiccan, as Wicca itself is a specific religion all on its own, and witchcraft is a practice.

Christianity is a ¬†monotheistic religion, meaning that they, as dictated by the Bible, worship one god and one god only, as stated in Exodus 20:3: ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” …. which makes you wonder if He left any room for caveats… you know, for those who pray to the Virgin Mary… again, another cauldron stirring for another time ūüėČ …..

…..”You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.‚Ķ”

….Which pretty much puts the kabosh to the possibility of there ever really being a Wiccan Christian…. or is it a Christian Wiccan?? Hmmm…

Wiccans don’t honor the Christian god, at least not in the way that Christianity demands that it be honored. Instead, they¬†honor the deities (Get it? Plural, NOT singular) of their particular tradition of Wicca, which makes Wicca¬†¬†polytheistic.

Now, before I go any further with this, I will simply say that I am not a Biblical scholar, and there is much interpretation to be had (depending on who you ask) regarding what is said in the Bible, (Is it to be taken literal, or is it not?) ¬†but I do have some experience when it comes to Christian Witches, which may be why, in the past, have come across as being so sympathetic to them. I mean, think about it…. how hard was it for some of you to step out of the broom closet with your own families? This group has two closets to step out of (minimally) and they aren’t accepted by either side! My own personal background as a Catholic with a practicing mother (and we all know what I am referring to when I say “Practicing”), grandmother, aunts and great aunts gave me quite a bit of insight into this dilemma… I do see both points of view…. On one hand it kind of sounds like an oxymoron, being a Christian witch, and on the other hand, it makes perfect sense.

 

 

The females on my mother’s side of the family were all initiated–Santera High Priestesses…. which in any discussion I have had publicly or privately, whether it be radio show, forum discussions or articles, has never been made a secret. Now, Santeria,¬†also known as¬†La Religi√≥n,¬†Regla de Ocha,¬†La Regla Lucum√≠¬†or¬†Lukumi and my personal favorite, ” The Way of the Saints”¬†is a¬†¬†syncretic religion¬†of¬†West African¬†and¬†Caribbean¬†origin influenced by and syncretized with¬†Roman Catholicism and¬†incorporates the worship of the Orisha (literally “head guardian”.)

The name by which the religion is now most commonly known, “Santeria,” is a pejorative term initially applied by the Spanish to the religious practices of the peasantry. It was used as a derogatory reference to the unusual amount of devotion and attention paid to the Catholic Saints, often in preference to Jesus Christ…. But since¬†Santerian beliefs are not freely discussed outside of the faith (Something I must honor) I will be wrapping this tid-bit up on the religion and practices in a moment, but not before saying that there are many religious leaders (and practitioners) whose beliefs and practices in this area differ significantly.¬†Simply stated, if you throw in some root work with a religion, and this is ANY religion, but we are specifically discussing Christianity (all sects of it, for generalization purposes), you now have a “Christian” witch.

Are you following me so far?? If not, check out The Path of a Christian Witch by Adelina St. Clair

So it is not to say that it is completely impossible, or so I have been told by others who haven’t yet looked beyond their own zone of comfort…. I wonder, why is it SO incredibly difficult to chew on?

Another take on it….. ¬†*Stirring, stirring, stirring*….. ūüėČ

The witches reading this all know that Paganism was around long before Christianity, and that Christianity’s holidays and much of their practices are all based on Pagan practices. The beating of this drum has become old, but it had to be said in order to bring up my next points.

For the Christians reading this, remember that Christ teaches all to be tolerant, and for the Pagan readership, Buddah said: “In theory there is but one religion, in practice, there
are as many religions as there are people.‚Ä̬†so un-bunch the britches for a second and hear me out… ūüôā

In their purest forms, the manner in which both religions pass knowledge on from generation to generation have too many incongruencies to try to use as a point to prove that one is better than the other. Knowledge is knowledge, and humans will use whatever method that will last to keep it from dying out. The fact that both are still in existence today is testament to the validity of how the similar practices of communication were utilized by the two different groups.

Fine. I’ll just get to the point. -_-

During the 3rd century CE, Mithraism and Christianity were the main competitors for the religious affiliation of the citizens of Romans.¬†Many early Christians celebrated Jesus’ birthday on Jan 6th. Armenian Christians still do.¬†In Alexandria, Egypt, the birthday of their god-man, Aion, was also celebrated on Jan 6th.¬†Christians and most Pagans eventually celebrated the birthday of their god-man on Dec 25th and in many mythicist writings, the ancient Phrygo-Roman god Attis is depicted as having been born of a virgin mother on December 25th also, being killed and resurrected afterwards…. which seems to be the same story in several other religious cultures as well.

According to an ancient Christian tradition, Christ died on March 23rd and resurrected on
March 25th. These dates agree precisely with the death and resurrection of Attis.

Easter: was named after the Norse Goddess Ostara. The food she ate to stay immortal was egg and the animal she was associatedwith was a rabbit. Easter egg hunts that are held by many Christian families and even churches on Easter is an old pagan tradition.

God said, “Let us make man in our image. Zeus said ‚ÄĚ ‚Äúlet us make man in the image of the gods‚ÄĚ.

Christmas: A lot of Christmas decorations placed in and around homes and Christmas trees were a pagan tradition. Candy canes and holly were used to decorate Pagan temples back in the times of ancient Greece. Giving gifts, the yule log…yep, you guessed it! All Pagan.

… I could quite literally, go on all evening with this, but I think you get the point. And if you haven’t, the point is, Pagans and Christians are at the very least distant cousins if not feuding family.

Christian witches aren’t¬†the kind¬†of Christian you have likely¬†ever heard of. Some (but not all) follow¬†Gnostic Christianity which¬†is a more metaphysical form of Christianity – one that was branded heretical by the Roman church and all but wiped out¬†nearly two thousand years ago. ¬†Some simply employ the help of their patron saints, while lighting a candle, saying a prayer (or chant) and focusing on the desired outcome of their requests…. as we die-hard witches say, “No different than making a wish and blowing out a birthday candle.” ūüėČ

Oh, and before I forget, about that whole “Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch To Live” business…a phrase which carries a lot of connotations in this modern, diverse world… a¬†quote, which shows up this way in the 1500s when the King James Bible was first put together,¬†reflects the views of Christianity at the time…. and partly because King James (who fancied himself ¬†an expert on witchcraft)¬†got a wild hair up his ass. The Inquisition had been going on for more than a century, and the witch hunter’s handbook, the¬†Malleus Maleficarum¬†had already become one of the first international best sellers thanks to Gutenberg’s printing press. Thousands had been tried and put to death in witch trials, and fear of any contact with someone who might be a witch hadn’t yet faded from the populace. In fact it wouldn’t be till the close of the 1500s that witch trials became a thing of the past. So despite other biblical translations reading the word as sorceress or woman that practices magic, the word witch has firmly settled into this quote in most people’s minds……

…..Can I get an Amen? ūüėČ

 

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About krystalmadison

Known as "The Witch of Sleepy Hollow", as a child, Krystal knew that there was more to this physical existence where black and white exist, that there was a gray area many still could not see. But she could. Even as a young child, Krystal was able to see and communicate with those who have crossed over, but at nine years old, a near-death experience thrust her head-first into a world that would make her realize that we really aren't alone. Visions became clearer and made more sense, the spirits that roam the earth would begin to seek her out to relay a message to a loved one she was simply walking past in a super market. She understood even then, that there was more to this life than just existing and believes that we don’t have to live with all the limitations we place on ourselves, nor fear our own mortality. A 10th generation natural born witch with close ties to Salem and New Orleans, Krystal comes from a long line of magickal roots, with grandparents who were Native American and Gypsy, and a mother who was a Santeria Priestess. In May 2012, she founded The Pagan Circle, an online social media community that has grown to 23,000 members world-wide. In May, 2013 the Pagan Circle website was launched. On November 15, 2012, she founded Pagan Parents Online, another social media resource for Pagan Parents. In May 2013, she launched Enchanted Hollows, an online store dedicated to offering hand-made, old-world alchemical and magickal products and in 2014, Deja-Vuduu. Her published works include articles and features in Inner Realm and Wisdom Magazines, and she has made appearances on Darkness Radio, Z-Talk Radio, HEX Education,30-Odd Minutes and other media outlets. Regularly volunteering her time to the Pagan Community, Krystal is also an Ordained Minister and High Priestess of the Raven's Wing Coven in upstate New York, and founder of The Council of the Serment Sacre' (Sacred Oath) the Corvin Method of Witchcraft, and Festival of Witches in Sleepy Hollow, New York as well as playing host to the weekly radio show, "Good Morning Goddess", and Nocturnas Paranormal Radio on Blog Talk Radio. You can visit her on her websites at: http://www.krystalmadison.com http://www.festivalofwitches.com http://www.hudsonvalleybeltane.com
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5 Responses to Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch To Live… The Existence of Christian Witches

  1. Chantal says:

    You DEFINITELY get an Amen from me Krystal. Christian Witches have been around a long time. Like you, I was brought up Catholic (yes, I went through the whole shebang, Confirmation included). I always knew it wasn’t my path, yet, like so many underage individuals, went along with my parent’s religion because I didn’t know where I DID belong at the time. I was always, even from a very young age, drawn to witchcraft. I even bought some Silver Ravenwolf books when I worked at a book store in high school (yeah THAT went over well). Over time, and much soul searching, researching, etc over many years and into adulthood, I found where I felt I belonged….as a Pagan. I have seen and know of many Christian Witches, so I know they exist and I support them in their path fully. There is no wrong or right way to practice our craft…we all must practice in the way that makes us most comfortable and that we align with. No different than there are Egyptian witches, Romanii, Celtic, etc….we all have different practices. I think it’s been long over-due that the Christian witches got their acknowledgement and acceptance as well. There’s enough hate and persecution in the world from other communities. We should, without question, always accept those paths we may not have previously thought of before. In the end, we are all one and the only way we can all stand together against those that wish us harm, is to accept one another completely and stand together as a united front. Blessed Be )O( ‚̧

  2. thefeenz says:

    I am a Christian. Unfortunately, I have been of the Fundamentalist sort for some time. BUT, due to an amazing friend and some books that I have read, my mind has been opened tremendously. I am currently researching/ adding Buddhist thought/ practices to my faith and I have been looking into Wicca thought/ practices to add as well. I just want to thank you for this post. I enjoyed reading it. I hope that we can further this dialogue and maybe even open some more dialogue up. Thanks again!

    • In my opinion, Buddhism is a WONDERFUL practice and belief system that is not only complimentary but beneficial to any religion or spiritual path. Buddha teaches us all to take a step back, breathe deeply and evenly and take in all that is around us, while allowing us to lift the veil of the possibilities we hadn’t yet seen or considered…it also forces us to hold up the mirror to ourselves in just about every life situation, spiritual situation, etc. And if it helps any, apparently, the Buddhists have on record a man who fits Jesus’ description who studied with them during Jesus’ “Lost years”. Ironically, many of his teachings are quite similar to the Buddha. I’m not saying it is a fact ( I have never personally seen the records lol) but it’s one of those things that make you go, “Hmmm”. ūüėČ

  3. Primrose says:

    Beautifully said. Thank you!

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