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December, 2018

Meet the Gods: Mithras, the Pagan Christ Child

 

(This figure of the Persian god Mithras is at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.)

 

Merry meet.

Mithras, god of the sun in ancient Rome, was born around the winter solstice and experienced a resurrection around the spring equinox. The ancient Persian-Roman religion called Mithraism thrived before Christianity, dating back some 4,000 years. It gains attention because the similarities between his story and that of Jesus are numerous.

He was born of the virgin Anahita on December 25. He was, according to an article on truthbeknown. com by Acharya S. and D.M. Murdock, “wrapped in swaddling clothes, placed in a manger and attended by shepherds.”

He traveled far and wide as a teacher and a master who performed miracles and had 12 companions. He was omniscient. Both the lion and the lamb were his symbols. Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, the Lord’s Day, or Sunday, was said to be Mithras’ sacred day. Baptisms were important, midnight services were held and he was often said to carry a lamb on his shoulders. Mithraism’s scared rock was Petra.

As the ‘great bull of the Sun,’ Mithra sacrificed himself for world peace. He ascended into heaven. Mithra was viewed as the Good Shepherd, the ‘Way, the Truth and the Light,’ the Redeemer, the Savior, the Messiah,” according to the article.

Mithra was worshiped as Mitra or Itu in the Indian Vedic religion. It is believed he was born in a cave on December 25 and was the mediator between man and god.

 

(In this relief from the 2nd century AD, Mithras kills the sacred bull and from its blood and semen arise the plants and animals. Source: Neues Museum, Berlin)

 

His cult spread from India west to Germany, Spain and England, and was supported by soldiers of the Roman Empire, becoming the primary rival to the newly developing religion of Christianity. In 307, Diocletian consecrated a temple on the Danube River to Mithra, “Protector of the Empire,” as stated in britannica.com.

According to myth, Mithra was born, bearing a torch and armed with a knife, beside a sacred stream and under a sacred tree, a child of the earth itself. He soon rode, and later killed, the life-giving cosmic bull, whose blood fertilizes all vegetation. Mithra’s slaying of the bull was a popular subject of Hellenic art and became the prototype for a bull-slaying ritual of fertility in the Mithraic cult,” according to the entry written by the editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Mithra, also spelled Mithras, was the god of light in ancient Indo-Iranian mythology.

The Persian version of Mithra was a benevolent solar deity bestowing wealth and health.

He was mighty, strong, unconquered and king of the gods, and was often portrayed as a sun disc in a chariot drawn by white horses.

Winter festivals, common in cultures around the world, were intended to strengthen the fire of the sun so that it would return. They were celebrated in the name of Mithras, who can be called as a god to your circle this Yule.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike was 50 – divorced and living on her own for the first time – before she consciously began practicing as a self taught solitary witch. She draws on an eclectic mix of old ways she has studied – from her Sicilian and Germanic heritage to Zen and astrology, the fae, Buddhism, Celtic, the Kabbalah, Norse and Native American – pulling from each as she is guided. She practices yoga, reads Tarot and uses Reiki. From the time she was little, she has loved stories, making her job as the editor of two monthly newspapers seem less than the work it is because of the stories she gets to tell. She lives with her large white cat, Pyewacket, in central Connecticut. You can follow her boards on Pinterest, and write to her at woikelynn at gmail dot com.

The Merry-Go-Round of Religion

February, 2009


“If God leads you to it, God will lead you through it.”

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that phrase and thought that the women in my life were more likely to be there for me as a guide than any man would be.

Fifteen years ago, thinking that my father would be more accepting of me if I believed in his God, I told him what he wanted to hear. I would go to church once in a great while with friends, just so that I wouldn’t be a liar. I borrowed the Book of Psalms from my Grandfather and knew the very basics about the Bible. No matter how I tried to please him without being drug down the whirlpool called Christianity, I felt hollow and empty.

What did I really believe in? Who did I believe in? Why….why was I willing to put up a false front just to please someone?

Five years later I was introduced to Wicca through some of my mother’s side of the family. Their comfortable demeanor and sense of pride with their religious beliefs intrigued me. Over the years, the popularity and rise of Wicca and other Pagan faiths in the mainstream public eye spurred me on to find out as much as I could. You hardly ever see a mainstream religion having that kind of comfort level unless they are recruiting others, or proclaiming Christ while taking the money out of your pockets.

Do as Christ would do? I don’t remember reading about Jesus being a thief, a liar.

My children are my guiding force, urging me on to help find something for them to believe in besides SpongeBob, Dora, and Hannah Montana. They ask me questions, I try to answer as best as I can. If I don’t know, I ask someone more knowledgeable. I tell them to believe in themselves, to follow their hearts, to respect themselves, others and Mother Nature, to only “harm” in self defense. I tell them to be honest and truthful to themselves about what they want to believe in, and to do it for the right reasons, not what someone else wants.

Some of those who guided me along my path and who inspired me have forsaken their beliefs in favor of believing in Jesus and the teachings of the Bible. Were their beliefs strong and steady? Were they Wiccan or Druid because they believed, or was it just convenient at the time? Did they change faith to be part of an accepted, mainstream religion because of peer pressure, or do they really now follow their teachings? There are so many questions, and the answers are, to me, as false as a pair of Vegas eyelashes.

One person who has chosen to convert to Christianity gave excuses about Wicca having “no unity”, no “unified moral code of ethics”. Reading the mass email she sent out, she professes that Wicca teaches us to think selfishly, that the spells and “ritual things” aren’t needed to be close to God. In a way she is right, I know many who don’t use things like athames, or wands. I just have to say though, excuse me?! What does she call all the pomp and circumstance of Sunday Service, all the “ritual things“ that they use?  That could even go for the whole “church” concept. We, as a nature-based faith, often don’t feel a building is needed, for anywhere can be our “church“.

As predicted, she then goes on and tries to recruit those she sent the email to. How disgusting is that?!?

Finding stability in society is hard enough, without the people you look up to for guidance doing a wishy-washy dance of uncertainty. What is even more disconcerting and suspicious, is when they change without any forewarning or clues. For some, maybe it is a life altering event that has made them think twice about what they believe in or practice. My father hadn’t gone to church for years, but always told me to believe in God and to go to church.

In 2003, my father was driving down a poorly lit main road when a man stepped out in front of his truck and was killed. My father never saw the drunk man until it was too late. He took this as a sign from Jesus and God. The man’s name was Jesus, and he had been trying to cross the road to his daughter’s house from the church across the street. My father saw this as a sign that he could still go to church. He explained it to me this way; he said that at 52 (at the time) it wasn’t too late to go back to church and be one with God.

My epiphany moment happened and I didn’t even know it. My soon to be mother-in-law was dying of cancer. On the morning of May 29, 1999 we were all at their house doing some major cooking for a birthday party. Three of us were in the kitchen when we heard a “thump”; her lungs had filled up with fluid, her heart had stopped beating, and she fell to the floor. We tried CPR, we called 911 and we cried. The Hospice showed up (I won’t go into that here), the paramedics, the whole neighborhood. My husband’s cousin was on the way with her three day old daughter, just moments away. There was nothing we could have done, she was gone. I want you to understand something, my mother-in-law was and IS a very strong-willed woman.

Later that night, about 7 or 8 pm, we got pager messages to get to a phone. We were worried about my husband’s younger sister or his father. Needless to say, what we found out was NOT what we expected.

The God and Goddess work in beautiful and mysterious ways.

After all those hours at the funeral home, the funeral director heard a noise. I kid you not, he heard a noise coming from her bag. When he opened it, she was breathing, her eyes were open and she looked right at his ashen face. The poor man fell, screamed, called 911 and promptly passed out. He would never talk to us after her memorial service.

She was with us until around 11pm that night, giving her friends and close family time to be with her to say goodbye. I look back on that day as the day when the Goddess first showed herself to me. The strength of my mother-in-law, her love for and belief in her family was like none I had ever witnessed before. She was a mother, a sister, a warrior, and a Goddess in her own right.

My point is this; we all have our reasons, but we should have them for the right ones. Have them because you believe, not to be part of the “In” crowd. Be proud of who you are and what you believe in.

X-Witch

July, 2006

Later this month, on July 22nd, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene. In honor of what I like to think of as her “birthday”, this month’s column is devoted to her.

What we know about MM comes primarily from three sources: the Bible, the Gnostic texts, and legends.

Let’s start with what the Bible says about her. Actually, let’s start with what the Bible DOESN’T say about her. No where, absolutely no where does the Bible state that MM was a prostitute. As a former Bible quotin’, Bible totin’, Bible knowin’ fundie, when I first heard this (courtesy of Margaret Starbird) I thought, “Somebody’s obviously not done her Bible homework.” It was true; someone hadn’t—me! I quick look at any Bible Concordance reveals a simple truth: there is no mention whatsoever of MM in connection with prostitution.

The prostitution view is an invention of early Christian leaders. Beginning in the 200s Tertullian associated the unnamed “repentant sinner” who anoints Jesus’ feet with her tears with Mary Magdalene. After this, St. Jerome and Pope Gregory the Great took this association a bit further, giving Ms. Maggie her status as prostitute extraordinnaire.

On to what the Bible does say. Without any interpretation, guesswork, theory, or radical conjecture the Bible credits MM as: the woman from whom Jesus cast out 7 devils, one of several devoted female disciples who attended Jesus during his crucifixion, and as the 1st person to whom the Christ appeared after his resurrection. Isn’t it odd that the Bible credits NONE of Jesus well publicized Twelve with standing by him during the crucifixion? And isn’t it especially odd that the first person Christ wants to see after coming home for a while is Mary Magdalene?
Students of mythology and all good pagans won’t find it odd. The myth of the dying, resurrected god predates Christ. In many cultures the myth is basically a play in five acts: god is born or conceived through some type of extraordinary means, god is selected by goddess and anointed by her, god grows in power, god is sacrificed, god returns—usually to his goddess, oftentimes in a garden.

Christianity has promoted 3 and 1A of those acts. The birth, power, and sacrifice are undisputed. The anointing has been completely overlooked and the return, well he returns all right, but no one ever puts the spotlight on to whom it is he returns—to Mary Magdalene. Why? Is it maybe because of the mythological connection, the connection that implies that MM was his lover, if not his wife, or Lord forbid, a goddess?

Let’s look now at the Gnostic texts. The Gnostics state quite clearly that it was to Mary Magdalene, not Peter, that Jesus gave the keys to the kingdom. It was she who was to be ‘Apostle to the Apostles’. The reason for this has an historical context. First off, remember that Jesus was extremely egalitarian. Women followed him (men were not his only disciples) he ate with them, gave them positions of status in his ministry. Second, remember that Jesus preached again and again about his “return” or the “kingdom” coming. Now we all know how anxiously today’s fundies are waiting for the mushroom cloud that I guess Jesus will ride in on and put things aright. But back in early Christianity the followers were, believe it or not, much more zealous than today’s fundies in their belief that Jesus was coming back “pretty much any day now”. So when deciding who was doing what in the early church, gender roles didn’t much matter. Nothing much mattered. How could it? For crying out loud, it wasn’t like they were setting up a religion that might last a couple thousand years! Jesus would be back tomorrow anyway and then he could set things up like he wanted! So, if, as the Gnostics say, Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ choice as ‘Apostle to the Apostles’ so be it. When Jesus got home, a man would be in charge anyway! Of course, as Jesus’ return became somewhat delayed and as the delay extended and the church grew, the patriarchy got busy putting Jesus’ house in order for him. The keys to the kingdom were taken from MM and handed over to Peter.

Lastly, there are the legends. My favorite is the one about MM changing a white egg to red which contributes to our current tradition of dying Easter— Ostara—eggs. Then there’s the legend of her landing at Ste. Maries-de-la-Mer with her handmaid or daughter, St. Sarah, and of course, the legend of her marriage to the Christ.

I like the idea of MM being married to Christ, but I like it in the mystical sense, the sense that we are all, female and male, potential Brides or Partners of Christ. I like it not in the celibate nun way, nor in the purely physical sexual way (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) but in the sense that we can all be what Christ was and do what Christ did. Christ himself said that we would all do what he did.. .and more!

The entire message of Christ was one of completion, of wholeness. What better way to exemplify that teaching than by breaking all patriarchal tradition and make a woman his equal?

Happy birthday Mary Magdalene!

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author bio:

R.A. Áine Laisrén, a novelist and psychic practitioner for over twenty years, is devoting her life (and the life of her pet chinchilla Fionnghuala) to restoring the Goddess and all Her gifts to Christianity. She will absolutely lose her mind if you refer to the Holy Spirit in the masculine gender, so please just don’t do it!

More information about Áine’s writing and practice may be found at www.sang-realta.com

The “Roads” of Religious Paths

July, 2006

In this modern day, our highway system an infrastructure made by man and comprised of concrete asphalt and steel, is built upon routes that are delineated from adjacent real estate by deeded and recorded easements, routes that are so inflexible as to be set in stone. We all take this system for granted; seldom questioning why the road we are traveling upon takes this particular path. For the most part our highway system does a wonderful job of getting from where we are at to wherever our destination happens to be. However this system of exact routes has not always been the rule.


A century ago, in large parts of rural America, roads were ambiguous routes, more of a concept than the concrete inflexible roadbeds as we have today. If you lived in those times and were to be traveling upon these wonderful old roads you would be quick to discover that they were paved only by the earth compacted under the feet of those that had passed that way before you. If traveling in rainy weather and you encountered a section of the road that had become impassable due to a muddy bog, rather than to risk getting mired in the muck, if possible you simply detoured around the bog, blazing a new section of the road which was sure to be taken by those following in your path.


Routes that connected two cities, might be fairly well defined in areas were natural geological obstacles prevented variances in the path, while in areas where the going was easier the road might fork with one path venturing into a village and the other path serving as a bypass much as we have bypasses today, and often these two paths would converge, becoming as one later in the journey.


In today’s world, man has found it necessary to establish al sorts of laws regarding the usage of the highway system. We have speed limits, maximum and sometimes minimum. We have passing and no passing zones, weight, length, height, and width limits, as well as countless other rules of the road. There are laws establishing taxation and tolls to pay for the upkeep of this infrastructure. Each of the before mentioned, are laws designed by and enforced by man, presumably for the safety and good of the public. Whereas a century ago few if any laws regarding road usage existed.


It does not take too much of a stretch of the imagination to see a certain analogy between roads, past or present to the history man’s interpretations of religions or spiritual paths.


Today, many religions seek to define, to set in stone, dogma and doctrine authored by man as laws, often these laws that are authored by man are concealed behind a façade that perpetuates a belief that these same laws or doctrines originated from supreme deity. Due to the very nature of our modern society we find ourselves unable to contend with esoteric shades of gray, and compelled by the desire to define or package everything into uniform descriptive packages. We feel compelled to establish exactly what our faiths represent, their direction, and various tenets. We seek to set in stone the exact routes and boundaries of our spiritual paths, just as our highway system follows uniform deeded easements. The end result of this process of defining faith or spiritual path is to either purposefully or inadvertently discourage and or even eliminate esoteric or free thought.

The previous issue of "Pagan Pages" included an article entitled "Pagan As Free-Thinkers" by Reverend Crystal. The Reverend wrote;


"So often we attempt to take what is so wonderful about paganism and squish it into a box that was really meant for the book religions of the world. Now, in all fairness, there are many reasons to try and do that. Some include the legalities of what is considered a "religion" under the law."


Sometimes it is necessary to comply with the demands of secular legalities and define who and what we are, but we must in practice seek a point of balance, somewhere between defining strict descriptive boundaries to comply with secular legalities and allowing freedom of religion for the individual. Otherwise we face the risk of becoming as those religions that discourage free thought and eliminate the possibility for the individual to pursue that, which as Reverend Crystal wrote, "the path to the divine is an individual journey for each person."


So why does one’s path to the divine, absolutely have to have rigid inflexible borders just as our modern roads have rigid deeded easements? Why can we not accept that our brother or sister follows a different path, parallel but yet slightly different?


Christians use scriptures such as John 14:6 ("Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.") as a means to justify a rigid exclusive doctrine, as they tend interpret the passage to mean that ONLY Christians can achieve salvation. They take this passage and others quite literally, ignoring the possibility that he meant that the principles and tenets of his teachings and philosophy are "the way" and instead they try to make it, man’s literal interpretation "law" that only those that worship him in a manner prescribed by humans, can achieve spiritual salvation. However there is a small grassroots movement of Christians seeking to reevaluate the meaning of this and other passages, one such group is The Church Of Interfaith Christians.


A FANTASTIC CHANGE HAS BEGUN IN CHRISTIANITY!


The slogan above is displayed on each page of interfaithchristians.org signifying to progressive Christians that they have found a fresh breath of air, and after reading several web pages, Christians that also practice other paths such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Wicca, Paganism, or other Earth based traditions, realize that they have found an inclusive home. Others who may practice only a Christian path, but who are tired of doctrine and dogma that seems to be the anti thesis to the very teachings of Christ also find a spiritual home there as well.


Beginning as an e-mail discussion group in 2002 and quickly evolving into a church, one that is listed in the Encyclopedia of World Religions as a new denomination of Christianity, the Church of Interfaith Christians (COIC) has more than two hundred members world wide, many who practice a Christian/whatever path. While its numbers are low compared to other groups, one must realize that everything that has been accomplished to date has been done totally without any tithes or other cash flow that would allow for publicity, but rather just by "word of mouth" from volunteers.


Unlike other Christian denominations, the COIC never dictates the manner in which its ordained ministers conduct their individual ministries nor does it require its lay members to adhere to a strict doctrine, but rather encourages the ministers and members to seek out the sprit and explore their individual callings, in the worship of God/Goddess. The one doctrine that the COIC has authored is a doctrine to establish no doctrines. Unlike many Christian organizations there are no "rules" of the road. Rules that regulate one on their spiritual journey just as highway laws regulate travel upon the byways of our modern transportation infrastructure.


To explain and define the difference between the COIC and other Christian denominations, the founder of the COIC, Reverend Ernest A. Steadman wrote; "The Interfaith Christian embraces all positive spiritual paths including Shamanism and earth-based traditions, often being called upon to heal gaps between the many disparate religious faiths using the original teachings of Jesus Christ, minus convoluted manmade doctrine." He went on to further explain his concept(s) with a quote of the Dalai Lama;


"The greater our awareness is regarding the value and effectiveness of other religious traditions, then the deeper will be our respect and reverence toward other religions. This is the proper way for us to promote genuine compassion and a spirit of harmony among the religions of the world."


Reverend Steadman started the e-mail discussion group as a forum for those seeking to develop their awareness of other religious traditions and celebrate that diversity so as to promote harmony and healing among the various religions. Reverend Steadman had long noted that on many of the hundreds of e-mail groups, any Christian that varied from that "road set in stone" was immediately set upon by self appointed protectors of the faith with just as much ferocity as these "Christian guardians" attacked practitioners of other faiths. He further justified his position on the founding of the COIC by quoting 1 Corinthians 12: verses 4-6; "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. Now there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in everyone." Always giving it as his opinion that the only difference between the deities of the world’s religions was that difference authored by man, a difference designed to serve the needs of the flesh (the organization) and not the needs of the individual’s spiritual enlightenment.


The e-mail discussion forum grew into a fellowship of friends, an extended family. And as the various commentaries offered by the membership of the group took on more of the aspects of sermons, the group became a church. One that now offers ordinations to anyone absolutely free of charge. The e-mail group remains open to anyone regardless of path, but in order to comply with secular authorities and give some degree of credibility to the ordinations offered by the COIC there is now a requirement for those petitioning for ordination to profess a "Christian slash whatever" belief, or otherwise involving Christ in some form or fashion in their practice.


The church’s website is a volunteer effort and a work in progress, archiving articles submitted by members of all faiths, including various ceremonies such as handfastings. Dozens of pages have been contributed that cover a wide range of topics, from developing understanding between the world’s religions to defending religious freedoms.


But of all of the articles and writings of individual members found in the web pages on the interfaithchristians.org web site, the phrase that sums up everything, has become the slogan of the COIC, "ONE GOD – Many Names / ONE SON – Many Paths / ONE TRUTH – Many Faiths" by this statement we mean that we believe that there is an universal deity, known by many names, one that inculcates universal brotherly love and understanding. ONE SON who taught principles that are also found in all religions and regardless of their chosen path, those that follow these philosophies have an equal chance to obtain spiritual enlightenment. And finally if one opens their hearts and minds and "thinks out of the box" created by mankind to establish the boundaries of the "road" of their particular path and takes note of the similarities in the paths of all religions, one finds that ONE TRUTH which is also common truth throughout the Many Faiths of the world.


We cordially invite the readers of PaganPages.org to check out interfaithchristians.org, in the hopes that together Interfaith Christians and Pagans can work to promote acceptance and tolerance of all faiths.


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author bio:


Reverend Ed Crabtree D.D. (Hon)


Chief Executive Officer

The Church Of Interfaith Christians


Senior Pastor

Lighthouse On The CornerMinistries

X-Witch

May, 2006

I conducted a small survey this week on several e-lists as to what readers believed it was that made Christianity and Paganism so averse to one another.


I received a number of responses (thanks!) which ranged from intellectual issues, spiritual issues, historical issues. But the bottom line to all responses was a four letter word. The F word.


Fear.


Pagans fear Christians will persecute them–laugh at them at best and burn them up again at worse. And, we must give it to the Pagans; these fears are not baseless! Remember that highly enlightened time known as ‘The Inquisition’? Or how about that charming era called The Burning Times? The Pagan memory reaches far enough back into the not so distant past to recall what happened when men arrived from distant shores “in the name of the Lord” and showed them the love of Christ by stamping out the Pagan evil in fires and torture chambers. And all this in the name of a man who, when his own disciple cut of the ear of a soldier come to crucify him, rebuked his student for his actions.


But let us not forget that back in the day, Christians were also persecuted. Now that Christianity has become such a world power, such a force to be reckoned with we often forget that fact. We forget that Yeshua was, back in the day, not just some rebel nut job. He and his followers, far from being random cult loonies, were serious subversives taking away glory from the Roman emperors, the gods, etc., Christians, in order to worship under the pagan regime were forced underground ironically using what are now thought of a pagan sigils in order to identify themselves to each other. These days, its hard to think of Christians as persecuted members of any society but there it is. Think back to the whole Christians and lions thing. Not exactly a fair fight by anyone’s standards—surely that comes down as persecution in anyone’s book!


These days though, whereas I continue to see a very real, very physical type of fear in Pagans of Christians, the fear I see in Christianity is not rooted in any type of physical persecution. The Christian fear I see comes from faith in a power I’ve never truly understood. Faith in this power is sermonized day and night to the top of the lungs of more preachers than there are gnats in the bayou on a hot summer day. In fact, despite that according to Christianity, God came down in human form, healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, changed water to wine, walked through walls, and even put himself back together again after being tortured to death on the cross, this other power garners far more attention than the works of the formidable Christ force. The best I can gather from watching fundie Christian programming and listening in to fundie church sermons, is this: Despite all the Son of God did and supposedly still does, despite the fact He is ruler of all things seen and unseen, we still must concern ourselves with, nay! devote all our time, energy, prays, thoughts, etc. to that other guy.


You know, that other guy?! Old Bub?


Beelzebub, I mean.


I know it sounds ludicrous, but each and every thing any one person considers remotely evil (or just doesn’t like or agree with) is blamed on the devil. Wars, rumours of wars, famine, plague, murder, theft, terrorism, homosexuality, drunkenness, porn, the death of family values, gluttony, demonic possession, Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey… Hell, even Orville Redenbacher’s popping corn probably pops so well due to demonic forces from his evil corn popping empire. Truly Bub is an amazing force!


But still, I find fear an unsatisfying answer to my question. Fundamentalist Christianity as it is today, sees itself as the one true and only path to salvation. Fundamentalist Christianity is averse to any religion other than itself: The Buddhist is going to hell is surely as the Muslim as surely as the Jainist as surely as the Pagan.


So why does the Pagan cast such a scary shadow? Why is it that I see television programs devoted to assisting parents with seeing the signs that their children are involved in ‘witchcraft’? What do they believe witchcraft is? Do they still believe that witchcraft is devil worship? I suppose so, but again, why assume that this power has so much more force than that of Christ? What is it about the very word ‘witch’ that strikes such fear in the heart of fundamentalist Christianity?


Could it be that the true fear is not fear of persecution at all but fear of liberation? Could it be that church leaders know a simple, hidden truth: That if their parishioners practice witchcraft they might see miracles in their lives…they might do what Yeshua said they would—do all He did and more?


Or could it be that they might find out something far more dangerous: if while out there practicing witchcraft, healing the sick, raising the dead, walking on water, moving mountains they might discover another force, someone they’ve forgotten about altogether…


You know, that other other person?


Her?


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author bio:




R.A. Áine Laisrén, a novelist and psychic practitioner for over twenty years, is devoting her life (and the life of her pet chinchilla Fionnghuala) to restoring the Goddess and all Her gifts to Christianity. She will absolutely lose her mind if you refer to the Holy Spirit in the masculine gender, so please just don’t do it!


More information about Áine’s writing and practice may be found at www.sang-realta.com