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Can There Be Witches That Are Also Christians?

This is a subject that has been hotly debated since Christianity first became an accepted religion and the debate I feel that will never have a definite answer.

Some people believe they can at least partially combine Christianity and Paganism usually by still thinking of Jesus as a  god or because many Christians already worship a triple god “the father, son, holy ghost or spirit” and saints to help them with certain things so jumping to a belief in a Triple Goddess and other goddesses isn’t that big of a jump. Many never call upon other gods than those they already believe in. Mostly the Christians that combine The Craft and Christianity are just bring the feminine divine back into their lives.

I have found over the years that the two were combined very early in the ancient history of religions. For example “In a way, Gnosticism is the best example of Hellenic Syncretism” ( see links below for more information). Another example of Christianity and Paganism crossing over is with two major holidays Easter and Ostara also Christmas and Yule. The early Christians trying to convert pagans purposely put the resurrection of Jesus close to Yule the Pagans celebration of the birth of Odin/the Oak King and the coming of the Maiden or spring time of year. So by putting Jesus birth in the wrong season, the Christians could use it to say something like . “See the son of our God is born now also.”

Let me interject here that it has been scientifically proven that the man known for the last 2056 years, give or take a year or two, as Jesus Christ or Jesus of Nazareth or by other names as well was born not born in the winter. There is a debate ongoing in the scientific community over which season and what exact year he was born. (Click the link below for more information) These are not the only holidays that Christians purposely used to convert pagans almost any Sabbat on the Wheel of the Year has a Christian holy day of some sort close to it or even on the same date. (Click on the link below for more information)

I have included a link for YouTube that presents the views of people who say they are Christian WItches.

Now my personal view is how can a person believe that there is a son of God that will cleanse them of all the wrongs they have done to others and/or themselves also believe in the Wicce Rede of “Do as ye will, lest it harm none.” and if you do harm someone with words and/or actions you need to take responsibility for the wrong and apologize or whatever to make what happened a thing of this past and most importantly forgive yourself. We as pagans do not ask a god or goddess to take away our wrongdoings to be free of them we free ourselves of the wrongs we have done. How can a person practice a religion that does not believe in a heaven or hell or satan when that is part of the core of Christianity? Part of the Christian dogma is the 10 commandments of which the first one is “Thou shall have no other God before me.” So does this mean a Christian Witch is breaking one of the main rules of Christianity if they use a different god and/or goddess for a spell and/or ritual? And if they do break the commandment do they ask the son, Jesus, of their one God to forgive them for doing so? Christians are also not supposed to worship idols (which if you go into some of the different denominations of the Christian churches you could see Jesus hanging dead from a cross and other statues of saints. Are they not all ready worshiping idols when they pray to them asking for their help with interceding with God to bring about something in their life? In my personal opinion and also from trying to meld Christianity and Paganism some may be able to justify what they are doing but I could not keep denying the feminine part of the dual nature of the Devine.

I have included in this post a link to a general search on how witches are talked about in all the Christian Bibles. Not one of them is a positive statement toward witchcraft. In fact, all of the passages condemn witchcraft in one way or another. So how can a Christian not follow the book that is supposed to be a guide in how they should live their lives? How can they practice Witchcraft when it is expressly forbidden by the commandments and other passages of the book their faith has been built on?

Some Information About Gnosticism

Some Views on When Jesus was Born

Pagan Holidays Used by Christian for Easier Convergence

Different views on Christians Witches

YouTube Videos on Christian Witches

Biblical View on Witches

I have tried to give you enough information to form your own opinion on whether or not a Christian can also be a Witch that practices Witchcraft. So I would like your viewpoint on whether a person can mix Christianity with Witchcraft/Paganism?

Imbolc/Lammas Sabbat Gathering Saturday, February 2, 2019

Thess Sabbats were written and being led by – Imbolc our coven’s almost adept Garie. Lammas by our coven’s Priestess Hypatia. Imbolc represents the coming of spring not too far away and love of all kinds from person to person in the Northern Hemisphere. Lammas is the first harvest and the coming of the fall in the Southern Hemisphere.

WHEN:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT

Circle cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter chat room once the circle has been cast as this will release the energy built up for the chants and possibly let something negative enter the sacred space. Thank you.

WHERE:

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Please scroll down to the hemisphere you live in for the list of things you need for that hemisphere’s ritual. Thank you.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT IMBOLC: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS BRIGHID AND GOD CUPID

 

EVERYONE: Set up your altar before the ritual starts. Placing an object represents each of the elements so they form a pentagram. In the upper right-hand point of the pentagram – Air: Dream catcher, feather, incense, lower right-hand point Fire: A symbol of the Sun, red or orange candle, a picture of a fire. lower left-hand point Earth: gnome, a bowl of salt or dirt, upper right-hand point Water: Seashell, a bowl of water, any type of sea creature, the top point Spirit: Angel Statue or whatever represents the element of Spirit to you.

 

Goddess: Goddess candle will be on the right side of altar decorate in colors of Silver, White, and Yellow – you can use markers to color the candle. You can also use a picture or statue of the Goddess Brighid

 

Gods: Gods candle will be on left side of altar decorate it in the colors of yellow, red, green – again you can use markers to decorate the candle. Or a picture or statue of the God Cupid

 

GARIE: I walk this circle three times asking that all who are in it be kept safe from harm and our magickal workings bring harm to know outside our circle.

 

 

EVERYONE: Invoke the object for the each Element at the Cardinal points:

Starting with the Element of Air/ East and say, – We call upon the Element of Air/East, bring us mental clarity as I cast my Magick Circle

 

Next turn South towards the Element Fire, and say, – We call upon the Element Fire bring the light and heat to your transformative bring your stability, and residence to my Magick Circle.

 

Next turn to the West as the Element of Water and say – We call upon the Element of Water to bring us your fluidity and compassion as I cast my Magick Circle.

 

Next turning North the direction Earth say, – We call upon the Element Earth, to bring forth growth and abundance as I cast my Magick Circle

 

Next face you altar and call upon Spirit say – We call upon Spirit to let us embrace the power of the other elements

 

While still facing your altar say – (Light the Goddess candle or touch picture or statue of the Goddess) Blessed the beautiful Goddess Brighid, of healers, smiths, and poets. I call upon you to enter our Magical circle on the Sabbat Imbolic. When the days of Winter are ending, and we can see light ahead. Knowing it almost a time for Spring.

 

(Light the God candle or touch the picture or statue of the God) Bless the handsome God the god of love, lovers and fertility.

 

Mediate for 2 minutes letting the power of the Goddess, God, and Elements rise.

 

Holding your candle or picture or staute for Brighid – Chant three times;

“Goddess Brighid please bless this home we dwell

Every fire side, every wall and door

Bless each heart that beats under this roof

Bless every hand that toils to bring you joy

Bless every foot that walks through its portals

May Brigid bless this home that shelters you”

(Set the candle or other object representing the Goddess down)

 

Holding you candle or picture or statue of Cupid – Chant three times

“God Cupid please bless my family and beloved

Keeping us close in touch no matter how far away from each other we dwell

Let our homes be filled with happiness and love all the yearlong.

Let us not forget those we love who dwell in the Summerlands.”

(Set the candle or object representing the God down)

 

Have a snack of some of your family’s favorite foods in honor of the Sabbat Imbolc after the ritual has ended.. (For dinner I will be having homemade potato gravy, cornbread, and banana pudding, and milk to drink). Hold hands with family members and/or friends that are with you and give our blessings to the bountiful of food that we have. Be sure you leave a bite and sip of everything to offer up as thanks to the God and Goddess for their power and presence in this evening’s ritual.

 

Southern Hemisphere- Lammas

 

Setting up you alter ready for the feast

 

Basket of grain heads

Fruits and seeds of choice

Corn dolly if you choose

1 X orange candle

Bread and cider to feast

 

Lammas in the S.H-

 

As the day marking the first harvest of early grain, this is a good time to bake your own bread. The loaf that is broken and shared in the name of the Goddess.

This is a time of great change that needs to take place in one’s life.

The Great God gives his energy to the crops to ensure life, while the Great Goddess prepares to enter Her Crone aspect, the Great God slowly loses his strength and it’s a time for the days to grow shorter.

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere you may want to decorate your alter with grains and wheat, husks and freshly baked breads, corn dollies and fruit.

 

Lammas in the S.H-

  • Now is the time to light your orange candle

Take a handful of grain and face the East, the land of the rising Sun God.

And Say

Now let us honour the Goddess in all of her fullness. Because of her nurturing we are blessed with the fruitfulness and the Divine Gods energy wanes. As the mother of all nature, we love and adore her with fullest honour and are in reverence that she chooses to share her power of beneficence.

 

Now:

Rub the grains in your hands and allow them to fall on the ground or on your alter cloth.

Take a piece of fruit, taste it and appreciate and saviour its flavour.

And Say:

“As the energies of the Goddess become ours, we are one with the fruits of the harvest. Hail Great and Divine Goddess of the Moon, Great Mother of all creation, and Hail to the Sun Lord and light our path with your pure light of goodness. May all your harvests be bountiful.”

 

Everyone-

Feast on the fruit and seeds.

 

2 Minute Meditation

Spend some time meditating on the sense of community bought about in the sharing of the fruits of the land.

Think about the bounty that fills your life. What are you getting ready to harvest? Have you taken time over the summer to enjoy the fruits of your labour? How are you preparing to shift into the darkness of the coming months?

 

FAREWELL

 

Lammas in the S.H-

Now say-

Brighid, Goddess of Healing, Goddess of Smith craft, Goddess of Inspiration, I thank You for Your presence and Your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

Ancestors of blood and ancestors of spirit, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

Spirits of the land, spirits of this place, I thank you for your presence and your blessings. May there be peace and honor between us now and forever. Hail and farewell.”

At the end of the ceremony please feel free to feast on your cider and bread.

After the ceremony:

If you wish to burn your candle in safety please do so, or snuff out and light over the next few days enjoying this transition of seasons.

Continue to feast on the bounties that have been gifted by the Great Mother and Father, and finally please dispose of anything sacred or not finished in an appropriate way, with a blessing and back to the great Mother with respect. Honour her with the greatest respect and show your gratitude! The Great Goddess is here for everyone!

GARIE: Thank your beautiful Goddess Brighid for bringing your protection, healing, and wisdom in this Magickal circle.Say, You are free to go.

 

Thank you handsome God Cupid for bringing your protection, healing, and wisdom in this Magickal circle.Say, You are free to go..

 

The Element Air thank you for bringing your Magickal energies into the circle, You may leave,

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The Element Fire thank you for bringing your Magickal energies into the circle. You may leave.         .

 

The Element of Water thank you for bringing your energies into the circle. You may leave

 

The Element Earth for bringing your energies into the circle. You may leave.

 

Thank you Element of Spirit thank you for bring your Magickal energies into the circle. You nay leave.

 

The circle is open, but not broken, until we meet again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update on the Sample of Life in The Craft Newsletter

SAMPLE ISSUE DUE to be In YOUR INBOX on March 1, 2019,  or March 2, 2019

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The Importance of Grounding Excess Energy After Doing a Spell or Ritual

During any type of magickal workings there is energy that is unused to complete it. This energy, especially if it is allowed to build up over time can cause minor or major problems usually with electronic devices. So grounding the extra energy every single time you do a spell and/or ritual whether you are doing inside or outside of a sacred circle must be grounded to Mother Earth. She should be told the energy is here to use however it will help her. You should also do this anytime you cast a circle for any reason.

To ground the excess energy raise your hands palm facing downward, as far as you can than slowly bring them down until you touch the ground of outside of the floor inside. If you cannot bring your hand all the way down bring them.as close to the ground or floor as you can and then imagine the energy being pushed down from that level into Mother Earth.

Wether you are working alone as a Solitary or in a Coven this is a very important piece of the spell.and/or ritual to especially when I’m your home.

I have a sister who had practiced for a few years grounding the extra energy only when she felt like it which was not that often. One  day many years ago we were talking about witch stuff and she was explaining  some problems she was having with the lights on her altar along with the fact her desktop computer, which was in the same room wasn’t working right at all and no scans could find anything wrong. After explaining the importance of grounding she did a major grounding of the built up excess energy over the years including grounding herself. The next day her computer and lights in the room started working right again.

When I forget to ground excess energy, we all can for her sometimes, after doing a quick spell in my den which is also the room I use as my sacred space/altar room, it builds up and starts blowing up light bulbs somewhere in my home. So try not to let this happen very often, replacing light bulbs can be expensive…lol Even after lighting and putting out an empowered I ground this excess energy. I have a healing candle that I normally light daily to help with my fibromyalgia pain, so I ground excess energy almost every day. Yes sometime I for get to do it after I put the candle out and if I have not done anything else like a spell, ritual of a circle for some reason it does not cause me a problem but if I do not ground the excess energy after lighting the candle two days it will cause some  type of electrical problem in my, as I really  refer to it, witch cave, will.happen or in the bathroom that you enter into through my witch cave.

Besides feeding your intention in to your the other very important thing is to always ground excess energy as soon as your magical work is done. If you are working in a circle ground the excess energy before opening the circle.

Copyright Lady Beltane 2019

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The Winter Solstice in Ancient Greece

Solstice (from the Latin sol ‘sun’) celebrations honor the sun. At the summer solstice in late June, there is no dearth of the sun, so celebrants just enjoy the extra hours of daylight, but by the winter solstice in late December, the days are much shorter as the sun sets earlier.

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Setting Up Your Litha Altar

It’s Litha, and that means the sun is at its highest point in the sky. Midsummer is the time when we can celebrate the growing of crops, and take heart in knowing that the seeds we planted in the spring are now in full bloom. It’s a time of celebrating the sun, and spending as much time as you can outdoors. Try to set up your Midsummer altar outside if at all possible. If you can’t, that’s okay — but try to find a spot near a window where the sun will shine in and brighten your altar setup with its rays.

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