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Well I have been waiting to see if anyone else would chime in on “Today’s Question of the Day”

Question of the Day

This has been a hot-button issue and a very sensitive topic in The Craft for centuries. What am I talking about? I will tell you, Christians becoming Witches. I want to know your opinion on Christians becoming Witches? Do you think it is possible? Do you think they should be allowed to? Do you believe in Christian Wicca?

I will give you my opinion on the matter at the end of today’s posts. But I want to hear from you first. Did I just open up a can of worms or what?

Well I guess I must have opened a can of worms then, perhaps I should take them and go fishing now, lol! I have had one person give us their opinion on this matter. I sincerely appreciate that person doing so. I wish more of you would open up. There is never a wrong answer to any questions, it is your opinion. I want to hear from you, start a discussion. I don’t bite or at least I don’t think I do.

Enough with that, I promised I would give my opinion on the matter later and now is later. First off, this has been a very highly debated subject in The Craft and Paganism for centuries. Let me clarify something real quick so you can understand where I am coming from. As most of you know and I know our new members don’t, I grew up in a half and half house. What do I mean by that? My mother was a witch and my father was a Baptist. We practiced witchcraft every day of the week except on Sundays and then we got up and went to church. I was very fortunate to have a head strong mother who made my father give me the opportunity to pick which Path or Religion, I wanted to follow. Of course, you know it was Witchcraft. Since being raised in a household like that, I have become interested in various other religions and have studied them. I am a very open minded witch and I proudly call myself a witch. Now that you understand my background, let’s proceed with the questions….

First question I asked: I want to know your opinion on Christians becoming Witches? This is a sensitive subject especially with this group. We have Priests, Preachers, Baptists, Christians, Catholics and every other Religion you can imagine with us. They all wrote me and asked if it would be alright for them to join our site. My answer was an immediate, “yes!” They wanted to learn about us and I was delighted they wanted to do so. So what I am getting ready to say, I don’t want to offend anyone at all, please understand that. As far as Christians becoming Witches, I do think it is possible. I can see several comparisons that can be made between Christianity and Paganism/Witchcraft. Christians have the three head God forms and so do we. The only difference is our is female dominated. whereas the Christians is male dominated. I know the Catholic religion has so many rituals and similarities to Paganism/Witchcraft it is unbelievable. But then you have to think back to the 1600’s when the Catholic church and Pope condemned Paganism and stole everything they could from us. But all in all, I can see a Christian becoming a witch. I can speak from experience, I use to mentor new comers to the Craft and most of them were Christians. I told them about the similarities between the two religions and they saw them also. Then we got to the part about Hell. I know when I would go to church on Sundays, the preacher preached none stop, hell-fire and brimstone. When it came to these students concern on Hell, I told them it had been beat into their heads and it had been. I know I went to a Baptist church. I believe they use Hell as a reason to keep the members in check. “Don’t you dare wander from this Religion or else you will go to Hell.” Most of my students were amazed when I told them, that our Religion didn’t even have the word Hell in it. Next question would be, how are you sure we will go to a good place when we die. My answer, “Out of all the religions on the planet you cannot tell me or make me believe their is only one right religion. All of the religions speak of an almighty Being or the Divine. These Divine Beings are suppose to be merciful and forgiving. I believe if you live a moral and ethic life that no matter who is at the end of our Journey they will let us in that good place you are referring too.” Some of them, this soothed their fears. Others it did not. The Christian dogma was beaten and drilled into their heads to deep. I believe if a Christian can get pass the dogma that has been drilled into them for years and years, yes, they can become a witch. It won’t be easy for them but they can do it. I know several who have.

Next questions: Do you think they should be allowed to? Do you believe in Christian Wicca? First part, should they be allowed too, yes.  If they want to become witches then I believe we should help them in any way we can. Now for the slammer, do you believe in Christian Wicca? I have been around a lot of witches who say it is bull****, (you get the idea). I guess I am as hard headed as my mother. I like to think things out on my own and form my own conclusions. While the other witches were bashing the idea of Christian Wicca, I was thinking, hmm! At first some of the other witches swayed me in their direction till I stopped and thought it out. I came to the conclusion that yes, there is Christian Wicca. As you know I get on my soapbox when it comes to the Burning Times. But I thought back to that time. As you recall, the Catholic Church condemned Paganism and those who didn’t convert, all their property was seized and they were put to death. As you know for our Religion to survive most of our ancestors when underground to preserve it for future generations to come. I believe that not all of those witches went underground. I believe some of them turned to the Catholic faith as a way of preventing them from having all their property seized and then put to death. I believe that they did go to mass on Sundays and pretend to be good members of the Catholic Religion. But they also went underground as well, to maintain their Witchcraft Religion. It does make sense and if you have any doubts then answer me this, who taught the Catholics all the rituals and rites that they have that came from us? Ever wondered about that one. I think I know, those witches who supposedly converted to the Catholic Faith. Some might call my theory crazy as hell but stop and think about it. It does make sense. Some of those Pagans back in the day had to pretend to convert because everyone was a Pagan till the Catholic church came along. If they hadn’t pretended to convert then the Catholic church would not had member one. I can’t imagine what a life they must have lived. I remember the commandments of the Church, their teachings, everything and how you could fit it together with Witchcraft is beyond me. But I sincerely believe their is Christian Wicca. I believe some how they combined the two Religions together and survived the Burning TImes.

Don’t get me wrong on what I am getting ready to say…but I think back to the Burning Times and all the horror that was inflicted on our ancestors. Most of mine were burned at the stake in Ireland for being witches. I wonder how on earth could you be tied to a stake and then look at a person you know who is a witch and they have converted (or supposedly converted). How could you? What would you be feeling? Better yet, what would the person standing there watching you getting ready to be burned alive? How could they live with themselves? Never really given it much thought till now but it does bring a tear to my eye.  Thinking one of my ancestors was burnt alive while a so called convert watched. Who knows, I know I never will. All I have is the pain and agony of thinking about my ancestors being burned alive or hung. I had an aunt in 1950 that was hung behind the flood wall here for being a witch. I know for a fact that none of my family members or fellow witches were there. When they went to drag her off, there was one hell of a fight. Some were beat almost to death and others were jailed but they did not stand idly by while she was hung.

Since I have got way off track, as usual, let’s see if I can get back on track now. As far as Christian Wicca existing, yes it does. There are Christian Wicca groups and sites all over the United States and on the internet. How they combine the two Religions is beyond me. I think of the Ten Commandments and what they say. One in particular, “thou shalt have no other Gods.” There is too many conflicts in trying to combine the two Religions together. I know most witches shun these groups and I can understand why. But I am a very opened minded witch and accepting of all religions. We have to be accepting of all Religions if we want other Religions to accept us. We have demonized way too long and it is time to put an end to that. By learning about other Religions and letting them learn about us, we put an end to those old myths and stereotypes.

Now you have heard my opinion, what do you think? I would like to know what you think seriously. I am open to a nice healthy debate, gee people, come on, let me know what you think, please. Oh, I remember I am down on my hands and knees begging you(hey it worked last time, lol!). Seriously, got an opinion on what I said let’s hear it. Or the next time, I will really go off topic and ask you about the Confederate flag and the controversy surrounding it!

Have a very blessed evening, my sweets,

Lady A

Earth Sky News for April 11th: Moon in Winter Circle April 10 and 11

Moon in Winter Circle April 10 and 11

On April 10 and 11, 2019, look for the waxing moon and Winter Circle (or Winter Hexagon) stars. It’s difficult to convey the humongous size of the Winter Circle that fills our western sky at dusk and nightfall now. This great star pattern even dwarfs the mighty constellation Orion the Hunter. In fact – as shown on the chart at the top of this post – Orion makes up the southwest portion of the Winter Circle, which is composed of 1st-magnitude stars (some of the brightest stars in our sky).

Look for a circular (or hexagonal) pattern of bright stars around the moon these next few nights. Just be sure to look at dusk and nightfall, because – on these April evenings – the Winter Circle stars sink below the horizon by early evening.

And if you’re out there looking soon after sunset, you might also catch a ruddy “star” near the red star Aldebaran, but which is notably fainter. That’s the red planet Mars, the lone planet in the evening sky now.

The Winter Circle can be seen from around the world, although its orientation with respect to the horizon will be different, depending on where you are. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, notice that the sky’s brightest star – Sirius – will appear at the top of the Circle and the star Capella at the bottom (if you can see Capella at all; it’s far to the north on the sky’s dome). No matter what part of Earth you’re standing on, though, this same pattern of bright stars will surround the moon on April 10 and 11.

Also note that the Winter Circle stars are bright. They’ll withstand a fair amount of moonlight. You might even see them in a sky beset by light pollution.

Bottom line: Use the moon on April 10 and 11, 2019, to find the bright stars of the Winter Circle!

A Year of Full Moons (Good Chart To Print Out & Keep)

A Year of Full Moons

Learn the name and meaning of the Full Moon every month

 

In Astrology, the Full Moon signals a time each month when we are able to take a clear look at what is happening in our lives so we can decide if we need to make changes. But culturally and historically speaking, the Full Moon has additional meaning that changes from month to month throughout the year.

The Full Moon stirs our emotions, so it’s fitting that the Full Moon for each month has a different name and personality. Many of the Full Moon names date back to ancient tribes who followed the Full Moon to help keep track of the seasons.

Other Full Moon names have been created by different cultures around the world, and most of the Full Moons have more than one name — although one is likely more widely used than the others.

Let’s take a glance at a year’s worth of Full Moons!

Mark your calendar for the Full Moons of 2019!

 

January: The Wolf Moon

The Full Wolf Moon in January is named for the time when wolves could be heard howling with hunger in the heart of winter. Alternate names: Snow Moon or Old Moon.

February: The Snow Moon

The Full Snow Moon in February is named for the time of the heaviest winter snowfall. This is also a time when hunting is more difficult, so it is also known as the Hunger Moon.

March: The Worm Moon

The Full Worm Moon in March is named for the time of year when the temperature begins to warm, the earth softens and earthworms begin to reappear, followed by the birds. Alternate names: The Sap Moon or the Crow Moon.

April: The Pink Moon

The Full Pink Moon in April is named for the time of year when the earliest pink phlox and wildflowers begin to bloom. Alternate names: The Grass Moon, the Egg Moon or the Fish Moon.

May: The Flower Moon

The Full Flower Moon in May is named for the abundance of flowers that begin to bloom this month. Alternate names: The Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.

June: The Strawberry Moon

The Full Strawberry Moon in June is named for the time of year the Native American Algonquin tribes would rush to gather ripe strawberries. Alternate names: The Honey Moon, the Rose Moon or the Hot Moon.

July: The Thunder Moon or Buck Moon

The Full Thunder Moon in July is named for the frequent thunderstorms at this time of year. Alternate names: The Buck Moon (for the time of year when buck deer begin to grow new antlers), or the Hay Moon.

August: The Sturgeon Moon

The Full Sturgeon Moon of August is named for the time when Native American fishing tribes could most easily catch this fish in certain lakes. Alternate names: The Green Corn Moon, the Red Moon or the Grain Moon.

September: The Corn Moon or Harvest Moon

The Full Corn Moon of September is named for the time of year when Native Americans harvested corn. It’s alternately called the Harvest Moon (which is the Full Moon closest to Fall Equinox and can happen in September or October) or the Barley Moon.

October: The Hunter’s Moon

The Full Hunter’s Moon of October is named for the time of year when Native American tribes hunted for the fattest game and stored provisions for winter. October’s Full Moon may sometimes be called the Harvest Moon, when this Full Moon falls closest to the Fall Equinox. Alternate names: The Travel Moon or the Dying Moon.

November: The Beaver Moon

The Full Beaver Moon of November is named for the time when Native Americans would set their beaver traps before the water began to freeze over. It’s also the time of year beavers begin to prepare for winter. Alternate name: The Frosty Moon.

December: The Cold Moon or The Long Nights Moon

The Full Cold Moon or Full Long Nights Moon of December is named for the mid-winter month in which the cold really takes hold, and nights become long and dark. Alternate name: Yule Moon.

 

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Your Daily Planet Tracker for April 11th: Moon in Cancer

The Moon in Cancer: Sensitive, Nurturing, Loyal

Apr 10, 2019 – Apr 13, 2019

 

Before we get into talking about the Cancer Moon, let’s start off with a little bit about the Moon itself. In Astrology, the Moon is considered a planet — and it’s the fastest moving one at that! Because it moves so quickly, it moves through each of the 12 zodiac signs once every month.

When the Moon is in Cancer

Regardless of what your Sun or Moon signs are, for a couple of days a month we’re all under the influence of the Cancer Moon. We’ll feel a little bit more tender, and more vulnerable than we do during other times of the month. You’ll have the urge to put up stronger walls between you and others in order to protect yourself. This is one of Cancer’s tricks — living behind your castle walls so you can feel safe. So, during the Moon in Cancer transit, you’ll feel more protective not only over yourself, but also those you love.

Cancer is the sign of mothering energy, so during this Moon you’ll feel a stronger urge to nurture and care for everyone as if everyone was one of your children. Domestic matters will feel more important than usual, and you will find yourself wanting to be at home surrounded by your loved ones. This is a great time to invite people over to share stories over a meal, or gather friends for a night of games.

Emotions will be heightened during the Cancer Moon, and it’s easy become moody if you don’t express how you’re feeling. But don’t worry, this extra emotion doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You’ll have an easier time tuning into your emotional needs, giving you a better understanding of what you need in life to feel satisfied.

New Moon in Cancer

In the early summer when the Moon and Sun are both in the sign of Cancer, we have a New Moon in Cancer. This is a very special time because New Moons are all about new growth and the beginning of new cycles. Cancer likes to protect itself by holding things in, so during the Cancer New Moon, we want to think about planting the metaphorical seeds we’ve kept hidden. However, this doesn’t mean we need to announce our plans to everyone if we don’t want to. It just means we need to finally bring those seeds out of hiding and sow them with intention.

Full Moon in Cancer

Six months later, at the beginning of winter when the sun is in the sign of Capricorn, we have a Full Moon in Cancer. Capricorn is about the outer energy, and the mastery of our outer world. The Cancer Full Moon allows the energies of these two signs to counterbalance each other, and helps us bring to fruition those things that we held close during the New Moon. We’re finally able to manifest these things, and create a sense of security in bringing our feelings and desires out into the world.

 

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