Now this blog serves me right - I was struggling with a C to do and so I asked my Anam Cara - who has a wicked (evil) sense of humour........ and she challenged me to stretch myself and write about Challenges (and not Carnelian which would have been too simple!)
So, this blog is the Challenges of being a Witch in today's society.........
My first thought was Help!! followed by hmmmmm - what challenges do I face....... well, I have to be honest and say I am one of the very, very lucky Witches as my family accept my Path and I haven't encountered any real intolerance from friends or acquaintances. For that I do give thanks daily.
So, lets broaden my horizon and look at my sphere of FB Witch friends and whilst I haven't got nearly the same number of 'friends' on there as I used to I was still pretty surprised by how many I had - and after I read some posts a picture began to emerge and then I got to the researching on t'net!!!
Intolerance teemed with ignorance seems to be one of the biggest challenges we Witches face today, from the typical response of someone when you say you are a Witch (do you sacrifice animals??) to the outrageous and stomach churning case in the papers of poor Kristy Bamu (trigger warning - only open the link if you are well shielded).
How do we change society's perception of us..... well, my method is one person at a time........ If they engage me in conversation!!!
I am very open about who and what I am - but I know many of my fellow Witches can't be that open and so the challenge they face each day is how to stay 'in the closet' and yet still honour their path and the Divine, one of the things i've read many times that seems to challenge these Witches is the Altar and either not having space or not being able to have a permanent Altar due to conflict of space or attitudes.
Altars in a box which I think is a great idea.
Or you could use oracle or Tarot cards (The Well Worn Path oracle cards are particularly good for this).
I am fortunate in that I do not face many challenges (well, apart from trying to convince my Father than I don't kill demons on an hourly basis ........ he loves Charmed and as he puts it .... "You are into all that Wicca stuff")
I can talk about my faith, my craft openly and honestly. I can have my Altar (in fact I have two) and I don't have to hide who I am.... but I know that this is not true for everyone and that for every closet Witch there are four or five closet Witch Hunter Generals out there ........ the burning times may have been in the past but I do fear that they are but a heartbeat away in this intolerant time!
These are some of the challenges we Witches face in today's society, I'd be interested to hear what Challenges you face and how you overcame them ..........
love and blessings to all
bunni x x x