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Witches: The Most Recent Victimized Minority to Come Out of the Closet

By Susan D. Harris

(Little known fact: Many of today’s witches are gay men.)

(The article has some similarities to the last article covering the Westchester Witch segment, but with a very different approach.)

Move over LGBTQ activists and Black Lives Matter.  The most recent victimized minority to “come out of the closet” and demand acceptance and attention is your local witches’ coven.  That’s right – witchcraft, Wiccan — call it what you will – these poor persecuted souls are demanding we embrace their occult practices as the fastest growing “faith” or “religion” in the country.  The words “faith” and “religion” are repeatedly used to describe witchcraft in an investigative piece that recently aired on News 12 Now in Westchester County NY.   Our sympathy is piqued for these oppressed faithful as we’re told that “not so long ago, witches were actually hunted!”

(In an effort to gracefully rationalize our acceptance of the occult, one witch tells us she teaches her children that, “a spell is nothing more than a prayer.  And those are my words; and words are powerful… If I’m setting an intention to accomplish a goal — whether you call it a prayer or you call it a spell, it’s really semantics.”)

News 12 Now seems anxiously giddy as they try to shame middle class Americans into abandoning their witchy stereotypes.  It’s just another attack on those old, out of touch Judeo-Christian haters who don’t realize how wonderful witchcraft really is.  After all, we’d better get with the program because in addition to its being “one of the fastest growing religions in the country…New York might as well be its capital!”

Westchester, NY news reporter Tara Rosenblum “spent four months exploring and gaining access to” a “thriving underground community of witches.”   In her promotion for the piece, Rosenblum promised it would “take everything you think you know about witches and turn it upside down.”

Most of us know the drill — we’re supposed to buy the witch pitch (again) that they do good and never do any harm.  They’re nature-loving do-gooders that happen to be more in tune with the earth            than the rest of us muggles. (And yes, one witch excitedly admits she has been casting spells ever since getting hooked on the “Harry Potter” series as a child.)  

After watching people who’ve sworn an oath of secrecy chanting in hooded robes — which in today’s atmosphere you’d think many might see as scarily reminiscent of KKK gatherings — we’re shown pentagrams, tarot cards, a voodoo doll and skulls on display at a witches gathering.   During the intro, one host says that mentioning the word “witch” conjures up pictures of “black cats, broomsticks and bubbling cauldrons,” while the next host quickly contradicts saying that “doesn’t necessarily describe the modern Wicca.”  Later, a self-described witch jokingly tells us “we don’t boil anybody in our cauldrons,” as those around her cackle with laughter.  Ironically, we’re then shown a ritual of these modern-day witches chanting as they boil something in a black cauldron.  In short, buying into the line that we’re supposed to “throw out our old ‘witch’ stereotypes” turns into a full-blown knee-slapper.  

Even more laughable, the promo said we’d be meeting, “some of the most powerful witches in New York,” as if there had been a formal competition and this was a documented fact.

According to one witch, the modern day Hudson Valley (known to many for being home to the Clinton family compound), is on top of a giant quartz crystal, “so all the energy is radiated through (there.)”

A Wiccan high priestess tells us, “There are people that are very, very dedicated witches in all walks of life…your ER nurse, your lawyer…who knows?”  (This begs the question ‘What constitutes very, very dedicated?’)

“It becomes a way of life,” she says, “You start honoring nature; you start having a connection with the sky.”  (One assumes the John Muir Society wasn’t enough for them.)  Yet another one tells us she knows witches “that even go to church.”  They’ve agreed to be interviewed, they say, because they want to help people, teach people, and preserve their path.  In one highly suspicious moment, reporter Tara Rosenblum is doing a Facebook Live stream with two of the witches and checks her social media saying, “My sister Brooke Rosenblum is checking in with us.” A quick gander at the Facebook comments show her sister Brooke quoting one of the witches saying: “It’s just who we are,” followed by a heart and a smiley face.

Rosenblum’s three part series titled, “Speak No Evil” tells us, “There are nearly 1 million Wiccans in the United States.  More than 20% of them live here in New York.”  Apparently they’re going public to grow their ranks.  Undoubtedly, they’ll find success in a culture ready to turn any group that whines loud enough into the victimized, bullied, persecuted, “attacking us is a hate crime” flavor of the day.

The witches are, after all, afraid to come out and expose themselves for fear of persecution; but they bravely say their “passion for the occult is unwavering.”  

Rosenblum reports, “It’s a mysterious, feminist and nature-focused religion that rewards faith and patience…with magic.”  She asks the Wiccan high priestess, “What is your faith capable of?”  The reply, “Anything that you can think, you can be.”   The purposely evasive answer sounded more like an inspirational speech to a group of fifth graders.

The report tells us they have no Bible but claim a strict moral code which is similar to Karma.  They talk to an antler god and then ask the moon goddess to cast a protection spell “shielding them from those who wish to do harm.”  The narrator tells us “witches of course have faced a long history of persecution.”  What?  All that stuff we learned about innocent women being put to death was a lie?  Does that mean all the accusations of paranoia and injustice that history lobbed at the witch trials were a mere ruse for covering what were truly occult practices?  Apparently so, as one witch who claims to be descended from British witches shocks the audience by admitting, “We kept it a secret.  We were persecuted.  We were actually burned at the stakes.”

None of that persecution stuff these days though. Today’s witches have set up shop — as Rosenblum says — “only a hagstone’s throw away from West Point.” They even offer military discounts.

Today’s witches are into “building community,” “supporting each other and everyone else,” and helping the total person with “mind, body and spirit.” Throw in some Reiki, herbalism, and some henna art — and you’ve got nothing but a bunch of well-intentioned, good witches gathering for fun and frolic in your local woods.

Responding to the Westchester segment on Facebook, one man asks, “How come all the witches aren’t collectively working together to get Trump out of office..???  If u guys r really good witches why isn’t this happening!??!”  A woman apparently identifying as a witch responds, “Many of us are.” 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGaaCfu318U

What Are Your Neighbors Really Up To? (Audio Available)

Rear Window

CLICK HERE to listen to the author read her article

 

By Susan D. Harris

Throughout our lives we mistakenly assume our neighbors and acquaintances are going about their lives in a manner similar to our own. It often takes a good hard shaking to wake us to the fact that this is occasionally not the case. That reality check might come when your neighbor gets arrested for possessing child porn while all the while you had believed he was wiling away the hours at his computer investigating how to perfect his hybrid hostas. Or you wake to the headline that the biggest meth lab bust in the state happened two blocks from your house, during which time you were in bed, dog-earing that Kipling book you’ve always wanted to finish.

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

There is a time for being aware of what is going on around us, and a time for burying our heads in the sand. Let us take a moment to peek out of the dunes, lift our binoculars like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window, and focus on what might really be happening behind those lace curtains across the street.

Moving our binoculars to the first window, we see a young girl immersed in a growing fad called lucid dreaming. While most of us are trying to get enough sleep to simply be able to converse coherently the next day, others are desperately attempting to enlighten their consciousness with this new snake oil for the mind. The simple explanation is that lucid dreaming is being aware that you are in a dream, and then controlling that dream. It promises to take you to “another level” — kind of like when the Beatles went to the Himalayas, but usually minus the drugs. One lucid dreaming Facebook page claims their “experiential two day workshop” includes “sacred movement, investigative exercises, guided meditations and dreaming,” that will be “combined with storytelling, journeys to other worlds, (and) move participants into dreaming. Lucid dreaming can be awoken in anybody.” To most people of the Christian faith, these catch phrases are equivalent to holding a séance. To those of us who have suffered from sleep paralysis, it sounds like self-torture.

One otherwise healthy young girl, who began dabbling in lucid dreaming, posted this internet plea for help: “I feel huge vibrations when I sleep. I developed sleep paralysis. I’m afraid to go to sleep, somebody help!” Claiming to have already tried the “mild’ and “wild” techniques of lucid dreaming — including rubbing her hands together or “spinning like a tornado” in an effort to “get back to the same dream,” she found herself now facing some very real physical consequences for engaging in a craze that boast tens of thousands of “illuminated” followers.

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim…

As we turn our gaze to the window with the open shutters below, we find a young man who lacks any religious foundation deciding to give “energy work” a try. This real story comes to me of a young man looking for “any energy-working acts to get a parent off your back (nothing harmful, anything relating to Paganism or Wicca would be great).” What a relief, he’s only looking to invoke energy from Paganism or Wicca instead of one of those harmful religious alternatives. Of course this is nothing new, I myself have been surrounded by coworkers who were Wiccans and made my life a living hell with their anti-Christian bigotry. If you haven’t heard the whole spiel about “good” witches being different than “bad” witches (from someone who isn’t talking about The Wizard of Oz,) you haven’t dipped your toe in the extremely popular whirling cesspool that is socially condoned witchcraft. It’s got such a following that you can be pretty sure there is someone, somewhere, trying to harness earth, wind, fire and water to send some kind of “energy” your way. If they have “eye of newt and toe of frog” in there however, you can rest easy that they’re only invoking The Scottish Play.

Oh the road to En-dor is the oldest road
And the craziest road of all!
Straight it runs to the Witch’s abode,
As it did in the days of Saul,
And nothing has changed of the sorrow in store
For such as go down on the road to En-dor!

Moving to the very top window, we find a reclusive neighbor who subscribes to a vampire magazine. Not because he loves the cinematic Bela Lugosi, but because he’s truly convinced he needs to drink blood. If he’s really hip, he’s part of the gay vampire subculture, or partying at the vampire bar.

Lastly, and perhaps most frighteningly, is your closest neighbor. She’s a liberal blogger who excitedly reposts everything from The Maddow Blog, while rabidly devouring the latest irrelevant 72 point headlines on the Huffington Post. Her favorite book is Greenblooded: An Introduction to Eco-Friendly Feminine Hygiene, a topic she thinks sane enough to blog about daily. While she’s never actually mentioned your “Don’t Tread On Me” hat, she’s convinced you are a rabid bigot, and is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to shove your hat down your throat. If you’re really unlucky, she’s conjuring negative energy against you while lucid dreaming about how to get a taste of your warm blood.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…

(Of course we haven’t even touched upon the millions of people addicted to street drugs or prescription drugs or alcohol; or those poor dark souls spending their lives contemplating death by suicide. The troubling fact is that contemporary society has so devolved as to make the repulsive culture of Cabaret about as shocking as a church picnic.)

We conclude the scene with our neighbor’s footsteps approaching our door. They are coming for us, because we know what they buried in their flower garden. We rapidly flash our camera bulbs to blind them and keep them at bay. Is it real… or only a lucid dream?

Perhaps it’s time to close the curtains, go back to bed, and open that dog-eared book and say:

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

*All quotes by Rudyard Kipling

NOTE:

This is a piece of creative writing to educate the reader on the mainstream use of Witchcraft, the latest mind-warping fad of “lucid dreaming,” with a mention of the very real prevalence of the gay vampire culture and real blood drinkers who attend vampire bars.  It’s all real. It’s all out there. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg. IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT MOST OF THOSE RESPONDING NEGATIVELY TO THIS ARTICLE WERE RADICAL ANTI-CHRISTIAN PAGANS AND WICCANS. GO FIGURE. Yes, if you click on their names, it’s all there.

The author used a Hitchcock film interweaving some  Kipling quotes as the vehicle to tell the story. The few people who believe she really accumulated this information while sitting with binoculars glued to the neighbors windows — and is encouraging others to do the same — well, what can I say? Evil is in the eye of the beholder. Or perhaps…they do “protest too much, methinks.”

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The following links will help you learn more about the issues discussed here:

Lucid Dreaming

http://dreamstudies.org/2008/10/08/the-dark-side-of-lucid-dreams/

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/allergicpagan/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eluGheWzCns

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