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For some Wiccans, Halloween can be a real witch
Trey Capnerhurst, a traditional witch, performs a naming ceremony by the altar in her backyard in Alberta.
October 30th, 2013
03:32 PM ET

For some Wiccans, Halloween can be a real witch

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) -  Like lots of people, when October 31 rolls around, Trey Capnerhurst dons a pointy hat and doles out candy to children who darken the door of her cottage in Alberta.

But she’s not celebrating Halloween. In fact, she kind of hates it.

Capnerhurst says she’s a real, flesh-and-blood witch, and Halloween stereotypes of witches as broom-riding hags drive her a bit batty.

“Witches are not fictional creatures,” the 45-year-old wrote in a recent article on WitchVox.com.

“We are not werewolves or Frankenstein monsters. We do not have green skin, and only some of us have warts.”

Warts or not, many witches say they have mixed feelings about Halloween.

Some look forward to the day when witchcraft is front and center and no one looks askance at big black hats. Others complain that the holiday reinforces negative stereotypes of witches as evil outliers who boil children in black cauldrons.

Capnerhurst falls into the latter camp.

Hanging up witch decorations at Halloween is no better than wearing blackface costumes or taking a slur, like “Redskins,” as the name of your football team, she says.

“Unless one actually is a witch, dressing up as stereotypical witches is bigotry,” Capnerhurst said.

In June, the wife and mother of two started her own church for “traditional” witches called Disir, an old Norse word meaning “matron deities,” she says.

(Capnerhurst draws a distinction between “traditional” witches, like her, who were born into the religion, and Wiccans, most of whom are converts.)

Most Wiccans identify as witches, and they form the largest branch of the burgeoning neo-pagan movement, said Helen A. Berger, a sociologist who specializes in the study of contemporary Paganism and witchcraft at Brandeis University.

A 2008 survey counted about 342,000 Wiccans in the United States and nearly as many who identify simply as “pagans,” a significant increase from the last American Religious Identification Survey, taken in 2001.

Three-quarters of American Wiccans are women, according to Berger.

“It’s harder to train male Wiccans,” Capnerhurst said with a cheery sigh. “Most men just aren’t going to sweep the kitchen and think about sweeping out the bad energy.”

The faith is fiercely individualistic. Although there are umbrella groups like Wisconsin-based Circle Sanctuary, most Wiccans practice their own blends of witchcraft.

After centuries of persecution in Europe and colonial America, modern witches still bear a sharp suspicion of authority. The rede, or ethical statement at the core of Wicca, is: Harm none and do as you will.

Despite the rising popularity of their faith, many Wiccans remain “in the broom closet,” fearful of losing their jobs, their families or their reputations, said Berger and other experts.

Trey Capnerhurst in her traditional witch garb.

Capnerhurst said she was “outed” in 2005 while running as the Green Party’s candidate for local office. A reporter noted the pentacle - a five-pointed star often mistaken as a satanic symbol - hanging around her neck.

“I kind of became the poster girl for paganism,” Capnerhurst said.

But the notoriety came at a cost.

Neighbors have threatened to burn down the house she shares with her family, Capnerhurst says. She’s lost jobs. And people keep asking her whether the “Blair Witch Project,” the 1999 horror movie, is real.

“I’m like, What the frick! No!”

Raising her 12-year-old daughter, Maenwen, as a witch is not easy either, Capnerhurst says, especially around this time of year, when just about every classroom turns into a coven of construction-paper crones and black cats.

In the United States, Circle Sanctuary has founded the Lady Liberty League to advocate for Wiccans' religious freedom and to fight discrimination.

Unlike Capnerhurst, however, some witches see Halloween as a treat, not a trick.

“Considering that I usually slap on a pointy hat at this time of year (and I have a black cat too), I’m fine with the image of the Halloween witch,” wrote Jen McConnel, a poet, novelist and Wiccan from North Carolina, in an e-mail.

“Even though the word ‘witch ‘ is loaded, I have embraced it,” McConnel said, “but it is only one of many hats I wear (pun intended).”

McConnel says she enjoys the yearly confluence of Halloween with Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival that marks the end of the harvest and winter’s coming darkness.

It’s a time when the veil between the living and the dead grows thin, according to Wiccan theology, and spirits can easily cross the divide.

Many Wiccans hold “dumb suppers,” to which they invite deceased ancestors, making sure to prepare their favorite foods, said Jeanet Lewis, a witch who lives in Northern Virginia.

“It’s a meditative, silent meal,” Lewis said.

Other witches light memorial candles and cast spells for the new year.

What do witches wish for? The same things as everyone else, apparently.

“Health, wealth and love,” Capnerhurst said with a laugh. “Every single spell falls into one of those three categories.”

Even though she dislikes Halloween, Capnerhurst has found a way to blend it with her own sacred days, Samhain.

According to some historians, at this time of year, as the days grow darker, ancient Celts would don costumes as stand-ins for deceased spirits, going door-to-door and performing tricks in exchange for treats.

Capnerhurst prefers to see the children who come to her door on October 31 as a re-enactment of that ritual.

“I’m doing my ritual and they get candy,” she said. “Everybody wins!”

And even though she bristles at the thought that some neighbors might abhor her religion, Capnerhurst tries to take it all in good cheer.

As October 31 approaches each year, she places a sign on her lawn that reads, "This House Practices Safe Hex."

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Discrimination • Halloween • Holidays • Neopaganism • Paganism • Persecution • Prejudice

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  1. Guy

    It seems to me that people that say religion is the cause of all our suffering seem to not understand the purpose of religion...

    October 31, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Creating and binding communities through shared hopes, fears and rituals.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
      • Susan StoHelit

        Don't forget controlling communities and eliminating dissent and difference. There's the good and the bad.

        October 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Just the Facts Ma'am...

      "seem to not understand the purpose of religion..." It is true, I see no purpose for it, and what I do see religion doing, at least the public face of it, is injecting itself into public society at the cost of our freedoms in some loony attempt to save invisible souls, which doesn't seem very productive as there is no accounting of how many religion has saved since there is absolutely zero evidence of there being an invisible soul. It's like asking how much tea did my daughter drink during her imaginary tea party, was it gallons or just a few ounces? So that is the only purpose I see of religion, a time waster where people can pretend to drink blood and eat flesh and have their shiny invisible souls polished while they put their pinkys up in some archaic ritual that makes them feel special.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
      • Guy

        doc vestibule is closer, it binds people together, but it was also the primary mechanism for our ancestors (I'm talking about the beginnings of any religion) to essentially allow altruism to exist, and to stem psychopathy. I mean, if you just think about it, why should anyone be nice to each other if there is no tangible consequence?

        People argue that religion is obsolete now, but I don't think so, it's just that everybody seems to get so caught up in the messengers that they don't pay attention to the message :\

        October 31, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
        • HotAirAce

          So being fined, incarcerated or put to death for breaking civil laws are not tangible consequences?

          October 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
        • Susan StoHelit

          There are many other reasons to be nice to one another. If you look at countries with a high proportion of atheists, few believers, they are actually FAR more altruistic, far nicer to their citizens – you don't have to fight to get health care for all, social benefits (which are definitely an altruistic thing to do).

          But there are good reasons why people do this – a group versus individuals – the group wins. The more cohesive the group, the better. Altruistic behavior, being nice, behavior that allows you to trust one another, not worry about everyone being out to steal and kill – that allows a group to function. That's the reason why the basic, nice, rules of religion are universal, across all cultures and all religions even of the past.

          October 31, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
        • Igaftr

          Guy
          Why are all other mammals nice to each other, they have no belief in gods.
          Rats will co-operate, even share food with strangers. Elephants cry when they encounter elephant bones. They build communities, they build language and culture...without gods.

          Why do you think that being social has anything to do with any gods?

          October 31, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
      • Just the Facts Ma'am...

        Regardless of whether some groups of people who all claim fealty to a specific relgion and bring the community together actually happen, and I doubt they are as frequent as Doc may want to believe, that does not mean there are not dozens of other ways to bring communities together that don't require any religion at all. I often mention the story of Stone soup when trying to get people to understand this concept. The stone in the soup did nothing for the flavor, that came from all the people bringing their bit to share, the stone was merely a catalyst. We don't need religion to bring out the good in us and to do good works for others, we can freely share that with no need to pick a patron deity just so we can be nice to our neighbors.

        October 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Gordon

      I'd say the best way to solve all the world's problems would be:

      1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

      That's it. Simple. One rule. If only we could all follow it.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Linus Van Pelt

    On Halloween night, the Great Pumpkin rises from his pumpkin patch and flies through the air with his bag of toys to all the children.

    Makes as much sense as any of the others......

    October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • ripleymm

      YAY!!! another with a sense of humour! i love you, linus!

      October 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  3. asdf

    I wonder how Christine O'Donnell feels about Halloween?

    October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
  4. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Ah witches ...

    Merry meet and blessed be.
    Those who are so wise in the ways of science.
    Copy the link below.
    And enjoy this Samhain season.

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/mphg/mphg.htm#Scene 5

    October 31, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  5. skyler

    God is imaginary, witches are delusional, but its always nice that we can use fiction and fallacy to create strife between each other. Religion is a blight on the world when will people wake up.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  6. laststonecarver

    Darkness falls across the land
    The midnite hour is close at hand
    Creatures crawl in search of blood
    To terrorize yawls neighbourhood
    And whosoever shall be found
    Without the soul for getting down
    Must stand and face the hounds of hell
    And rot inside a corpses shell

    The demons squeal in sheer delight
    It's you they spy, so plump, so right
    For although the groove is hard to beat
    It's still you stand with frozen feet
    You try to run, you try to scream
    But no more sun you'll ever see
    For evil reached from the crypt
    To crush you in it's icy grip

    The foulest stench is in the air
    The funk of forty thousand years
    And grizzy ghouls from every tomb
    Are closing in to seal your doom
    And though you fight to stay alive
    Your body starts to shiver
    For no mere mortal can resist
    The evil of the thriller...
    ... Can you dig it?

    October 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Vincent Price was not a man, he was a gay robot.
      He didn't die – his power cells just ran dry.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
      • laststonecarver

        He was invisible, man –

        October 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
        • laststonecarver

          errrrr... He was the Invisible Man –

          October 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm |
  7. Belief Blog Bloody Bingo Bash

    If God is perfect, I am a pillow case. (I am not a pillow case)

    October 31, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
  8. Scorpio

    Religoin for most is not a choice. We are born into our parent's belief system. If the parents are Catholic,Muslim,Jewish, Wiccan or Atheist the child of that union will be raised in accord with those norms, To respect another's religion we don't have to believe or practice their rituals. We just need to afford them the same courtesy that we expect. With regard to believing in fairies and elves, I would offer that most if not all religions ask the faithful to believe some pretty incredible things. By the same token if someone pokes fun at you, me or our belief systems we need to try to learn to laugh at ourselves as surely as we laugh at what we find humorous in the practices of others.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • BRC

      Scorpio,
      Religion is ALWAYS a choice. Even if you were born into it, you can always see things differently and choose to leave the religion. Staying is a choice, however passive and common it may be.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • Raven Harbinger

        Choosing to leave a religion of your family can mean choosing to be ostracized and rejected, or even worse. For people in such situations changing religion is not a free choice .

        October 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • BRC

        Raven Harbinger,
        No choice is free, all actions have consequences. I would say, that if you find your family's beliefs backwards and wrong, adn they are so wrapped up in them that you going your own way without them will cause them to abandon or disown you, then you are better off without them. When you're a self supporting adult go out on your own, live your life, find friends, send them post cards. Problem solved.

        October 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
      • Just the Facts Ma'am...

        BRC is right, it has been more than 10 years now since I left the faith of my family, my mom still cries herself to sleep at night according to my sister because she thinks i'll be tortured in heII just because I don't believe in their God anymore. My sister had to tell me because my mother won't speak to me. It's sad that she has to miss out on her grandaughter growing up but that is her choice. I have made myself available to them but they choose to reject me as I have rejected their God, and i'm at peace with that.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
        • OTOH

          @Just the Facts,

          Sometimes I wish I could have been that brave. I waited for all of the elders to die; and some of the other relatives still don't know since we live in different areas - I just don't bring it up, and ignore their religious emails and stuff, which would probably in fact *increase* if I said anything!

          Family harmony was/is real important to me and I am not a very forceful debater, plus, back in the 80s and 90s I didn't have the information and facts to use. I did as little as possible when I had to, though, - had the kids baptized and sent them to CCD for a minimal time, went to church with the grandparents on Christmas and Easter. Yeah, I felt sort of hypocritical, but I made my feelings take 2nd place. I guess it's a personal choice of what you can live with more comfortably.

          October 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
      • Scorpio

        Of course by the book you are right we all have many such choices to make as we mature, however I would point out that as stated by several others that responded; making such a choice is not necessarily an easy thing to do or equate as the logical thing to do. Some may be able to easily switch gears and be willing to alienate themselves from their families and or friends but many are not able to make this type of change. My overall point is that everyone needs to be left unharmed if they are hurting no one. In addtion, we all need to develop a thicker skin. I have a fair amount of American Indian blood in my veins but don't think that the Redskins need to change their name. We need to give respect and get over ourselves .

        October 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm |
    • Jake

      You're right – all religions ask their followers to believe in incredibly ridiculous things. So why would anyone believe those things when there's absolutely no reason to?

      October 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
      • Just the Facts Ma'am...

        It's called peer pressure. A study was done of a classroom where all but one person is in on the test. The one person who doesn't know what's going on is presented with some fairly simple questions like whats five times seven. When the teacher calls on a student for the answer and they give 37 as the answer and the teacher and the rest of the class agree, more often than not the one not in on the joke begins to doubt their own answer instead of insisting that everyone else is wrong. This is exemplified in religion to a fanatic degree, and any dissenters are told they just don't understand because they are not "earnestly" seeking whatever brand of deity that religion is peddling. It is like telling that person in the study "You aren't finding the right answer of 37 because you just don't want to find the right answer...our answer..."

        October 31, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      You are not BORN into your parent's religion. You are born an atheist and then indoctrinated (brainwashed) into the religion.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      True for mainstream religions – but for most minority groups – atheist, wiccan – the typical 'member' is someone raised in another religion.

      Many people never choose their religion – they just believe what they were taught as kids, and don't consider anything else – after all, it's a sin to doubt.

      October 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
  9. Belief Blog Bloody Bingo Bash

    All are welcome, all are welcome.

    Get them Witches with the spider tattoos
    Get them Christians started on a night o’terrors
    Get this bitch ignited with an atheist or two

    You start howling at the moon
    The day is young and the fear starts soon

    Belief Blog bingo will cash your check

    October 31, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
  10. Honey Badger Don't Care

    Vic

    "It's not that God changes His mind, it is that God changes the Time Dispensation of His plans. That's what the Old and New covenants are, change in Time Dispensation."

    So an eternal, all knowing being changes his "time dispensation"? Really? The whole basis of the xtian religion is BS anyway.

    God sends himself to sacrifice himself to himself to create a loophole for a law that he, himself created.

    What a bunch of garbage.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      "Since god knew he was going to change his mind then he wasn't really changing his mind".... is not a good argument.

      Vic seems to think if you can come up with an answer it should be accepted as true.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
      • Vic

        BEWARE OF BOGUS QUOTES!

        The above quote is NOT mine NOR is it right!

        October 31, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
        • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

          It was a paraphrase of your argument Vic, I was not trying to imply that is what you said. I do apologize for giving that appearance. I meant to use ( ' ), not ( " ).

          October 31, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG

      amen brother!

      October 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      And why would god need a sacrifice, a loophole? If the one who makes the rules wishes to change the rules – he changes the rules. No need for a bloody drama to make an excuse.

      October 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
  11. LovesHalloweenCandy

    Who would have thought that people would want an end to Halloween because we have offended the "real" witches? There are some rights worth fighting for, but I find it to be a HUGE over exaggeration to compare "witch discrimination" to old blackface costumes. Apples and oranges. I sure hope this isn't the future of America. Either use your "magic" and "witchcraft" to resolve your concerns lady, or stop reading so much Harry Potter.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  12. dave

    lol

    October 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
  13. Fladabosco

    I am a musician and I get hired to play in many different churches, I've played for Baptists, evangelicals, Catholic churches, synagogues, you name it. I have heard all sorts of prayers, sermons, hymns, etc.

    One day I heard a Wiccan on the radio and at first I dismissed him as a wacko. But as I listened he made more sense, and his religion seemed more human and natural than any of the ancient scriptures that focus on the lives of 'saints.' He was concerned about his relationship with other people and with the gifts god gave us – like air.

    I like to contrast that with a conservative Christian I heard at about the same time who said it wouldn't bother him if we cut down every tree on the planet and paved over every patch of dirt, because the bible told him god gave us the earth to do what we want with it. What an evil person!

    October 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Madtown

      "Like"

      October 31, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
  14. Raven Harbinger

    I believe that following statement is inaccurate:
    “Health, wealth and love,” Capnerhurst said with a laugh. “Every single spell falls into one of those three categories.”
    There are many other spells that do not fall into those categories. You can create a spell for anything and many in Reclaiming weave spells to promote peace and justice, to help increase awareness of human connection with our planet and all of creation, and many other subjects related to deeper understanding of ourselves, one another and the universe. One could argue that these fit into the idea of Health, but only in the most expansive way, in terms of the health of our planet and our species having a right relationship with Gaia and all her beings.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  15. Monty

    If she weighs as much as a duck I will believe that she is a witch.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Fladabosco

      If you sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor I'll believe you are a Christian.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
      • ?

        Did you here that pope Frankie told all the bishops/cardinals to dumb down on the gold crosses, chains and fruity looking gowns? He wants them to use silver and brass and plain white linen but no mention was made of what they should do with the good stuff? All because bishop bling hit the media.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
        • Susan StoHelit

          He was like that from the moment he was picked – knocked down a bunch of the typical Pope gold and bling.

          I'm an atheist and generally find the Vatican to be corrupt and flat out evil – but this one guy seems like a genuinely good person who is actually trying to live up to the better parts of that religion.

          October 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • whizzo butter

      Yes, but did she turn you into a newt?

      October 31, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  16. Colin

    Their beliefs aren't quite as wacky as a cult I know. The "priests" in this cult dress in gowns and gather their members together every Sunday morning. They hold a service which they honestly believe is being perceived by the creator of the entire Universe and its billions of galaxies in which they offer up prayers to him. If the prayers are silent, they believe this creator reads their minds.

    The culmination of the service is when they believe that simple, grocery store bread and wine turns into the flesh and blood of a dead prophet they follow because of the priest’s sacred powers. And the grown adults believe this garbage, it’s not just a story they tell their little ones.

    Ahh, Catholics, ya gotta love em. They are great entertainment value.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Matt

      So Colin...what do you believe? We all evolved from a single living cell over millions of years? That may take more faith to beleive than what you choose to belittle.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Colin

        It's billions, not millions – proabably about 3.75 to be exact. But more fundamentally, it is not an either/or thing. What Catholics believe is childish, superst.itious garbage. Their beliefs should never have made it out of the Dark Ages. But, that is totally independent of the latest theories for the origins of life on Earth. I don't evenn see how or why you connect the two.

        October 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
      • Bob

        Matt, the absurdities of Christianity deserve to be belittled. After all the horrors done in the name of that foul religion, that belittling is solidly deserved.

        October 31, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
      • Susan StoHelit

        That's not hard to believe, when we can see evolution in our everyday lives so very easily. Extrapolate what we can see just in a little dog breeding, to a few billion years, and it's not hard at all to believe that natural selection works. In point of fact, the Catholics have no issue with evolution either.

        The only problem comes if you have an issue with scale, can't think in a long time frame.

        October 31, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • Anne

      The bread and wine are a SYMBOL. No one actually believes that it has turned into flesh and blood. You are a fool.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Colin

        Oh bullsh.it. It is called transubstantiation and is a fundamental belief of the Catholic faith. Look it up.

        PS: I note that you didn't comment on the other superst.itious garbage Catholic swallow.

        October 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

        I guess it's back to catechism school for you Anne to study up on the mysteries of transubstantiation and the Eucharist.

        October 31, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • Doc Vestibule

        "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation"

        – Catechism of the Catholic Church

        October 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • ohsnap

        Wrong. It's called transubstantiation...look it up in your beliefs. The church laws say the wine and bread actually turn into the body and blood of Christ, which you take a sip and bite of each time you take communion. Most religious people don't know what their religion actually teaches. Most of the stuff in religion today comes from pagan beliefs in existence long before Christianity, like the belief in the afterlife (why do you think Egyptians built the pyramids?), trinity, hellfire. All did not have Christian origins. I am not a believer in paganism but I no longer belong to a religion because they all are nothing like God intended.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
      • Ruby

        @Anne, from Wikipedia "When at his Last Supper, Jesus said: "This is my body",[49] what he held in his hands still had all the appearances of bread: "the 'species' remained unchanged. However, the Roman Catholic Church teaches that, when Jesus made that declaration,[50] the underlying reality (the "substance") of the bread was changed into that of his body. In other words, it actually was his body, while all the appearances open to the senses or to scientific investigation were still those of bread, exactly as before. The Catholic Church holds that the same change of the substance of the bread and of the wine occurs at the consecration of the Eucharist[51]" NOT believing in transubstantiation of the Eucharist was a reason for people to be arrested, tortured, and burnt at the stake as a heretic during the Renaissance by the Catholic Church and by Catholic Monarchs. Please open up a book and your mind, and learn some history before posting things on websites you clearly know nothing about.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Frazzemrat

      Why cannot everyone understand that there are other religions, other ways of thinking, and that the people that belive in them whole heartedly believe... And accept!!! Simply accept that they believe in something different and be ok with that?
      I was raised christian, I am pagan... My God is your God... I also believe in the Goddess, the duality of the universe. Day and night, male and female... I do not believe that the Gods would have created such diversity of life on this planet, allowed it to evolve the way it has... Permitted so much variety of our own species; all the shades of our skin, of our eyes, our hair... And then after all that, Why would the Gods permit us to believe in so many different things, live all those different ways, and then say, 'Oh wait... your way is wrong!' Why do some people, once somebody says they are different, have to then turn around and attack them for that difference?!
      words for thought....
      Blessed Be...

      October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Iliveforyoulord

      It is remembering and honoring his sacrifice for us. I thank him daily for his grace that I am not blinded like all of you. Look at your lives, know that once you die you have accomplished nothing. Keep looking for happiness and your reason of existence because beside from Jesus Christ you will never attain complete meaning of life.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
  17. Yakman2

    Hey Trey,
    Since today is my Birthday would you be so kind as to cast a good spell on me for the next several years....I really could use it...Health & Money....as I do already Love my wife & kids !!Thx!!!

    October 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Fan2C

      ***** HAPPY BIRTHDAY ***** Yakman2!

      October 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
  18. GH

    I'm neither a Wiccan nor a witch, but I do want to point out the difference between a pentacle and pentagram. My layman's understanding is that the pentacle (star pointed up) is usually the symbol for Wiccan magic or "white magic," while a pentagram (star pointed down) is usually the symbol of satanism or "black magic." I respect the rights of others to practice whatever religion or belief they choose, so long as it doesn't hurt anyone.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • B-Chan

      A pentagram is a five pointed star. A pentacle is pentagram inside a circle. The point can be either up or down as to whether they are inverted or not.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • WASP

      the pentagram is a power symbol, a good thing.
      while the catholic church was spreading it's "beliefs" at the point of a sword, they demonized the pentagram as evil and held the cross which is pagan symbol also as good; even though it was a torture device during that time period.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • David

      Everyone is well intended here, and I don't have time to go into all the detail (because this is going to be too long of a post as it is, but I cannot be silent here), a simple google search will give you a lot of information where witchcraft/wicca/pagan reglions all come from. Do most people know where he name Lucifer derives from? It means "Light Bearer"... All of this, where we are, where we are going all started and is described in Genesis. "The Fall" for humans was real; starting with the serpent convincing Eve who then convinced her husband Adam, that God doesn't want you to eat from the tree of "KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL" ...for those who hate the literal there is a deeper understanding that those blessed wtih a brain can understand. Anyway, we chose to become godlike, and it caused our demise. We still want to be godlike (even Christians in our own way have to watch out what we do, because we have our own idols), and have rituals in an attempt to take the control out of God's hands. Jesus is real, is living, and is the only way (once again it is a choice to believe the Bible, but it is Truth...one day all will bow down and admit Jesus is Lord, it will be too late for some though). Pray about it and see what your heart tells you. The Son of man came here to save us, but the choice is ours (and we aren't to hate anyone for not seeing this; we should only feel sorry that they are blinded...and as we all know, but darkness and bright light can block our vision). So put on your Jesus glasses, and have the life that God promised; and eternal one. God bless.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
      • Madtown

        once again it is a choice to believe the Bible
        ---–
        It's not a choice, until you are aware that it exists. Many people in this world aren't aware of the existence of the bible and christianity. How can it be the "only way", when so many of God's creations aren't even aware of it?

        October 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • tr0623

        So you are saying that evils of the world was not due to opening of Pandora's box? What a great day, I was really worried about that one.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Joe G

      Sorry, you are just a bit incorrect. The pentagram is the five pointed star, fifth point facing up. The pentacle is the pentagram enclosed in a circle. That is the only difference. The satanic symbol is simply an inverted pentagram, and is actually less used by them than the inverted christian cross. Hollywood horror movies, however, unfortunately make the association of the pentagram with satanism more prevalent. The pentagram has been used throughout history as a positive symbol of power by such groups as the pythagoreans, the jews representing the 5 books of the pentateuch, and even christians, representing the 5 wounds of christ. It is used by us pagans to represent the 4 elements earth, air, fire and water, along with spirit as the upward facing point, as the divine is above all else.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  19. I liveforyou Lord

    May The Lord my God have mercy on you and open your eyes to the Truth. the devil has a thing for making evil things look appealing. Jesus is the only way. To die is gain and to live is Christ. Blessed are those who hear and believe.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
    • Mark

      What is the problem with you people? Did it every occur to you that no one cares? The only thing worse than you is an Islam terrorists – at least you do not use bombs when you try to crap your religion down other people's throats.

      I drive a Dodge. I like it. Gosh, you should drive one too! Then when I look around, the entire world would be people just like me, and I would have tons of validation because I am so insecure, just like you are in your religion. Try going to church and shutting up.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
      • Carl

        What's the problem with YOU people???
        A person excercises their right to free speech and makes a comment, religous in nature, and you feel you have to deride, chastise, berate, belittle, bully, and make inflammatory remarks towards that individual.
        Grow up...

        October 31, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
        • ?

          And the Christian nut bars do not do the same thing when an atheist makes a clear statement that all gods are simply man made stories. Hypocrite.

          October 31, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
        • ?

          BTW the above statement is offensive to those that believe their eyes are open to what they believe as truth. If the moron above kept his comments to what he believes for himself and did not tell everyone else to accept his belief system or else, you may have a point.

          October 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
      • Iliveforyoulord

        I will pray for you, all I see is hate and suffering in your heart. Life is tough but not with hope that The Lord Almighty gives. He heals and restores, forgive me for I only wish to share the joy it brings to know The Truth. It would not be fair that I keep it a secret, and as fairy tailish as it sounds, it as real as can be. You will see.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
        • ?

          Empty threats, you moron, why would anyone want to be an unreasoning bully like you? Do what I say/believe or you will be punished, sorry but you are the one that is wasting your life on this BS.

          October 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I know right? Duh.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • ?

      What are you waiting for, go meet him already, bye now?

      October 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • Which God?

      Il4ul. Your clock must be woud to tight, you sound Koo- Koo.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
      • Iliveforyoulord

        Haha you are funny, Yes I see what you mean. Sounds koo koo, I admit. I can understand how crazy and delusional it may sound but it's The truth. It's foolish to believe in such an amazing thing as eternal life with the perfect God and creator of all things but I'll take it any day. I have witnessed in my life extraordinary things that I could no longer refuse Him. Call me crazy I know how it sounds(the gospel) but it's 100% real.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
  20. Brian

    I'm not sure why it matters to anyone what religion people practice. It doesn't take any amount of time to do a bit of research on Wicca to figure out they're no worse than Christianity or any other religion. Live and let live people... Maybe something you do will be next to get picked on!!

    October 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • Jake

      As long as people don't indoctrinate / brain-wash their children, I have no problem with adults who practice religion.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
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