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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

soundoff (2,335 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven,

    October 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • amniculi

      Nope.

      October 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Fact

      Every atheist government in human history has been totalitarian hellhole, ruled largely by atheist cult leaders.

      October 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
      • bostontola

        Ruled by "sociopaths" that didn't want to share power with religious leaders.

        October 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
      • amniculi

        Nope.

        October 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
      • Outside Man

        A scientific fact 🙂

        October 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
    • Patriot

      Every American citizen has a basic right to be heard in their own country. Freedom in any open forum.
      Give me liberty or give me death.

      October 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
      • Aries

        Well said. If we so deem we want to be an atheist, a wiccan, a hindu, a muslim, a catholic, a christian. Our Bill ot Rights gurentee to each his own.

        October 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
        • Patriot

          To each its own and CNN as a news agency should not be allowed to invalidate the right of a free people to express their opinion no matter how wrong they are.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
        • amniculi

          Actually, CNN's website is privately owned, so they can do whatever they want with it. As per their freedom of speech.

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

          Then CNN ceases to be a credible American news source, Freedom of expression is a basic right in ALL of America. As to CNN sieg heil !

          October 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
  2. farts

    hi hows everyones halloween?

    October 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
    • Trouser ghost

      Just haunting a pair of khakis, how's by you?

      October 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
  3. patsy

    America needs to change its national anthem to the Eagles' song, "Get Over It". Everyone is a victim of something in this country nowadays. Just get over yourselves, and exercise that tolerance but everybody loves talk about. Stop labeling and lumping every person into some stereo typical group, as if you really know them based on their outsides. Start appreciating and cherishing our individuality as well as our differences.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      patsy – don't get played as a patsy.

      CNN looks for and picks out a wiccan who has negative views, makes an interview to get you ticked off, and knows you won't think about or read to find out that in point of actual fact, most wiccans have no issues with, and like and celebrate modern secular Halloween. They sit there and reel in the advertising dollars from clicks from patsys who buy into this and get outraged and click and read all the more.

      October 31, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
  4. Patriot

    To deny freedom of speech to one is to deny freedom of speech to all.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
    • amniculi

      Unless that person is an idiot. You paying attention, Ted Cruz?

      October 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
      • Patriot

        Not so, no matter the opinion or statement it has a God given right to be heard. Freedom stolen is freedom lost !

        October 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
        • amniculi

          Imaginary beings are incapable of giving rights.

          October 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
        • Patriot

          Guess again.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      So, if I'm a member of a religious cult, say the dead jew zombie cannibal vampire death cult aka christianity, and decide to testify, vocally and with passion, that I have concluded christianity is bullsh!t, the congregation would not be within their rights to ask, or force, me to stop testifying to my beliefs?

      October 31, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
      • Patriot

        This is allowed from a foreigner no less?

        October 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  5. Outside Man

    It's not a threat. It's just a possibility.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  6. amniculi

    "What do we do with witches?"
    "Burn them!"

    October 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Lionly Lamb

      Go ahead and be an arsonist... 👿 😳 👿

      October 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
      • amniculi

        Apparently someone has never heard of Monty Python... ^^^

        October 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
        • Lionly Lamb

          Sired Amni...

          Here in the USA we don't see many Brit reruns... But...

          [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKNDml12Big&w=640&h=390]

          October 31, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
        • amniculi

          Lol, "here in the USA"? I live in Idaho.

          October 31, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • Patriot

      This is allowed???????????

      October 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
      • Charm Quark

        It is a very popular movie parody, allowed as free speech; may I also recommend The Life of Brian. priceless, Monty Python.

        October 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
        • amniculi

          Minor correction: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail".

          October 31, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • Cerridwen

      I am a witch and I have an ancestor in my mothers line who was burned at the stake for being a witch. Whether your post was in jest or not, please educate yourself on what you advocate. When those such as yourself are burning those like me, historically they will turn on YOU for something they do not like about YOU. Be VERY careful what you wish for. Thoughts can and do become reality.

      October 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
      • amniculi

        Do you weigh as much as a duck? Are you made of wood?

        October 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
        • Cerridwen

          5'7" and weigh 121 lbs so that "duck" would be one for the record books if it was my weight....LOL 😉

          October 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
        • amniculi

          Well played, madam.

          October 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Build bridge out of her!

      October 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • amniculi

        There's the spirit!

        October 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  7. Ray

    What a stupid article. It's bad enough that they're interviewing some 'witch' from Canada (there are plenty of witches in the U.S.), but then they group all witches into a collective and make this pathetic woman their spokesperson. CNN has absolutely no journalistic integrity whatsoever.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Patriot

      ?

      October 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      Same old deal.

      CNN looks for and picks out a wiccan who has negative views, makes an interview to get you ticked off, and knows most won't think about or read to find out that in point of actual fact, most wiccans have no issues with, and like and celebrate modern secular Halloween.

      October 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
  8. bostontola

    Christians,
    Reflect on how you feel about the validity of the Wiccan religion. That's how most other religions think about yours. You feel that way about scores of religions. Atheists feel exactly the same as you, we just add Christianity in.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • yup

      Mind=Blown

      October 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  9. quiet spirit

    Happy halloween

    October 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • farts

      u tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
      • Patriot

        ??

        October 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
  10. amniculi

    See? BS like this why the Redskins shouldn't change their name. There's always someone who's going to be offended about something. Once you cave to one where does it stop? Cry me a river.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • patsy

      You certainly hit that nail on the head. Well said.

      October 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
      • Patriot

        CNN moderator is abusing the right of American citizens to free speech.

        October 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
        • Susan StoHelit

          You've no right to free speech in someone else's newspaper, website, etc. You don't have the right to force others to pay for your free speech to be broadcast.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
  11. patsy

    Yet another example of taking our society and our traditions way too seriously. Halloween is just an opportunity for children and adults to dress up and funny or scary costumes, and to have fun. Remember fun, America. ? If somebody dresses up as Buckwheat then the blacks are going to be offended. Or donning a Pocahontas costume is going to offend the Native Americans. A drag queen costume will send the gays into angry rants. A Che Guevara costume will offend the Latinos. The only racial group that does not get to feel offended at Halloween costumes ( or anytime for that matter) appears to be the Caucasians. You can pretty much dress up as any white stereo type and there will be no one that rants or raves about it. What up America. Get over it, and find your sense of humor again.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  12. Susan StoHelit

    It's the media standby – they look for controversy.

    There could be only one Wiccan in the world who is anti-halloween, and they'd pick that one to interview, because nice doesn't get as many clicks.

    Then people buy into it, and go off outraged at how Wiccans are anti-Halloween, trying to take away witch costumes, so on and so forth, which generates buzz, which gets more clicks – all for a lie. One wiccan who doesn't like Halloween, and uses bad analogies to explain her problem does not indicate the position of an entire religion.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
  13. Robert Brown

    What is an up quark made of?

    October 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      A 'u' and a 'p' particle, of course!

      October 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
      • Robert Brown

        What is a u particle made of ?

        October 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • Charm Quark

      Two up quarks an one down quark = _____?

      October 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
    • bostontola

      What's an electron made of?

      October 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
      • Charm Quark

        The electron is considered an elementary particle, lepton, with a negative elementary charge, as far as science now knows an electron has no components or substructure.

        October 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
        • bostontola

          Yup. I was trying to make a point for Robert. Electricity is made of flowing electrons, as real as it gets, yet made of fundamental particles.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
        • Charm Quark

          Why Robert started asking the questions in the first place when the information is readily available is really the question? Hey Robert, you could always go to the CERN website to discover how fascinating particle physics is, all hail the Higgs Boson.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  14. Outside Man

    When you're dead, then you'll have all the evidence you could ever want, and then some.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      Or the lack thereof.

      To waste my only life, based on Pascal's wager, and a wild guess that it's Jesus, rather than Odin, Thor, Allah, Shiva, or any one of the thousands of others that is the right one, and that they're stupid enough to give me heaven when I fake a belief in the interests of gaining a reward – yeah, so not worth it.

      We should all live by what we believe to be true. Threats about what happens after death don't change what I believe to be true – you should base beliefs on what you think is truth, not based on where you get the best reward or which truth you are most afraid of.

      October 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
      • Susan StoHelit

        Oh, to be clear, the 'threats' I refer to are from religion, not from your post.

        October 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • theBBT

      Will the atheist's delusion of there being no God end?

      October 31, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
      • bostontola

        Your definition of delusion must be;
        Having all objective evidence on your side.

        October 31, 2013 at 3:39 pm |
      • Maddy

        What makes you think they are the ones that are deluded?

        October 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
        • theBBT

          They use circular reasoning to believe their delusions are somehow logical.

          October 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
        • Momof3

          theBBT
          They use circular reasoning to believe their delusions are somehow logical.

          Pot...meet kettle!

          October 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
        • theBBT

          I know!!!! Most average people say atheists and religious people have a lot in common!!! They seem to enjoy talking about religion and God on faith and belief blogs (a lot!). 🙂

          October 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
        • yup

          We like to talk about it because its easy to win. If you know a good fishing hole – that's where you hang out!

          October 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
        • theBBT

          The arrogant declare themselves a winner.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
        • amniculi

          Silly theBBT, give me one valid example of an atheist using circular logic and I'll give you a plethora of Christian claims covering the full spectrum of logical fallacy.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
        • theBBT

          I'm not Christian. Still want to play?

          October 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
        • amniculi

          Sure. "Christian" is interchangeable with any other religious identification.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
        • theBBT

          Ok, prove to me there is no intelligent creator behind life and the universe.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm |
        • amniculi

          Fallacy #1: it is impossible to prove a negative. You claim a creator exists, therefore the burden of proof is on you.

          Next.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
        • theBBT

          What do you base your knowledge on that no God exists?

          October 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
        • amniculi

          I don't "know" that no god exists, but due to the lack of evidence supporting the existence of such a being, I logically have no reason to believe one does. For the exact same reason I have no reason to believe unicorns or any other mythological creature exists.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
        • theBBT

          Ok, you are not an atheist.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
        • amniculi

          Yeah, pretty sure I am. I even have a tattoo to prove it.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
        • theBBT

          You are delusional.

          October 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
        • amniculi

          I'm going to assume you're saying that while looking in a mirror.

          October 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
        • theBBT

          I'm as.suming you are doing the same. See how easy it is to think like you?

          October 31, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
  15. Rule No. 1

    Being in a coven is like being in fight club: Rule #1, there is no fight club

    October 31, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
    • Scott

      WOW, what a fail. The first rule of Fight Club is "You do not talk about Fight Club"

      October 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm |
  16. Outside Man

    If something exists, it can be inferred that it came into existence somehow.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Sue

      Outside Man, true, but that is not evidence of an active creator.

      Taking your atom example that you have pushed at us here repeatedly today, that is because a creator is not the only potential explanation for atoms, and we just don't know yet what the real cause was. To claim atoms even or subatomic whatever, or some other thing, as evidence of a creator is pretty much just an argument from ignorance. The honest answer would be "we don't know yet." although we have some very good ideas.

      What we can be absolutely certain of, however, is that if there was a creator, it wasn't the god of the Christian religion; that god cannot possibly exist.

      October 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
      • Susan StoHelit

        A god based on what we don't yet know is merely a god of the gaps – god based on the gaps in our knowledge. Those gods die off easily enough as we learn more.

        Thor was a god of the gaps – we didn't know where thunder came from. We learned, and that god died.

        October 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Rynomite

      god is something

      If something exists, it can be inferred that it came into existence somehow.

      Therefore if god exist, it can be inferred that it came into existince somehow.

      So do we have an infinite regression of gods?

      October 31, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
    • Charm Quark

      Infinite change from matter, anti matter into pure energy and back into matter, anti matter, in our terms birth and rebirth, cycles in stars and galaxies, why not the universe and or multi universes in many more dimensions than we can perceive in infinite cycles? Unanswered questions that science cannot answer, we do not know, where religion demands that the sheep know everything, god did it, beyond doubt, pathetic.

      October 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
    • Susan StoHelit

      You're speaking of god?

      At some point, you have to have something merely existing, because it always did – whether it's god, or the energy/matter for the big bang.

      October 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  17. Big Giant Head

    I have a Wiccan next door neighbor. She's real nice. She told me that if I rote nice things about her on the internet, she would not turn my big giant head into an apple.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
    • Akira

      Didn't I see you in a Snicker's commercial?

      October 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
    • Momof3

      Too bad there's no big giant brain in that head...

      October 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
  18. Ceci

    Oh please...

    This woman probably dressed as a witch for halloween every year as a child – greenface & all. Was probably burned pretty badly by an x boyfriend; became depressed; crazy & found wicca at age 25 or 30 and it was a good fit for her anger. that's usually how 'religion' is found. Why not join the "that's racist" band wagon and complain about being procecuted...She obviously found someone who would listen to her rants (CNN) and publish them. It's all B.S!! Wake up lady!

    October 31, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • Maddy

      Did you miss the part where she said she was a traditional witch, and those are born into it? But hey, way to project.

      October 31, 2013 at 3:22 pm |
    • asdrel

      Do you have a single fact to back up your assumptions about this person's life and behaviour? To blindly say she "probably" did this or that without any real knowledge of the person is foolish.

      October 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
  19. Aries

    I am a Wiccan and have been for the past 8 years. I personally have always loved Halloween and continue to celebrate it both in traditional ways and in the modern sense. I love to dress up and have halloween parties and I love all the kids that come for candy and want to be part of it all. My faith is my buisness, why can't I be a part of main stream too?

    As for my fellow wiccans comment on that is is difficult to train a male witch, that is a bit stereotypical because I have found it very easy to learn and be a part of this excellent faith. The old ways have helped me be a better man, friend, lover.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
    • Cerridwen

      The Goddesses blessings to you brother. As a natural witch, I'm sorry, but for the most part, men are very difficult to teach the ways of the Old Religion. The latent and manifest thoughts of our patriarchal society linger and so there is still resistance to embracing the feminine creative Force. This is not to say that a male cannot learn the Wisdom and approach greater Enlightenment on his spiritual journey. It simply means that more often than not, he will not have the power naturally nor the inherent alignment of will to manifest any hidden gifts of the Goddess. I have often thought that men would be better served following the path of the Druids as it is more in tune with the male creative Force. Then again, I could be wrong. Happy Samhain 🙂

      October 31, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
      • Aries

        Dear Sister,
        May the Goddesses and Gods rain blessings to you as well. Merry meet as well. I will admit that when I first embraced Goddess it was difficulty, but yet it also completed something in me I did not have before. Allowing the feminine in helped balance discord within myself. I found myself to be a very destructive individual especially after my time in the military. Once I allowed this natural force within it quelled the violence and lashing out I felt. It also opened my eyes to the struggles that women faced and continue even up to today. Yes sometimes I fall into the old trap, but when I do ritual she reminds me that we are to be the balance each. I think if more men embraced the faith it would stop many of the abuses, not all, but many and perhaps open our eyes to your true equality. Happy Samhain to you as well. -Aries

        October 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
        • Cerridwen

          Thank you for responding my brother. Yes, in all things there is balance. It takes constant, daily, CONSCIOUS effort to maintain harmony within oneself. For many thousands of years, the Celtic peoples of Europe and the Isles followed the tenets of the Old Religion and they prospered. Women were revered and highly respected for many reasons. Women could own property and divorce as they chose. For the most part, the masculine and feminine worked in concert and there was harmony to a large extent. Those of the Old Religion respected and revered Nature as well, as a manifestation of the Goddesses and Gods power and love. What I see in Western civilization is a focus on material possessions, temporal power and the pursuit of fame or infamy. The Goddess and Gods however push us all to aspire to Enlightenment, to the betterment of the spirit. As I have learned, we all are here in this dimension, this plane of reality, for four reasons: To learn to love and to love, to gain WISDOM, to teach what we have learned to others and to set a good example for others. After an indeterminate amounts of lifetimes, we ALL eventually move on to the next realm of existence-both men and women equally so. I welcome you brother and may you attain the Enlightenment you seek and may you meet the best mentors towards that goal. Blessed be 🙂

          October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
  20. Lionly Lamb

    I am what I will ever be toward becoming that which was so ordained for me within the due coursing of randomized triviality...

    October 31, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
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