Alumari, mi portati
Se voleti che mi sanati
What is a witch? What do people think of when they think of modern day sorceresses? What do YOU think of?
Well, I don't know about you, but for me, modern day witches are people who are very much into spiritual development, crystal and gem healing, herbal medicine, meditation and holistic health treatments.
They may – or they might not – be Tarot readers, clairvoyants or psychic intuitives. What they usually do have in common, however, is a deep desire to develop their intuitive gifts, realize their full potential and become all that they can be.
In Galicia, in northern Spain, witches are "meigas". Being a meiga is considered highly desirable, a true blessing.
Having the second sight, possessing clairvoyance, clairsentience or clairaudience, being able to decipher the lines on the palm of the hand, all of that is considered a special blessing, a gift granted to a person by God. You can't become a meiga, study to be a meiga or acquire the second sight through long hours of hard work or poring over textbooks. A meiga is born not bred, very valuable, very special.
Everyone would like to be a meiga, but few are chosen.
Here in the south modern day witches are more generic. You can be a male witch, a curandero, that is, a healer.
There are many curanderos out there and people will travel all the way across the country to be cured by one. Each special medicine man has his own method of curing. Some do so by reciting Catholic prayers. Others may use the 500-year-old bone of a venerated saint. Some rely on holy water.
In Medieval times, in the days of the Inquisition, women were burnt for healing with herbs.
Curing a cough with eucalyptus and thyme, a common practice today, could be punished by death. And woe be it unto you if you dared concoct an ointment with St. John's Wort to heal your wounds! You wouldn't be punished by death once but twice, nay thrice, even!
Today, modern day witches might prefer to call themselves Wiccans, psychic readers or perhaps spiritual development gurus.
You can find modern day witches giving workshops on alpha meditation and the Silva Method, order a set of binaural beat CD's from their websites or commission them with the task of crafting your very own orgonite pendant for you or a loved one.
Now, of course, just as there are also, shall we say, less than ethical individuals out there who claim to possess high levels of psychic gifts but are, in fact, more experts in the art of the psychic scam rather than in the psychic "scan" (ie. the art of carrying out genuine psychic readings ), so there are also most definitely unscrupulous persons out there who like to claim to be thoroughly reliable modern day witches, all the while carrying out all sorts of shady dealings and just in general giving diviners, psychics and sorcerers a bad name all round.
So you can see that in those mindless jokesters who like to get themselves up like scary witches on Halloween and pretend to cast a curse or the evil eye on you (more about curses and the evil eye in a future article, coming up!). You can see posters of witches everywhere with green skin and warts.
Speaking of which, wasn't Glinda, the Good Witch of the North also, well, a witch, as her name very clearly implies?
And as for the green skin, well, I believe you are more likely to discover modern day witches attired in flowing white gowns (or jeans and a T-shirt) rather than a leathery green, skin-tight costume (with warts on it).
Modern day witches are ordinary people who have simply chosen to develop their intuition and learn to trust in it, and who have a vested interest in their own spiritual development and in becoming better people every day. They most definitely are NOT devil-worshippers.
Now, that doesn't mean that devil-worshippers don't exist. I personally don't believe in the devil (I believe, rather, in the existence of dark entities, but that's a subject for a different article), but those people who do, and who are quite enamoured of the idea of worshipping a most perverted being whom they consider to be the devil, are not called witches but rather, satanists.
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Così mamma la
No wonder European healers in those sad, dark Medieval days of witch burning and haphazard finger pointing for power and personal gain, so drowned in grief as they were to discover themselves horrifically mistaken for depraved satanic idolizers, preferred to throw themselves into the sea and be borne away in the throes of the waves, rather than renounce on their vows to help and heal all those who came to them in need and in search of solace, comfort and healing.
Fortunately, in this day and age, we (supposedly) live in a more tolerant world, where the value of herbal treatments is widely recognized and has even been proven scientifically. Where using your intuition is as normal and as natural as relying on your sense of smell to smell a rat.
Where there is nothing wrong anymore with being a spiritually-oriented, modern day witch living in peace amongst people who (once again, supposedly) remember age-old Biblical sayings, and actually abide by them, such as: "He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone."
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