[MODERATOR'S NOTE: The original letter writer is trying to register for the site, but she is running into some registration glitches, which we've had problems with before. While the admins are trying to get this sorted out, she has sent this reply to the mailbag address. Hopefully we'll get this straightened out soon and she can respond here directly.]
I am the Pagan who loves this site, AKA The Unknown Witch. The reason I am writing this is because I am having some problems getting registered for the forum and there is something I really would like to know.
I would like your take (criticism) on my religion. I would like to understand not just that you think it’s silly, but why you think it’s silly. And anything else you want to add.
I have been cruising the forum as a guest and I haven’t seen any topics about Witchcraft. It seems to be centered around Christianity. Having had my own problems with fundy Christians, I can certainly understand that, but I’d really be interested to hear you debunk Wicca and Witchcraft and any other of the Pagan religions.
I think I need to explain a little about what my beliefs are. I am not Wiccan. I used to be, but they became a bit to fundamentalist for me. I am a Shadow Witch.
My view of God is this:
God/Dess is not separate and outside the Universe. God/Dess is the universe. All the processes of the universe are part of God/Dess. Each object, man, beast, plant, rock contains a spark of God/Dess.
I have carefully not used pronouns in the previous paragraph because God/Dess is neither male nor female, but contains both genders. The term God/Dess is used to indicate the notion of this inclusion of both male and female aspects.
God/Dess is not particularly concerned with the puny little mortals running around on planet Earth. He, She and It are too busy running the Universes to think too much about us. And our tiny minds are too small to encompass the whole of God/dess.
So how do we relate to God? We do this by creating Aspects of God/Dess we can relate to and understand. These aspects are the Gods and Goddesses. That is why there are so many of them. (Yes, Man created God and Goddess in her own image!)
We do not worship them. We respect them (kind of like respecting a tornado) and work with them, but they neither need nor require our worship.
Did God/Dess create the Universe? How could that be since God/Dess is the Universe? Did God/Dess create Itself? Or was there another force at work there? I know someone will ask that question and the answer is, “I dunno.” There are a lot of things about God/Dess I don’t understand.
God/Dess created life using the natural process of evolution. There is too much evidence for it, for evolution to be dismissed. Why would God/Dess not use its own processes to do so?
These are a few of my beliefs. I have no evidence that they are so except for my own personal experiences and opinions and those are not evidence for anyone else. I do not present them as fact, or as something others must believe or face eternal damnation. I simply would like your view on them.
I have to admit that I am too close to this to be impartial. I have been a witch since my early teens and that was almost fifty years ago, so I’d like some level headed outside opinions, Not just someone screaming at me that I’m going to hell. Thanks.
~The Unknown Witch~