Ohyeah - it's OCTOBER... the month which ends with All Saint's Day and Eve... Hallowe'en, Samhain, Trick or Treat night, basically spooky-gimme-candy-night in most places in the Western world.
So maybe THIS is why Day 791 over on The 800 Days blog is about an interview with a real witch...while the previous Day 792 post was about an interview with a vampire, Montague...
Ah... it all makes a great bunch of sense now... a witch and a vampire - just in time for Hallowe'en...except that Montague and the interviewed witch for Day 791, Mary Chapman, are really not going to help you to "buy into" the whole candy-coated Hallowe'en myth set... read the interview, you'll see!
For those who think witches are Satanists and without morality, be prepared to have your thought processes turned around - by Mary's more than moral explanations about her worldview and standards. If even half the world employed the same standards in their daily lives as Mary speaks about, there would be a whole lot of peace, tolerance and human understanding in the world...
PUT THAT in your cauldron and stir on it a while...
Among the things Blake asks Mary to comment on:
- What is a Witch?
- What is Magic?
- Mary's viewpoints on sensuality, eroticism and spirituality (yes, they are all allowed to be in the same sentence together)
- What is the difference between love and sexuality?
- ...and much, much more.
The Article: Safe Hex - an Interview with a Modern American Witch About Being a Woman, Wife, Wiccan, and the Practice of Witchcraft
There's not much more I can or should say "in review" of this article. Some of the explanations Chapman gets into are detailed and lengthy but very clearly voiced - best left in her own words rather than mentioned by my interpretation. I'll just finish off with the comment that I am very impressed with the clarity and honesty with which Chapman speaks on even the more controversial aspects of Blake's questions (sexuality, blood, rituals) and how she dispells some of the myths about WiccanCraft and Witches... if readers come away from the "Safe Hex" article STILL thinking of evil witch personas, I will have to argue that the readers are just being stubborn and beligerent and never intended to read the article with open-mindedness in the first place...
That's my viewpoint and I'm sticking to it!
The Day 791 post was made on Thursday, October 21, 2010.