problem-with-religion

anonymous asked:

What are your career plans after grad school? I suspect you're gunning to be an actual real life Baba Yaga.

Uh, actually the goal though?

My career plan is to pursue spiritual direction, which is a career field devoted to companioning people in their spiritual journeys by working with them to becoming more attuned to the divine presence in their lives. It’s intensive, one-on-one pastoral care featuring active listening with the Holy Spirit, creative expressions of worship, working through spiritual trauma, and probably since I am involved, some tarot reading. Roughly it translates to being the village witch, the wise woman of many resources who you come to when you’re having a spiritual problem, only in this scenario the witch is working for a Higher Power.

I also want to get a PhD and teach religion to scrappy undergrads all while continuing to do my own research into the problem of evil, sexual ethics, religion and magic, and narrative theology.

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Whenever I see these instances of White males berating Muslims, they ALWAYS target women. Always. Just a couple days ago in the US a white male was hurling slurs at two women who were sitting down, minding their own business eating ice cream. As soon as another man confronted him, he fled. How about showing some real courage if you feel the need to express such terrible outrage, and say it to a Muslim man of similar stature. These “tough” guys are a bunch of wimps. Nothing but women beaters. #Hate it!

nydailynews.com
Atlanta suburb fights to block the construction of a Muslim cemetery & mosque.
More than 600 people packed inside a Georgia court house for a three-hour town hall condemning a proposal for a new mosque.

“We have already seen bombings and beheadings,” one resident said during her time in front of the crowd, “Eight years ago, our U.S. government got a Muslim president who has put Muslims in power.”

When people start treating a place of worship as something to ban, that is a true war on religion! 

Why are we suddenly arguing about which religion hates LGBTQ+ people the most? Homophobia has never been the problem of a single faith.

Religions hate us. Countries hate us. Parents hate us. Cultures hate us. The media hates us. The blood is on everyone’s hands.

Witchcraft, Where to start?

I get this question so often, And really, It seems like a simple question

“How do I start practicing Witchcraft?”

But there isn’t a simple Answer.

I can’t say, Read this book, Don’t read that one, Buy this, or have that.

Witchcraft is such a broad spectrum.

Witchcraft is a magical practice. Energy manipulation, Through intention. In simple terms.

It goes by different names, Depending on the tradition.

Conjure, Magick, Brujeria, ect 


I think there a few ways to introduce yourself to the Craft.

  • Be realistic. Know that real magic is not like in the Movies. We are not assigned a Fairy Godmother, Or a Magic Wand that will solve all our problems. 
  •  Research different Traditions, and Religions (The internet and your public library are great places for this) . Magic is everywhere, But it isn’t always called that. Find one that sticks out to you, And study it. 
  • Once you find a path take time to learn the History, How it works, The do’s, The don’ts, And the basics.
  • Dedicate one notebook to document all your leanings. Use this as a reference.
    Research different forms of Divination, And try them out.
  • Be redundant with your studying. This isn’t a small thing you’re learning, And you want to fully understand what you are getting into before you start to cast anything.
  • Be crafty. Try DIY’ing some Witchy items
  • Get connected with Others who are also learning.Tumblr is a  great place for that, As there are many Witch-Blogs here.
  • Lean about your environment. Collect stones, flowers, herbs, barks, feathers, Things that are making themselves known to you.  What trees grow near you. What flowers grow wild? How can you use these magically?


Once you feel like you have reached a level of confidence (Meaning you did all your studying)

(If you chose a religion: Learn what sort of offerings are appropriate)

  • Practice mini spells. Make spell bags for luck, and Confidence, Try out a Glamour Spell, Do blessings, And cleansings, Practice “Energy Feeling” exercises. 
  • Be open about your study - To an extent.  (This is how you meet like minded people)
  • Share knowledge with like minded people - Tell others what you have learned, And listen to what they have learned.



(I will be adding to this more and more as time goes on, But I wanted to make one single post for those who ask me how they can get started in the Craft)

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7 year old Safet Hrustić is a good student in his 3rd grade class in Tuzla,Bosnia and Herzegovina. But the costs of going to school,textbooks and lunches are more than his unemployed mother can afford.

This is unfair.

One of the biggest problems with religion is that people stubbornly, insistently reduce God to their own size; they imagine that God loves the same people they love, and that God hates the people they hate. This is not just insidious theology; it’s actually idolatry, because people are just worshiping a blown up version of themselves. So let me say it simply: God’s love transcends all of that.


When your parents reject you, God loves you; when your friends or classmates make fun of you, God loves you; when your priest, minister, imam, or rabbi tells you that you are an abomination, God loves you; when politicians cater to people’s basest prejudices, God loves you. No matter how many times and in how many ways people make you feel less than human, God knows otherwise, and God loves you. When you feel frightened, or abandoned, or humiliated, I hope the unshakeable conviction that God loves you can help hold you and enable you to persevere.