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In India it is almost impossible to not come across a man with a long beard, giving wisdom eloquently to thousands of enchanted people. Swamis, Sadhus, Babas, Sri Sri’s, Oshos, Sadgurus,…there is no dearth of men with long beards and saintly robes preaching, teaching and guiding others spiritually. Yes, there are a few who are not usually bearded – Yogananda, Ramakrishna, even Buddha probably considered shaving to be of at least some importance in addition to meditation.

In the West there were and still are (a few) wise men or wizards, druids, shamans (from before the Pope and his team took over) symbolized by Merlin, Gandalf the Gray, or even the Hermit card of Tarot. All pointing to the higher self, respected, revered, held in awe and fascination, so much so that we call clever computer programs wizards that help us get things done so easily. Truly it has always been a compliment to be a wiz, hasn’t it?

The Hermit of Rider Waite Smith Tarot cardsThe Hermit of Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

But where are the women? Not just the few scanty Matas and Ammas (and just why does a woman need to be a motherly figure to get some respect here) but all those numerous women who are wise and enlightened…why just a few in the limelight amidst so many men with beards? Why are they hiding under the veil of mystery just like the High Priestess – sworn to secrecy to practice in mystery covens or solitary, but not proud and open on every street and corner.

The High Priestess - Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

The High Priestess – Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

Perhaps they all off on their broomsticks to Discworld (of Terry Pratchett) where it is completely normal to be a witch (a wise woman). Are they all still burning at stake, trapped in the cage of the past memories left by Christian inquisitors who made the word witch such an abomination that till date people are afraid to say – Yes, I am A Witch! Confused about whether witchcraft is purely evil or somewhat evil? Worried about whether half the witches are bad ones and not sure which half? Worried that they will put up a curse on you should you refuse to keep them happy? How many people have been brainwashed by Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Hansel and Gretel and other such innocent looking fairy tales passed on over generations to impress upon young minds that a witch can be really a dreadful thing to come by.

Articles of witchcraft have been totally muddled up with all kinds of nonsense even till date – no matter how much we tell these journalists to pay attention to real facts and not fiction. References to movies and television shows such as The Craft, Bewitched, Charmed… that make a mockery of witchcraft, images of brooms and cauldrons of green slime, focus on hexing and love spells, newspaper headlines that begin with the word Devil, features that focus on myths and burning times as if the Christian views of witches are the most important thing about witchcraft, stories that almost always present counter-views by some ill informed rationalist or ‘expert’ who has no idea what witchcraft truly is with focus on how women are hunted and killed on accusations of ‘witchcraft’ when the fact is that it is merely a wrong or inappropriate use of the word witchcraft which as NOTHING to do with those ‘accusations of cursing’, and right on top Halloween cartoons designed to mock at witches used to embellish the story and make it more colourful (Phew! but I am not going to shorten this sentence)….truly journalists can do much better than all this.

Yes, I would love to see more real witches and real witchcraft featured in the media – stories that say the truth, not some conditioned misconceptions but the real truth – that witches are nothing but the wise people who practice folk medicine, give intuitive or spiritual advise and were generally respected long before the meaning of the word witch was distorted to wicked from wit or wisdom which is and will always be what witches are all about. Why else are there so many places and plants, as well as people with the words such as wych, wich or witch in their names all over the western world, if not for the fact that these words were never meant to refer to evil but only to folk or pagan magic which has been practiced all over the world as a natural way of life – you may introspect and find the answer for yourself.

So the next time you hear someone say ‘wise wizard’ and ‘wicked witches’, do give them the facts without any hesitation.

My book Yes, You Are a Witch! has more information. You can get it on kindle or as a paperback – just search on amazon.

yes you are a witch cover - frontglobal wicca revolution cover front

And….for the sake of the Goddess, do not forget, witchcraft (not necessarily religious but a spiritual practice) is not exactly the same as Wicca (a specific religion or spirituality). More about Wicca in The Global Wicca Revolution 

Happy witching!

(*)

Swati Prakash

www.swatiprakash.com

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Just a quick announcement that my new book – The Global Wicca Revolution is now out on paperback and kindle.

You can read the preview and buy here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1508604762

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I would love to have you read and review my work

Love and blessings

Swati Prakash

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As the snow returns to water
The wheel of nature turning soon
Life keeps changing everafter
Come september, march or june
Trust me, says the Goddess softly
As you cast the witches rune
Look for signs and symbols daily
Dawn or dusk, midnight or noon
I am always there within you
Sending you another boon
From the universe inside you
Singing the eternal tune
Hear my voice and feel my power
Shining through this wishing moon
Merge with me and self empower
With your inner truth attune

Www.swatiprakash.com

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So how are you and everything
What do you feel tomorrow brings
How was your day, or previous life
And are you happy to survive
There’s much to hear and much to say
About today and yesterdays
The woes and dreams are many, yet
What we create is all we get
Blessed are the souls who are content
Who are free of worry or repent
Those who have gained their victory
Over endless triviality
To finally see everything
Merge into one eternal spring
Emerging from the holy grail
Our Self, who fashions every tale
Past, future, in the moment
The story of life makes perfect sense
Fragments of this tale we see
Unraveling through eternity
Through the illusion we call time
We create whats yours and what is mine
We divide our consciousness
To play a game of fake pretense
Multiplied and so divided
We spread through the world unguided
We filled our minds with false beliefs
To hide the truth we daily see
Until we tired and exhausted
Realise the truth is all we wanted
Replacing simplicity for confusion
To put an end to the illusion
Embracing the oneness of all
On everyone this light does fall
In an alternate reality
We are all awake in totality
Its happening right now right here
Seen through the mists of time all clear
So let’s not wait or waste our time
Awaiting for the great divine
Or for a fate or destiny
That lies within us already
And shift perception to allow
Our perfect state, eternal now

Swati Prakash
http://www.swatiprakash.com

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Perhaps you were born at hhmmss time on ddmmyyyy date at xyz location. Does this mean you are an Arian, Cancerian, Capricornian…etc etc for life?
Just how important is your sunsign or moon rashi?
How about your ascendent or rising sign?
And yes, your jupiter, venus, saturn, mars, pluto, rahu, ketu, neptune, uranus, mercury….what about those zodiacs. Are the signs these other planets occupy somewhat less important in determining your personality than your sun, moon and ascendent? Probably not. People are complex after all, are they not?

So what is your zodiac? Is your personality a Taurus because its your western sunsign, or a Scorpio because its your vedic moon rashi….or should you refer to the horoscope of Gemini as its your vedic ascendent….are you all of these….or are you somewhat an Aquarius too because most of the other planets seem to be in Aquarius in your vedic chart….or should you consider your western chart too just to be on the safer side….and discover you are also a Cancer rising to an extent…..oh dear…what is actually your zodiac?

The answer is none. Yes, none of these zodiacs are you. No one zodiac can ever truly be you.

Try this, try believing you are a zodiac other than your birth sign of sun, moon, ascendent, etc….try. Really…really…really… believe it. Then read the horoscope of that zodiac regularly. Chances are….as time goes by you will program yourself to become that zodiac..and perhaps….someday……you will agree with those predictions too. Trust me.

You are what you think you are.
You are what you believe.
You become what you want.
You are unlimited.
You are every zodiac, and at the same time…
You are NOT a zodiac
At least not NOW in the PRESENT moment

Your birthchart or horoscope shows the karma you inherited from your past lives till your birth. The most important thing I teach my astrology students is simply this:
Your horoscope or birthchart has just one use…to show you your limitations …those you imposed on yourself so far through all your lifetimes… and the ways (spells and inner work or unprogramming) needed to get rid of all limitations.

Yes you were born with sun in a zodiac, moon in b, ascendent c, jupiter in d…and so on and so forth. You were born at hhmmss time and ddmmyyyy date at xyz location.
And then something wonderful happened somewhere down the line after you were born.
You grew up (i certainly hope you did)
You acquired free will (at least some of you)
You learnt how to use your mind (more or less)
And whether or not you noticed it, your mind created your life all this while. And your mind, whether or not it be limited by your past, your horoscope, your birth sign, your preconcieved notions about who you are…will create whatever you believe to be you and your life.
If you believe you are poor, you will continue to be. If you believe you are clever you will be. If you believe you are emotional you will be. Your personality and life experiences are all about those deeply ingrained beliefs you hold on to so preciously.

No matter how deep the conditioning, no matter how strong the cords of karma, you can stop being a puppet of your past. Your beliefs limited you so far. All of them. Whether good or bad, no matter how attached you are to them, they are your beliefs and not the real you. Just merely, although importantly, they are beliefs.

And if you ever wanted to toss them all out of the window…and it maybe a good idea to try doing that for once (by learning the right way of tossing them out)…..you just might be able to experience who you truly are meant to be :
Free.

Learn how to really read your horoscope, if only to figure out how to attain freedom from the same.
Be not a slave to fate.
Be a witch.
Because you really are not a zodiac.

Blessed be
Swati Prakash
@witchyswati

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Who are witches and what do they do?

Any person with spiritual wisdom was in ancient times called a witch or wiz in the ancient western world, and a variety of other names elsewhere – healer, shaman, pundit, priestess, guru…all different names of magickal or spiritual folk or witches across the world

In the medieval dark ages false stories were spread to deter people from witchraft/wizcraft, the craft of the wise, and a few hundred thousand innocent women are believed to be burnt or drowned to death in the name of curbing witchraft. Reason – religious suppression of free thought and discouraging spiritual awareness so that certain religions could dominate the world through fear and forced conversion.

Well its time to once again claim our right to scientific and rational awareness, of spiritual energy, the nature of the universe, principles of manifestation. In other words witchraft is back in its true sense.

So let me explain what witches really do now and did in the ancient world before the burning times, and yes I am talking of witchraft which is all about wit and wisdom and not only Wiccan witchcraft. Whichever religion you may follow other-wise, the idea of being positive is a common denominator of all kinds of witchcraft.

Witches
– are respected as spiritual counselors and guides
– are invited to bless babies
– conduct wedding ceremonies for couples
– send blessing to homes
– send healing energy to help people feel better
– send blessings to families and those who wish to start families
– care for and send healing to animals and plants
– send blessings to earth, people and enterprises for accelerating growth and abundance
– conduct funerals to bless and heal the spirit and the grieving
– cleanse and purify the aura of people and spaces
– work with positive faeries, angels, natural elements, gods and goddesses, crystals and herbs
– send protection and positive energy

These have been the traditional roles of witches since ancient times
They can send healing and positive energy and help you banish negativity

Remember they can try to help you by sending energy, but how much it will work, and how quickly, will depend on YOUR karma. Witches can control their own energy and improve their own life situations more easily. But your life is not in their hands. No person can control or change your karma or energy. You need to learn your lessons and change yourself. Witches only try to guide and help you to undertake your required life changes.

Now read the following properly please:

– WITCHES DO NOT FLY ON BROOMS OR TURN PEOPLE INTO TOADS OR ANYTHING ELSE
– WITCHES DO NOT CAST EVIL SPELLS, HATE OR REVENGE SPELLS FOR ANYONE OR ON ANYONE
– WITCHES DO NOT HARM ANYONE, ESPECIALLY NOT CHILDREN
– WITCHES DO NOT GUARANTEE RESULTS, ITS YOUR KARMA THAT DETERMINES RESULTS
– WITCHES DO NOT DEAL WITH DEVIL OR DEMONS OR ANY OTHER EVIL ENTITIES
– WITCHES DO NOT PREDICT FUTURES OR TELL FORTUNES, THEY ONLY READ ENERGY AND SENSE POSSIBILITIES
– WITCHES DO NOT CAST LOVE SPELLS TO BEWITCH ANYONE
– WITCHES DO NOT CAST LOVE SPELLS TO BEWITCH ANYONE
– WITCHES DO NOT CAST LOVE SPELLS TO BEWITCH ANYONE
– WITCHES DO NOT CAST LOVE SPELLS TO BEWITCH ANYONE
– WITCHES DO NOT CAST LOVE SPELLS TO BEWITCH ANYONE
How many times do I need to repeat this to get this point through to everyone?

So kindly:
Stop believing silly fairy tales about witches who cackle and gobble up kids or curse people – its time to grow up
And
Stop getting fooled by those fake or fraud ‘witches’ who after reading such silly tales, pretend that they cast love spells or black magic spells or guarantee ‘results’, because that is NOT what witches do
And most importantly
Do NOT mail me idiotic and silly requests for those kind of spells…I simply trash them

I can shake you up, try to wake you up, show you the right path- but only you can open your eyes get yourself to walk on the right path

Blessed Be
(*)
Swati Prakash
Www.globalwicca.com

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Some people discovered what they thought was meditation…being quiet, passive, closed, sleepy or dull
They spent hours, days and years in this depressing state …imagining it to be the real thing
Escaping from the daily challenges of life, from life itself…wanting to be free
Some others found spirituality to be an excuse for careless, irresponsible or mindless behavior, even unethical in the extreme, Or an excuse to falsely justify negativity as a necessary part of balance and acceptance
They couldn’t be further from the truth
All the above is dullness, ignorance, negative energy or tamas
Spirituality is bright, aware, positive vibration
Its neither about mindlessness or losing your mind
Its about guiding your mind with something higher or ‘no mind’ which helps in being incharge of your mind, rising above it and not letting your mind be your block
Its about having no negative, stuck-up energies any more
Being free and flowing in a positive direction
Guided by the truth, love, universal good or divine light
Truly liberated, free of falsehood
When it becomes impossible for you to harm anyone or yourself
When you can no longer be corrupted or misled
When you are not passive, lethargic, inert or powerless anymore
When you use your power to create good, to destroy ignorance or evil
And to maintain balance and peace, both inner and outer
To utilise your time on earth purposefully
Being of some good use to yourself and the universe
That is sattvic life or spiritual living
Now that is what I call Magick!

Blessed Be
Swati Prakash
http://www.globalwicca.com

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