Religious Breakage and Blockage
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
When I was Southern Baptist, they called it something else. What was it now? â€œDivision within the church?â€ â€œA divided house?â€ Something like that. Among pagans, itâ€™s known as â€œwitch wars.â€
Regardless of the religion, they all seem to come down to one Â thing: Â control. Â Yep, Â whoâ€™s Â got the power, Â who wants it, and what theyâ€™ll do to get it.
Iâ€™ve heard Â Christians Â pray Â for bad things for other Christians to teach them a lesson. The more kind-hearted ones pray for their adversariesâ€™ eyes to be opened so that theyâ€™ll be shown the â€œerrorâ€ of their ways and know the â€œtruth.â€ Pagans, on the other hand, work magick (and/or pray) on their adversaries to drive them away (witch bottles and the like) or to do spells to give clarity to people who need to see things Â their way. Same thing, different posture. Iâ€™ve witnessed it from both sides of the religions.
The difficult thing Â about Â magick, Â one of my newer mentors has Â alleged, is that when a newer group breaks away from an older, more experienced group and a witch war ensues, itâ€™s hard for the newer group to fight back on a magickal level. The elder group knows all their tricks to shield, protect, etc.
A stranger Â listening Â to Â our Â conversation Â disagreed,
saying that one couldnâ€™t hurt the otherÂ unless Â one believed it, that people didnâ€™t really do that, that if your faith is strong enough, then you could fight off any witch war magick or block it easily. My new mentor asked if sheâ€™d ever been in the situation being discussed. Er, no.
â€œOf course, itâ€™s harder to block the people who taught you,â€ she said. She went on to explain that even though sheâ€™s quite good at forensics, she can never win a debate against the people who taught her how to Â compete because they know all the tricks and how she assesses data and uses it in her debates. The only way for her to block them out is to use Â new information sheâ€™s learned from new mentors, skills and techniques that werenâ€™t mastered and taught to her by her original instructors.
It would be nicer if witch wars didnâ€™t happen, but all religions have that same human dynamic. Meanwhile, itâ€™s always good to learn new things and introduce yourself to new teachers.