Halloween may be a fun time to get dressed up, watch scary movies, eat candy and party for the general public, but that’s not what it means to those who practice Witchcraft and/or are Wiccans.
Halloween is much more personal for a Wiccan/Witch.
“Some Wiccans or Witches celebrate the ancestors, some of them celebrate the fact or work with the veil between this world and the next seems to be thinner. Some of them celebrate that there’s more dark than light coming. Personally, for me, all of the above,” said Jodi Cross, a Witch who has her own store called The Cat, The Book and The Candle.
The holiday also portrays Witches as evil, old people (often with warts and big noses), who only use spells for negative reasons and to torture people.
On the contrary, if you meet someone in the real world who practices Witchcraft, you’ll realize that they are the complete opposite. You cannot pick them out in a crowd, because they are dressed normally, as they please, not in a black pointy hat and a long black cape. Although some conceptions are correct, such as having cauldrons and crystal balls, TV shows, movies and tales didn’t really get the story right.
“Contrary to what those who choose to persecute or lie about us wish to believe, Wicca is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of life which promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists,” according to Wicca.com.
From talking to Jodi Cross for a couple of hours, it was evident that most people probably don’t know the real life of a Witch. You could say she was spellbinding; but only because her every word was a fascinating piece of information entrancing you to listen on.
Wicca, also known as Pagan Witchcraft, is a Pagan religion movement. It started out in the 20th century and became more popularized in the 1950s by Gerald Gardner, a Wiccan High Priest. Wicca is a religion that embraces Witchcraft, but you can practice Witchcraft without the religious context of Wicca. Some, including Cross practice Witchcraft as well as follow the religion.
“It’s probably the most peaceful religion I know of,” Cross said. “It’s working with spirit; it’s working with nature; it recognizes that the divinity is within everything and it’s really not seeking to have control over anybody or anything; it’s working with the flow of nature.”
When solely practicing Witchcraft, it is more about casting spells and focusing energies, without complete regard of if they’re hurting anyone. Wiccan is more about going with the flow and never harming anybody.
Cross has been practicing Witchcraft and Wiccan her whole life, but just didn’t know there was a name and religion for it up until about 11 years ago.
Wiccan’s do not discriminate on other religions; nor does it push others to convert. They are open-minded and understand that whoever wants to practice can and those who don’t want to, don’t have to. They are kind, peaceful and very positive people. They understand that everything in the world has energies, including crystals, herbs, plants and more.
Cross opened up The Cat, The Book and The Candle in downtown Hespeler to supply others with these energy items, introduce it to others and to be there incase anyone is interested in studying or practicing.
“I feel like the luckiest girl in the world because I can follow my heart and make my living,” said Cross.
The goal of her store and what she loves is to be able to show others how to empower themselves and their own lives.
She chose Hespeler because to her, it is home. She couldn’t see herself anywhere else; it’s something she always saw. She said before she even thought about having a store, she’d have visions of having a store in Hespeler. That vision has now become reality.
She is a certified hypnotherapist, reflexologist, Reiki master teacher and a Witch. Her store has received first place for “Best holistic healing” as well as second place for “Best new business/store 2011” in the Cambridge Times. She also reads Tarot cards, helps with past life regressions and has many other services available to those interested.
To find out more, go to http://www.catbookandcandle.com/ or call 519-212-1000.
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