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13 Rules of Being A Witch – Military Pagan Version

This is the 13 Rules for Being A Witch that I have adapted for being in the Military. Let me know what you think of these rules; and if they mesh well with both Military and Pagan Cultures!

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1.)    Know Thyself

This is important in any way of life. Knowing the flaws and strengths are important in growth as a human being and as a Witch!

2.)    Know your craft

 This is even more important as a Military Pagan. Study. Study. Study. Whenever you can. You will be questioned about your faith almost daily. Especially when you are requesting to have a day off to observe a Sabbat or Esbat that does not already land precisely on a day off. Knowledge of the craft will help you defend it.

3.)    Learn

Learn your chosen profession as well. It is imperative to the lives of the Men and Women around you depend on it. Do not focus only on your Craft Studies and neglect the duties of being in the Military.

4.)    Apply knowledge with wisdom

The knowledge you receive about how energies work, spell craft techniques, etc., means that you have to have both the knowledge to perform the task at hand, and the wisdom to know if it is the right thing to do. This may be difficult to differentiate sometimes, but it is necessary in achieving the proper balance in your karmic account.

5.)    Achieve Balance

 This is important as there will be times where you will feel out of balance. Between the job you volunteered to do, your family, and your faith, you have a lot on your plate. If you keep your life balanced it will help you in life as well as your workings as a Pagan.

6.)    Keep your words in good order

 Know that you are a Pagan and the responsibility that places on you. Coming out of the broom closet while in the military may mean that you are the first impression people have on Pagans. You also may be looked upon as a leader by other Pagans that have yet to come out of the closet. Keeping your Words and Actions in good order will help in this.

7.)    Keep your thoughts in good order

 Attitude is everything. There are going to be long days at work while in the military. There are going to be dangerous situations you may even be placed in. Having a positive outlook helps you deal with these hardships.

8.)    Celebrate Life

This is imperative! Celebrate the life around and within you at all possible times! While out in the field, look at the beauty of the nature around you. While in the Motor Pool, gaze in amazement at the strength of the plants that have grown through any cracks that may be present. Look in the mirror, and gaze into your soul to find the ever present beauty of the God and Goddess within!

9.)    Attune with the cycles of the Earth

 Ensure that even if you cannot set up an altar in honor of the Sabbats and Esbats, to at least honor them in any way you can at that time. This will keep you in tune with the cycles of the Earth and allow you to show your reverence for Her.

10.) Breathe and eat correctly

 This is important for your health while in the military; and will help you in maintaining balance within yourself. Eating and breathing correctly will help in keeping your chakras in line and your body strong.

11.) Exercise the body

This kind of happens whether you are Pagan or not when you are in the military. Getting up early in the morning to conduct PT was an everyday occurrence in my military career.

12.) Meditate

This is an imperative task for the Pagan in the military. The odds of you setting up an altar and ritual space are pretty low. (Especially in the barracks.) When you are able to not be interrupted, meditation may be the best and only way to attune with your God and Goddess on a regular basis.

13.) Honor the God and Goddess

In everything you do, this is a priority! You can almost never go wrong if you base your thoughts and actions with the God and Goddess in mind.

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Fighting For Acceptance After Being Accepted

I have been going online and doing a lot of research trying to find positive stories of Pagans being accepted within the military…

Let’s just say that this venture returned very little results.


On my Facebook Page, I had someone leave me a comment saying that this person was able to actively practice and openly proclaim her faith while in the US Air Force! It wasn’t until she had revealed to me, that she was in the military during the late 80’s, early 90’s, that I became truly flabbergasted! Just finding this one story about acceptance was a great step forward; but to find out that this person was accepted in the 90’s makes this story very uplifting.


Then there is the reality that I could not find any of more stories like this. In an age where we now allow openly gay men and women serve in our military, we cannot find a single positive story about acceptance. This makes me wonder about the current state of Pagans in the military. Are there any anymore? Or, are things that bad for the Pagans within the Armed Forces?

               


WAIT!!

 


There is a story!!

 


My own!

When I was in the military, I was an open in my spirituality and let my fellow brothers about my faith and belief in Paganism. Of course, I was met with trepidation at first, a funny look here and there, but I was more or less accepted at the word “go.” So, I was happy to have taken that first step out of the broom closet.


This does not necessarily mean that I didn’t have any negative comments made, or weird stares, during this time. There were a lot of times I was questioned about my faith, often times to try and poke holes in the “logic” of my faith. That casting spells make about as much sense as the babblings of a baby, or, that humans are not magickal and the devil is responsible for any workings that I have completed. Please note: I said, “Tried.”


This was often met with me explaining that the stories within the Bible can be just as unusual as the mythos and rituals of Pagans. We just see what we don’t understand as different, crazy, and bizarre. These actually had gotten one of my NCO’s (Non-Commissioned Officers) to actually back off of the subject and only ask questions that he ACTUALLY was curious about! I still remember what he had said to on that day, “I guess if I can believe that a Saint flew over the battlefield, or any of the other miracles that occurred, I can see how you believe in what you do.” That was an amazing step forward!


In Iraq, my faith was placed into a little more question as I really had not practiced it a whole lot while in Garrison due to having a drunken roommate. (Long, destructive nights forced me to visualize my altar.) The day I had seen that there was a Pagan Meeting every week, I was elated! I had never realized that there were other Pagans in the military! That I was the only one who was breaking the “Harm None” rule within our community. There were at least two other Pagans on this Forward Operating Base (FOB)!! I couldn’t wait to go, and I was given permission to go almost immediately! In fact, my NCO had seen it on the wall of the chow hall and gave me that permission before I could even ask for it!


Going to those meeting had made my time in Iraq much easier. I had met a few Pagans I still speak with today almost ten years later! The memories that I have from that Medic Tent will always be looked upon fondly, which there are not that many during the time I was in Iraq. I could go on about this all day long, but if you would like more information about this wonderful group, click here!


All in all, my experience was wonderful, and I would be remiss if I hadn’t even mentioned the great story of 2007! The battle had been won to place the Pentacle onto military headstones! Wonderful Pagans from all over the US worked together to make the VA finally recognize that the Pagan’s of the Military deserve to have their headstones properly marked! Here is a link to this story so you can learn more about it!


When we fast forward to more recent years, it seems that the level of acceptance that I had enjoyed was rare. People are still missing out on promotions, meeting areas get vandalism, and worse just because they are Pagan. I feel that the Goddess decided to put me in a place to see what the world in the US Military would be like if we could gain acceptance in it. That I should help out others in a negative situation because I was blessed with such a positive one.


This is why I have decided to promote Military Pagans on the website. This is what I am doing to try and give back to the community that I hold dear. This is my way of saying that the discrimination of our Military Pagans is WRONG! That no matter your views on Politics, Religion, or anything else gives you the right to put anyone down just for being different than yourself!

SPREAD THE WORD: Morrighan’s Trove will make a difference in this world!