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Hello, and welcome to the first post for "Living With Kami!"
You might be wondering – what is Kami? Konkokyo? Shinto?
These terms are all a part of the spiritual traditions I practice, which originate in Japan. Please allow me to introduce you to and talk about the Way of Kami in this blog.
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Dance in a circle of moonlight
Make a web of life
Hold me as I spiral and spin
Make a web of my life…
Yeah, I'm a warlock.
You got a problem with that?
“Witch,” though a gender-neutral term, is female first. So it's convenient to have a term that specifies: male of the species.
Interestingly, it's a Scots word in origin. (In Sassenach they say warlowe.) Maybe they had more problems with male witches North of the Border.
That's not surprising. Throughout the Norse culture sphere, the majority of witches have always been men. Most executed witches in Scandinavia were male.
No, I'm not a wizard, but that's a class difference. Wizards are gentry. Warlockry is for us yeomen.
Some Wiccans are allergic to the term. Since the number of men in Wicca has been waning away for years, maybe it's moot. But in Old Craft—where men still constitute a numerical majority—most of us are fine with “warlock.”
And no one denies that it's a word of power.
Some object on the grounds that it means “oath-breaker.”
Well, they're wrong.
I field many questions about what I do as a chaplain from people who are curious, but who also are under the misconception that as a Pagan I don't actually have a faith tradition (or my faith tradition is not acceptable). A large reason I am pursuing this path is to do the work of representing my faith group at the table with other groups--to do the work of "legitimacy" if you will. We have a long way to go in this battle, as I will demonstrate in the example I will leave here. As I do this work, I am beginning to realize people need to understand why Pagan chaplaincy is necessary. It isn't just the interfaith work, though that is important too. But for every Pagan who is in the hospital and wants a chaplain of their faith to be there with them, for every Pagan in prison, or the military, or in universities, there will need to be someone willing to do the work of fighting this battle of legitimacy.
**Note: For those who are familiar with what verbatims looks like, this format will be familiar. This was an actual encounter with someone I work with, recollected to the best of my ability and presented to my group for processing. This is the reality I live with everyday.**...