Tradition, Authority and Awkward Questions

Quite a few people feel that being a witch in the 21st century means a bit more then observing the lunar cycles, invoking the old gods and wearing bangles with interesting symbols. An old notion is that “the land makes the witch” which I don’t find to be an obsolete idea, for it would give the land a voice through the witch. Being a witch is having sharp eyes and keen ears and as much there is focus on the cycles of mother nature, those sharp eyes and keen ears are peeled to know what is going on in their community. Community in the 21st century has grown into something that is without boundery; news of events that happens on the other side of the world can find a witches ear in a matter of minutes. Not through some secret magic, but through the technology that surrounds us in our modern society. And with that, witches do what they always do: they take note. And following taking note, witches tend to exercise their prerogative: ask very awkward questions. And with these awkward questions they lay to bare what often is not obvious.

Witches also take note of whatever is standing on a pedestal: because being on a pedestal makes things very easy to spot. And sometimes they like to give a little push with … awkward questions. They feel that whatever is on a pedestal shouldn’t fall over an awkward question.

Witches also love tradition and can spend hours if not days talking about them: new traditions, old traditions, traditions that make sense and traditions that don’t. But whatever tradition it is, the witch has an insatiable desire to know where it comes from. They do that with … surprise … awkward questions.

Most importantly (and it drives some people to despair) , they are used to change and expand their minds, which means if they feel they should, they will change their mind on any given subject. That is because witches aren’t afraid to look at something more then once and ask it more awkward questions.

Also witches like to be very good at what they do, it doesn’t only apply to their magical craft. So witches try to be very knowledgeable about one thing or the other and will seek out people who know more about a subject of their interest, especially if they look for answers on awkward questions.

Witches make very good students if they will look for the best teachers, the mark of a good teacher is when the student excels the teacher, so any teacher that can show some excelling students may not be an “authority”, but may be a damn fine teachers. Witches are usually very weary of authorities, especially when none of those who follow that authority seem to be getting any wiser from it -or- the authority can’t handle the awkward questions.

Witches like to do things out of principle: if ten year old Johnny bullies 6 year old Melissa, they will give Johnny a clatter on the ears not because they like Melissa more then Johnny. They just don’t like bullying. And if they catch Melissa lying about stealing the cookies and then blaming Johnny for it, they will be just as stern, because they don’t like lying either and two wrongs don’t make a right. It’s the principle.

Witches make really good activists because of all these properties. You seldom see them posting up memes that has been going about a million times, or just lament the ways of the world: they go out and do things, share their original thoughts and ask the awkward questions, look at things more then once and act out of principle. Most of all, if they see a need of change, they start with themselves. If there is one way of authority you can get away with witches, it is perhaps “leading by example” and seems to be a fine tradition if I ever seen one 🙂