by Wenona Gardner
I think I am a witch,
but the word witch
has such negative connotations.
I fear being persecuted if
I openly come out as a witch.
Images of being burned at
the stake come to mind.
To me witches are healers, daughters
of the Goddess, and tap into nature.
I love the show Charmed
because they portrayed
characters of strong women
as intelligent and powerful women.
I especially liked the
characters Phoebe and Piper.
I often had a difficult time
explaining my spiritual path.
I am Native American and love
traditional ceremonies and I am Irish
and love Celtic ceremonies as well.
I am also a Christian and have faced
several Christians who look down
on Native American and Celtic traditions
and deem them not worthy of Christianity.
I have been told many times that
I am going to hell by other Christians
simply because I love the scent
of sage and cedar smudge and I
go to sweat lodge ceremonies.
I long for a sisterhood of women to
do ceremony with for special days.
I don’t know where to go for