The Story Behind the Witch Who Danced With Ghosts
Quite a few years ago I was involved in a pagan forum with several people I knew from a local Wiccan group. We decided, just for fun, to create a fantasy where we would each play characters and do some role playing. I decided I wanted to be the crone.
We all came up with different story lines, which became a little tangled at times as we each had our own ideas about what the story was about. I came up with the idea of the crone, who, having trouble sleeping one night, wandered around the castle until she stumbled upon a ballroom. Well, you know what happens next. She had a most delightful adventure meeting and dancing with several well-known singers who have passed beyond the veil. Since it was an on-going story, at the end the crone was transported back to her room by the spirits where she woke up bright and cheerful in the morning.
One of the ghosts who visit the witch is George Harrison, who died in 2001. He wrote a song called “All Things Must Pass,” and the chorus emphasizes “All things must pass, All things must pass away.” That is truly the back story of this tale, for the forum I was in eventually disbanded. I later joined a writing platform called Squidoo, where I decided to re-post my witch story for Halloween.
As I was working on adapting it to that format, I said to my husband, “Wouldn't it be cool if the witch actually died in the story?' He said, “I thought she already had.” So the new version of the story was born.
But as George reminded us, all things must pass away, and the writing platform called Squidoo was sold to another company. I decided at that time to move everything I've written to the Crossroads, which I had started but really hadn't devoted much time to. The Witch Who Danced With Ghosts joins several other articles that I had previously written for Squidoo.
If you haven't read it yet, fly, float, or dance over to The Witch Who Danced With Ghosts. Then come back and tell me what you think. I love to hear from my visitors.
When my husband mentioned he was writing an article on Mabon, I jumped at the chance to add it to my Wiccan Sabbats page in the Crossroads. He is my go-to person when I have a question about Wicca or almost anything really.
Arawyn is the name I've known him by ever since we met on-line 18 years ago. Of course he has a muggle name, Gene Wallace, but it took me a long time to get comfortable using it.
Let me share just a bit of his history.
Arawyn served for 13 years as a US Air Force avionics technologist, working with electronic stealth systems. He is a Vietnam veteran with two tours of duty.
He worked for 7 years as a civilian systems technical representative on the B-1B flight test project.
Arawyn has been a avid game player all his life, starting with chess and moving on to role play and computer gaming.
Though he was raised in a fundamental Christian family, he stepped out of the box of his Christian programming just before joining Air Force at the age of 20. He explored secular humanism for several years and then delved into Druidry through the Henge of Keltria.
Arawyn went to his first Wicca class in a bookstore in late 1995. He became a member of the Circle of the Cosmic Muse and was initiated in October, 1996. The High Priestess of Cosmic Muse, Maria Kay Simms, is the author of the book "Witch's Circle". For two years he was deeply involved in the circle activities. He also taught Wicca Basics and Rune Divination and Magickal Working at bookstores in the San Diego area.
We were both involved in a witch-themed independent movie called Mind Forest., where we played the parts of witches in the late 1600s., Arawyn also served as technical consultant for the film and wrote the chant that weaves its way through the film. Unfortunately, it has never been made into a feature film but you can view the trailer. He is the big scary guy with the big sword.
Arawyn has had a thirst for knowledge all his life and is constantly reading books and everything else available, and has enjoyed doing in-depth research on many subjects since high school, both in libraries and on-line. He received his first set of encyclopedias right after he was born and read each one, as well as yearly updates, cover to cover.
As I said earlier, we met on-line in 1997 in a spiritual chat room and got together in the material world in 1998. We consider ourselves to be spirit mates and have chosen to travel together in the rest of this incarnation, continuing to seek and experience spiritual knowledge. We are now living in an RV in New Mexico with our feline master, Wileykat.
We are both in the process incorporating the theories of quantum physics with our Wiccan beliefs. Arawyn likes to refer to his theories as Quantum Realism.
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I had intended this post to be an area where people could ask him questions. Unfortunately, he passed through the doorway to the spirit world on Feb 13, 2017. He had a major heart attack which followed a minor attack in November. Although I know we shall meet again, right now I am missing my best friend.
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What "So Mote It Be" Means
I find that when I start writing a new article, I never know where it will end up. When I was still a member of the on-line writing site, Squidoo, I belonged to the Squidoo Book Club. One day they offered a challenge....write about your favorite fictional character, I had to really think about it. There were so many to choose from. But somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind, where few dare to tred, I heard the little voice saying, “Dobby is still a free elf.” I knew I had to focus the review on Dobby the House-Elf from Harry Potter.
It was a huge undertaking, for I wanted to explore the mythology of house elves to set the scene for the appearance of Dobby. Talking about the story line was quite easy, since J.K. Rowling had already done the hard work.
But then I ran across an interview with her where she said she didn't really know where her characters and story lines come from. I had another writer friend who said she believed her characters were already in existence, and she just discovered them.
That whole idea set me down the rabbit hole into the theory of parallel universes. So two my interests, fantasy fiction and quantum physics were joined together. I really don't think Dobby thought he was quite that powerful.
If you have been sad because Dobby died in the book and movie, please take a moment to read “Is Dobby Still Alive in a Parallel Universe?” Then apparate, a magical form of teleportation, back to this blog post to leave a comment about what you have read. I dearly love to read comments from my readers and I promise to answer you.
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“Is Dobby Still Alive in a Parallel Universe?”
I am a storyteller. I like to wrap inspirational messages inside little vignettes of my life or the lives of others. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, have lived in an RV, and am now living in a senior apartment. Everything I've experienced in my 68 years in this incarnation is fair game to be written about.