PART TWO--The Wonderful Witches Of Pre-Christian Europe
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Last week’s Part 1 told of a beautiful witch who was kind enough to give me a ride and an education. This week in Part 2, Meta concludes her story and so do I. Out of respect for many friends with short attention spans, I try to keep these posted portions of the books below one thousand words each. If you missed the first part and want to see it now, it is available at the Fearless Puppy website blog section.
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The Wonderful Witches of Pre-Christian Europe—Part 2
“Unfortunately this theme of brutality, conquest, and falsifying all reports of the motivation behind that brutality and conquest has been repeated many times throughout history and continues today!
“On present-day Earth we have the most Christ-like nation in history, a culture built on loving kindness and demilitarization, being wiped off the face of their homeland. The rhetoric used by Chinese government officials says that Tibetans are a primitive, superstitious, misguided people that rejoice in their liberation from Buddhist oppressors. The Chinese government’s arrogance, their history of violence against the Tibetans, and the thievery of Tibetan resources join the lies and propaganda above as solid evidence that these modern Eastern savage pillagers are very similar to the ancient Western ones.
“When immigrants from later European nations encountered the Native people across the Atlantic Ocean, they treated them in much the same way that their own European tribal ancestors had been treated by the Roman invaders centuries earlier! Like abused children that grow up to become abusing parents, the pattern just keeps repeating itself.
“The tribes of Europe were erased or assimilated and the invaders falsified history in order to justify their greed. Part of that falsification included twisting beautiful tribal rituals to appear evil. Love of the environment, love of animals and plants, and use of natural healing modalities were spin-doctored into a false and demented series of superstitions, and then turned outlaw.
At this point my lovely hostess turned her eyes away from the road just long enough to catch the expression on my face. Meta’s information was having a much deeper effect on me than it should have. A searing heat was painfully rising from my feet and traveling up my body.
Meta spotted my discomfort and quickly shifted to a more compassionate tone. She put a soft hand on my face that brought an instant smile back to it as she said, “That’s enough of history. Let me give you some Herstory instead. The term wizard is simply a Germanic-based word that defines someone with knowledge of herbs and growing things. Many of the most tainted legends of Pre-Christian Europe have to do with naturally occurring plants and their uses. Almost all the talk of potions and brewing things up in cauldrons had to do, in fact, with the making of natural medicines. Ancient Europe had an incredible organic pharmacopoeia. Modern day health professionals are now scrambling frantically to recover that knowledge!
“Modern pharmaceutical companies have mutated much of that ancient pharmacopeia into our all too popular, dangerous, artificial, addictive, and expensive chemical compounds. Many of these are based on what were originally harmless, effective, and naturally occurring healing substances. Valium, for example, is one of the world’s most widely sold prescription pills. This drug is addictive, dangerous, and expensive. It is actually based on the naturally occurring, safe, and cheap Valerian root that does the same job. But drug companies cannot patent a naturally occurring substance, so they hired chemists to somewhat alter the molecular structure of Valerian root’s essential chemical compounds. Now they have an invented substance that can be patented and profited from at several types of deadly expense to patients. These legal drug pushers show no compassion and take no responsibility for the damage done by their profit-over-people ways—and they trap a much larger and more trusting percentage of the population than any street dealers of illegal drugs.”
I laughed at myself while my hand involuntarily shot in the air, as if asking a question in elementary school.
Meta laughed. “Pardon me. I have been rambling on. You want to ask something?”
“Yes, just checking to see if I’ve got all this right. Are you saying that all this spooky witchcraft and cauldron stuff we’ve been fed all our lives is, more than anything else, a historical cover-up? Are you saying that spiritually and medicinally astute societies that were in tune with Nature and mostly governed by women, were decimated by plundering men who violently imposed a very un-Christlike version of Christianity upon the conquered tribes? And in fact, these hypocritical invaders were the very same legions that killed Christ centuries earlier and then co-opted his flock?”
Meta nodded yes. “Does this surprise you? If you think about the other historical examples of similar situations, this one isn’t so difficult to understand. The co-opters of Christianity during these massacres had nothing to do with anything Christ stood for. They simply distorted his ideas and used his name to justify their actions. Then they did the opposite of everything Jesus actually spoke about! The treatment of Native tribal peoples throughout the world historically testifies to the regularity of such practices.
“These evil weasels had nothing in common with the actual Christ-Spirit in much the same way that evil weasels using rock ’n' roll to sell sneakers and beer on TV today have nothing in common with that music. Advertising hustlers build seductive commercial messages featuring the music, but they and their messages represent the exact polar opposite of the original revolutionary, very much non-commercial message and spirit of rock ’n' roll.
“Powerful, nasty people throughout history have co-opted spiritual images in order to dupe the public into pillaging and plundering (or in our modern case, purchasing and consuming) in the name of something very much more meaningful than the evil purpose or worthless product that is being hawked. Nothing is holy to marauders except selfishness, greed, and power-lust.”
I had to nod in unwilling agreement. “It’s not that far-fetched a notion, given history’s examples.”
Meta gave me a sad nod. She had maintained her sweetness and beauty throughout our conversation, but her leprechaun smile had diminished.
“All this Herstory has given me an appetite. Good timing! We have arrived at our destination.”
The conversation had been so intense that we didn’t notice how much road progress was made. As we drove past a sign that said, “Welcome to Burlington, Vermont,” Miss Meta extended her kindness further. “I know a great Jamaican restaurant just a few blocks from here on Winooski Street. Let me buy you lunch and then I’ll drop you off at the hostel.”
“No, no, no,” I insisted. “You’ve given me a ride, a valuable education, and have been pleasant as well as beautiful company. I’m buying.”
We were still arguing about who would pay for lunch as she was parking. I opened the passenger-side door and put my foot flat on a lost twenty dollar bill that was floating across the sidewalk on a breeze.
My laugh was probably a little too loud. Meta, still in the driver’s seat, asked, “What’s so funny?”
My index finger pointed at the bill under my foot. She put a hand on my knee and leaned over the rest of me to see what the finger was pointing at.
The lovely leprechaun glow returned to her face as she said, “Goddess must have liked our defense of Her son. She’s buying us lunch. There’s magic afoot! Let’s eat!”
After a wonderful lunch, the good witch deposited me at the Burlington Hostel. Meta returned to her job as a massage therapist and herbalist. Within a half hour, my self and my clipboard were heading toward our traditionally first and favorite stop in town. I was a happy man. Life looks good when Divinity buys you lunch with a ravishing witch and the next stop is Mr. Nectar’s place.
Many thanks to our wonderful friends at Pema Boutique Hotel for their help and support.
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