- Angie Brown
- BBC Scotland News
From a remote cabin in the Scottish Highlands, Tongs Brown says he’s proud to be a real life witch.
According to her, Halloween is not about costumes, pumpkins and “trick or treat”.
“I think the community has an idea about pop culture witches,” says 36-year-old Tonks.
“It’s more: This is a big part of my life, it is my religion and my faith“, Dice.
Pagan New Year is November 1st, and as the Tonks say, the harsh winter months mark the time for a fresh start, without burdening things in life.
He converted to paganism at the age of 12 while living on Mull Island in northwestern Scotland.
“I was bullied in high school for being different,” he says.
“The Wee Free controversy pushed down my throat [una iglesia presbiteriana escocesa] At school, services in a church and I prayed all the time“.
“I remember being painted at the time I had to pray.”
Nature, his “church”
Not alone, Tongs says, there was a sense in the outside world that “animals are intelligent beings.”
“I remove a snail from a path so they don’t step on it,” he says.
“It simply came to my notice then Nature was my church Instead of a big cold old building. “
Paganism “felt good and made me understand,” he said.
“Everything in nature has an essence, everything has its own purpose, and it is good to know more about it and to fit into it,” he says.
He also began to read about witch experiments in the past.
“Unfortunately, many witches are women. Knowledgeable women, Midwives and herbalists, “he says.
“So in the past they thought they should kill them because we can’t have an intelligent woman,” she continues.
What do you do in your daily life?
Tongs works for emergency services in his community.
He goes to the remote outpost for 10 minutes every day, where he actually has an office.
He says he has learned not to preach about paganism, but it is To protect Witches in their daily lives.
“If I hear someone making fun of a witch, I would say I am a witch,” he says.
“I would challenge any prejudice, but it was never a conflict.”
The woman, who was previously a tour guide in Edinburgh, says she has worked in city councils, the police and the ambulance service. Their paganism is usually not a problem.
“I had a co-worker who was scared of an assistant he brought to work that looked like a magic wand because he was going to go to training later,” he says.
“She doesn’t even want to touch her because of the stigma surrounding witches. I see it as more fun than it hurts.”
His Halloween, or New Year’s Eve, features pagan spells and sorcery.
He grows herbs such as sage, rosemary and thyme throughout the year for the Samhain festival, which marks the end of harvest or the beginning of winter or the “dark half” of the year.
Let the herbs dry on the fire and they will burn well when used.
Burn the sage To purify oneself And his house was smoky. Contains salt and iron to ward off demons, angels and other supernatural objects.
He anointed the candles with various oils and herbs, as well as carved their symbols for use on the big day spells.
For darker herbs, Go to the herbalist.
“A frog’s eye or a frog’s foot are medical names for plants, but often people think that witches use these parts of the body, which is not true. They are just plants“, Dice.
Before pouring into a charcoal pot, he makes spells in a cup of tea, which he glows when he recites spells on Halloween.
The ritual is performed on an altar in his bedroom, with plants representing the earth, incense for the wind, and candles for fire and water.
The White witches like the Tongs, They do not cast spells with evil intent.
They use two ritual knives, a “bole”, a white-handled knife for collecting herbs and carving candles, and an “attam” knife used to create a pattern or cut a cord on a spell.
Says Tonks She is always alone when she does the rituals.
“I know a lot of witches, we are everywhere, in the police, in local shops, but practicing magic with them is very personal to me and you have to have a lot of confidence,” he says.
See Book of Shadows for White Witches Recipes.
According to Tonks, on Halloween he wears costumes or no costumes while performing his spells.
And a turnip carved with a “scary face” on the door of his house saying “Do not disturb” to scare away demons in his house.
“I stand out of the closet these days to explain and tell people that I am a witch, 99% of them act the same way If I say Christian or Muslim“, Dice.
“I’m proud to be a real life witch, the best party for Halloween.”
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