By Ken Shapley
Hi Guys, I love hunting for and finding honeysuckle twisted staffs and wands which I lovingly craft into ritual objects. I travel far and wide to find them, and they are rare, and I spend a lot of time making them so not cheap. They are powerful. Here is my site . I only find a dozen or so a year.
Sourced and found ritualistically. Smudged. Many crystal topped.
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Ok people. Rant time.
So I was in my favourite Pagan shop yesterday and I happened to overhear a conversation between a customer and one of the senior members of staff which turned my blood cold.
It went something like this:
"I'm really interested in all this crystal and herb stuff. Do you have anything which would help with [insert ailment here]?"
"Oh! Yes of course. Because you know, life is all to do with the natural cycles and rhythms of the Earth. Try this. And please don't go to the doctor. They're terrible, they'll just give you one awful drug which causes terrible side effects so you'll have to go on another awful drug and that will cause side effects too and so on. There's no need when you can manage it all naturally! And these really do work, I can guarantee it. It's amazing. Use these."
This conversation really perturbed me and made me really quite angry. I mean, ok yes you might believe in the healing power of crystals or herbs. That's great. But for somebody who was representing that shop to point blank tell a customer not to go to the doctors is horrifying!
A) herbs can have just as many dangerous or unpleasant side effects as proper medication.
B) medication quite often contain some herb, and is really just an advancement on the original herbal medicine.
C) at least medication has scientific studies done in great numbers to back it up and is being prescribed by someone with proper medical training.
It drives me mad when people go on about how untrustworthy doctors are and how their medication is evil. It's ridiculous and it's the talk of people who can't be bothered to stay the course and see whether they can find a medication that works for them. Herbalists in these shops and the people on the street or even your friends who recommend herbs or crystals to treat these things in 99% of cases know F all about medicine, haven't studied medicine or human anatomy for the TEN YEARS it takes to become a practising doctor and have some blind prejudice which is completely uncalled for. For every one person cured by herbal remedies, probably a hundred others can thank conventional medicine for their recovery. Yes, the first medication might not work, maybe even the tenth medication might not work, but usually you find one that does work and then it's plain sailing. It's exactly the same with herbs!
To be honest, I really hope one day that somebody follows their advice, dies, and makes it clear that the herbalist is to blame. Hell, I'll do it!
Conventional medicine is not brain washing. Telling people that doctors are evil and medication does not work IS brain washing. Idiots.
The whole point of magic is not that it is a cure-all for everything in your life. Any good Witch, when confronted with an issue... say drug dependency, depression, or a dodgy knee - will first and foremost recommend practical steps. You should NEVER rely on magic to fix these things. Any Witch worth their salt will tell you to first seek medical advice, take a holiday to get away from the stress, cut the stress factors out of your life, find someone to talk to, rest your knee, support it... and then maybe do a spell or take some herbal remedy to help. You have to help yourself before you look to higher powers. Anybody who thinks otherwise is, quite frankly, stupid.
I don't think I'll be going back to that shop, which is a real shame it is was my favourite. But "my good opinion once lost is lost forever."
As I sat upon a stair
I met a god who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
Oh, how I wish he'd go away.
~ Me, just now.