A Special Tribute

Life should never be taken for granted, I am a Witch whose policy is to accept the person and not necessarily their beliefs. Your beliefs are those of your own and you should never allow someone to belittle them or scold you for what you believe in.
I have Christian clients, Catholic, Protestant, as well I have other Witches as clients. I have at times been critical of other faiths, but, I try not to allow that to cloud my judgment when deciding who I should or shouldn't accept as a client. 
Life is a spiral, there is symbolism everywhere to prove it. When you cut a tree down or when nature takes its course and lightning strikes cutting it down, look at the top of the stump, you should be able to see the center of the tree, there you will find the beginning of that trees life. There will be a spiral that will stop just at the edge of the tree. 
The tree is only one example I can offer, for instance, our fingerprints are spirals, I find it fascinating that no two fingerprints are alike.
We are born of blood, bone, and spirit, we are brought into balance by the elements, earth represents stability and strength and is feminine in principle and is revered by Witches as the Earth Mother and most Altars will face the north in a Witches circle. 
Water is also feminine and rules the emotions, this can be seen in the destructive force that this element can bring. Floods, tsunamis, landslides. Look at this way, when you are in a bad situation your emotions run wild often followed by a flood of tears. The 
Through the ages man has learned to control the force of this element by building dams, water breaks, it would be ideal if the human element could learn to control their emotions, there would be less chaos in the world and more love.
I realize I started off in the North, but that is only because of the symbolic nature of the all-encompassing Earth Mother, some Witches see them all as if it were a spiderweb this concept is very appropriate as all energy on the planet is weaved together, just as a Spider would weave her web, everything is connected. 
Air represents the mind and the breath of life, when we are in spirit form and as we are being reborn our soul enters through the East (Air) and when we pass and leave this world behind, we exit through the West. There are death-rites, as well as birth rites that are bestowed upon a Witch when they are born and when they die, most covens have their own traditions and rituals that celebrate each event. And though losing someone is always sad, we also celebrate their life and accomplishments while they were here. 
Fire represents the spirit, the direction associated with this element is South. In most of my circles, the Fire-pit will set slightly off center and more in the South. This is a personal choice, just as the tools placed on the Altar. In most cases, the tools will be placed in the area on the Altar in the direction that it represents. 
When working magic it is best if you can adopt an attitude or feel within your heart that your magic has already worked and consider the matter closed, now this doesn’t mean that you should drop the matter but do not discuss your magical workings, if you go around talking about the spells you cast or the rituals you conducted you leave yourself open to ridicule which can erode your workings, you leave yourself open to persecution. On the other hand, if you are working with a practitioner he or she should instruct on this matter, speaking of your spell can break it as “Thought’s are Living things” 
I would like to take a moment to acknowledge a Great Lady, her name was Miranda, Angel and I met her in Mexico, she was a Catholic, but she never judged us and she was just fine that a Coven of Witches moved into the Villa next door. She passed away Sunday night from a massive stroke, we have known her and her husband for the past six years and it feels like a member of our family has now crossed the bridge into the Summerland. This was part of the reason that I spoke earlier about different beliefs, as long as we are all working towards the greater good, it doesn’t get any better than that. Learn to love yourself, until you love yourself, you cannot love anyone else and they cannot love you either! I wish I had time to say more, I have plenty to say believe me, but I need to prepare for the upcoming events. Blessed Candlemas, Phelan