Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Post #1 - Wiccan and Native American Beliefs

In my personal life, my mother believes, and has believed, in the Wiccan religion and Native American spiritual arts. She keeps a certain gemstone around her neck, amethyst, to help ward her depression. My mother loves to burn incense when times get stressful, and even has a wolf painting pinned to her wall. When I asked her about how her beliefs affect her everyday life, she said "I believe that each stone helps out in different ways, but to science, stones or crystals are just that. No powers... but one has to believe." Mom still takes man-made medicine for her medical problems, such as her epilepsy, as she understands that proven science is just as important as spiritual beliefs. To her, the balance between spirituality and reality is what keeps her afloat, even in times of great tension. 
A wolf's head exhaling smoke in a field of flowers, with a mountain in the background.
A painting hung on my Mom's, Carol Andrescavage's, wall.


  1. The first time I had heard of the Wiccan religion was when I was at bootcamp on the AirForce and they were courteous enough to provide not only Christian/Catholic mass on sunday but services for other faiths, including the Wiccan religion. My older sister, although she doesn't strongly express that she follows Wiccan faith, she believes in the power of crystal healing as well. I think that although there is no scientific evidence to whether or not the religion or the crystals can heal it is healing for the mind and everything I believe is interconnected. In so many ways, your mother is right and everyone should find their faith whether it be in a religion or just pursuing happiness overall.

  2. Your mothers combination of different beliefs from different cultures in interesting. I've personally never heard of Indigenous people believing in the healing power of crystals, you learn something new everyday. I believe that sometimes simply believing something will work, even without any scientific backup, is enough to at the very least make someone feel better, if not actually work in some cases.