When is the last time you were in a Circle?
What, circles again, and you think I am supposed to know how to answer this question? What is it with you people and your circle questions?
This is another of those questions I do not understand. Whenever I get a question I don't understand, I just automatically assume it is comming to me from a Wiccan or a Witch and referancing Wicca or Witchcraft. And if you are not a Witch or a Wiccan, than I assume you are a bigoted religion crazed hate monger hell bent on hating Witches and Wiccans and are trying to lump me and what I do in with them and what they do, in which case, all I have to say to you is go jump off a cliff. Why do I assume this? Because I am neither a Witch nor a Wiccan, and know nothing about either Wicca or Witchcraft, other than to think they a both a load of hooey. I'm sorry, I mean, you can believe in that sort of thing and all, and that's fine for you, but I don't believe in them nor do I practice them, and so it's just silly for folks to send me these questions regarding them.
Okay, so I still haven't figured out what "a year of circles is", but I do know that when you use the word Circle with a capital "C" that this usually means you are referancing back to your coven-church-temple-group-club-congregation-whatever-it-is-you-choose-to-call-it-this-time. Based on other questions I've seen over the years, I assume you are a Wiccan and by Circle you mean a coven. So running with that theory, I am now going to rephrase your question into a question I can actually answer, and you can go ahead and let me know if I have translated your question correctly, okay? Okay.
So, here is what I assume you are asking me:
When is the last time you were in a Coven?
Now do you mean, literaly "in" one, as in I walked in the building, turned around and walked back out? If that is the case, than I have only been in a Coven once in my entire life, and that was about 7 or 8 months ago, when a relative invited me to attend this "great new church group" they had found. They babbled on about New Age and metaphysical and psychic readings, and I said "It sounds like a Wiccan Coven" and she said, no, they aren't "evil Witches" than babbled on about all the good work they do and how witches couldn't do good like that. I tried to tell here that most Wiccans ARE good, often delusional from opium highs (at least around this area) but with good intentions. So I go with her for moral support, and we get to the place, and she walks in the room and asks "What's that smell, they are burning somethng wierd over there." I tell her it's opium and sandlewood to cover the opium smell. Very distintive, strong, heady, oder, you can't mistake it. (I have used opium incense, and sandlwood incense is my staple incense, so I know what they smell like).
We were there, about an hour, everyone sitting around talking, she's loving it, than one guy says "well the Christians didn't kill us all in Salam, now did they?" She was horrified, quickly made an excuse about why she suddenly had to leave, than told me she'd be waiting out in the car. I thought her actions rude, so I stayed another 20 minutes or so, before saying, "Well, I guess I'd better not leave her waiting out there." All the way back she kept saying to me "They were Witches! Can you believe it! And I thought they were good people. Witches! Why didn't you tell me they were Witches, you know a Witch when you see one. You let me sit there with a bunch of Witches?"
She's an ultra extreeme super Christian, hates everything not Christian, spends many a vested hour each week raving rants of repentance at me, so yeah, I knew when she was telling me about this place she wouldn't like it (on principal, even if she actual did like it) because she's just too damned bigoted to get over herself and and see anything non-Christian as being anything but evil, and that was exactly why before she went I DID warn her that it sounded like she was walking straight into a Wiccan coven chaulk full of Witches, to which she had laughed and said I was wrong, and I told her that precisly because I knew she would respond in exactly the manner which she did respond.
The sad part of it is, is that she truely did enjoy herself there, she was actually happy in their company; a rare thing for her, as she is a deeply disturbed clinicall depressed woman suffering from massive fits of woe-is-me-ism and I have not seen her laugh or smile, not once in more than 20 years, and yet, here she was, fot the first time in decades, laughing, smiling, and happily chattering with this warm, friendly group of people, only to rush out in agahst horror the instant she realized they were Witches. They invited us both to come back (they have meetings a few times a week) and I would go back if not for the fact that it's nearly a 2 hour drive to get there. My relative lives about 20 minutes from the Coven, and I wish she would go back, because, she was happy with those people. For the first time in decades, she was actualy happy. She needs a group like that, that group would do wonders to heal her depression and restore her joy. It is sad that she allowed religious bigotry to steal away her chance at happiness. I think I shall go back there myself at some point, because they give divination and spirit communication classes there, not that I need either one, but more because it would be nice to meet new people who believe in and practice this sort of thing, and to see how others do, what I do.
So to answer your question, "When is the last time you were IN a Coven?" that is my answer. But I think perhaps that is not what you meant. Remember, I have Autism and if you use one word when you meant another word, than I have no idea what you are asking? Experiance tells me that, if you use the word "in" that you probably really actually meant to say "membership".
In that case, when you said "When is the last time you were in a Coven?" you most likely meant to say "When is the last time you were a member in a Coven?" And the answer to that question, is never. The only church/religion I have ever officially belonged to was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Sainst aka The Mormon Church.
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