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Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)
TITLE: Season of the Witch
By Sydney Avey
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Donovan’s lyrics are so memorable they remain in the brain for decades, yet their meaning escapes me. Apparently I’m not alone. One website reprints the lyrics in full and then asks readers to offer an opinion on what they mean. The number of people who have responded is zero.
When I’m perplexed about something, these are the lyrics that play in my brain:
You’ve got to pick up every stitch.
Mmm, must be the season of the witch.
I’m a knitter. I know that if I drop a stitch, the whole piece of work unravels. If I miss something in whatever mystery I’m trying to solve, I will never see the truth.
A witch is classically defined as an ugly hag with malignant, supernatural powers; alternatively she is an attractive woman with allure. As an archetype, her truth has two sides, evil and benign.
Judeo-Christian tradition condemns the practice of witchcraft, most often referred to as sorcery and most specifically focused on the sin of idolatry. Do I have “seasons of the witch?” I think I do.
As sure as the seasons come and go, I will vacillate between that which merely distracts and that which has the power to undo me. Exodus 22:18 cautions us not to suffer a witch to live. More useful than employing this verse to justify whatever witch hunt is de rigueur is the practice of a seasonal meditation. When things just don’t seem right, stop and count your stitches.
What have you let slide that is affecting the shape of things? What have you picked up that you should have left alone? Step back and look for the holes in what you’re doing, the unevenness an extra stitch may have caused. Pick up the spiritual practice you dropped. Drop the unnecessary activity that threatens your perfect design.
When the season of the witch comes upon you, don’t haggle. Stop and count your stitches.
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