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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)

TITLE: Season of the Witch
By Sydney Avey


Season of the witch is the title of two mediocre movies, three books and a catchy song by Donovan. The movies are about witchcraft; the books are about wrecked lives and a wrecked ship; but itís the song that is the least transparent and the most haunting.

Donovanís lyrics are so memorable they remain in the brain for decades, yet their meaning escapes me. Apparently Iím 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 Iím perplexed about something, these are the lyrics that play in my brain:

Youíve got to pick up every stitch.
Mmm, must be the season of the witch.

Iím a knitter. I know that if I drop a stitch, the whole piece of work unravels. If I miss something in whatever mystery Iím 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 ďseasons of the witch?Ē 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 donít 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 youíre 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, donít haggle. Stop and count your stitches.

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Laury Hubrich 01/20/11
This is a nice devotion but I don't think I would have went the route you did with the witches.

I understand what you mean, though. We all make wrong choices at times.
diana kay01/20/11
interesting and i like the analogy of the dropped stitches and our life unravelling
Barbara Lynn Culler01/21/11
So who is Donovan?
Sydney Avey01/22/11
Donovan is a folk rockpop troubadour from the 60s/70s who collaborated with the Beatles. He's a rock and roll hall of famer. http://www.donovan.ie/en/
Barbara Lynn Culler01/22/11
Sorry, I meant to add more to my post after the guestion.

Interesting comparison, but as a Christian, I want no part of comparing my seasons to witches.

You took an interesting subject and uniquely worked with it
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/23/11
This is an unique devotion that really touched my heart. You gave some wonderful advice. Great fresh take on the topic.
Kim Hamlin01/25/11
Interesting analogy, I like it!
Mildred Sheldon01/25/11
I liked this very much. You used the witch so tactfully and made your point succintly. Good job.