reply to post by ArMaP
You hit it right the nose, as guilds, craftsmen, often did have there own language, the reason often being because new tools and techniques, skills
require new words. What were "guild speak" was adopted for the industrial and then post industrial age. It can be Klingon or a member of a guild, or
science or technology. Both are invented as to words, etc. Thats how we develop new words in any language, We make it up as we go. English and German
are among the most robust in this capacity. No kidding. German's more of a specific language in many ways its just hard for me to try to use words of
20+ letters. Think I stutter badly in English? I do but at least most understand me in English. And German? Don't even go there. Woo.
Its a let down for many but we come up with new words even "wise women" and "wise men", usually women who were of the ancient nature religion and
more in effect a lifestyle. They were considered the very best midwives and that also included Jewish midwifes. I check as to why and the interesting
part of both Jewish and Wiccan midwifes were among other things they washed their hands. The Jewish traditions more for reasons of keeping Kosher, and
Wicca because it made sense to them. Amazing natural skills in that it was a method (I can't speak for the Jewish traditions, but am familiar much
more with the Wiccan, knowing members of that ancient nature religion/lifestyle.
Wiccan is often confused with paganism and there are some similarities but Wicca is far more based on observation and not just primitive idol worship.
To the Wiccan, Druids perhaps and other pre-monotheistic religion-lifestyles all life had an equal relationship with nature as both the "god" and also
equal as to the importance of both male and female having total equality to represent the mystery and majic of what faith was before the male centric
power based and enforced faith-concepts took over.
It seems obvious to us today but Christianity was more concerned with ritual and ideology then Jewish, Wiccan, or Islam. Note many dietary rules based
on things like not eating pork are the same between Jews and Muslims. Many Wiccan are vegetarian, or vegan. But its also accepted by some that the
right to survive which may need one to kill and eat an animal is the right of all living things to survive.
As for midwives, because having good food, fresh air, and clean hands to deliver a baby helped the kids survive, people took notes and were less hung
up about ritual as opposed to observation of effects. In effect because of Wiccan apothecary observations of natural products they studied and used
the products of nature, and historically were among the best "trained"in the healing arts, and were the original herbalist's and skilled in
apothecary, or what we call today pharmacists (chemists in the UK/NZ/Australia etc).
Wicca (which by the way is a legitimate church as those members of the administration of services that include: Priests or Priestesses can legally at
least as far as I know in most US states and territories perform all the rituals associated with other religions, those ceremonies from birth to
That includes marriage, funeral and death services and can serve often in the capacity of mediators, or marriage consolers as other clergy can. Wicca
does not require anymore the a Rabbi or Catholic Priest to have special skills in this area but I know two of the Wiccan clergy that do have special
above-the-norm training who sometimes have state licensed therapy and physiologist credentials for which they need the same training to do this as a
function of credential required duties.
As for aspects of certain not as much "secret" societies but ones you can't just write a check and join, as with the Masons you have to be invited by
another Mason. I know because I'm a Third Degree Mason. And the "mystery" is the fact that most rituals and even being invited are great ways to freak
some people out, unintentionally in fact but for centuries many organizations notably the Catholic church thought the Masons were a competitor.
Secrecy kept Masons alive in many parts of Europe and even in the late 19th, early 20th century in the US. And who targeted Masons along with blacks,
Catholics, and Jews in the US? The KKK.
Free thinking, free association and very quietly good works done in completely untraceable ways, be it paying strangers hospital bills, providing
supplies for hard pressed schools so teachers wouldn't have to out of there own pocket, food shelf stocking etc was not something the KKK was known to
do. With no concern as to color, creed, politics, only not being able to because of lack of money. A bit like the Shriners without the funny hats. As
a guy on "the inside" I can tell you the Masons are about as conspiratorial as the Rotary Club, Auto Club, or the VFW. And I belong to those as
edit on 3/4/12 by arbiture because: correct spelling, and forgot the secret hand shake