I keep hearing about Wicca/Wiccans. Is that considered a religion? What do Wiccans believe and practice?

Question by kacey: I keep hearing about Wicca/Wiccans. Is that considered a religion? What do Wiccans believe and practice?
Like, is the pentagram part of Wicca? I’ve always wondered what that stood for. I’ve been shopping for rocks and crystals because I want to collect them, and I see a lot that are categorized as “Wiccan.” How is that a part of the practice? Also, is “Wicca” the same as “paganism”? All these different names are confusing!

Please, I’d like to hear from some people who follow Wicca or can speak objectively about it. I understand that there’s probably people who don’t agree with it, but only hearing from people who hate the whole thing won’t help! Thanks a lot!

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Answer by Maurice H
Their “witches”; but they’ve been watching too many halloween cartoons and I wouldnt subscribe to them if I were you.

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Get Your Mainframe Data Center Green and Keep it Green

Port Washington, NY (PRWEB) December 18, 2009

Turbo-Pro is simple to implement and run. It is very easy to use.

It saves thousands of employee analysis hours. It cuts costs and saves money. It has a very high ROI. It pays for itself in just a few weeks. It prevents problems before they happen. Preventing just one system outage and it is paid for. It prevents or delays Upgrades. It is very inexpensive. There are NO risks involved. There are no changes to any application or system program logic. There is very little employee time required. And it is guaranteed. It is the best investment any CIO could make.

CPSI was founded in 1986 by Ralph Bertrum and Robert Burns. It is located in Port Washington, LI, New York. CPSI has been in business for 25 years and has performed over 600 performance analyses for clients and analyzed hundreds of millions of files. CPSI is an IBM business partner.

Critical Path Software Presents ? ?TURBO-PRO?

TURBO-PRO is a new proactive technology developed and provided as a service by Critical Path Software Inc. It finds and prevents problems before they occur. It improves performance, reduces resource usage, saves DASD, and lowers mainframe costs. It saves thousands of hours of analysis by performance tuning specialists, delays very expensive mainframe hardware and software upgrades, and in some large data centers may even lower MSU usage CAPS or shut off engines, thereby reducing software license fees. The proof of concept will prove it and there is no cost if it does not.

TURBO-PRO is a newly developed pro-active process that utilizes standard IBM utilities that already exist on your computer for gathering CRITICAL SYSTEM & APPLICATION FILES including CICS, DB2, IMS, User Catalogs, Buffering Products, and Vendor Software. The collected data is sent by CD, FTP, or e-mail attachment to CPSI, where the detail data is run through our Turbo Tune Performance Tuning System and corrective actions are identified before performance issues arise.

TURBO-PRO compliments our highly successful Turbo Tune Performance Tuning System. The result will significantly reduce I/O, CPU, EXCP?s and MIP consumption, while keeping Online Response Time and Batch Run Time at their optimum performance levels.

TURBO-PRO utilizes STANDARD IBM UTILITIES and does not change or look at any confidential client data, but simply monitors, gathers and reports detailed information concerning Structures, Performance, Usage, Activity, Efficiency and current file definitions. The data is sent to CPSI and is processed through Turbo Tune, which analyzes the data, compares every file against an expert data base and returns fully updated and improved file definitions that will reduce the resource consumption on that mainframe.

TURBO-PRO gathers real-time information. The collection process is run at various times taking real-time snapshots of conditions at peak load time, such as twelve noon or month end or quarter end or year end, as well as during periods of inactivity. In this way it will identify the worst case usage under real-world conditions that occur in your environment.

TURBO-PRO is always on duty. One very important point that has to be underscored about the new product suite is that the data collection operates on auto-pilot and can be thought of as a virtual assistant doing the job of many high priced experienced workers. In other words, set it and forget it! We take the worry and the effort out of the system optimization equation and we ensure that nothing of importance is missed. CIOs can rest assured that their resources are continually monitored.

TURBO-PRO is essential because changes in Application & System Software are constantly occurring files require constant performance monitoring. Growth due to mergers, development of new applications, upgrades to vendor software and increases in business activity, make constant adjustments both critical and necessary. All systems should be constantly monitored and critical files should be adjusted before they become a problem, in order to keep them working at their maximum peak performance levels.

TURBO-PRO automatically performs all of the well understood tuning practices and functions that a highly skilled performance tuning analyst would perform with usual methods. However, it does provide several very distinct advantages.


Seven Ways To Keep A Highly Intuitive Child Healthy

All children are sensitive, but some kids are unusually sensitive, intuitive, and empathic. They can finish your sentence, sense danger before it happens, “catch” other people’s moods, and even tell you what’s wrong with the family pet. These highly intuitive children have a special gift–but their heightened abilities also come with special health challenges. Here are seven ways you can help your highly intuitive child stay healthy.

Help him trust his inner yes or no. Every unusually sensitive child has a body signal that tells him yes or no. Help him identify this feeling. Positive hunches may feel tickly, light, open, or happy, for example. A “no” intuition is sometimes described as sad, “off,” flat, or dark. A child who learns to recognize and trust his yes and no hunches can avoid danger, make good decisions, and detect the truth.

Feed her pure, whole foods she likes. Unusually sensitive children have highly sensitive bodies and are very “tuned in” to what their bodies need. As a result, they sometimes have strong reactions to food dyes and chemicals such as additives and preservatives. Also, they sometimes can’t bring themselves to eat meat. Be sensitive to your child’s food preferences and give her plenty of healthy foods she asks for.

Pay attention to overeating/undereating. Highly sensitive children sometimes eat for comfort, or won’t eat because of a stomachache, for example, that they have gotten from being around someone who was anxious or depressed. If you notice your child having eating problems, help her express her emotions and find healthy outlets for releasing stress so that it reduces the eating-related problems. When in doubt, be sure to check with a licensed health care provider.

Encourage exercise. Exercise is a vital part of staying healthy, especially for children who take on more than the average share of other people’s feelings. Walking, running, dancing–any activity that helps your child feel grounded and connected to the earth–are great ways to help your child shake off troubling experiences and emotions he’s picked up during the day.

Help him “turn off” and recharge overnight. Unusually sensitive children often have a hard time sleeping and turning off their sensors. Sometimes his enhanced traits translate into insomnia and nightmares. Give him a chance to express pent-up emotions before bed. Perform a calming ritual, such as a head massage. Get him to bed early, and establish a regular sleep routine.

Mind his “personal energy hygiene.” Intuitive empath children need to know how to clear out the feelings they might have taken on during the day so they don’t feel depleted by these feelings, or start to act them out. Just as you teach a child to wash his hands, you can teach him how to “squeeze out his energy sponge” at the end of the day. Some ideas: Hoot into a pillow with big, wild movements; shake it off with your arms; bang it into some clay; or scrub it off with a shower or bath.

Help her manage stress. Children who tune in to other people’s illnesses and moods often display symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, stomachaches, or distress. Have her ask, “Is this mine?” Teach her ways–through art, words, or movement, for example–to get other people’s emotions out of her body so she can replenish her own balance and quickly bounce back to normal.

Catherine Crawford, LMFT, ATR, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered art therapist specializing in the needs of intuitive empath children and adults. She is author of The Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic Children (Hunter House, 2009). You can find out more about her at www.lifepassage.com.