Inspired by this article, several bloggers are suggesting that Sonia Sotomayor’s notorious “wise Latina woman” self-description may be more significant than the superficial sexism or racism that conservative pundits have been focusing on. She is also a member of a New Age feminist “networking” organization called Belizean Grove.
More importantly, “wise woman” is a euphemism for witch in the Wiccan community.
Amazon: The Wise Woman.
Two Herbal Medicine sites.
A Christian Woman’s blog.
The Definition of “wise woman,” or “crone” from some feminist/wiccan site:
At the time of menopause, the pause of the flow of the menses, the Sacred Blood of Wisdom is finally retained inside the body and the woman herself can partake of its Wisdom. At this time, in older societies, she becomes known as crone or hag, words whose original meaning is ‘wise one’, revered elder of the circle.
We have lost our respect for the wisdom and understanding of age. yOni would like to contribute to re-establishing a reverence and appreciation for the elders in our society and to learn from these wise ones.
“The Wise Woman’s Tarot”
So, basically, “Wise Woman” seems to have two meanings:
1) a Christian woman referring to Proverbs
2) a Witch, particularly a woman who practices herbal medicine (which, technically is what “witch” means).
I was going through the produce aisle at Kroger in a mart-cart, when suddenly a scary man blocks my cart and announces, “Sir, the Lord just told me he wants me to pray for restoration of your ability to walk.”
“I’m in this because I have a bad heart.”
“What’s wrong with it?”
“A genetic disorder called Marfan syndr–”
“What’s your name?”
“John,” I said, sheepsihly.
Then he starts into his Pentecostal “Lord we just wanna .. . . ”
And I really wasn’t in the mood to start practicing my Catholic apologetics in the produce aisle, or to point out that, if he were really hearing from the Lord, he would have gotten the facts right, or that I don’t believe in his false religion that calls Jesus a liar, etc.
I thought about saying that it’s my belief that God is insulted by our prayers that He change the way He made us.
And maybe we should give the guy credit for having the faith to that.
But it sure is a lot easier to say, “Sir, I’d like to pray for your healing” than it is to say ,”Sir, would you like help with your groceries?”