Feb 20, 2010
February 20th is Tempest Smith Day.
Tempest Kayne Smith died on February 20, 2001. She was twelve years old.
Many spiritual paths commemorate the life of a person on the anniversary of the person's death. The facrt that some Christian churches commemorate saints' days on the day of their death does not mean they have anything anywhere near exclusive. It comes from the Jewish Jahrzeit and ever-so-many other customs.
Tempest Smith died by her own hand, the victim of incessant bullying, and it appears that most of the bullying was because she was a Wiccan.
I see her as a patron where two issues are concerned.
One is religious freedom. Some people claim that there is religious freedom in the United States of America, but there didn't seem to be enough to protect Tempest Smith.
The other issue is that of victims of bullying.
There is much to be said here, and Itry to say it.
And next Tempest Smith Day, bring friends! One day it will be a real event.