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Capt.KAOS
31st Oct 2005, 16:19
Dutch Witches Get Tax Break for Studies

By ANTHONY DEUTSCH
Associated Press Writer




APPELSCHA, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch witches are getting a tax break. A court has ruled that the cost of witchcraft lessons can be taken as a tax deduction.

Learning to cast spells and brew potions doesn't come cheap. Margarita Rongen runs the "Witches Homestead" in a northern province. Her witchcraft workshops cost more than $200 a weekend or more than $2,600 for a full course.

Rongen says she been a witch for 38 years and has a duty to pass along her knowledge. She notes her black cauldron and crystal ball stand at the ready for the next full moon.

Cobwebs cling from the wooden rafters. Dusty shelves are cluttered with glass jars of home-brewed potions, dried herbs and stone amulets. An oil cooker and a black cauldron sit in the corner, ready for the next full moon. This isn't a Halloween party, it's Margarita Rongen's year-round workshop and she is a witch - according to her tax return.

Dutch witches were guaranteed a financial treat when the Leeuwarden District Court reaffirmed their legal right to write off the costs of schooling - including in witchcraft - against their tax bills. Those costs run to thousands of dollars.

The court found on Sept. 23 that a witch can declare schooling costs if it increases the likelihood of employment and personal income.

Rongen, a mother of two grown children, runs a school for witches, the "Witches Homestead," in the northern Friesland province of the Netherlands. She has trained more than 160 disciples over the past four decades in "a religion that is older than Christianity," she said.

Courses are held 13 weekends a year closest to a full moon when outdoor rituals are practiced and potions boiled. Participants learn healing with herbs and stones, divination and fortunetelling with crystal balls and hieroglyphs, and how to make potions.

The cost is $206 per weekend, including reading material, lodgings and the tools needed for witchcraft. The full course of 13 weekends runs $2,678 and is open to women and men over 18.

"Once you have become a witch ... you can pass along the things you have learned," said Rongen. "I have been a witch for 38 years and learned it from my father."

Lawmaker Pieter Omtzigt was astounded to hear that the state was funding witchcraft and asked for clarification.

He got an answer to his question last week in a letter from Junior Finance Minister Joop Wijn, saying that "Under the circumstances, the cost of a course to become a witch qualifies as school fees."

Rongen invited Omtzigt to visit her.

"If he would come here and try the divination rod and see how important it is to find things, see that it isn't pleasant to have earth radiation in your house, feel the forces of the earth, that would be magnificent."

Only in Holland :hmm:

airship
31st Oct 2005, 16:23
Can I have one to burn please? :(

Jerricho
31st Oct 2005, 16:24
You can borrow mine.

She's in Northern Ireland at the moment.

Paterbrat
31st Oct 2005, 16:43
totaly bothered and berwildered by this thread.

Romeo Charlie
31st Oct 2005, 16:44
Can I have one to burn please?

Only if she turned you into a newt.

diginagain
31st Oct 2005, 16:47
Cobwebs cling from the wooden rafters. Dusty shelves are cluttered with glass jars of home-brewed potions, dried herbs and stone amulets. An oil cooker and a black cauldron sit in the corner, ready for the next full moon. This isn't a Halloween party, it's

remarkably like my house. Especially the home-brew cupboard.

Well, if they recognise Jedi Knight as being a religious persuasion, what could be wrong with being a witch? Bless her.

Paterbrat
31st Oct 2005, 17:13
Ah yes the home brew, graduated to a pot still, then by golly a home made cracking column, four runs in one go. The sidiqui one will get from that beauty will have everybody thinking they are on broomsticks.

chiglet
31st Oct 2005, 17:58
diginain,
Until [very] recently it was illegal to be a practising [sp] witch in Great Britain. the "law" has been changed...not to placate "witches", but to give every "Faith or Following" equal rights under the Law :rolleyes:
watp,iktch

diginagain
31st Oct 2005, 18:14
Quite right too, chiglet.

Paterbrat, you don't happen to have plans for the cracking tower, do you? I know the principles, but my graduation to fractions could use a hand.:ok:

SilsoeSid
31st Oct 2005, 21:31
In order to be a witch, don't you have to weigh the same as a duck?

http://bestsmileys.com/halloween1/4.gif
SS

chiglet
31st Oct 2005, 21:50
SS
Quote from a Witch.....
"All Witches are Pagans, but not all Pagans are Witches"
watp,iktch

SilsoeSid
31st Oct 2005, 22:45
chigletQuote from a Witch.....
"All Witches are Pagans, but not all Pagans are Witches"
And according to Google, another 137 other sources!!!

Do all Pagans float?

:suspect:
SS

Romeo Charlie
31st Oct 2005, 22:56
Equally, can you build a bridge out of Pagans?

rotorcraig
31st Oct 2005, 23:07
Did B*Witched (http://www.bwitched.com/b-witched/index.html) float?

RC

SilsoeSid
31st Oct 2005, 23:27
Can you not also make a bridge out of a boy band?

mastermark
1st Nov 2005, 14:26
Hummmmm wonder if the cost of flight training could be tax deductable....
if witches do fly???
ATPL anyone??? or would a PPL with a night rateing do?
M xx

ThreadBaron
1st Nov 2005, 14:43
One looks forward to the Consumer Association's 'Which? Witch.'

Paterbrat
1st Nov 2005, 16:55
Diginagain, the plans I drew up for mine have been lost, but google 'Moonshine' and you will find some very good NZ sites where home distillation is not against the law. They have all the neccessary heights widths etc.