reborn_pagan, part of the problem with people reacting to your experience rather then your original question is probably due to the experience you related. I don’t feel that what you personally experienced would renew a lot of people’s faith but rather drive them away from it. So when you feel your religion is being attacked…well, mostly by your own fault. Its not reading very well.
You posted something about basically inviting demons into your house and they attacked you. I realize that you may have a different take on the experience, but perhaps you might better explain why that experience renewed your faith. It sounds like it renewed your faith (apologies if I’m incorrect) because it proves to you that your rituals, when not done correctly, had an effect that was inline with your beliefs.
Catholics, I’m assuming (apologies here if I am incorrect), have an idea of their faith (or God?) as a shield, enabling them to take on any situation with courage knowing that they are safe in the hands of their god. Posting that you feel safer after you closed the circle, to them, seems rather feeble when compared to what they experience. Some people also, may question why one needs to engage with gods that have nasty side effects like demons scratching you when one exists that allows for easy communication without the chance of demon attacks.
So it is completely logical that these people want to question your experience… it actually screams out louder then your original posted intention.
I’m not attacking you or your religion. I am merely attempting to explain why this may have happened rather then just jump automatically to the conclusion that you were attacked because you’re Wiccan. It could very well be that you’re being attacked because your Wiccan too.
As an aside, I have my doubts as to whether you were attacked by demons. There are many other more logical things that can explain the scratches on your body as well as them disappearing after your second ritual. I’m pagan but I’m also not inclined to slide into superstition and stories about demons. Besides, if it were that simple to summon up demons then scientists would have gotten a bunch of summoners into a room for a controlled experiment.
Just some thoughts. By the way, I appreciate your posts and the fact that you keep posting.