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When people complain about Silver Ravenwolf’s writing

popwitch:

I don’t understand. Are you not capable of forming your own opinion? The way that she talks about Christians..I don’t agree with. The way she views the God and the Goddess, I sometimes dot agree with. There are a couple of things I don’t agree with. But for the most part, she has accurate and very helpful information. Her books are guides. You can pick what you like, what you agree with, what you believe in, and integrate that into your practice. People get frustrated with her and her books. Don’t be a follower! Don’t practice the way that she does if you don’t like it.

No, the problem is that she DOESN’T have a lot of accurate information. She takes information and glosses over anything bad about it and spreads a bunch of misconceptions that affect ALL of us because it means that we need to deal with this crap IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY.

rib-caged:

UGHHHHHHHH, WICCANS AND WITCHES ARE NOT ALWAYS SYNONYMOUS. Come on Taboo, get your shit together.

Anonymous asked: Hi, I'm sure you get this sort of this all the time but I really wanted to ask some stuff. I've kinda seen more pagan/wiccan (I really don't know which is what, I don't want to be offensive but I'm really new to this, sorry!) and I've become really interested in it, and I wanna know more about it and maybe even become involved in it! I guess i just wanna know how I might fall into place with all of this. (I'm running out of characters so I'm going to make a second ask :3)

(same anon continuing from last text) So, I’m already a Christian with a bit of my own theology, I have a dæmon, believe in fate, and love how in touch with earth and everything you guys all seem to be. So i suppose I’d just like some basic info and some suggestions on where to start if I decide that I want to commit myself to this. Thank you so so much for anything you can tell me!

There’s a whole wealth of information out there, but… that’s kind of almost as much of a problem as it is helpful, isn’t it? :P There’s a whole lot of conflicting information, even about what to call certain things.

Basic rundown of things, to my understanding of them (and followers, feel free to pitch in - I’m headed out for the day but I’ll publish any asks I get when I get home in the evening):

Pagan: Depending on your definition, either “someone who doesn’t follow an Abrahamic religion” or a short form of “Neo-Pagan”; it tends to be the latter unless someone’s trying to argue semantics. Pagan’s a really large umbrella term for a lot of loosely-connected beliefs, and trying to list off ‘what makes someone Pagan’ is difficult, because pretty much everything I can think of, someone will definitely go “but that doesn’t apply to me and I’m still Pagan!”. Wicca is part of the Pagan umbrella, and it’s the religion that’s most well-known outside of the Pagan community, but there are also the reconstructionist beliefs (of pretty much every culture out there, though in my experience the most common ones are Hellenic, Celtic, and Germanic), and Asatrú and Heathenism, which know next to nothing about (but I am aware that a lot of Heathens don’t consider themselves part of the Pagan umbrella). Also, as a note, there are syncretistic Pagans - Pagans who observe a blend of more than one religion (for example Christian Pagans). 

Wicca: This is almost as hard to define! :P Wicca was started in the 50s by Gerald Gardner, and there are a few traditions (groups/types) of Wiccans (sometimes called British Traditional Wicca) that can trace their lineage back to him - they were taught by someone who was taught by someone who was taught by Gardner. A lot of people (and from what I can tell pretty much all BTWs) only consider that to actually be Wicca. Aside from that, there are other traditions that consider themselves to be Wiccan, as well as a lot of solitary pagans who consider themselves to be Wiccan; others consider them to be Wicca-inspired Pagans. We’ve had this argument on here a couple times, so I’d rather not spark it again. :P Wiccans [generally] worship a God and a Goddess, follow the Rede (An it harm none, do as ye will; there are tons of interpretations as to what this actually means, though) use rituals that invoke the four elements, and are [British] traditionally part of a coven after a year and a day of preparation/training/initiation. All Wiccans are Pagans; not all Pagans are Wiccans (although it sure as hell seems it, some days). 

Witchcraft: I’ve seen witchcraft defined a bunch of different ways; to my personal understanding it’s using your will to affect the world around you. Lots of people use it spiritually; many don’t. Lots of people use tools (incense, crystals, tarot cards, runes, herbs, candles, etc) to enhance and focus what they’re doing; many don’t. But the important thing is that being a witch has nothing to do with your religion or lack thereof - you can pretty easily find witches from pretty much any religion, including Christian witches (who are not necessarily Christian Pagans). Witchcraft is practice, not religion. So most Pagans are witches, and most witches are Pagans, but there are Pagans who don’t practice witchcraft and witches who don’t consider themselves Pagan.

Hopefully that wasn’t TOO confusing. They’re definitely really confusing concepts when you first scratch the surface. As far as ‘where should I start’, I started with Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, and I often see that paired with Thea Sabin’s Wicca for Beginners. I also see a bunch of people disparaging these two books, though - I think that the most common argument is that they’re pagan, not [British Traditional] Wiccan. Both books lay out a lot of information and are quite easy to read. The most important thing, though, is to keep reading and keep learning and keep talking to people! (And Tumblr’s a pretty good method for that - track the #Pagan and #Wicca tags for a while.)

Magic. It has gummie bears in it now.

problemsolvingpanda:

Seriously though?  Magic?
Pretty sure if magic was real it would have been on Oprah by now.
Pretty sure if magic was real i’d be driving a spaceship made of boobs to work.

oh wow you’re an asshole

keeping your assholish opinions to yourself is one thing (though you’d still be an asshole, just a quiet one), but adding these tags is hilariously bad, especially when you have clearly done zero research about paganism and what ‘magic’ means to us.

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To Any of Those Who Have Received “Hate” Mail from the Witch Community,

wixxa:

For every hater there are at least 10 people out there would would agree and support you. Don’t let the ignorant, closed-minded, weak-hearted, mean, arrogant, petty, or otherwise troubled few get you down. Practice what you want to practice, take elements from whatever speaks to you, don’t put so much stalk in labels, and don’t surrender to the bullying and name-calling. It takes a really insecure person to come out and verbally assault an otherwise happy individual. Nobody can hurt you without your permission, don’t give anyone that power over you. I don’t hate any of my own haters, but I refuse to be infected by their negativity, I’m better than that and so are all of you. BB

No, but seriously - if you’re getting all sorts of people telling you that you’re being appropriative, ill-informed, racist, and so on? Maaaaybe the problem is you.

In fact, in this case, definitely. Definitely the problem is you.

Dreamcatcher

wixxa:

In Native American culture, a dreamcatcher, or dream snare, is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which loose net or web is woven. The dreamcatcher is decorated with personal and sacred items such as feathers and beads. It is believed that a dreamcatcher changes a person’s dreams or traps bad dreams in the net.

In modern Witchcraft, the dreamcatcher is used as a filter. Since dreams are meant to be a door through which your angels and spirit guides help you to resolve obstacles, sometimes they send you messages through your dreams. Many times our everyday lives get caught up in our dreams and we have dreams with no significance to our situation. Dreamcatchers are used to clear out any dream that is not meant as a special message and allows one to fully see the symbolism and wisdom from each dream.

- Native Americans do not have a monolithic culture. Do your fucking research, because half of what you post is ill-informed at best and willingly offensive at worst.

- Native American cultures are still alive today. You’re framing this as if these are ancient practices that aren’t relevant in today’s society, and again - could be anything from just ill-informed to willfully being racist.

- Stop perpetuating cultural appropriation. 

Ten Ways To Piss Off A Pagan

wixxa:

1. Ask them if they are Satan worshippers.

2. Rearrange their altar so it will look neat.

3. Blow out their altar candle if it is still daylight.

4. Pick up their crystals for a closer look.

5. Sharpen their dull black-handled knife.

6. Witness to them about the “true religion.

7. Untie the knots in their cord.

8. Find and read their Book of Shadows.

9. Play card games with their Tarot cards.

10. Ask them if they are Satan worshippers.

you know, unless they’re satan worshippers

that would probably not piss them off

Satanism and Witchcraft

hollyandmax:

I just think it’s really important that people actually know that there ARE pagans/witches who are actually Satanist.

No, they are not mutually exclusive. No, Satanism isn’t ‘evil’. So often I see the phrase “narrow minded” flung around when Satanism and Witchcraft are connected. Sure, not all witches/pagans are Satanic, but as i said before, the two do overlap. Before you go around squealing HARM YE NONEEE perhaps you may like to educate yourself further on the subject of Satanism. (resources are out there and easy to find. the Satanic Bible is only a couple of dollars online) [it’s also important to note that La Veyan satanism isn’t the only branch of Satanism]

Love dearly,

Holly

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thewitchescauldron:

Oblivion: Elder Scrolls
If there ever was a Pagan game. This is it. It’s an RPG game where you don’t have to chose a Class you can learn all skills and you have complete freedom in this game. I find it intriguing that theirs a main religion with churches sort of like Christianity does in the world today, and out in the forest you have certain areas where “groups in hoods” a.k.a Covens *cough*cough meet. Theres even a group you can join where a goddess is called the “night mother” and she has a god that’s her consort. You also get to collect herbs you would in real life and make potions according to their actual correspondences. You can also do small missions to gain the blessings of the other gods they called “daedra” or “daedric” dieties. Some require tributes as well.

This almost beats out the CS Lewis quote for “most ridiculous thing on this blog so far”.
Or maybe a better analogue would be the post telling an anon to read Tolkien for advice?
I dunno. Regardless, fantasy is not Wiccan or Pagan in the slightest. This has literally nothing to do with Paganism.
Also, some of your analogies are… stretching it, to say the least. The main religion has nine deities, and there are no real analogues to Christianity. Like, at all - I think literally the only one I can think of is “it’s the majority religion”, and even that’s only true in Cyrodiil. They’re not even called churches most of the time. And daedra worship isn’t really analogous to paganism, either. The groups are outside of the cities because the beings they worship are literally very powerful demons. The Night Mother is the head of the Dark Brotherhood, which is the Assassin’s Guild, and her ‘consort’ is actually possibly the being in charge of the creation of both the Aedra and the Daedra. Lots of mythos there that you’re completely ignoring to try and make your analogy. And saying that there’s any relationship between alchemy and magical properties of herbs is at the very, very least a gross oversimplification and more realistically just plain wrong, because some of the effects are things like “fire damage”.
Basically, not only is the basic idea of calling a fantasy game ‘Pagan’ ridiculous, but the analogy you made to try and support it has holes you could drive a pickup through.
Please, everyone: Stop trying to say the fantasy genre is Pagan. It (largely) isn’t. 

thewitchescauldron:

Oblivion: Elder Scrolls


If there ever was a Pagan game. This is it. It’s an RPG game where you don’t have to chose a Class you can learn all skills and you have complete freedom in this game. I find it intriguing that theirs a main religion with churches sort of like Christianity does in the world today, and out in the forest you have certain areas where “groups in hoods” a.k.a Covens *cough*cough meet. Theres even a group you can join where a goddess is called the “night mother” and she has a god that’s her consort. You also get to collect herbs you would in real life and make potions according to their actual correspondences. You can also do small missions to gain the blessings of the other gods they called “daedra” or “daedric” dieties. Some require tributes as well.

This almost beats out the CS Lewis quote for “most ridiculous thing on this blog so far”.

Or maybe a better analogue would be the post telling an anon to read Tolkien for advice?

I dunno. Regardless, fantasy is not Wiccan or Pagan in the slightest. This has literally nothing to do with Paganism.

Also, some of your analogies are… stretching it, to say the least. The main religion has nine deities, and there are no real analogues to Christianity. Like, at all - I think literally the only one I can think of is “it’s the majority religion”, and even that’s only true in Cyrodiil. They’re not even called churches most of the time. And daedra worship isn’t really analogous to paganism, either. The groups are outside of the cities because the beings they worship are literally very powerful demons. The Night Mother is the head of the Dark Brotherhood, which is the Assassin’s Guild, and her ‘consort’ is actually possibly the being in charge of the creation of both the Aedra and the Daedra. Lots of mythos there that you’re completely ignoring to try and make your analogy. And saying that there’s any relationship between alchemy and magical properties of herbs is at the very, very least a gross oversimplification and more realistically just plain wrong, because some of the effects are things like “fire damage”.

Basically, not only is the basic idea of calling a fantasy game ‘Pagan’ ridiculous, but the analogy you made to try and support it has holes you could drive a pickup through.

Please, everyone: Stop trying to say the fantasy genre is Pagan. It (largely) isn’t. 

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