Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Finally! A Pagan Who Gets It!
I stumbled upon this video the other day and was blown away. Finally, a Pagan who gets it! I've been attacked left and right by Wiccans and self-proffessed "Traditional Witches" because of my writings here on this blog. Sorry, I don't mean to offend anyone but the truth needs to be stated.
There is a group of people who call themselves "witches" but who are not Wiccan. They perform curses or what we would call enemy work, when it is needed. These people claim to practice "Traditional Witchcraft". However, take a look at what they actually worship and what they actually do, it's clear they are worshiping the same deities as the Wiccans and performing the same rituals as the Wiccans. They have the same holidays. They use the same tools. They both cast circles, etc. That is not traditional witchcraft. These people are just Wiccans who disagree with the Wiccan Rede.
Real practitioners of "Traditional Witchcraft" are Christian. They incorporate Christianity into their work. They use the Bible and invoke God in the form of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Ghost. They are not pagan. Real witches haven't been pagan in almost 2,000 years. Witchcraft is not a religion. It's a practice. They incorporated Christianity because that is the prevailing belief structure and because it's the religion of their clients. That's right. Witchcraft is not just a practice but is also a profession. The word "craft" means art, skill, or trade, as in profession. The profession of witchcraft is the most identifiable form of it.
Another thing to take note is that they didn't call themselves witches. Instead, they called themselves charmers, pellars and cunning men/women. The word witch is a slur. If a practitioner called them self a witch it would be in the same fashion that a woman might call herself a bitch and a homosexual man might call himself a fag/queer. They are not witches proper. Witchcraft was always understood to be evil and they did not view what they did as evil. The Bible is opposed to witchcraft and being Christians most wouldn't dare label themselves as witches. This same belief is found in hoodoo/rootwork or conjure today. Practitioners of hoodoo/conjure don't call themselves "witches". There's no such thing as "hoodoo witch".
I would really like to purchase a copy of this book. For those who may not realize it, this, along with the practices of the Irish and Scottish and Dutch/German, are the sources of the European influence on hoodoo/rootwork/conjure. Christianity wasn't simply incorporated into hoodoo at the time the slaves were converted. It was well established in European folk magic, which the slaves where then exposed to and then adopted and made their own.
Here is a link if anyone is interested in purchasing the book:
The website also had a really cool Psaltry (a book containing the Psalms) for sale as well. The use of the Psalms in magic was not invented by hoodoo practitioners but instead was adopted from European folk magic.
What's really sad is that the traditional charmer/pellar/cunning man/woman practices are dying out if not already are extinct. Too many fake pagans are acting to destroy the traditional practice by claiming it as their heritage and obliterating the real practice by teaching their invented religion. It's sort of like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". These people claim to be charmers/pellars/cunning men/woman but in fact are just pod people.