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:

http://www.troybooks.co.uk/the-black-toad.html

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.

http://www.troybooks.co.uk/the-charmers'-psalter.html

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.


6 comments:

  1. Looks interesting, but far too expensive for me. The shipping is like 25 30 dollars, and on Amazon it's over 120 dollars.

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    1. Don't buy it from Amazon! The author is not selling it on Amazon. Instead, idiot con artists are selling it on Amazon for an absurd price. Buy directly from the website I listed above. I just bought three books, the Black Toad, one on traditional Cornish witchcraft and the Charmer's Psalter 2nd edition and altogether for all three books it was only $150 with s/h. They also have a nice edition of Abramelin that I might get at a later time. It has a "sator" square on the cover. They look really beautiful in the pictures.

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  2. I rarely comment online but I wanted you to know how much I appreciate this.

    My grande-tante Geneviève was a charmer and clairvoyante of Cornish descent. I still have extended family who live in Cornwall. Geneviève was a devout Christian who took great inspiration from the Bible. She always insisted that she did not practice witchcraft and took great offense at any suggestion that she did. As she liked to put it:

    “Witches blight, but charmers bless; witches curse, but pellars cure—by the power of God, in the Spirit of Christ.”

    As she explained it to me, a witch will displace a disease onto an inanimate object such as a stone; this leaves the condition in the material world, which is where the Darkness has its dominion. A charmer, on the other hand, will heal an illness in the power of the Holy Spirit, with prayers to the angels and saints. This, at least, is what she was taught.

    So-called “traditional Cornish witchcraft” is as much an invented tradition as Gardnerian Wicca. And, as one reviewer notes, “No doubt many will swallow Gemma Gary’s claims wholesale.” This is not to say there is nothing of value in her work—far from it. It is only to emphasize that the original tradition was thoroughly rooted in Judeo-Christian faith and practice. To argue otherwise is—well, let’s say mistaken. I’ll leave it at that.

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I've heard this belief that a witch can no properly heal but can only "move" or "transfer" pain, swelling or a disease onto something else or move it to another part of a body and even put it on another person.

      I ordered two books by that author. Now I'm regretting them. I fear they will be more made-up nonsense by modern pagans. If so, then I will at least tear the author a new one in scathing reviews.

      I've also conversed with the guy in the video I posted. He's not as intelligent as I assumed and still believes that "witches" were pagan and only adopted certain aspects of Christianity into their practice to fool their clients. Wrong. Just wrong.

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  3. Many, if not most, practitioners of the “traditional British Old Craft” claim that their magical culture and practices were once performed under a veneer of Christianity because it served to conceal an oral tradition that has persisted for centuries. This is complete nonsense, without a shred of evidence, other than the fantasies of so-called traditional witches.

    Most witches will dishonestly appropriate any culture or practice they please in order to create the illusion of authenticity; it is in the nature of witchcraft to do so. There are some practitioners of Wicca who are honest about this, much to their credit.

    I have lived in the UK (the West Country) as well as Virginia. The differences between pellar-craft and rootwork are not so great as one might imagine. There is no need to bring witchcraft into any of it other than to claim a connection that does not exist.

    Cassandra Latham-Jones, for whom I have a great deal of respect, writes:

    “I do not publicly claim to be a Pellar nor do I consider myself to be a Traditional Witch. I am a Village Wisewoman and I have worked within my village for the last 30 years. Nor have I claimed any direct continuity to any form of witchcraft practice.”

    http://cassandralathamjones.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/here-we-go-again/

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    1. Hoodoo is extremely close to the traditional practices in Ireland, Scotland and England, simply because immigrants brought their customs with them.

      I just received my books by Gemma Gary and I am not looking forward to reading them. I'm afraid I will have to be very blunt and even borderline rude. It's the only way to clear out this bull shit before the real deal goes extinct. Because these "traditional witches" are not preserving the old ways. Quite the opposite. They are the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. They want the public to think they are the legitimate heirs to this ancient tradition when in reality they are just usurpers and impostors. Thank you for your comment.

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