So I'm bored and had some free time. I stumbled upon an article on a popular NeoPagan website. The article is by a white woman who is a fake-Wiccan. For those who don't know what a fake Wiccan is, they are people who identify as Wiccan but who don't belong to any tradition and are eclectic in nature. They do not hold to the beliefs of Gardnerian Wicca and believe that Wicca is a "do whatever you want" religion. I use the word fake because Gardnerians do not accept them as being Wiccans, and I've known a few Gardnerians who have much to say on the topic. Some of these fake Wiccans even claim to also be Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, etc., while in real Wicca they do not allow dual-religions or the combining of religions to form hybrid versions.
So this white woman decided to write an article on how she is so upset that her competition is something called "Root Doctors" (She is writing this assuming that people have never heard of it before, that's how ignorant she is!) and claims that root doctors are "Christian con artists" who prey on poor black people.
I want to make something real clear here, something that takes an astute person to pick up on. Why would this white woman bitch about "root doctors", a.k.a. "Christian con-artists", preying off of poor black people? The answer is because she is assuming that all or most root doctors are white. I just thought I would toss that our there. This woman has no knowledge of hoodoo and especially doesn't know how prevalent it is in black American culture.
Anyway, this woman not only fails to understand that hoodoo is a valid magical tradition but also fails to understand that there isn't anything wrong with charging money for services. She is one of those spiritual weaklings who considers the exchange of any money to nullify magical abilities. Going further, she then explains to people that magic can't be used to solve difficult problems. In fact, she unknowingly is arguing for the non-existence of magic and miracles while promoting her bull shit new-age philosophy and her own reiki and crystal healing services.
This woman then goes on to talk about how much she enjoys being a "witch" and that she comes from a long line of witches, with her mother and grandmother also being witches. She relates "cherished memories" of her grandmother and mother going to Wiccan shops when she was a small girl to purchase crystals that "sang to them" to tell them they are the ones to buy. So what I'm trying to communicate is that she is full of shit, if you didn't pick up on that due to my subtlety. (Wiccan shops, as in shops primarily catering to Wiccans, only popped up in the 1980s and didn't become widespread until the 90s. Prior to that time it was candle shops (hoodoo) and hoodoo drugstores. So she is either young or is lying.)
Look, the world is a big place. There is room for everyone, including new traditions of NeoPaganism. However, there are major problems with people who are part of the NeoPagan community. It's a problem of education and excessive-assumptions. Many of these people hold to beliefs of their own white superiority, not just in everyday life, but also in the realms of magic. They have been taught they they are the witches that can be found in history, that their religion is ancient instead of a modern invention, and that they are the experts in magic. They have been brainwashed into believing in magical karma and gladly accept mental prisons that limit their magical capabilities, rendering their magic weak and ineffective. Going further, when there are problems in a person's life or with enemies who threaten a person, these people not only won't do what is needed magic-wise but can't do what is needed even if the desire was truly there. They back themselves into a corner by holding beliefs that magic can't be used with "big stuff" and can only be used in "little stuff", i.e. trivial concerns. Some will even take it to the point of blaming people for their problems, as in "karmic debts".
As I'm typing this I'm reminded of the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Specifically, season 5, which featured the characters revolving around an occult shop (The Magic Box) that one character (Giles) purchased and ran with the help of the others. The character of Willow began to develop her magical abilities and decided to join a local witch group on campus. She soon discovered that none of the people showed any actual interest in magic or spells and were instead more interested in New-Age bull shit. When she made a recommendation that they might actually cast some spells she was chastised and degraded for her "stereotypical" perception of what a witch is. Here's the actual dialogue below:
"Willow: But, there's also other stuff that we might show an interest in, as a Wicca group.
Wanna Blessed Be #1: Like what?
Willow: Well, there's the wacky notion of spells. You know, conjuring, transmutation...
Wanna Blessed Be #2: Oh yeah. Then we could all get on our broomsticks and fly around on our broomsticks. (Wiccan group members laugh at Willow)
Willow: (Leaving Wiccan group depressed, runs into Buffy) Talk. All talk. 'Blah, blah, Gaia. Blah, blah, moon. Menstrual life-force power thingy.'
Buffy: No actual witches in your witch group?
Willow: No! Bunch of wanna blessed be's. Nowadays every girl with a henna tattoo and a spice rack thinks she's a sister to the dark ones."
That pretty much sums up my view of the situation.
As far as this white fake-Wiccan, and with regard to the "poor black victims" of "Christian con-artists" (root doctors), she goes on to write that it's important that they are told that there is no hope in the situation, that magic can't and shouldn't be used for such, and that it's best to just learn to accept the situation. She then goes on to recommend her services, how she makes her living, of bull shit aura cleansings, crystal therapy, and white light visualizations. You know because that's what people really need.
Of course the reality of the situation is that she is the one who is fake. She's the con artist trying to peddle her services to people and services that have zero chance of even possibly helping clients. Getting your aura cleansed is not going to draw back your lover. Placing a fucking crystal on your stomach is not going to prevent Sally at work from trying to get you fired. People have real problems and they require a real craft, something that most people who identify with this white fake-Wiccan author, do not have. They want to be "witches" but they don't have a clue about what the concept of a craft entails.