As a Pagan myself and somewhat Wiccan, (I prefer Witch) I often look around at the community and wonder if we are all insane?
Now I have met some very interesting people in the last 12 years as an out of the closet Witch this includes people who wear dead cats as hats, and no I am not joking. I have some fantastic, talented friends in the community as well and I am ashamed to say on behalf of our shallow society that some of those people would be looked over because of how they looked, what they wore or what they believe, which is not cool. The great thing about any community is that you are able to connect with people in a genuine way and I love my friends. Now I also have some incredibly hot, sexy friends in the community as well, it takes all sorts 🙂
But there are times that I wonder if the romantic appeal of Pagansim and Wicca are all that a lot of people cling to?
A perfect example of this is the art work. Now taking out the stupid stereotype of the hag this is what you generally get when you type in the works Wiccan Woman in google search you get a lot of art like this:
Or variations of. When the truth is a little more like this:
Now I own a robe, the ritual tools, the flowy dresses, I have attended, conducted and been apart of more rituals than I can count and I do connect and enjoy them but every now and then realist or cynic in me comes out and asks “What the hell are you doing? It is freezing out here and I am sure if the Gods were here they would be inside near a heater pointing and laughing at us.”
I am sure we would all love our spells and rituals to come with special effects like the movies and TV and that we all wish we could be the perfect looking Pagan but that is not reality. I am not saying this to bag anyone, hell I am far from perfect I am just raising the question. It aint going to stop me from going to the Samhain Ball on the weekend and having a great time or make me lose any of my faith in my spirituality.
I also think this fact is the reason a lot of people are attracted to the Witchcraft or Wicca and then don’t stay with it for a lifetime. What they think in their minds does not translate literally and the reality of it is not worth the hard work to stick around for. I can hand on heart say that the Craft is a deep, beautiful, fulfilling path but it is not for the feign of heart, it is not for bigots, it is not for the weak and that puts people off, which is fine with me.
I still think we are all just a little nuts, but who isn’t?