Are Wiccans/Pagans all Insane?

Are Wiccans/Pagans all Insane?

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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?

Until Next week...

9 Comments
  • Princess Geek
    Posted at 03:16h, 30 April Reply

    when I was in highschool my friends when through a wiccan “phase” I just went along for the ride. I was interested but never really got involved because I was afraid of what my (all) roman catholic family would think. My friends took the wrong route, they wanted to cast evil spells and wanted to be scary, but I read some books and knew that that wasn’t the point, it was about connecting with nature and the things around you. but my friends were very sad depressed goths (I’m lucky I turned out the way I am)
    To be honest, if I had seen the person with the dead cat hat I would of been horrified and angry, I love cats, and even if the cat had died of natural causes there is NO need to wear it as a hat. And it does scare me sometimes, but my problem is I don’t really know what I believe, I’m still in that void, do I stay here (as a catholic) or do I move on and find something else. Religion and Beliefs has always been tricky =D
    A couple of years ago I got invited to a ritual, I don’t remember what it was, but it involved dancing around trees. I didn’t want to go, but had to make it seem i did and couldn’t, which is stupid. I don’t really know. I guess I’m cynical =D

  • Princess Geek
    Posted at 03:17h, 30 April Reply

    i forgot to answer your question.
    Not ALL Pagan/Wiccans are insane, but some are, and as far as I know, you’re not =D

  • Lariats and Lavender
    Posted at 09:34h, 30 April Reply

    Oh my god. Before I comment on anything… DEAD CATS AS HATS?! Fucking WHY?!

    Anyway…

    As a Wiccan and as a wife of a Wiccan wife, no, we are definitely not all insane. You will find insane people from all religions.

    I prefer seeing Pagan/Wiccan art with beautiful female Witches because that is what I find attractive, but also because both my wife and I are thin (and have been told we’re both quite beautiful.) However, as with any religion, there will be thin, athletic, curvy, chubby, overweight, tall, short, gorgeous, nerdy, “ugly” and so so much more.

    I believe deeply in Wicca. I believe deeply in the Goddess, in the spells, in everything. I don’t follow Wicca or the lifestyle because I think it’s “cool” or because I think it’s something out of say, Charmed. I follow it because it’s right for me, because I feel connected to it, because I truly love the religion and the lifestyle.

    Plus, I’m not ONLY a Witch. I’m also a gamer, an artist, I wear jeans and t-shirts and work clothes. I wear my pentacle often and I plan on buying an outfit JUST for rituals. But you’ll never find me preaching to everyone and anyone about Wicca, nor will you freaking EVER find a dead cat on my head.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 13:08h, 30 April Reply

    I don’t want to pretend to know too much about Wicca. If you told me to think of a witch, I would have thought of Hermione Granger.

    But one of my friend’s roomates is Wiccan and she’s given me an excellent first impression of what it means to be a witch. So even though I can’t speak for myself, I can let you know that even within my very small social circle, I know a Wiccan/Pagan who is authentic in her beliefs and who doesn’t just do it for the romanticism (or to impress people). I hope that gives you some reassurance!

  • quellerette
    Posted at 13:08h, 30 April Reply

    Ahhh, the cat man. I’d love to know if he has a blog of his own. I’d love to read it!

    I know exactly what you mean, and I have been having similar thoughts in anticipation of the ball…

  • Ethony*
    Posted at 16:23h, 30 April Reply

    Thank you all for the comments and I am glad to hear that there are some really positive people in the global community.

    I agree that the Cat Hat is horrid and I personally refuse to even look at the person responsible unless he talks to me in public at events (he doesn’t wear the hat all the time) I have even said that I find it disgusting and a pointless grab for attention. People are going to do what people are going to do unfortunately.

    Also I just wanted to clear up that I was not trying to insult anyone, I hope I didn’t.

  • Obi
    Posted at 23:07h, 02 June Reply

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  • Obi
    Posted at 23:15h, 02 June Reply

    I’ve recently come across your blog, and I’ve started reading from the most recent and going backwards. I apologize for the double post, I read what I wrote and realized that I probably should not try and multitask responses while at work. Both set of thoughts come out at once and I make no sense.

    I have to say I do not only enjoy your style of writing but the thoughts that you express that show in it.

    But now that I’ve given you this bit of non-sequitur information, I have point I’d like to make.

    I too have asked myself this question numerous times over the (20+) years. “Am I insane? Seriously?” While I’ve participated in my own number of rituals that are to vast to begin to count. I have to wonder if outsiders see me and some kind of fruit. The gods know that my heavily Christian family thinks my wife and I are some kind of devil worshipers.

    I connect, and reconnect with nature, I walk the seasons and see, feel and embrace sensations that most cannot ever begin to fathom. Although I have met numerous people who fit the description of your cat wearing person. Much like Princess Geek stated, most want to get involved to conjure scary things, then they are disappointed by the fortitude required and leave. some use it as an excuse to be bizarre; like they feel that “it’s what they are supposed to do! They are wiccan!” To stay takes knowledge and an open minded understanding of sacrifice of self.
    No, I do not think you to be insane Ethony, I think you to be self aware; Which is a much better thing to be.

  • S E G Baillie
    Posted at 01:12h, 24 April Reply

    Hiya!

    Yup – I find it very hard to get ‘into’ the ritual side of things ‘coz I find myself thinking the same sorts of things I thought in church as a kid. That said I still feel that this is the approach to the Divine that works for me. If nothing else, we’re the only religion who don’t say ‘ours is The Way and anyone who doesn’t agree is doomed!’

    I’ve only taken baby steps on the path so far but as little as I’ve done it still compares to other religions I’ve tried like doing something for yourself compares to watching it on TV.

    If that makes me insane so be it.

    Hugs

    Bill

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