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    Posted by: Ember Blue Posted date: 8:27 AM / comment : 0


     
     
     
    Every so often I will release one of these posts so my readers can get to know more about me!  If you ever have any questions or suggestions, just let me know and I will see if I can share my answer.


    As for this time, I’d like to share one of the most important parts of me.  My spirituality.  When I tell people that I practice Wicca they automatically have this kind of smirk.  Like I’m going through a phase like some teenager in high school.  Or I believe in Santa.  It’s irritating.  They either make fun of my spirituality or are scared of it.  This doesn’t make me angry, it just makes me sad.  The media has distorted and made words like ‘Wicca’, ‘Witch’, ‘Pagan’, ‘Spells’, or ‘Magic’ become something silly, evil, or ridiculous.  The truth of where those words came from is quite on the contrary.  The beliefs that Wicca, Witches, or Pagans follow come from practices held long ago – even before Christianity.  To put it simply Wicca and Witchcraft is nature-focused and believe in the energies around us.


    So, I’d like to share some myths about Wicca with you.  Perhaps this will help you not think I’m silly or scary.  I hope that these spark some ideas with writers out there as well!  I’d love to see some realistic portrayals of in books of Wicca today.  You don’t have to believe in it to think it’s interesting J  Have fun reading and as always – much love to you all!

     


    1.         Wicca has no morals or rules.  This is totally, 100% false.  Wiccans follow the ‘Threefold Law’ or, the Rules of Three.  This states that whatever energy one puts out into the world it will be returned to them three times.  That means if you do shady shit, you’ll get shady shit right back.  It is frowned upon to ‘hex’ or ‘curse’ people because of this.  Also, part of the 13 principles of Wiccan Belief, which I will show you another time, is that Wiccans wish to live in harmony with the earth and everything that encompasses.  Sure, some Wiccans live outside these rules, but then again, so do people of other religions. 

     

    2.       All Wiccans are Witches.  Nope.  Not all who follow Wicca practice Witchcraft.  This is because Wicca is not centered on witchcraft, but instead is an earth based religion.  A Wiccan can practice Witchcraft though, but please remember this is not supernatural hocus pocus.


     

    3.       Wicca is a fashion statement.  Ugh.  This one bothers me the most.  So many think, especially younger people experimenting with Wicca or Witchcraft because it ‘seems cool’ assume that it means you have to dress in all black or in ‘goth’ style.  In fact, when I was looking up witchy hashtags on website online, tons of words like ‘goth’ appeared.  If that style is your thing, fine.  Witches/Wiccans don’t have to be hippies either.  Those who practice don’t have to dress any certain way.  In fact, I dress pretty normal with a bit of individuality.

     

    4.       Wiccans/Witches worship Satan.  This is another one that just makes me shake my head. Again, Wicca and Witchcraft is centered on nature and the earth.  Gods and goddesses that Wiccans follow are representations of energies in nature – love, freedom, womanhood, fertility, sex, water.  In fact, Wiccans don’t even BELIEVE in Satan.

     

    5.    If you want to practice Wicca or Witchcraft you HAVE to join a coven.  I won’t lie to you, there are Wiccans/Witches out there who believe that you do have to be initiated into a coven first, but that is similar to ideals that other religions hold as well.  The majority of Wiccans follow the idea that you can practice in ‘solitary’ or alone with no need to join a coven or be initiated.  You ‘initiate’ yourself in any way you want to and you build whatever spirituality feels right for you.  They do advise you to read up and learn as much as you can first, as Wicca/Witchcraft should NOT be a fad.

     

    6.    You need to spend lots of money to practice Wicca.  Sure, you can hop on etsy and buy tons of herbs, potions, candles, and such, but you don’t have to.  And no, Wiccans/Witches don’t buy these types of things because we think we are Harry Potter.  Each tool, such as an herb or candle, symbolizes or represents something.  These serve as something to help us focus our intent and energy on what we are wishing to accomplish.  Much like music with meditation.  You don’t need anything you don’t want to use, and can find things that represent these ideas for you.

     

    7.    Wiccans cast spells.  Magic or Magic(k) is performed by Wiccans who also practice Witchcraft.  Many call them spells, but I also call them meditations or blessings because of the stupid Hollywood connotation of the word spells.  That is also why many Wiccans/Witches spell Magic with a ‘k’ – to separate the word from society’s definition of it.  For Wiccans/Witches, spells and magick are natural.  It is the manipulation of energy inside and around you.  It is not paranormal, supernatural, hocus pocus, or Harry Potter.  Think of it this way – you commonly hear people say “That person just has negative energy”.  People put off energy to those around them, so why could this not be manipulated and changed through focus and intent?  By focusing yourself and changing the energy within yourself, you can change the world around you.  Other religions ‘cast spells’ often, but don’t see the comparison.  Prayer, in a way, is also a spell.  After all, Wiccans/Witches are just trying to use the energies in nature.

     

    8.    Wicca is a cult.  No.  It’s not.  Wiccans don’t practice human sacrifices, force or try to persuade people to join up and be converted, have sex orgies, or even have a ‘leader’.  In fact, part of the 13 Principles of Wicca includes the following:

    “We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.”
     

    9.    The pentagram/pentacle is proof that Wiccans worship Satan or demons.  This makes me laugh.  A simple google search could show you that idea is just plain silly.  The symbol of a pentagram/pentacle is so distorted by the media that people automatically believe that is what it means.  It actually symbolizes elements in nature – earth, air, fire, water, and spirit.  Each point on the star standing for one.  That’s it.  It’s not a sign of evil.  People have changed the view of this much like they have of Witches in the media.  Sure, I enjoy the media’s ‘witch’ and even don’t make a fuss when shows use the pentagram for their own purposes, but it is fiction.  People need to realize the difference.

     


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