Wicca, The Secret and The Law of Attraction: Pseudo-occultism and Pop Cultural Witchcraft

David_Teniers_der_Juengere_-_Das_KatzenkonzertA lot of Wiccans will collect and assimilate into their belief system whatever pop-cultural trend blows their way. A surprising number of them have latched on to The Secret/Law of Attraction hoax, which posits that like attracts like and if you just think hard enough whatever you want to happen will happen.

Of course, the concept of like attracting like is contrary to the most basic occult principle regarding the nature of the universe, but that doesn’t stop the Wiccans who are just sure that The Secret is another form of spell crafting.

The Secret and Law of Attraction are examples of pseudo-occultism. In a way, they might be considered popular witchcraft because some truly misguided people think it is witchcraft. It isn’t. It is a scam and a hoax. And, apart from the psychological damage that these people do to every crime survivor or accident survivor they come in contact with, pseudo-occultism does damage to people by pretending to be occultism.

Most people, including Wiccans, know nothing about the occult. So, when they are told that The Secret/Law of Attraction is some ancient esoteric law, they tend to believe it without question. The Secret/Law of Attraction has no relationship to quantum physics as it claims. Furthermore, it has no relationship to esoteric science, as its proponents claim (see twice-convicted con artist Kevin Trudeau making this false claim among others in the video, below) and, in fact, it  contradicts the laws of magnetism, which says opposites attract. It, also, has no relationship to the science of homeopathy.  “Like cures like” should not be taken literally.

It does have a relationship to the New Thought Movement, which was a Christian movement with an infusion of Theosophical thought. An example of New Thought is Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the church of Christian Science on the basis of her alleged healing from cancer.

The problem with both pseudo-occultism and pop-cultural witchcraft like Wicca is that it confuses people. When their first experience or their first snatch of knowledge about either witchcraft, quantum physics, homeopathy or any of these ideas is so full of lies and confusion, it’s hard for them to undo that damage and move on to the truth. Pseudo-occultism is an obstacle to truth and genuine illumination.

In the following video, celebrity bullshit artists and gurus tell one pathetic lie after another. This video is filled with examples of the lies and misrepresentations associated with the pseudo-occult philosophy of The Secret/Law of Attraction:

The following is a list of examples of Pseudo-occultism and Pop Witchcraft:

  • The Secret
  • Law of Attraction
  • What the Bleep Do We Know? (This watered down and distorted presentation of quantum physics for the simple-minded masses tries to make a connection between consciousness and quantum mechanics, which does not exist.)
  • The Cult of Positive Thinking
  • Reiki (Some aspects of it are legit, but incomplete and the master level system is a total crock)
  • Wicca
  • Neo-paganism
  • Non-contact Aura Photography – (genuine aura photography or Kirlian photography involves dangerous radiation)
  • The 2012 Mayan Prophesy (It’s 2013 and we are still here, so this one seems obvious)
  • Pop psychics and cold readers (There are genuine psychics and genuine mediums – I am one. But, most of these people are just entertainers. Psychic abilities are genuine, but it doesn’t always work on command!)

There is genuine witchcraft. There is genuine quantum physics, which has its roots in second wave Theosophy. There is genuine healing based on those principles. There is genuine healing through homeopathy. There is genuine healing/harming through witchcraft – by those who have the power, ability and knowledge. There are genuine methods of healing that are similar to Reiki, but more complex – but, no one can “give” you that power through a hierarchical system.

No one has the power to simply something into existence – there was a Twilight Zone episode like that starring Billy Mumy, but it is entirely a work of fiction. It is not possible for a person’s thoughts to create reality or even influence reality. No one is that powerful – no one. You don’t just think something and *poof* there it is. No one has the power to alter reality through firm, unwavering belief or intent. The idea is absurd.

It is possible to influence the external environment by occult means, but it involves a method. There are techniques to developing power and there are techniques to manipulating subtle energy. It usually takes a long time, lots of practice, dedication and genuine open-minded searching to make this  discovery.   And, it takes time, work and dedication to master. There are ways to influence our own bodies and our external environment but this is not it! And, none of it is 100% foolproof – it doesn’t work all the time.

Genuine occultism and genuine witchcraft are never going to be popular. Most people just don’t want to work that hard and that’s why they are so quick to fall for pseudo-occult scams.

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Rant: Wiccans Who are Afraid of Ouija boards

 

 

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A beautiful custom-made spirit board!

Most of the time, I find it both ridiculous and hilarious when people are afraid of Ouija boards,  which are generically called spirit boards. I have witnessed some incidents involving Christians who just see a Ouija board somewhere in a public place that were really sad, pathetic and a little scary. But, this ranty little blog post is about people, especially Wiccans, who call themselves witches, but clearly don’t know the first thing about the subject – who are terrified of Ouija boards because they’re afraid they are a portal to some demon like Pazuzu from the movie, “The Exorcist.”

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Pazuzu

By nature, genuine witches are generally very comfortable dealing with spirits of all kinds. If you’re highly psychic, you sort of have this experience thrust upon you at some point in your life and you have to find a way to cope with it.  So, no genuine witch would be anymore afraid of using a Ouija board than she would conjuring a spirit or, for that matter, sitting at a seance. The seance, which I would think seems like a pretty harmless affair to most people, is not much different from a session with a Ouija board.  They’re pretty much the same thing, except that in a Ouija board session, the board itself acts as the medium.

So, why are there people who claim to be witches who say, “Nuh-uh! I ain’t touchin’ that thing!”

I have no idea. But, I think it’s pretty clear that they’re not really witches of any kind.

To those Wiccans and other people who think that Ouija boards are a portal to demonic possession, I say: Get rid of your television set! Unplug yourself from popular culture.

Another thing about this phenomenon of people claiming to be witches yet being afraid of Ouija boards is that it is more common in the U.S. than it is in Britain. What is the difference? Well, apparently, they didn’t thoroughly digest American movies like “The Exorcist” – a great movie, but not one that you will learn anything about the subject of Spiritualism or the occult from. Apparently, they are better able to distinguish the difference between fact and fiction. As it turns out, “The Exorcist,” is not a documentary. It’s a fictional story – emphasis on the word “fictional.”

The same could be said of other Hollywood movies with occult themes – they are not educational films. They are fictional stories for your entertainment only. I don’t care what Pat Robertson and the 700 Club people say, they are not instructional videos for those interested in practicing witchcraft.

Furthermore, there are plenty of real things in this world to be afraid of (for example, how many people you come into contact with daily who are rapists and pedophiles). There’s no need to artificially manufacture hysteria, especially over an inanimate object that is, at best, nothing more than a tool made of wood, cardboard and plastic with letters and numbers printed on it.

Anyway – that’s  today’s short, pretty ridiculous rant.

 

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Rant on Religion and Religious Cults

 

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Hell!

It is a “compassionate lie” to pacify the religious, to go along with their fantasies and pretend that it’s normal for adults to engage in and believe such things. But, it is not compassionate to go on telling lies, to continue to encourage people to remain in religious mind control cults by pacifying them and pretending that such fantasies are normal.

It is not normal. It’s not healthy for the individual or for those who have to be around such people.

To begin with, there is no God. There is no Goddess. There is no Satan.

These are old inventions, which were put in place by tribes, religions and nations so that men could gain control of the population. In other words, religion is quite likely the first mind control program.

The programming is so inter-generational and so deep with most people that they cannot disentangle their minds from it. This is why they are difficult to discuss anything with.

For example, there was a psychical researcher on CoasttoCoastAM a couple of nights ago who spoke about the scientific evidence for psychic abilities. She explained very well that “belief” was not a word she liked to use because this was not a matter of belief, but a matter of research and evidence. Yet, you hear the programming in the host, George Noory, who continues to ask her about her “belief system.” This is an example of what I’m talking about – talking rationally with a religious person is like trying to get a piece of two-sided adhesive tape off of you. It’s very frustrating.

Which religion it is doesn’t seem to matter… the adherents all go back to this religious mind set. They worship gods. They have beliefs. They have faith. They have paths or traditions (if they’re Wiccans/neo-pagans). And, their minds constantly revolve around these things and they assume yours does to, even when you say it doesn’t. This is all part of the brain washing.

For example, if you say to a Mormon, “I know” something is true, they have a completely different understanding of that phrase. To a Mormon knowing something is true means having a subjective spiritual experience induced by hypnotic suggestion. Of course, the Mormon is not fully cognizant of this. And, the person speaking to the Mormon who said, “I know,” probably doesn’t know about Mormon mind-control programming, so while it appears that the two are having a conversation – a meeting of the minds – they are not. This is because the Mormon is under complete mind control at all times and although he uses the same lexicon, the words he uses have been reassigned completely different meanings. So, you can appear to be having a conversation with him, at first, until you realize you are not connecting, you are not communicating, because of the mind control programming inherent in Mormonism.

The above discussion becomes even more interesting when a brainwashed Christian Evangelical tries to talk to a brainwashed Mormon and both of them are using programmed language. When, for example, the Evangelical talks about “works,” he thinks the Mormon understands his meaning, at least, on the surface he appears to. But, Mormons have a completely different meaning attached to the term “works” than a Christian Evangelical does.

Religious people believe that everything comes back to religion, either theirs or someone else’s.  Some religious people have even tried to say that atheism is a religion – it isn’t. And Wiccans have tried to say that witchcraft is a religion – it isn’t. Furthermore, occultism is not a religion and spiritualism and cults of all kinds (for example, corporations)  can exist without religion. Also, many ancient concepts exist within various religions, but this does not mean they are owned by those religions. For example, the concept of Hell is very ancient and it is not the sole  property of the Catholic Church or other forms of Christianity (or other religion).

Religion is quite possibly one of the most diabolically evil snares for the human mind and body that exists on the planet. It has always been this way because religion is like an invisible prison. While it has no cells and no iron bars, nonetheless, it is a prison for the mind.

These are examples of how religion makes conversation impossible by reassigning the meanings of words.

It doesn’t matter what the religion is… all religion is a mental prison, whether it’s Judaism, Islam, Christianity or some form of neo-paganism like Wicca. It doesn’t matter what denomination or sect, either, although some seem worse than others. I have ranted a little about the Mormons, the Unity Church and the Wiccans of all varieties. All of the people who consider themselves members of these religions or their offshoots or denominations  and, in fact, members of all religions are under mind control.

Unfortunately, it is a long way out and  most people never make it out.

Special Privileges are Granted to the Religious

Adults are encouraged to engage in their bizarre religious fantasies, this mass mental illness, by the state who (at least, in the U.S. and you’ll find the same thing in other countries like Mexico, despite the fact that their constitution like ours prohibits such favoritism by the state) benefits by having various mind control programs in place with which to keep control over the masses.

For example, Catholicism represents a set of mind control programs and linguistic triggers. The same is true of Mormonism, which is why Mormons are highly recruited by black elements within the government – they are programmed before birth, inter-generationally and have a high regard for authority, any authority.  They, also, have a set of linguistic triggers – if you know the cult language of Mormonism, know the programming and you can make a Mormon dance like a puppeteer makes a marionette dance on its strings.

The Wiccans and Unity Church people get New Age programming, which they receive through popular culture and popular publications. They are less top-down authoritarian, but heavily programmed, nonetheless. They are programmed to live in a world of fantasy to the point that they can no longer distinguish imagination from reality and if they put their hand up and say, “This does not exist to me,” they can control their own reality through their thoughts. “Perception is reality,” they say. “If I don’t give it power by my thoughts, it won’t be real.” This is very dangerous to themselves and those around them because it is entirely delusional and it enables them to go through life without rendering aide to anyone in need.  They are all about the self – self-help is a central aspect of New Age programming.

So, you can see that the state – the controllers, whoever they are – have an interest in promoting any and all religious belief. Faith is belief in things unseen and if you can convince people that faith is valuable, you can convince them of virtually anything.

For this reason, they are granted special privileges – despite the law – while those who live in a reality-based world are not.

This is, also, why certain groups – like the Spiritualists and Satanists, for example – who are not all religious have formed churches and pretended at religion in order to obtain some kind of respect and privilege. The Spiritualist Churches talk about god and sometimes Christ, but they are not Christians for the most part. They have incorporated this Christianized language into their organization and formed a church to simply survive. They did back in the 19th century in order to gain a modicum of approval from the public. Satanists, also, have formed churches (like the famous LaVey Church of Satan), but they are pretty much churches in name only since Satanism is a philosophy and not a religion (at least, in most instances – there are theological Satanists and I have some links to those in Rant on Wicca, Part II). They did this to try to gain access to the privileges granted to the religious and denied to the rationalist.

To Be Religious is a Social Norm

In a way,  the religious might be excused from their assumptions that everyone around them is religious because to be religious, at least, in the U.S. is a social norm. It is a very great social norm in certain parts of the U.S., where it is assumed that you are not only religious, but a Christian. And, there is infighting among the different denominations of Christians, so it’s not enough to simply be a Christian, you must choose the right sect. In fact, your success in business whether you are an entrepreneur or a job-seeker may depend on your affiliation with the right Christian organization.

If you are not a Christian, then you are not just socially an outsider, you can lose your job and your access to services. You might even be harassed or endangered in some parts of the country. This is a special problem for many Wiccans because they like to be social and very open about their religion.

Like Christians, Wiccans, also fight among themselves – I aroused this sense of animosity of one faction for the other when I wrote my Rant on Wiccans Wiccanizing the Cult of Santa Muerte, which inspired me to write Rant on Wicca III, Gardnerian Wicca and British Traditional Wicca. Wiccans as a religious group are often used to being on the receiving end of discrimination by a mob, so it may be hard for them to realize that they are actually part of that religious mob.  For example, I heard a prominent Wiccan at YoutTube tell Christians to stop bashing Wiccans and neo-pagans and turn their wrath on atheists, instead.  Wiccans, also, dislike traditional witchcraft – the very thing they claim to honor in their religious ceremonies.  This and the fact, that anytime anyone talks about traditional witchcraft very publicly or portrays aspects of it they don’t like, they have Wiccans who will speak out and make sure that this representation is altered to suit their religious views.  They disdain research and reality. But, they dominate the conversation whenever it comes to anything to do with witchcraft or the occult – both as Wiccans and as religious people, all the while imagining they are somehow different from the Christians.

There is no greater minority than the individual. It is difficult in a society that pressures people to join some kind of fantasy-based religious group to not participate in this mass mental illness. But, it is important for people to try to pull themselves out of this mind control program, whichever aspect of it they are under. There is no God. There is no Goddess. There is no Satan. Dare to look at the truth. Dare to look at history and do your own research into such subjects as language, history, the occult and witchcraft.  Look deeply and thoroughly into these things and you may be able to pull yourself out of the fantasy world. I know it’s sometimes scary to not go along with the crowd – to do your own individual thing. But, this is extremely important for all of us.

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Witchcraft and the Occult: Wicca and the Tyranny of the Majority

witches-legends-of-basque-sacred-textsWhenever a movement becomes too popular, it begins to cannibalize itself. Wicca is an example of this. Wicca has done as much to misrepresent and distort witchcraft, its history and its practice as any Christian religious zealot.

Most Wiccans have good intentions, but what they very often fail to understand is that they have no idea what witchcraft is.

They are not entirely to blame for their ignorance, however, because there are lots of misinformation and disinformation agents who should be held to account.

There is a very large online website that purports to represent witches. (It’s name ends with the syllable Vox and that’s all I’m going to say.) It’s a place where witches and pagans can go to advertise their services and wares and to contribute articles. But, it’s not for all witches – it’s certainly not for traditional witches, Satanic or Luciferian witches. They make it clear when you sign up for an account there that you must accept the Wiccan Rede or something like it and if you don’t, you’re not welcome. Does that sound like tolerance or tyranny?

Real witches do not live by a rede or any other moral code – I don’t care if it was made up by some alleged god or by a bunch of busybodies at a meeting in Minnesota in the 1970s trying to ingratiate themselves with the Christians. Google “1974 Council of American Witches” if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Authentic witches do not have a code. Anyone who says we do is a liar among other things. Real witches are entirely self-autonomous.

Furthermore, witchcraft is not a dress up party. Most authentic witches – unless they’re in business as witches – do not dress any differently from other people. They, also, don’t go around saying, “Merry Meet” and “Blessed be,” to everyone, either, because that’s just plain weird and we’re weird enough people already without adding to the matter by running around advertising our weirdness. The closer we fit to the witch living alone on the edge of town with a black cat stereo-type, the more circumspect we tend to be with regard to our lives and our activities because, historically, people knowing anything about our personal business has not worked out well for us.

Authentic witches tend to be less concerned about “paths.” We understand witchcraft as a universal, worldwide practice involving primordial forces that know no race, gender, nationality, etc., because they are not human-like forces. They just exist.

Witchcraft is not a movie or a television show. Witchcraft is an esoteric science. It’s not especially glamorous. Sometimes it can be technical and sometimes a little messy.

Witchcraft is not about “love and light.” Witchcraft is about power. This doesn’t mean that witches don’t help other people; we do. But, our conception of the world and the things in it may differ from other people’s. We are independent and each of us is a law unto ourselves. That kind of independent talk frightens a lot of people, which is why we don’t talk about it openly.

Witchcraft is not a self-help movement, either. It’s not about personal empowerment through positive thinking or affirmations. Believe it or not, it’s about changing the outer world. If that seems impossible to you, then you don’t know anything about witchcraft and you’re certainly not a witch. Witches have a natural power to cause changes in the outer environment and they spend a lot of time studying the occult and trying to improve upon and perfect their natural abilities. If you don’t like study and personal discipline, than the occult is probably not for you.

Witchcraft is not an earth-centered religion or, for that matter, an earth-centered anything else. We are not nature-worshipers or mother earth worshipers. We’re not devil-worshipers, either. Genuine witches do not worship anyone or anything. We tend to be on the other side of the religious coin.

Furthermore, not all witches are environmentalists. Not all witches have a reverence for nature. Not all witches are vegetarians. Not all witches wear Birkenstocks and eat Granola. There is no one political party for witches – although I imagine the Libertarian party has more than it’s fair share of closeted broom-riders because we don’t really have a place in the two party system.

Wicca is in many ways the converse of everything that witchcraft represents. But, they appear to be the majority – although, it’s uncertain if they really are a majority or just the most vocal group. Real witches remain silent unless they have a reason not to – that is if they somehow make their living from witchcraft – so there’s no way to know how many of us there really are. I suspect there are more than most people imagine.

Wiccans should understand that they are involved in something that is really on the borderlands of the occult and adjacent to popular culture. It would be nice if they would not assume that everyone who is a witch is in any way a Wiccan or a neo-pagan of any kind. But, because of the privilege of their numbers and the vast number of misleading books that have been published on the subject of witchcraft in the past three decades, they often never think that there are real witches in the world – and that we are nothing like them.

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About Wicca: The Difference Between British Traditional Wicca (BTW) and Neo-Wicca

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The statue of the Horned God and Mother Goddess of British Traditional Wicca, owned by Doreen Valiente and crafted by Bel Bucca. Author Midnightblueowl at en.wikipedia GNU Free Documentation License. Wikimediacommons

In my previous post I talked about the general silliness of the Wiccans and how the Americanized neo-Wiccan variety have pretty much taken over every aspect of conversation to do with the subject of witchcraft. I talked about how they have imposed their own ideas about witchcraft onto the popular culture, thus creating in the minds of a public a false idea about the nature of genuine witchcraft.

In this post, I’m going to make the distinction between two major types of Wiccans: The British Traditional Wiccans and the neo-Wiccans. Although, I’m sure anyone very familiar with Wicca is already somewhat aware of these differences. Certainly, the neo-Wiccans are because they constantly have to defend themselves against charges that they are not real Wiccans.

While Wicca is, on the whole, a religion with a common origin and common characteristics, there are some differences between the classical British Traditional Wiccans, which includes the offshoots of the original Gardnerians, and the neo-Wiccans.

About Newo-Wicca

The neo-Wiccan crowd came into vogue largely after the 1993 movie “The Craft” was released. They existed before that, but they were not well-known except in certain parts of the U.S. (namely California and Colorado, in my experience). They are not very structured and often have a tendency to misunderstand classical Wicca, which is so unpleasant and misogynistic that they would probably run screaming if they did understand, in fact, it. They have a tendency to make things up as they go along and they will adapt, adopt and devour whatever is in their path that seems New Agey or trendy. They have a tendency to grab onto whatever is handy that looks like a Wiccan goddess figure or a god/goddess pairing and claim it for the Wiccans despite the fact that the original Wiccan pairing was very specific (Cernunnos, whom they call “the horned god,” and Diana).

So, there is a rift between these two – the classical British Traditional Wiccans and the Neo-Wiccans, with the BTWs feeling that they are very much superior to the other ones.

Gerald Gardner the Con Artist

Gerald Gardner was a con artist and not unlike other repulsive old men who want to get their hands on young women, he devised a religious cult, so that he could get control of people’s minds. The first Wiccan covens were formed in England in the 1950s. Gardner claimed that his new religion was based on his own mysterious and undocumented initiation into an English coven. He made many claims, some true and some false – most of them false – which have really clouded the waters for anyone who is researching the subject of witchcraft and the occult, in general. It is clouded because of Gardner’s own depravity and duplicity and because afterward anything that he appropriated to prop up the credibility of his claims was sullied by being associated with him. For example, the work of Charles Godfrey Leland, the folklorist, has suffered because of this association, which was made long after Leland’s death.

The original Wiccans worship their god and goddess (who were of a particular persuasion, not just random pairings of spirits like the neo-Wiccans do) in a circle in the nude. And, they practice some form of the Great Rite, which may either be a symbolic pairing of the god and goddess or may involve actual copulation.

Original Gardnerian Wicca does not involve such things as the Wiccan Rede,”‘An it harm none, do as ye will,” but there is a general prohibition on black magic, although this is not well-defined. The Garnerians abide by the Charge of the Goddess, which means when they have some doubt about a course of action, they consult Her.

Different Types of BTW

Within Wicca there are many different variations. In this discussion, we have divided them into the two main groups, the Neo-Wiccans and the BTWs. But, the BTWs, also, have their divisions because Gardner had significant followers whom he initiated and who in turn formed their own initiatory religious cults similar to the original, but with some minor variations. These might be seen as being something like “denominations” within Christianity.

Robert Cochrane and Alexander Sanders were the two major ones to create offshoots known respectively as Cochranian Wicca and Alexandrian Wicca. There is a lot of documentary footage of the Alexandrian Wiccans because their creepy founder was a real ham for the cameras. He liked to film himself and his followers running around naked doing weird things in the woods while a BBC-television voice spoke over the top of the footage in a calm, serious documentary-fashion.

I will place some links to these films below, but be warned that they are bizarre and disturbing, especially when that repulsive little creep Sanders lays down on top of a naked woman in the circle and when he performs the anointings. As a former child cult member, I recognize these perverted things and they all come from the same masonic source. This doesn’t mean there is anything inherently wrong with some aspects of masonry, but it means that perverted men have been using the exact same program right down to the anointings and bestowing of “initiation” in some twisted way on their members for, at least, a couple of hundred years in order to get their filthy hands and penises on women and children. Women who were not young and beautiful enough in the estimation of the men running the coven did not get to play the role of high priestess (a dubious honor, considering her duties regarding the priest).

The Wiccans claim no association with Satanism. They, also, claim that they are simple nature worshipers and nothing anyone should be afraid of, yet I can tell you that my own run-ins with Wiccan and other neo-pagan or “modern witchcraft” groups years ago were full of the same thing – men trying to get their hands on women.

The reason neo-Wiccans, particularly in the U.S., often don’t recognize this original form of Wicca as anything related to their own version of it is that it underwent some big changes in the 1970s when it was absorbed by an aspect of the Women’s Movement. Entire covens were women-only from that point forward or they were dominated by women. None of this changes the facts about Wicca and its shady origins. But, because Wicca is a religion and the people involved in it are under mind control, they will rebuff any criticism as simply Wiccan-bashing or, if they acknowledge it, they will do some mental gymnastics like Christians do when they are confronted with their history. They will say, “Oh, that was then, this is now. We’re different now.”

Wicca is a religion and the people who are involved in it give their minds over a piece at a time to it, so all they can think about is religion… everything comes back to that. Their minds revolve around religion, belief and faith – and with Wiccans it’s, also, their “path,” their “deities”, their “belief system,” etc. to the exclusion of all else, which makes it difficult to have any kind of discussion with them – which is why I usually don’t.

Like other religious people, they fight among themselves. The neo-Wiccans hurl “fluffy bunny” insults at each other and those involved in BTW covens brag about who initiated who and how ancient (yes, all the way back to the 1950s) their organization is compared to another one.

Much like Christians, Wiccans do not exist to me until I am confronted with some obstacle in my life which they have erected – in the case of Wiccans this usually comes in the form of some new trend that I’m not aware of until it’s too late. There are distinctions within Wicca and to Wiccans (and really to scholars of the occult) this is significant, however, when you pull back and look at the big picture, they’re all just Wiccans. If you pull back a little further, you just see a collection of people, including Christians, who have lost their minds to religion. They all think they have it right – this group thinks they are better than the other ones, but actually they’re just one big blob of deluded control freaks. And, most of them are a bunch of jerks – they will sometimes try to appear nice at first, but this is just a set up. They have no real interest in anything to do with the occult or anything intellectual or rational, they just want to feel superior to someone else. Religious nuts are religious nuts and they are all basically the same.

In my opinion, the British Traditional Wiccan covens are essentially perverse sex cults to one degree or another wherein black magic (or, in other words, thoughts of retaliation against the perverts running the coven when you figure out it was all a scam) is prohibited.  It has that in common with Christianity and its doctrine of letting God mete out justice. Furthermore, like other re-creationist religions, Wicca – all of it –  is a great big hoax. Whether you are a BTW or a neo-Wiccan, you are involved in a massive fraud. In this regard, there is no difference between one Wiccan and another.

Furthermore, because Wicca is a complete and utter fraud from start to finish, there is no comparing it to traditional witchcraft practices, which are based on esoteric science.  Wicca is a religious fraud perpetrated by a con artist and perpetuated by a bunch of other ones who came after him. On the other hand, Wicca is a re-creationist religion that has quite a lot in common with Mormonism and Scientology, which are, also, massive frauds perpetrated by con artists who wanted to get their hands on women, children, money and power.

Personally, in the past, I’ve tried to throw the Wiccans a bone. I – like other people – have been nice. I’ve gone along when they called themselves witches, but the truth is they’re not witches. Most don’t believe anything is really real, so in their little minds, anything they make up is just as legitimate as any other fabrication. But, I’m tired of the fabrications, of the fraud, of the delusions and the intrusions. I’m done. No more pacifying religious nuts… no more.

The following are some videos, which show what British Traditional Wicca is all about. Except for the god and goddess aspect, it’s not much different from the Mormon cult or any other masonic based group by whatever name:

A warning about this video. There is a lot of nudity and a ritual that may be especially disturbing to cult and sex crime survivors. Notice how even in the beginning narration it is about “desire” and sex. It’s very sickening. This is Sanders’ documentary of “witchcraft” – although, it is not about witchcraft, per se, but Wicca.

Alexandrian Wiccans, Janet and Stewart Farrar, were accused of child abuse. In their books, they describe the treatment of little girl children in their rituals. I don’t recall the exact details at the moment, but it sounded like an admission of guilt to me. Here are the Farrars plugging their version of Wicca on the television while claiming not to proselytize – it’s complete bunk for the most part.

In this video a Wiccan Apologist tries to defend Wicca from claims of sexism (as well as racism and homophobia) – it sound just like when the Mormons try to rationalize their founder raping 14-year old girls:

Alex, the sicko, participates in a hand-fasting ceremony. People are mostly dressed for this one, but it’s still very nauseating. You’ll notice it’s “Not Alex, but the godhead” who acts. This is similar to Joseph Smith or other ostensibly Christian leaders claiming they act and speak for God. The Wiccan leaders just operated a little quicker by putting the women in scant clothing or no clothing, at all, and pretending to give them special power while they took advantage of them sexually. It’s the same game – almost exactly the same as the Mormons, in fact – by a different name:

Other Articles About Wicca:

Gerald Gardner – The Dirty Old Man Behind Wicca: http://www.angelfire.com/wi2/thetruthaboutwicca/geraldgardner.html
The Great Wicca Hoax – Part 1, by Adrian Bott, 2001: http://www.whitedragon.org.uk/articles/hoax.htm

 

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What is Wrong with Wicca

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Wicca is a popular witchcraft-based religion, which was founded by an English charlatan named Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. It began to become popular in some parts of the U. S. in the 1970s and by the 1990s, it was a fad in high schools and on college campuses. It has never really gone away, instead this mass commercialized fraud continues to morph and evolve, which continues to create some problems for actual witches, especially when we try to have a conversation about witchcraft or the occult.

Traditional witches (genuine, historically-based witches) are constantly having to explain and re-explain ourselves because the language surrounding witchcraft has been co-opted, as well, and assigned entirely new meanings by Wiccans. This happens because Wiccans, especially the neo-Wiccans (and the minor differences between these two factions, the neo-Wiccans and the British Traditionals  will be discussed in an upcoming post) are so public, so prolific and basically just represent one big huge mass of misinformation being passed back and forth as if it were fact.

Wiccans deal with a great deal of discrimination – as do traditional witches, atheists and Satanic types, especially in certain parts of the U.S in which there are de facto theocracies. A very big difference between Wiccans and the rest of us is that the Wiccans tend to put themselves out in public more often, whereas genuine witches and occultists tend to remain… well, occult – hidden and private.

Because Wicca is a religion, it has managed to gain more acceptance because in the U.S., religious people are afforded special rights over everyone else. If you claim to be religious, regardless of what the religion is, then other religious people will give you a little room to exist, fearing that if your religious rights are denied, then theirs might be, also. The problem with Wicca, however, is that they are often in the spotlight claiming to speak for all witches and falsely claiming authority on the subject of witchcraft – which is often accepted without question by the mainstream media and pretty much everyone else.

While it is a witchcraft-based (and, specifically, ceremonial magic-based) religion, in practice, it is a warped form of Christianity and it has become increasingly Christianized as Wiccans have striven for social acceptance. Wicca is a highly ceremonial, initiatory religion that is centered around “the goddess” and “the god.” The main thing to understand is that it is primarily a religion, which was founded by a man, Gerald Gardner, who claimed to be an initiate of a British witchcraft order, although there is no evidence for this assertion. In fact, the historical basis for Wicca, in general, is pretty flimsy. Neo-Wicca is the very contemporary, very Americanized and very commercial spin-off of the original Gardnerian Wicca of Britain. Most of my criticism is of this latter class of Wiccan – the Neo-Wiccans, who are the majority. I have other criticisms of original Gardnerian Wicca and its immediate offshoots that include misogyny, sexual perversity and prohibitions on black magic.

Wicca possesses all of the entrapments of other religions. They see themselves as a “community” of people, especially when the neo-pagans are added into the mix. Most of them embrace a moral code of some kind and there is a general prohibition on the practice of black magic.

Wicca differs very greatly from genuine witchcraft and this is why sometimes traditional witches become frustrated with the Wiccans. The first problem with Wiccans is that they presume to speak for all witches and they make claims that are simply not true. They don’t do it because they’re evil; but because they are misinformed and to our frustration often refuse to rectify this problem by educating themselves. Sometimes, I find the claims that Wiccans make about witchcraft are helpful because they create a public image of witches and witchcraft that is much nicer than reality and that may be beneficial. But, sometimes all of their public misrepresentations really become bothersome and interfere with our ability to have genuine conversations about witchcraft and the occult.

The bottom line and the source of my occasional frustrations with Wiccan and neo-paganism, in general, is this: We are very different, although Wicans and neo-pagans confuse themselves with witches. Traditional (genuine) witchcraft can be highly beneficial to people in terms of healing (doing things that appear miraculous to some people) and in terms of gaining some control over the environment. For example, I don’t deal with a lot of nuisance people in my life because if they bother me enough, they find themselves in unpleasant circumstances – this is what knowledge and mastery of genuine witchcraft can do.

On the other hand, Wicca denies many of the most important aspects of witchcraft and in doing so denies the reality of the world around us, which Christianity and its related religions and state establishments have endeavored to obscure for centuries. The Wiccans are unwitting participants in this endeavor. Wicca is an extension of Christianity in many ways and while it’s pretty bizarre compared to some more mainstream religions, at its center, it is very much a proponent of the current social, scientific, medical and governmental establishment.

The following is a list of my criticisms about Wicca:

The Pagan Community: This is basically a social construct of theirs. They are very social. They, also, roll all over each other like a bunch of puppies, for example, one of their latest trends is calling each other “fluffy bunnies.” Another name for “fluffy bunny,” is “white lighter.” See Love and White Light Brigade below for more information.

Path: They usually have what they call a path of interest, that revolves around the mythology of some nation or other. Another word for path is “tradition.” But, what they mean when they say traditional and what we mean are two completely different things.

Nature worship: They tend to be into some kind of earth-centered worship. In fact, this was part of the original Llewellyn creed that was established in the late 1970s in Minnesota. A lot of them are literal tree huggers. They celebrate the seasons and nature in ritual. This has no real point beyond the social.

Karma: Neo-pagans have adopted and adapted a belief in karma – or, at least, their version of this concept, which they talk about frequently in conversation. For example, if someone does something they don’t like they say, “Karma will get you.” This is not classical Eastern karma, but their own version, which they liken to the Xian concept of whatever you cast up on the waters will come back to you times 3, 9, etc. depending on who you talk to.

Moralizing: This is one of the most annoying aspects of Wicca, especially Neo-Wiicca. Wiccans can be as moralizing as any fundamentalist Christian.

Judgmental: They are very judgmental of traditional witches and Satanists – sometimes even denying our existence.

Lack of scholarship: This is perhaps the biggest single complaint about Wiccans and many other neo-pagans. They seem to have an aversion to genuine scholarship. When they do look at historical texts related to witchcraft, they manage to do some mental gymnastics to make what they read fit their Wiccan paradigm. Most of them have no idea what they’re talking about, although, they claim to have some kind of degree or level of mastery bestowed upon them. When they do embark on any research, Wiccans take what they like from historical witchcraft and throw away the rest, often denying its existence

Know-it-alls: They frequently claim to know things they don’t know and make up things as they go along. This goes hand in hand with their reluctance toward research.

Fanciful claims: Many Wiccans and other neo-pagans claim to be shaman or some sort of degreed initiate or master of something or other. They are impossible to talk to and you can actually see their eyes sort of glaze over when they retreat into fantasy land.

Pop culture: Adaptation of whatever is blowing in the wind in terms of pop culture. If it’s trendy, they incorporate it.. everything from lines from movies and television shows to popular trends like “The Secret” and “Law of Attraction” (you attract certain people or situations or affect the environment by your thoughts).

Religion: One of the biggest problems with Wicca is that it is a religion and an increasingly dogmatic one. Religion involves giving your mind away to someone else. Once you do this, you lose the power to reason and think logically. Unlike Christian denominations, most of Wicca is a cult in the looser sense of this term. There are a few organizations, but most Wiccans take cues from the latest Llewellyn publication, movie, television show or New Agey trend.

The Love and White Light Brigade: This is my term for Wiccans and many neo-pagans, in general. They are militantly into the “white light.” This is what earned them the name “fluffy bunny.” Strangely, many of them think it is some sort of backhanded compliment. It isn’t. Members of the Love and White Light Brigade are usually very fearful and highly critical of most anything to do with traditional witchcraft, preferring their sanitized, Disney-esque, fictionalized version of what witchcraft is and what witches do.

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Most Wiccans would rather take an allopathic pharmaceutical and visit a conventional medical practitioner. By contrast, genuine witches are far more knowledgeable and capable than medical doctors and are frequently at odds with them and their barbaric practices. {pd}

Allopathy: Wiccans tend to love allopathy. A surprising number of them are in the nursing or some other aspect of the medical field. This is a strange thing for witches since we have long been and are still very much at odds with the medical establishment and the persecution of past centuries continues under a different name. (So called “alternative” health is completely under siege by government agencies in the U.S. and actual witches with knowledge of medicine that surpasses that of the allopaths are legallly prevented from doing what we do.  By contrast, lots of Wiccans seem to have health problems and are on all kinds of allopathic medications. They’re very into the mainstream medical establishment and refuse to take responsibility for their own health. One look at a gathering of them and you will likely notice that many are morbidly obese.

Cultural Misappropriation of American Indian practices: It was trendy about 20 years ago for Wiccans to adapt Native American Indian practices into their religion. This isn’t as hot a trend now, but some remnants remain. Lots of them have “totem animal” or “shadow animals” and are into wolves and such. The American Indians too pleased by this, either. Another example of this is the recent addition of Santa Muerte because they believe she is an ancient Mexican Indian goddess (this goes to their lack of scholarship and reluctance to research), not understanding the co-existence of witchcraft and Catholicism, they discard this to mold her to fit their own religious paradigm.

Cultural misappropriation, in general: Wiccans, especially the neo-Wiccan variety, will latch onto anything they perceive as a goddess or god and goddess pairing and call it their own, essentially Wiccanizing it.

Pets are called familiars: This has got to be one of the weirdest aspects I’ve seen lately. They refer to their pet cats and dogs as familiars. I’ve even heard them say, “This is my familiar, Fluffy.”

Misunderstanding of witchcraft: They lack a basic understanding of witchcraft either in theory or practice and completely lack any historical background. What’s worse, they claim authority to such knowledge and pass misinformation around, making a lot of trouble for anyone who wants to discuss actual, historical or traditional witchcraft.

Denial of the Existence of Evil: They attribute all happenings to nature, which they say is neither good nor evil. While there’s not much evidence for good in the world, it seems to me that there is plenty of evidence for evil. Yet, Wiccans and many neo-pagans deny its existence. They ridicule other witches who work with dark forces because in their “belief system” these things do not exist.

Disrespect of traditional witchcraft: They commonly defend themselves against charges of black magic and Satanism by disrespecting actual witches. Often they claim that such witchcraft does not exist. Alternatively, they are hostile to to traditional witches and Satanists. It’s kind of like when Christians do exactly the same thing. These are my major criticisms – the jewels in the crown being their religiosity, moralizing and white lighting (or “fluffiness”). The main thing most people agree we’d like to see Wiccans do is truly educate themselves about Wicca, itself. Most of them don’t have a clue about their own religion. The more educated Wiccans become about Wicca and witchcraft, the less-Wiccan and more like normal witches or, at least, normal people they become.

Now, there are a few good things about them. The main thing I can think of is that they have made some progress in gaining social acceptance for themselves, at least, in some parts of the country. (Although, these gains have been reversed somewhat in recent years.) But, they have done this by claiming that witchcraft is a religion (it isn’t) and that witches have a moral code (which we don’t). This is all a deception because while Wicca is a religion with a moral code, it has next to nothing to do with actual witchcraft.

I find this bothersome because knowledge of genuine witchcraft has very great benefits to humanity, but this will never be realized as long as silly people run around in robes defending their religious beliefs and passing on misinformation. The fact that they have done this makes any attempt to dialogue with someone about traditional (historically-based) witchcraft very difficult. And, it is really frustrating to run across people who claim to be witches only to discover very quickly that they are only play actors.

Related material

The young lady (apparently a Wiccan, but an intelligent one) in the video below does a good job sorting out this Wiccan-familiars are pets thing. In the first part of the video, she describes what a familiar is, then she explains what Wiccans think it is and tries to explain why:

In this vid, the same lady does a good job summing up the commercialism and trendiness of the New Age, in general, including Wicca:

Articles Critical of Wicca from Around the World-wide Web:

The Problem with Silver Ravenwolf by Smiling Panther, Oct. 15th 2001: http://community.fortunecity.ws/roswell/vanthal/608/id57.htm

Hecate Does Harvard Notes on Academic Criticism of Wiccan Practice by P. Aaron Potter (65 pages) http://uni.edu/coe/jrae/New_Folder/Potter.pdf/jrae/New_Folder/Potter.pdf

Why  Wicca is Not Celtic by Ian MacAnTsaoir and Dawn O’Laoghaire. http://www.draeconin.com/database/wicca2.htm

Regarding Organized Paganism and Wicca by Susan Baskin. http://www.positiveatheism.org/mail/eml8980.htm

WICCA…THE OLD RELIGION???  by David Wright Tillman, Uncommon Sense Media. http://usminc.org/oldreligion.html

Pseudo-History, Fluff Bunnies and Wicca by Tony M.  http://www.ecauldron.net/wiccarant.php

What Makes a Fluffbunny? by Erin of Erin’s Journal on 26 March, 2012. http://erinsjournal.com/what-makes-a-fluffbunny

In the video below, an outraged, moralizing fluff bunny condemns the use of the term, “fluffy bunny” and those of us who use it – “judgement is going to be passed,” she says, on us because we are passing judgement on others – because, as you know, judgement and moralizing is what witchcraft is all about [*sarcasm*]:

A Critique of Wiccan and Other Neo-Pagan Disclaimers About Satanism by Diane Vera, 1994. Wiccans, also, have a habit of dissing Satanists and “dark witches,” ie. “the dark side” (clearly a Star Wars reference, I would think). They are especially disrespectful of traditional witches and Satanists. Typically, they are either dismissive, in denial about our existence or terrified of us. In this way, they’re not much different from Christians. Here is an article outlining this problem very well: http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/dvera/pagan/CritiqueDisclaimers.html

Writings on Satanism by Diane Vera: http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/dvera/pagan/intro.html#bos

Theistic Satanism, The new Satanisms of the Era of the Internet by Diane Vera. http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/dvera/index.html

Some of the remains of the old web siteWhy Wiccans Suck” are preserved at the Book of T blog: http://thebookoft.wordpress.com/knowledge/why-wiccans-suck/ “Why Wiccans Suck” is credited by Wikipedia for popularizing the term, “Fluffy Bunny,” which was taken from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The term has been in usage since 2001 and in my experience it was not used to describe newbies (as is asserted in a bunch of YT videos besides the above one), but rather Wiccans, in general, and those in the so-called “pagan community” who treated the actual witches among them with disdain, excluding them from events and trying to break up their marriages. They were called “fluff bunnies” – I think pretty kindly, considering how horrible they are – because of their moralizing and judgmental behavior. In my experience, may of them had a hidden agenda, as well. Now, it appears that Wiccans have taken to calling each other “fluffy bunnies,” which reminds me of the days in which heavy metal poseurs would call each other “poseur.” Here is an archived version of the original ”

Why Wiccans Suck,” which may or may not be easier to read:

http://web.archive.org/web/20011129082801/http://www.whywiccanssuck.com/

Plastic Shamans and Astroturf Sun Dances: New Age

Commercialization of Native American Spirituality by Lisa Aldred, “The American Indian Quarterly, “Volume 24, Number 3, Summer 2000 pp. 329-352 | 10.1353/aiq.2000.0001. Retrieved 6/27/2013. http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/american_indian_quarterly/v024/24.3aldred.html

The following link goes to a page that is old and has quite a few broken links, but some still work and there are articles there written by American and Canadian Indians who are not happy that Wiccans, neo-pagans and other New Agers are co-opting their culture. In every case, it is popular culture, mostly television and Hollywood movies that drive pop-cultural pseudo-witches to adapt whatever is the latest fad of the moment. Wicca changes so much based on the latest T.V. show, movie or Llewellyn book that I can’t keep up with with them.

A few years ago there was a huge trend in Wiccans wanting to be Indian shaman and you’ll see some criticism of Wiccans for this at the following page: http://www.geocities.ws/dontpay2pray/links.html

More on the same issue regarding neo-pagans: Cultural Borrowing/Cultural Appropriation: A Relationship Model for Respectful Borrowing. http://academia.edu/1117580/Cultural_Borrowing_Cultural_Appropriation_A_Relationship_Model_for_Respectful_Borrowing

There are some other discussions around the web that miss the point. So, to be clear, the problem is that Wiccans and neo-pagans will take a concept (like Santa Muerte, for example, which some Wiccans are trying to claim is an Indian goddess, although evidence is that she is a combination of influences from European paganism, Catholicism and Mexican Indian spiritualism) from someone else, Wiccanize it and then insist that their way is the right way and everyone else is wrong. It is not a question of having the wrong lineage. Lineage, heredity and nationality are things Wiccans and neo-pagans are obsessed with. But, it’s not a problem of race or nationality. It’s a problem of not respecting other people and believing that everything – literally everything – is about themselves and their bizarre religious paradigm. Here is a more recent discussion about this problem as it relates to

American Indian spiritualism at NewAgeFraud.org: http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?topic=3687.0

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