TV and movies don’t portray Wiccans as they are in real life. I don’t mind if they use a term like ‘witches’ since they have an entire spectrum of legend behind them, as well as culture, but when a book, TV program, or movie use the word ‘Wicca’ specifically, especially in modern scenes, then I tend to cringe.
Its not about the spells. This is the first thing they tend to bring up with Wiccans is the magick and spell work. Many Wiccans don’t often work with spells, and see many mundane things as having magical elements. This lends to the discussion of what is magick and how is it used, but media doesn’t want to get into that as much as stick with the shock value.
Its not about being naked. Plenty of Wiccans and pagans don’t go skyclad and never will, and that’s fine. I cringed on an episode of Bones where they had a group of witches dancing naked. I’ve only encountered one ritual where we went skyclad. The rest were clothed, and only two had robes.
Its not about the Wiccan bling. I remember years ago a young Wiccan asked why I wasn’t wearing a pentacle, and I explained how sometimes you prefer another piece of jewelry or none at all. I have nothing to prove to anyone, and its certainly not a rule you must show off Wiccan jewelry to tell the world your religion. Not just Wiccans wear the pentacle, anyway, since its also a magickal symbol.
Its not about the werewolves, ghosts, vampires, fairies, demons, etc. I don’t know of any of these mystical creatures, but the media would have you think we encounter magickal beings on a regular basis. Although some Wiccans might have profound experiences, they are few and far between for most.
What makes us different? Our beliefs mostly, which doesn’t constitute we even practice those beliefs. I know of so many Wiccans/pagans who admit to not doing enough practice in their life such as meditation or ritual, and that’s perfectly fine. We’re human, have human lives.
I think the beliefs help make the mundane magical. Even cleaning a house can turn into an act of purification and clearing out negativity in our lives, or waking from a dream/nightmare offers insight in our inner-workings. Cooking becomes a ritual in sharing love and health, while a bath becomes a rite of purification and healing.
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