Currently Reading-->Authentic Witchcraft: The Historical Tradition Revealed
I’ve only read the first two chapters but I can already tell it’s kind of… well, bad.
Now, I understand that it’s supposed to be about “traditional” witchcraft, which he describes as pre-Christian, so maybe I’m just still not well versed enough to know that what the author is saying is correct. Here’s a few statements I have negative views of.
- “True Witches (yes capitalized) seek to determine their own destiny without the need for deities.”
- “It must be noted that while Murray’s conclusions have long been abandoned by the academic community, the Neo-Pagan community continues to cling to them.” (this just seems kind of rude to me)
- “Paganism refers to the systematic worship of ancient gods and goddesses.” Paganism is defined as any religion that isn’t one of the main world religions, specifically non-Christian religions.
- “Witchcraft is about physical and spiritual autonomy. It is about deciding our fate for ourselves, rather than petitioning some invented deity to do it for us. After all, why doe one practice magic if a god or goddess can be expected to answer our prayer?”
- “Becoming a Witch requires more than just playing the part. One can not simply assume the power of the Witch. Access to the ancestral and archetypal fold requires a transfer of spiritual authority from master to student. This is why the process of initiation is so important.”
- “This begs the question; how do the self-initiated know that they have been accepted by the ancestors and archetypal powers? Delusion is the scourge of the self-initiated.”
I suppose I can agree that when you keep these statements in the scope of “historical” witchcraft. I can believe that initation was important “back in the day.” Ill need to do more digging on this.
I don’t like the patronization the author uses when talking about “neo-pagans” or the self-initiated.
I’m also not incredibly thrilled with the way he talks about polytheists. As if it’s so despicable for a witch to go for a deity to help. It makes it seem like you’re not a real witch if you interact with deities. The author doesn’t make it clear whether he refers to modern day witches or the “historical” witches, but it is clear that he has some kind of personalopinion about those who don’t fit this mold.
I will continue to post my thoughts on this book as I read it!