How come all pagan books are problematic? (I usually keep my fingers dabbled in witchcraft books so I haven't read too many) but I am just curious and wanting to stay informed. Thank you!
All Pagan Books Are Problematic because there’s no such thing as a perfectly UNproblematic pagan author. (Yes, including yours truly.) Every author has their flaws, and what some might consider perfectly normal is anathema to somebody else.
The most obvious example is cursing / baneful magic. Big bone of contention there. Some of us have no problem with it; others consider it pure evil. Other common problematic material deals with things like cultural appropriation, conflation (equating two similar ideas which are not actually the same thing), racism, cis- and heteronormativity, failure to include adequate health warnings as it applies to herbs and plants, bashing of other religions, and insistence that “All Witches Must” do this-that-or-the-other or adhere to certain rules.
There are only a very few pagan authors that I recommend people wholesale avoid. Silver Ravenwolf (misinformation, Christian-bashing, racism, frequently represents own opinions as fact) is at the top of that list. Other entrants include Raymond Buckland (cultural appropriation, false representation of Roma traditions, and constant use of the G-slur in reference to Roma people), Kenny Klein (general grossness, which is not surprising, seeing as he was convicted of owning and distributing child pornography), Laurie Cabot (insists Wiccans and witches not of the Salem tradition are not real witches, other general exclusionist rhetoric), DJ Conway (lots and lots of misinformation), and Edain McCoy (the same….there is no such thing as an Irish potato goddess okay).
It’s always best to read critically, and to be aware that some authors
are more problematic than others. Even the good ones that I recommend to
all beginners (like Scott Cunningham, Ellen Dugan, Kate West, Dorothy Morrison, and Judika Illes) have
This is precisely why I recommend that all witches and other assorted practitioners build a library of PRACTICAL knowledge as well as magical. Learn your history (from scholarly, non-religious sources), learn practical botany and chemistry and basic physics, learn at least rudimentary geology, learn to identify plants and know which ones are safe to eat and which ones are poison.
And no matter what a pagan author tells you, DO NOT PUT MUGWORT IN YOUR TEA (unless you’re a licensed herbalist and know what you’re doing or you’ve already consulted your doctor for advice).
HI DO YOU HAVE A MOMENT TO TALK ABOUT NAMELESS WITH ME I MADE A POWERPOINT-
Don’t get me wrong, I’m so so happy that Mystic Messenger got the attention it did! But as a fan of Cheritz’s LEAST HEARD OF GAME IN THEIR LINE I feel like a lot of people would really like it! It’s made by the same company, and it has a pretty similar vibe to it, with an even deeper storyline and character development! So please, if you have time and money, I really really suggest looking into it! Please. I’m So lonely….
Ok so I have been following you for ages and I?? Never knew you were attention deficit?? And it's really cool because you're one of those witches people look up to and I've not known any of you to have ADD? Especially because I probably have it too (I'm autistic as well, and the two overlap a lot)
Non-Hyperactive ADHD, depression, social anxiety, regular old fuck-you-it’s-time-for-a-panic-attack anxiety, and chronic sunlight-triggered migraines. All unmedicated (partly because finances and partly because doctors can be asshats).
My brain is ten kinds of wonky, but it is mine.
And I am proud to represent for witches with mental ailments and invisible illnesses. Because it MATTERS. We MATTER. :)