“The Old Religion, as we call it, is closer in spirit to Native American traditions or to shamanism of the Arctic. It is not based on dogma or a set of beliefs, nor on scriptures or a sacred book revealed by a great man. Witchcraft takes its teachings from nature, and reads inspiration in the movements of the sun, moon, and stars, the flight of birds, the slow growth of trees, and the cycles of the seasons.”
PAGANS AND WITCHES OF TUMBLR I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE!!!!
This semester I took an anthropology class called Magic, Witchcraft and Religion. I was very excited, hoping that this class would examine cultural beliefs that tended to stay out of the limelight.
I was horribly disappointed. The prof for this course (one I have had before, I should have known better) is agonisingly Euro-centric and put a Christian spin on everything. Thankfully, the demands from another class were extremely heavy so I didn’t attend the course lectures. Conversations with other classmates though have told me I was not missing much.
The final straw was when he posted a set of 20 slides on Wicca. I’ll be sharing them below. Note that I do not currently have a transcript of the lecture (I’m working on it) but the slides themselves are incriminating enough.
What I need from you: Further research, information, authors, links, personal accounts, anything that would help me contend this.
I am writing an email to both this professor and to the Department [of Anthropology] head for my school. I am not going to let this sit. But I need your help! I do not want one professor’s bias to taint the views of hundreds of students, to whom this may have been a first introduction.
Update 1: I got a transcript of the lecture itself, none of which really expands on the slides. As usual with this professor, what you see is what you get. For those of you asking what Woodstock, Roswell, UFO Cults, etc (the first seven slides) have to do with Wicca: apparently he was trying to suggest that Wicca was a product of sociopolitical influences in a specific era.
Update 2: For those of you wary of my lack of attendance in this class, please review my response to @silentlittlekhere
Update 3: Since originally posting this, I have sent a 3 ¼ page letter to the professor in question and although the sourced information therein is not from ‘scholarly sources’, it can be used as a testament to how easily accessible research on wicca/neo-paganism is. I have also attached a copy of the letter to the ombudsman whom I had contacted to determine a course of action.
Despite this, (they will probably not be seeing it until Monday) I would encourage further response, and to please PM me with links, books, journal articles, witch pages, blogs, etc. anything and everything that would provide information or examples.
Here’s that url - goes to an American news report (KOB 4 News) from 2008
Here’s the url, it’s a Nat Geo exposé on UK Witches/Wicca
Help is very appreciated, folks, and please signal boost! Thank you for your support and responses, folks. I will keep you all updated!
“Most of the written information about angels does not come from the orthodox scriptures of the four western religions that believe in the existence of these heavenly beings (Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam). Over the centuries, ideas about the angelic hosts have changed, depending on who wrote about them. Many scholars believe that angels are the result of crossbreeding among belief systems and include Egyptian, Sumerian, Babylonian, and Persian archetypes. Through further research we find that belief in angelic hosts and spirits is far older than any of the structured religions practiced today, which supports the idea that they aren’t tied to what humans want them to be. Angels simply are.”
US citizens are far more likely to die from the actions of a right-wing terrorist on U.S. soil than virtually any other group, even the highly hyped and dreaded international boogeyman known as the Islamic State. UNC Professor Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer of Duke University stated in the New York Times last June that terror attacks by Islamic groups only “accounted for 50 fatalities over the past 13 and a half years,” as compared to American right-wing extremists who have “averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.”
It is important to point out, however, that Kurzman and Shanzer’s methodology for their study only included domestic terrorists who claim to stand against the government, as well as racist groups, such as the KKK and neo-Nazis. No mention is made of radical religious overtones wrapped up in the terrorism.
Books about Paganism, Neopaganism, Wicca and Other Religions - A list by Sacred Chaotic Geometry
Lately I’ve been receiving lots of messages asking for me to recommend some books about Paganism, Neopaganism, Wicca and other religions, so I decided to post a list containing books I think are helpful or interesting. I hope you like it!
I DO NOT recommend any books by Scott Cunningham - his books are considered bad by most traditional Wiccans, because they are written for the masses and they’re for people who don’t take Wicca or Paganism seriously. In my country, his books are called the ‘Wiccan Coca-Cola books’.
Just because I recommend a book about something, it DOESNOT mean I agree with what’s written on it! It just means I believe that book is interesting and its contents are well explained! I read because I like to learn and I believe people can’t deny or accept something without getting to know about it first!
There have been several posts on Tumblr circulating “explaining” why “white folk” don’t have a right to believe in Spirit Animals.
Allow me to provide bullet points as to why this post is hideously wrong and shockingly narrow minded and bigoted in it’s own right.
1. Spirit animals exist in cultures the world over.
Germanic Pagans / Asatru (Heathen) have Vættir / wihtiz who often could shapeshift into animals.And ånd dyr.
Gaelic / Celtic have Spirit animals. In fact when white men came to
North America the term Spirit animal was applied to Totems
because “Spirit animal” (by the English words) was a concept they
already understood. Ironic to have rants about appropriation without
Wiccans and other witches have familiars,
which is an animal helper, beloved pet, or a… spirit guide in an
animal form. This concept is quite old and can be traced to fifteenth
century Grimoires found in Germany and France.
Japanese, Chinese and traditional Korean have spirit animals too.
Korean Spirit Animals are Jangseung. And similar can be found in other
The Ancient Polish had rodnidze
whose meaning and purpose is virtually identical to the Native American
Totems. So what the anti-White person Spirit Animal posts did is telling Polish Pagans not to
honor their past or believe anything from their own culture’s history
because of what the descendants of other Europeans had done to a similar
culture. I’m pretty sure the Ancient Polish were not appropriating
Australian Aborigine (besides North American) also had Spirit Animals that you could communicate with in the “Dream Time.”
Roma / Romani (impolitely called gypsy) also have Spirit Animals. This stems out of Hungary and parts of Eastern Europe.
In many parts of India cows are sacred.
Cats were believed to be messengers of the Gods in Egypt.
Ravens and wolves are believed to be servants of Odin in Nordic tradition and are also powerful figures in Gaelic folklore.
And last but not least we have Shetani in East Africa.
There are others but those are the ones I list here to prove a point. The concept is literally everywhere.
2. The term Spirit animal is not Native American. Notice, for starters
that the words are … you know… ENGLISH! The more common term for
the Native American version is Totem.
The concept is
literally world-over. Just about every Ancient Culture had a version.
Some existing into present day, some fading into obscurity.
Telling anyone that they do not have a right to follow a particular
religion because of an accident of birth is an insult to several
cultures. Many Native American tribes welcome new members or want
people to share their beliefs. “The blood of the covenant is thicker
than the water of the womb.” Skin color and race does not determine
what religion a person has a “Right” to follow.
4. It only proves how little respect you have for a belief if you think some people do not have a right to believe in it. That heavily indicates you do not humor the notion that the belief to be a truth / fact of reality but rather treat it as nothing more than a badge or trinket to be jealously guarded away from others.
5. Segregation and telling people to “keep to their own kind” and that they only have a right to things their “own people” created is not okay, no matter who is saying it. All that does is perpetuate a cycle of hate and resentment. We are all human.
opinions of others. Respect the religion of others and never, ever,
ever go so low and pretentious as to tell someone what they can or
cannot believe in.
Back in the 1930s, business leaders found themselves on the defensive. Their public prestige had plummeted with the Great Crash; their private businesses were under attack by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal from above and labor from below. To regain the upper hand, corporate leaders fought back on all fronts. They waged a figurative war in statehouses and, occasionally, a literal one in the streets; their campaigns extended from courts of law to the court of public opinion. But nothing worked particularly well until they began an inspired public relations offensive that cast capitalism as the handmaiden of Christianity.
The two had been described as soul mates before, but in this campaign they were wedded in pointed opposition to the “creeping socialism” of the New Deal. The federal government had never really factored into Americans’ thinking about the relationship between faith and free enterprise, mostly because it had never loomed that large over business interests. But now it cast a long and ominous shadow.
Accordingly, throughout the 1930s and ’40s, corporate leaders marketed a new ideology that combined elements of Christianity with an anti-federal libertarianism. Powerful business lobbies like the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers led the way, promoting this ideology’s appeal in conferences and P.R. campaigns. Generous funding came from prominent businessmen, from household names like Harvey Firestone, Conrad Hilton, E. F. Hutton, Fred Maytag and Henry R. Luce to lesser-known leaders at U.S. Steel, General Motors and DuPont.
In a shrewd decision, these executives made clergymen their spokesmen. As Sun Oil’s J. Howard Pew noted, polls proved that ministers could mold public opinion more than any other profession. And so these businessmen worked to recruit clergy through private meetings and public appeals. Many answered the call, but three deserve special attention.
So Republicans like to claim that America is a “Christian” nation: SINCE WHEN???
The belief that America is fundamentally and formally a Christian nation originated in the 1930s when businessmen enlisted religious activists in their fight against FDR’s New Deal. Corporations from General Motors to Hilton Hotels bankrolled conservative clergymen, encouraging them to attack the New Deal as a program of “pagan statism” that perverted the central principle of Christianity.
During these years, Americans were told, time and time again, not just that the country should be a Christian nation, but that it always had been one. They soon came to think of the United States as “one nation under God.” They’ve believed it ever since.
Mortar and Pestle (or some other place to grind and mix your charcoal and salt)
There is often a misconception that Witches Black Salt is used in black magic or is evil, but contrary to this belief it is primarily a very powerful Protective substance to be used in ones magickal workings.
In order to make your Witches Salt, take your charcoal (I took mine from the remains of a ritual bonfire, so it was infused with very happy positive energy already) and crush it in your mortar. After you have enough crushed you can add your salt to it and mix it together.
Now you have a very powerful magickal item to use in your workings, to banish evil, and to protect from evil or negativity!
“Construction on the first main temple of the Ásatrú religion
to be built in 1,000 years will begin in March. The temple will be located in
Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavík, a forested hill popular for recreation on which
landmark building Perlan (‘The Pearl’) stands.”