Witchcraft, Novelty, and Some Thoughts

Witchcraft, Novelty, and Some Thoughts

This is going to be a bit of a rambly blog post. These are my thoughts and feelings and views. I am not looking to be corrected or argued with, differing opinions are fine (but there is a fine line between a differing opinion and an argument). This is just me trying to sort through some things that matter to me. I did think about doing this as a video, but seriously did not want to edit it as I knew I would have to. So it’s a blog post.

There’s a few things on my mind regarding the witchcraft and divination communities.

Wicca does not mean Witch

The first thing is how Wicca is now promoted as Witchcraft, which it is, but there’s no acknowledgement that there’s a whole community of witches (including me) that don’t identify as Wiccan. Every time I pick up a book in the local bookshop on Witchcraft I get frustrated. Why? Because it’s a book on Wicca, not straight witchcraft.

Wicca is a religion that worships a goddess and a god. Witchcraft is the practice of magic. I’m a witch, but I’m not Wiccan. I do not worship any deities. The reason I can’t suggest books on non-Wiccan witchcraft when I’m asked is because I don’t know of any. All the books that I have come across on witchcraft are all books on Wicca in disguise. The terms “wicca” and “witchcraft” are used interchangeably.

It’s all the same-old same-old

I don’t see anyone doing anything different. My Instagram feed is full of very similar photos, both in regards to witchcraft and divination.

Where’s the innovation? Where’s the novelty? It seems that the witchcraft and divination communities have stagnated somewhat and lost their sense of fun and adventure.

This next point I am sure is going to upset people, but I’m going to say it anyway.

I find that there’s a lot of insidiousness being introduced into witchcraft and divination via the New Age. Witchcraft and Divination is becoming watered down because publishers like Hay House, who is a New Age publisher, is getting in on the whole “witch” thing.

Why is it being watered down? So that it will appeal to as many young women as possible. It’s becoming mainstream. Witchcraft was never meant to be mainstream. The witches were the ones who lived on the fringes of society. They, along with the shamans, were the ones traveling to the otherworld, usually with the help of psychedelics, to obtain answers and healing for the rest of the tribe.

Now it’s become an aesthetic, and the only power it has is marketing power. How many crystals can we sell? How many tarot decks can we sell? How many **insert weird new age inspired thing here** can we sell?

I’m disgusted at the amount of materialism within the pagan community. How much of our Mother do we need to dig up? How often are we going to continue to rape our own Mother because we want the biggest and best crystals?

Humans as a species are on a collision course with extinction. We say that we have an earth centred practice. But do we really? Have we really connected with our Mother? Or are we too busy connecting with deities like Athena who represent the patriarchy? If you want to know how Athena represents the patriarchy then you’ll need to read “Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home” by Toko-pa Turner.

I long for …

I long for something new and exciting. I want to see people doing innovative and fun things with their practices. I want to see people ignoring what the rest of the community thinks and exploring some new directions with magick and divination. I want to see people bravely facing their own shadows instead of sweeping it under the carpet.

I don’t want to do what everyone else is doing with my divination and witchcraft practices. What everyone else is doing seems very boring to me.

Terence McKenna said several times that “The universe is stacked in favour of novelty.” By novelty he was talking about chaos theory. He went on to say that Novelty is opposed to Habit, which is also called Tradition. The universe will only let a tradition continue for so long. When we get into a habit we stop growing individually and as a society. That’s our problem at the moment. People want things to remain the same, but sameness is toxic.

Novelty is those new things that bring innovation and creativity.

I don’t see any novelty in the witchy or divination communities. Everyone seems so determined to not do anything that is going to offend others. For starters, what others think about what you or I do is their business. If they are that offended that they have to comment, then that says so much more about them than it does you or I. For seconders, we are all destined for greatness in our own way. I don’t believe in a set life purpose or a set destiny for me. But I do believe that I have this life, these skills and passions, for a reason. It would be remiss of me not to use them. Which is why I have a blog and a YouTube channel.

Bring on the Novelty!

My aim is to do things differently. Being queer gives me an advantage. I have a vastly different viewpoint on things than most people.

I intend to be more outspoken on what matters to me, which means speaking out on things like gender diversity and how the pagan and divination communities can be more inclusive (because, seriously, you aren’t – especially on gender!).

I intend to bring as much novelty to my divination and magickal practices as I can. Play is the theme here. Without play nothing of any worth can be created. This will spill over into what I share online.

I challenge you!

I challenge you to do the same. Freshen up your practice with a good sense of fun and novelty. If you’ve been doing the same thing for a while, change it up. Forget about the aesthetics of your Instagram photos. Share from the depths of your heart. Risk people laughing at you. Risk people unfollowing you. And share with me how you’re going to shake things up!

 

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3 thoughts on “Witchcraft, Novelty, and Some Thoughts

  1. I’m not Wiccan either, and this constant witch = Wicca thing really pisses me off. A) I hate that it falsely colours every muggle’s perception of what a witch is or does. B) It pains me that people new to the practice, some of whom may have been sucked in by your other issue, the mainstreaming of witchcraft, and who don’t know any better basically don’t get much of an opportunity TO know any better because those “witches” with a platform who ALSO don’t know any better make so much fucking noise.

    Don’t expect much moving and shaking from me, though. 😉 When I nose around the witchy community I’m not looking for novelty as much as depth and honesty. Something I can feel a connection with. I follow the people I follow because I get that from them, and I scroll past the rest. If I happen to stumble across something new and unusual that piques my interest, great. I might incorporate it into my practice in some way. But outside of that, I’m good thanks.

    1. When I talk about novelty I’m not talking about shallow. I’m talking about making new connections and evolving our practice to higher and deeper levels. My whole issue with modern witchcraft is that I find it very shallow and that it’s all the same. It seems to have evolved in the wrong way. 🙂

      1. No fear. I didn’t take “novelty” that way, but as rather as “evolving” as you say. I was thinking of personal “depth” when I used that word; people sharing from their deepest being. Damn, language is a minefield! 😏 I agree, a lot of what describes itself as witchcraft, on the internet at least, would be laughable if it weren’t so detrimental to evolution of, and here I’ll have to choose my words carefully again… let’s say “honest” witchcraft.

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