Well, maybe not every “branch” of Wicca but for the most part the bush leagues of occultism are attractive mostly to the damaged and degenerate nowadays. I often blame the entrance of radical “feminists” like Starhawk for turning Wicca into little more than a progressive dominated live action role playing game where people who claim they’re Witches balk at actually practicing Witchcraft, which is more than some teen girls sitting in a park crying together while holding hands, but the truth is Wicca was always a bit of a fraud anyway. Every ten years or so a group of Pagans discover this, publicize their findings and are promptly excommunicated from the Wiccan community.
Wicca today little resembles the the Witchcraft boom which began in the 50s and lasted into the early 80s. Then authors like Leo Martello and Paul Huson offered alternatives to the Gardnerian tradition of Wicca which was largely a hodgepodge of turn of the century occultism built upon ideas Gardner stole from C.G. Leland’s Aradia and Crowley’s understanding of “magick.” Now Wiccans are little more than a pep squad for leftism, using the cover of their supposed religion to push forward DNC talking points. Wicca is less a religion and more an immature extension of college Women Studies programs and it shows in the average Wiccan’s lack of knowledge of both Witchcraft and the world at large.
And thus when confronted with reality, and having no experience in dealing with larger truths the Wiccan attacks the messenger. Non-Wiiccans will be unfamiliar with them but somewhere off on the fringe of early Witchcraft, sneered at by even Gerald Gardner, were Gavin and Yvonne Frost who started the School of Wicca and are the authors of the largely useless The Witch’s Bible.
The Witch’s Bible contains a ritual wherein children are molested.
SMP at The Ultimate Evil and Dodiafae at Pagans Againse Child Abuse both took note of this and wondered why the Frosts are still often honored guests at many pagan gatherings. They were promptly denounced even after rallying much support to their side.
They were not the first people to denounce the pedophilic Frosts and their cult. Magickal Childe owner Herman Slater once printed a newsletter where readers were told to buy the Frosts’ book, read it, then burn it. He denounced them as charlatans and scum. The Frosts promptly cursed him for it, though Herman seemed none the worse for wear when relating the story to Hans Holtzer. What should surprise most people is that then, as now, many of the “leaders” of the pagan community came to the aid of the two degenerates who have for thirty years refused to remove a passage from their book wherein practitioners of Frost-style Wicca are told to use dildos to deflower their own daughters, where children are gang raped and sex between adults and children is encouraged.
To be sure the Frosts may not represent most Wiccans, but the defense of them by those upon whom Wiccans place the mantle of leadership does expose modern Wicca for what it is and how far it strayed from its roots in the occult movement.
I admit to being something of an anachronism in my armchair occultism. I am a researcher into the odd, a lover of the esoteric and no doubt deeply influenced by many viewings of The Devil Rides Out in my childhood. I have never adopted the faddish notion among new agers that morality is subjective, nor do I think all religions and perspectives are equally valid. This puts me on the outs with 99% of Wiccans.
That’s because the free wheeling attitude toward anything and everything in Wicca is based on modern Wicca’s devolution from reconstructionist religion to hippy sex cult. Wicca is no longer about finding truth, but about ensuring abortion on demand, undermining Judeo-Christian morality and destroying Western Civilization from within. It’s a radical book club, a religion that doesn’t do the one the one thing all others do and that’s provide moral guidance and clarity for adherents.
Many Wiccans and pagans, some famous like Issac Bonewits and Oberon Zell, defend the Frosts perhaps because to criticize them means taking a moral stand that is unpopular among the fringe that Wicca is now most often addressing. There are responsibilities to being an adult, grown ups should be expected to not indulge in their every sexual whim. In a religion where older men and women frequently are in contact with teens and young adults this should resonate with them, and for many it does. But for too many it doesn’t.
Until cretin like the Frosts are able to be criticized for promoting child exploitation, without the critics being subjected to Squeaky Fromm like rantings by Wiccans who think bad mouthing the frosts is a “betraya,l” Wicca will remain a pretension not a religion. Wicca will stay the Manson flavored cult of people who have no sexual boundaries and can’t be trusted with children in the minds of the public, and that’s how it should be. Wiccans judged the Catholic Church and the FLDS harshly when their abuses, covered up for years in many cases, came to light and they should be ready to be judged just as harshly when more and more non-pagans get wind of this outrage.