At least that’s what emailer “Marlene,” who took umbrage to a post I wrote about the pedophile enabling hippy sex cultists on PaganSpace (three or four months ago), claims in a missive as childish as it is inaccurate:
in reverence to your red alert on paganspace.net concerning the accusations on
that site, i just wanted to say that there are bad people everywhere and from
every religion, if you choose to make a website about terrible people that prey
on children then you really should do your homework since most child abusers are
christian . as well as the nazi shit heads , yeah they are christian too. pagans
wiccans and witches believe harming none and protecting everything under mother
nature’s sky and above it. Pagans are good people!!!!!
If you find her writing hard to follow blame the teachers’ union. But I thought it was important for readers, many of whom are not familiar with the inner workings of the “New Age” and neo-Paganism, to see exactly what the average Wiccan thinks of them and mainstream American society. So let me apologize in advance for boring some of you with this short essay describing why your children will hate you when they convert to Wicca.
After this piece I would recommend that you read a book called America: Religions and Religion by Catherine Albanese which is the bible of comparative religion. It is a bit pricey and hard to find but you may have some luck at a college bookstore or used book shop. Chapter eight of this dense but readable tome is entitled “Homesteads of the Mind: Occult and Metaphysical Movements” and reveals to readers something that most Americans (and all modern Wiccans) seem to very much be unaware of: America had a thriving occult movement prior to the 1960s “New Age” movement. And it wasn’t full of hippies.
Understanding why modern Wicca and most of the New Age in general are oddly secular exercises in doctrinaire leftism disguised as spirituality is impossible without understanding that the current “occult underground” is the product of the 60s counterculture infiltrating, dismembering and transforming the American metaphysical movement which came before it. The prior movement had a centuries long lineage and encompassed dozens of traditions ranging from Marie Laveau’s exotic blend of Voodoo and European occultism to the Pennsylvania Dutch “Pow-Wow doctor” who cured illnesses on the farmsteads with remedies and prayers found in his coveted copy of Joseph Hoffman’s Long Lost Friend. The modern movement is full of Atheists who think the Gods and Goddesses (and Witchcraft) are metaphors for “reclaiming their power” which itself is a metaphor for living in a state of perpetual adolescent rebellion against non-existent oppressive forces.
Prior to the 1960s, occultism was a diverse spectrum of fairly conservative traditions and movements which were populated by men and women who dedicated significant time to the study and practice of a variety of arts mainstream society would have found unseemly if not unlawful. Those people have been replaced with what Israel Regardie referred to as “Tent Women” – under educated, sanctimonious loud-mouths who are so consumed by misandry they seek out “goddess religion” lest they be forced to lower themselves to worshiping a man.
I paint a romantic picture of pre-New Age metaphysics and I understand many readers will see occultism in a very different light, but I want those same readers to understand the vast difference between the “witch” of the early 20th century who cobbled together a grimoire in secret using books like Aradia: Gospel of the Witches written by credulous but thorough folklorist C.G. Leland and the spiteful, obnoxious perpetual teens of today who wave their copies of Fiona Horne’s latest literary skidmark around while screaming out moral platitudes so simple you’re not sure an elementary school teacher would waste time writing them on a chalk board. The former could be (and mostly was) a good neighbor who left you to your pursuits and simply asked for the same courtesy. The latter are pentagram festooned propagandists for the left who demand you change your views and habits to suit their childish view of reality.
The rise of Wicca (which as a matter of historical fact was invented by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s) coincides with the rise of Radical Feminism, Radical Environmentalism and the neo-marxist academic Utopianism that defines the left in this country and just as those deconstructive forces transformed the Democratic party from hawkishly anti-Communist to a party that is the American version of the Fabians, Wicca changed the occult underground into the watered down yet highly political “New Age” movement it is today. It was primarily radical feminism, as embodied by degenerate Jew haters like Starhawk, which de-emphasized the private, personal pursuit of esoteric knowledge and practice of traditional metaphysics and re-imagined Wicca as a vehicle for the neo-Marxist armchair class war the baby boomers still play at to this day.
Wicca is the bludgeon with which the emotionally crippled lash out at society, the mask behind which the untalented and unimportant hide when confronting their superiors. It is a religion only in the most academic sense. The truth is that Wicca is simply a collection of petulant narcissists who make childishly grand gestures designed to insult or provoke others as both a way to share the psychic pain their emotional retardation causes and give the Wiccan (statistically speaking, most likely to be a downwardly mobile White American from the middle class) fuel for their fantasy of being a victimized minority.
Modern Wicca (unlike it’s Gardnerian and Alexandrian forerunners) is not an organized religion but a sub-cultural identity with definitions so loose that there are even “Christian” Wiccans nowadays. Unlike the occultist of old, the only knowledge the modern Wiccan actively pursues is the knowledge of consensus, and the Wiccan is keenly interested in what general dogma this amorphous mass of people with no set ideology accepts as true so they can better parrot popular pagan opinion. This is the result of the influx of free-wheeling, “anything goes” types in the 60s who would unctuously lecture anyone who claimed that the occult isn’t about pedophiliac orgies and playing dress-up pushing out anyone serious about exploring the boundaries of reality.
In this vacuum of spirituality the erstwhile Wiccan need only recycle a few leftist talking points and she or he can be considered as authoritative and knowledgeable as anyone else. Therein lies the allure of Wicca for many of the wrong people, and the reason most Wiccans you meet will hate you if you aren’t willing to march in lockstep to their inanity. All pagans are good, all Christians are bad and America is full of fascists and/or Nazis. I defy any reader to go to any Wiccan forum and show me that 80% of the entire site isn’t some permutation of those three post-modern cliches. Wiccan identity is completely tied into a particular set of anti-American,”radical” political views that have replaced spells and rituals as the required knowledge to be considered well versed.
Which brings me to Marlene, who has a dreadful website full of cut and paste material she barely understands (no Marlene the Havamal isn’t just the “story of Odin receiving the runes,” it is the “High One’s” instructions to mortals covering every facet of life) and will never even try to because it is more important to her and her standing in the Wiccan community to “fight the real enemy.” That fight of course only entails emailing me a criticism she couldn’t be bothered to spell check then patting herself on the back for her bravery. It should be instructive to the reader that Marlene didn’t comment on the post publicly where she might have to defend this pinched off dispatch, but shot off an email that she only shared with her fellow “witches” at their weekly book club meeting.
Also instructive is that Marlene didn’t bother to read the post at all, but was told what I said and shot off an email to me to score points with her fellow Wiccans without investigating their claims at all.
That is a perfect metaphor for Wicca.
Marlene probably hates me not because my response to her was intemperate (to say the least) but because at this point their are a great deal of Wiccans who, for many reasons, dislike me, my blog and the group I’m affiliated with, Pagans Against Child Abuse. That I’m a “Christian” out harassing Wiccans is the new canon in some parts, and like lemmings the majority of Wiccans will simply accept that as truth. So I must resign myself to the near constant stream of emails by the lowest common denominator that all basically say what Marlene said above. Christians are Nazis, all pagans are by definition good and for not regurgitating such, if I may steal a phrase, sinister piffle, I’m some sort of ignorant fascist.
And when your 15-year-old reads in some hack’s mass marketed “Book of Shadows” that Christians/Conservatives/Small Business Owners/Guys named Ted are “the enemy” of Wiccans, you’re going to be treated just the same.