Shit People Say To Pagans, Neopagans, Wiccans, Witches, etc.

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This has pushed so many buttons and caused so much intriguing discussion around here that we feel compelled to share it. What are some of the most annoying things people have said to you about your faith?

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Claire Mulkieran is a teacher of Pagan-related spirituality and the unofficial patron saint of meandering misfits (or a delusional lunatic, depending upon whom you ask). If you're ready to read between the lines, consider her guiding motto; "Are you a figment of my imagination, or am I a figment or yours?" Claire is also rumored to be a glorified computer programmer by trade, but you can call her a “Systems Security Designer” (which is fancy way saying she's paid to break things).

10 Responses to Shit People Say To Pagans, Neopagans, Wiccans, Witches, etc.

  1. James March 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    I told my mom I was pagan and she said “so you worship flowers and plants?”

    Close, but not quite.

  2. Overkill MSA March 16, 2015 at 4:35 am #

    I think it’s just ridiculous to call yourself a witch, it’s begging for attention if you ask me.

    I have no idea what to call myself, but I’m not confused because I do believe in a higher power and I have a personal relationship with it/them. I think organized religion is ridiculous and very brainwashy and cultish, especially now, just the other day “Creflo Dollar” asked his followers to donate money so he can buy a G6 private plane… enough said.

    In any organized religion though, you’re basically following and making an authority out of some other person who has no ‘superpowers’ and no more of a direct-link to god than you do. They just memorized and “learned” a bunch of sh*t that some other person wrote, and so long ago that countless people have rewritten it and made it fit their ideals. You’re also hearing this person’s translation and interpretation of it, so it breeds more blind following than freethinking.

    I completely see and recognize what was done to paganism, it was wiped out and demonized during the convert-or-die campaigns, but I agree with a lot of pagan beliefs as well.
    I’m open-minded and follow the truth. I think being a total atheist is bullheaded and naive, but I’m also not going to blindly worship something because I’m told to worship it. So idk what you would call that lol.

    • Alexandria August 1, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

      I tell people I’m pagan or Wiccan I don’t tell them I’m a witch. And I only tell people about my religious acts when they ask.

      • Odin B March 18, 2016 at 1:49 am #

        There’s differences between regular Pagan, Wicca, Neo-Pagan, Witch, etc…

        I say I’m a Witch with pride.

  3. Shannon January 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    “That’s white people shit…” said mostly in jest from my Mexican husband who practices Palo Mayombe (an Afro-Cuban tradition) and came from a Santeria background. While I have cone to understand the fundamental differences between what I was taught and what I learned after being scratched by his Godfather. However, it still bugs be to hear that when I an so in love with my tarot and herbs. It gets the jobs I want done. I also point out that the Druids and Norse went beyond anything he does and some of them still practice that way. :( Ekk.. human sacrifice! And willing?!

  4. Nigel January 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    I’m torn on the witch thing. I get that for pagan women it can be used as a form of identity, but as far as the history of the word goes it’s more of an accusation or a folklore archetype than a real title. When someone calls themselves a witch it seems like their making an actual claim of having magical powers. Whereas if they called themselves a shaman, an outsider could objectively confirm that they engage in shamanic practices even if the outsider doesn’t think that shamanic practices have supernatural effects.

    • Claire January 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

      I sort of agree. I’ve never self-identified as a “witch”. Honestly, I don’t have a descriptive for myself in regard to what I believe, but I know plenty of women who think of themselves as witches. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. Personally, I don’t want me be defined by a word, because once you begin to accept parameters you begin to limit your thinking.

      That said, there’s a lot of good stuff in the video which touches upon the frustrations of Pagans and folks who are just sort of Pagan-Centric. But I would agree with some of your thoughts, and go as far as suggesting that using the word “witch” can invite misunderstandings.

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