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Witchcraft Today (1954)

door Gerald Gardner

Andere auteurs: Margaret Alice Murray (Introductie)

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Commemorating its 50th anniversary is an expanded edition of the first Wicca book, by the father of the Pagan renaissance.
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Just to talk about men, right: two men—although I know there were women; I have a Dion Fortune ebook sitting around here somewhere: and actually I’m not dismissive of the enormous number of kinda, vanilla suite level of Wiccan writers~ you know, your Lisa Chamberlain girl, right; I don’t think that they should throw themselves off a cliff and kill themselves for not being an innovator in some technical sort of sense, right—really we wouldn’t have a religion without girls like Lisa; and yeah, there are also a few Truly Great witch writers who are women, although I haven’t quite found the groove with any of them yet like I have with Crowley…. Although I don’t really know much about the Beast, right. But yeah: just to take Gardner and Crowley; I think it’s funny because, while Gardner was the single most important person in taking witchcraft from being a historical question, not even a reality, just a historical ~question~, right, and an inaccessible cave that…. I mean, maybe it was surviving, but, I don’t know; maybe not…. Yeah, and turning it into a modern subculture that many thousands of people invest their energy in, right…. Gardner was a big part of that, and Crowley actually wasn’t a Wiccan; he was something else; and yet for a Wiccan today, it often seems like Crowley has aged better—and how much better Crowley ages than your average old occultist, OMG…. But yeah: I mean, there’s often internet rage about people from past decades, and I don’t see the payout in that, or the wisdom necessarily, but I also try to avoid the historicism/antiquarianism/naivety about the past decades hombres famosos, right…. Like, if Crowley wrote a book, probably naked people would not be in the first few pages, right. (Verbally, there are naked people in the first few pages of “Witchcraft Today”.) And nakedness in Crowley would be kinda…. I mean, for him, it would be profound, right. And it’s easy to read a book by some Druid or philosopher and read about how Gardner wasn’t 🤖👨‍🎨, and kinda be, Ok…. Good, then! You know, but: for Gardner, it was just kinda, Ah! They’re young. Excellent…. I mean, I do think that Gerry honestly respected and tried to serve/elevate women, I do…. But he did demand a lot from them, too, you know. I don’t know. I just kinda feel like Crowley’s bad press really was the dying hand of the old age, you know; whereas Gardner’s was more about his collisions with his friends, so to speak: not that I think he intentionally or even obnoxiously abused people; but he was…. He was a fire in the wood, you know; and he did not care.

But yeah: this is basically a theory book; I don’t think we’re going to find any spells or stuff you could do, you know. It’s like a Wiccan theory of magic—Wiccan Theory of Magic No. 1, you know. It’s similar to how a lot of divination is theory—how you view the world—but obviously much less specific. Theory of magic is about as close as a Wiccan book can get to a specifically religious ‘psychology’, I think: with Christianity there’s like, Christian tradition and modern science; with Buddhism there’s Asian religion and Western science; with Jung or the psychoanalysts, there’s the whole fucking world, and they put it in their crock and cook it or whatever. (Do you cook things in crocks?) With witches there’s both less of a hard container of religion—more a sense that you go and leave and do psychology/non-religion when you want, (whenever you want), and less this sense that’s there’s a built up thing that science or whatever butts against as it tries to work its way in, right. There’s also less emphasis on rationalism than in philosophical Christianity or Buddhism. There’s tarot and astrology which are basically psychology/personality systems, right: but you just kinda go and do those things, right. You don’t have to integrate it into this possibly hostile rationalist or universalizing system, right. You don’t have to ask, “What role does astrology play in my Christian faith?”, you know. You just kinda do astrology because you like the information and the benefits, and it informs your more formally religious (if you even stop to think or care to make those distinctions—there’s really nothing to make you, right) things like worshipping moon goddesses and gods, right…. But it is kinda unusual (it seems to me) for a witch to kinda sit down and go like, “Witchcraft is….” right, and write a book. It seems like the more common thing would be to write like a list, witchcraft is…., and then decide that she likes a couple of those things, and write books about like, those skills, you know. There’s not the same sense of building and demolishing barriers as in the philosophical religions, where it’s like: No, I must prove to you, that…. That my hamster really IS named Spot, and I know because he’s MY hamster, you know. It can be a little crazy-brainiac-child-y, right.

(shrugs) But I guess it is something that had to happen at least once, a book like this, right.

…. “I have learnt tolerance in the many years I spent in the East and if anyone finds true paradise in the Buddhist rites, the Sabbat, or the Mass, I am well content.”

…. It’s curious how Gerry presents himself as a sort of sympathetic expert on witches, or perhaps a friend of witches, you know—not really as a witch himself, right.

It was a long time ago.

…. I don’t always exactly agree—he seems kinda ‘polite’, for example; although nowadays, people pretend to be very rude, you know…. But rarely is the ‘polite’ person as polite as they pretend to be, nor does the ‘rude’ person often dare always to be rude, as you are meant to think, right….

It is worth reading, either way—‘accurate’ or ‘not accurate’, IMO.

…. I do think of fairies as being the spirits of the primordial humans of every place and continent. (It is true that physiologically “modern” humans are descended from the great apes, or the great apes of a million or two years ago, who are much smaller than we are, it seems like. It makes sense that the primordial human would also be a little fellow.) It is true Gerald puts slightly more emphasis on actual physical “Little People”, and it does seem like before European kings focused their genocidal energies on the world of “color”, the pre-Celtic pygmies got the worst of it, right. It’s like in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, you can see the primordial Europeans considered each other alien races and tried to exterminate each other—not least the Saxon sorts, as much as I love runes. Or is Azog a sort of African? Big, burly beast. Or is he Irish—the ‘pale orc’, right. He could almost be Jewish: “as it was said in the times of Azog the Prophet”, right: Jewish shamans encroaching on Christendom’s spiritual turf. Or they could be fairies: in a sorta horrible distortion, but whatever happened was frightfully distorted, right. Just the alien race—that has to be taken out by the sword, by the race that Christianized before them: right. Fairies are heathens, might as well blow them up, make them tall and scary, right.

Witchcraft is a sorta practical decolonization, in my mind. It’s not as though decolonization is on the ballot, right. It’s just…. Unthinkable, really.

…. Yeah, I was looking for a “Lincoln” green shirt online since apparently fairies or the Little People were at one point were associated with that color—if you were a Christian in the Middle Ages, apparently you liked to talk about the time you talked smack about the devil you came upon all in Lincoln green, upon your way…. It seems to be a relatively obscure hue today, although I think a dark, “forest” green seems to approximate it well enough…. Now I pretty much have to donate clothes to bring more in, but I think that’s ok, because I have two “Kelly” green shirts, (Kelly green and white, actually, both of them…. Why did I want duplicates?), and I definitely want to send an impossible-to-read code that “Christians would talk smack, if they only knew”, right: not “Irish”: you know, as happy as I am to see that here on Turtle Island the factions of the Ulster Mick Army (UMA) have come together, in love, (I’m sure), right….

…. (“The High History of the Holy Grail”, the Knights Templar, etc.)

“Later the King Hermit explains that both priests (the one who kissed the cross with joy and the one who beat the cross and cried) loved Christ equally, and that he who beat the cross did so because it had been the instrument of bitter pain and anguish to Our Lord.”

That seems simple, you know. Christians say they love their Christ so much—yet they go about always and only reminding him of his bloody death, right!…. I mean, pain is part of life: actually pain is part of pleasure. They lead round and round, and one leads to another, and that is life, you know. It’s like, sometimes the ascetic—it is sorta a child’s asceticism, quite often, like it’s schooled into you, like Jenny at Thanksgiving in “Gossip Girl, Season One”, right: it’s like…. You should just never be allowed to eat badly and feel unusual pleasure, right…. The common path of life, which oddly enough for hoomi, on this point, seems to go well, you know— is that, you grow out of that, except that as the parent, the ruling class in the institution of the family, you have to teach what you know to be folly, right: and acting as if it is folly indeed…. And yeah: sometimes people attack males, and mock them, at least, but generally nobody ~really~ carries on the war to the finish to make ordinary boys ascetics, you know: it basically happens to girls, and to “religious” boys who cannot bear to defend themselves against even slight assaults of moralism, or else who are ambitious, right….

But yeah: there are the workaday assaults of crass moralism, and then there is the Bloody Execution of the God Jesus, right, which is just…. I mean, it’s inappropriate. Why celebrate it? It was a denial of life. Life was in the God-Man; life made Society nervous: Society decreed, Pain Unto the End: Extinguish pleasure entirely, and make an end of the life that does not conform, right….

So yeah: to be a sane Christian is to involve some risk, as well, it sounds like. It sounds like the Knights Templar were a sort of renegade/alternative Christianity, you know…. More interested in supporting Life, than crushing and shunning the enemies of conformity: for they themselves kept their secrets, that they might live in non-conformity, you know…. And it does sound like, as problematic as even alt church lore can be about gender, especially hundreds of years ago: the medieval Craft lore about gender, could also at times be very problematic on certain points, wouldn’t you say….

…. It is very old-fashioned and almost reformist rather than revolutionary, implicitly very impressed with the idea that maybe Christians could be ~persuaded~ not to persecute the witches. Also very kinda Jazz Age and shows its age in many ways. I don’t know: it’s hard not to read it and be struck with the idea that it wouldn’t take long for many left-wing radical witches to feel that this was weak tea stuff indeed, if not rather something of a betrayal, you know. And obviously a lot of it involves work-arounds of things he’s not allowed to talk about by his group. But I do think it’s quite curious. Of course it would be silly it be ~naive~ about it: and play the (bogus trumpet music) “Important Historical Work” game. But it is possible to learn, some things, important things, from it—if you think for yourself.

…. “It would seem that the Greek priest or teacher would take a man as he was and fit a code to him, instead of torturing him to comply with a predetermined ethic, thus anticipating the work of [C.G.] Jung, whose method is always to build from whatever elements of belief he finds in a patient a system of personal myth which becomes a rationale for his conduct.”

That’s an important quote.

…. (witchcraft trials) “a curious case of ‘not guilty but you must promise not to do it again.’”

It is true that sometimes Witch-Christian relations aren’t the same as, well, as they would be “logically”, according to the logic that has been “proved”, right.

Those are the better times. I freely admit that my own stance towards the church is not logical. I am no ‘Pagan-Christian’, you know: the church makes no sense to me; I have proved to myself many times that I wish it didn’t exist; and I can think of no ideal situation in which I have to play along with this joke Loki is playing on me, on the world…. (ah, Loki…. Ah, Loki!…. (parental voice) Yes, Loki, it’s ~funny~: but it’s also ~~~anti-social~~~….)…. Right? But there is such a thing as responding to the situation as it actually exists, right. I don’t know how else to say it, you know, like…. These are the people, that are actually out there, all around me, wherever I go, right….

: And it’s even true that even a Christian can respond to the situation, starting from how it is, and then to consult their actually-existing options and perhaps their theory: as opposed to just, starting with theory, and then hallucinating, you know, sometimes violently…. Sometimes those are the people “in charge”, but it’s never true that EVERYONE is like that: that’s the sorta big-good-or-big-bad person, right: the alkie intellectual: the average low-functioning sobriety person couldn’t ~really~ be like that if they…. Like, they could NEVER, you know: they just couldn’t, if they tried, right….

~But yeah: “do what you want, but from now on, be a good egg, and spare us the embarrassment and indignity of getting caught” 😉

…. Like, “don’t ask don’t tell”, only…. Like, not, “don’t hunt don’t burn”, but like: it’s reciprocal, you know…. I don’t know.

…. “(In the Irish coven it is) said that part of the initiation of the man is called Diana’s Hunt….”

~That’s how it should be…. 🥰

…. It is curious how a ~little~ of the truth came out among the fantastic lies of the witch trials, right: ~and that is why soldiers captured in battle have been told beforehand to tell only their name, rank, and serial number: for in telling some fantastic story, inevitably some of the truth gets out.~ It is curious how even trying to suppress something by violence and keeping records of how you did it, inevitably produces a record, a sort of…. Trace, you know, a…. Distorted blue-print, almost: of the things suppressed.

Although certainly VERY distorted, right. Man can never really destroy on earth: he can only either make a true image, or else distort. And why distort, you know?…. Either spite, or ideas about control, usually.

…. But yeah: there are certainly radical Christians and moderate Christians and minion Christians, and all kinds of witches, right, but I do believe that a radical Christian, say what he or she will—you know, I don’t even like money! I say, kill our enemies the rich men, and feast on their flesh! (vaguely racist Peter Jackson goblin shit, right)—it’s almost inconceivable even that a radical Christian could be more or as radical as even a relatively moderate/self-preserving witch, whatever her or his nature is, right: assuming that it isn’t, you know, taken in by the lies of the palefaces, you know—if they can’t eliminate us green-skins, they’d like to convert us, right, to palefacedness…. But yeah: I mean, the very nature of the terms are different, right—a moderate witch is self-preserving, you know: lessening the risk of being persecuted; a moderate Christian is just, comfy, you know: at least a straight white male Christian moderate, right, (“I support you, in theory, MLK, I really do…. But I think you should wait”), or even if just one or two of those adjectives, right…. I mean, a radical witch is radically anti-colonial; a radical Christian is trying to save the system from its own wretchedness, in a perhaps radical way: and then again, perhaps not, right…. There is a great gulf, an ENORMOUS gulf, between the two positions, politically, right….

…. And you can kinda trace it back to the ordinary teachings of church fellows, right: your father knows that church is about social control—like there’s that chapter in Matthew that my dad liked so much, right, “and then, if the heretic (witches were “heretics”, to some!), won’t listen to reason, lol, when it’s just the two of you, or just a few of you: bring him before the village, shame him…. Make him relent, or treat him as a pagan” (which in the Middle Ages meant death, and the Bible does apparently teach that the gods of pagans are devils: according to the mob, I mean, the orthodoxy, right—if it don’t start with ‘J’: it ain’t Jesus or Jehovah; it’s as sure as spelling, right….), and your mother knows that church is about forgiveness, about saying you’re sorry…. All morality is ultimately about saying you’re sorry: it’s about pity, right, and apologies…. And your mother knows, that she shouldn’t let you off the hook, until you’ve apologized, and asked to be forgiven, right….

Therefore, Uncle Peter (Jackson?) is going to have to rip out your toenails and fingernails, one by one, until you become obedient and apologetic…. Surely nothing can be condemned by facilitating ~morality~, right: and being obedient and apologetic are the root of society, I mean, morality….

…. “…. the sabbat was a private party, and could only have been seen by people snooping in the hope of being shocked.”

But, on the good news front, my iPhone has decided that Sabbat is a real word, (sometimes—it’s like, I wrote it, and it didn’t like it, and I wrote it again, as the lower-case Gardner used for some reason: and then it autocorrected it to uppercase, like I had originally written it: and it was fine).

(Society) Hmm…. I have decided that your religion…. “Oh? It’s ok? It exists? You won’t persecute it?” I’m not sure…. But, it’s not, grammatically incorrect: your word, your religion—it exists, grammatically…. Maybe, at least…. Yes, it exists. It refers to something spelled correctly.

(Morpheus in the Matrix or some such shit, giving a speech in front of a huge concert audience) Change has come to Zion! This is a new day! (raises hands in victory)

…. It is kinda fun to think that there are all these weird crappy old books from the medieval times about forbidden magic, although I’m sure he’s right that many of them were written by morons and half-literates, right. (And others by profoundly impractical over-educated people, right: he de-emphasizes that.) And yeah: although in his context, Gerry is somewhat quick to distance himself from kinda, you know…. Weird stupid shit written by morons and half-literates, you know: decrease the number of things your house could get burned down by an angry church minion mob over, right—

But it’s certainly true that often the past is kinda a stupid, psycho country: and you don’t always want to spend all your time there. Or if you do, keep your fucking pistol close at hand, right. 🔫 🐉

…. “The numbers 3, 5, 8, 13 and 40 are thought good or lucky”

That’s curious, because 5 is considered relatively unlucky in tarot; I wonder what the underlying numerological theory is, right; all these things that sound just like so much superstition—like almost like a divine command, right: “I Zeus, hereby declare and proclaim: that the number five is….”—you know: but it’s not really like that, it’s based on a system of speculation which is basically a form of philosophy, you know…. If you knew the reasons, you could really agree or disagree that a number is lucky or unlucky, right. Ultimately too it should be based on, or at least, ~agree with~, right: your experience, whether in work with oracles, or in mundane life, you know.

…. Like, it would seem that 3, 5, and 8 being good has to do with the number of tools used in that particular coven tradition: 3 core tools, 5 optional tools, for a total of 8 tools.

So like with a lot of things, you kinda have to agree with the gods what language you’re using, beforehand, right: 5 isn’t Geburah if Cabala isn’t relevant to the working, right…. (checking spelling) ~and Geburah could also mean some random person in some kind of Japanese video game, hmm…. But yeah: the example I was going to use—and this is just a random word: it’s a linguistic exercise—but from watching Wagner operas with subtitles, apparently “Harm” means “pain” in German, right—there are lots of false friends (although the term itself is almost as ambiguous in linguistics as in real life, sometimes) in language, right…. Obviously, without the knowledge of any language: the sounds are just, bird-song, right….

…. Oh, I see: and five plus eight is thirteen, and five times eight is forty….

Yeah, I don’t know. There’s that, right.

…. “Also six couples and a leader are the most that can work [ie dance: in order to “work up” energy] in a nine foot circle—and you do not become giddy so easily in a larger one.”

I’m sure that not all Wiccans actually dance, and also too in the old days when it was considered harmless or good, interested spectators could watch, who were not initiated, but I think it is—I don’t know, Wicca isn’t the sort of thing one defines, but I think it is essentially a characteristic of the religion that it is basically 98% of the time built up upon small groups: small groups of people who know each other personally, (or else one by her or himself, these days), is how it works: what we would consider a relatively (even scandalously—we’re taught to think!) small old-style Protestant church, with 30 or 40 or 50 people, (and who do not know each other, probably), would be considered very, very strange in witchcraft, you know: let alone your typical “mega-church” (not that I consider the term as a slur or a sneer like your typical Internet Marxist/atheist) or Catholic (lol) church, right: that sort of volume would almost be seen as more of a festival, like a music concert, (of either popular or lordly music, right), than a normative religious gathering, I feel like….

…. And yeah: Wicca isn’t Hinduism, still less Buddhism—especially not the variants of those religions that people write books about and that people approve of, right. But I mean, I do know there are Gardnerian covens still—and I’m not saying you can’t have a bit of fun, dancing and being hunted by the goddess of the moon, right—but especially in solitary practice today, I do think that magic has grown closer to meditation, at least equally so to dancing. (Although perhaps some of us are drawn to divergent sexuality: but this is not always religious; often such things are base, right. It’s not always easy to find the spark the magic in the roaring fire, burning down the forest, right…. Now I’m reminded of those damn dwarves from the Hobbit, right: “the pines were roaring, all along the height: the trees like torches, blazed with light….” Like, is that supposed to fucking mean something, right? 😁 Yeah, it’s not THAT, either, right…. I don’t know….). Maybe it’s because most of us are NOT of “witch-blood”, right: still suffering under Fred Chopin’s notion that one need not, ought not, should not, dance whenever there is music, right…. And also: chaotic unholy outbursts of just, sex, right…. But never, essentially, the two made one, basically….

I don’t know.

…. From the standpoint of the 2020s, the discussion of the (plain whitey, I guess) Normans mixing with the “old races” with “hypernormal” powers, (the European continent’s version of the primordial humans, I think he means)—it obviously seems quaint at best, if not problematic. But people who point out that the US Census/American popular conception of race has no scientific basis, do sometimes mention that there is “more differentiation WITHIN (US Census) races” than “between” them, right…. It would make sense that there would be a difference between the sorta primordial human stock, and the population of medieval Christendom, essentially—or before that, between the southern European earliest “civilizers” and the people they found to the north who seemed strange and primitive and, Afghani, almost, (and there are a number of different ethnicities in Afghanistan: one one of them is Russian/Turkic-looking: they’d be “white” in an American movie, right…. As long as they didn’t have a “Muslim name”, lol….)—although of course, go back far enough the “Greeks”—or the Athenians or whoever—went to Sicily and found the primordial human stock as found in Sicily, or whatever: and came back writing about non-human beasts, right: Cyclops, and all that: as though it were like, Bilbo and Thorin versus Azog the Unlikely, as I call him, right….

~But yeah: it’s not immediately, literally, practical knowledge, exactly…. Although to survive, humanity will probably have to become less alienated with the ~values~, you know, of the primordial human stock…. It’s not important that they were short, right…. I don’t know what a scientist would say: obviously I don’t have that training, but I do think that if people became psychic more commonly, they would maybe be more likely to pass psychism down in the so-called “blood” without a biologist being able to find it, right: I’m sure people could have a debate about how ANYTHING like that works, right…. We certainly pass trauma down to our descendants, without a biological mechanism, it seems like…. Imagine if we could pass down something good! 😁

…. “‘what gave pleasure to man, gave pleasure to the gods’”

Last night, I was meditating—and now at the end of the day especially, I just feel like: there was more learning that I wanted to do, and there was more practical things, and other things, I don’t even know what—and I just felt Hermes in me saying, “don’t you know that I love you…. Don’t you know that I love you….” Like he was very comforting and comfy and fatherly: although I also feel like he was subtly rather amused, that I felt like there “wouldn’t be enough time”, somehow…. He was like, you try to do good for yourself and with yourself; you try to do good for others and for me…. But don’t you know, that I love you….

Anyway. (shrugs) Hermes my fwien.

[And lately I HAVE felt less oppressed by Father Time, or whoever…. I just feel less like…. I just feel less that, the hour once lost never returns: the old Puritan/slave trader centuries’ new science thing, right…. It’s ironic, because now, I’m finally starting to at least FORM practical goals, lol…. But I feel more, ~formed~, inside; I don’t know how to say it…. Like, the feeling that the hour passes, and I’ll never find out who I am in that hour, forever and forever—I don’t feel that now, you know….]

…. But yeah: I mean, say you were raising a kid—for the moment, just put aside the notion of your relation to the kid, and how that came to be, and whether there was just one or two of them, or rather more—and of course, you can’t always hide from life, right, or else soon you will hide from even the shadow of life: you know, fear and excitement are kinda the same thing, right; so of course the kid might watch a movie which ends up scaring him a little, kid, so then you say—you know: “don’t you know it was just a movie?”: only really, it ought to give you some amusement, in a certain sort of way, not like a wicked kind, right—one almost has to make fun of one’s lover, sooner or later, or there won’t be any…. Affectation, you know: the poets spoke of affectation, long ago—back when it was allowed…. Although actually, that was when it was NOT allowed, right; things were good…. But yeah: the child-rearing relationship is different; you’re not supposed to make fun of your kid, it seems to me now. But yeah: there could be amusement, in that sense of…. I mean, you wouldn’t be correcting him in that rationalistic way, right: like, go ask your math teacher if movies are real, you fucking moron, right…. It’s more like, you’re supposed to smile, right, and be all: “don’t you think it’s just a movie”?

Although it’s funny, because I thought about the Fool (in tarot), and the Hindu ideas about Maya (I think it was in that Sister Nivedita book I’m reading, but I’m not sure), and I thought about it, and I’m like…. (distracted) (looks up spelling) She must have been Protestant Irish, that’s interesting…. But yeah: it’s like Illusion = Magic = Reality, you know…. I mean, there is sorta a difference between “illusion” in that sense, and DElusion, right, but….

What were we talking about?

…. It would be funny to play fight with a girl.

(Idun) (confused) But there’s no such thing as witches.
(Hermes) (considered this) Is this like a Descartes thing? You read Descartes?
(Idun)….?
(Hermes) What are you eating?
(Idun) Ham sandwich.
(Hermes) So walk me through this right. First there was a pig. Then there was you—you had a knife—and then….! ~Was it Napoleon or Snowball, by the way?
(Idun) …..?!

Ah, the only happiness, that is best: make the girlie sad: make her cry 😁

…. It is darkly hilarious that witches in Gerry’s day shied away from the Cup, even though it’s a symbol of the Goddess—you know: it receives—because the goddamn…. Church fellows, you know: they would go into an ecstasy of Nazi-ness if they caught them talking about using a Cup—since who but Jesus, what god or deity but JESUS, could be rightly associated with a Cup, right: don’t they know that Christ drank from a cup at the Last Supper?: It’s blasphemy! They must pay for their blasphemy with their lives—but very slowly!….

It’s like: gifts of the Church to humanity/the West—the invention of glassware/drinkware, (so that the Last Supper could happen)….

~You know, like: and yet they would literally torture and murder people, the church minions, over these diagnosable ideas, you know.

…. “The witch wants quiet, regular, ordinary good government with everyone content and happy, plenty of fun and games while you are alive, all fear of death being taken away; as you grow older, you rather welcome the idea of death, as an abode of peace and rest, where you grow young again, ready to return for another round on earth.”

…. Yeah, the craft isn’t dying out now, like Gerry was afraid it was in the 50s: but it’s funny—if Wicca ever gets the attention of journalists, (hahaha, Halloween! 👻 😹), they usually award it the “fastest growing religion” award: based on percentages and unreliable data—although in some other article, they’ll award the same prize to somebody else…. Did we mention that the only actual benefit of the prize is to fix the attention of the still-powerful church minion avengers? Whoops! 😮…. But yeah: it’s like, it doesn’t take much newspaper or random internet reading, (which I guess journalists…. I mean: the last thing a journalist has is ~perspective~: so they don’t even understand their OWN place in society, right…. Although fortunately, they can teach the children, right! 😸), to realize that witchcraft is NOT the main Next Development of Society—new age meditation (different from but by no means, harmful to, the craft), is noticeably closer, but even that is, SIMPLY NOT, what the Big Vote person thinks is the Next Thing, right: disbelief of every kind, perhaps; cynicism of every kind: sometimes including atavistic colonial avenger-ism, right…. Perhaps some sort of thoughtless, stupid, and self-limiting sexuality, right: cheap, harmful stuff…. Or else perhaps, some kind of gossip-avenger crap, right…. Or else just, more or less trad culture: just with an almost imperceptible loosening of the rules, which is nonetheless billed—and perceived! And really perceived!!—as the Revolution to End All Revolutions, right….

No, I am a witch, because EYE, am a witch. This is not the Age of the Witch…. And of course, any sort of true “success” for the craft would be dependent upon their being NO single form that people are corralled into: ~certainly~ not any particular form of craft or art: and probably also there will be many, many other kinds of life or practice that will appeal to people, which would not be at all similar, right: many if not most (or “all”, with enormous differences) of what exists now: and much else besides…. Even if witches would must prefer a world NOT ALIENATED from the craft and from nature, right….

But that age is not this one, right. We are all just living our own lives, and preparing for things we will live by and by, in another Earth voyage, right.

…. Yeah, I think I did know that: the greater Sabbats or whatever are the ones that aren’t solstices or equinoxes….. Although, realistically, in this circumstances, the Sabbats you spend more time planning ritual for: are the ones you, literally happen to have to the time (or inclination, lol), to spend planning ritual for, a-hahaha….

🤕😁😂

…. “(swipe at Dior and the New Look). We (witches) are very content with *Old Look*.”

That, I must say, is funny. Now, witch customs aren’t really the customs of the “once-born” (cf The Mists of Avalon), right: it’s not a matter of recentism, right—in a few years people will be saying, you know, the 2020s are over, nobody cares about (X) anymore, you know; one day people will say “That’s Gen Z; it’s oldster talk,” etc…. And yeah: so much pop culture is basically just Christian romanticism, of more or less rebelliousness; it isn’t creative, or independent, you know—just occasionally sinful, or whatever. But nobody makes the connection, because the Puritans or whoever like to declare that there IS no Christian romanticism; and they are always trying to communicate that to their children—LOL!

But witch religions are not religions of scripture, you know: there is no commandment that people always have to act the way that their grandfathers and grandmothers acted, you know: if it was that way in the past, it had no do with the imaginative capacity of the society as a whole, right…. Nobody observes the notion that you must do such and such a petty thing “because it’s always been done”, right; it might strike an outsider as “superstition”, what witches do, but today it is always things adopted freely and for some purpose, you know. If there are any witch circles that do have that “so it is written, so shall it be” sorta attitude, they must be more obscure than jazz bands, you know.

Again: not that the point is to gain popularity—even to the average liberal, witchcraft is just easily mockable bullshit, right: difficult to place in the present-day, even…. But yeah; if YOU don’t like your practice: then why are YOU doing it? That’s not a thought totally dependent on mocking everything from before (recent event soon to become dated), right?

…. Suitably dramatic outro about how science, African beliefs, and “Power”, all come together, lol.

😁

Not a bad book.

…. But yeah: it is funny how Christians whine and plead with their god to have mercy upon them in their low condition…. And also laugh with disdain at the idea that they could even refrain from Darth Vader crushing any god or fairy or magical being, who ever decides to take a nap or go on a journey: because he does not contain ~all things in himself~, right….

It’s like, what does he contain in himself, the One, right? Gods? Fairies? Magical beings??….

(church fellows) 😡

(Hermes) 😂🥳
  goosecap | Jul 2, 2024 |
An old book and topics jump around a lot. Loved first chapter and last chapter but everything inbetween i had to be patient as I read through.
As one of the first books written publically about the truth of witches and the magick they work and religion they believe, Gardner starts a new era and if he were alive today would likely be astounded by how many Gardnerian Wiccas there claim to be. A historical read for those interested in modern witchcraft and occult of the modern age. ( )
  Evelyn.B | Jan 1, 2021 |
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