I have a bone to pick with the Movie and TV industry. A rather big bone. When they make movies, or TV shows, depicting Witchcraft as evil they perpetuate a stereotype. A stereotype many of us have been fighting hard to change.
I watched a show the other night where they blamed Satanism for a haunting and possession. It only showed their ignorance. The same show, the next night, brought in a “White Witch” to aid in a haunting.
First off let me clear something up – there is no such thing as a White Witch. There are those who claim to be White Witches but a true Witch is neither black nor white. A true Witch is many shades of grey. Magick, like people can be “tainted.” They can lean more toward good, or toward evil. Don’t believe me? Watch the news!
Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.
I’ve never liked the distinction of “good” or “evil.” Everyone has a dark side. Even I do, as much as I hate to admit it. When it comes to Magick and the craft though, I tend to the good side. The “Perfect Love and Perfect Trust” side. Any true Witch will tell you that you never enter a circle without perfect love and perfect trust. Add to that our mandate of “Harm None,” and evil doesn’t enter the equation.
You’ll find that I also defend the Satanic and Luciferian belief systems. Because I believe in the devil? No. I defend it because I know people of both belief systems. I also know what they believe. Their belief system, much to the chagrin of the Christian and Catholics, is much like their own. Most people don’t realize it simply because it is easier to watch a TV Show, or Movie, and believe the propaganda.
We make things we don’t understand evil. We perpetuate stereotypes out of ignorance. We are our own worst enemies. I blame Christianity! Oh I know I will receive hate mail with that statement. Before you send it though listen to my reasoning.
What are the two largest belief systems in the United States? Christianity and Catholicism. So, if they are the largest, with the most followers, what is the likelihood that they’re the executives of the large corporations making films and TV series? How many of them likely follow the inaccurate part of the bible which says, “Do not suffer a Witch to live?” And, what is the largest, better known, and commercialize stereotype there is? The depiction of a Witch as evil.
Granted I may be a bit biased but history shows me I have good reason to be. Sometime we’ll discuss that statement in detail. Of course, Christians would say, “The devil made me do it!” Thank goodness there is no devil in the Craft! There are only people who misrepresent the Craft, and lean toward the dark side. Every belief system has fanatics and black sheep. If you take them to represent the whole you’ll never give yourself to form your own opinion. You will lose out on some of the most fantastic and loving people.
One last thought –
The person next to you may just be a Witch, Druid, Shaman, Wiccan, Luciferian, or Satanist. Many of them are doctors, lawyers, dentists, pilots, administrative assistants, friends, family, and activists. They’re more than likely afraid to tell you what they truly believe. Their silence saves them from the ridicule they have encountered when they have shared their beliefs. Their fear will keep you from truly knowing them. No one should have to hide the biggest part of who they are.
So, the next time you watch a Movie/TV show depicting evil, remember it is your choice if you believe the stereotype or believe the neighborhood Witch.
Blessed Be my friends and neighbors!