As of the latest survey, there is an estimated 400,000 Wiccans in the US alone. Wicca and Witchcraft are very much alive and the growing interest in it is reflected in films like Maleficent, Harry Potter, and TV shows like American Horror Story: Coven and Witches of East End.
It’s hard to believe, and this is true until now, that there are still people out there who deny the existence of witches and think of them as fictional characters, like Harry Potter. Some think witches are material for propaganda, like how the Salem Witch Trials are taught as a lesson on the ill-effects of mob mentality and paranoia.
Witches are treated as pop culture fixations and not the actual spiritual human beings who work, pay the bills, raise families, vote, just as any normal person does!
Remembering THAT Article
Take for example this article "Why Witches on TV Spell Trouble in Real Life," written by someone from TIME magazine back in 2014. An interview was featured and here are the lines that angered Pagan communities all over:
Witches, like terrorists, “threaten to wipe out everything you believe in. If they could, they would overthrow your government, overturn your faith, and destroy your society,” Baker writes. The difference, of course, is that terrorists are real, while witches are not.
Now, being a witch, this will really make you angry. It has been a long road for Wiccans fighting for legitimacy, only to be reduced to a manner of thinking borne out of losing trust in the government, a response to losing civil rights, or as a response to any trouble in society or within a person.
This is an old article but the you just have to fight these reckless generalizations against a group of people. It does not help the Pagan community all over!
In fact, there are still people in the United States who get attacked and murdered for practicing Wicca or Witchcraft. THERE ARE WITCHES WHO DO NOT SPEAK UP AND COME OUT TO THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OUT OF FEAR.
For people out there who think that people who have an interest in Wicca or Witchcraft are the same people who struggle with fantasies of secret powers and influence, thank you for reducing our religion as a flight of fancy.
I do not know about you, but this just emboldens us, the Moonlight Family, to spread the truth about Wicca and dispel as many myths as we can.
There are many Americans who self-identify as witches. There are many households run by witches. There are witches in the corporate world. There are witches in the military. Wicca is in US Army Chaplain’s Handbook and that entry does include the word “Witch.
Nevermind the writer, but TIME’s editor could have stopped this from making it to publication for the sole purpose that it lacked further explanation and people could twist the words in it.
You can read the article here: http://time.com/3532279/witches-halloween-salem/What do you think of this all? We would love to hear your thoughts below.