That’s So Fucking Raven

A couple of evenings ago, in (yet another) Facebook group, my friend Scarlet decided to answer some questions that had been posted about a particular book. In doing so, Scarlet explained that the author was an initiate of Traditional Wicca, but that the book itself was not about Wicca.

This prompted some unsolicited feedback from a feisty, young Pagan named Raven, who had very strong feelings about Things Wiccan.

Here’s a fun pic of Raven:

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Raven was incensed that anyone would dare discuss Wicca without villainizing it and reported Scarlet’s comments to the moderators. Additionally, because the author’s website mentioned Lillith (three pages in, at the bottom of a long list of workshops and rituals), Raven accused Scarlet of appropriating Jewish culture.

Scarlet is Jewish.

In response, the moderators put Scarlet on mute, meaning that she was unable to post or comment for 24 hours. They also made some noises about “handling how Scarlet’s ethnicity/culture was assumed,” but it’s important to note that they did not mute Raven, nor anyone else involved in the conversation. As Scarlet herself put it, “Let’s silence the Jew and talk over her about how woke we are!”

And that’s what pisses me off about these performative little ankle-biters more than anything else: They have no problem stepping on minorities, so long as their virtue signals shine brighter than everyone else’s. And they have such a mob mentality towards the “rightness” of maligning Wicca, that they fail to realize it was Wiccans fighting for religious freedom in the not-too-distant past that allows them the luxury of being terribly and conveniently oppressed by Wicca in the present.

On the bright side, the wee bairns won’t ever do anything more drastic than complain, since a fear of ill-defined appropriation has replaced the Threefold Law as the preferred rationalization for inaction. “I want to practice Witchcraft, but that might be appropriative, so I’m not going to,” they say with pride, sounding eerily similar to last decade’s insta-witches loudly swearing off spellwork to avoid the fabricated wrath of the Universe. Meanwhile, Traditional Wiccans like Scarlet will continue the business of proactively educating themselves and others, secure in the knowledge that the Ravens of the world have literally no power over them.

But I did find Raven’s physical mailing address (ye Gods but I love the Internet), and I’m sending him an anonymous copy of Gerald Gardner’s Witchcraft Today. I mean, hey, after all, someone has to be the villain. Might as well be Wiccan me.

4 thoughts on “That’s So Fucking Raven”

  1. Wicca as the villain seems to be in the rise these days. I don’t disregard anyone’s tradition whatsoever, However as BTW grows it seems Wicca is being cast sometimes in a more negative light. Yeah, about that…

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  2. I — as a Hellenic Revivalist Polytheist — could be assumed to “Have no dog in this fight”, but that assumption would be wrong. I understand the difference between BTW and Neo-Wicca. Some of the things that the latter group does (often due to the influence of helpful little books with a crescent moon on the spine) make me cringe.

    I’m positively DREADING the day that the neo-Wiccan/neo-Pagans glom onto the Hellenic Tradition that we are working to (re)build. We share almost NOTHING with the pseudo-Celtic morass that neo-Wicca is but neo-wiccans are ALREADY trying to equate Hekate with the Morrigan and say that they are the “same Goddess”……. ICK! In my opinion, this is only going to get worse.

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  3. “How dare you appropriate Jewish culture by being born Jewish!”

    Sometimes, I want to walk away from the internet forever and go live deep in the woods, far away from people, with my little herb garden and a lot of salted animal carcasses hanging to cure in the sun.

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