Wiccan’s Wreath

The atheist side of me cringes.

The I-don’t-teach-English-but-I-still-know-how-to-spell side of me cringes even more.

From the Catholic Answers Forum:

I am a little confused about exactly what to do. My brother is an open wiken. He’s a litteral witch. anyhow they worship trees. they go out into the woods and do around a tree something close to what evangeliscals do before an alter. dancing and jumping and such.

here is the question my brother sent me a wreath the kind made a garland that you hang on your doors for christmas. this one he made out of an old tree that we use to have lying around the house. the chances of it being blessed at some wicken rite are pretty good. It however is seen as a emotional gesture by the family. he found a photo of us all around it. it was our christmas tree for 8 years or so. what do I do with that? Is it enough to have it blessed by a priest. does anyone know anything about this sort of thing. would it be a sin to hang it up? help

Let me paraphrase for the literate people out there.

Her Wiccan brother gave her a wreath. She wants to know if it’s a sin to hang it up.

MerryAtheist summarizes the responses on the forum:

The antidote, according to other Catholic posters, is to have the foul pagan cooties eradicated with priestly holy water and magic words. According to them, Catholic magic trumps Wiccan magic.

It is also scary how many commenters agree that her brother has indeed gone over to the dark side.


[tags]atheist, atheism[/tags]

  • Mriana

    Oh brother! :roll: The first person has a misconception about Wiccans. I have a friend who is Druid Wiccan Pagan. They aren’t really worshipping trees. However the wreath is Pagan. No one has gone over to the Dark Side either. It’s just a different way of worshipping gods and no the trees aren’t the gods. It’s very long and complicated to explain but this person does not have the full details of the worship service.

    However, I see no sin in hanging a wreath, regardless of it’s origins, if one wants to hang it.

  • http://www.merryatheist.net/blog MerryAtheist

    You know, I’m so used to all the poor spelling in the forums, I don’t even see it anymore. It is quite appalling, however. I usually try to keep in mind that lots of posters just don’t do spell check, or are in a hurry, or are from another country; but lately I’m starting to think many of them are just stupid.

    As for the catholic poster above with the “wiken” brother, what kind of chance do you have to become proficient in writing when you grow up with trees “lying around the house”? That must have been an awful childhood.

  • Mriana

    I noticed the spelling too and that doesn’t help his case concerning his lack of knowledge about Wiccan. :roll: It makes it even worse. Obviously he has had no REAL education nor has he done any inquiring for himself. He has let others tell him everything.

  • http://the-lucifer-principle.blogspot.com/ The Lucifer Principle

    How dare the Wiccan worship a tree? Why don’t they find someting worthy of worship, like wine & crackers ?

  • Karen

    You have to remember that fundy Christians and Catholics really believe that all non-Christian religions are run by Satan as a trick to lure people away from the truth of Jesus Christ.

    Witches, mediums, astrologers and sorcerers are warned against specifically in the KJV bible. A certain kind of Christian does not just dismiss the modern-day versions as charlatans and scam artists (as they ought to) they actually think these guys do real dark magic, powered by lucifer and his demons.

    The woo-woo never stops.

  • Mriana

    And the funny thing is, the Bible is filled with astrotheology, magicians, seers, etc etc. Thing is, all this has been covered up for centuries.

    • not a judge

       I see I am very late to this. No matter I guess it is just an opinion. I read the Bible – seems to me that yes it is full of magic of all types. Somehow when I was a child I arrived at the thought that we are all born with part of our Maker within us. No matter how we worship, that part is there. I hold what seem to be pagan beliefs, because I give Thanks to our Mother Earth and everything that springs from her everyday. I also give Thanks to God our Father for allowing us to be here upon this world. I believe that all things are here for a purpose and as  such are deserving of respect. Criticize if you feel you must. I don’t care and it really doesn’t change anything. I respect others and their beliefs because who am I to judge what is right or wrong. As long as you believe.

  • http://heathendad.blogspot.com/ HappyNat

    He’s a litteral witch

    Well, at least he isn’t an “nonlitteral” witch, I hear those are the worst kind. I also love how she spelled Wiccan wrong two different ways.

  • http://gretachristina.typepad.com/ Greta Christina

    Actually, I was less appalled by the misspelling of “Wiccan” than I was by the misspelling of “altar.”

    Once again, we have to know more about their religion than they do. :-)

  • Claire

    As for the catholic poster above with the “wiken” brother, what kind of chance do you have to become proficient in writing when you grow up with trees “lying around the house”? That must have been an awful childhood.

    Especially since she says it was their christmas tree for “eight years or so”. The family must have been either fairly poor, very frugal, extremely lazy, or fond of fire hazards.

    You know, I’m so used to all the poor spelling in the forums, I don’t even see it anymore. It is quite appalling, however. I usually try to keep in mind that lots of posters just don’t do spell check, or are in a hurry, or are from another country; but lately I’m starting to think many of them are just stupid.

    Let’s not forget the abysmal grammar and punctuation. And for some reason, the controversy in the schools is over evolution, sex ed, and thinly-disguised prayer?!? Sheesh…

  • Scotty B

    Taken “litterally,” this seems like an odd use for an old tree:

    this one he made out of an old tree that we use to have lying around the house


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