No More Witch Wars

No More Witch Wars September 5, 2018

Witch Wars engage Pagans and Witches all around us. We can see it on Facebook or any other social media. YouTube videos and Pinterest Posts are inspired by it.  Even most people can feel or hear it in Salem. Why are groups of nature loving and nurturing folks feeding energy to rip each other apart when we should be pulling together to promote love and peace?

Christianity vs. Paganism

In days of the past, religion meant power. Wars and uprisings in history have shown this. Power meant riches, land and financial gains. Kings and Queens have lost their reign depending on which side they stood on.

The big difference in Christianity verses Paganism is the worshiping  structure. Christianity there is but one God that one would worship. A male figure. Paganism is Polytheism. This means that they worship many Gods and Goddesses. Paganism is kinder to the female aspects and individuals. They respect and honor the female, knowing how important their role is in continuing life.

I can understand the disagree me between Christianity and Paganism as their beliefs are very different. Please note that I am not agreeing with what happened throughout history but I know that when you have two completely different visions, there is going to be some friction. We see this in every day life.

Paganism vs. Witchcraft

This is where I start to have issues understanding. I get that Paganism can be different than Witchcraft but I also see the similarities. Both are Polytheism. They both are nature based spirituality practices. I can even understand calling yourself a Pagan to not have that flavor of negativity that a Witch has. But is there a need for hatred between these two?

It feels to me, that we are doing much of what the Christian Churches have done. One practice is saying that they are better than another.

Witchcraft vs. Wtichcraft

Why do Witches fight constantly with other witches? We can see this in Salem all the time. People write blogs, make memes and videos about the witch wars that occur in Salem. I think it is important to note that there is more to stake there then meets the eye. Remember that there are many…MANY witches, witch shops, groups and covens, all in this one, average town. Many of these witches make their living from these witch shops. There is so much competition that they are fighting to survive.

As a reader and Professional Witch, I go to many events. Sometimes I just do Toe and Tarot readings and sometimes I sell my witchy crafts. I have done these events in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts and each one has a different type of energy. There are many that I love to do, such as Celebrate Samhain, Zuzu’s Expo, and The New England Metaphysical and Holistic Fair. I love to do these ones because the energy is truly amazing. Instead of competition taking place, most readers and vendors at these events wish each other blessings of prosperity and love. What a difference it makes in how the day goes.

Love, Not War

Realistically, I know that there will always be arguments and differences between us. That is what makes us each individual and unique. What I do not understand is how a spiritual practice that is based on nature, love and kindness has such bickering amongst it. If we are leading by example, what is this showing the rest of the world? Wouldn’t you think that it would be better for us to stick together than to tear each other apart.

This can be seen on Facebook with the rival of Sephora’s Witch Starter Kit. The debate is getting hotter and fiercer as each person posts their view point. It seems like friends are turning on friends because of their stance on this kit. I find it ridiculous the comments and hatred from this.

For times like these I recommend Don Miguel Ruiz’s book “The Four Agreements.” In it, he talks about not taking things personal and letting statements go when they strike an emotional cord. It is a life-changing book to help avoid drama and to do things from a stand point of love.

The point is, instead of having such high animosity toward our fellow witches and pagans, we should be standing together in love, showing the world that it is love that conquers all. I do not care if you agree with me, just do it with kindness and not hate or belittlement.

 

 

 

 

About Alura Rose
Priestess Alura Rose has spent over 35 years in the study of divination and witchcraft, and is a frequent reader at Enchanted in Salem, MA. Now she steps forward and intertwines her passion for fairy tales with her experience in the craft, leading rituals, teaching workshops and creating magickal art and spells, all based upon Fairy Tales. Alura believes that Fairy Tales hold the secrets of the ancient Goddess tradition and she has become known as "The Fairy Tale Witch." She is a gifted teacher and tarot reader with phenomenal intuition. Alura has also mastered the art of Toe Reading and now introduces her own divination creation, “Fairy Tale Runes.”. To have a seat across from Alura, is to open the book on your own tale and see what magick lies in store for you to discover You can read more about the author here.
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  • Nice post.

    “This can be seen on Facebook with the rival of Sephora’s Witch Starter Kit. The debate is getting hotter and fiercer as each person posts their view point. It seems like friends are turning on friends because of their stance on this kit. I find it ridiculous the comments and hatred from this.”

    Aside from being a perpetual outsider, if I had to list one of the main reasons that I tend to be turned off/away, that is one of them. Folks can disagree (so long as they at least tried to hash out their differences amicably) without being disagreeable. Sudden “knee jerk” reactions without getting to work things out, also pushes me away. There needs to be maturity and understanding in this approach to “hash things out”. Otherwise this type of bickering strikes me (essentially an outsider to the Pagan and Witchcraft community) as downright petty.

  • Shawn Herles

    “how a spiritual practice that is based on nature, love and kindness”

    Actual pre-Christian Paganism was not based on those things, and they are not inherently Pagan. Perhaps nature to some extent, but even that varied, and didn’t necessarily amount to nature worship (a very modern idea). Pre-Christian Paganism could be very brutal, Roman Imperialism being just one example. Human sacrifice and inter-tribal wars being others. The Celts were at each other’s throats constantly.

    I think the manifestation of conflict between people is simply a result of human nature and the nature of the universe. We are crooked timber, made from both darkness and light and living in a world in which conflict and violence are woven into the very fabric of things, perhaps necessarily so. Nature includes lions, poisonous snakes, and black holes.

    And what religion a person professes does not always have a bearing on how they behave. Christians are supposed to love their neighbours as much as they love themselves. Few do so. The same could be said of the followers of all religions, Paganism included. So finding conflict and aggravation in Paganism is no surprise to me. That does not mean we should just accept it, or worse go along with it. No, we can choose to mature and be different, not be petty, and save the need to fight for when it’s genuinely necessary. But not everyone will. That’s just life. We are what we are.

  • Alura Rose

    Thank you for your comment. I do agree with much of what you said but regardless of human nature, I think that we are the ones who will change this world, or at least help it. If we preach about unconditional love and then react differently in everyday life, what makes us any different from the other religions out there? I came to Witchcraft because it was so open and accepting. If I wanted less, I could have stayed with the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Alura Rose

    Carl, I definitely understand this. I would like to make note that it is not everyone that identifies with being a witch or Pagan. Many ARE loving and supportive. I belong to a tradition that is wonderful but sometimes it is a rude awakening for me when other witches outside my circle are not so. Witchcraft is a trend right now and there is a difference between a real witch who follows the path and one who calls themselves a witch because its the cool thing to do. I would suggest looking at different traditions before casting us all out 🙂 Thank you for your comment.

  • I agree with the statement regarding the trend issue. As for myself, I just don’t seem to “click” well with certain “segments” and I just accept that and go where I do get along well.

    I am not a traditionalist (I am just not suited for that and “fly” by my own intuitive guidance). So that is one reason why I never fit in well.

    The “sub-groups” that I get on ok with would be those who (trying to think how I can word this), come from/have origins and memories of other dimensions. I am not “human souled” but am a water spirit. This was something that took me years to accept, and it is with those of this sort of “wavelength” that I connect with best (fellow incarnated elemental beings for example). I understand this may come across as being too “New Agey” for a number of Pagans and Witches, but I cannot deny who and what I am.

  • roberto quintas

    you call it “war”, I call it resistance.

  • Alura Rose

    I am not the only one who calls it that and isn’t resistance a name that they call people fighting in a revolution?

  • roberto quintas

    I can’t answer that without quoting you:
    “In days of the past, religion meant power. Wars and uprisings in history have shown this.”
    now I will put my historical professor hat on. religion meant power at Roman Empire. ancient religion [pre-christian] have many priesthood that bless war, but didn’t take sides.
    when and only when religion was part of politic [Roman Empire] war was against other groups/religions. war against heretics, crusades, holy office, etc. even in that scenario, there are people who just keep the Craft alive as it is.
    then the “witchcraft act” was lifted. suddenly people can practice Craft and claim to be witch. suddenly that came to notice, to advertise and to commercial products. Esoteric and mystical stores start to sold “witchcraft kits”. groups starts to offering “wiccan class” even without having the proper training and initiation.
    what religious war couldn’t done, capitalism will do.
    so, this is why I call it resistance.

  • Robert Pryde

    I really agree with this article. While my current path is a little away from witchcraft, which has nothing to do with the community, I am still saddened by how the animosity towards each other is growing. When I first started I was told “no one path is perfectly right or for everyone”. Forcing witches and pagans to be a certain way is not why I became one and we should not be like the “organized” religions and encourage this way.

  • Gordon Cooper

    More than a few “Witch Wars” in the 1970’s and 1980’s were over matters legal and ethical. Calling out a group over such actions often resulted in shunning by the community. By that. I mean shunning of the persons calling out the illegal activites. “To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Keep Silent” sound an awful lot like an Omerta code of conduct. It was used to justify an awful lot of bad behaviour.