Fluffy bunny Witchcraft is a good thing. I’m of the mindset that anything that brings someone to Witchcraft or Paganism is great. The more fluffy bunny practices are appealing to folks that are newer to the path, who may not have had a chance to try out many things or meet other people. And even if someone has been practicing Witchcraft for years, why should anyone care how they practice?
Us vs. Them
Witches and Pagans have a lot of feelings about tradition. We’ve had to fight for decades to have our faith taken seriously by the over-culture. In many parts of the Western world telling someone you’re a Witch or a Pagan could be met with ridicule, anger, or fear. There are places where it still isn’t safe to call yourself a Witch. Even with all of that there are places in our community where we look to create more divides rather than banding together.
One of the areas where this is most problematic is traditions aligning themselves against each other. Folks thinking that their tradition is better, their tradition is older, the way that they practice is real. If what you practice is the only real way, than anyone else’s practice isn’t real. I call B.S.
Here’s the definition of Fluffy Bunny from Urban dictionary: A fake wiccan, usually in their teens, with little or no information about the religion. Tend to make noise about their path. The fluffy bunny coven got their “tradition” out of Charmed.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Fluffy Bunny: The term “fluffy bunny” is used as a derogatory term within the contemporary Pagan religion of Wicca to refer to practitioners whose adherence to the faith is perceived as being superficial and dominated by consumerist values. In doing so, it contrasts the speakers’ perception that their own practice of Wicca is authentic, as opposed to that of the inauthentic “fluffy bunny”.
Evolve or Die
The thing that irritates me about the term fluffy bunny, is it leads to a misconception that Witchcraft, Wicca, or Paganism is hard. By hard I mean, stiff, difficult, unyielding, or cruel, which is utter crap. Faith and tradition may have rules or guidelines, but if it is hard and unyielding then there is no space for change, growth, or development. Without the ability to grow Witchcraft and Paganism would die out.
The phrase fluffy bunny puts people in a category of being too soft, or inexperienced, or light. I want my Witchcraft to be soft, not all the time, but sometimes. I want my Paganism to be light, sometimes. And hey, every single one of us were inexperienced at one point. It is just sheer arrogance to look down on someone because they haven’t been doing it as long as you have.
Fake it till ya Make it
Many folks go through a phase of wanting to have the right tool, the new deck of tarot cards, the cool witchy dress or tattoo. Wanting to have things does not make someone a pawn of capitalism. At some point we figure out that we don’t need a fancy athame, our fingers can direct energy just a well. The outside trappings of Witchcraft can help someone step into the role of being a Witch before they really understand what that means in the marrow of their bones.
Maybe you’ve always been a confident practitioner. Maybe you’ve never doubted any part of your practice. Perhaps you are a perfect Witch. Good for you! Not everyone who finds their way to this path is so lucky. Some of us need to figure out how we fit into this culture and if wearing a fancy outfit or buying a beautiful crystal helps, who am I to judge.