Do you think people will ever stop fearing wicca?

September 21, 2008 9:21pm CST
As a white witch I find it daunting in todays society. I am comfortable about who I am and what I believe and I don't try to push my beliefs on to anyone else. Yet if someone asks about what I believe and what the pentacle stands for they seem to get very uptight. You just can't get through to them that evil and witchcraft don't go hand in hand. How do we change this perception after all these centuries of persecution?
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• New Zealand
22 Sep 08
It can be very awkward when the ask about wicca, I have just gotten used to saying "It's complicated, I can't really be bothered explaining it.". And when they keep asking I'll just tell them it's a nature-istic religion and try to avoid having to talk about witchcraft and that. We shouldn't preach to them, it's their choice if they want to become wiccan, but nor should we have to hide it as we have had to for centuries
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• New Zealand
22 Sep 08
Also, in maths recently at school, we were discussing pentagon's and the fact you can make a pentagram from one came up and even my maths teacher knew no difference between wicca and satanism. I quote "It is a symbol often attributed with witchcraft, and witch's and satanism and that sort of thing". It made me mad. Something I like to do to defend wicca is to wear my pentagram with the cord quite short and whenever a teacher tells my to take it off I ask whether they would do the same for someone wearing a cross (I know for a fact that few do) because I have just as much a right to wear a religous symbol as any christian as wicca is protected by the american constitution
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@DarkDancer (1012)
• Dayton, Ohio
23 Sep 08
All I can think is that we use time and patience and teach by example. Be the good person that you are and if someone accuses you () of being a good Christian say "Thank you" and then gently correct them. I think basically time and a gentle education project.
• Dayton, Ohio
23 Sep 08
Oh, and welcome to MyLot!
• United States
28 Sep 08
I agree completely. Many people have misconceptions about Witches and fears to go along with them but if they find out the person who is next to them totally opposite of what they think is a witch then it might sway their opinion.
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• United States
31 Mar 09
I think most people reject the unfamiliar...I have been a Wiccan since I was 13 and it is hard to explain what I am. I do not hide it.If they wasnt to know more about it I tell them, if not I respect thier opinion and dont push it on them. Just be who you are and dont shy away just because someone rejects how you feel or who you are. That just means they dont respect you enough to listen to what you believe in and you dont need them. But then again, thats just my opinion:)
@magikrose (5424)
• United States
12 Mar 09
I realise this is an old discussion but I have been away for a while. Any way I highly doubt that in todays society that people outside of the craft will ever stop being afraid of it. People by nature are afraid of what they dont know about. Plus the movies play a big roll in how people of the craft are viewed. Today no one actually takes the time to learn about something before passing judgement on it. I have always felt that in order to decide if something is bad or not or for me or not is to learn a bit about it, see if it fits my lifestyle. Then after learning about it then I can make and educated decission on it not just from what other people say and the media. I am a Proud Pagan to the core and wouldent live any other way. I have lived the life a true Christian and found it dosnt work for me. but that is just me, if it works for someone else than great I am happy for you. All that matters is that your way works for you, and you are happy.
• United States
23 Sep 08
I don't think people will ever truly get over the fact that Paganism and it's off-shoots are not evil. We have stupid people that like to do stupid things to thank for that. I mean, we have people that do sacrifices and ritualistic murder and because they use a pentagram, they automatically thing Wicca or Satanism, which they lump into one category, which means all of us must be evil. It's just like the general population believing that all Muslims are evil people bent on destroying the USA.