Persecution of The Modern Witch: Divisions, Judgments, and Labels

Daniel Vazquez 2

Image: Daniel Vasquez

“The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide. If you keep on dividing, you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.”

T.H. White

I am not some justice warrior or one Woman army who is going to change the world, although I would like to try; I just know my calling, I see the bigger picture, and I have an amazing platform to speak on. In recent weeks I have found myself being more aware, and more present, but I have also found myself unable to bite my tongue anymore, unable to remain silent on issues that just don’t sit right with me; not that I was ever any good at biting my tongue.

I don’t want this to come off self-righteous, as if I know more, or as if I myself have not in the past been guilty of letting my ego takeover, and embarrassing myself. I am guilty of being wrong, of fucking up spells, of being rude to people who did not deserve it, of judging people too harshly when my own hands weren’t clean, and I have been most guilty of being defensive when I shouldn’t be, just to name a few.

I am not innocent, and it is my very guilt that allows me to be a better teacher.

I am a strong Woman and bad ass Witch, I will no longer hide my feelings towards some patterns that I have been seeing within our Community. I don’t expect all of you to agree with me, I actually expect a majority to be upset with me but this is bigger than me, or you, or any of us, and our egos. I admit that I have let my ego take over a time or two, and I made an ass of myself to put it mildly. As a reader said yesterday there is such a delicate balance between maintaining confidence in yourself and your Craft, and becoming egomaniacal.

That’s all any of this is ever about; most conflict, most miscommunication has to do with ego, or some form of, that is the hard truth. Most of our differences are based upon ignorance, sure, but mostly on ego, an “I’m better, I know more, I have studied longer with better people, my book collection is fancier etc.” mentality. The Witch community is full of this thought process, and if you tell me I’m wrong, you are simply in denial.

We are divided by what type of Magick we practice, what Philosophy we adhere to, what labels we do or do not wear, Hell I have been judged for not dressing “Witchy enough”. Since when is all black not Witchy enough?

We are also divided, primarily, by where we may fall on the spectrum. This is poetic irony, and I am utterly amused by it.

Which brings me to my first point I want to discuss: The Spectrum. I posted an article yesterday about the ‘new-age, love and light crap’ and how they do not accept their darkness. It was a witty, sarcastic, wonderful article, and it caused quite the stir.

We ALL carry the ENTIRE Spectrum with us. Let me say that again, we ALL carry the ENTIRE Spectrum with us. Some of us are balanced, while others favor one side to another; that does not change the fact that we are everything and nothing; we are all shades, and no shades simultaneously. Technically speaking the shades don’t even exist, but that may be too much for today.

We get so caught up in worrying about how “light” or how “dark” a person is that we can’t see them for who they are. If they are a good person and the vibe is right, if you can learn something from each other, and most importantly, you want to be in each other’s life, does it really matter where you, or they fall on the (fake) Spectrum? Does the type of Magick you practice really matter?

How boring to want to hang out with people who are exactly like you, never wanting to live outside the box, outside of your comfort zone. How fucking boring indeed.

The point most of us “Darker ones” are trying to make to the “New Age, Light ones” is that you cannot deny the darkness, or surely the Shadow self will devour you. Conversely, we (dark ones) cannot deny our light, or the darkness will become all consuming, and any hope of balance, and sensibility will be lost.

So let us try and stop judging each other so much on our differences and start finding the similarities; I bet the latter is the longer list, by far.

The next issue I want to address is that of personal evolution. We all change, some change more than others, but change is inevitable. It seems that people, especially Witches, have started to associate change with being unauthentic.

I even recently heard the most horrific term “Basic Witch” when referring to a Witch who has not evolved enough. I just want to ask, by whose standards is this evolution based?

The term is a play on words for the phrase “basic bitch” which is someone who adheres to mainstream pop culture, or basically, likes what everyone else likes. Now we are insulting our fellow Brothers and Sisters by calling them “basic”?  Not only is the term condescending and degrading, whoever came up with it seems to have done so out of a place of superiority.

My advice would be, get off your high horse before the Universe pushes you; nothing is like a piece of humble pie served from the Divine.

We all evolve, that is what our process of spiritual seeking is about: change, transcendence, shedding of old skin. None of that could be made possible without change; be open to it, embrace it, accept it.

If I happen to read something that enlightens me, or that follows my current train of thought, or Philosophy and I wish to adopt whatever it is that I read and incorporate it into my own life, I am free to do so, as are you!

There is no rule book on how we are supposed to practice, or what type of Magick makes us more authentic than the next. As I have said before, we are all real Witches, just on different levels. Who is anyone to call another person real or fake? And, honestly, I mean, HONESTLY, who is anyone to call another Witch, basic? That is petty, and catty, and speaks volumes about one’s character.

We are not obligated to make sense to anyone, or to have anyone understand our methods of madness. We are not obligated to follow any set of rules except our own. If something makes you happy, pursue it with an unbridled passion.

We are obligated only to ourselves; live your life, practice your Magick, dance to your own drummer and burn in the fire of your truth.

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”

Blessed Are The Witches.

Lessons in Magick: Respect Our Community

Ebru Sidar

Image: Ebru Sidar

“It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.”

Hermann Hesse


It seems that over the last week to ten days I have caused some waves within my personal life, and our community with my writing or statements I have made. I do not feed those who fail to understand me, or those who like to get offended over every damn thing; I have only recently learned this lesson of self-restraint and starving the naysayers, but I find myself writing this post anyways.

This is not going to be a rant but a mere explanation to give some clarity; I do not plan on ever doing this again but I think it’s important for you to understand me, and there needs to be a bit of transparency with a couple recent situations.

So, here we go.

The first thing I would like to say is that respect is everything in this world, but it is really everything in my world. I know that I get a little sarcastic, smart assy, and I am known to spit venom, those moments are becoming less and less, and I only react after being pushed too far.

I try to remain diplomatic, although at times diplomacy must be thrown out the window.

I run a small, private group of close friends and Witches on fb. The day after my post on the NR public page about the ignorance in the Satanic Witch meme a friend decided to post something making fun of “fluff bunnies”.

Hypocrisy will not be tolerated.

I get it, it’s funny to giggle at Wiccans or other branches of Paganism that may not be as dark, or rebellious as we are but to make fun of them makes us no better than they are when lies are being spread about our path.

This is one of those times where we must rise above, and not fight fire with fire; we have to learn to be still, like water.

We will flow passed any adversity we are faced with.

If our community is divided how are we supposed to show strength in numbers? How are we supposed to awaken the masses, and fight back against a Patriarchal system that has been oppressing us (Witches) for centuries? How are we supposed to stand as a united front when we can’t even show respect to our own community?

We have to start showing equal respect, no matter what. Who cares if someone is Wiccan, or practices the rede, who cares if someone is a Kitchen Witch and doesn’t cast Magick but prefers to work more with food, and herbs (hearth and home).

Who cares how anyone else practices, we are each entitled to practice how we want, and we should be free to do so without judgment from our Sisters and Brothers.

So, please can we stop cracking jokes, and spreading lies that do nothing more but perpetuate the fear, and misunderstanding that people have towards us. When we do these things we are not hurting society, we are essentially hurting our own family.

While I have your attention can we also stop saying “well a real Witch this” or a “real witch that”. We are all real Witches, and to say that one is more real than another shows a superiority complex that is oozing, and dripping with ego and will do nothing more but poison yourself. It also shows sincere insecurity, and lack of self respect. If you are firm in your own power, and abilities then you shouldn’t be worried about pointing fingers at “Real witches” and belittling the “fake ones” for that matter.

The next topic I would like to address is me not identifying as Pagan. This has not been a hidden secret, in fact I am quite vocal about my personal decision to not label myself as Pagan, and this is for a few reasons.

First, I know that Pagan is a blanket, or umbrella term and that as a Witch and Luciferian I fall under that umbrella. I hate labels though, I hate defining myself, and I hate to limit my potential; I consider myself a Luciferian Witch, and when people ask that is exactly what I tell them.

Pagan is such a broad term, and I do not practice many aspects of Paganism itself, even though again by definition I fall under that category.

Secondly, the Pagan community as a whole is reluctant to include, or accept Luciferians and Satanists; both of these groups have shown me extreme love and support, not to mention that I am Luciferian, so to include myself with a group that does not accept me entirely is not something I can do. It goes against the very pillars of my personal Philosophy.

The thing is, where does it say that I have to be politically correct, that as a Luciferian Witch I have to claim Pagan, too? Where is it written that I have to identify as anything at all? Why are labels, and definitions thrown around like titles more so than to describe oneself from a place of pride?

We seem to use labels to build ourselves up, and sound a certain way, or come off in a specific manner.

Fuck labels.

Just because I do not identify as a Pagan does not mean that I do not, or would not have their back in a fight. I have shown that I will have anyone’s back in a fight where I see that justice is lacking, and I have proven this time, and time again.

We have to start uniting as a community, and looking at the bigger picture. We also need to stop fearing, and slandering that which we do not understand.

The Christians, and the Patriarchy, society in general, don’t have to do anything, there need not be Witch hunts because we are hunting our own.

Wake up, Witches. Respect your Sisters, and Brothers of the Craft, we have fought too long, and too hard for our demise to be by our own hands.

Blessed Are The Witches.