Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Witch Wars

Lately, there's been a bit of a witch war brewing over an American Wiccan tradition known as Reclaiming. (Full Transparency: I've taken a number of the core Reclaiming classes and am signed-up to take another this Fall.) That's not too shocking; witch wars are, apparently, an inevitable occupational hazzard. But I was reading up on this latest witch war over at M. Macha Nightmare's blog and came upon a comment by one of her commenters named Marjie, who said: The easier, softer way is a fantasy that will eventually bite us in the ass.

And it occured to me that this statement is certainly true of Wicca and Pagan thealogy in general but also of many, many other aspects of life. It's the desire to avoid that ass-bite that often drives me to go ahead and do the difficult thing that I really don't want to do. Lawyers, like, in some ways, witches, are generally risk averse.


Anonymous said...

I am the only Reclaiming member in my state. I love the engaged, earthy and politically smart paganism that is reclaiming. they remind me of unitarians, no offense meant, i'm unitarian too.
i thought at first that the quote meant that indulging in a soft escapist fantasy will come back to bite you in the ass. that's one of my beliefs, that we need to be a reality based community. you know where the faith based one is leading us.

Anonymous said...

I was surprised to find that there are some within the Reclaiming community that wish to take the word "witch" out of BIRCH. It seems to me that perhaps that word is what separates them from Church of All Worlds folk.