Who Are We? (Guest Post by Stacy Evans)

February 22nd, 2011 by sivodd

In the wake of “literature” published in connection with the Catholic Church, it’s come out to the main stream media that only teens and young people practice Wicca. We, as believers in our path, know this isn’t the case. Perhaps it’s our own fault that we are seen that way, and why our elders are faced with such surprise when it is discovered that yes, they are Wiccan. With books about teen witchcraft being published left and right over the last decade or so, is there really any wonder?

If we are ever going to be taken seriously as a religion, we need to define one simple thing for other religions and the media that panders to them.

Who Are We?

We can be anyone we want to be, more so because Wicca can encompass anything. We are everyone. We are kind and loving. We can be mean, because we are only human. We are not better than anyone else, but we are equal to everyone else.

This isn’t about rights, it’s about respect. We need to find a way for people to respect us, regardless of those who try to bring us down. And maybe, we can even look to Christianity for examples. Is this our arena, and are the Christians our lions? Perhaps. Not all of them certainly. Obviously, however, some of them fall under this category. We are in a young religion, and we are being forged in the fires. Will we break, or come out stronger?

The right way to go about changing the perception of Wicca is to be respected, and you can’t respect someone who you don’t know. We need to bring our definitions of ourselves as a religion to the forefront, so people can see that we too are human. Jackie Robinson said, “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” We don’t need other religions to like what we do, or to understand it in its entirety. We just need them to respect our right to believe in it.

Christians have Heaven. Muslims have paradise. A lot of Wiccans believe in Summerland. Buddhists have the state of Nirvana. Every religious path has that last level that all it’s followers want to go to. I think we can agree that there is a higher power up there. Whether you call it God, Goddess, Allah or anything else we need to see that the only thing different about it is how we view it, and we need to respect how others choose to view it.

So who are we? That’s for all of us to answer. 

Be sure to check out Stacy’s blog: Inspired By Life
You can also find her on Facebook: Inspired By Life – Pagan Blog

Thanks for a great read Stacy!

Thanks for stopping by! Well wishes to you all and have a great day!


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