Seems like this community is getting less attention lately so I thought I would post some thoughts on misunderstandings and such as requested by Apythia and I believe it was Jade (I'm sorry I can't seem to remember). Anyway I've been doing some thinking, and I've been veiwing and posting a bit in the forum as well. Specifically on a topic about parents not being accepting. I find that this is one common topic and it always ends up in similar advice, especially if the person posting is about 13 and their parents are saying the same things we hear about Wicca or Neo Paganism being evil and associated with the devil etc.
The thing about this one is that I have run across someone who mentioned that Tarot has been misunderstood. Which it has just as any other divinatory tool has in the past. But something that caught my attention is how this person went about talking about it. The beginning of it was that they didn't feel they should advertise that they do readings because people assume you should read the cards and dress like the fortune tellers on tv or that we hear and read about in stories and see in other forms of art such as old paintings. The thing is that like a lot of things in Neo Paganism it's something people fear because they don't know all the facts, even some who have tried to read don't always know and for those that are teens coming into this path, it can end up being a phase, a part of their life where they are going searching for the right path.
Anyway this is up for discussion, here are some other ones that I have thought of and put into a list. So feel free to add to it and discuss. (Note: the reason for saying Neo Paganism is that I am not Wiccan and that many people have corrected me in saying Paganism, it's one thing that many people ask, what is the definition of Paganism, which from my understanding is the term for "country dwellers" in history, before and just as Christianity was being brought into full force, who believed in the old religions of that time. (correct me if I'm wrong here.))
Things that the many people have asked me or that I've encountered/been told are:
1. Do you believe in the devil ?
2. Do you make human sacrifices?
3. You are against God!
4. Do you do all rituals in the nude ?
5. Can you fly?
6. Can you shape shift ?
7. Can I shoot fireballs from hands or eyes
8. The term pagan is just Wicca
9. Wicca is related to sex, drugs, violence
10. Witches have “powers” ex: to fly, throw fireballs, heal randomly , cast evil curses, etc.
11. All Wiccans/ Pagans are “goth” , wear black and dark make up and all wear pentacles.
12. Tarot is a connection to the dead or to evil spirits
13. Wicca is a cult!
14. Pagan beliefs are for those that are rebelling
15. It’s only a phase! (kind of goes with 14)
16. All witches are Satanists
Also too for a lot of teens that assume some of these things concerning what witches can do, they seem to ask for a lot of spells concerning curses, speaking with the dead and how to change themselves to make them selves more appealing or to be able to control an element such as fire like on Charmed (just an example).
To me speaking with the dead is a no no (don't know about what others think on the topic) and curses are a definate no no. I know that we've had to deal with a few of these people on the forum and had to tell them to be careful if they so chose to do one.. it is up to the person, we of course can't TELL them what to do, we can only guide.
Ok well I guess that's it for now.. all this is up for discussion. :) Hope to hear from any of you soon.
PS. sorry for such a long entry lol.