Detail of my celebrating birth painting. By Sara Star, aka Spiritscraft (Taken withInstagram)
Archive for August, 2014
Here is an example of having your altar look all pretty and sweet with a decorative box. Where inside you have your more intense and less generally palatable item. Look, there is even a little spot for offerings in there next to the skull.
A Coptic Mary Magdalene by Sara Star/Spiritscraft. Based on a Prototype by Br. R. Lentz and a photograph by Steve McMurry.
Its interesting, back in the 80’s and 90’s many took it at face value that Wicca was a synonym for Witchcraft. So at that time many people of various traditions went ahead and used the newer term for whatever craft it was they were doing, and some also incorporated some of the new elements into their craft. Faery Wicca refers to many of these traditions, Northern European Fairy Faiths, Feri, Third Road, RJ Stewart’s Tradition, and so on. And although these are all loosely connected, of course each is its own thing. I had always heard online of fierce distinctions between all these, but then later I took a workshop from RJ Stewart and he shared an experience he had hanging out with (F)(e)ar(i)e’s Victor Anderson, and of course RJ Stewart works heavily with the fairy faith of the the British Isles. And Third Road is related to Feri too. So they are somewhat intertwined through friendship and shared source material although none of the above are “Wiccan” proper.
Witch tip: you love bones and other kinda strange stuff, but live with people who it could freak out? Keep your special items in attractive boxes on your altar. As long as your housemates aren’t snoopers, it keeps your bones in their rightful place of honor on your altar without causing unrest in the household. You could even put small locks on the boxes.
If you have any question in your mind whether Lucifarians can be pagan, read this book. Much of modern paganism including Wicca has roots in this text and borrows from it heavily. Your paganism might not have any satanic or lucifarian elements in it. But that does not mean paganism is totally free of this angel god. Do not let others frame the agenda. Anti-pagans may claim pagans are satanists as an insult. But that is like insults like: running like a girl, or that’s gay. Being a satanist or lucifarian is not something to be ashamed of and taking it as an insult to refute plays into their hands. Many pagans are all about education or outreach. They need to make people comfortable with us by normalizing our practices. Spouting bs like: “all paths lead to the same source”. Not so. Honor difference, don’t universalize it. And don’t water down all of paganisms, to make your paganism more palateable to anti-pagans. Much of what is said about Satanists is anti-pagan propaganda in the first place. The santanic panic of the 80’s and 90’s was manufactored. I’ve no doubt there are humans who do the most atrocious of things imaginable and do it even in the name of the devil. However overall, Lucifarian and Satanic elements in alternative faiths are about resistance and rebellion or even just selfhood and attaining self mastery—perhaps even godhood—but not at all about killing babies on spits for dinner.