Super Shiny Me and National Geographic’s Dim Video on Wicca

How many times have you felt the need to scream at someone because he said something false about you? How many times has the scream-inducing proclamation been a blanket statement? How many times have the information come from a person who has no clue of what you do, but assume he does because someone else told him? And how many times, while reading this paragraph, have you wished I get to the point because very few things are more annoying than someone going on and on about… oh, damn, I’ve done it again! Sorry, I’ll move on.

I just wanted to say that Tamara has been Riding On a Broomstick telling the world that Pagan Culture is super. You should believe her, my luvs, for this Witch reads my blog regularly and she is clearly stating a fact that reflects her beliefs, not the interpretations of someone else’s thoughts.
You should also take Mina very seriously when she says that I’m a ray of sunshine, and deserve an award for it. Yep, my sweet Green Witch with Sprinkles is also in the know when it comes to the sunshine business, and how it relates to her friend * and by her friend I mean me, of course*
And do believe me too when I tell you that Sarita from A College Girl’s Days is a super shiny being who deserves the combination of these two awards. Why should you believe? Well, for some of you it will be easy to agree; you already know Sarita and have read her words often. The rest of you should take my statement, put it right next to how much you know about me, measure it with the amount of weight you can place on my judgment, and then trust me if you like. Or you can start following Sarita’s blog and make an informed decision. Just like you should stop by Riding On a Broomstick and Green Witch with Sprinkles to dig into the foundation of Tamara’s and Mina’s super ray of sunshine statements.

While you are on the mad clicking stage, check out National Geography’s video on Wiccans worshiping Nature for power, and tell me what you think about it. I have to thank Sarita’s super shiny investigatory nature for pointing it out to me, which is why she deserves two awards.

Thanks for the awards Tamara and Mina. And Sarita, you rock for sharing this video. I know more than one Wiccan who will be rather pissed about it, and I must say I’m quite annoyed on their behalf; blanket statements are dangerous and often inaccurate, aren’t they? 

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26 comments:

  1. I would really be interested in your comments as to why you have an issue with this? :D

    I know I have my own ones, but I also knew some of the people in the video (back in the day). And compared with some other "informative" videos of "Wicca", I don't think it is that bad. (It ain't great either though, have yet to see a great one!)

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  2. Sarita's blog is terrific -- she definitely deserves two awards at once!

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  3. The video is no longer available. Go figure lol.

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  4. Am pretty sure it's this one.

    http://youtu.be/1nPsyZJBTeQ

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  5. I'm so sorry you can't share how you really feel my dear, tee hee.

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  6. Sadly, that program grates on my nerves. As compared to some other programs I've seen on it, it's not as bad, but it's still bad.

    The first thing that bothers me is "witchcraft, and it's more modern incarnation, Wicca, are pagan religions". This could not be more vague and misleading and it's why we have so much "oh so, you're wiccan!?" out there. It's also why people think witchcraft is a religion and it ISN"T. Lifestyle =/= religion.

    The second thing that bothered me was the notion that nature GRANTS us magic power. I don't believe that. If that was the case, atheists wouldn't be witches. Because I know several atheist witches out there who don't use anything nature in their practices. Ceremonial magicians don't, typically, either. And, they're quite successful.

    At the end, I think they sort of elude to that endless misconception that Wicca is one of the world's oldest faith by way of what they're revering but they don't come right out and say it.

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  7. LJ - TBF though that is the voiceover, and I am pretty sure that this particular Coven doesn't think like that. We all know that when you get involved with the media, that they will do what they want with the footage they have.

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  8. Yeh Magaly, you deserve these awards! So you still do have two blogs! Boy, do I have some catching up to do! The video said it was temporarily unavailable. I will have to check back! Take Care ;o)

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  9. @ Michelle, exactly. That's why it bothers me as much as it does. Sadly, the general public have no way of knowing what this particular coven does or does not believe. We only hear very limitedly from them themselves. The voiceover is representing, and what they're representing is in some cases false, misleading and vague. All it does is further the misconceptions that most of us are trying to squash, and all for the entertainment factor probably.

    Falsehoods are still false no matter who is putting them forth. If I that coven, I'd be pretty ticked at how the program came out.

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  10. Aw, thank you!!! :) I've already got the Sunshine award, but I'll pass both of them on later today or tomorrow! :)

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  11. I'm glad I wasn't overreacting to this video. It's way better than some out there, but it's still misleading.

    What's really irritating me is that this was done by National Geographic, and I know them for being really really good.

    I figure that either the reporter person didn't properly understand what s/he was being told (yes I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt because this is NatGeo) or they got ahold of a rather unusual coven.

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  12. Personally, the way that the media always follows its own agenda no matter what, is one of the main reasons why I would never bother getting involved with something like this video. I am not sure if it was naivety on the part of the coven, or that they thought that they could live with the misrepresentation.

    The Coven wasn't "that" unusual. The HPs and HP were very proactive on the Pagan Scene back in the day. So it didn't surprise me to see them doing this, the first time I saw the video.

    The waffle from the Narrator doesn't actually bother me too much. Bits are blatant nonsense, but I got more irritated by the fact that people who watch this will think that all UK Witches are Goths! :P

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  13. I was also a bit bothered by the blanket statements.
    I'm also a bit bothered by the rampant offensive comments by a few users that. Some have mentioned cyber bullying and honestly I think some have done more than enough to get banned though it would appear they're still allowed to comment.

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  14. I follow all three of your Wicked friends now! I had not "met" Sarita yet - thanks for the rave review of her site.

    Will check out this video now...

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  15. Michelle - So good to read from you love! My biggest problem is the grouping. I can't stand when people use the experiences/thoughts of a few to describe an entire group--it just isn't right, especially when it leaves so many out.

    Debra - Indeed!

    Zombie Goddess - Hope you took a look-see after Michelle (you nice Witch) posted the YouTube link ;-)

    Linda - Ha!

    LJ - Witchcraft means so many things for so many different people. And in truth, I've met a few who call it their religion, what annoys me about this is the fact that they don't make that clear. And the reason why I didn't post my thoughts on the whole Nature and "power of magic" bit right away was because I was so pissed that I couldn't get my thoughts straight. But don't worry, there will be a second part to this post; soon...

    Michelle - And the fact that this is often so true is what makes me see red. I feel bad for the Witches.

    MagicLoveCrow - I do indeed, Dis Chaos is just an effort to keep clutter out of Pagan Culture. P.S. try the link for the video.

    LJ - Ditto.

    Sarita - You are very welcome dear one. You always point me out toward such SUPER sources! And about the "National Geographic" bit, I just roared with laughter, for that is one of the things that bothers me more. This is one of my favorite magazines; I treat it with respect and always trusted its reporting, then this comes along and I feel betrayed ;-(

    Michelle - Not only are all UK Witches Goths, but all Witches seem to be Wiccan too *Not funny, I know*

    Riceball Mommy - I just said above how I couldn't right all my thoughts on the issues because I was so mad that I could barely type, and by the gods, the idiotic comments and disgusting language (from Witches and non Witches alike) was just sickening!

    Rue - Yay!

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  16. Magaly,sorry we are restricted on our mb usage ( which is what I dislike most about Hughes Net) so I can't watch videos but I will check out the wonderful sites you mentioned! I just had to write and tell you how much you make me giggle in the morning reading your blog (even sometimes I spit my coffee out from laughing hysterics!)ranting on about ranting on and all! You are such a great writer! You have a magical way with words. Ok, off to do some "mad clicking! Deb

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  17. Well, dear, you've made my day. I can head to school with a smile on my face, for there is nothing grander than to know that the words I love writing touch someone in such a way. Hugs!

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  18. Heading over to three new blogs & contemplating the video... Should I grab my soapbox before or after? Hmmm... lolz... Thanks bunches for the blog suggestions & the video suggestion. I'll let you know what I think! =D

    XOXO

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  19. Try not to buttstroke anyone.

    Maybe I shouldn't say that since you're all civilian now, and civilians tend to giggle at the term. Nah, I'm pretty sure it's civilian males who do that . . .

    I still want the code for your scrolly button thing in your right side panel.

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  20. stopping by to tell you .you are a winenr on the tribal horse blog giveaway :) Email me at lisabrawner59@gmal.com with your addy and will get your prize out sat to ya :)

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  21. BlakkDuchess - Try both, then come back and tell me how it went ;-)

    Colleen - I have a scar under my chin that will probably never make the word buttstroke funny. Long story... I'll email you about the code because.

    Tribal - Hooray!

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  22. Oh Magaly you are the sweetest most wonderful person. I am absolutely honored that you recommend my blog in this way. Wow...super humbled here.

    Thank you so much for the link to Sarita. She is a darling and I cannot wait to get to know her even better. Besides, anyone you adore, I am certain to adore as well.

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  23. Honor where honor is deserved my dear Witch ;-)

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  24. Personally, the way that the media always follows its own agenda no matter what, is one of the main reasons why I would never bother getting involved with something like this video. I am not sure if it was naivety on the part of the coven, or that they thought that they could live with the misrepresentation.

    The Coven wasn't "that" unusual. The HPs and HP were very proactive on the Pagan Scene back in the day. So it didn't surprise me to see them doing this, the first time I saw the video.

    The waffle from the Narrator doesn't actually bother me too much. Bits are blatant nonsense, but I got more irritated by the fact that people who watch this will think that all UK Witches are Goths! :P

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  25. Yeh Magaly, you deserve these awards! So you still do have two blogs! Boy, do I have some catching up to do! The video said it was temporarily unavailable. I will have to check back! Take Care ;o)

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  26. Sarita's blog is terrific -- she definitely deserves two awards at once!

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