I used to have very low tolerance for fairy tales. I thought they were unwise, unrealistic and unattainable. More than that, I felt they were an insult to magic.
If you read my fiction, you might never guess I once felt that way about fairy tales. My fictional witches are always doing impossible things… I have to thank Neil Gaiman for that. It wasn’t until I read his “Snow, Glass, Apples” that I fell in love with the grim, enchanting, dark and gory side of fairy tales.
|AelysiaSEDAI's interpretation of Neil Gaiman's "Snow, Glass, Apples"|
But I still hated the traditional tales with impossible happily every afters. Then, as an adult, I read The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno Bettelheim and The Annotated Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm, and I came to the realization that I didn’t understand fairy tales.
I believed fairy tales were fantasies that put strange ideas in children’s minds, and set them up for failure. Now I understand this kind of writing is of extreme importance, for it engages kids’ imagination, helps children conquer their fears, it empowers them, and it helps our little ones develop a sense of autonomy that we can’t pass onto them, regardless of how much we want to; for no one learns with someone else’s head.
How much is knowledge worth? And how destructive is it to stay ignorant?
The above questions came to mind when a
commonly lovely person asked me “Why would you put down the worth of something as sacred as Samhain by calling it All Hallow’s Grim? You should think about what the general public is learning about we Wiccans.”
First of all, and this is not awfully important to this post, but I should say it anyway: I am not Wiccan. I am an Eclectic Witch who has many friends. Some are Witches… Some are Wiccans… some are Santeros… Some are Christians… Some are Atheists… Some are Jewish… Some are Catholics… Some are Druids… Some are Muslims… Some are Buddhists… Some are Hindus… Some are Shamans… Some are… yes, some are that, too, and ALL are exactly who and what they want to be, and I admire and love them for that.
I also like my friends because, like my witchy self, they too, promote the value of teaching and learning. I love—and use—every opportunity I get to show the Pagan and non-Pagan worlds what my Witchcraft is all about. All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, El Dia de los Muertos, Samhain… or whatever we decide to call it, is the perfect time for this kind of sharing.
All Hollow’s Eve offers precious common grounds for the dead and the living, for people who like to dress up and individuals who enjoy sweets, for those who appreciate something grim, enchanting, dark and gory on October 31st and for the ones who know the day is hallowed.
Know what else? While the non-Witch witnesses the magic of All Hallow’s Eve and the Witch enjoys gore, horror and sweets, all of us TOGETHER get to experience a day that has nothing to do with evil and everything to do with community and tradition.
So if you ever dislike something to no end, but don’t understand what the damn thing is all about, please remember that at one point in her life your Wickedest Witchy Writer hated fairy tales.
Now let’s move on to a sensible monstrosity of a giveaway, inspired by someone who told me: “Wow, Magaly, I just finished Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and now I must read Jane Austen. I know I missed too many jokes because I haven’t read the source.” You see, my Wicked Darlings, the seeds of knowledge are planted everywhere…
This is all you need to do to enter this sensible giveaway:
1. (Mandatory) – leave a comment with your thoughts about the importance of sharing our traditions with those around us.
For extra entries (worth 1-3 entries each):
2. Blog about this post (leave a link/3 entries)
3. Tweet about this post (leave a link/2 entries)
4. What is your favorite All Hallow’s Eve tradition?
5. Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture through GFC)
6. Follow Pagan Culture on Twitter
7. Friend me on Facebook
8. Snatch one (or all) of my NEW buttons from the sidebar
9. Visit at least one Fanciful Twist Halloween Partiers; leave a comment that starts with “Magaly, from Pagan Culture, said I should haunt your blog!” Then copy and paste your entire comment (with a link) on this post.
* Leave your email address and a link to your site with your comments.
* This giveaway ends October 24th at 5:13pm.
And while sexy, dark and grim spirits haunt the air…
Let me present the winners of the All Hallow’s Grim Giveaway!
1st Prize – Judy – $31.13 from Pagan Culture
3rd Prize – Danielle Suplicki – Three creepy books from Pagan Culture
Congrats, my Darling Luvs! Please send me your info:
magalyguerrero @ live . com
Day twenty-two to Get Off Your Broom, and The Real Witches of Halloween and The 2011 Countdown to Hallowe’en and yeah, party! Have you visited Danni, Lyn, Serenity and the rest of the witchy partiers yet?