Salem: Hating on Witches & Women

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I am livid after watching the first episode of WGN* America’s flagship series “Salem”. Once again witches are depicted as consorting with The Devil. Once again historical facts are ignored and witches are evil and conforming to all the Christian anti-pagan archetypes.

I watched two episodes of  the TV show American Horror Story: Coven to see how witches were being handled and it was so obscene I could not continue (after a teen witch being gang raped and then murdering a busload of her rapists). It was so horrible I actually felt bad for the women acting in the abomination, even Jessica Lange  and I usually make it a policy to not feel bad for terrible actresses.

Salem doesn’t bother with just torturing women and witches, it completely re-writes history.

Here is my review on IMDB:

This is utter crap. The acting is terrible, the sets dreadful, the story – there is no story just a bunch of historical names being thrown around with bad writing, bad plotting, terrible accents (one of the worst by the female lead who actually is British but is such a terrible actress her accent sounds fake!) and doggie style whore-hammering in the middle of all of it by the God-fearing, let’s burn all the witches preacher. Hunh?????

For some reason there is a New Orleans style whorehouse in the middle of puritanical Salem. Perhaps this is some sort of time-traveling device because the women seem to be from the 18th century, not the 17th century (when the story supposedly takes place). The series creator and writer Brannon Braga (much fallen from Star Trek grace apparently) may have added this sci-fi twist since all the rest of it is pure fantasy.

The premise of the series is: what if the witches in Salem were REAL? What if all that hanging hysteria and murdering of women (and one man) was right the heck on and there were witches among them in good ol’ Salem doing the Devil’s bidding?

Except witches don’t work for the Devil. Witches don’t even believe in the Devil. There is no Devil anywhere under any circumstances in any Earth-based religion. Yet time and time again people take creative license with this and shove witches into the Satan-tango.

How do you think Christians would feel if they were depicted in all movies, books etc as praying to some ridiculous mythological beast – like – The Kraken. What if every time you saw a Christian you heard – oh but they are so into The Kraken – always saying Release the Kraken and praying to The Kraken and wanting to have a party on the dock and invoking The Kraken. It might get a wee bit annoying with all this “the Kraken” stuff when Christians don’t even believe in The Kraken or know what the Sam Hill it is.

And so ignoring all the facts about witches, witchcraft, and the horrible actual history of Salem and how the “law” there murdered women this series adds yet another degrading chapter to how Christians perceive witches as evil and will not let it freaking go (especially as long as it will get ratings and you can toss in some T&A, doggie style sex and a big ugly toad suckling a teat on a hot woman’s thigh).

The truth is Earth-based religion is not that exciting, not that sexy and not that bizarre. It would not make a very interesting horror series. It did not even make the Salem Witch Trials that compelling which is why those people had to lie. And then kill all those women.

This show has no respect for those murdered by the religious right in Salem. This show has no regard for real witches who practice Earth-based religion and are in no way agents of evil or consorting with the Devil. The Devil is a Christian concept and has no place in witchcraft.

It’s bad enough to be insulted every Halloween, to have shows like American Horror Story: Coven and movies like The Craft to deal with but one of the darkest hours in the history of witchcraft in this country depicted in this manner? Beyond offensive. It is simply shameful.

*According to WGN America a second 13 episode season has been ordered.

What Spells Cannot Do

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I need to repeat this because I still get so many inquiries about it. Granted there may be some out there from kids who are just having some fun but it scares me a little to think there could actually be people who believe in such things. Now after that brutal stabbing in Wisconsin with the two 12 year old girls who allegedly “believed” they were in communication with a fictional horror story character, I need to make things as clear as I possibly can.

There are no spells to turn people into werewolves, vampires and mermaids. No one anywhere has spells that can do this for the main reason that these are FICTIONAL characters that do not exist in the real world. Even if they did exist there are no spells that can turn a human from being a human into another biological being. That is beyond fiction, it is fairy-tale, Hollywood stuff.

I have written about gender dysphoria before as well since I get weekly inquiries from people who want to change their gender.

Before you write to me to ask me to turn you from a man into a hot sexy woman (they almost always are men who want to be hot, sexy women, which seems odd to me and fetishistic considering that if you are truly suffering from gender dysphoria wouldn’t it simply be ok to change your gender into a woman and then work out the hot, sexy part on your own?) please consider the following:

 

Have you met anyone who has changed their gender through a spell and NOT sexual reassignment surgery?

Have you heard of anyone who has changed their gender through magickal means and not surgery? This would be rather a big story, sort of like Chastity Bono becoming Chaz Bono and going on “Dancing with the Stars”, so it would be all over the news, online, a really big story that transpeople can now change their biological gender through magick.

Gender reassignment surgery is tens of thousands of dollars (depending on what you have done), up at $80K for the full monty (no pun intended) if you are a male to female with complete surgery. How much do you think a spell would cost that involved no surgery, no pain, no recovery time and that made you hot and sexy to boot?

Gender dysphoria is serious and people need help to deal with it and that help can easily be found online in many resources but witches and magick are NOT one of them.

 

Other things spells cannot do:

Change your eye color.

Change your skin color.

Change your hair length, texture and color.

Alter your looks in any way.

Make you taller or shorter.

Give you muscles.

Give you enlarged body parts of any kind.

Help you with biological conditions (that’s where science comes in, folks!).

Turn you into an animal.

 

It is understandable that we all gravitate toward some degree of fantasy and that’s fine when kept in perspective, but do not confuse fantasy with reality.

Real magick is always based upon Natural Law. Unless you routinely run across werewolves, vampires, mermaids, immortals and men who have instantly been turned into hot, sexy women, there is no chance there will be a spell to make this happen.

And if you do routinely run into the aforementioned perhaps you have a little more on your plate than needing a spell!