If I have ever, for whatever reason, suggested you read Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura I hereby offer my most heartfelt apology.
I am so, so sorry if I in any way exposed you to this offensive piece of trash. Look at this stuff.
The dodgy ethics, including the absolutely-not-OK love spell and the “when my mum was a kid her friend called someone names, and the other girl cursed her, so instead of suggesting she not be a douchenozzle mum and grandma showed her how to break the curse thereby saving curse-girl from the inevitable karmic blowback, aren’t they saints”.
Speaking of, apparently “witches don’t do magic against other witches”. Yeah, news to me too. The reason for this isn’t that the other witch might be better than you and lay the smack down, but “is based upon Karmic retribution”. Apparently if you use magic against another witch karma will getchu, but not if you use it against anyone else. Idek.
And the arrogant “this religion has something similar to what I do/believe, therefore proving that my religion is ancient” bullshit. Case in point, the blatant borrowing from Wicca accompanied with the frankly bizarre “this shows Gardner did have a witchcraft source and wasn’t making it all up”. In particular on page 78 she goes to extreme lengths to try to draw parallels between the Rede poem from Green Egg (she doesn’t understand that that’s not the Rede but no surprises there) and her “Green level rules of conduct”.
Just so arrogant. She insists her own mother, a Catholic, was worshipping her goddess when she lit a candle for the Virgin Mary. Of course mum is dead and can’t comment.
And she wanders so damn much! I’ll give her this, that she’s nowhere near as bad as Starhawk at tangents, but I do think her writing is way more confusing. Or perhaps I should say “confused”. At one point she tries to distinguish between a Wiccan and a witch, and then says she might be a Wiccan because she’s religious but she doesn’t really like that word, and maybe they’re the same anyway depending on who you ask, except she doesn’t really know and isn’t interested.
AND THE RUNES. GOD. She’s all “I just use them for shorthand. Berkana for the goddess and Sowilo for the god.” Note, she doesn’t actually use the rune names, she just uses the symbols. I suspect she doesn’t know the rune names. Oh, and, allow me to quote:
For those who follow a Northern Path, the “ancestor” rune (ᚨ) is also the rune for Odin. But since Odin is not part of the Green level of Witchcraft, this meaning is irrelevant and not used here. Instead, it is seen as reflecting the ancient wisdom of the Goddess and the God which is generally taught to their children intuitively.
I’m going to keep reading at this point out of morbid fascination.
………I just found a book that spells altar as “alter” throughout and now I’m going to sit in a corner and cry.
|Persephone:||it pisses me off that people ignore the hymn to my mom that talks about how great we are together and instead believe this is against my will|
|Persephone:||I mean I have you tied to the bed how would I not be into this|
|Hades:||please can we not talk about your mom during sex it's really uncomfortable|
Ann Moura’s rune table is so awful :(
When you search “Witchcraft” on Book Depository Uncle Bucky’s BBB is the first book that pops up and I find that a little weird but also it makes me smile for some reason?
I am looking at what’s new. This one about Pagan Prayer looks like it could be interesting. I’m loving the slow accumulation of more serious and thoughtful books about Pagan spirituality.
Yes this could have to do with the fact that Freya the Norse Goddess of love, beauty and fertility drove a chariot pulled by cats.
The Viking Answer Lady says nothing about cats specifically but does mention customs like the “morning gift” (ie. the gift a husband gives his wife in compensation for the loss of her virginity or sexual availability) which could be anything with monetary value (one lady got over five hundred acres of land).
A cat would be a very practical gift since they keep rodent populations down, limiting the spread of disease and such.
Oh Viking Answer Lady, what would we do without you?