Friday, 23 March 2012

F is for ...... Fancy, Flashy and Fluffy

Yep it's that time again when I have to think of something to write about that follows my life and honours the Pagan Blog Project and today I'm going to have a little bit of a waffle.



One of the things that bugs me about this Path is the amount of people that adamantly tell you that you are doing something wrong if you don't use the right colour candle - or that you can't possibly be a 'serious' Witch because you read Silver Ravenwolf .... I don't want to get into a debate on this - I like her work - I like the way she writes ..... now, does that make me a 'fluff bunny' - probably - and do you know what the people that give me that label know absolutely nothing about me and have no idea what makes me tick!

I know how to have fun, I enjoy walking my Path and the last thing I want to do is have a theological discussion on the merits of my Craft because at the end of the day ........ it's MY path and no one has the right to tell me what's wrong or right about it ..... and that includes the authors I read and the books in my bookcase!

I keep thinking lately about when the world was a much less commercially aware place to be.  Would our ancestors have cared if they lit a blue candle on a Tuesday ......... would they even have HAD a blue candle to burn ???? Would they have cast their spell with what they had to hand, wearing the clothes they had???

Don't get me wrong - I have and will continue to support traders in all things Witchy and my dream day would be unlimited funds and a trip to Glastonbury.......... but do I NEED them to get the spell done ????

Nope, not at all and that brings me again to the dissenters within the Craft .... what is wrong with using what is to hand?  Will the spell work any better if I am wearing the latest robe???

I work with my Shadow, I read anything I can get my hands on, I do my research, I believe in the fae and love a good laugh ......... so, let me ask this ................. what exactly is a 'fluff bunny'???


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10 comments:

  1. This is a never ending discussion in our community, when it should concern no one else but ourselves. If we were busy enough tending our own fire, we wouldn't have the time to try to blowout someone elses fire...Each of us is Pagan Enough. I wrote about this last year. Fire Lyte founded a wonderful project, in case you haven't heard.
    Great blog!


    http://amethjera.blogspot.com/2011/06/pagan-enough.html

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  2. I agree! I touched upon the "fluffy bunny" bit in my post on fundamentalism (it's at http://mists-of-manannan.blogspot.de/2012/03/fundamentalism.html, if you want to have a look).
    Discussions about faith are always welcome with me, it's only when people start telling you how to practice that I have a problem.

    And I agree that the fancy trappings aren't really necessary. Obviously it can be nice and add to the atmosphere if we do have the lovely blue candles and the robes, but intent is the key to any magical and ritual work. Without intent, the nicest candle won't get your job done. And yes, our ancestors most likely didn't have supplies in a variety of shades lying about ;-)

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  3. I totally agree with you angel, this is what I keep telling others. You walk your path the way you feel you should walk it and along the way you will discover what works best for you. Too many are concerned with what you should be doing on your path that I am sure they are neglecting their own and in the process forgetting that we can all make our own decisions. Fab blog.

    Rachel x

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  4. I LOVE this post! I like Silver RavenWolf (along with many other authors), have burnt the wrong coloured candle more than once, don't have a robe and have been called a "Fluffy Bunny" on more than one occasion...but, I'm still a witch! <3 Thanks for posting this! Again, always a good read!

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  5. I guess that's the good thing about being the only Pagan I know. Whatever I am feels awesome and right and that's good enough for me cause I'm the only one I'm accountable to in my path. I'm proud to be a "fluffy bunny" kitchen witch. I haven't don't a "real spell" since 2003 but I feel magic around me everyday!

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  6. Willful ignorance is the definition you will get when asking many what a 'fluffy bunny' is. You've actually given an example of 'fluffiness' in your article - blue candle for a specific day.

    Not everyone works with the same colour correspondences, and most witches I know keep a good stock of white candles because the need for a spell often doesn't come with enough warning to head out to the local Witchy supply store.

    And if you're interested in the reasoning behind SRW's bad rep, I have an article I can forward to you written by a friend of mine (complete with page number references). I realize that over the years not liking SRW has become something that marks you as one of the 'cool kids', and few know why anymore, but that doesn't mean that there wasn't a reason.

    Over all, I wouldn't worry about what others think of you. If your path works for you, it's all good. The problem comes with those who feel that they can teach the 'One True Wiccan Way' to newbies who don't know any better.

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  7. I have been Pagan only since October, 2011. At first I agnoized over not having the right tools, candles, oils, etc. But, I have a history of jumping into things head first and buying all sorts of supplies and then dropping it. I didn't want to do that this time. As I have studied Wicca and read lots of blogs, etc. I came to the same conclusion you have. Our distant ancestors partiularly had to use whatever was at hand.

    Personally I think all a person needs is a good psychic energy and the ability to connect to the psychic energy of the Universe. The rest of the trappings are to get the practitioner in the mood or just for show.

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