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I should rephrase that I can’t include Wicca because there isn’t any other public text to go with Wicca other than what Gardner published, and there aren’t any Wiccans (not NeoWiccans) that are publicly reinterpreting Gardner’s core texts to my knowledge. If you know of any Wiccans who are, please let me know.
Here is just this section which includes a lot of women-are-beneath-men ideology that I do not support.
Now, individual covens may differ and have since rewritten core tenants of what Gardner wrote. However, their texts are secret and I don’t know about them nor can I copy them for public consumption.
There are some religions that I’ve come across that were born out of the Gardner’s publications that I’m going to include, such as Starhawk’s Reclaiming Tradition.
I understand your conundrum. The actual practices/interpretations among covens are fairly different from the impression one might get from the Old Laws. But nobody wants to write publicly about oral interpretations and whatnot, more or less for the reasons you mentioned. (If it makes you feel any better, what the text fails to emphasize is that the High Priestess is the ultimate authority in her group, and nobody can make her do anything if she doesn’t want to. She chooses her own High Priest, chooses her own deputy/successor, chooses if/when to retire, etc. I feel comfortable sharing that since my initiators were very open with me about that stuff prior to my joining.)
I should say, I would actually recommend Michael Howard’s Modern Wicca, if by some chance you just wanted a book about the history of the religion, and how it developed. Howard is an initiate, but he’s not pushing any tenets or beliefs on the reader - it’s just some really, really fascinating research. Like, I promise that it’s 100% not boring or offensive.
Tagged #witchcraft #british traditional wicca #wicca #fun fact: mike howard relunctantly inititated lady sheba long-distance #which he instantly regretted #forever Posted on 28 August, 2014Reblogged from nicstoirm
I’m really torn if I should include books on Wicca for my Polytheism Library.
Not NeoWicca but Wicca. As in, what Gerald Gardner started. Basically include his books Witchcraft Today, The Meaning of Witchcraft, and The Gardnerian Book of Shadows.
My hesitation comes from that I don’t want to support ideas that are transphobic, sexist, or racist. I’ll let slide the historical misinformation that I’m sure is part of those books (probably including a disclaimer of sorts in the library—which I plan to do for all the sections, by the by.) But if it’s going to tread or enter into the realm of hate speech or hate ideology, I don’t want that in my community center.
Has anyone read these books and can give some insight? :/ I see that The Gardnerian Book of Shadows is on Sacred Texts so I might peruse that…
Well, if you 100% don’t want to support those things, you might be better off stocking your shelf with Doreen Valiente’s work? (She’s an important Gardnerian too.) Or, maybe don’t stock Trad Wicca books at all. The Book of Shadows is all right, but there is definitely some sexist stuff on the “Old Laws” section. That’s just how it is.
About the other two books: Witchcraft Today is a bit “ehh” because of theories from his time about “primitive” pre-history. IIRC, The Meaning of Witchcraft mostly talks about the overall history of witchcraft and sorcery rather than Wicca itself. I have a copy, so I can review it properly for you, if you like.
If there’s one Trad Wicca book I’d completely recommend against, it’s Viviane Crowley’s Wicca: Old Religion in a New Age. It really goes the extra mile on gender policing, way more than any other text I’ve come across. (According to her, virgins and childless women are not ~real, ~true females.)
Tagged #witchcraft Posted on 26 August, 2014
Posted on 26 August, 2014
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