“Whyyyy?” I was taken aback by the statement. What had my son done to make her daughter afraid of him?
“She thinks he’s a warlock.”
“Ohhhhh.” Now I understood. “Well, maybe she should ask him herself.” I told her.
“She won’t, she’s too scared to.”
What do you think of when you hear the word “warlock”? A magician in black robes with a staff? Or Maybe a half man, half creature who has horns coming out his head and wings? Like something out of World of Warcraft?
Well, you guessed right!! My teenage son is all of those things. He walks around with a black robe and a staff, has horns coming out of his head and gigantic wings that he has to keep tucked in so he doesn’t hit people with them while walking through the halls at school.
This is just one in several incidents that has occurred over the past few months in relation to my son and his spiritual beliefs.
“My friend “P” just told me his mom won’t let him sleep over cuz of my pentacle.”
My son had just sat down on the beach towel next to me, his father and younger brother. I looked at his face to see how he had been affected by this news, but he seemed unmoved.
“You know that if you’re going to wear that, then you’re going to have to deal with ignorant and righteous people.” I said.
“Yeah, I know. I don’t care.” He shrugged his shoulders.
It never fails to astound me how my teenage son can have more understanding and more tolerance for intolerant individuals than most adults do.
The issue revolves around the fact that my 15 year old son wears a Wiccan pentacle around his neck and since he never takes it off, it is likely to be seen by most of the people he encounters. On this particular day, we had gone to the beach with a group of his friends and a few parents had shown up to help drive the kids back and forth, and of course, supervise. When my son approached one of the moms with his chest exposed and his pendant shining bright in the suns rays to say hello, she took notice of his star. Once my son walked away, she informed her own son, who was supposed to return with us after the beach event, that he would not be going over to our house. She explained to him that she didn’t want her son to be influenced by any kind of negativity.
Are you serious? Negativity?
The irony of her comment is that if she knew anything about Wicca, she would have known that the concept of negativity is a Christian concept, not a pagan one. In the pagan belief of Wicca, there does not even exist negativity, instead it is a religion of love and joy. There is no such thing as good or evil, only neutrality. Let’s not forget the fact that it was the Christian propaganda smear campaign that discredited any religious groups that were not Christian or did not want to convert to Christianity, thus all the “negative” stereotypes, myths, and lies about Wiccans was generated and written from the Church’s perspective; because anything not Christian is evil.
“Your uncle says that my grandson is wearing the star of satan around his neck.” I looked at mother in disbelief. This was just a few weeks after the previous incident and so the frustration began to boil up from the pit of my stomach, up my esophagus and out of my mouth. “People shouldn’t talk out of ignorance. If they don’t know something, then they should ask rather than assume things.” Naturally she got upset with me for calling her brother ignorant, but the reality is, that’s what you are when you speak from assumption. As the saying goes: “when you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.”
My uncle walked into the family room at that moment and I confronted him on his assumption explaining to him that the pendant my son was wearing was that of the Wiccan symbol. I then continued to explain to him the difference between the Wiccan symbol and the satanic star. When my son walked in I explained to him the confusion and asked him if he could clarify things a bit for them and so he began with, of course, a historical account of Paganism.
As for the mother who won’t allow her son to come over out of fear that her son is going to be possessed or some shit like that, frankly it’s too bad, because my son is an incredible being and probably one of the best influences any teenager could have in their life (besides, if he was a negative influence the time they spend together hanging out at school and at social gatherings is plenty of time to screw up her kid). But above all that, he’s patient and tolerant of ignorant people, and honestly, I don’t think I can take credit for that one.
Oh, by the way; the main tenet of Witchcraft, or the Wiccan Rede, is: “An’ it harm none, do what thou wilt” or in other words: Do what you will…but do not do anything that will harm another. Easy as that. I guess anything that believes in all joy and love, harmony with the earth and respect of all things and people, is a pretty bad thing, huh?
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