Wicca, TV, and ESP

I got an email this morning, through my main site The Lotus Pond. A young girl (and I am making a bit of an asumption here) said that she was Wiccan, but there was some things she doesn’t understand. She wanted to know why TV shows have witches and Wiccans do they things they do. She wanted to know if what she had read is true, that being Wiccan means you will develop ESP and other supernatural powers. She seems pretty confused. So, I sat down to write a reply that I hoped will help her out a little bit.

Hello, ——-.

I will do my best to answer your questions, but I’m not really sure I have all the answers.
First, Wicca is a religion. It is about your personal relationship with the gods, or however you choose to see the divine. It isn’t about supernatural powers, ESP, or waving your fingers and making your hair change colour. Sometimes I wish it was, because that would make life a little easier. All these things, these talents, can be developed by anyone, Wiccans, Christians, Jews, Atheists, whoever. They are extras, not the focus of Wicca.

I’ll tell you what Wicca is to me, and maybe that will help you a little. First, as I said, Wicca is about knowing the divine, the Lord and Lady. But it is also about knowing the divine inside yourself, everyone you see, and everything you see. It is really hard to do, I know, but you don’t need any supernatural powers to do it. You just need to be mindful (paying close attention to the moment, not always living for tomorrow and yesterday) and open minded. Wicca is also about honouring nature by paying attention to it’s cycles and recognizing them. This also means recycling, not littering, maybe even starting a small garden. Since I live in an apartment, I grow plants in containers. I’m not very good at it, but I try! Wicca is also about learning about yourself. You should strive to learn who you really are, what you really like and what you really believe. It is hard, but I think it is worth it. This brings me to: Wicca is a journey. Like all religions and spiritual paths, Wicca is a journey. There is no end point where someone says “Well done! You know it all!” And if someone tells you they do, don’t believe them. Wicca can also be hard sometimes. There are darker sides to the Lord and Lady, just as there is to nature and to all of us. Sometimes, when life is difficult, it can be very helpful to learn about these darker sides because they can lead you back toward the lighter sides.

Now, as for these supernatural powers. First, I don’t like those TV shows all that much. Sure, they are presenting witches and Wiccans (who are two different groups that sometimes overlap) as good people, generally. But there is also a lot of misinformation. Their spells may work right away, but they have special effect people helping out and scriptwriters helping them to “read minds.” Spells that we cast here in the real world may or may not work. It comes down to your intention (do you really, really, with all your heart want the spell to come true) and to what the Lord and Lady feel you are ready and able to handle, which is part of the reason that it is so important to have a close relationship with Them. Through Them, with Their guidance, you may find that you (and by that I mean you, not Them) will be able to do more even without spells. It is a growing feeling of self-confidence that comes from being more aware of the world around you.

You will find that a lot of Wiccans do cast spells. But they also continue doing things that will help spell succeed. For example, if someone casts a spell to pass a test, they are still going to study really hard. And since Wicca isn’t all about spells (in fact, many Wiccans do not cast any spells at all), some of these goals can be aided by a simple prayer to the Lord and Lady. Like before that test, you can pray to Them and ask for Their help, and while studying you can pray and ask Them to help you remember, etc. And when you do pass, remember Their help and give Them a small offering, like a flower, or a poem you have written as a way of saying thank you.


2 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    Sil – this is a beautiful letter! 🙂 I just wanted to let you know how lovely and well worded it is. I hope the young woman reads it!


  2. Vilma says:

    What a wonderful letter. Very eloquent and oh so true.