There’s an article in the Independent that has riled up the witchcraft community: Ceri Radford’s “I spent a week becoming a witch and the results were worrying,” where she culled tips and instruction from a book she cites, Luna Bailey’s The Modern Witch’s Guide to Happiness.
The community’s response on Twitter?
- “vapid anti-witch bullshit”
- “poor journalism”
- “This bitch has no clue”
- “written by an idiot only looking to be trendy through appropriation”
- “hot mess of an article”
- “absolutely shameful”
- “ignorant and frankly disappointing and offensive”
- “piece of shit”
- “articles like this just piss me the fuck off”
- “a smug shithead”
- “I just read the vomit in question and I am fucking livid”
- “dipshit sneer piece … 85% dumb jokes”
- “complete horseshit”
- “wildly offensive article”
- “fucking idiot”
- “hex that bitch”
Love and light, apparently.
The salient takeaway point from the article, however, is the one fueling the anger and animosity: Radford’s conclusion that witchcraft is in “dogged resistance to logic” and requires a “suspension of belief in the scientific underpinnings of the universe.”
And my private response to myself after reading her article? Oh, man… We as a collective (so clearly I’m not saying we unanimously believe, but the dominating voice after averaging high and low and everything in between together) have put out a particular narrative about modern witchcraft, and then when we see exactly that narrative being reflected back at us tinged with a smidge of snark, we go off our rails because clearly none of the shadow work or meditation we’ve been doing has had any success.