All talk. 'Blah, blah, Gaia. Blah, blah, moon. Menstrual life-force power
Buffy: No actual witches in your witch group?
Willow: No. Bunch of wanna blessed be's. Nowadays every girl with a henna
tattoo and a spice rack thinks she's a sister to the dark ones.
Q: How many New
Agers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: (Waaayyy too perky) We don't use light bulbs, we just think happy thoughts
at our quartz crystals and they glow.
Fluffy Bunnies, Insta-witches,
McWiccans, One-Book Witches, Wicclets, and Whitelighters: these are those
people who, most broadly categorized, give the rest of us a bad name,
not by doing bad or objectionable things but instead being unserious,
sophomoric, or just plain wrong.
Wiccans will say that everyone is allowed to follow their own beliefs,
and that any form of belief, whether another person agrees with it or
not, counts as religion, and I agree. However, it does not necessarily
make the practitioner a member of my religion, and I for one would prefer
for them to stop embarrassing the rest of us with their antics.
The primary definition
of a Fluffy Bunny is one who refuses to learn, refuses to think, and
refuses to consider the possibility that they could possibly ever be wrong.
Generall, they find one book, author or website and follow it as if it
were the holy word, frequently denouncing anything that disagrees with
it as obviously false. Fluffy Bunnies rarely get past the defense of "Because
[insert favorite author here] says so." Sometimes they don't even
get that far, responding to any and all criticism with something like,
"You're just trying to persecute me!"
When I speak of Fluffy
Bunnies, I do NOT mean those who disagree with me. Lots of people disagree
with me. People I respect sometimes disagree with me. I respect them because
they have actual reasons for their beliefs and are willing to consider
the opinions of others - but just because they consider my opinion does
not mean they are required to agree. Blindly agreeing with me is just
as fluffy as blindly agreeing with the author of the week.
Likewise, being a
newcomer to Wicca does NOT make one a Fluffy Bunny. All of us were new
to this at one point in our lives. Moreover, having bad information does
not make one a Bunny. There's still a lot of bad information available
in books and websites, and if that is the first information you find,
how can you know it's bad? There's only a problem when one stubbornly
refuses to question that original information regardless of the mountains
of contradictory evidence put before them.
Fluffy Bunnies are
frequently attracted to Wicca for the sake of appearance. This includes
Other things to look
- Are into Wicca
to upset their parents and just plain "be different". This generally
occurs during the teenage years, but its amazing how many of the Fluffy
Bunnies never really grow out of this stage.
- Think black
clothes and huge pentagrams are appropriate Wiccan dress. You're
allowed to wear anything you want. If goth's your thing, so be it. But
those who dress that way do so out of personal choice, not because of
their religion. Author Laurie Cabot is the absolute worst, dressing
day to day in a long black robe which she describes as "traditional
Wiccan garb." And before you load yourself down with ten pounds of silver
pentagrams, imagine a Christian wearing an equivalent amount of religious
jewelry. I think we'd all find that truly obnoxious.
- Believe the
God and/or Goddess are an embodiment of love and want nothing but what's
best for us. For a religion that has no embodiment of evil, how
in the name of balance can our gods be dedicated to good and benevolence?
The world that these gods are a part of exists in a state of equilibrium.
Things live and things die. It is necessary, but it is not benevolent.
- Think picking
up one book on Wicca ever makes them Wiccan. No one possesses the
Divine and Ultimate Truth. Wiccans are seekers, and everything you read
helps you further develop and understand your faith. You're not going
to agree with everything you read, and that's fine. You should allow
yourself the opportunity to choose what you accept and what you do not.
One book does not allow you to do that, and if you never put that information
to use, then it doesn't matter if you have read a thousand books. Just
reading books makes you student of the subject of Wicca. Wiccans actually
practice and live by Wicca.
- Think speaking
a few words out of a book over a candle is how one makes magic.
An entire library of books will not allow you to practice magic on their
own. Magic involves belief, focus, practice, and serious intention.
It also involves responsibility and a healthy dose of common sense.
One class on magic at the local new-age store does not bestow mad majickkal
- Preach that
Wicca is all "goodness and light". The corollary to this is the
exclamation of "So-and-so couldn't have done that. She's Wiccan!" Like
everyone else in the world, we are not saints.
- Claims that
Wicca is a "woman-thing". Both genders are equally welcome, which
some women find to be a positive change from previous religious experiences,
but Wicca is not about femininity. Some people will even say being a
woman is the only reason they are a Wiccan. Wicca is a religion, not
a political movement. For more on this, read Goddess
- Those who took
up Wicca to spite their Christian upbringing. We are not against
any religion. Moreover, most of the accusations leveled at Christians
in the name of Wicca were never committed against Wiccans, if indeed
they were committed at all.
- Overly ostentatious
ceremonial tools. I have found that, in general, the more flashy
(or even gaudy) the tools, the more interested the Wiccan is in appearances
over any actual religion.
- Liberal advertisement
of titles or degrees. Since each coven is autonomous, the titles
bestowed by one may mean quite a bit within the coven or even within
the Tradition, but they don't mean squat to the rest of us. High Priestess
So-and-so could be presiding over an entire coven of fluffy bunnies
for all you know, while solitaries, no matter how well-learned, have
not had the chance to have any titles bestowed upon them. Likewise,
denote their High Priest and High Priestess by the titles of "Lord"
and "Lady." This means quite a bit within a Tradition, but is pretentious
outside of it. If nothing else, we have no way of knowing who honestly
earned that title and who has just tacked "Lord" or 'Lady"
to the front of their name. If someone has honestly earned that title,
it should be evident in their knowledge, not in their titles
- Quoting Margaret
Murray. This woman's writing is the basis of a lot of our supposed
history. The problem is her work was debunked decades ago and the only
people who take her seriously are some Wiccans and Pagans, including
some very influential writers. For more information, see Murray's
- Users of "White
Magic". This term makes no sense. It's most often used by those
who swear up and down that witchcraft is not evil and was in fact only
called evil by the Church as part of a smear campaign. If that's the
case, then why the clarification? The existence of white magic implies
an existence in black magic. The simple fact is that magic, like any
tool, is neither good nor evil, although it can be used toward either
- Odd spellings
of magic. While some people have specific reasons for speaking
of magick, a great many users of this term are simply looking
for attention. It doesn't prove you're more knowledgable. It just shows
you can't spell. More extreme Fluffies will even speak of "majick" or
(good grief) "majik". For more on why strange letters get added to "magic",
check out Magic.