Pagan Stereotypes that Get On My Nerves

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Pagan Stereotypes that Get On My Nerves!

Pagan Stereotypes that Get On My Nerves

Today’s post is discussing pagan stereotypes! Most, if not all, of these are false, and so I thought it would be fun to dispel these hilarious myths and stereotypes about pagans and Wiccans. Maybe you believe some of these or maybe you just don’t know anything about it. Either way, do come along as I shed light on some of these misunderstood facets of paganism.

Pagans are Evil, Worship the Devil, and/or are Satanists. 

This is the most ridiculous stereotype. As I said before in my WTF is Wicca? post, pagans are not evil. We are just like any other religion or group of people. There are kind people and not so kind people. Just like real life. Also, pagans don’t worship the Devil. You know why?

It’s because pagans don’t even recognize the Devil as existing within their faith.

The Devil is a figure featured in Abrahamic/Christianity and does not exist to us. Satanists are a religious group that developed as a response to Christianity and, as such, does recognize the Devil figure, but I’m not sure if they are considered pagans, to be honest with you…

Wiccans Fly on Brooms

Okay, first off, no. Secondly, just no. The origin of this is hilarious, but there are some spiritual meanings of the broom as well. For Wiccans, the broom AKA a besom are used for ritual sweeping and “cleansing” of a space. This can be sweeping out bad energies, but also actual cleaning, depending on who uses it. The ritual of cleansing is pretty sacred to most Wiccans and quite a few pagans.

The historical origin of “witches flying on broomsticks” comes from ancient pagan wise women who actually used to use broomsticks to insert a concoction of herbs into their *AHEM* lady parts.

This was used as a kind of divination, but apparently, some of the herbs they used induced what historians think was a kind of LSD type hallucination. And that is why some witches believed they could fly, fly on brooms, etc. The more you know, right?

Witches Put Spells on People.

No, no, we do not. Or, Wiccans don’t anyway. There are people out there who claim to practice witchcraft without any religious meaning attached to it (meaning they live like The Craft chicks and do spells and curses and shiz). Those people might attempt to put spells on people, but I wouldn’t know as I’m not one of them.

Wiccans would never put spells on people because it’s considered tampering with someone’s free will which goes against our Rede.

Other pagans don’t even practice witchcraft nor do they consider themselves witches. They pray to their gods and ancestors and have holy days like any other religion and that’s it. They also have their own corresponding honor codes so it’s unlikely they’d be putting spells on people even if they did do magick (which they don’t).

Pagans Seduce People Into Following their Religion 

Pagans are not into proselytizing their religion and that means we don’t promote our religion as the best in the world, or whatever. We don’t go out to people’s homes and try to talk to them about paganism nor we do encourage anyone to join us.

People who become Wiccan or pagan do so of their own accord and that’s the way we like it.

Many of us have come from heavily religious homes that forced religion down our throats. This is why we avoid doing the same to others with our faith. Also, paganism is something one needs to find for themselves. It’s not something we would force onto others or try to indoctrinate others with. That’s just not the tone of paganism.

Pagans think Harry Potter is Real

NOPE. As a massive Harry Potter fan, I can tell you firsthand that this simply is not true. Unless you find one of the delusional teens on Tumblr, most pagans and Wiccans can agree that Harry Potter is a fun work of fiction.

Interestingly, Rowling actually drawn much from paganism to create her magical world of witchcraft and wizardry. House elves come from paganism.

They are a bit like the little elves you see in children’s stories who clean up homes and help make shoes. They are considered house spirits and can bring luck and happiness to a home depending on how well they are treated. Wands of different tree wood have different magical significance in the HP series and that’s actually Celtic in origin. The Celts named all their calendar months after trees such as rowan, ash, holly, oak, etc. This is because they believed many of them to have magical properties. The list goes on, but you get the idea!

Be sure to check out my video below where I discuss more of these myths and stereotypes about pagans and Wiccans listed below! 

  • You beliefs are stupid and/or unrealistic.
  • Every pagan is Wiccan.
  • We’re all tree-hugging hippies.
  • Every pagan does magick or is a Witch.
  • Every pagan believes in the threefold law and Wiccan Rede.
  • Every pagan believes every alternative conspiracy theory ie; aliens, anti-vaccines, and other stuff.
  • We enjoy casting spells for others.
  • We’re literally defying gravity.
  • All pagans listen to heavy metal and live an alternative/gothic lifestyle.
  • Pagans lacks a code of ethics.
  • Pagans have crazy orgies.
  • All pagan women are sexually promiscuous.
  • Everyone is vegan or vegetarian.
  • All pagans are in covens.
  • All pagans work skyclad AKA naked and under the moonlight.
  • All pagans believe in and/or think they are psychics/mediums.

What Beliefs Do You Have About Paganism?

Did You Believe Any of these Pagan Stereotypes Before this Post?

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7 thoughts on “Pagan Stereotypes that Get On My Nerves

  1. February 3, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Great post! I grew up in a very Catholic household and am now Pagan. My mother believes many of these myths, sadly. Thank you for sharing! I have a link party at Ravenwould.com if you would like to link up to it also.

    1. February 7, 2017 at 11:28 AM

      hello, Kileen! Lovely to connect with more pagans online 🙂 Bummed to hear about your mom, but hopefully with time, she will come around. Thanks for stopping by! xx

  2. February 7, 2017 at 4:51 AM

    Thank you so much for this Tianna. I cringe inside every time I hear someone in the movies say something silly about pagans. Don’t these guys do any kind of research before they put that crap out there? Now about that broomstick, I didn’t know that. Mmmm no, I’m not going there

    1. February 7, 2017 at 12:07 PM

      Of course, Michelle 🙂 I’m happy to help spread knowledge about the pagan faith (or my experience and thoughts on it, of course) and I hope it helps dispel the misconceptions that often come up. I keep hearing ridiculous things about pagans and wiccans in film and TV. Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite TV shows (or used to be) and they are a huge offender of putting horribly inaccurate info out there about pagans. It’s literally so dumb to hear them say a “wiccan cult ritual” murdered someone. like, no. lol. Yeah the broomstick history blew my mind! Hope it made you laugh xx

  3. February 7, 2017 at 5:40 AM

    An interesting read. I had never even thought about any of this. I guess we can also say you are very in tune with nature. We should all be like that.
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    1. February 7, 2017 at 12:08 PM

      thanks Mary! Glad you think so! Yes, nature is a big factor in many pagan faiths, though not all pagans are nature based so it’s good to do your own research on each one (if that interests you) because not all focus on nature like Wicca, Celtic paganism, etc. thanks for visiting! xx

  4. February 15, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Great post, Tianna.

    My cousin is Wiccan and I’ve studied numerous religions, spiritual beliefs, doctrinal beliefs as it pertains to denominations and I’m a pastors kid.
    I believe in just being kind to people, trying to be tolerant of obnoxious people, and accepting others beliefs openly, even if I don’t necessarily believe the same thing, and just trying to be a cool human being.

    I will be DM’ing your post to a few awesome folks who I know will love reading this. Hopefully, you’ll gain some new email subscribers.

    Way to go! Love your sense of humor too.

    Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things.

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