I fairly recently signed up to Instagram and of course one of the first hashtags I started following was Witchcraft.
I wish I hadn't!
Now, I know everyone practices differently, we're all individuals and we all have our own opinions... but I am amazed what passes as "Witchcraft" these days.
OK most of the pictures under that hashtag would have come from Wiccans, so some of what I saw I would expect but the #TraditionalWitchcraft wasn't much better. It seems like all it takes these days is to own a fuck tonne of crystals and a tarot deck and you can call yourself a witch. Maybe it's the over-sharing that I have an issue with and I'm just being an old fart (well I know I'm not that old, you know what I mean).
Secrecy has always been a big part of my beliefs, so seeing all this "LOOK AT ME, I'M A WITCH" really winds me up. I get that in this day and age we shouldn't have to hide anymore but for me, I just find it a bit disrespectful at times. When so many witches have lost their lives, it all seems wrong. Perhaps some feel we should celebrate and be completely open about who we are. Maybe that is a better way to honor those before us... but does it really need to be posted in such an egotistical way?
Would love to hear what the rest of you think.
(There was another post sharing a humorous link expressing a similar (parody) view of what I just wrote... http://www.tradition...on-the-internet )