Supernatural creatures and beings have always been popular. People love to be scared and intrigued, drawn to the power and the fantasy of something otherworldly from our folk tales and nightmares. People want to be vampires, ghosts, werewolves, shape changers and whatever else strikes their fancy. People dress as zombies and participate in zombie walks, even the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has a page on how to prepare for the "Zombie Apocalypse" as a way to show people how to prepare for a natural disaster!
Now, for better or worse, it appears as if "it's the season of the Witch". It started with Hansel and Gretal Witch Slayers, Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror and Maleficent in the movies, Once Upon a Time, Witches of East End, Sleepy Hollow and American Horror Story - Coven on television.
There have always been witches in movies and on TV with Bewitched, Tabitha, Buffy and Charmed to the classic Wizard of Oz to Disney's Snow White. The new fascination with witches seems to be more intense and less innocent...the characters are darker, more powerful, scary and dangerous.
There is much discussion regarding this in the Pagan community. Most of us really enjoy the movies and television shows. They are taken for what they are, fantasy, entertainment and only a smattering of reality. If real witchcraft were shown on television it wouldn't last long as it would be incredibly boring! The problem with being the "creature du jour" is the perception of others towards witches and witchcraft. I know it sounds silly, but it is a real concern.
Perhaps some of the "want to be" witches will eventually make the commitment to learn, study and dedicate their life to this path. With luck the others will only last as long as the Witch is the "creature du jour" and then quickly move on to the next big thing.
The Pagan community will always have to deal with religious extremists and public misconceptions. They have always existed and always will. You will be infuriated at their ignorance, ridicule and intolerance and saddened by their hatred. Generally you are safe as long as they don't show up on your doorstep with torches and pitchforks.
The number of people in the world who classify themselves as Pagan (I'm using the term "Pagan" to mean every type of Pagan path, Wicca and Witchcraft practitioners etc.) is huge, much larger than most would imagine. Wicca is the fastest growing religion in the world and has been for several years. The majority of Pagans and Witches are "in the broom closet", meaning they practice in secrecy mainly because of the of the public, their former churches and their families. Those of us who are "out of the broom closet" try to educate either through Pagan Pride events, community outreach or by just answering questions when asked.
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Le Petite Crone says: Please, If you want to play at being a Witch wait for Halloween!