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Teenaged Witches And Pagans

Author: Lady Luna
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I have been studying and practicing Paganism for many years and Witchcraft for many more. I have taught what I know and helped guide others for the past 2.5 years. Over this time I have discovered that teen Witches have an extremely hard time finding someone to guide them. Finding another Witch to talk to about experiences and new things learned is next to impossible. You go into a Witch or Pagan chat room and mention that you are a teenaged Witch and you will immediately be drilled with questions, and no matter what answer you give, you become labeled as “fluffy, ” “stupid” or “no nothing.” I know this because I have gone into chat rooms under different identities at different times, changing my answers to the questions they seem to ask every time to the answers they seem to want, yet it is not good enough for them.

School is not easy for a teenaged Witch, especially if you are out of the closet. Witches, like it or not, are not normal. We have gifts and never really “fit in” with the modern day teenager who is Christian or Catholic. I myself kept my distance from my classmates and other people I went to school with. It was easier than trying to explain to them that despite my differences, I was a kid just like them. Instead, I made friends with adults or teenagers when I was in elementary or junior high school. I related to them much better; I have what is known as an “old spirit” or “old soul.” I have talked to a lot of other teenaged Witches ranging in age from 14 to 19 and found they had stories quite similar to mine.

On top of that I have grown up with books such as Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings and with movies for both series of books along with Practical Magic, Charmed, Sabrina The Teenaged Witch and The Craft to name only a few. I have noticed that there are a lot of teenagers who see a movie and think that Magick and Witchcraft is just like in the movies or books, but it’s not. However, when someone asks another person for help, most people (not all, there are some people who are exceptions) don’t take the time to tell them that it is not realistic, so they continue to think that what they’ve seen is true. I have a hard time believing that unknowing teenagers are the ones to blame. Why won’t an adult who has been studying for a while explain to them why it is unreasonable to think that you can point a finger and make everything better? After all, they don’t know anything else. Why can’t an adult give these teenagers a chance? Help them by naming a good website which can give them good, accurate information? Most of the adults know how hard it is to find the truth about Witchcraft and Paganism when they don’t have someone who knows better to help them. We’re not looking for an easy ride, just a helping hand.

It does get better as you get older; it is almost as if when you have a birthday, you automatically know more and gain more respect. I think this needs to be addressed because I know many young Witches and Pagans who know more than a lot of adults I have met. There’s a saying: “You haven’t lived until you have lived.” You can sit on your butt for a year of your life and learn nothing, experience nothing, but if you get off your butt for a year of your life, you can learn and experience a lot.

Don’t get me wrong, I do realize and have seen that there are a lot of teenagers who, once they discover what Witchcraft and Paganism really are, back out, or they’re arrogant and refuse to listen to adults. This can be very trying to those adults who do in fact try to help teenagers. However, always remember, whether you help a teenager learn that Witchcraft and Paganism is not for them, or help them further what they already know, you are helping them. If they refuse to listen, then don’t help them, but give them a chance. Ask them questions, get to know them, and trust your gut.

I have now found a group of Pagans in my city who aren’t a coven, they are just a bunch of friends who get together and talk, about Magick or life in general. At first I was very hesitant to go back into the Pagan community. I had spent several years as part of a coven and found that it was very judgmental and hard to be a part of. I took a deep breath and met these people, they were very warm and inviting to me. They got to know me and I don’t think they made any preconceptions before getting to know me a little. They gave me a chance, and I am so grateful to them. I may be a high priestess, and I may know quite a bit, but I will be honest: I do not know everything, and almost every time I am with these people I learn something new, I feel I can be honest with them and I will not be judged, considered “fluffy” or a liar. I hope more people can follow their footsteps and open themselves up to teenaged Witches. After all, once all the adults pass over, who’s going to be the Witches on the earth? The teenagers and children of today.

Please note, I do realize that there are adults who do go out of their way to help teens, and I thank them so much for that! It is really appreciated, even if sometimes we don't show our appreciation.




Footnotes:
This has been published on the teenaged group Dagger Rose Teen Tower, and Calgary Pagan Newsletter Moonlit Muse http://moonlitmuse.cjb.net


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