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Try To Understand: Wicca Is My Religion

Author: Kit Evergreen
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Last year I found out that I am a Wiccan. So is my sister. I was excited by the news and wanted to tell my closest friends. As I was telling them, one of my other friends (who I had fallen out with) overheard. He was bitter and decided he was going to tell people that my friends and I were Witches. I am 14 years old now but then I was only 12. We all were. A few days later, there were whisperings and nasty jokes being said while we were near and people threw paper with pictures of stereotypical Witches at us. I was mortified, not only to know that it was a friend who had started the whisperings but also that high school students could be so horrid.

They were especially mean to me. I was in a science class with none of my friends so I was vulnerable. There was only one person who thought it was natural and not satanic. The girls were mostly just laughing about it and stopped soon enough, but the boys and some of the really popular girls made a club. A No-Witches club. They took my things and spread nasty rumours. They drew cartoons of ugly stereotypical Witches stirring cauldrons and pinned them to my back. It was a living nightmare. My friends supported me but unfortunately they were getting some of the anger and hatred as well. When I told my form tutor, she asked me what Wicca was and when I told her, she said I had brought it all on myself and that I should just have kept my Satanic doings to myself. I spent days crying but enduring the horror that others forced on me.

Some of them listened when I said it was my religion and that it was as normal as to be Christian. Those few looked it up and asked me with genuine curiosity about it. Whether they are still interested I do not know. There is one specific event that made me want to write this article.

I was in class and we had a substitute teacher. It was one of the rare times when three out of five of we friends were in the room. I sat next to a boy who had a specific hatred of my sisters and I, along with our religion. It was the week after the rumours started and he took advantage of the teacher not being there. He raised his hand and when the teacher asked him what was wrong he said he ‘had to sit next to a voodoo Witch’. As he did, he looked me directly in the eye and saw how upset it had made me. The boy who started the rumours also looked at me and he was upset as well. He told me the next day he never meant to hurt us, just to punish us for falling out with him. I think that this experience taught him a lesson, too. After that, he stuck up for us as if his life depended on it. He did a good job.

The teacher looked shocked and the other students laughed apart from my sisters. The teacher asked what he meant. he said that my sisters and I worshipped the devil and that he wasn't going to put up with it. I was in tears, as were my sisters. Pride at humiliating us rolled off of him in waves and everyone else agreed with him. The teacher told him to take it to our head of year if he wanted something done about it. He did. Our head of year came to collect us from our lesson the next day and kept us with her over and hour, explaining to us that it was because he was a boy and probably jealous that we were part of something new.

She didn't have a clue.

We all tried to tell her that he discriminated against us because of our choices. I wasn't putting up with it. I still won’t. I went straight up to him and told him that he could take back what he said because he didn't know a thing about us. I told him that he was stupid and maybe if he was so sure of himself he should take up something different so we could bully him about it. I also told him that if he was going to bully someone about it to bully me not my sisters.

My sisters and I still get a lot of hatred throughout the school. We never talk about it. The meanness ate us up and we were a bit reluctant to carry on with Wicca, but I said that we shouldn't go through all of that just to give up. I got into a lot of trouble for what I did but I don't regret it. And if I had the chance to re-do things I wouldn't do them any other way because it has changed me. I went through a lot of pain but it was worth it. I pleaded my case and I won. Now if anyone says anything, I tell him or her to ask the other boy what happened.

So we carried on and now one year later we are starting a coven. I know we haven't been studying for long but we aren't doing powerful things or strenuous things. We have named our coven Maidens of Bast. I am telling you this because no one should be treated this way. Everyone is different and each person may follow a different religion and contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with that. Just because something is new or ‘scary-sounding’, it doesn't mean that you can make someone's life a misery over it.

If you don't like something others you know are doing, don't say anything about it until you read up on it and try to understand. Who knows? You might like it if you know something about it. Please never judge people by their religions. I know I’m young, but I have already found that out the hard way.





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