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Self-professed Cynic Tries Witchcraft for a Week


...and learns to fly. Just kidding.

This morning I came across a post on Patheos Pagan that was written in response to an article published in the Independent. The pagan author was justifiably upset about how witchcraft was being portrayed in the news. The aim of the article in the Independent is clearly to mock people with an irrational belief in magick that goes against science, lumping witches together with climate change deniers and anti-vaxxers.

Welcome to the new-old version of the witch burning times, my friends.

The original article from 12 January 2020 is nothing short of laughable because the author, Ceri Radford, mentions confirmation bias in the idiotic paragraph where she 'explains' divination to us while being in blatant denial about how her own confirmation bias shaped her experiment of 'becoming a witch in one week.'

It's a bit like someone trying to become an astrophysicist in a week and ending up debunking astrophysics because they can't explain it. Silly girl.

It would be better if Ceri Radford had done her research before writing this article for the Independent instead of making a never-ending list of assumptions (how unscientific!) based on cynical bias and a book that should probably never have been written.

Unfortunately, the market is flooded with New Age versions of 101 books about the Craft that cause more harm than good. I would give any books that promise happiness in a week/10 easy steps etc a hard pass if you are truly interested in learning the Craft. The book that the week-long experiement was based on is titled 'The Modern Witch’s Guide to Happiness.' You get me.

Witchcraft isn't about personal happiness. Nor is it about looking good/sexy on Instagram. It's about honing a gift that you either have or you don't. Those who have it spend their whole lives honing their Craft so that they can be of service. Those who don't have it should not dabble. Yes, I'm looking at you, Ceri.

That's not to say that people who don't have the gift should not seek understanding about it. I recommend 'Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe' by Dean Radin for those who are willing to explore the latest, cutting-edge scientific evidence that magic (and I don't care if you spell it with or without the 'k') is a phenomenon that science is beginning to be able to sneak a peek at.

In conclusion, it seems that any moron can become a journalist for a major newspaper these days, as long as they are willing to further the agenda of those in power... and maybe that is what is wrong with the world. Just sayin'.

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