The Witches Of Eastwick TV Series
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How do you all feel about the Harry Potter books and movies? You know the reason I originally decided to join the Wiccan and Pagan LT groups are because I wanted to learn and understand what it's all about not to make any enemies or have people dislike me because I might say something that is taken out of context like I had happen several times to me in Poetry Fool or Pros & Cons. I just couldn't handle the fact that everyone seemed to be ganging up on me and calling me all sorts of names that the only choice I had was to leave those LT groups.
I enjoyed The Craft mostly, as it had a lot of Wiccan philosophy in it - such as harm none, and what goes around comes around. I had some issues with the whole focus on worshipping and getting power from an avatar of the God, though. Wicca is a very balanced religion, emphasizing the God and the Goddess equally, and focusing on the synergystic power of the two. One could argue that the imbalance was what led to all the trouble, but there was so little mention of the Goddess or of the concept of balance in general, that I felt it was a bit misleading.
Practical Magid really wasn't religious at all, it was just folklore magic. I'd say the characters were witches in the vernacular, not the religious sense.
Perhaps the key issue is that the magic that Wiccans do isn't the 'blink and something appears' kind of magic, but rather a slow, subtle influence of energies. That sort of thing doesn't make good TV or movies any more than planting trees that will take a lifetime to grow makes good TV or movies. The best portrayals of religious witchcraft, in my opinion, are the ones that give a sympathetic character who happens to be a witch and whose religion is a part of, but not the focus, of the action. This of course, is true for any religion, not just Wicca or other types of Paganism.
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