by Nojo do PSDB:
automatically assume its wicca (or they are wiccan)?
Any prejudice agaisnt it?
Answer by Pixie
I practice Wicca, and I am a Wiccan Pagan, as are my Mother and Father. I hold no prejudice to any types of people, although I do notice a lot of kids wearing Pentacles or Pentagrams to upset society or their parents, which is a bit silly really.
If I saw someone on the street wearing a pent, I’d be more likely to chat them up to find out why they wore it and what they considered themselves. I would never assume it meant they were Wiccan… I’ve had people make that assumption of me because I wear a pent sometimes and I find it a tad irritating, though I don’t mind if people ask cuz then it gives me a chance to explain and make a friend.
Of course I’m not prejudice against it. I’m slightly inclined towards it, but I do accept that just because they may be pagan doesn’t mean they’re good people.
I personally try to keep my prejudices to myself. That way it gives me an opportunity to actually get to know a person who is different and see what they’re like. I had a co-worker what was Wiccan, and she was the sweetest, kindest person. We enjoyed each other’s company very much. Before meeting her I knew almost nothing about Wicca, except that many consider it witchcraft. It sounded strange from my vantage point, but I didn’t allow my prejudices to shut her out… and that worked out very well for me.
Hi, I’m cool with witchcraft. Not my path, but all the witches I’ve met are really very nice people, and usually have quite a lot to teach.
And else, I’m deeply in love with one.
.And no prejudice at all, no more than if I saw someone wearing a chaos star like mine, would make me assume someone is a chaos mate, but
I certainly wouldn’t make any assumptions about people based on the jewellery they wear – except, of course, to tut and roll my eyes if I think they have over-cooked the goose.
Less is always more where jewellery is concerned.
Far from being prejudicial toward that whole pagan/wiccan/earth-worshipping group I tend to be quite well disposed toward them.
Those I have met in person have always struck me as being pretty decent people.
Much to my own surprise.So no.
No assumptions about the wearer of a pentacle being in to wicca and/or witchcraft and no prejudice against it at all from from me.
Although i myself do not practise Wicca, i have no objections to what it is and whoever wants to practice is. It’s a way of life, each to their own.
As for seeing someone wearinng a pentacle, I know plenty of people who wear them simply because they like the way they look and as it has been said in another answer, some wear them as some sort of rebelious statement to thier parents and those around them.
Next time you see one, I say, go up and ask what it means to them. Im sure they would be pleased to see someone intrigued about their ‘culture’ rather then someone who crosses the street as soon as they see them.
I have a great deal of respect for Wiccans, and have a family history on my mother’s side of witchcrafty type doings. (My grandmother was what she termed a ‘water witch’, my great aunt used to do card readings, and my great great grandmother was a medium and psychic everyone went to when they lost something.) I myself have studied Wicca and witchcraft, and so I have absolutely nothing against those who practice. If I saw someone on the street wearing a pentacle, I would probably smile at them and say “Merry Meet” or “Blessed Be.”
And for the record, my grandmother, great aunt and great great grandmother never wore pentacles. That’s a fairly modern thing for witches/Wiccans to do.
I really wouldn’t care. People are allowed to do whatever they like. My personal beliefs with regards to witchcraft aren’t going to convince or sway anyone, so there’s no point preaching or getting worked up about it. Each to their own.
i would not automatically assume its wicca, or indeed any pagan religion, the pentagram is worn by many goths emo’s and other such labels these days.
i have no prejudice over people wearing whatever they like, and i am myself a pagan. if i have a conversation with them i would be intrigued as to why they wear it, i like to discuss religion and personal beliefs with others, it reminds me how accepting we can be and how we CAN get along despite everybody having a unique faith.
how do i feel about wicca personally? i did not choose to become a wiccan myself, but researched into it, it just didnt suit me as a person but i like the wiccan rede. witchcraft is just something that people choose to do, i feel neither positive nor negative towards it, as the magick in itself is neutral. it is the person’s intentions which usually concern me. when they are doing good in the world, how could i possibly complain about that? if it was bad however i would be very upset and do what i can to find out what would lead a person to use magick for bad intentions, maybe i could stop them.
in all though, i see many people wearing pentagrams and i usually think nothing of it. if we engaged in conversation i would ask about it though.
Personally I have nothing against Wicca, or wearing a pentacle. I have seen many lovely pieces of pentacle jewelry. When I see someone wearing a pentacle I assume they like the symbol. Just because someone wears a pentacle does not mean that they are Wiccan. Symbols have different meanings to each individuals, and as with any symbol some people wear a pentacle because they like its appearance.
No I would not automatically assume they are Wiccan, Wicca does not own that symbol, it is thousands of years older that Wicca.
No prejudice, Pentacles are OK, WIcca is OK, and everything else as well,
I’m always aware of the general distrust/ignorance towards the symbol.
So, if the opportunity presents itself, I ask the person If I “could ask a personal question?”, & ask if they are wearing it as a fashion statement or as a religious item. If a person’s quiet & respectful it works.
If there’s no opportunity I’ve just held my up & say “snap”.
OTOH I have had someone quietly & respectfully ask if I was a Mason or Jewish because I’ve been wearing mine.
I am Wiccan.
I have a small gold pentacle given to me for mother’s day about 12 years ago that I wear; most people think it is a star of David.
To be honest, I’ve gotten very few negative reactions to anyone discovering I was Wiccan.
Wicca isn’t the only religion or group that claims a pentacle as its symbol so although I would probably assume that they were Wiccan, I wouldn’t be shocked or condemn them as a poser if I found out they weren’t.
As a Wiccan myself, the only negative feelings I would have towards someone wearing a pentacle would largely have to be brought on by something else they were doing such as wearing a ridiculous amount of religious jewelery for the shock value.