mandag den 23. november 2009

The fairy tale

I am a story teller. It is a gift I suppose and you might have noticed that I tend to get a little poetic when I am writing. Ever since I could grasp the idea of stories I have been deeply fascinated with the phenomenon, but I reckon that my all time favorite genre was fairy tales. There was something about this unearthly world that captured me and there was no doubt in my mind that trolls and fairies existed. Magick was with me already then.
So the question is: What does fairy tales have to do with the new age verison of the witch? How was that evil hiddous creature who cursed beautiful princesses a sprout to my current believes? Actually I was as credulous as anyone my age. The witch was a horryfying and deamon-like evíl who was controlled by greed and malicious pleasure. She was the enemy. But she did have a counterpart, the fairy godmother and commen for them were the ability to use the forces of the world to their own or other's advantage. The power was the tricker for the excitement and the beauty. Mostly the endings were bright and happy and everybody got what they deserved.

I am grown now. I know that the world isn't as black and white as the dear tales make them out to be. I know some of the big religions today (the one I was raised with included) revovles around a male diety. There is no balance between the maskulin and the feminine aspects of human nature. The woman was forgotten. Her power was deamonised. The witch is a rebellious character, she is a woman of unknown origien with unknown powers. The fairy tales are created for children to teach and scare them. The witch reprents a heathen, individualistic woman with a connection with or undstanding of the divine (be it good or bad).
There was a time when humans worshiped mother earth. She was the perfect feminin and she was the carrier of life. This witch, the witch that most children and adults know, is but a shadow of a the beautiful power of women. I almost sound like I want a matriacal society, but no. It is the balance that matters. And when men got rid of the goddess, they tipped the scale. Biblically the witch is a devil-worshipper and historically she is mostly innocent woman and men who became the victim of inquosisiton. It's a lot to begin talking about just now, so I'll probably return to them one at the time.

These are all definitions and words and perceptions. You would think today's witches would have chosen a name of a less chaotic and prejudged character to represent their believes. But the truth is.. the chaos is very suiting. The witches of this generation have taken some very old ways up agian. Like ancient people, and like the native americans, nature and divinity is closely connected in their eyes and if there's anything really chaotic it's nature. The witch is the anicient empowered human. She is mystical and rare and I like the word.

Witch - Heks - Bruja. Those are names of women of magick, whether she is of the fairy tales, of the very distant past or the second I write this last word.