Say no to Wicca.
The video was posted directly to Facebook so you will have to visit this link to see it.
At first Autumn makes a wise and rational case for saying no to Wicca. She explains not to claim Wicca as your religion out of rebellion, because you want to be part of a group, or because you are too lazy to research other pagan paths. She also suggests researching your family history to discover your ancestry. For example, if you ancestors were Italian than she suggests pursuing Strega witchcraft.
But partway through, her video takes a pretty insulting turn.
She rationalizes that she shouldn't believe in Wicca because it was invented in the 1950's by Gerald Gardner. She says "Do the research."
Well I have. In my opinion, Gardner didn't "invent" anything. He assembled the different witchcraft beliefs, rites, and traditions into a cohesive religion called Wicca. All of which are based on ancient practices. Like the idiom goes, "There is nothing new under the sun."
I never thought I would ever become a Wiccan apologetic, but I was extremely insulted by what this woman said. I found the idea absurd that she was telling others to research something when it appears she has never taken the time to properly research it on her own.
This video also reminded me of some in the indie and hipster cultures. They reject anything that is mainstream or popular. I read an article once about the song Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. The article was about how clubs that featured indie music played the song constantly until it reached the Top 40. As soon as it became mainstream, the same clubs that had played it a week ago refused to play it.
Just because something is popular it doesn't mean it's not valid. Nor does the fact that Wicca is a new religion invalidate it. Every religion has to start somewhere. Every religion has a beginning. Every religion was "invented" on some level or another.
Not to mention Wicca today is quite different from the Gerald Gardner's Wicca. Some view that as a good a thing. Some view it as bad. Like Autumn says, there are many different paths in paganism but she fails to recognize the many different traditions in Wicca. Wicca has grown and changed since Gardner.
Even if you don't end up choosing to be Wiccan, an interest in Wicca is often a springboard to other pagan paths. Don't say no to Wicca.
Say yes to Wicca and see where it leads you.