FAQs of Life.
If this is the first time you've accessed a Wiccan/Pagan/Magical/Occulty
website, can I just say one thing: you've picked one of the worst
places to start.
mean, you're very welcome and we'd hate to put you off continued
browsing and all but, unlike 98 percent of all such websites, this
one doesn't go into all that preliminary 'No, we don't worship
Satan', 'No, we don't kiss goats' bottoms', 'No, we
can't levitate nearly as well as Fairuza Balk in The Craft'
partly because, as mentioned, 98 percent of all Witchy/Pagany sites
handle this very nicely already. You really can't cyber-spit on
the WWW without hitting a Wiccan FAQ, trust me. Have a rummage.
other reason is that we tend to feel that, by now, the world really
ought to be getting the message about the nature of the (real) Craft
and other Pagan religions and Magickal practices. Jewish sites don't
seem to feel the need to explain that members of their community
don't go in for extracting pounds of flesh from business associates
or teaching small boys how 'to pick a pocket or two'. African-American
sites exhibit no need to discuss 'natural rhythm' or a partiality
for watermelon. These groups, and many others, have found that the
time has to come when the constant battles against puerile misinformation
need to be traded for the assumption of your right to be treated
you might still get the occasional bottle flung at your head but
that's life on Earth basically, isn't it? Speaking of which ...
Issues. If this is something like the four hundredth first time
you've accessed a Wiccan/Pagan/Magical/Occulty website, you might
notice the complete lack of slogans of the 'Never Again the Burning
omission has little to do with arguments about historical accuracy,
actual body counts or what the late Margaret Murray was on. It's
about the fact that a phrase like 'Never Again the Burning Times'
is actually a trifle daft considering they never stopped. Perhaps
the legal assassination of any old duck with a penchant from reading
their tea leaves is a thing of the past, but people continue doing
appalling things to people.
wanting to sound like an old cynical trousers, but no amount of
online sloganeering is going to do a scrap of good for those lives
cut short in the Middle Ages, is it? Nor is it likely to make a
psychopathic wannabe Witch-burner stop in his or her tracks should
you be unfortunate enough to attract one's attention.
esoteric community doesn't really need its own private holocaust
to mourn. The one raging over the last few millennia ought to be
enough for anyone and shows no sign of abating. People vs people.
Perhaps some small benefit could come from, if not replacing, at
least supplementing the Burning Times banners with a small link
to, say, Amnesty International.
endeth the pontification.
finally: WARNING - This site contains biological accurate imagery
which some viewers might find overstimulating.
given Shadowplay's mythic, Wiccan and magical subject matter,
some of the artwork you might encounter on this site depicts the
external bits of the human (and Faerie, Elvish, etc) form in pretty
much their entirety, ie including those portions an unauthorised
airing of which might well get one arrested in Piccadilly Circus,
depending on the disposition of the relevant constables.
Editors of this site would like to apologise to our more sensitive
readers for this and, indeed, the highly awkward and embarrassing
nature of the human (etc) anatomy.
distressing places such skycladophobic readers might wish to avoid
include: the Louvre Museum, the New Orleans Mardi Gras, the New
York Metropolitan Museum of Art, any future sequels to Woodstock,
a lot of really nice beaches, the Cistine Chapel (well, virtually
all of the Vatican, Italy and Greece should be approached with apprehension),
Pagan and New Age gatherings, their own bathrooms and, of course,
the womb. Another alternative, of course, is getting over it <>.