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Perhaps You’ve Forgotten …

Posted on | March 10, 2015 | 48 Comments

Pam Grossman (@Phantasmaphile) “is an independent curator, writer, and teacher of magical practice and history” who “explores the role of magic in contemporary life.” And in a July 2013 Huffington Post column, Ms. Grossman wrote this:

So several months ago, I proclaimed to my friends and readers that 2013 would be the Year of the Witch . . .
The archetype of the witch is long overdue for celebration. Daughters, mothers, queens, virgins, wives, et al. derive meaning from their relation to another person. Witches, on the other hand, have power on their own terms. They have agency. They create. They praise. They commune with nature/ Spirit/God/dess/Choose-your-own-semantics, freely, and free of any mediator. But most importantly: they make things happen. The best definition of magic I’ve been able to come up with is “symbolic action with intent” — “action” being the operative word. Witches are midwives to metamorphosis. They are magical women, and they, quite literally, change the world. . . .
Hillary Clinton, arguably the most powerful woman in American history, ended her tenure as Secretary of State . . . with the following words:

“If women and girls everywhere were treated as equal to men in rights, dignity, and opportunity, we would see political and economic progress everywhere. So this is not only a moral issue, which, of course, it is. It is an economic issue and a security issue, and it is the unfinished business of the 21st century.” . . .

The apocalypse has happened, my friends, and it’s still happening. Our task at hand is to bring about the end of the old world, but then to create something vital and shining and new. Instead of four horses, we’re riding in on brooms.

Google “Dianic Wicca” — “a branch of Wicca that focuses on feminist values and the worship of the Goddess Diana.” You may think feminist witchcraft is a joke, but these witches are serious.

Just because feminist witches are crazy doesn’t mean they’re not also dangerous. Please buy my book, help promote it to others and don’t forget the Five Most Important Words in the English Language:






48 Responses to “Perhaps You’ve Forgotten …”

  1. DavidD
    March 10th, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    ” ‘ “[S]ymbolic action with intent” ‘ “–this could just as easily be the definition for modern liberalism overall; Ms. Grossman is wrong, thoug–the operative word is “symbolic”, not “action”.

    Take symbolic action and, as long as one’s intentions are “good”, everything will magically turn out right–it’s The Vision of the Anointed, baby!

  2. kilo6
    March 10th, 2015 @ 11:39 am

    Our task at hand is to bring about the end of the old world, but then to create something vital and shining and new. …
    Geez, talk about re-purposed Marxism. This is the functional essence of Critical Theory, criticize and destroy the existing order with only a vague utopian vision as its’ replacement.
    Forward Comrades!

  3. NeoWayland
    March 10th, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    Except in direct confrontations, feminist witches are less threatening than you might think.

    Political feminists are still a major disruption.

  4. kilo6
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

    I was talking about feminism to a friend who’s a commercial pilot. His response after looking over my copy of Sex trouble was

    “So feminism is just like CFIT and this McCain guy is a GPWS”

    For those unfamiliar CFIT means Controlled Flight Into Terrain, an air accident in which a properly functioning plane under control of a qualified pilot is unintentionally flown into the ground, a mountain, water, or an obstacle. and GPWS is Ground Proximity Warning System a subsystem included on all virtually all large military and commercial passenger aircraft for the past 40+ years.

  5. Adobe_Walls
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

    I can’t wait until these folks and Daesh get together to change the world.

  6. Jim A
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

    At first, I thought that RSM’s site was a parody of feminism in general and modern feminism in practice. Surely, the feminist movement was about equality and not about lesbianism, destruction of gender (androgyny), destruction of heteronormalicy and destruction of the family as the fundamental unit of society. Right? No, I read his book ($1.99 on Kindle) over the weekend and that is exactly what feminism is all about.

    Now, I read that the LGBT community thinks it is an act of violence not to use the “preferred gender pronoun” while addressing another person. Note, it is not a micro-aggression, but actual violence.

    What is the scariest is 90,000 enrolled in Women Study departments across the US. 90,000 Feminist Social Justice Warriors churned out every four years transforms the culture in vast ways.

    As a father of a toddler boy, I have no idea how I am going to raise my son in this world. Not a fracking clue.

  7. M. Thompson
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

    I think I felt IQ points escape by what she wrote.

  8. Toastrider
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

    Ah yes, the whole ‘as long as our intentions are righteous, who cares how it turns out?’. Someone needs to remind them about a certain road paved with good intentions.

  9. Toastrider
    March 10th, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

    I saw a friend of mine once drive one of these witches into a fit of frustrated anger. He deliberately misinterpreted everything she was trying to say as if it was a reference to the card game ‘Magic: The Gathering’. Good times.

  10. Jeanette Victoria
    March 10th, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    One of those feminist lesbian witches I met her a few times she was arrogantly superior in her lesbian feminism. She really despised feminine stay at home moms (which I was at the time). Funny how she eventually got married. Note the co-founders Gwydion Penderrwen (Thomas deLong) was a womanizer who died in a car roll over because he couldn’t afford new break shoes and Oberon (Timothy Zell)and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart (Diana Moore) who had a group marriage and was influential in the modern polyamory movement.

    They are all really creepy people

  11. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 10th, 2015 @ 1:44 pm
  12. Jeanette Victoria
    March 10th, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

    LOL Lets get real

  13. RS
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

    Home School or conservative Christian school. I say that as the father of two sons and one daughter. Their lives and souls depend on it.

  14. RS
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

    But let’s not forget, the idea of a Virgin Birth of God Incarnate for purposes of dying for the sins of all humans, yet defeating the quintessential Human Condition via The Resurrection is just the crazy talk of a bunch of uneducated hillbillies.

    Even though that “action” was anything but “symbolic” and “quite literally, change[d] the world.”

  15. Jeanette Victoria
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:09 pm

    Pagan Pride at NY Pride

  16. RS
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

    Meanwhile, via David Thompson, comes this tidbit:

    An adolescent with an IQ of 100 was [up to] 5 times more likely to have had intercourse than a teen with a score of 120 or 130. Each additional point of IQ increased the odds of virginity by 2.7% for males and 1.7% for females.

    Have at it, McCain.

  17. McGehee
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:27 pm

    I proclaimed to my friends and readers that 2013 would be the Year of the Witch

    Everybody was so sure 2008 would be the Year of the Witch, but Cackling Cankles lost the nomination.

  18. McGehee
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

    As a father of a toddler boy, I have no idea how I am going to raise my son in this world.

    “Son, most adults are out of their minds. They won’t tell you this — but since I just did, you can be sure Daddy is sane.”

  19. Adobe_Walls
    March 10th, 2015 @ 2:45 pm

    With out that Gay rights hook, what have they got that makes them relevant?

  20. Jeanette Victoria
    March 10th, 2015 @ 3:24 pm

    Mutual hatred for Christians

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  22. Adobe_Walls
    March 10th, 2015 @ 4:07 pm

    That’s a defining characteristic common to much of the left. It doesn’t make them any more (or perhaps less) relevant than your garden variety leftist.

  23. Quartermaster
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:01 pm

    Yeah, about like “moderate” Muslims.

  24. Quartermaster
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

    I think you should be banned for not providing some warning.

  25. Squid Hunt
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:03 pm

  26. Fail Burton
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

    In what form of semantic Orwellian gibberish is “action” the operative word in “symbolic action”? Sometimes it seems as if moderns feminists strive to attain the status of the stupidest stereotypes about stupid hapless women frozen by their own headlights of poor character and value systems.

    And Clinton doesn’t realize women are already being treated equally in rights and opportunity. Some failures among them aren’t being doted on and micro-managed enough to make a second place team seem like a first place one, is what she really means. It is not a moral issue, but a question of what works and what doesn’t. You can’t teach math by making it a moral issue.

  27. Squid Hunt
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:06 pm

    It’s not hard to mess with libs. Just parody agreeing with them. They love to argue, so that doesn’t work.

  28. Squid Hunt
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:06 pm

    Rebellion and bitterness.

  29. K-Bob
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:08 pm

    “The most powerful woman in American history” is a coattail surfing, bitter old woman who’s screwed up everything she’s ever been involved with. Ace has a decent post up about Hillary’s Lies.

    I think her qualifications are so similar to barack’s that barack ought to join a coven.

    …if he isn’t already secretly running one.

  30. Adobe_Walls
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    So little distinguishes them from any other leftist.

  31. Jeanette Victoria
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:18 pm

    True they are leftist with a twist but still the same hate and intolerance

  32. NeoWayland
    March 10th, 2015 @ 5:47 pm

    They really aren’t.

    It’s about the politics. Someone might be willing to pick a fight in public for appearances and act quite differently privately so long as they do not lose face.

    The political breed though is entirely different.

  33. Isa
    March 10th, 2015 @ 7:03 pm

    are these witches running on Oz rules? ’cause if they are, a bit of water will solve the problem. 😛

  34. Isa
    March 10th, 2015 @ 7:18 pm

    “Our task at hand is to bring about the end of the old world, but then to create something vital and shining and new.”

    if i had a dollar for every anime supervillain i’ve heard say that…

  35. Zohydro
    March 10th, 2015 @ 7:43 pm

    It could be worse…

  36. Fail Burton
    March 10th, 2015 @ 11:41 pm

    Take people who exhibit cult-like behaviors not only as followers but leaders, the kind of obsessive paranoia which will consistently bring up racism and sexism above the priorities of a given venue such as teaching an English class or being the Guest of Honor at a science fiction convention, people who commonly exhibit in-group vs. out-group supremacist notions based on race and sex, and other people who exhibit all the hallmarks of fringe lunatics being persecuted by the world at large.

    Then dress the whole affair up in professional web site design and dedicate the whole thing to “news” and “social justice.”

    Then call it the Huffington Post.

  37. Finrod Felagund
    March 11th, 2015 @ 12:00 am

    My alma mater is an all-male college that’s intending to stay that way, by the way. They don’t have a Women’s Studies department.

  38. Sparafucile
    March 11th, 2015 @ 12:09 am

    Something tells me the whole school is a “women studies” department 😉

  39. Finrod Felagund
    March 11th, 2015 @ 12:18 am

    True, that and alcohol studies 🙂

  40. Steve Skubinna
    March 11th, 2015 @ 1:08 am

    Ah, that explains it. I always figured I was way to smart for women to appreciate.

  41. Steve Skubinna
    March 11th, 2015 @ 1:15 am

    Was a time when people would avoid publicly saying or writing something like this “Look at me, witchy-poo!” because it makes you look like a total freakin’ idiot.

    Also there was a time a reputable publisher (yeah, I know, HuffPo) would shy away from printing something like this, either from a sense of delicacy or just a disinclination to propagate stupidity. Perhaps the Huffers place themselves in the position of proprietors of a modern day freak show, carny hucksters of the internet.

    Again, I am not obligated to listen to the voices in somebody else’s head. Crazy cat ladies are still crazy cat ladies even if they claim to be a witch. In fact, it just reinforces the stereotype.

  42. Daniel Freeman
    March 11th, 2015 @ 1:56 am

    “Trigger warning: Don’t bother pulling the trigger. You’d just have to buy a new monitor. What has been seen, cannot be unseen.”

  43. Quartermaster
    March 11th, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    You make the process sound more sane than it actually is.

  44. Quartermaster
    March 11th, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Most of us knew that H.R. Puffinstuff was a kids show.

  45. Quartermaster
    March 11th, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    The point is, they ALL have influence. They don’t have to “pick fights” to cause problems.

  46. NeoWayland
    March 11th, 2015 @ 11:15 am

    They aren’t picking fights to cause problems. They pick fights to maintain status. It doesn’t matter if they are the first string if they don’t sack more opponents than all the other people on their own team. I can’t stress enough how rigidly enforced a pecking order can be. Come up with something that lets them look better and they will adapt.

    Those wedded to a political cause are very different.

  47. Zohydro
    March 11th, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    Here we go again…

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