The Sessiomagus article was apparently not that interesting, as I got little resonse from it. Witchvox was reluctant to publish it for some time as well, which may have been an indication of a lack of quality or appeal. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the best think I could have written, although I think the topic was important enough to warrant writing about. Perhaps there are more sessiomagi in my target audience than I thought, or perhaps too many readers felt I was attacking magical scholarship in general (as one respondent did). I suppose there is little use speculating on it. Someday I may re-write the article — we’ll just have to wait and see.
I’m working on another essay, which will be about self-identification in neo-pagan groups. It will most likely be a while until it’s done, though, since school has started again and this semester is looking to be a doozy. Check back for updates, if you be so inclined.
Wow, can I relate to this article! I just recently found myself in an
time-wasting email debate with one such individual.
He had posted a comment on one of the WV stories. I liked his comment
and emailed a compliment, and mentioned a little of my own experiences
about the subject of the story. Instead of having the social graces to
simply thank me for my comment, he launched into a tome that was
sanctimonius, self-congratulatory, overbearing in its tone, and about how his
view was somehow “more advanced” than mine, etc. ad nauseam. Needless
to say, I was offended (and said so) , mostly at the incredible
self-importance he displayed, despite the fact that he never even got into the
meat of the philosophies he was quoting from! I’m not even sure that he
was knowledgable in these areas; his replies were mostly non-sequiturs.
I asked him repeatedly to never mind the instructive attitude and to
talk to me in a rational manner. He was either unwilling or unable to do
so. I now believe that this person was a species of psychic vampire;
the kind that gets you all fired up at his insulting attitude and feeds
off the anger he has produced. When I finally realized this, I told him
I would not be replying to his emails and then blocked his email
address. Let him feed on someone else!
Hmm, while I respect your opinion, I must wonder what brought you to
write such an essay as the one you wrote. Your words have such a bitter
harshness to them that I am left to wonder if there is an underlying
bigotry in them. Yes, while I agree there are those who are
and also delusional, there are also many forms of ‘Witch’, some of whom
practice magic and others who do not. It is like saying one who is not
a hereditary Witch, is not a true Witch. You denegrate your own kind
with your words. To my view, the very essence of our path as Witches is
individual freedom and the ability to seek knowledge from any and all
venues. Why is it a bad thing if one does not choose to put this into
magical practice? If there is respect, honor, and humility, what is
to judge, unless you are predisposed to judgment and bigotry.
I mean no disrespect to your opinions. I respect your right to believe
as you do, but I can not say that I agree with it. But you did put your
views on Witchvox, which opened the door to this debate, I suppose.
These are simply mine.
I ment no intrusion or insult. I wish you the best. Brightest