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Being called something
« on: September 08, 2011, 05:07:24 pm »
Okay soo today I wore my pentacle neclace. I did my art project with a pentacle (or pentagram how ever you idenify it) and the teacher said to me "is that star for being happy, or shining like a star, or are you a santanist" I kinda looked at him and said "No I am wiccan (eclectic) and he said "I know I was just kidding" what do you have to say to this. (also I have nothing agaisnt people who are a santanist, its a free world, your relgion is you not no one else)

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Re: Being called something
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2011, 05:14:17 pm »
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Back in my Wicc-ish days when I wore a pentacle more often than not, I'd get the occasional comment (usually ill-informed, as was this one you received). I'd smile sweetly and educate the commentor. "Satanic pentagrams are point-down, and often have a goat's head superimposed on them. Mine's point up, and I don't even believe in Satan."

Worked almost every time. Even on the Mormons. :-)
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Re: Being called something
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2011, 05:51:54 pm »
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Okay soo today I wore my pentacle neclace. I did my art project with a pentacle (or pentagram how ever you idenify it) and the teacher said to me "is that star for being happy, or shining like a star, or are you a santanist" I kinda looked at him and said "No I am wiccan (eclectic) and he said "I know I was just kidding" what do you have to say to this. (also I have nothing agaisnt people who are a santanist, its a free world, your relgion is you not no one else)

 
Not great of the teacher to bring it up that way - but my basic principle is not to make overt (by wearing obvious jewelry, having it be obvious in what I'm doing etc.) stuff I'm not reasonably willing to talk about in that context, so if I wear an obvious religious symbol, I plan to have a brief something I can say already planned.

In this case, I might have said something really simple like "Nope!" or "Rather not discuss religion in this context." or "Lots of people wear this symbol, not just Satanists", depending on the situation.
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Re: Being called something
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 05:53:15 pm »
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Back in my Wicc-ish days when I wore a pentacle more often than not, I'd get the occasional comment (usually ill-informed, as was this one you received). I'd smile sweetly and educate the commentor. "Satanic pentagrams are point-down, and often have a goat's head superimposed on them. Mine's point up, and I don't even believe in Satan."


Just as a point of clarification: some Wiccan trads use the point-down pentacle as a second degree symbol (though, in general, if they do, they don't wear it in public.) The symbolism has to do with the work with the shadow self/mastering the body in order to understand the spirit type stuff.
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Re: Being called something
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011, 06:07:11 pm »
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Just as a point of clarification: some Wiccan trads use the point-down pentacle as a second degree symbol (though, in general, if they do, they don't wear it in public.) The symbolism has to do with the work with the shadow self/mastering the body in order to understand the spirit type stuff.

 
Much appreciated. I have no experience with anyone in those trads, or I'd have known better. Thanks for the information!
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Re: Being called something
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2011, 05:39:22 am »
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Much appreciated. I have no experience with anyone in those trads, or I'd have known better. Thanks for the information!


And a lot of TW use the goat/baphomet too. ;)
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Re: Being called something
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2011, 01:40:57 pm »
Quote from: addy;18602
Okay soo today I wore my pentacle neclace. I did my art project with a pentacle (or pentagram how ever you idenify it) and the teacher said to me "is that star for being happy, or shining like a star, or are you a santanist" I kinda looked at him and said "No I am wiccan (eclectic) and he said "I know I was just kidding" what do you have to say to this. (also I have nothing agaisnt people who are a santanist, its a free world, your relgion is you not no one else)

 
I'd laugh it off as a joke.  Some people try to be funny and just aren't.  No need to give it any more attention than that unless they press the matter.
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Re: Being called something
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2011, 06:25:43 pm »
Quote from: Starglade;18604
Back in my Wicc-ish days when I wore a pentacle more often than not, I'd get the occasional comment (usually ill-informed, as was this one you received). I'd smile sweetly and educate the commentor. "Satanic pentagrams are point-down, and often have a goat's head superimposed on them. Mine's point up, and I don't even believe in Satan."

Worked almost every time. Even on the Mormons. :-)

 
I have a Goddess pendant that I used to wear a lot, but it was like a magnet for church invitations. :) I was sitting outside a bookstore wearing it once (I was also wearing all black) and these girls just randomly came up to me and said: "Hey, we were wondering if you wanted to join our church?" (Yeah, it was completely out of left field.) I said: "Actually, I'm waiting for someone," and they left. I thought that maybe they saw the necklace and the clothing and thought "Satanist". Still, it was the most random thing ever.

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