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[Jul. 26th, 2006|04:58 pm]
Religious Themes in the Shows We Love

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[texanfan]
I think this is appropriate to this community.  In the fic I'm currently writing I'm about to do some very involved spells to facilitate the climax.  I've got Wiccan friends who can help me but after Writer Con I face a conundrum.  I heard two opposing viewpoints.  Both started from the point that Joss obviously knew little about Wicca and that neither Willow nor Tara followed the tenets of that faith.  Some said this could be corrected in fic, others said it was disrepectful to pretend they were real Wiccans at this late date because that's not how they were represented in the show.  Opinions?  Discussion?
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[User Picture]From: harmonyfb
2006-07-26 10:41 pm (UTC)
Therefore I would argue that the least confusing (and most educational) thing for your readers would be to keep them Wiccan, but do it properly with the help of your friend.

But that would make them out-of-character, since neither acted like a Wiccan on the show.
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[User Picture]From: quinara
2006-07-26 10:50 pm (UTC)
This is probably where my ignorance rears it's ugly head - I'd assumed it was an issue of the ritual employed when casting spells, but I suppose there are other factors?
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[User Picture]From: harmonyfb
2006-07-26 11:08 pm (UTC)
It's a question of belief. Wicca is a religion, not simply a magickal system. The Witches' Voice is a good resource site (for more than Wiccan beliefs.)

Here are some bullet points that I've used when talking to the local media:

Wicca is a pantheistic/polytheistic, nature-centered religion.

Wicca is an experiential, rather than revealed, religion.

Wiccans acknowledge and worship an immanent, rather than transcendant, divine, usually represented as a God and Goddess.

Wiccans strive to live in harmony with, rather than in mastery over, Nature.

Wicca stresses personal responsibility and individual knowledge of the Divine rather than adherence to specific religious law.

Wiccans live by the Wiccan Rede: An it harm none, do as you will.

These aren't exhaustive, of course (and some are given more weight than others depending on the tradition), but they'll give you some idea of how our faith is structured.
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[User Picture]From: quinara
2006-07-26 11:37 pm (UTC)
Wicca is a religion, not simply a magickal system.

*blushes* Oh yes, I know - what I meant was that, just as when you aren't always aware of what religion people are until you ask them / meet a situation where it becomes apparent, I'd assumed that that changing Willow and Tara into truly Wiccan characters wouldn't drastically change their actions in general-episode X. Obviously, there would be many more differences than I had first appreciated.

Thanks for the link - it's so nice to have that much concise information with good authority.
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[User Picture]From: texanfan
2006-07-30 01:28 pm (UTC)
And may I say welcom to the community quinara! Now I'm kicking around a plot bunny where Willow's use of manipulative magic (pick and episode there are plenty) comes back to bite her on the ass via the 3 fold law. Have to think about that.
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