Raven Digitalis explains the difference between black-magic spells that disturb "the flow of the universe" and the harmless spells he casts. (3.25.08)
I as a young wiccan growing up in the " bible belt" ( I'm close to 16 and have been studying the craft for around 2 years and magik my whole life) am so glad to have such a large network as MTV putting these videos on their site. i just wish that my classmates, community , and most of my family would educate themselves of other religious beliefs, not to " damn them to hell" but to at least show them that what i believe isn't wrong and that i wont be damned for worshiping and celebrating my life.
Very happy to see some very good information about difficult topics. Wished we could have seen some more typical pagans, (though they were kind enough to mention we don't all dress to impress in quite the same way).
All in all I appreciate any air time given to well spoken information. Presenting a fair approach is difficult concerning chocolate pudding let alone something as misunderstood as this :)
I loved this video. They went to two of the most misunderstood or avoided cultures, Goth and Wicca, and showed the world it is not doom, gloom, pain and death. They showed the light, the love, and the kids they spoke to were intelligent, well spoken, eloquent, and quite frankly blew me away. I was expecting it to be another show on "Freaks and Geeks" of any subculture, you know, the "witch" down the street who runs around with tinfoil lining her hat and has 57 cats who are all reincarnations of her friends and casts spells at midnight to stop the government, or the "goth" who has gravestones over his bed, and skulls hanging everywhere to remind him of the only "real" thing in life - doom and gloom, and poetry on death as his only hobby.
This was fantastic, it opens peoples eyes to so much that is completely unknown because they are busy avoiding what is strange to them and never looking inside. Fantastic presentation and amazing kids!
I'm a typical middle of the road American for the most part, raised American Princess in suburbia, now a 40-year old exective assistant, and I'm a natural witch. I've followed the path since I was about 8 or 9 years old, only finding out after college that what I did WAS a path and a religion. I just knew it was how my heart told me to be. Surprise to find out that talking to the Earth Mother all along was normal. Way to go MTV - thanks for turning on a light for others. Raven, you and your friends impress me. I hope you guys consider attending our local pagan convention. Convocation.org
I am glad that MTV gave such a unbiased look at Raven. I watched both clips, and while they are good in and of themselves, they still give an incomplete picture of who witches and Pagans are.
It's a good thing Raven stated that most witches don't look like he does. I certainly don't. I do have a body piercing, in my earlobes, like any ordinary woman who wears earrings. But that's it. Not tattoos or even outrageous make-up. My clothing is conservative and mostly colorful. I do own black pieces but they make up a small portion of my wardrobe.
I am also not a 20 something. I realize that MTV's audience is aimed at the younger crowd, but witches and Pagans are all ages. I am a mother, and a grandmother. My youngest child (14) has been raised Pagan her whole life, and is open in her school as being a witch.
As a fellow author (I write Pagan children's books) I applaud Raven for his fearless appearance on a major media outlet. Hopefully, this small clip will help to alleviate some of the fears and prejudices aimed at the Pagan community.
A great interview! I suggest that anyone who found it interesting go out and get Raven's book (and his new one, coming out in October). Why to go, RD!
I'm glad he mentioned that most Pagans don't look like him. Not that I have any problem with how he looks, but it's false that most Pagans have multiple piercings and dress Goth-style. I wouldn't pierce my nose or brows if you paid me, I have no tattoos, and I only wear black to funerals.