Today’s prompt is brought to you by one of the Discord servers that I am a member of. Just as a side note… the reason I do not link these Discord servers is because each server has their own rules about if you’re allowed to share them publicly and how, and it’s a pain in the ass to look it up for each one so I just don’t share them.
On to the question… “How do you feel about “becoming a witch for a day” type of videos?”
Okay, so first… I’ve never actually heard of these videos, so I’m not speaking from a place of experience. That said? I do have some thoughts on this type of thing. General thoughts and concerns, yeah?
To me, it sounds a lot like “religious tourism”. And, even though witchcraft is not actually a religion, but instead more of a practice? It feels a bit disrespectful.
I also don’t really think anyone can get a taste of what it is to be a witch in a day, or a week for that matter. Although many incorporate witchcraft into their religion and beliefs, just being a practicing witch on its own even without religion added in still carries with it a great deal of information, belief, and nuances that you just cannot connect with in a day. It takes time and practice and learning to find and develop these things and find what is right for you. Witchcraft “tourism” just doesn’t give someone an opportunity to find that direction and necessary depth that would give a true experience.
I also feel that it seems a bit like “lets participate in all the witchy stereotypes for a day just for fun”…. which could definitely be harmful to the reputation of witchcraft in society as a whole. Witches and witchcraft have trod a long, hard road to pull themselves out of a place in society filled with fear and persecution. Taking the risk of replacing that with scoffing and disrespect seems a dangerous gamble to take.