Here is another blog, initially released in 2008 and is just as relevant today as it was when first published. Here is the full length post.
When films, television series or books become popular and deal with the "supernatural" it never fails to awaken the curiosity of millions of people and my emails multiply. Let me start out by saying that the word supernatural as it is applied to us or "phenomena" is insulting to anyone who knows anything about the craft. What a second day student Witch can accomplish at the end of class has nothing to do with belief or supernatural anything, it is natural and it is fact. Nothing we do as Witches is in fact supernatural, it may be unusual, but like a brilliant athlete or mathematician, what we do is the product of our training and intent.
Ghosts, which some of us encounter, are also not supernatural, they are merely another plane of energy and a natural part of our cycle of life, they cannot harm us but can in some cases give important information to those that know how to listen. The poltergeist activity that seems to scare people and make television specials, is not from an otherworld but from disturbed spirits who are alive today.
It is important to remember that anything that happens on this plane of existence can be neutralized in this plane if you know how, you need never be a victim of this kind of activity or "bad" energy. Please notice that you have never seen a Buddhist or a Witch on one of these Ghost shows complaining of being haunted by a demon. To look at it any other way, is to miss the way the world works and to succumb to superstition and the errors this form of thinking often takes. The burning/hanging times are certainly a good example of what this kind of superstitious fear can result in.
Today with the growing popularity of vampires in films and television, you need to understand a few things. No matter how cool the special effects or the pseudo history is, it is nonsense and has nothing to do with Witchcraft, Wicca, paganism and is instead really a Judeo-Christian based distortion (notice the oft present Christian symbolism in such books and films). Christians have also contributed demons, eternal damnation, hell, a vengeful God and other lovely imagery to our culture. They can keep them all. It is not our way. The kinds of people that I would call vampires are another story and not like the depiction you see in popular fiction. It is too complicated a subject to get into here, but there is a saying that one drop of a Witch's blood can make a vampire psychic, two will kill them. I will tell you that what this refers to is not actually blood, but life energy and the statement says that some knowledge of Witchcraft (our life's blood) will teach psychic awareness, while two drops, (or more knowledge) will kill them, meaning will change their ways so profoundly that they will no longer be what they were but will in fact evolve. I will leave it at that, as this kind of information is not terribly relevant in this context.
I understand, despite all of this, why vampires in entertainment are so popular. The tragic hero who tries to redeem himself, everlasting love, the quest for a soul, redemption are all powerful literary devices that have been around for millennia. They can often serve as metaphors in the hands of a skilled writer and as such can be powerful teaching tools. Horror stories, which I personally despise, have also been used to teach and are used in therapy. When these forms of literature overstep their bounds and pass into the gratuitous or begin to masquerade as reality, those who are not careful, are led astray.
I am happy if a fan of this genre, follows their true thirst and begins to investigate Witchcraft or any spiritual path. We need all the help we can get, the battle rages today for the planet and it is no movie.
The old spirits are re-awakening in us and calling our names. It is time we got back to the fundamentals of Hermes, of Lao Tzu of the ancient spirits of our Native American Brothers and sisters, of the pink people of South America and all of the ancients spirits from around the world, which speak in one voice and really speak the same fundamental truth in ways specific to the people of their lands, using the words and context they would best understand.
I can assure you that the reality a true Witch deals with everyday is far more mysterious, interesting and beneficial to the world than all the pseudo gothic nonsense presently mesmerizing millions. It does take study but unlike a movie which entertains for a few minutes or indulges misplaced fantasies, Witchcraft is real and lasts a lifetime.
We are all Magickal and we are all one.