For many people who have no idea about gothic subculture, Gothic style is often associated with Dark Arts and Satanism. All those symbols, such as pentagrams, moons, strange tattoos, “vampire” appearance, eccentric crowns with horns and many other similar things seem to be like a perfect proof for them.
But even though we in Gothic community may agree that all those theories are bullshit, what’s our true relation with magic?
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In my opinion, there are no Goths who had ever searched or read or tried to deal with magic. There is one thing that all of us could agree on: we are lovers of mysticism. Our love for the unknown,the mystery, the dark fantasies springs from the fact that all gothic subculture is based on those things. In Gothic community there are many people who search and study about magic or deal with paganism and witchcraft but they are not Satanists, there is a big difference between believing in magic around you and assuming that a certain person is working for Satan.
Wicca and Witchcraft
Wicca: is a religion and it might be described as a modern religion, based on ancient Witchcraft traditions. It’s a contemporary new Pagan religious movement. It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and was introduced to the public on 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant. Wicca draws upon a diverse set of ancient pagan and 20th-century hermetic motifs for its theological structure and ritual practices.
Witchcraft: in ancient history the term “Witchcraft” was known as “The Craft of the Wise” because most people who followed that path were in tune with the forces of nature, had knowledge of Herbs and medicines, gave council and were valuable parts of the village and community as Shamanic healers and leaders. They understood that mankind is not superior to nature or to earth and its creatures but one of the many parts of life, both seen and unseen that combines to make a whole.
I really don’t know why witchcraft is so misunderstood. Why we have to whisper about magic behind closed doors and deny our spiritual selves. I don’t know why it is so critisized to want to learn more about life and death, nature and human existence.
There are two kinds of Goths who wear witchy clothes and symbols in my opinion.
On one hand, there are many Gothic people who are charmed by the dark and mysticismic side of life, so they decide to search for a new path and open their horizons. They search, read and sometimes experiment on human powers which are hidden inside all of us, as well as the powers of nature. They want to develop their spirituality and find their inner peace. I admit that I belong to this category.
On the other hand, there are people who apprehend magic itself and “witchy” dressing as a Gothic trend. Many Gothic industries often build the perfect “witchcraft project” in order to attract gothic people and develop their sales to gothic community. Somehow people in Gothic fashion industries who create products with magic symbols and motives may have no relation with wizardry, whatsoever, but still consider gothic people as the perfect costumers. The more “witchy”, the more “in fashion”. As a result you find many Goth people wearing all kinds of witchy clothes, from Quija board patterned dresses to pentagram logos and quartz necklaces without having the slightest idea about what they represent.
All those symbols that are now a gothic trend have a significant historical value in time. They were used by many wise people and wizards. There were people who were burned alive or hanged at the name of witchcraft. For instance, just think about the thousand victims of Salem, whose death surely deserve your respect.
To sum up, I don’ t believe it’ s wrong to wear witchy clothes but every time you choose to add a more witchy detail at your outfit it’ s good to know why you do it. Do you wear a Triquerta necklace because it’s a gothic trend and suits your style or because it truly means something for you?