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Well now you’ve done it. Now I have to rant again….

What is it with people and their “pagan credentials”? Huh? Those that have them don’t want to show them, and those that don’t can’t be prevented from dragging theirs out.

Seen this a couple times now. Person in metaphysical store comes up and starts chatting about how long they have been practicing and are unwilling to give any verifiable evidence of their experience. “I’ve been in this for 40 years, a fifth generation Wiccan, it’s hereditary (which means genetically inherited rather than “heritage” which is a family tradition) and I’m getting my High Priestess Degree.”


A “degree” in High Priestess? From what college? Berkley, Hogwarts, which? I didn’t know they offered a BS or BA in “High Priestess”. Who teaches it? I’d love to take it.

As a serious question, just who do you think you are fooling? The people you want respect from, namely the people who have been doing this for some time, aren’t being fooled by your pretentions to fame and antiquity. We know just how long things have been around, and we know just from whom most of the degrees and titles come from. We know how long it should ideally take you to get to the rank you claim, and many of us are familliar enough with other traditions of Wicca that we know there is not a “12th degree warlock” in ANY tradition of Wicca. So you aren’t fooling us, and most likely we are going to dismiss you as a fluffy idiot when you start spouting things like this.

Trying to impress your friends? Well, they are going to be impressed by just the fact that you claim to be a witch, nevermind all the additional stuff about being a high-grand-poobah of the coven of the silver unicorn.

Trying to impress the man on the street that doesn’t know you or care? Why? Why does their opinion mean squat to you? If you have to interact with them, just do so as a person, rather than an icon. If you don’t have to interact with them, then you are after the shock value and nothing more. So once again, it’s irrelevant. They won’t understand what it means to be a High Priestess and they could probably care less.

At this point, I think I have shown how your “credentials” don’t mean squat to anyone at all, other than the idiot hangers on who have their lips glued to your ass.

Know how I introduce myself when I interact with Pagans at gatherings? “Hi. I’m Daven, I own Daven’s Journal.” That’s all. IF I’m asked, I go into depth, and I talk to them about what I have learned. I don’t start going on about all the titles I earned or degrees I have. Know why? They don’t mean anything. If I need to speak with the authority of the Ollamh of the ODU, then and only then do I introduce myself as the Ollamh. But other than that, no one cares. Those that do care know who I am and what titles I have, those that don’t know could care less.

Stop trying to impress people with your pedigree, it is only making you look like a fool who is only out for the glory and “title badges”. Other than that, be yourself.

I promise you that I will be more impressed by you being yourself and asking intelligent questions or having relevant statements for the topic than I will with all the fancy titles in the world.

Originally posted 2013-09-17 12:27:10. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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