So on the pagan blogosphere, there's this big discussion about whether or not it's "okay" (or perhaps I should say, "useful") to incorporate pop culture into spellwork. I thought I'd bring the discussion to this forum, because I'm curious to know what you guys think ; )
It's fairly accepted to use, say, Athena or Odin in your workings, but what about newer role models and icons? For example, in the article that started it all (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/agora/2013 ... /#comments
), the author muses on how one can incorporate Captain America or Iron Man into rituals and spellworks, since they are meaningful and significant to kids today, even if they're clearly made up. Or for example, this blogger (http://worksofliterata.org/2011/09/03/c ... -buffy-do/
) some time ago mentions that she likes to use characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
to call the quarters (I must admit, I am a HUUUGEE fan of Buffy
, so this really appeals to me).
And of course, the flipside is that maybe it demeans the worship of "real" gods when we worship things that are clearly made up. Or we're just fooling ourselves if we start copying spells from Charmed
or The Craft
As for myself, I don't "worship" anyone but the Goddess, but I find that certain metaphors and stories that I can identify with help me in my practice. For example, the best way I can think of to visualize the rune Algiz :elkrune: , the rune of the elk, is by thinking of the white stag Patronus in Harry Potter
So yeah, what do you guys think? I'd be very interested to hear your opinions.
(Oh, and I'm certain that this ties in plenty with chaos magic, with I'm not too familiar with)