I coined "Wicca-With-Meatballs" wayyy back in the 80's to describe the followers of a certain "auteur" claiming a variety of wiccan tenets as a hereditary "Old Religion" of Italian extraction.
Is that author Raven Grimassi?
Something I have never understood is why is the word “Wicca” so important? Why do authors need to use that word rather than coin other terms or discuss other concepts?
I have never been Wiccan or wiccan, but I have many, many books that have the word “Wicca” or “Witch” somewhere in the title. Some of these books were written by Raven Grimassi, and several of these books were written by an author who is spoken of at TCC with even less respect. It is my understanding that these and other authors blend McWicca with cultural folk magic, such as Italian-American or German-American folk magic, and provide advice on general spiritual development, and then they use the term “Wicca” in the name of the path they are advocating.
Of course, my understanding might be faulty and misguided. This thread appears to permit odd arguments, and I thought I would take a chance and ask some questions. It is certainly not my intent to speak of anyone’s beliefs with disrespect.
The reason why I kept looking at those books was because they fed some type of deeper need that my Catholic religion did not feed. I think on some deep, fundamental level, my spirit needed to grow and the religion of my understanding was working against that need. I am probably not alone. Perhaps the reason why some dubious authors become best-selling authors is because the thousands of people who buy their books have some unconscious need to grow spiritually and even watered-down occult topics feed that need better than the concept of religion that they were taught.
In my own personal life, I know an adult woman who converted to the Catholic religion after having been raised without religion. I was looking at occult authors, including dubious ones, at the time I met her. Her RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) material looked like it was written for young children. The writing of the notorious $RW seemed much more adult-oriented and spiritually advanced in comparison.
I suppose what I am asking is: Can McWicca be used for general spiritual development, and is that in itself a legitimate goal?