Don’t Fucking “Blessed Be” Me — (gif warning)

I absolutely hate the term “blessed be” when used as a greeting. I am not Wiccan, nor Neo-Wiccan. You do not know my beliefs, and I have not asked to be blessed by you. Something that comes explicitly from a ritual context and implies a blessing is being conferred should not be bandied about like a trite “wassup”. I am of the opinion that people who use “Blessed Be” when greeting absolutely everyone and anyone in the “pagan” “community” (oh lookit the scare quotes) have something to prove, whether to themselves or to others. It’s like a Christian praying loudly in public, and it makes me just as nauseous. (BTW that’s not to say that Christians shouldn’t be public about their faith, I’m making reference to something Jesus himself apparently said, so chill.)

More importantly, implying that you have placed a blessing upon me without my permission is a blatant violation of my personal boundaries and beliefs. It is similar to aiming any other sort of magical or religious work at me, and I take it as a personal attack, especially if it comes from folks whose religious beliefs I do not share in the least (e.g. “I’ll pray for you” Christians and “blessed be” Neo-Wiccans). Walking up to a random person and assuming that your religious blessing is wanted just because you know they practice witchcraft is one of the most presumptuous things I’ve ever seen.

So, just for future reference, don’t fucking bless me, especially in the name of gods that are not mine, without my explicit permission. It is taken as an offense and will be deflected like any other invasive magic.

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