Every subculture has them, no matter how respectable they think they are. Who are them? Parasitic celebrities. In paganism they have been deemed BNPS. That technically means Big Named Pagans, but the phrase Big Nose Pagan is also used, of course in the pejorative.
Now is celebrity bad? No of course not, its intrinsic to the human condition, and as a reconstructive Indo-European flavoured pagan, I understand its importance. Time for a little side trip from the main point. The late pre-Christian and early Christian Irish people had a couple of ideas about fame. It is reasonable to assume all the Celtic Speaking peoples had similar ideas. This evolved over time into the concept of “honour” though in a very mutated form. As we have seen in previous blogs of mine the idea of honour became somewhat corrupted, or at least misused.
The Irish I’ve mentioned had three concepts that are applicable here (it will become apparent as I write why).
- Modern Irish oineach by way of ainech and in Irish originally from enech (hence why I use that term). In Old Celtic (aka Proto Celtic) it was eniequos (more correctly *enīkʷos) , in Cymric wyneb, and Cornish and Bretton enep. It means “Face” (1), (2) If you trace this all the way back to the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European (PIE) you get the word h₃ekʷ-means either to see or eye. In Irish it meant “face”, and it is where the English phrase “to save face” comes from. Though what this means is to maintain one’s face before ones community. It is how your community sees you.
- Clú, means reputation or fame. Etymologically it comes from Old Irish clú (“fame”), which comes from Proto-Celtic *klowos, which in turn came from Proto-Indo-European *ḱléwos. (3) In PIE it means fame. Your reputation/fame was how people had heard of you (those who don’t know you, are not of your community, though your community did indeed care how you were heard of far and wide, as it reflected on them too.
- Lóg n-enech, this translates to “the price of his face” or ones “honor price”. This is essentially the esteem you were held by your community. Your honor price was paid to you for a “wrong done to you”. This one is going to become important as we proceed.
Back onto the main part of the blog. Parasitic celebrity in the pagan sphere.
We have a group of celebrity pagans, who have achieved less than they try to make out. Authors of single books, owners of chains of stores, founders of festivals, that are poorly attended etc. They jealously guard their reputation. Fine, I understand that, but what they do to maintain their reputation, is do horrible things to maintain that. Not a year seems to go buy, that a respected member of the community, is not outed for doing something despicable. BE it molesting children and or child porn, or beating and raping their partner, to yes indeed threats against other members who dare defy them.
Before people think I’m exaggerating. Go look at the Pagan News Sphere, and remember that in the last few years have seen Kenny Klein go away for a very very long time (Child abuse, Kiddie porn etc), and Isaac Bonewits implicated for child abuse (as he’s dead no he can not defend it, however his views on the age of consent have been confirmed by people who knew him well). These are just two of the worst. We have border line celebrities, who are famous for being well arseholes, who seem to generate hate, to be noticed.
Its time for another lesson in etymology from Dr Gar Gar.
The phrase Warlock does not indicate a male witch. No not one bit. That is a quite modern meaning. Yes word means change, but in this case it’s an odd choice.Warlock in modern English is from Middle English warloghe, warlowe, warloȝe, in turn from old English wǣrloga all the way back to PIE *weh₁-. (4)
Yes Gareth that’s all well and good, but what did I mean? Well what it means is “traitor, deceiver”, literally “truce-breaker”). IF you look at the Low Land Scots (a dialect of English, not Gaelic) definition of the word it can mean in addition to a traitor, a an old, ugly or misanthropic man.
So, why someone would align, let alone trust someone, who is advertising themselves as a traitor, and a breaker of oaths, I will never understand. Caveat emptor and all that Jazz.
But where is this leading? Oh well, go find someone one who takes the mantle of Warlock, who likes to think they are a celebrity, and look at their history. Here you will find a history of harassment and abuse.
Tell you what, start here
Now for appologists, thinking this is a single time being such a nasty peice of works? Oh no. He loves to threaten and harass….
Here is one (persons named obscured by request), its from some years back .
SO Christian (today) admitted that he said these things on a publicly available Pod cast. Where he attacked several people.
“Yes I said these horrible things. In a moment of Anger, but she (Amorella Moon) is a Horrible Person”
Basically its OK to wish someone is raped if they are horrible people.
Here is another
Note, he (who claims to be a Genius) just outlined what would be probable cause in a court of law.
Now I do have a reply (since I am threatened and named). It begins at 5 minutes and two seconds (5:02)