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Doreen Valiente - Witch
Friday, 13 March 2015
Sir Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett has done several great services to the pagan community and the true Craft of the Wica: He helped the wider community see us as more include-able and accepted by poking good-spirited, perceptive, knowledgeable and downright genuine fun at us through his hilarious characters - you know you are widely recognised when the writer trusts the general reader to be familiar enough with you to "get" the in-jokes about you. He also painted witches in a positive light with his witch characters always being the heroines and "good guys" of his stories and, best of all, he reminded us in the pagan and witchcraft community that, by seeing ourselves warmly through the eyes of others, we should never take ourselves too seriously. Terry Pratchett proved that the principles of mirth and reverence are perfect partners in paganism, the Craft and indeed wider human culture. His untimely passing is a great sadness to all of us. One of our favourite quotes of his is:
"Most witches don't believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don't believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman."