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Pop Culture Paganism pt 3- using it’s ideals for teaching children Pagan Spirituality


When I came across the Facebook post that asked‭ “‬Can you worship the Justice League as gods‭?” ‬I immediately started following it.‭ ‬I wanted to see how others in the community saw this,‭ ‬mainly because it would give me a little insight to how the concept would hold up with the adults who might have children.‭ ‬It turned out that I ended up learning a lot more than just what I wanted.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬the information I did obtained helped to expand on the concepts I had already written about.‭
When I started writing my first book‭; ‬which is now in the works for publication,‭ ‬although its technically my second book,‭ ‬I didn’t think I would end up writing another book side by side.‭ ‬Then low and behold I began writing‭ “‬The Little Witches Curriculum:‭ ‬A parent’s guide to teaching Witchcraft,‭ ‬magick,‭ ‬and Pagan spirituality‭”‬.‭ ‬The idea of the book was sparked from two major aspects of my life,‭ ‬being an early childhood educator and a practicing Witch.‭ ‬Writing something that combined the two areas where I have knowledge and years of experience in was an amazing accomplishment.‭ ‬Although,‭ ‬I am working on it regularly,‭ ‬it still has ways to go before‭ ‬publishing,‭ ‬which is why I do not want to put out‭ ‬too much of its contents.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬because of the‭ “‬Pop Culture Paganism‭” ‬blog series I will provide some concepts I discuss in the book on creating personal space and altars when teaching children Pagan spirituality,‭ ‬at which some of the ideals can also be found in Pop Culture Paganism.



A Fortress of Solitude

If you child has shown an interest in meditation practice or wanting to have their own altar,‭ ‬it may be time to encourage them to allow them to create their own space.‭ ‬In my child meditation classes I relate this space to Superman’s‭ “‬Fortress of Solitude‭”‬.‭ ‬Which is a place of solace and refuge filled with personal items that Superman has collected or obtained from all over the universe.‭ ‬Just as Superman has his home away from home to recoup after the stresses of saving the world your child should have one as well.‭
Creating a personal space for your child to meditate,‭ ‬reflect,‭ ‬escape and connect is the first step of giving them the opportunity to start down their own spiritual path.‭ ‬The space should be in a place that is away from distractions,‭ ‬other family members,‭ ‬and separate from your own space.‭ ‬If you are sharing a room for meditation and magickal workings,‭ ‬let them choose an area of their own within that room.‭ ‬Allow your child to be a part of the‭ ‬decision-making through guidance,‭ ‬not dominance.‭ ‬After a place has been agreed upon I recommend allowing the child to build his or her own space.‭ ‬Adding their choice of pillows,‭ ‬decorations,‭ ‬even books and toys.‭ ‬Adding anything that makes the child feel comfortable and relaxed.‭ ‬The space may change as your child’s interests change,‭ ‬even if this happens on a day-to-day basis.‭ ‬Let it be.‭ ‬This is their space.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬if it starts to become more important than actually meditating,‭ ‬I would address it.‭ ‬As long as the space is being used regularly,‭ ‬let your child’s imagination run wild.‭
Although,‭ ‬many traditions have certain‭ “‬recommended‭” ‬ways that altars are set up,‭ ‬there is no need for this when it comes to a child’s altar.‭ ‬Children learn more when they are given the freedom to discover on their own.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬during the process of setting it up,‭ ‬you can use the opportunity as a‭ “‬teachable moment‭” ‬in that you can explain how your tradition may do things or what some other traditions may do.‭


Hail,‭ ‬Wonder Woman and Mighty Thor
Although,‭ ‬I would probably cringe at this statement,‭ ‬but not for the reasons most Pagans would.‭ ‬How can you mix the Marvel universe with D.C.‭?‬ that shouldn’t be allowed.‭ ‬When it comes to children and choosing what to put on their altars as a representation of Gods and Goddesses,‭ ‬our adult prejudices of what is right or wrong have no validity in a child’s mind.‭ ‬So if they feel that Wonder Woman can stand side by side with Thor,‭ ‬then so be it.‭ ‬Representations can also be other things besides comic book super‭ ‬heroes‭;‬ I have seen children choose Sleeping beauty and a Ken doll.‭ ‬When it comes to children the possibilities are endless.‭ ‬What they choose shouldn’t matter what does,‭ ‬is the reasons why.‭ ‬Are they choosing‭ ‬sleeping beauty because she is the cool toy at the moment or because this is how the child sees‭ ‬femininity‭?‬ This is where Pagan parenting comes into play.‭ ‬As adults,‭ ‬we should guide the children in their choices.‭ ‬By asking‭ ‬open-ended questions we foster them to think about their answers.‭ ‬We can also give them a background context of our own tradition and ideals to help them along if needed.‭ ‬Whereas,‭ ‬they may not know that you work with a god/male energy or a Goddess/female energy,‭ ‬and why.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬this is not to instill your beliefs into the child,‭ ‬but to allow them to chose their own path and spiritual ideals.‭

Children may also want to add other personal items and toys that make them feel comfortable,‭ ‬safe,‭ ‬and protected within their space.‭
One of my favorite comparison stories to tell in my workshop on this topic is actually from Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.‭ ‬Where you see the child,‭ ‬Dylan‭ ‬uses his dinosaur at the foot of his bed to protect him Freddy.‭ ‬It was his belief or‭ “‬intention‭” ‬that this dinosaur would scare Freddy off and protect him while he sleeps.‭ ‬Sound sort of familiar‭? ‬I would hope so.‭ ‬That dinosaur was his magickal protector.‭ ‬Children create magickal items out of anything and they all have their place on their altar and within their spirituality.‭

In part one of this series,‭ ‬I discussed how Pop Culture Paganism is a unique and modern way of looking at the traditional Gods and how pop culture characters and stories are used as an approachable face for the deities of tradition.‭ ‬This is exactly how I approach teaching Pagan spirituality to children.‭ ‬Children often show more of an interest in what they see on T.V.‭ ‬or what their friends may be into,‭ ‬than learning about the old myths.‭ ‬Why not use this modern view of the Gods and Goddess to spark their spiritual growth.‭ ‬It is no consequence to anyone what a person,‭ ‬adult or child believes is the face of the Divine.‭


Pop Culture Paganism Pt 2- Interview with Taylor Ellwood, author of “Pop Culture Magick”


I can honestly say when I started writing the first of this series of blogs on Pop Culture Paganism I did not realize the full scope of its system. Although, it does not resonate with me, I can understand its appeal and how one can employ its system of belief. When I wrote part one what I had thought I understood of Pop Culture Paganism was just one aspect of its thoughts on a spiritual universe. It was not until after I spoke with Taylor Ellwood via email that I began to understand the scope of its complexity. Especially in the idea of whether not one can worship the Justice League as Gods.

Taylor Ellwood considers himself a “magical experimenter” that has created four different systems of magick and is the author of multiple books on advanced and cutting edge magick and Pop Culture Paganism. As a self-taught magician, he has an extensive background in magick and has studied and practiced various systems, including Western Ceremonial Magic, Chaos Magic, Neo-shamanism, Taoism, Dzogchen, and Tantra. Taylor is the creator and founder of the Magical Experiments University, where he offers classes, specialized training, and co-op experiments in magick. And of course he loves pop culture, spending his free time playing video games, reading sci-fi and fantasy books.

EM: After I posted my article on Pop Culture Paganism,‭ ‬I noticed a lot of mixed feelings of its acceptance within the pagan community,‭ ‬How would you approach the negative or purist comments about Pop Culture Paganism‭? ‬How do you feel is the best way to explain it to the broader community‭?

TE:‭ ‬I ignore the purist comments about Pop Culture Paganism and Magic.‭ ‬There‭’‬s no argument they‭’‬ll accept about the validity of pop culture spiritual practices,‭ ‬and so it‭’‬s a wasted effort.‭ ‬The best way to explain pop culture paganism to the larger community is to simply share that you believe in pop culture spirits and have created magical workings‭ ‬rituals around that belief that allows them to connect meaningfully with the spirits they‭’‬ve chosen to work with.‭ ‬And the advice I would give to someone practicing Pop Culture Paganism is not to focus on trying to get acceptance from the larger‭ ‬Pagan‭ ‬community,‭ ‬but instead focus on connecting with other Pop Culture Pagans and Magicians.

EM: I based my article on a question that was posed to a Facebook group,‭ “‬Can you worship the Justice League as Gods‭? ‬In your book,‭ “‬Pop Culture Magic Systems‭”‬ you explain how one can create a system of magick and practice from their favorite genre of Pop Culture.‭ ‬Going back to the posted Facebook question,‭ ‬Is it possible to create an entire magick and belief system around the Justice League universe‭?

TE:‭ ‬Why not‭? ‬People have‭ ‬done it with the Marvel Universe,‭ ‬so it could certainly be done with the Justice League as well.‭ ‬To do it successfully requires a solid understanding of how magic works and the person should spend some time working with each character so that they can develop the appropriate relationship and understanding of how those spirits will fit into the system.

EM: Do you feel that these characters can be archetypes of the traditional gods or could they just be a new face to an old name‭?

TE:‭ ‬Do they need to be either‭?‬ It could be enough that they are spirits in their own right that can be worked with.‭ ‬Of course the other perspectives could also be valid.‭ ‬The only way to find out though is to do the work.

EM: Why do you think‭ “‬beings‭”‬ and characters such as Merlin and Hercules are widely more acceptable in the use of magick in the Pagan community rather than let‭’‬s say Dr.‭ ‬Strange and Superman‭?

TE:‭ ‬If it‭’‬s old then it has value.‭ ‬If it‭’‬s new,‭ ‬then it doesn‭’‬t.‭ ‬That‭’‬s the best way to sum up why certain spirits are considered more acceptable versus others.‭ ‬It‭’‬s worth noting, though both Merlin and Hercules were‭ ‬the pop culture of their time,‭ ‬the myths and that Dr.‭ ‬Stranger and Superman is part of the mythology of our time.‭

EM: Concerning your article,‭ “‬How Pop Culture promotes interest in Mythology‭”‬ on witchesandpagan.com.‭ ‬One thing I found rather interesting was the idea that the Gods are more or less speaking through new platforms to reach a new modern audience.‭ ‬Do you think that new stories based on myths,‭ ‬such as in the new Assassins Creed Origins video game are just extensions to the old myths‭? A‬nd could they be accepted as such a thousand years from now‭?

TE:‭ ‬I don‭’‬t know that they‭’‬re extensions,‭ ‬but what I do know is that modern culture‭’‬s exploration of older mythology and the new stories that come out are another way for people to discover older mythology and the spiritual traditions that are focused around that mythology.‭ ‬And the benefit for the Gods is that it provides additional‭ ‬vectors for interaction with people who might otherwise never‭ ‬know about them.‭

EM: As an author and practitioner,‭ ‬you have released many books and articles dealing with Pop Culture Paganism and Pop Culture Magick can you explain a little about the difference between the two‭? A‬nd how they also can go hand in hand with each other‭?

TE:‭ ‬Pop Culture Paganism involves what I would consider to be a devotional approach to working with pop culture spirits.‭ ‬In other words,‭ ‬there is a recognition that the pop culture spirits are beings that the person wants to work within a devotional manner,‭ ‬which could include prayers,‭ ‬offerings,‭ ‬and rituals done for purposes of honoring the spirit,‭ ‬as well as other activities that the pop culture spirits feel are appropriate.
Pop Culture Magic involves the use of Magical techniques and practices with pop culture,‭ ‬in order to achieve a result and/or do some‭ ‬type of devotional work.‭
‭For some pop culture Pagans, the magic is optional, whereas for Pop Culture Magicians, the magic plays an integral role in their pop culture workings. The two aren’t mutually exclusive, however, and can come together if magic plays a role in the pop culture Pagan’s practice.

EM: In part one of this blog series,‭ ‬I mention how I can see traits of the Egyptian God,‭ ‬Anubis in the character of Batman.‭ ‬A few readers were in disagreement.‭ ‬Are there any specifics to the choosing who or how you see a character and the relation to a tradition deity‭?

TE:‭ ‬I don‭’‬t typically match a pop culture‭ ‬spirit with a traditional deity.‭ ‬I prefer to work with the pop culture spirit,‭ ‬in and of itself,‭ ‬instead‭ ‬of trying to map it onto a traditional deity,‭ ‬so I wouldn‭’‬t associate Batman with Anubis because they aren‭’‬t one and the same,‭ ‬and there is a huge cultural difference between the two.

EM: In my manuscript for‭ “‬The Little Witches Curriculum‭”‬ I discuss how children can use fictional characters or their favorite toys as a representation of the gods when building their personal altars.‭ ‬This concept seemed to be well received in the community,‭ ‬why do think the community looks down‭ ‬on adults who would do the same‭?

TE:‭ ‬If you like pop culture you‭’‬re considered a geek or a nerd.‭ ‬And as I mentioned above,‭ ‬what‭’‬s old is valued,‭ ‬while what‭’‬s new is‭ ‬discounted.‭

EM: In my research on the topic,‭ ‬I came across a few sites and articles referring to you as the leading expert or the creator of Pop Culture Paganism,‭ ‬to me that would be a tough burden to carry.‭ ‬How do you see yourself within the magickal community‭?

TE:‭ ‬I didn‭’‬t invent Pop Culture Paganism or Pop Culture Magic.‭ ‬I was the first person to write a book about Pop Culture Magic and of course I‭’‬ve continued to since then,‭ ‬but I‭’‬ve also written books on a variety of other magic subjects.‭ ‬I‭’‬m a magical experimenter first and foremost,‭ ‬and what really matters is the evolution of magical practice and theory.‭ ‬Pop culture magic is one avenue for that evolution and I‭’‬m pleased my works have helped other people on their own spiritual‭ ‬journey.

EM: I am assuming that you did not just wake up one day and start following a Pop Culture system of magick.‭ ‬When did you start considering yourself a Pop Culture magician and practitioner‭?

TE:‭ ‬I‭’‬ve always had an interest in pop‭ ‬culture,‭ ‬but I didn‭’‬t start practice pop culture magic until the late‭ ‬1990‭’‬s.‭ ‬I‭’‬d already been practicing magic for‭ ‬5‭ ‬years at that point,‭ ‬and I saw an opportunity to take some of the pop culture I enjoyed and apply it to magical practices.‭ ‬That‭’‬s when‭ ‬I began practicing pop culture magic.

EM: What can the community and your readers expect to see from you in the near future‭?

TE:‭ ‬Check out my site Magical Experiments,‭ ‬which also has Magical Experiments University featured on‭ ‬it,‭ ‬where I share online courses I‭’‬ve created for people who want to learn my systems of magic.‭ ‬I‭’‬m also working on my next book the Alchemy of Life,‭ ‬which is an in-depth exploration of the‭ ‬biochemistry‭ ‬of the body and how to work with it.


List of Taylor Ellwood’s books and publications

Pop Culture Paganism Pt 1 – Can you worship the Justice League as Gods?


Once again,‭ ‬Facebook has provided me with a topic for a blog post.‭ ‬A few months ago,‭ ‬I came across a rather interesting post in a Wiccan group.‭ ‬Someone had asked the question,‭ “‬Can you worship the Justice League as gods‭?” ‬and if anyone had any experience in doing so.‭ ‬As a D.C.‭ ‬fan,‭ ‬I was interested in the comments and how people responded to this.‭ ‬Which at first the comments were supportive,‭ ‬then turned to‭ “‬trolling‭” ‬doubt,‭ ‬and then they became down right rude.‭ ‬Another reason I paid close attention to the question,‭ ‬is that this very idea is something I am currently writing about in the manuscript for‭ “‬The Little Witches‭”‬.‭ ‬Whereas,‭ ‬I discuss children and the use of fictional characters and toys,‭ ‬such as superhero and dinosaurs on their altars.‭ ‬Although,‭ ‬in the book there are multiple reasons for them to do so,‭ ‬using them as a representation of a deity is also discussed.‭ ‬What made the Facebook post even more intriguing,‭ ‬was that this was coming from an adult.‭ ‬I was not in any way questioning the posters sanity,‭ ‬as some in the feed might have suggested,‭ ‬but rather the ideals of someone who had posted for an intellectual discussion of spiritual beliefs.‭ ‬It was one passive aggressive comment that held my interest.‭ ‬On one hand it gave opposition and yet provided good information on the other.‭ ‬It was this added link that really sparked my desire to write about the topic of‭ “‬Pop Culture Paganism‭”‬.‭
I had actually started writing this at the time the question was posted on Facebook,‭ ‬but never got around to finishing it,‭ ‬until now.‭ ‬It popped back in mind after watching the new Justice League trailer‭ (‬squeeee‭!!) ‬and thought it would be a perfect time to finish and post it.‭ ‬What started,‭ ‬as a one-time post has now become a three part series of posts.‭ ‬Part one will consist of an introduction to Pop Culture Paganism,‭ ‬part two will host an interview with the author of Pop Culture Magick,‭ ‬Taylor Ellwood,‭ ‬and part three will discuss using Pop Culture Paganism concepts with children.‭

What is Pop Culture Paganism‭?

Simply,‭ ‬Pop Culture Paganism is a unique and modern way of looking at the traditional gods and beliefs.‭ ‬It is the use of pop culture characters and stories as either an approachable face for traditional Pagan deities and/or as a substitute for their traditional mythologies.‭ ‬For an easy understandable example,‭ ‬if you work with the Goddess,‭ ‬Athena you may want to use the image of Wonder Woman,‭ ‬rather than the traditional image.‭ ‬Pop Culture Paganism is all about working with the attributes of fictional characters that are relatable to traditional pantheon archetypes.‭ ‬One common example of the use of Pop Culture in modern paganism is the use of the Arthurian legends,‭ ‬whereas many people connect with the myth of Merlin and Excalibur.‭ ‬We can also see another use of Pop Culture in the various tools used in the magickal community.‭ ‬From the images found on tarot cards to movie replicas of wands,‭ ‬these have seemed to be more widely accepted than the idea of using comic book heroes in place of deities.‭
Pop Culture Paganism may also be reflected in ritual practices‭ (‬such as using Hogwarts Houses or the Voltron lions in calling the quarters‭)‬.‭ ‬Many Pop Culture Pagans also practice what is known as Pop Culture Magick‭ (‬discussed later in this post‭)‬.‭ ‬Although,‭ ‬just as with Wicca,‭ ‬not all Pop Culture Pagans practice this or any form of Magick or vise versa.‭ ‬As you can see Pop Culture Paganism is rather diverse and even already apparent in modern Paganism.‭


Why Pop Culture Paganism‭?

Despite the conventional Pagans eye rolling at its practice,‭ ‬there are many reasons one may choose this path.‭ ‬Taylor Ellwood,‭ ‬author of Pop Culture Magick states in his video‭ “‬I resonate more with pop culture than I do with some of the older cultures‭”‬.‭ ‬After reading many personal blogs and articles on Pop Culture Paganism,‭ ‬it seems to me that this is one of the main factors in its draw.‭ ‬Although,‭ ‬I do not incorporate these ideals into my personal practice,‭ ‬I can completely understand the connections one can find in its systems of belief and how they resonate with some.‭ ‬For many there is an emotional attachment to certain characters.‭ ‬How many times a day do you think of a certain fictional character‭? ‬A lot of times characters from books or films leave a lasting impression and we connect to them emotionally and sometimes even morally.
When you think about it everyone already kind of does a form of it anyway.‭ ‬When you put up a poster or speak to a favorite toy as if they were living or try to be like a favorite character or celebrity,‭ ‬such as in Cosplay.‭

Another thought that I found interesting was the idea that the‭ “‬old gods‭” ‬are just connecting with us through our modern culture.‭ ‬What if this is true‭? ‬What if this is their way of communicating with people on a large scale‭? ‬Throughout the years,‭ ‬I have seen the re-emergence of mythologies within our Pop Culture over and over again.‭ ‬From Marvel’s Thor to the new release of Assassins Creed Origins,‭ ‬the ancient myths always seem to be a focus and find their way into our modern times.‭ ‬Although,‭ ‬many of the stories surrounding the characters are new or reinvented,‭ ‬they can act as a gateway to the original myths to those who connect with them.‭ ‬Just recently I was asked to fill out a questionnaire for the Covenant of Hekate and one of the questions was‭ “‬When did you first hear about Hekate‭?” ‬After some thought,‭ ‬I realized that I had first heard her name in the opening scene of‭ “ ‬Midnight Offerings‭” ‬a movie back in the early eighty’s.‭ ‬This second of a mention caused me to pull out the good old family encyclopedia set‭ (‬just dated myself‭) ‬to investigate who this person was.‭ ‬Could that have been her leading me to her all those years ago‭?
Why question how the Gods manifest in our lives or in others lives or if the stories are old or modern,‭ ‬just accept that they are there.
Yet another interesting thought is that these characters,‭ ‬images,‭ ‬and‭ ‬personas were created and manifested in their constructs mind through the deities to reach the masses.‭ ‬Do I think Bob Cane channeled Anubis when‭ ‬first creating‭ ‬Batman‭?‬ Sure why not,‭ ‬anything is possible,‭ ‬plus that would be awesome.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬it could also be that I see aspects of Anubis in the character of Batman.‭ ‬Either way it’s not about how we personally connect to the Gods,‭ ‬it’s what we do with that connection and the relationship we have with them.‭ ‬No matter the personified embodiment we use as an image.‭

Now that I have learned more about Pop Culture Paganism,‭ ‬I could answer the Facebook posted question,‭ “‬Can you worship the Justice League as gods‭?” ‬Sure,‭ ‬why not.‭ ‬They are just modern images and concepts of the older gods.‭ ‬Whereas,‭ ‬Wonder Women can be seen as the Greek Goddess,‭ ‬Athena,‭ ‬Flash as the Roman God,‭ ‬Mercury,‭ ‬and Aquaman as Poseidon or Neptune.‭

If you are interested in learning more about Pop Culture Paganism and Magick I recommend checking these out for more information:

‬Taylor Ellwood’s Blog on Witchesandpagans.com‭

Books by Taylor Ellwood

Taylor Ellwood’s YouTube channel