A couple of weeks ago we told you about a Wiccan ritual internet hoax. While we made the point that it was a hoax several times, some people were left with the impression that this crude imitation of Witchcraft might actually take place in Floyd County.
The fictitious event being promoted on the internet recently was replete with references to group sex, public nudity, bondage, and blood rituals. Its use of extremely explicit sexual language was the first clue that it was a hoax.
"It is obviously outrageous and obviously written by someone who knows nothing about the craft at all. It is obviously vindictive in nature," says Michelle Carpenter, Wiccan High Priestess. "The craft" refers to Witchcraft.
Lady Damorea, also known as Michelle Carpenter, says the foremost obligation of a modern-day witch is to "harm no one." It's similar to the physician's Hippocratic oath: "First, do no harm."
Carpenter was especially concerned about the on-line reference to "blood offerings" and "animal sacrifices." "There are a lot of people out there who are weird and go for such things. But they're not witches," says Carpenter.
"People need to understand that witches are just people, like everyone else. It's just that we follow a different spiritual path," says Carpenter.
Wiccans view Nature as one of the primary sources of metaphysical strength and power. Naturally, their rituals are performed outdoors in the ritual circle, a sacred place that serves as a gateway to a more spiritual world.