Excitement vibrates through your body as you post the image of your newest tarot deck that you made to one of your favorite online Pagan Facebook Groups. With great reason, you are extremely proud of something you have spent hours making because although finances are tight, you are a decent artist. You eagerly wait for the comments of how beautiful your deck is but instead you get flooded with comments from Ms Bun Bun telling you how you are doing tarot wrong and you are a horrible witch. Welcome to the Pagan Online community, filled with Gatekeeping Bun Buns, eagerly awaiting for people to post “stupid” questions or rituals that she views as being wrongly done. Ms Bun Bun patiently waits for any “infraction”, epic keyboard warrior that she is, so she can point out how SHE is a 7th generational witch and High Priestess of Such and Such Coven who knows the “rwight” way of practicing magick.
Ms Gatekeeper Bun Bun wants to convince the world that her way is the only true way and if anyone even disagrees with her, she wants to wave her $19.99 High Priestess Degree that she got off the internet. Ms Bun Bun feels validated that she spent some money on an online course that took 6 hours of her life away. It is better than actually spending time in the books, doing some actual experimenting and living. Some Bun Buns even feel that because they are “woke” and oh so sensitive to the plight of everyone and everything, they get to tell everyone how their way is right and everyone else’s is wrong. I feel that there is a huge amount of WOKE culture that is going on within Gatekeeping. Please don’t even get me started in on the entire debate of “smudging” vs “cleansing” and the “correct” herbs that are used. Moving on.
Gods, how I despise Gatekeeping and unfortunately there is no way you can get away from it. It existed back in the early 2000s when I was in yahoo chat rooms and it exists these days in Facebook Groups, Tumbler Posts, TikTok Videos etc. I didn’t like being told that there was a “rwight” way back when I started and I still dislike seeing it these days. So how can we help with this gatekeeping? Simple, we stomp it out wherever we see it. It has no place in our community for one simple reason; our community is vast and varied.
I go back to my one statement that I use constantly; you ask 11 Pagans one question and you are going to get 12 different answers. Paganism/Witchcraft is a path that is going to be tailored for each person that is practicing it because each person is going to have a different set of principles and skill set. Paganism/Witchcraft is an unorganized religion/practice. We do not have a traditional hierarchy of priests and priestesses nor do we have a set of “rules” that spans the width of our belief. There are no Ten Commandments and I, speaking for myself, know that is one of the reasons I left organized religion. You can’t even say that the Rule of Three is universal because I know some witches who don’t believe in it. There are even witches out there that don’t even celebrate a deity. See, varied community!
So the next time you see someone gatekeeping, tell them to zip it. Gatekeeping isn’t teaching in any form. Ms Bun Bun and her fluffy entourage aren’t attempting to correct misinformation. In fact, most of the time, these keyboard warriors will just be regurgitating some “fact” they found through a quick google search, if any research was done at all. We are allowing these Bun Buns to scare and in some cases, harm those that are brand new to our community. These novice witches are looking for nothing more than a helping hand or reassurance and unfortunately, they sometimes run into these Gatekeeping Bun Buns. Who most often, will scare off our newer folks.
We must do better as a community. We must not be afraid to stand up to people like this because that is the only way our community will get better. It is our responsibility as older and or experienced witches to stick a pointy boot up these Gatekeepers buns. There is no one that is going to change it other than us. And please, do not argue with Ms Bun Bun. You will not win. She doesn’t want logic, she just wants to be right. So let us start a movement and kick Ms Gatekeeping Bun Bun out of our community.
Until next time witches. May the brew in your cauldron never burn and your broom never splinter.