Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Heather Graham: "So mote it be."

It turns out (in case there is anyone out there who hasn't heard this yet) that Heather Graham is a practicing Pagan of some sort or another.

In her own words, she meets together with a small group of friends to "wish for things", "honor the elements", "burn things", etc. She says that "some amazing things have happened" as a result of these get-togethers with her friends.

I think this whole thing is pretty cool. She is not just talking out of her arse - what she describes is pretty garden-variety Wicca/Witchcraft, albeit on a very basic (or possibly even shallow) level. But I don't think we should make too much out of how superficial her description is. What Heather says is about as much as one can really, sanely, say about Magic to a mass audience. If anything she says too much!

No shit - here is Heather Graham explaining the phrase "So mote it be" to Jimmy Kimmel. [Note: Go to 3:05 to see her tell him about "so mote it be". Also, I don't use "embedded" youtube links anymore because they make some browswers (like mine!!) comatose.]

I really do hope that the "fluffy-bunny" haters out there don't give Graham a hard time. I honestly do think that it would actually be irresponsible for her to talk about magic and witchcraft in more detail. For example, I recently attended a retreat that included a Tibetan Buddhist "Empowerment" ceremony. The teacher leading it told us not to say much, if anything, about the empowerment itself to others. In fact she said something like "if anyone asks what you did, just tell them you listened to a funny woman telling stories." Which also happens to be true, because Lama Tsering Everest is a great storyteller!!

I think this might almost be as cool as when the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel was mentioned on Jeopardy (under "Religions" for $800 - srsly).