WITCHCRAFT AT HEART
From: Natalie O----------------
Subject: If Star Trek was Wiccan....
I've been having an e-mail discussion with Rob Berry about Wicca and some of its more esoteric aspects. He wrote me the following message concerning a discussion of magic circles. It is reported with permission. If anyone takes offense, *I* thought it was pretty funny, knowing as I do that the man means no slight towards Wicca. So there. :-)
I'm >, and Rob is unquoted test. Enjoy!
>For some Wiccans, the circle is like
>an energy wall that contains one's magic until one is ready
>to release it. These also generally hold that the circle is
>something that one must cut a door in if one enters or leaves,
>else the circle is disrupted.
All this talk about protective circles and the disruption thereof reminds me of forcefield-related technobabble on Star Trek. Can you imagine if Star Trek had been a fantasy show instead of a science fiction show?
Data: "Captain, there are Romulans getting in off the starboard bow!"
Riker: "Red alert! Cast the circle!"
Data: [begins ritual]
Worf: "The Romulans are hailing us."
Picard: "Open a channel."
Worf: "Oh spirits of the Romulans! If you are here, give us a sign!"
[has a brief seizure, then starts talking with a Romulan accent]
"Surrender, Picard. We have our hexes trained on your warp cauldrons.
You cannot escape!"
Picard: "Come on, guys, can't we talk about this over some Earl Grey?"
[Romulan ship fires hexes]
Data: "The circle is down to 17%. Another hit and the circle will be banished."
Geordi: "Captain, I could modify an inverted tetryon philtre in
conjunction with the ODN elixirs and the Crowley emitters to reinforce the circle."
Picard: "So mote it be! Er, I mean, Make it so! Whatever!"
Troi: "I'm sensing... lots of bull ____."
Everyone Else: "Shut up, Troi!"
Geordi: "The circle has been reinforced!"
Picard: "Fire photon athames!"
[Romulan ships explode]
Data: "The Romulan ships have been dispelled, sir."
>Others like myself hold that
>nothing can banish the circle except the caster (or casters
>in the case of a coven).
Riker: "I wish somebody had told the Romulans that." :-)
Editor-- Steve-- I hope soft headed saints, who think Star Trek is just a harmless fantasy, will re-consider. It is, in fact, a space coven for fools who can't find the "off" switch on their TV.