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Review of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Bright Blessings, film lovers!

This time I am reviewing a series Netflix has done three seasons of, and I have been told, are at least doing a fourth- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

It’s supernatural fiction about Sabrina, a half human who has to come to terms with her powers, and decide how, or IF she will use them. She gets a lot of pressure from family and mentors, all of whom seek to mold her THEIR way. Sabrina is not having it. Surprisingly mature and responsible for a teenager, she, along with family and friends, navigates the treacherous, and blissful world of mortals, and immortals in a wonderfully entertaining show, and Sabrina does it all on her own terms.

I’m not going to go through the sets, costumes, acting, or plots like I often do. What I am going to talk about is the controversy the show stirred up instead.

The show ticked off The Satanic Temple because they reproduced a statue of Baphomet the Temple had commissioned- without permission. The Satanic Temple sued the show, and lost the lawsuit. It was ruled the show could continue to use the image.

This was during the time Sabrina, her family, and her school venerated “The Dark Lord” aka Satan. They said “Praise Satan “ the way Xtians say “Praise Jesus.” Furthermore, Satan wasn’t so nice to his followers, as evidenced to his horrible treatment of Lilith. The question becomes why would people venerate a cruel Lord? Some would say ask Evangelicals…but…

The show was criticized for being an inaccurate depiction of modern day Satanism. People who think Satan is against their god have been upset a show depicting worship of Satan is allowed to air. I imagine these are the same people who are against Harry Potter.

The show was also criticized for depicting followers of the old gods inaccurately in Season 3. Well…let me just say that if I want a realistic depiction of followers of Pan, I’d go to circle with them, but that’s me. The concern has been raised by some that shows that cast Pagans in a negative light add fuel to the fire those who seek to burn us at the stake use. There is much discrimination, and myths that we are evil people who cause harm left and right abound. Truthfully, those who believe those things about us believe it because they are told that by intolerant churches and church kin. A fictional show is not responsible for that.

As far as shows, films, music, and art being responsible for education about non-mainstream religions- come on. If we want educated about a topic via tv or film, we watch a documentary, not a fictional show. People who believe dirt on us believe that on their own, and art is not in any way to blame for that.

This is a fun show for entertainment only, which is awesome, and if you like supernatural fiction, you are sure to like this.

I was brought to tears by how beautifully an Invocation to the goddess Hekate was done. Instead of a trailer, I am sharing this. You are sure to love this show, and hope, like I do, they do more than just four seasons!

 

 

Happy viewing!

Blessed Be!

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About the Author:

Saoirse is a practicing witch, and initiated Wiccan of an Eclectic Tradition.

A recovered Catholic, she was raised to believe in heaven and hell, that there is only one god, and only one way to believe. As she approached her late 20’s, little things started to show her this was all wrong. She was most inspired by the saying “God is too big to fit into one religion” and after a heated exchange with the then associate pastor of the last Xtian church she attended, she finally realized she was in no way Xtian, and decided to move on to see where she could find her spiritual home.

Her homecoming to her Path was after many years of being called to The Old Ways and the Goddess, and happened in Phoenix, Arizona. She really did rise from her own ashes!

Upon returning to Ohio, she thought Chaos Magic was the answer, and soon discovered it was actually Wicca. She was blessed with a marvelous mentor, Lord Shadow, and started a Magical Discussion Group at local Metaphysical Shop Fly By Night. The group was later dubbed A Gathering of Paths. For a few years, this group met, discussed, did rituals, fellowship, and volunteering together, and even marched as a Pagan group with members of other groups at the local gay Pride Parade for eight years.

All the while, she continued studying with her mentor, and is still studying for Third Degree, making it to Second Degree thus far.

She is a gifted tarot reader, spellworker, teacher, and was even a resident Witch at a Westerville place dubbed The Parlor for a time.

Aside from her magical practice, she is a crocheter, beader, painter, and a good cook. She has been a clown and children’s entertainer, a Nursing Home Activities Professional, a Cavern Tour Guide, a Retail Cashier, and a reader in local shops. Her college degree is a BA in English Writing. She tried her hand at both singing and playing bagpipes, and…well…let’s just say her gifts lie elsewhere! She loves gardening, reading, antiques, time with friends and soul kin, and lots and lots of glorious color bedecking her small home!

On the encouragement of a loved one several years back, she searched for a publication to write for, and is right at home at PaganPagesOrg.

She is currently residing in Central Ohio with her husband, and furbabies.

Saoirse can be contacted at [email protected].