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The FX Channel has just concluded the highly successful third season of its American Horror Story series.

Each season has featured its own stand-alone storyline, insuring against series stagnation and creating a story competition as the ever-ravenous horror audience eagerly awaits each season’s next outrageous attempt to top the last. Coven, the third entry in the series, a witchcraft genre entry, has not disappointed. Its star, Jessica Lange, was nominated for a Golden Globe. Critical reception, despite the considerable gory fx (envelope-pushing for network TV), has been uniformly positive. The ratings have soared.

Set in contemporary New Orleans, Coven tells a tale of internecine struggle as the dying matriarch of a clan of young witches fights the inevitable succession of the next “Supreme” witch, soon to usurp her leadership.  She simultaneously wages a struggle against the loss of her youth, her seductive beauty and death itself. The narrative punch is Stephen King meets Tennessee Williams.

Quote from Katy:

The Supreme—The concept of this is very interesting to me. I feel that it’s sort of a high priestess in a coven, the witch the rest of the coven looks up to for guidance etc. I think it’s strange how they set it up that the supreme gets sick as the new supreme comes into her powers. I think that’s pretty unrealistic in terms of witchcraft, as we all have our own power and grow into them with time and practice and while we do so, it doesn’t take away from anyone else.”

Astralseed (Katy), Modern American Witch

American Horror Story: Coven deviations:

While pop culture commentators have made much of Coven reflecting the psychotic levels of youth and body worship that we’ve reached in our society, as well as the aggressive edge that has developed, socially and especially sexually, amongst today’s young women (the debate raging as to whether this signifies growing empowerment or just a general coarsening of the culture)—I think there’s something more to the special response received by Coven. I think a far deeper chord of male and female identity and relationships may have been struck for there to be so much resonance in response to this show.

Does Coven reflect a realignment in the male/female power paradigm?

The concept of “witchcraft” itself was invented by the Holy Roman Church when it assumed authority over all Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire. During the Medieval reign of the Roman Church, all religions competing with Christianity were obliterated or driven underground.  Pagans who refused to convert to the official state religion withdrew back into the deep woods and continued with their rites of ingesting natural herbs and seeking oneness with the spirits present throughout nature.

The Church responded to these homeopathic healers and midwives by denouncing them as “witches” and lodging the Big Lie against them that they were practitioners of “demonology” (raising demons from Hell to do bad things) and that they were Satan worshippers.  Crop failures, livestock epidemics and still-births were attributed to witchcraft. And so, each time, a few more non-conformist unmarried women were “convicted” as witches and burned, hanged, crushed or drowned. And the good people felt safe again.

Quotes from the Community:

I come from a family who has generations of individuals who have believed and practiced in what many outsiders refer to as witchcraft. However, my family does not call it witchcraft. Nor do we like being called witches. Instead, we refer to it as being spiritual or rather enlightened or living with the veil lifted.”

diphylla (Star), modern American Witch

I know of no one who can bring back the dead. I don’t know any human voodoo dolls. I for one cannot flip buses. For me, Witchcraft is about connecting with the world with both physical stuff and ether (it’s all one) and fighting to make a difference for other people.”

diphylla (Star), modern American Witch

I think Myrtle’s gift is the closest to realistic abilities out of all of them. Misty’s being the least. Although I love Misty! She has the personality and attitude of a true witch I feel. She’s in touch with nature and she wants to do good with her abilities… I’m in love with nature, I draw all of my energy from nature. It makes me so happy to see somebody else also as in love with nature as I am.”

mippieArt (Leana), Modern South African Witch

After an estimated half-million executions in Europe and America, witch lynchings became rare after 1800.

In the modern age, witches and witchcraft have become more the stuff of children’s tales and Halloween fun.  Belief in actual Satanic covens of beings empowered through magic potions and incantations has become nonthreatening superstition.  Recently, a revival of a “positive” version of witchcraft as a rediscovered Pagan religion has evolved into the thriving Wiccan movement, in which spellcasting is practiced for the good and Satanism and demonology are denounced and rejected as having nothing to do with “white witchcraft.”

This Chinese Wall now separating Satanism/demonology and the modern witch was most evident in the popular show, Charmed (1998-2006), in which the three young “white lighter” protagonists were constantly forced to defend themselves against demon assassins sent to kill them.

Quote from Jaimie:

There is no such thing as “white” or “black” magic. Magic has no color. It is the reflection of the intention of the Witch who is using it. So, there are really no intrinsically “good” or “bad” witches; rather, it depends on intent.”

Aeirmid (Jaimie), modern American Witch

Coven represents the latest “rebirth” of the witchcraft narrative.

As a story centered on contending generations of females, birth and rebirth are in fact a constant theme throughout the story. The witches kill each other, but sometimes bring each other back from the dead. The “Supreme” fights for immortality, while her old rival chooses self-immolation, her life’s work having been completed.  What’s new in this latest plunge into the pop zeitgeist is the story’s “report” on two rapidly evolving issues.

First, there’s the current state of how young women value themselves as independent beings beyond body-image slavery. Jessica Lange is a brilliant choice to play Fiona, the Supreme on her way out. She is about as classically beautiful as any Hollywood actress working today. Her character is driven to murder and madness by her inability to stall the natural aging process by yet another century. The young witches of the coven are, in contrast, a collection of the most anti-cliché beauties imaginable.  It is definitely a new dawn on television when Gabourey Sidbe and Jamie Brewer can be cast as protagonists non-ironically.  This update bulletin on the current changing state of young female body-image attitudes is definitely a positive report.

Second, there is the male/female power issue. Whatever the historical reality or actual metaphysical possibilities of the practice of witchcraft – there is always the power of the witch as metaphor.  Here is a witchcraft story that, in trying to entertain the 29-49 demographic, reflects back to that audience what the makers intuit is their sensibility in male-female relationships.  What’s unique in the witch narrative is its constant theme of female subversion and non-compliance with male power. It’s all about females banding together to learn arcane methods of alternative defense and weaponry to battle male oppression. I believe Coven has such deep resonance because it’s a snapshot of the current state of female strategies of advancement and simultaneous accommodation within our contemporary patriarchy.

Quote from Jaimie:

I was disappointed that there was no talk of energy or anything like that. I don’t mean energy as in, “Here, let’s do Reiki on you!” but rather in terms of spirit or essence of existence. Also in terms of personal power.”

Aeirmid (Jaimie), modern American Witch

We see in Fiona’s downfall not only the demise of the witchcraft of her generation, but with it the demise of her generation’s stale male/female power paradigm.

Fiona’s power flows from her physical beauty, her sexual allure. Inflaming men’s desire is her method of control and power over the opposite gender. The traditional male response to this sort of female “empowerment” is to hate being controlled by one’s own hormones. Fiona’s sexiness is her source of power, her true worth. Each wrinkle is a devaluation of her being. Her lover is The Axeman, a revived serial killer. Fiona’s horrible fate is to end up in Hell living out an eternal Groundhog’s Day existence with the brutish Axeman in a tiny 50’s-style claustrophobic domicile. She will endlessly reap what she has sown, being simultaneously adored but also brutally controlled by her significant other.

AHS Coven

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The love interest of the younger generation of witches is Kyle, the only “nice” frat boy amongst a crew of rapists, all killed in an act of vengeance by one of the witches. Kyle is revived from the dead, but with body parts borrowed from the dead frat boys. The witches attempt to literally preserve the prospective boyfriend’s non-misogynist mind and sweet spirit, and – of secondary concern—reassemble the rest of him into a generically hot stud from spare boy parts. An interesting play on the difference between male and female priorities. Of course, the well-intentioned use of witchery goes awry and he becomes a raging mental defective who has to be cared for by the coven like a pet dog. But the theme of male-female connection through appreciation of specialness, of placing a premium on, rather than casting stones at, otherness, is constant throughout the young witches’ relations with the opposite gender.

Head Witch in Charge

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Quote from Jaimie:

What is it, at the core, that we believe in? For me, it is that energy flows and envelops everything that is, and that we are manifestations of that energy. I believe that we can manipulate our energy and influence others’. I believe that there is something so much greater than I am “out there,” but that I am part of it (as we all are). I rarely differentiate between spirit and flesh, as it is really kind of a continuum. I am super excited about this opportunity to learn what others believe and to share it with you.”

Aeirmid (Jaimie), Modern American Witch

Coven uses the darkness of the horror genre to illuminate the stark difference in how today’s younger generation of females (as represented by Coven’s young spellcasters) balances body-image with more important personal traits in nurturing self-value and a healthy self-identity. This, as opposed to the old style notion of a women’s main worth being her physical attractiveness. Coven also rings a death knell for the “traditional” (often lethal) formula of male absolute adoration of a woman’s physical beauty coupled with the need to absolutely control the “beloved” woman. The attitudes of the young witches point to a major positive sea-change in the male-female power-control equation. Pursuing and preserving power and control over others would appear to be a life strategy that is dying off with the older generations. It may be gradually being replaced with a growing appreciation of the value of all the small wonders and personal gifts that give a truer value to all our lives.

Out of a deep-fried southern gothic fever dream of contemporary New Orleans saunter the decadent libertine belles of the delicious pulp that is American Horror Story: Coven.

Within the first hour, these sultry divas brandish their feminine powers to telekinetically destroy vicious rapists, tap the fountain of youth by draining a man of his life force and resurrect an undead torturess, firing the opening salvo in AHS’ first gynocentric season.  Beyond its obvious main directive of being a shocking scare-fest, Coven explores themes of misogyny, youth obsession and toxic female rivalry against the backdrop of feminism and witchcraft in all their seemingly contradictory permutations and agendas.

The young witches of the coven embody in their unique supernatural gifts the full spectrum of Wiccan Triple Goddess archetypes. They also display the full spectrum of body and personality types, providing an accessible role model protagonist for each and every young female viewer. The coven is governed by Supreme witch Fiona Goode (portrayed by classically beautiful Jessica Lange).  The Supreme is aging and she is fighting to cheat her impending death by all manner of experimental pharmaceuticals and dangerous arcane incantations.

Sistah Jude

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Fiona warns, “a storm is coming,” and as the season unfolds we’ll witness the women unifying their powers and banding together for survival. To that end, a new coven leader must be chosen. According to the mythology of this witches’ tale, there must be a contest between the young witches that will result in a successor to the “retiring” Supreme. The true Supreme is a chosen one always meant to assume power, her messianic identity to be revealed by her victory in the competition.

The greatest danger to the survival of the coven is Fiona’s sabotage of each witch she senses may be the chosen one.  Driven mad by the loss of her physical beauty and desperately seeking a “magickal” way out of ever dying, Fiona would rather kill her own daughter than give up her power. This hidden handicap is only discovered by the contestants very late in their competition.

Here we have one of Coven’s intersections between witchcraft and feminism. Fiona is old school, using her sexual allure to exercise power over men, a crude traditional strategy of empowerment rejected by modern feminists.  Her empowerment relies on “playing” the male power structure rather than altering it or replacing it. The misogyny that birthed this coercive form of female empowerment only gives rise to male resentment and abuse against females in response.

How is it witches came to be associated with feminism?

The simple answer is that any act of female defiance against male diktat is considered by the male power structures (religious, corporate, legal and cultural) to be de facto “feminism.” When Pagan herbal healers refused to convert to Christianity in Medieval Europe, the propaganda stereotype of the Satan-worshipping crone dancing around a fire and sacrificing children was first born as the Church’s response to female non-compliance. The concept of the witch as a nature-loving healer and nurturer is a more modern Wiccan construct, arising alongside a growing cultural interest in ecology and protecting the natural environment in general. The witch as hot sexual succubus has always been a male fantasy disguised as being somehow “feminist.”

So long as “witch” indicates defiance of the male order, witches will be persecuted simply for existing. Trying to accommodate men by becoming providers of kinky “sex magick” or, conversely, detaching completely from males and forming insulated Wiccan communes are both doomed strategies. The poison pill is the question of power. Men have it. Women are denied it. A suspicion of a female coveting that power can mean lethal consequences. Witches symbolize that covetous conspiracy that never sleeps.

Is it any wonder witches cling to their magickal abilities as a path to empowerment?


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When denied the basic human right to exist, those who were forced to cower in the shadows can find a voice in magick, a torch to carry into battle. The young charges of Miss Robichaux’s Academy do just that, using their powers to forge strength under the siege of male oppression. We see the Academy’s ancestors banding together to thwart an impending attack by the Axeman (“If we embody our feminine might: intelligence with grace, strength with an iron will, no man can make us cower in our home.”).   Misty Day resurrects slain swamp gators and turns them back on the red neck hunters who slaughtered them, a low tech metaphor for triumph over male brutality. Zoe and Madison use their collective powers to destroy Madison’s frat boy rapists in a scene ripped right from Steubenville’s headlines, with the coups de grace performed poetically on the last male by Zoe’s powers of vagina dentata.

The one male-contrived bastion of oppression that seems to be the chink in our witches’ armor of empowerment is obsession with youth and beauty. In modern society, beauty standards are set by male opinion and catered to by women who continue to perpetuate those stereotypes, influencing generations of young women after them to live up to an impossible ideal. We can see this in everything from Maxim spreads to the average age-range and body type of actresses who stay gainfully employed in Hollywood. Coven’s Crones Fiona, Marie Laveau, and Delphine also fall victim to these standards, desperately trying to revert back to Maidenhood by any means necessary. Fiona Goode is the quintessential Norma Desmond figure, sneering disgustedly, “I’m starting to look less Samantha and more Endora everyday.” In a twist of irony, the one thing that seems to make her feel young and vital is finding solace in the ghostly arms of a long-dead serial killer.

Men know that they can best control females by constantly increasing the rewards, acclaim, approval and adoration (the males’ double-edged conceit of being “pro-woman”) rained down upon females for their physical allure. This emotional extortion is so potent that it makes women turn upon each other and then spiral down into their own solitary self-contempt. Only when women manage to truly find self-worth according to standards set by their own sensibilities, completely independent of male judgement and approval, will genuine sisterhood finally prevail.

At story’s end, the young witches who emulated their mentor Supreme, using their powers to control and hurt others in order to increase their own power end up in Hells created especially to fit their crimes. For the rest of the coven, renewed strength comes after these toxic creatures are finally purged from the House of Robichaux. Although male oppression was always a real and present danger, the external threat just beyond the iron gates, the coven was in greater danger of foundering from the internal threat of insidious narcissism.  After the deaths of Fiona, Madison, Laveau, and Delphine, chlorine is introduced into the witch pool in the form of new Supreme, Cordelia Foxx. Finally able to throw off the weight of Fiona’s malice, Cordelia abandons the shadows and accepts her powers and her place as Supreme, shedding self-hatred and instilling a new sense of pride in the Coven.

In a speech that echoes current day minority struggles, a self-assured Cordelia encourages all magickal folk to live openly and reject any societal attempts to relegate them to outsider status. With Zoe and Queenie by her side, she ushers the coven into a new era of tolerance and renewed power. Lines of new students overtake the street like vines of kudzu, signaling morning for Miss Robichaux’s Academy and incubating the hope that these former outcasts have finally found their tribe. We’re reminded that life is about survival and salvation is ultimately found in each other. Perhaps if we can learn to embrace uniqueness, to value one another over our own agendas, and to recognize that true empowerment comes from lifting each other up, that would be the real magic the witches of American Horror Story: Coven had to show us after all.

For the Readers

  1. Do you think about any deeper meanings when watching shows like Coven, or appreciate them strictly as scary fun entertainment?
  2. Do you believe witches are real? (“Real” meaning able to harness special abilities by supernatural means.)
  3. Do you think modern covens are actually practicing a “witchcraft” that produces tangible results, for good or bad, or do you think of covens as an alternative religion’s church?
  4. Have you experienced evidence of actual witchcraft in your life?
  5. Would you (or have you) ever sought out a witch for the potions or spells to attract or win over a prospective love interest?  What about exacting revenge on an enemy?

For the Witches

  1. Does being a witch mean:
    1. Simply adhering to a religion that celebrates the spirits inherent in all nature’s creation.
    2. Having special inherent powers I was born with and the ability to change things, affect minds, through potions and spells.

  2. Have you suffered discrimination or physical threats because of your beliefs?
  3. Has witchcraft been a mainly positive or negative element of your life?
  4. Under what circumstances would you recommend an exploration of witchcraft to another woman?
  5. Are there aspects of witchcraft that enhance or liberate the creative energies of an artist?

The FX Channel has just concluded the highly successful third season of its American Horror Story series. Each season has featured its own stand-alone storyline, insuring against series stagnation and creating a story competition as the ever-ravenous horror audience eagerly awaits each season’s next outrageous attempt to top the last. Coven, a witchcraft genre entry, has not disappointed. Its star, Jessica Lange, was nominated for a Golden Globe. Critical reception, despite the considerable gory fx (envelope-pushing for network TV), has been uniformly positive. The ratings have soared.

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Inspiration: phoenixleo

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GrumpyOldRossco Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Feminism has NOTHING to do with male dominance, Feminism or ANY of that bullshit so......why are you being dishonest and pretending that it does? 

Witchcraft you RIGHTLY pointed out was about religion trying to suppress other religion. If you wished to terrify a community and bring them to heel, would you target their men or their women? It wa wrong and it was abhorrent and if the religious zealots like the Westboro Baptists could get away with it, I am sure all the "non-believers would be accused of heresy and burned at the stake. 

So this we are agreed on. How is that in ANY way related to Feminism. especially as there is no Patriarchy and men have not been burning women at the stake for being women, which is the only place I see you taking any analogy?

Yup, pretty dishonest
LasarDaddy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I missed this program but I'll make every effort to find it.  I've always been interested in the concepts and met many practicing "Whatever's", healers, witches, meta-physicists and more, they all had similar concepts.

Here it's "Witchcraft" or some variation of that concept.  In other places it's rocks and minerals.  It's really all about you training your mind to control your physicality.

It will not make you immortal, you will die and anyone who claims otherwise is full of crap.  But it can help keep you healthy and physically able until much later in life.  It can extend your life.

I live in an area where 90% of the people in town carry a rock in their pocket because they believe it will heal them, guess what! it will!  But not because of the rock.  It's them focusing their mind on the problem through the concept of the rock.

Most of this I learned when I studied hypnotism.  NEVER let anyone hypnotize you.  They own your mind and can make you do anything.  But if you learn to do it to yourself it is an incredible benefit.  I think almost all witchcraft and metaphysical practices stem from this.

for "Feminism", like George Carlin said, "It's all Bullshit."

And now that I've pissed off every woman that reads this, I do not think that the core of the concept is that.

Equality has a very specific meaning.  No one is dominate.  Easy to say but virtually impossible for humans to accept and implement.  There's always someone who thinks they are so pure, or right, or superior in some way that they have the "Moral?" Right to force us to do it their way.

When we learn to control that the representative democracy we originally set up will work as such world wide, everyone will be equal and life will be fantastic for everyone.


I hope that comes true for all of my grand kids.
Firpo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Very great job!
QueenNothing20 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Being a "witch", if one can call oneself that, is much more profound than being your typical person-to-go-to when in need of spells, potions, "jobs" done. It's hard to explain really, but I think being born with inherent different abilities has a lot to do with it.

Amazing Journal, probably one of the best I've seen so far. I adored Coven to death (still do!). I think they could easily turn it into a regular series, with several seasons.
the-mysterious-ponyX Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
did you know that in great Britain only about 3 people were found guilty of witchcraft during the entire witch hunting period.
cant speak for other countries
yellowfire7 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"...However, my family does not call it witchcraft. Nor do we like being called witches..."

- diphylla (Star), modern American Witch

I am curious, why did the author(s) call this person a witch when their quote was about how they don't like being called a witch?
WinniUsagi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
very nice work!!
Vlad-Raine Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Such a great article! And there are some deviations like those by MadLittleClown that I'm just crazy awesome is that Marie Laveau? Daamn!

Sadly the season didn't accomplished my expectations, and gave a very poor and superficial treatment for it's mythology. Thousands of plot holes, contradictions, wasted characters and stories, who ended up being useless, Coven finished without ever actually begin. Shame, hope next season the series gets back to the same level of Asylum.
Kninjasticks Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AnnaGladue Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Writer
Before I answer the questions, I wish to point out that in Charmed, the sisters were not 'white lighters', they were witches. White Lighters were gaurdian angels that watched over good witches. :) Now that is out of the way:

'Witchcraft' is very broad. I am speaking for Wicca. Also note that many prefer not to be called Witches. I quite like the term so I say I am a Witch. Finally, all answers are from my own views, and do not reflect on every Witch. 

1) Being a witch means being in tune with nature and doing good in the world. 'And it harm none, do as you will'.

2) Nope.

3) Positive. Once I left the Catholic faith I was able to heal.

4) Wicca, and the broader Witchcraft, is for both genders equally. I would recommend anyone wanting to find themselves look into Witchcraft. Witchcraft is all about learning to be in tune with yourself and nature.

5) Of course! When you are healthy, then your energies are high and you can do more, create better, and that translates well for art.

Blessed be!
QueenNothing20 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! exactly what I thought. I'm a hardcore Charmed fan.
mjprogue Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Believe what you want...really...even if its wrong its your right.

But don't go around bragging about being able to heal...that sham is getting tired and noone of your "faith" has ever shown any more ability to heal the injured than has any Christian chalatan.

AnnaGladue Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Writer
Nevermind, I just re-read my comment. I understand what you meant. I didn't mean healing with magic or healing like casting a spell. I meant once I became a Wiccan I was able to accept myself, and grow without being told I was evil for simply being human.

I don't understand 'heal the injured than has any Christian chalatan'
AnnaGladue Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Writer
Uh...heal? I heal naturally, you know like some people are tall and some are short? It has nothing to do with magic. I could heal really well when I was a Christian. Don't make assumptions. Magic does not work, spells are another word for prayers.

Sorry to burst your bubble.
LasarDaddy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
She was referring to healing herself, not you. 
Junkiecakes Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Nice ! :)
killakitty13 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i fell like i can answer from both sides tho i do not consider my self a witch
my grandmother is dominican so its more santeria or voodoo than western witchcraft.
1. for me personally it would be B. but everyone is different.
2. i was bullied when i was young for being "strange" and i even seeked advice from a teacher because i saw some things other people could not see he told me he didn't want to hear it but he meant well he just didn't understand.
3. a bit of both my grandmother practiced white magic and because of my lineage i was the target of bad intentions i was blessed to never have to see those intentions come to fruition but i still feel see and hear things i sometimes wish i could control but i cant. i was the target of a very nasty haunt much like what the people you see in paranormal activity but without the shitty backstory. it wanted my power but it could not force me so it would wait until i was weak or asleep to influence me but with the help of my mom and our combined abilities it could not do more than make me feel sick or uneasy in its presence.
4. i do not recommend it unless it is a life or death situation magic always comes with a price. but if you have abilities you should seek guidance i have not had the opportunity to learn because my grandmother passed when i was young and my mom wants nothing to do with her gifts unless i or my siblings are in grave danger.
5. i do most of my work based on experiences i have had and knowing what is out there has freed my mind to express everything i can in any way i can.

1. i do feel a deeper meaning when watching the show but i also find it entertaining
2. i do believe they are real and live among us.
3. i believe they practice witchcraft because i know people that practice
4. yes many times
5. i have seeked witches before but in my case coming from my background i would have been the voodoo side of things but for learning recreation and protection.
93rheanna Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014   General Artist
Fantastic Journal! i haven't watched Coven (still on season 1 ._.) but! excited to watch and thanks for the great and interesting read!:)
DoomBringerNumber9 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pretty good information explaining the origin of witches:) (Smile) 
pooribu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Thanks a lot about the given information at the top, it moved me! Great article! :)
witch1978 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Witches turn people into newts :squee:
sailor-alnilam Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
  1.  I think it's entertainment and meant to tell the story about the story of southern witches.
  2.  I believe some people think themselves witches but have no tangible proof.  I dont believe in supernatural things such as spirits (the kind that haunt), potions, or spells.
  3.  I think a coven to be an alternate religion, mostly called Wiccan. Though the Wiccans I know believe that to bad things/harm others results in 'bad karma' towards oneself. 
  4.  No, I have never experienced witchcraft
  5.  I dont believe in any of that stuff, Ive read tarot cards for the fun of it, but none of it had any coincidence with my own life.

    I think some people read too much into these kind of shows.  I think it's cool to have strong female leads but personally Im tired of hearing that everything needs to include feminism. It's just as bad as politics and religion. 
AnnaGladue Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Writer
I too are tired of 'feminism' being attached to everything with a strong female character. 
Spielodia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
reiki is false but witchcraft is true
er okay
I think you take this show too seriously and this has a lot of wrong info on "witchcraft", feminism, and everything else. The show is entertainingly ridiculous, and only uses witchcraft as a horror device, even the characters are inconsistent and simple horror devices to serve the nonsensical plot for cheap gross-out scares. If anything this shows reaffirms the stereotype that witches are evil crazy sadistic bitches who hate men (and other women) and will harm you if you look at them wrong.
And that AHS sucks.

I also, once again, fail to understand why you post what you post as Hot Topics for the whole of deviantart to see. Just feature it in some AHS fanclub where people who care can find it.
JessyFTW Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I loved Coven!! And this journal kicks serious ass!

Here's my answers:

1. I think I just enjoy watching as "scary fun entertainment." I'm an English Literature major, 5 classes away from my bachelors and am really sick of trying to pick things apart and try to find deeper meaning - I honestly prefer to take things as they're given to me.

2. I don't know if I believe in power harnessing witches or not. 

3. Modern covens, tangible magic... Nah. Religion/church... Ew, no. 

4. I've experienced some out-of-this-world stuff, but whether it was witchcraft or some other supernatural force, I'll never know.

5. Never sought out a witch or potions.
MarelynMayhem Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've always been a fan of all the American Horror Story's installments since it came out around 2011. The team behind these shows including Ryan Murphy have a strong influence in my creative work because they manage to highlight and push sexuality to a whole new level and of course "Coven" is its best example. I also have the notion that in another life I could have been a witch connected to the powers of nature such as Cordelia or Misty.
eleysegottman Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   General Artist
Got a friend to read this, her remarks - the men women describe are what women would be like if they had dicks. As to the standards of beauty, we both agreed that women shame women in various practicexs like dieting more than men, because the majority of straight men don't care. I've had female housemates that give me funny looks for not throwing half my food away, colleagues who've passed comment on clothes and shape, but straight men? Never. Always complimentary, unfussed as to appearance so long as it looks like I care about my health - rather than looks. Another good comment made - men don't notice hair cuts, highlights, split ends and three extra pounds, how can they coerce women into their beauty standards if they don't even notice?
daisybtoes Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014   General Artist
1.  Scary fun, mostly.  I know there are people who seriously believe they can aquire magical powers, but I believe that is mostly psychological.  Still, the series was great fun; almost comical at times, with all the Bitches and their Bitchcraft.

2.  Do I believe witches are real?  I believe that those who practice the Wicca religion are real and may believe that they can tap into other powers.  And who knows, perhaps some of them can.  But by and large, it is either fantasy or a state of mind.

3.  No, other than seeing a few practicioners.  Their spells never worked, either.

4.  No, why should I?

As an adendum: I was born and raised in New Orleans, and spent the first two-third of my life there.  Marie LaVeaux and Madame LaLurie are traditional figures of local legend, so this series was very enjoyable for me.  Was sorry to see it end.
Crown-Clown-Grimm Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is just great! A lot of talent in here. Coven was great and I enjoyed looking at every piece of art in here. Thank you!
kkisadorabubble Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I luv American horror story: coven !!!
zerudez Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
me too
eleysegottman Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014   General Artist
Apologies in advance for spelling mistakes, it's hard to edit on my tablet and I want to get this out. Also apologise for poor structure. I've been pagan in one form or another since 11, and I've gradually removed all the chips on my shoulders, but the one thing that has never left me is my utter disdain for the majority of women, the strong, beautiful women I've known ormet are spread over the world. Many of them have be over the internet, or on DA, but I certainly don't want sisterhood with the majority of women, or even a handful of them. For me, my practice of 'witchcraft' (I've grown to hate this term, over used by thirteen year olds who want to impress their school friends) was never about some imaginary war with the complementary, rather than opposite, gender. It was my way of prayer. Catholics pray with incense and ritual, so do pagans. When the church demonised paganism, it was called witchcraft. That's why I never call myself a witch anymore. I always had ability in 'magic' (hate this term too, electronics and metal smithing were once thought of as magic, it implies stage trickery) but then, everyone does, you just need to tap into it, though my particular skill has always been fixing bad situations and tarot reading (accurate and more specific than 'there's something good coming your way') . These days a lot of the official terminology has either been hijacked or means something derogatory in the original use. My other half calls me a cathalopagan (nonsense, but fun) because I believe in only one God, but that's harmless. Witch is like bitch, but more evil and calculated. It's been embraced as some sort of feminist dominance nonsense, but it's not, it's egalitarian. But then, my other half has never had a problem with my faith, he's a Roman Catholic, and a hereditary Nazi, (father likes to pass on SS great grandfather's doctrine) and he doesn't care two Whits, so long as I believe in God (he's frightened of going anywhere, either up or down, after dying without me). As to the points made in the article above as to controlling men through sexuality and their controlling women, my other half is warm, protective, honest, decent to others (he's racist but he doesn't let it stop him helping any ethnicity), I don't control him through sex (it's not a dog treat for pets and he's not my dog, if he wants it he's having it) and he doesn't do this bull of upping rewards to make me compete. When he says I'm beautiful, that's all he's meaning, and when he wants a cuddle that's all it is. Christ, men and women are supposed to be teammates, no wonder so many relationships go south. And men resenting getting turned on? I've never known that one before, he's always happy if I'm kissing him or anything else. Men resent women they don't want near them, near them, it doesn't mean they're turned on. The other half hates when random women try touching him because they're trying to flirt, but not because he's some animal incapable of controlling his body and just the touch of any woman would make him hard, it's because (he's said before) he only wants me. Equally, he's always said my heart and mind are more attractive than my body, so is he shallow for calling my mind beautiful? 'd rather just he have my back, than a whole gaggle of chattering women who judge me. And don't tell me they're that way because men made them like that. I've never known any bloke indicate that's desirable in a woman, and girls become bitches before they start vying for male interest. Not all women are this shallow, and that's why places like DA are so fantastic, but the ones that are aren't like that because of men.. I'm sorry for the massive great rant, but so tired and been wound up by one too many man bashers today, and I really felt the need to defend my Hubschen because, technically, it's aimed at him too. Get the feeling I may regret this after sleeping but meh.
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014   Traditional Artist
Veng1saur Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Moral relativism is the first defense of the indefensable.

Getting defensive too quickly is a sign of a guilty conscience. I used to be convinced by hooey like his, till I started digging deeper beneath the surface.....
MaricarmenHusson Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
1.Sometimes a deeper meanings and others for entertainment.
2. Yes I belive cause in the Middle Ages as you know historically famous witch hunt.and the famous castles with ghosts and stories in cemeteries and parks of people who have died and their spirits have come and people have seen them.Also the movies are based on some research and events that have occurred .
3.I guess if there is , also there is good and there is evil there is clarity there is darkness an example: to many people play Wija table and in many cases they have told me to play it then strange things have happened to them .
4.I personally have not had any experience.
5.Never. I personally think that revenge is not good counselor, I think they are paths that can end badly, not only to whom it is addressed, but for the revenge that runs. It`s my opinion.
Audball08 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Interface Designer

1. Do you think about any deeper meanings when watching shows like Coven, or appreciate them strictly as scary fun entertainment?

I haven't seen the show yet but I've found an interest in it. I would like to see it as I do enjoy trying to catch and understand deeper meaning in many things. I'm not wiccan. Or maybe I am somewhat. Its weird because I believe in the used of energy but I am Christian too. I look into other beliefs though and make connections that most people don't.

2. Do you believe witches are real? (“Real” meaning able to harness special abilities by supernatural means.)

Absolutely not. I have wiccan friends (many of them because they understand my beliefs more than any Christian besides my fiancé would). However there are people with a connection to the world (or worlds) beyond ours. This is know from mild experience and the weird and interesting people that tend to find me.

3.Do you think modern covens are actually practicing a “witchcraft” that produces tangible results, for good or bad, or do you think of covens as an alternative religion’s church?

Not a church. I haven't met anybody in a coven yet. All of the people I know are independent.

4.Have you experienced evidence of actual witchcraft in your life?

Yes. Yes I have. But I wouldn't called it witchcraft. But there seems to be a lot of metaphysics involved.

5.Would you (or have you) ever sought out a witch for the potions or spells to attract or win over a prospective love interest?  What about exacting revenge on an enemy?

Never. Only for simple things that I need. Like I said I am Christian and more. Pagans have never offended. I have always felt the same connection they do with the earth. I keep a turquois for my energy. But it disappeared from around my neck a few weeks ago. Without something to channel my energy into I tend to have scary fits of depression (or so I've been told); thus why the necklace was created for me in the first place.

I know my answers are weird but Pagans fascinate me and I can always make a friendly connection with them....I don't fit into churches anyway....

DarFacee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The Coven was perfect, ugh.. 
wdeleon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm confused by question 4 in "For the Witches". Is the implication supposed to be that only women practice witchcraft, or would ever have an interest in it? Even a cursory investigation into communities of people who practice witchcraft (and/or hold neopagan beliefs asserting the efficacy of witchcraft) indicates that this is completely untrue.
GregoryNicolas Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
i love it , COVEN is amazing 
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Chibi-Fisch Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I personally dislike the term "witch."  In the past year, I fell into wicca.  I didn't really choose it, it chose me.  I have been seeking spiritual answers my whole life.  Then one day, I made a wiccan friend.  Being curious, I kept asking him questions.  And then I found things, and information, some with his help and some on my own.  And I don't wish to "un-know" it, so here I am.  I now have some "pagan" beliefs.

Also, I don't identify as a witch, because I don't "cast spells."  Magick is very heavy.  You DON'T fuck with it, or it will fuck you terribly.  You have to REALLY REALLY REALLY know what you are doing.  I'm more of a prayer and meditation girl.  I'm a knowledge seeker, not a power seeker.
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bolsterstone Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   General Artist
Oh, so if I want more articles like this then I go to depthRADIUS.  But what if I want to unsubscribe and not get more articles like this?  Rage 
vaslittlecrow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
khyriah Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
LOVE AHS Cover !! This is fu*kin awesome.
MadFoxyAmour Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
pretty cool :)
teddibuns Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist

      Does being a witch mean:

          Simply adhering to a religion that celebrates the spirits inherent in all nature’s creation.

          Having special inherent powers I was born with and the ability to change things, affect minds, through potions and spells.

          it can be both, but "witch" nowadays is too broad a term. though for my own abilities well...that's a secret best left alone.

          • Have you suffered discrimination or physical threats because of your beliefs?

          discrimination from those who THINK they know about it. and threats from those like me who didn't trust me for whatever reason.

          • Has witchcraft been a mainly positive or negative element of your life?

          I would say its been quite even. it really depends on specific things.

          • Under what circumstances would you recommend an exploration of witchcraft to another woman?

          well, I don't discriminate. I would recommend it for a guy or girl so long as there heart and beliefs were in the right place. most usually I try to help those with "special" abilities or problems.

          • Are there aspects of witchcraft that enhance or liberate the creative energies of an artist?

          I guess. a lot of my "abilities" are through artistic expression and in my hands, but it all depends on the person. not everyone is like that.

          I would also like to say if you have any other questions feel free to ask me. Misaki-Yeah (Misaki Ayuzawa) 

          jo-gentil Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
          For the Readers
          1. Do you think about any deeper meanings when watching shows like Coven, or appreciate them strictly as scary fun entertainment? // Of course American Horror Story is always more than it seems,and this third season is as meaningful as the others! That's what I love about this show, the meaning of it... Each and every episode is always full of sense. Each character represents something valuable and torn, the variety of humanity. The Coven topic had to speak about something and - to me - it was a surprisingly beautiful ode to women.
          2. Do you believe witches are real? (“Real” meaning able to harness special abilities by supernatural means.) // I wish! But still, this is reality and the only thing that could feel supernatural would be spirituality so... Maybe the term "witch" has too many meanings to be called a religion, but it is great that modern witches can feel some spiritual connection with nature, it sounds peaceful.
          3. Do you think modern covens are actually practicing a “witchcraft” that produces tangible results, for good or bad, or do you think of covens as an alternative religion’s church? // I think it's more of an alternative religion's church. As I said, for me, it sounds more about spirituality than actual supernatural stuff.
          4. Have you experienced evidence of actual witchcraft in your life? // Nope, only in my dreams :)
          5. Would you (or have you) ever sought out a witch for the potions or spells to attract or win over a prospective love interest?  What about exacting revenge on an enemy? // If it worked, why not! But I don't think I would want to play with love or wrath ^^ maybe more like little things (heal my dog or something)
          FluffyNinjaBunny6 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
          Yes I does take a new spin
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