Very interesting article in today’s NY Times: “Witchy Town’s Worry: Do Too Many Psychics Spoil the Brew?,” by Katie Zezima (“National,” Friday, May 27, 2011, p. A11). The article is the latest to chronicle Salem’s recent “glut” of psychics, since the City Council let up on restrictions concerning psychic licensing. Featured are local Witches Lorelei Stathopoulos and Christian Day, famous for performing a Binding Ceremony against Charlie Sheen. Little else about the item is especially striking: the number of psychics in Salem has increased dramatically; some say this is bad; others are sanguine. The thing that snagged my attention was the sixth paragraph, which starts: “Christian Day, a warlock who calls himself the ‘Kathy Griffin of witchcraft’, thinks the competition is good for Salem.”
I’m not quite clear why the well-known Warlock Mr. Day considers himself the Kathy Griffin of modern Witchcraft. Does he customarily deliver with razor-sharp timing hilarious comic routines containing penetrating observational humor? Does he aspire to a One-Warlock Broadway show? Or perhaps his own reality-series- “Christian Day: My Life on the Wiccan D-List”? Perhaps he intends us to understand that- like Ms. Griffin- he enjoys the attention of celebrities and persons desirable to know; Christian Day: Warlock to the Stars!
Perhaps he just means to grow his hair out and dye it red.
Mr. Day may well be on to something, here; perhaps he is presaging a New Era in Wicca and Neo-Paganism, whereby not only do we adopt Deities of Veneration- we align ourselves with Celebrities, as Olympian Figures of Aspiration. Starhawk: the Cher of Witchcraft! Selena Fox: the Bette Midler of Wicca! Janet Farrar: the Greta Garbo of the Ancient Ways!
I call Montgomery Clift (cause I like that dark, intense, homo quality of his); if Christian Day gets to be the Kathy Griffin of Witchcraft- I get to be the Montgomery Clift.