There’s been a lot of talk this year about celebrities and fallen idols. Actors, musicians, and more being revealed or revealing themselves to be so much less than what their fans hoped. Some of them turned out to be abusers, rapists, and similar – the absolute worst of humanity. This has left so many wondering about the art and music, books and movies that inspired us over the years.
I’ve been thinking about celebrity idols a lot lately. I’ve specifically had three in mind regarding modern witches and celebrities that inspire them – Stevie Nicks, Yoko Ono, and J.K. Rowling. These three women created art and have been part of events that have sparked the imaginations and magick in so many witches. Stevie Nicks is the “White Witch” that moved many in her hay day and saw renewed popularity among witches after her appearance in American Horror Story: Coven. Yoko Ono is a force behind the feminist movement and has several statements that inspire witches. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series led many millennials to reach for magic in their own lives and discover it in the magick of the real witch’s path.
Yet, all three are only human and all three have done things that make witches question whether they or their work should be sources for magickal inspiration. Stevie Nicks adamantly says she has nothing to do with the witchcraft community. Yoko Ono is said to have enabled and excused John Lennon’s abusive behavior. J.K. Rowling has done some questionable things on social media siding her against the LGBTQ+ community. These things leave so many witches feeling let down by their celebrity idols.
As I mulled over the place of celebrity idols in witchcraft, one of my mentors made a wonderful statement on social media on this very topic – spirit provides! With her permission, I am sharing Abiola‘s statement here and I think it is so very insightful.
The Spirituality of Fallen Idols by Abiola Abrams
Many of us have recently had several people we formerly enjoyed or idolized outed as absolute @&$)(*%(@. I’ve also had several mentors die over the past couple of years.
Lost heroes, fallen idols and disgraced celebs…
“So what do we do NOW?”, someone asked me this morning.
I am right there with you.
When I watched HOMEBOY talking like that about my beautiful ancestors I cried.
My sister Damali was there with me.
It was heartbreaking.
A person who invalidates their ancestors invalidates themselves.
And then — finding out the ETHER on my favorite emcee?
So what now?
If YOU feel that another human being or the ART they gave nourished your soul, know that it wasn’t really the person.
SPIRIT nourished your soul.
And you took it in and YOU nourished your beautiful soul.
This beauty may have come in the form or temporary joy from someone’s music, tv show, sermons, speeches, books or whatever.
But here’s the deal…
My love, write this down and repeat it to yourself every morning after you give thanks, GIVE THANKS, give thanks for waking up another day, “I AM THE ONE I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR…”
Yes, we are the ones we have been waiting for.
Sing it, dance it, scream it from the rafters and give thanks, “I am the one I’ve been waiting for.”
Love it, feel it, be it, REJOICE in it.
NOW — YOU make YOUR books, songs, meals, shows, and absolute beauty.
Step up— as old idols are fading YOU are being called to the FRONT.
This is your time.
We need you.
Are you the one we’ve been waiting for?
Abiola also shared a video on this matter, specific to Kanye West but with words that can help any spirit-minded individual who might be dealing with the same current of emotions around celebs and other idols.
Moving Forward Regarding Fallen Celebrity Idols
After thinking about this for a while I have a few thoughts on the matter.
1, Celebrity Idols are just that – Celebrities put on a pedestal by fans. Nothing more
These are people. Human beings with faults and scars and issues just like the rest of us. Their stars were aligned in just the right way, you could say, that put them in the spot light. This did not make them inherently good or wise. They’re just popular vessels of inspirational art, writing, and music. In this way, they are no different than you or me.
2. You are still you and all that they’ve inspired is still there.
Witches who found their path after reading Harry Potter are still witches. Even LGBTQ+ witches. If you find yourself at odds with the statements or actions of someone who inspired your path or focus in life, remember that you are still you. Sure, the might have inspired that first big step but it was you who took that step and went on with it. They didn’t do any of the work for you.
3. They are still them and nothing more or less.
You can change the facts to match the myth. You can’t force people to be who they are not or do not want to be. We’ve all heard about the girl who dates the guy thinking she can change them. Fandom cannot change the celeb even if they want to.
You can’t make Stevie Nicks a witch if she isn’t. It doesn’t matter how much you’d like her to be. It is better to take celebs as they are and decide how you feel about them according to their words and actions rather than according to your daydreams and wishes.
4. Decide on your actions moving forward according to your own standards.
The hardest part of all of this for some of us is the decision of whether or not to continue to support or admire a celebrity that has let us down. The answer is entirely up to each individual.
For example, there are some who doubt that J.K. Rowling is a “TERF” or in any way against the LGBTQ+ community and continue being fans of her work. Others separate the art from the artist and continue to enjoy her work but not count her among their personal allies. Still others will acknowledge that her work was a great inspiration but will not provide her further support by buying related products or books in the future. Lastly, some who are offended greatly by their idol falling will speak out against and turn away from anything she offered. Where you fall in all of this is, again, up to you and your path – this is only an example by the way.