Shut Up & Hold My Fucking Margarita: The Pentagram Isn’t Satanic You Dipshit

Okay, so people post some stuff that I just want to scream, ‘What the fuck are you fucking thinking, you fucking dickhead?’ 

So I’ve decided to create “Shut Up and Hold My Fucking Margarita” questions to abolish some ignorant-as-fuck myths that people seem to earnestly believe because they’ve obviously never heard of Google before, let alone fucking Snopes.

If you see something that makes you think, ‘What the fuck are you fucking thinking, you fucking dickhead?’, please post it below and let me know, so I can tag you/your blog with the recommendation! 

DISCLAIMER: CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF THAT I HAVE CREATED BY ALL THE DRINKING POSTS, I ACTUALLY DON’T DRINK VERY MUCH OR VERY OFTEN. THESE POSTS ARE WRITTEN SOBER, SO ANY INACCURACIES ARE LEGIT INACCURACIES, SO PLEASE DO POINT THEM OUT. THE MARGARITA PICTURED WAS TAKEN ON A CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WITH MY FAMILY WHILE WE WERE OUT AT THE FED IN MARYBOROUGH, WHICH IS A GREAT PUB. CHEERS TO THE FED MAKING MY MARGARITA JUST TEQUILA, LIME AND ICE, WHEN I GOT PISSY ABOUT THE IDEA THERE WAS GOING TO BE LEMONADE IN IT AND THEN EVERYONE WAS LIKE … ‘SO WHAT YOU WANT IS JUST A LOT OF TEQUILA?’ LIKE, SHIT YEAH. MY UNCLE WAS RACIST AND SEXIST AS FUCK, I JUST NEEDED SOMEONE TO LEAVE THE BOTTLE THAT YEAR.

Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, is coming up.

And, as a result, there will be many people who misunderstand certain symbols and beliefs.

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One of those beliefs is the true meaning of the pentagram (or pentacle) and the delusion, or misinformed opinion, that this symbol is satanic.

It’s not.

I won’t, for various reasons (which I will briefly repeat), my religious beliefs, so please don’t waste time asking. Unless I’m extremely close to you, and we’re having a private discussion, I simply won’t tell you.

I used to be quite vocal about what I believed (which has changed, in varying degrees, over the years).

However, once I became a teacher, I realised just how influential I was and could be.

I realised how many students could be shamed or embarrassed by a seemingly harmless comment.

I realised I taught a lot of students who had so many different belief systems.

And not once, no matter the religion (or lack thereof), do I want anyone to feel that they have to explain or justify their religious beliefs to me.

Ever.

I also don’t want to influence anyone’s beliefs in a negative way.

Unless you’re a xenophobic fundamentalist, believe what you want. Whatever god, goddess, multiple gods, or lack of gods – seriously. Whatever floats your boat.

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I like to provide people with facts and let them decide what they wish to believe.

I like to let my students know it’s okay to believe in nothing at all (although Catholic schools don’t like that. However, I prefer to promote realistic expectations: and that means accepting and realising that plenty of kids are atheist and/or agnostic).

I also think it’s special to think that life is so valuable here and now because there are no second chances, no do overs.

That what you do now matters.

I think it’s also intelligent to be agnostic – to admit that there’s the possibility that there are things that we, as humans, can’t ever understand (though that doesn’t mean I think you’re unintelligent for not believing or for believing. I simply don’t see it as “sitting on the fence” – I see it as rational people stating that they simply find it difficult to believe we have all the answers.)

And quite likely never will.

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I think it’s beautiful that people find hope in a belief system. I imagine that, for some, a strong belief in a particular religious deity (or deities) is calming and rewarding.

I don’t mind where you fall.

In high school, when I was exploring my own religious beliefs, I became incredibly fascinated with Wicca and Paganism.

I even created my own Book of Shadows (no, not from Charmed).

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I played with Tarot cards, and was taught by my friend’s grandmother who was a Wiccan Priestess, and came from a family of practicing Wiccans.

I found both the religions (whilst intertwined and frequently connected, they are separate religions) deeply fascinating (at least for a time).

I also learnt a lot about symbology – including about the pentagram or pentacle. I learnt that Hollywood frequently misuses and misrepresents these symbols as something satanic and evil.

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Both the pentagram and the pentacle represent protection. They are designed to keep people safe, and to connect them to their deities, no differently from any other religious instrument.

And there is nothing evil about that.

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CARS REFERENCING SYSTEM:

Credibility

Is the claim credible? Is the author writing biased? Is the author credible? An elite education doesn’t make someone more or less credible, so you often have to look beyond a person’s education background. 

Accuracy

Do the claims fit in to an accurate timeline? Do the claims made by the author reasonably stand up? If you’re seeing a lot of inaccuracies, especially against the timeline the person is creating, you need to consider if the claim is accurate. Context is often key.

Reasonableness

Mostly, this comes down to whether or not the person is clearly creating a bias. Obviously, everyone has biases. I try and declare mine at the bottom of every post that I think would benefit from extra sources. I freely admit that I definitely have biases, prejudices and will obviously write in a way that conveys what I believe is the truth. That doesn’t mean I’m always right – which is why reasonableness is so important. Everyone is biased, and it’s virtually impossible to not impose your belief, in some form, while sharing. But if the person is deliberately manipulating facts, or omitting information, then they are an untrustworthy source (here’s looking at you, Fox).

Support

Basically, this comes down to whether or not you can find “support” for the claims made. In anything professional, like an essay or journal article, references are essential. However, information can come from popular media sites, or from TV shows/movies, that might require YOU to do some work. I know that conservatives, in particular, seem to detest this as they seem to believe that the other person needs to do all the work, but that’s not how you actually learn. You learn by taking the information and researching it yourself. If you refuse to do this, which is an important part of the process, you will never truly progress in your own education. Out of everything here, I honestly believe this is the most important. If you are unwilling to research things on your own, and instead demand someone else to do the work for you, you have no interest in learning or understanding a different position. You are looking for confirmation bias. 

So do us all a favour in 2019, use your mouse, and perform a reverse Google image search. Or start using Snopes.

Just stop using ignorance as a defence.

Or shut up and hold my fucking margarita.

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