So I'm a skeptic, but I often appropriate religious and/or magical symbolism for their allegorical value.
For instance: my avatar is a painting of mine, representing the witch goddess Hecate in triune form, with Medea as the Maiden, Circe as the Mother, and Hecate herself as the Crone (left-to-right, in that order); above her is the triple moon. She carries a torch in both hands, lighting the way at the crossroads to both the Right Hand and Left Hand paths of magic. The color scheme is green and pink, as I was reading Wicked at the time: Elphaba and Galinda are represented in the colors, and of course further represent the witchcraft, right-/left-path, women-based allegories. Wicked struck me very deeply, symbolically. Altogether, it represents an empowerment of women, basically, with feminist, humanist, and free will tones in there. The allegory runs very deep though, it would take forever to explain fully I'll at least explain the witchcraft thing, pointing out that the irreligious, feminist, etc., would have been branded as witches in ages past; I have a strong sympathy with the concept of the witch, though I am an atheist myself (so I don't actually go for stuff like Wicca and the Neopagan religions).
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So I guess I was kind of wondering: any opinions on secular/irreligious use of essentially religious/magical symbols, allegory, etc.? Any other skeptics who use these sorts of symbols in art, literature, etc., as allegory or something?
Anyone who thinks it's sacreligious/sinful/hypocritical/etc.?