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Witchcraft

Post  laraschembrisant on Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:12 pm

A witch or wicca is somebody who is believed to have received supernatural powers. They are also known as an enchantress or a sorcerer. There are two ways of looking at the word "witch". A witch could be good or evil depending on the witchcraft or magic that they practice. An evil witch is one that practices black magic. Black magic is the type of magic that does harm to others, and is associated with the devil. The people of Salem in 1692 thought of witches only as the black magic type. This is why they were seen as a threat were executed. A good witch is one that practices white magic which includes healing, protection, and love spells. In Europe, witches found doing white magic were given a more merciful punishment then those found practicing black magic. The black magic witches were executed by hanging, burning, beheading, or drowning. In Salem, the executions were mostly by hanging, except for the pressing to death of Giles Cory. Witchcraft originated with the human civilization itself. The fear of the unknown and its imagined role in making our day to day life easy or difficult, created witches and their craft. Even though witchcraft as such was practiced mainly by experienced and old women, men also practiced it. Witches were the mediators between the human beings and the mysterious super powers such as spirits and angels. When a witch succeeded in resolving the apparently mysterious problem of someone, the performance was termed as magic, a process that could not be easily explained away through any logical analysis. The witches prayed to the higher powers or the spirits for help and guidance in resolving the problem by performing certain rituals and the whole process was called witchcraft. Witchcraft, an earth based religion, was practiced in almost all the societies and cultures across the world according to local beliefs and traditions. According to scholars of witchcraft, it was a belief system whose origin predates the majority of well known religions on this earth. It dates 40,000 years back to Paleolithic period. It has been evolving since then and its present form is quite different from what it was a thousand or five thousand years back. It did not probably have this name as well. Even different covens perform the witchcraft differently. Archeological discoveries have revealed that people worshipped hunter god and fertility goddess during the Paleolithic period. This has been proved by the discovery of cave paintings which are estimated to be 30,000 years old. There is a painting that depicts a man with the head of a stag. In yet another painting, there is a pregnant woman standing in a circle with eleven other people. These relics go to prove that witchcraft is one of the oldest religions in the world. Wiccan view of God and Goddess aspect of the supreme creative force predates thousands of years before Christianity. In the ancient times, Witchcraft was known as ‘craft of the wise’ as the wise persons were those who followed the path of nature and were in tune with its forces, had the knowledge of herbs and medicines, gave wise counsel and were held in high esteem as Shamanic healers and leaders in the village and community. They understood that nature was superior to human beings and that human beings were simply one of the many parts of nature, both seen and unseen that combine to form one whole. As Chief Seattle said, “We do not own the earth; we are a part of it.” They understood that what we take from nature or use, we must return in kind to maintain the balance and equilibrium. The modern man has, however, forgotten this and has paid the price in form of many ecological and environmental disasters.

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Re: Witchcraft

Post  elena.scates on Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:32 am

Awesome topic Lara! It's so interesting to read about stuff like this, because it makes you wonder whether any of it is true or not. You see all the shows about witches and vampires and stuff like that, but none of it actually ever happens in real life. It's pretty cool that there's real groups of witches though, and some of it really makes sense, like their acceptance of nature being more powerful and important than humanity. Nice job  cat 
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