It is not a woman riding on a broom
Definition of a witch
Wicca: A modern Pagan religion with spiritual roots in the earliest
expressions of reverence for nature. Some major identifying motifs
are: reverence for both the Goddess and God; acceptance of
reincarnation and magick; ritual observance of astronomical and
agricultural phenomena; and the use of magickal circles for ritual
Witch: A practitioner of folk magick, particularly that kind relating
to herbs, stones, colors, wells, rivers, etc. It is used by some
Wiccans to describe themselves. This term has nothing to do with
Witchcraft: The craft of the witch - magick, especially magick
utilizing personal power in conjunction with the energies within
stones, herbs, colors, and other natural objects. This belief system
also has nothing to do with Satanism.
What it is
Witchcraft is a spiritual system that fosters the free
thought and will of the individual, encourages learning
and an understanding of the earth and nature thereby
affirming the divinity in all living things
It acknowledge the cycles of nature, the lunar phases
and the seasons that celebrate their spirituality and to
worship the divine. It is a belief system that allows the
Witch to work with, not in submission to deities with the
intent of living in harmony and achieving balance with all
Witchcraft: a trinity of nature
A witch strives to gain knowledge of and use the natural remedies
placed on this earth by the divine for their benefit instead of using
synthetic drugs unless absolutely necessary.
Wiccan believe that the spirit of the One, Goddess and God exist in
all things. In the trees, rain, flowers, the sea, in each other and all
of natures creatures.
The Goddess and God are seen as a manifestation of the feminine
and masculine forces of nature. Each having unique characteristics
that when combined result in the harmonious creation of life.
The Supreme Creative Force:
The One is the all encompassing unity of all things which
exist. This includes that which is manifest to our limited
awareness and understanding as well as that which is
not. The One is infinite to a point that the human mind
simply cannot comprehend its vastness.
It really matters little whether we associate with the
divine as the "Father, Son and Holy Ghost" or "The One,
Goddess and God." Ultimately, the concept is the same.
Symbols in Witchcraft
Pentagram and pentacle - A 5-pointed star used
for protection, spells, conjuring, etc.
The Ankh - Egyptian cross-like symbol with a
loop at the top associated with the worship of
The Crescent Moon - A symbol of the Goddess
also used in Islam.
Crystals - believed to contain healing and
spiritual properties. Crystals are also used by
many other new age cults.
Sin, Salvation, does not exist
in Wicca there is a lack of belief in a need
for forgiveness or salvation. To the witch,
there is no sin therefore no need for
There is no need for salvation, as there is
nothing to be saved from.
Wiccan Rede" which states "And it harm
none, do as ye will". Basically, as long as
you don't hurt anyone, anything goes.
whatever you do will come back to you three-
fold, so it pays to be careful.
Witches do not believe in a heaven or hell and
will usually espouse the concept of karma and
Others believe in reincarnation until
enlightenment, or endless rebirth until such time
as the person is enlightened enough to pass on
to some other existence.
Blending in Humanism
Wiccans fit very well into the humanist religion that has
become so widespread in modern society. As with other
humanist religions everything goes as long as it doesn't
oppose their claim to being god/godess or hold them
accountable to a higher power.
To them it is intolerant to believe in an absolute truth
and they will often take it as an insult to be told there is
evil in the world and we all sin.
Worship of Nature
Wiccan learn from and revere the gift of nature from
divine creation by celebrating the cycles of the sun,
moon and seasons
teachers are the trees, rivers, lakes, meadows,
mountains and animals as well as others. This belief
creates a reverence and respect for the environment,
and all life upon the Earth.
Wiccan also revere the spirits of the elements of Earth,
Air, Fire and Water which combine to manifest all
creation. From these four elements they obtain insight
to the rhythms of nature and understand they are also
the rhythms of their own lives.
What they do not believe
They say that they do not worship Satan or
consort with Demons. ”Satan is a Christian
creation and they can keep him”.
do not sacrifice animals or humans because that
would violate the basic tenant of "Harm None.“
There is no need to steal or control the life force
of another to achieve mystical or supernatural
powers. We draw our energy from within, our
personal relationship with the divine and nature.
The Law of Three
Witches have a very strict belief in the Law of
Three which states that whatever we send out
into our world shall return to us three fold either
good or bane. With this in mind, a "True
Witch" would hesitate in doing magick to harm
or manipulate another
Beliefs and Doctrines
View of time is Cyclical
Afterlife Reincarnation is until you reach
Type of theism Polytheism (many gods)
or pantheism (god/gods are part of
Ultimate reality "The All" or "The One," an
unknowable Supreme Being
Male\Female:baal and Asherah
Deities The Goddess and her consort, the
horned god; various other pagan deities
like Diana, Thor, Zeus, etc.
Venerated male figures The God; Adonis,
Apollo, Dionysus, Odin, Osiris, Pan, Thor,
Rituals and Practices
Assembled worshippers called Coven
Place of worship Outdoors
Regular rituals Prayer, casting a circle, Drawing Down
the Moon, reciting spells, dancing, singing, sharing cakes
and wine or beer
Special rituals Initation, handfasting (marriage)
Regular worship days 13 Esbats (full moons) each year
Major holidays Samhain, Beltane, equinoxes, solstices
Q. Who do Witches Worship?
There is a single power defined as the One or All, which
is composed of everything it has ever created. This
supreme energy force does not rule over the Universe, it
IS the Universe. Since most find it difficult to talk to or
call upon a faceless mass of Divine energy, this supreme
power is personified into male and female aspects as the
Goddess and God.
like Astarte, Isis, Odin, Pan, Dianna, Cernunnos, etc.,
when invoking the Goddess and God. In the end, it is a
personal preference and what a Witch uses depends on
what "feels" right for them individually.
If Wicca and Witchcraft are not evil, why do you wear
This is another baseless superstition and Witches wear
clothing and robes of every color. Black is the
combination of all colors and all vibrational rates of light
on the material plane. It is known that black is a very
good conductor of energy, therefore wearing black
simply helps Witches absorb natural energy to increase
the power of their thought forms
Book of Shadows
If Witches don't have a bible, what do you use?
Most modern Witches keep a Book of Shadows, (BOS) or
Grimoire, which is more like an individuals workbook,
journal, or diary, meaningful to the person who keeps it.
This book contains rituals, discoveries, spells, poetry,
herb lore, etc. Covens almost always keep a similar
group book. I am not exactly sure how the name "Book
of Shadows" came to be, but I would assume that this
also ties into the Burning Times when the church set out
to eliminate all texts along with the followers of the old
ways. The writings that existed were more than likely
were taken into the shadows and hidden with the
Do Witches cast spells?
Some do and some don't. Spellwork should never be the focus of
following this path and those who seek our ways only for this
purpose are very misguided. A spell is a ritual formula, or series of
steps, to direct psychic energy to accomplish a desired end. This
energy is drawn from the Earth with the aid of elementals,
concentrated and sent out into the world to achieve a positive goal.
Since Witchcraft teaches that whatever one sends out is returned
threefold, Witches are very careful to never send out harmful
energy carelessly. The Christian word for this is "Prayer". The only
real difference is that Witches also invoke the aid of spirit guides,
familiars or other elemental energies to add strength to the process
as well as using ritual tools
Is there a Devil?
Do Witches worship the devil?
No. Satan, or the Devil, has absolutely no place in Wicca or
Witchcraft. The worship of Satan is the practice of profaning
Christian symbolism and is thus a Christian heresy, rather than a
Pagan religion. The Goddess and God of the Witches are in no way
connected to Satanic practices. Satan, or the Devil, is a Christian
creation and they are more than welcome to keep him.
Mat 25:41 Then He will say to those at His left hand, Begone from
Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his
How do Witches view death?
Many Witches believe in reincarnation and the
Summerland. After passing over, Summerland is where
the spirit awaits to be returned into a new physical form.
We do not believe in an absolute Heaven or Hell where
the spirit spends eternity as reward or punishment for
ones earthly actions.
Part two is coming
The Christianity versus Witchcraft
How is it affecting the world of today?
What the Bible says...