Witchcraft Exposed

					Witchcraft Exposed
 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
    purposes.
    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
    Satanism.
    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
    things.
  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.
                   Unholy trinity
   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
    Isis.
   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
    forgiveness.
   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.
               Endless rebirth
   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
    endless reincarnation.
   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
    Summerland
    Type of theism Polytheism (many gods)
    or pantheism (god/gods are part of
    nature)
   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,
    Zeus, etc.
           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
                        Worship
   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.
                         Clothes
   If Wicca and Witchcraft are not evil, why do you wear
    black robes?

   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
    survivors.
                              Spells
   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
    angels!
                   Summerland
   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...

				
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