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It has long been established that witchcraft has been a prominent function in society, from the use of healers in ancient civilizations, to the modern advancements in the pagan religions over the years.

Witchcraft was the main way of life, with people following astrological charts, ridding themselves of demons, using the earth as a restorative power for themselves and their land, and making use of magical entities to define how they should live based on the seasons they lived in. Healers of the ancient world have always called upon the powers of the gods or the earth, to provide care for those suffering, and were well respected in their communities for all the good they do.

The majority of witches believed that the earth had supernatural powers, and that everything should be done for the good of all, as nature was revered, and so was the spirit of the person who would eventually return there. There was a focus on creating equality and balance within the community, and for everything that one took out of the earth, something must be placed back within it. Magical entities thrived amongst societies who feared the unknown, but the wise ones were always there to heal the sick, and be a positive force on their lands. Both men and women held these titles, and the spirits blessed them for their care of the lands.

However, it has not always been that the label of 'witch' comes with positive thoughts.

The definition of witch is a person who uses supernatural powers and practices sorcery. However, there are terms in the dictionary that are derogatory towards those practitioners. Words such as 'hag', or 'evil', are used in conjunction with 'bewitching' and 'ugly'.

The disparaging terms stems from the 14th century, where the church and other ruling classes aimed to persecute those who helped the lower classes and prevent them from using their healing skills in the medicine profession. Witch hunts spread across the world, shaming and torturing civilians into confessing that their life choices were part of a devil worshiping pact, and that their use of magic was only intended for harm.

For over 400 years witchcraft was outlawed, and many faced imprisonment or death for not following religious rules, or for attempting to heal family and friends without paying for medicines. Men, women and children were under threat from being accused of terrible crimes, although mostly women were targeted during those times. Pagan practices were forced underground, as simple occupations such as midwifery, or female healers were also persecuted. Poorer communities were closely regarded as having higher populations of evil witches, as the threat of rebellion was always larger in these areas.

Thankfully, the persecution died out, and several apologies were given for the oppressive and violent treatment of citizens during that time. Witchcraft was no longer seen as an illegal act, and many people who practiced covertly were able to live without fear for bringing good to the lives of many.

From the mid 1900s, witches are emerging once more in a positive light, and their powers of divination are often called upon to bring love, luck and happiness to those who ask for help.

The witch has had many traits, some good, some not so good. Throughout history, there have always been stories circulating about many people being witches, or possessing supernatural powers.

The most famous witches being Morgana Le Fey and Merlin of the Arthurian stories. One evil, and one good, both were instrumental in securing Arthur's position on the throne of Camelot. Conceived at around 1100, their stories set about preserving the ancient pagan religion and entwine it into a story of oppression by the emerging Christian religions, yet successfully ingrain the two religions as being able to work together.

This harmonious viewpoint of witchraft has not been matched until late 18th Century, with witches such as Gerald Gardner, and Madame Blavatsky promoting the ancient earth religion as a way of living in harmony both within the self, and the world that is inhabited.

The story of the witch doesn't always end in tragedy, but many tales show the struggle to live a life without oppression. Whether the oppression stems from a different religious organisation, the government, or simply the surrounding neighbours, it becomes clear that historically, witchcraft was a targeted phrase used to prevent a person from having thoughts that appeared different from the norm, or attempted to explain events that others could not.

Alice Kyteler was the first woman to be accused of witchcraft and consorting with the Devil. Her case involved her seeming to murder her husbands using sorcery, and stories began to circulate of her offering sacrifices and using her powers to escape a conviction. After she fled the country, her followers were convicted of heresy and thus subjected to torture and death.

Another historical witch is Joan of Arc. Although later canonised as a Saint, she was accused of witchcraft after her visions (which she claimed came from God) enabled her to lead the French army to victory. It was these visions that perpetuated the belief that she was in league with the devil, and was burned at the stake in 1431. Again, the tragedy of Joan perpetuates the notion that when one deviates from the normal way of living, it becomes inevitable that harsh forms of social control are used, resulting in the death of an individual.

Many more stories involve a bleak outlook for the witch. The Pendle Witches of Lancashire, Mother Shipton, Elisabeth Sawyer, even the Witch of Endor (found in the bible) live in a world where they are oppressed for stating their opinions, tortured for their supposed crimes, and feared for their beliefs without opportunities to defend themselves or explain how they live as they choose to do.

Those who practice witchcraft live harmoniously with nature, preferring to live as their elders did in pre-Christian times, and use their wisdom for healing others. A witch, even in ancient times used their powers to ensure that justice was done, not to harm others.

In the later part of the 19th century, the pagan movement re-emerged, and connections to the old faith were restored as the harmonious living was no longer feared or unknown. The later witches that appeared in our history use their knowledge of nature to heal and help, and have often been accepted into society as practitioners of alternative forms of medicines and religions and are able to live without the persecution of their predecessors.
Considered a Gythia (Asatru High Priestess) among her Coven, Julia Roslyn Antle is a master of divination and dream interpretation. Her wisdom is sought-after by her peers, her colleagues as well as the public. http://www.7witches.net

Because the pursuit of external material power can often be motivated by the darkness of the Soul, by fear and anger, envy and doubt, this dynamic can often reinforce or lead to the propagation of negative vibrations and manifestations of all kinds. Since we are all a part of and share to a great extent the same collective psyche, an injury or injustice done to one individual or party is in essence done in some measure to us all. In some profound way, at some deep collective level we are all One.

Thoughts, words and actions are all various forms of energy to varying degrees. To think ill of someone is to foster negative energy. To speak ill of someone is to create even greater negativity. To actually do ill to someone brings on the weightiest negativity of all. Conversely, to think well of someone fosters positive energy, to speak well of someone promotes positivity and to act well on the behalf of others brings about the greatest of blessings.

We are now entering a critical phase of our planet's and our global society's evolution. For roughly two thousand years we have lived in the Age of Pisces, the Age of Faith and Religion. That Age is passing and we are slowly transitioning into the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Science and Reason. In many ways this is exciting and promising, in others quite alarming and disturbing. Through modern technology we are slowly acquiring the power to order and manipulate our environment according to our own designs and wishes. We are probing ever more deeply into the secrets and mysteries of life and existence, grasping knowledge hitherto undreamed of in all manner of scientific endeavors. Major advances in Medicine and the Hard Sciences such as Physics and Chemistry as well as in Electronics have greatly improved the quality of life for many in just this last century. This is especially true and most evident in the world's most developed countries. Modern travel and the dawning of the Computer Age, the Internet and the modern mass communications era have transformed the world from a planet of separate individual nations into an emerging global conglomerate of interconnected nations on its way toward becoming a single global entity. There is great potential for modern science to provide the keys for solving and eliminating many of humanity's most pressing problems. There is no denying the positive potential of such impressive flowering technology.

Meanwhile, the Information Age is fraught with peril, not the least of which is information piracy and identity theft. As our computers become more powerful and sophisticated and as we come to rely more heavily upon them and to entrust more of our lives with them, the greater is the danger of exploitation and mishap. Also, sadly enough, there is the other side of the coin to the humane advances made in the Sciences in the past century or so. Mankind has learned and developed new and far more deadly means of waging war upon one another. Man has even gone so far as unlocking and unleashing the power and destructive force of the atom. Whereas in the past he has had the power to kill by the dozens, now Man has the power to kill by the hundreds of thousands in an instant. This modern efficiency in killing has led Humanity to a point of crisis, perhaps even potentially to the brink of self-destruction. Modern violence and warfare have been allowed to spread and to escalate to alarming proportions. This is true whether within and between different factions of the same society or between two or more different nations.

Due to the necessity and nature of Freewill, we as individuals and as a collective humanity are free to make our own choices even if they be mistakes. This is how we learn and evolve. We are even free to commit atrocities and acts of evil against each other and against Mother Earth, although not without consequences apparent or otherwise. Sadly, but true enough, even evil has its place in life and serves God's Ultimate Purpose. It is part of the Grand Design. 

Between the Mysticism of the East and the Rationalism of the West, not to mention the divisiveness created by the world's major religions we are living in an increasingly fragmented world, both materially and spiritually. Also, with the advent of the computer we have added an additional coldness and impersonality into the mix. These and other factors have led to the erosion of modern society and a devaluing of human life on a planetary scale.

We are in essence and in the deepest sense One, one with each other and one with all of Creation. We are like one vast Tree of Humanity, each an individual blossom sharing the same collective roots and reaching for the same blissful heights. This Collective Tree is nourished by the pure Light of the Spirit from Above and the sustaining Waters of the Soul from Below, the former symbolizing the Love of the Masculine Force and the latter the Love of the Feminine Force. Together these two Forces provide the nurturing necessary for the Tree and its blossoms to thrive. However, because for the most part this Tree has been allowed to grow wild and with seemingly little or no apparent tending from any Divine Gardener, continuously over the long years, blights have marred the various limbs and blossoms of the Tree. 

Using the metaphor of one vast Tree of Humanity it is easy to see how the wellbeing or lack thereof of each and every individual blossom, cluster of blossoms and limb of the Tree affects the Tree as a Whole. Also, it should be evident that the welfare of the entire Tree as a Whole impacts each and every Part. As with any tree with strong, deep roots and a vital, healthy core the Tree of Humanity continues to flourish despite whatever maladies may appear to plague it.

The Light of the Spirit and the Waters of the Soul continue to empower and sustain the Tree of Humanity which maintains its integrity at its core. Yet in its present state the fruits and branches of modern society are slowly becoming increasingly corrupt and are poisoning the entire Tree in a way which is most disturbing. Even more alarming is that this degradation seems not to be presently abating but is in actuality accelerating. All this negative energy is accumulating and is having a profound impact whose effects are being made felt all around the globe. Even Mother Nature is not immune, as is evidenced by Global Warming and the accelerated frequency and severity of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis and the like. The whole of the world and civilization seem to be poised upon the crux of critical change.

Once energy is created it is everlasting. It is eternal and unending. It may change form or it may be transformed but its potential never ceases unless by the Will of its Ultimate Creator. It may be concentrated or allowed to dissipate whereupon it takes on new shape and new meaning. Consciousness confers the ability to recognize and direct energy. The higher the state of consciousness the deeper is the capacity for the skilled manipulation of energy.

Elevating consciousness is what life is all about. The ascension of the lower self (its transcendence of the Personality and the Ego) rising to merge fully with the Higher Self completing the flowering of the Soul is the true purpose and ultimate destiny of all of Humanity. Each and every one of us is on our own personal path to individual spiritual fulfillment. This concept can be broadened to characterize Humanity as a single Whole, as a single vast Collective Soul.

Because we are intelligent beings endowed by our Creator with Freewill we have the freedom and the means via our degree of conscious development to shape our own thoughts and energies. This may not always be done fully consciously, however, for many times a significant part of our inner thought processes are carried on subliminally. Due to the fact that we generate these energies via our thoughts it is imperative that we recognize and become aware of how our thoughts impact the outer world, our environment and others. Also, our thoughts and feelings are usually the root of our actions and actions can be viewed as being the most concrete and tangible manifestations of our inner personal thoughts and energies. We must raise our inner consciousness to enhance our interaction with and impact upon the outer world, as well as with and upon others.

Like any proficient and resilient organism (for in many ways Humanity can be likened to a single entity) Mankind grows and evolves through undergoing and overcoming adversity. Nature seeks balance in all things and Mankind is no exception. Even with the presence of so much apparent negativity in our world and within society there is a silver lining. Although it is less apparent to most of us, this weight of negativity is being equally counterbalanced by incoming and active positive energy. This state of tension being generated by the two poised opposite energies is propelling Mankind down the road toward higher evolution. Without this particular eternal challenge life would lose its meaning and Man would never rise above the realm of Materiality and evolve ever closer to his true spiritual destiny with his Creator.

Mr. Diamond is 46 years old and has a B.A. in Psychology. He has been studying Astrology for over 25 years and is well read in many New Age and metaphysical disciplines including Numerology, Tarot and Ancient Mythology and Ancient Civilizations. He also is well versed in the concepts of theoretical physics, cosmology and spirituality in general. He also is an avid poet. He resides in Massachusetts, U.S.A.

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