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Witchcraft/Wicca is a positive, earthy religion, which celebrates Life and Nature in dedication of the Goddess and God. The Goddess is symbolized by the moon and is often referred to as the Triple Goddess - Maiden, Mother and Crone. The 12 to 13 Full Moons of the Year are celebrated during the Esbats, which are in a way, lesser Sabbats.

The God is symbolized by the Sun. The movement of the sun through the heavens manifest in seasonal changes. This movement is symbolized as a wheel by Witches/Wiccans and referred to as the Wheel of the Year. The interaction between the Goddess and God is celebrated at eight specific points on the Wheel. Four of the celebrations correspond with the two equinoxes and the two solstices. The four remaining celebrations each honor a figurative phase of Nature and the associated festivities can be traced back to time immemorial on many parts of the globe. These eight celebrations are called Sabbats.

The Sabbats are days of power. They tell a tale of the Goddess and the God and how Their interaction affects us on earth.

Yule (+/- 21 December)
Yule marks the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the Year. It is at this time when the Goddess gives birth to the God. As the God is symbolized by the Sun, this celebration also marks the rebirth of the Sun. From the 21st of December, the days gradually start growing in length as the God gains strength, each day passing marking one day closer to the bounty of spring. This day reminds Witches/Wiccans that the ultimate product of Death is Re-birth - a comforting and joyous occasion indeed.

Imbolc (2 February)
The Goddess has recovered from giving Birth to the God. The God too has developed into a young, lively Boy. As the rays of the Sun linger increasingly longer on the recovered Earth, Life gradually starts re-awakening. It is a time of new beginnings, a time to renew old commitments, a time to cleanse your spirit and your surroundings, and ultimately a time to start afresh.

Ostara (+/- 21 March)
Ostara coincides with the Spring equinox and marks the beginning of Spring. This is also the day when light and darkness are of equal length. The Goddess is clad in all Her finery and the God, as He moves through Nature, leaves trails of green in His wake. At this time the Goddess and God are aware of one another and Their ability to procreate through union, an awareness that culminates in consummation at Beltane. Now is a time to tend your garden, to nurture the seedlings that germinated from the seeds you planted - both spiritually and physically.

Beltane (+/- 30 April)
The God has reached Manhood. The God and the Goddess fall in love and consummate their Union. The Goddess becomes pregnant of the God. During Beltane, Witches/Wiccans will celebrate by dancing around a Maypole during festivities. The pole is symbolic of the God (phallic symbol), whilst the greenery and ribbons are symbolic of the Goddess. During Beltane, Witches/Wiccans celebrate the fertility of Nature.

Litha (+/- 21 June)
Litha marks the Summer Solstice. It is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Goddess and God now rule the earth in union. The Goddess is pregnant, signifying the abundance and plenty now on earth. The Sabbat also indicates the turning point of the year. Until Yule, the light will gradually fade, giving in to darkness. Litha is not a time for reflection though. For Witches/Wiccans it is time to celebrate and make merry as though there is no tomorrow.

Lughnasadh (1 August)
Lughnasadh marks the first harvest. Now is the time when the plants and trees drop their seed both to ensure future crops and to provide us with food for the rest of the summer and perhaps even the winter months to come. The God's power is waning and the Goddess realizes that He is approaching death. Yet inside Her, she carries His seed thus ensuring that He will live on. For Witches/Wiccans it is a time to remember the bounty of the earth and understand that the Universe is constantly changing, always in flux.

Mabon (+/- 21 September)
Mabon is the second harvest and marks the Fall Equinox. As at Ostara, the day and the night are of equal length. The God is busy dying. The earth is withdrawing its bounty as each day passes, preparing for rest. For Witches/Wiccans, Mabon is a time of preparation. It is a time of taking stock and a time to find some balance again.

Samhain (31 October)
The Witches/Wiccans bid the God farewell as He dies and enters the Underworld. Their farewell is however only temporary as He is awaiting rebirth to the Goddess again at Yule. At Samhain, the veil between the realms of Life and Death is at its thinnest. In celebrating Samhain, Witches/Wiccans celebrate those loved ones that have crossed over to the Realm of Death. It is a time, when Witches reflect on the year gone by and come to terms with the one constant in Life, namely Death.

True Wiccans/Witches honor the eight Sabbats as these are days of both real and symbolic power. Celebrating the Sabbats is an important aspect and an integral part of the Wiccan/Witch's way.
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Witchcraft is a religion that is based on reverence for Nature. It is a belief system that is focused on the merging of the energies of everything that is visible and invisible in this world and in other worlds.

Beginners to this way of life will need to understand what it takes to believe in a religion that is not organized in a traditional sense. If they are used to following the words of priests or other leaders, then they will have to start thinking for themselves.

Practitioners of witchcraft usually do not have to worry about following any rules that are prevalent in other religions. So they need to first find out why they are interested in this religion and if they really understand the freedom that this way of life entails.

Many Wiccans use tools such as The Broom, The wand, Athame, Cauldron, Chalice etc. These tools are not absolutely necessary for regular practice, but they do increase the energies surrounding your space by allowing you to focus and visualize more strongly.

First you need to decide whether you want to be part of a coven or group of witches. You may also go solo. If you plan to do the latter, make sure you get the book "Wicca - A guide for the solitary practitioner" by Scott Cunningham which details everything you need to know as s solitary witch.

If you are practicing Wicca, it is good to know the names of the Gods and Goddesses and what they stand for. Also, while doing spells, it is good to be aware of the powers of your zodiac sign, your symbol, your colors and your herbs. These are specific to your birthday and will assure more success in your rituals.

Everything in nature is sacred. So we witches need to respect all plants, trees, stones, rocks, mountains, rivers, etc. It's good to join an organization such as Greenpeace that really does a lot for the environment. Even if you do not join any organization, take a vow to conserve energy (water, electricity, food, consumer goods etc) and use every chance you get to save the earth. Be meaningful in your actions and deeds as well as your thoughts and words.

Instead of buying a broom, make one with an ash staff, birch twigs and willow binding. This can be used to cleanse the area, our sacred circle, etc. For the wand, use the branch of a willow, oak, cherry or whatever is available in your neck of the woods.

Remember, everything natural is sacred. The more you use these tools, the more consecrated they will be. Your energy is that powerful!

When it comes to clothes, house decorations, gifts, etc, try to make them by hand. Our hands are powerful tools by themselves. Making crafts with natural gemstones, twigs, leaves, pine cones, acorns, pine needles, etc encourage wonderful magick in us that we may not even be aware of.

Plant a garden with all the herbs that you can get your hands on. In fall, dry them and store them or make sachets and protection bundles that will keep your house safe all winter. Make candles, soap, perfumes, incense, etc using these treasures from our garden.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about witchcraft 101 here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/witchcraft-101.html


Witchcraft / Wicca is a positive, earthy religion dedicated to the Goddess and the God. Witches lead a spiritual and magickal life in harmony with Nature and recognize that all Life is an expression of the Divine.

Witchcraft is also called the Craft of the Wise. For the Witch, Wisdom is about interacting with everything and everyone around you in a respectful and considerate manner, it is about being humble - allowing your deeds to speak and not your words, it is about kindness, compassion and tolerance, it is about self-discipline, honor and responsibility, it is about healing, it is about thinking before you act, it is about balance, and ultimately it is about Love.

"In these eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill,
An ye harm none, do what ye will".

So, what will make you a Witch? In this article I hope to point you, the Seeker, towards the starting point of your journey. There are many roads leading to the proverbial Rome and as you learn, you too will find that path leading to your own spiritual fulfillment.

Getting Started

Seekers tend to believe that Witches have "powerful secrets" and "special incantations" and all sorts of "mysterious abilities" and that they will learn these once they belong to the Craft.

The truth is that each coven and each solitary will develop their own secrets, own incantations and own abilities over time. There is no universal form of the Craft and hence no universal secrets, incantations or abilities. Although the Craft predates Christianity, it has succeeded in retaining its individuality. Completely. The only universal aspects of the Craft are that the Spiritual Experience is the one shared with Deity and that the No Harm principle will apply at all times.

So, where to now?

The key to moving forward lies in Knowledge. We are in a very fortunate position today. There is an abundance of information available for the Seeker - both in print and on the internet. All it requires, is for you to be open-minded (i.e. not have preconceived ideas), to question all that is presented (this is not considered irreverent in the Craft) and to trust your intuition (gut feel).

To get you going, I am recommending the following books and internet sites:

There are two books I highly recommend to a Seeker. The one is Wicca: A guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham ISBN 0-87542-118-0. Scott wrote many books on a variety of subjects related to the Craft in his life time, all of which were practical, simple, informative and accurate. As an author he has contributed greatly to making the Craft accessible to Seekers and he was prepared to share his two or more decades of practicing the Craft in an open, honest and loving fashion. His books are recommended. The second is Solitary Witch by Silver Ravenwolf ISBN 0-7387-0319-2. This book is extremely comprehensive and contains most, if not all, of the information you will ever need to become a Witch. Silver too has been practicing the Craft for a great many years and is a Wiccan High Priestess and the Clan Head of the 28 Black Forest Family Covens in the USA.

By recommending these books, I am in no way implying that you should become a Solitary. This recommendation is aimed to assist you in obtaining the necessary Craft knowledge, before deciding on a coven affiliation.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about finding the right witchcraft path here:
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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


The most important piece of information that a beginner into Witchcraft needs to know is that they are simply PERFECT as they are. They do not have to change anything about themselves or their relationships. The Wiccan Goddess or God does not need anything from them; they are not sinners in the eyes of the Creator.

From the first day onwards, all newcomers to Wicca need to understand that we have the power to connect to the One who created this world as we know it. We do not have to bow to anyone, beg (pray) for anyone's blessings, or fear anyone's wrath. We do not have to fear hell or the Satan because they do not exist.

We live lives of honesty, integrity and compassion not because we are afraid of an entity who will judge us one day; we do so because we live by the Wiccan Rede ("An it harm none, do what you will.") and respect the laws of Karma. If we falter and hurt others, we get the results back in this life. We do not have to wait for an invisible entity to dole out punishment or purgatory.

People who join Wicca experience an exhilarating sense of freedom. The freedom to live their life as they choose, the freedom to stop giving away money as tithing tax to an organized monolithic entity they have never understood, the freedom to celebrate the joys of life such as loving another human being without being judged for it and enjoying everything in life so long as our behavior doesn't hurt another living being. By the way, we also believe that animals have souls! WOW, what a wonderful concept!

This newfound freedom hopefully comes with a new awareness with regards to our environment. Most Wiccans are nature loving and environmentally aware so that they are consciously working to make this world a better for humans, animals and plants!

For new Wiccans who join covens, there are rules and celebrations that may be customized to a particular branch of Wicca. For solitary practitioners, help is available in the form of hundreds of books on Witchcraft from many sources including the local bookstores, libraries and the internet stores.

These books largely cover the tools and supplies that witches need to carry out the rituals and spells that they need. However, witchcraft relies solely on our inner powers and the methods to make our minds stronger.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about witchcraft here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/witchcraft-primer-for-new-wiccans.html


Modern Day Witchcraft has its roots in the Goddess Religions, dating at least as far back as 25,000 BC during the Gravettian-Aurignacian Culture. Numerous female figurines and sculptures have been found throughout the greater part of Europe and the East, which supports the theory of a Great Mother Cult during those early years.

Naturally, many attempts have been made during the ages by various cultures and religions to destroy Goddess worship. She was married off to Gods in her various aspects in order to reduce Her standing and sometimes even executed and killed. Still Her worship prevailed.

The establishment of Witchcraft was a gradual evolution, and not a conscious action. The use of the term Witch was also broadly applied and encompassed everyone from seers to healers and everything in-between. These Witches were not necessarily Goddess worshippers either. They were found in every religion and in every culture across millennia.

Until 1021AD, witches were seen by society as the Wise Ones and highly regarded as healers. They assisted with child births, were skilled in divination and understood the medicinal qualities of plants. They offered comfort and help to those in need. Many Witches of that era were Christian, which made them even easier to accept and respect.

In 1022AD, under Pope Benedict VIII's reign, all that was set to change. The execution of the first "heretic" during 1022 heralded the start of a 753 year reign of terror, generally referred to as the Burning Times, which was to last until 1775 when the last execution of accused Witches took place; that of nine old women in Poland. Millions of people (including children!) accused of Witchcraft were killed in the most gruesome of ways during this period resulting in what is probably one of the biggest acts of genocide this world had ever seen.

The deaths of accused witches were not always at the stake. Many witches died during torture and during "provings". Looking back on the methods employed, it sends a shudder down one's spine. James I (1566-1624) of Scotland even wrote a book called Daemonologie. The purpose of this book was to explain how to identify a witch. Some of the methods employed were:

Identifying the Witch's Mark: James I held that the Witch's mark was a place on the body where a witch can experience no pain. The location of this area allegedly differed from one witch to another. Hence, every inch of the accused witch's body was pricked with needles to locate the Witch's Mark.

The Water Test: In Daemonologie, James I proposed that only real witches can float in water. He based this theory on the fact that water was a holy substance and as a result it would not take a Witch to its depth. As a result, an accused Witch's hands and feet were bound before being thrown into a lake or a river. If innocent, the accused would drown. And die. If guilty, the accused would be burnt at the stake. Either way, the accused ended up dead.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about the history of witchcraft here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/great-history-of-witchcraft.html


There are regularly much discussion within - and without - Wiccan circles on the practice of Magick and its ethical implications. During such discussions the topic of white and black Magick invariably arises. For the uninitiated it may appear that two completely different Magickal arts are addressed and that two completely different groups of practitioners are involved in its practice. This is, in fact, a bit of a fallacy.

Consider a pallet containing oil paints. The white oil paint is simply white, and whilst it contains all other colors, it shows none of the characteristics of other colors. The red oil paint on the palate is simply a primary red. When you paint a pair of lips, you could use just the red or you could mix the red paint into the white paint, to create a brand new color - pink - that possesses some of the characteristics of red. If more red is added than white, the ensuing color will be dark pink. If more white is added than red, the resulting color will be a light or pastel pink.

Magick, like the color white, is neutral. To be neutral, it has to contain both positive and negative without displaying characteristics of either. Performing Magick refers to the act of engaging with certain universal and natural elements to affect a change to other universal and natural elements. To this is added human intent or will.

Human intent or will is like one of the colors on the pallet. It can never be neutral and will subsequently serve to disrupt the neutrality of Magick. If the intent is positive, the neutrality in Magick will swing to the positive side or differently put, be positively charged. If the intent is negative, the Magick performed will swing to the negative side and negatively charged.

Now, painting is painting. It is an act. The picture painted will contain colors and form. The colors and form are decided upon by the artist and can either be pleasing and beautiful or offensive and ugly. Magick is Magick, too. It will contain neutral universal and natural elements. The result of the Magick, will reflect what the magician wishes to achieve and can either be positive and constructive or negative and destructive.

Positive and constructive Magick, is commonly referred to as White Magick, Negative and destructive Magick, is referred to as Black Magick. If we are really pragmatic about this, all Magick is white due to its neutrality, and black Magick non-existent because black is not a color. The choice of words is historic: perhaps the term "Black Magic" has its origin in the Burning Times and "White Magick" in the neo-pagan movement of the previous century.

Whether these terms are semantically correct or not, is an academic debate. The point is that practitioners of Magick prefer describing the path they follow in this way. Right hand path practitioners perform White Magick and Left hand path practitioners perform Black Magick. This is the common assumption. Strictly speaking this is not true either.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about white and black witchcraft here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/white-witchcraft-vs-black-witchcraft.html


Green Witchcraft is one of the least documented Wiccan traditions, perhaps because its practitioners often also practice other main stream Wiccan Traditions or perhaps because most Wiccan practices are essentially Green by nature. Green Witchcraft is sometimes erroneously confused with Hedgecraft - perhaps because of the similarities that exist between these two traditions in their approach to the Craft.

Like Hedgecraft, Green Witchcraft incorporates the use of herbs in Magick and healing. Both also have a very practical and flexible attitude to practicing the Craft. They differ in that the Green Witch will rarely, if ever, be found worshipping within the confines of four walls, preferring the freedom and the closeness to Deity afforded by nature instead. It is not unusual for urban Green Witches to head out to a park or to the outskirts of a city - not only to worship - but also to re-establish touch with the divinity of nature.

Natural Master Herbalists

Cultivating herbs, vegetables, fruits and growing all sorts of flowers, trees and shrubs are quite usual for Green witches who are fortunate enough to have the required space at their disposal. Those who don't have that luxury, still manage to hold their own by filling pots with lavender, sage, rosemary and basil on their balconies and in their windowsills. They generally also know where to obtain those they cannot grow in the wild. An inherent part of being a Green Witch is an affinity with plants and includes the ability to speak to them and being spoken to by them in return.

It is also the belief of many Green Witches that if you grow and care for your own herbs, the herbs will reward you:

* By lending more power to the spells in which they are used;
* By offering enhanced fragrance if added as an ingredient to incense;
* By being more efficacious in healing;
* By adding extra flavor to any meal.

The affinity with plants means that Green Witches intuitively know how to use herbs in ways different to those you would typically find in herbal textbooks and grimoires. They understand the lore and the uses: Emotional, mental, psychological, physical, ritual and magickal. The also know how to dry herbs, how to create potions, lotions, oils and brews and how different herbs can be used together harmoniously for making incense, for healing and for cooking.

When harvesting leaves, twigs and flowers from plants, Green Witches believe that permission has to be sought from the spirit of the plant first, that the plant has to be in perfect health, that no more than fifteen percent should be harvested at a time and that a gift needs to be offered in return to thank the spirit of the plant.
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Wicca is a personal, positive religion that is based on respect of nature and celebration of all things that exist in the physical and ethereal world. Practitioners of Wicca follow the precepts of Shamanism, which is believed to be the first "religion" on Earth.

Most practitioners of Wicca commune with the Goddess and God during rituals that allow them to understand and guide these energies which created our Universe. These rituals are usually enhanced by the use to tools, chants, music, dancing, etc. that increases the practitioner's mental acuity and intuition to high levels not easily available in most other religious practices.

These altered states of consciousness allowed human beings to communicate with the powerful energies of the Universe and persuade them to move in the direction of their intentions. Stated simply, many practitioners of Wicca are able to change the direction of their future. This ability of these practitioners is called Magick and the actions that are required to perform Magick are called Spells.

Wiccans use Magick to effect change in their lives as well as in the lives of others who request their help. By communing with the deities and listening to the messages from nature, they understand what needs to be done and go about doing it.

The most important rule of the Wicca (or the Craft as it is called) is that people can choose to do anything so long as it doesn't harm anyone. Wiccans believe in reincarnation and the thee-fold Law which states that the effect of what we do to others will return to us three fold. As a result of this dogma, Wiccans usually stay away from negative Magick, for if they practice it, they will feel the devastating effects of their actions.

Wiccans are practitioners and not followers because they do not "follow" anyone. This way of life believes that each one of us is capable of communing and communicating with the Powerful energies that created life.

Magick is used in many ways. Some witches can use just their minds to control the energies. Others use tools such as the Athame, the Besom, the Wand, Chalice, etc to supplement the power of their own energies. Wicca is a very personal religion and communing with the Deities may be performed anywhere since the energies exist everywhere.

Most celebrations are held outdoors if possible because the Wicca practitioners believe that nature cleanses or purifies our surroundings easily. Also, communing with the deities mean communing with nature, so the best place for this meeting would be where most of the energies exist.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about Wiccan Beliefs here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/WitchcraftWiccanReligionBeliefs.html


It is normal to see that there is not much understanding in the public consciousness regarding what witchcraft in all about. There is something that can be said about witchcraft is that it is two things: a religion and also a general mindset.

It's getting more popular nowadays as increasing amounts of people all around the planet start to perform its various rituals. Witchcraft is an ancient practice which finds common ancestry from within paganism because it is quite tightly in connection with that belief system as well.

The two of these might be categorized under the label of uncommon religious systems, all this even when at the era where these religions were more common, no one would have called them unorthodox.

You cannot call witchcraft one uniform system, instead, it's a set of different ways of practicing it. Some of them are very traditional and conservative, sticking to the old ways of how rituals used to be performed.

Then again, some of these are very modern, incorporating into its canon elements from other contemporary movements. The self-help and/or New Age movement is one example of such an influence.

Traditional witchcraft got its start from Britain - it has a centuries long tradition there, and as was said, up to the Middle Ages it was the predominant belief system. Witchcraft was a normal and common part of everyday life and that's how society functioned.

At a certain point it received a strong stigma from the church, in part due to some practitioners (witches) going to extremes and using, for example, blood in their rituals.

That was what got the church interested in bringing the practice down as heresy. This lead to widespread prejudice against witches.
So in conclusion, this belief system has existed for quite a while, has strong traditions, but is also being actively practiced today by millions of individuals everywhere around the globe. http://www.witchcraftspellss.com can be quite effective. To find out about this ancient art, then read this: Witchcraft spells .