Tag Archive: Witches

Legend of the Witches Documentary 1969
The historical origins of witchcraft in moon-worship and the witches’ legend of creation. Initiation rites undergone by the modern witch’ divination by birds and animals; Christianity’s absorption of pagan rites; revenge killing; the Black Mass. Cecil Williamson's Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall. Investigations into the efficacy of witchcraft; extra-sensory perception; foretelling the future. All featuring the infamous "King Of The Witches" in the only footage in existance of the King Of Wicca. Alexander Saunders.. who uses this documentary to guide us through his coven. By then, Sanders had been endorsed by a group of 1,623 practicing Wiccans as 'King of the Witches' - with Maxine as 'Witch Queen' - and he turned into a media celebrity. There were TV appearances, late-night talks on radio, a sympathetic biography, record albums of his rituals and this film, The Legend of The Witches, based on his exploits. These were said to include healing people of warts by 'wishing them on someone else, who's already ugly'. Another woman was supposedly cured of cander by Sanders sitting with her in the hospital for three days and nights, holding her feet and pouring 'healing energy' into her. Sanders and Maxine parted in 1973 and he drifted into semi-retirement before moving to Bexhill in East Sussex, where he died in 1988. Like Gardner, his legacy was his own tradition of ritual and belief within the Wicca movement - dubbed 'Alexandrian' in a play on his first name.

REAL Witchcraft: Myth and Reality - Witches, Occult Paranormal Documentary
REAL Witchcraft: Myth and Reality - Witches, Occult Paranormal Documentary Witchcraft (also called witchery or spellcraft) is the use of magical faculties, most commonly for religious, divinatory or medicinal purposes. This may take many forms depending on cultural context. The belief in and the practise of magic has been present since the earliest human cultures and continues to have an important religious and medicinal role in many cultures today. "Magic is central not only in 'primitive' societies but in 'high cultural' societies as well..." The concept of witchcraft as harmful is often treated as a cultural ideology providing a scapegoat for human misfortune. This was particularly the case in Early Modern Europe where witchcraft came to be seen as part of a vast diabolical conspiracy of individuals in league with the Devil undermining Christianity, eventually leading to large-scale witch-hunts, especially in Protestant Europe. Witch hunts continue to this day with tragic consequences. Since the mid-20th century Witchcraft has become the designation of a branch of contemporary Paganism, it is most notably practised in the Wiccan traditions, some of whom claim to practice a revival of pre-Abrahamic spirituality.

SHIT PEOPLE SAY TO: Pagans, Neopagans, Wiccans, Witches, etc.
A lot of these are examples from my personal life, and others are from my friends or people's stories I've read online. Because of this, I had to make it "SHIT PEOPLE SAY TO: Pagans, Neopagans, Wiccans, Witches, etc." because some of these things apply to Wiccans only while others are common to any pagan, and so on. I'm sure other groups get specific things said to them, too, but I only included what I know of. As I said, MANY of these were actually said to me or a friend. (I didn't even include "BURN THE WITCH!" which someone yelled at my friend.) Others are from blogs online where someone shared a story, and others are paraphrases, but all of these things have been said to someone in some way. Nothing except the last part was entirely made up. These are not what I THINK people say about these groups--these are what people have actually said. I am currently in a Stereotyping & Prejudice class, doing research on discrimination and prejudice against pagans, and I talk about ingroup and outgroup prejudice, so I included some of that here. In this video you hear mostly things said by NON-PAGANS, but there are some clips thrown in of things said by OTHER PAGANS. Discrimination comes from everywhere, and I wanted to show a bit of that here, instead of making it look like it's only non-pagans who say shit about us. We do it to each other, too. I am disabling ratings, but please feel free to share this video with others. Thank you very much for watching and for reading! ---------------------------------------------------- The end title clip with my name was made for me by http://www.youtube.com/user/JodyOnToast ---------------------------------------------------- My Etsy Shop http://cutewitch772.etsy.com ----------------------------------------------------

The emergence of the pagan communities during the 18th century was a positive influence on many lives across the globe. No longer did they have to hide their views, or pretend to be part of a culture that had repressed them for so long.  There are many forms of the witch that we see today, with different names, and a slightly different focus for their energies. But all have the same basic viewpoint: creating a harmonious living for themselves and those around them, making the best of every moment they have, and using nature as the source of their happiness. Forms of witchcraft include the use of tarot cards, rune stones, crystal healing, and using the powerful elements of nature to heal the self.

The witch of today usually belongs to the Wiccan religion, although there are other forms of witchcraft and sorcery still alive under the Pagan umbrella. Wicca, as a religious practice, started in the 1930's, and followers believed firmly in realigning themselves with their spiritual selves through their grounding in nature. Most pagans today use their belief in the Horned God, and the Triple Goddess, reflecting the higher powers that are all around them, although there are other deities that are reflected in their everyday lives and prayers. Respect for everything around them is foremost in their thoughts and a willingness to heal and help comes naturally to them. Historically, especially across Europe and many parts of America, witches were usually female. However, since the 18th century, males are initiated in covens, and are extremely successful in their endeavours, promoting equality across the sexes. In addition to the religious aspect of pagan faiths, many cultures are now open to using New Age medicines and more natural remedies (followers of this practice are often called kitchen witches) meaning that witchcraft is no longer seen as an abomination, but rather an equal form of healing that comes from the soul, just as much as conventional medicines can heal with patented medication.

Popular media has often shown the witch to be an evil creature, intent on causing harm to many victims. However, since the later part of the 19th century, there has been a shift to portray witchcraft in a positive light. Witches such as those in Bewitched, Charmed, The Worst Witch, and of course Harry Potter amongst other have shown that the witch is a mystical and beautiful creature, who uses their powers to make the world a better place to live in. For the witch today, the popular culture has meant that witchcraft is not something to be feared, but rather a way of finding solutions or answers to problems that simply cannot be answered through other means.

The positive inflections from media sources mean that many people are interested in learning about these tools, and how they connect to their ideas about witches. In turn, an upsurge in the number of visits to psychics and covens were recorded. The witch is now finally being the respected member of community they once were in times before organised religion. As an alternative lifestyle, witchcraft is highly recognised in many cultures, and has even culminated in official representations for many legal areas, for example, a Wiccan handfasting can be performed by a priest or priestess and is recognised as an official marriage. 

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Psychic Witch

Historically speaking, witches were people who were hunted down by the church and found guilty of doing witchcraft.

Besides for displaying psychic abilities, a person could find herself on a burning stake for being a social reject, for angering the wrong people, for following different spiritual traditions, for willingly or unwillingly evoking fear in others, or for simply being a woman with a lowly social status.

(It's a familiar situation: by playing to the intense, subconscious fears of the masses the few powerful people could pretty much doom anyone to death.)

Every village had a wise person who was in possession of some knowledge passed down through the generations, and to whom people turned to help of semi-spiritual nature. In these times being a witch was not a voluntary declaration of identity, but a judgment from others.

A modern, self-declared witch is someone who is pursuing the path of the psychic through the few tradition-remnants of these ages.

Psychic Witchcraft

'Witchcraft' is a term which covers a wide area and can mean many things, not unlike the term 'psychic'.

The main difference between the two is the context in which they are used:

Witchcraft is something witches did, in a world ruled by simple-minded religion on one hand and a vast amount of superstition on the other. Today, our world is most influenced by scientific progress, and this is the context in which the term 'psychic' is used.

Both psychic understanding and witchcraft attempt to describe and influence the spiritual realm with words, concepts and ideas which are most abundant around us.

On the more practical side, modern witchcraft generally relies more on rituals, spells, spirits of nature, and cosmic laws, whereas the psychic path focuses on the psychic's mind and consciousness - and goes forth from there.

Psychic witchcraft is a pragmatic approach: use whichever method is suitable to you to enhance your understanding and achieve your goals.

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