Thursday, March 24, 2005

Witchcraft is a Religion

Many (or even, dare I say, most) people who look into witchcraft do so because they believe it is all about spells and hexes and such - they don't think about or realize that it is first and foremost a religion. Taken as a whole, it is, in fact, a way of life.

The religion of Wicca (and I will use the terms Witchcraft and Wicca interchangeably until I later elaborate on the subtle differences between the terms) there are pantheons of Gods and Goddesses to venerate and worship. We do not believe that they fly around like so many fairies, floating in the air above us. Rather that they are potent concentrations of the great unifying force that is the One great life force of creation - and that they express and manifest themselves in certain ways and have certain roles in our lives and on the invisible plane. Different witches have different Gods and Goddesses that they work with and venerate. Covens (groups of 3 or more like-minded witches working together) have deities that the group works with when they are together which increases the potency of their workings. "Workings" mainly include the sort of thing you would hear about in any church on any Sunday - someone needs healing, someone needs money for a new car to get back and forth to work, someone needs to find a job so they can make their house payment. That sort of thing. Nothing dark or sinister, and certainly nothing to fear. - Az

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