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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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How Do You Define Witch/WitchCraft?
If you were writing the definition (in an encyclopedia) for the word "Witch/Witchcraft" (in the modern sense) what would it say?
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| Witchcraft Is Seen As Many Things By Many People, Even Witches Don't... ||Aug 14th. at 12:10:51 pm UTC|
|Etaine Cerridwen (Oakville, Ontario CA) ||Age: 20 - Email |
witchcraft is seen as many things by many people, even witches don't entirely agree on the definition of this.
for me, being a witch means taking responsibility for my actions, whether physically or magickally. it also means respect for other faiths, as i would expect respect for mine, as well as respect for personal choices.
witchcraft is a tool for me to celebrate my faith of Wicca. it gives me the knowledge and ability to commune with the gods and with nature.
| I Like Starhawk's Definition: One Who Can Deliberately Alter States Of Consciousness... ||Aug 14th. at 10:32:57 am UTC|
|Gina (Concord, California US) ||Age: 46 - Email |
I like Starhawk's definition: one who can deliberately alter states of consciousness
| Witchcraft: The Modern Use Of This Term Causes Much Confusion Thanks To... ||Aug 14th. at 8:39:26 am UTC|
|Trish Telesco (Western, New York US) ||Age: 40 - Email |
Witchcraft: The modern use of this term causes much confusion thanks to 2, 000 years of misrepresentation and the fact that magick, as a philosophy and a religious approach, has grown and changed with humankind and the earth. Presently Witchcraft is as much an ideal as it is a system of faith. It provides constructs and methods aimed at earth-healing, self evolvement, community reunification, and universal awareness (among other things).
The constructs and methods change depending on the "flavor" of witchcraft being practiced by an individual. Just as Christianity has many sub-sects, witches havemany paths that lead back to the One. None of these paths is better or more owerful than another - simply different ways that appeal to the diversity of human consciousness and experience.
Witchcraft typically involves meditation, prayer, spells, rituals, psychic methods (like divination), and employs a variety of tools like an athame, cup, brazier, and wand. While these tools are not "necessary" to being a witch, they provide a focus. Just as a plumber finds a wrench more effective than bare hands on a tough job, the witch uses tools to direct energy more effectively. As with the schools of witchcraft, the choice of tools is a personal one (or sometimes dictated by the cultural path one explores).
The witch can work alone or in groups. As a solitary, each witch becomes his or her own priest/priestess and guide. Within groups there is usually a hierarchal structure that provides coherancy and wise counsel. As with schools and tools, the choice here returns to the individual.
Stressing individual vision and self-responsibility is, perhaps, one of the most important factors setting modern witchcraft apart from other belief systems. The witch, by definition, bends and changes energy. By so doing, one remains a co-creator in present and future fates. In the most positive sense, a witch is a healer, a walker between the worlds, a seer, a minister, a warrior, and a sage. He or she is one who is trying to develop body, mind, and spirit into a greater whole for the greatest good.
| Merry Meet All, Haveing Just Past My Year And A Day I... ||Aug 14th. at 1:54:40 am UTC|
|Alantis (Earth, Nevada US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Merry meet all,
Haveing just past my year and a day I would say that the definition should say or include this: A witch is any person who chooses to consiously take controll of there lives and destiny regardless of religious belief.
Why? because All gods are one god and All goddesses are one goddess. And perhaps there is a little bit of witch in everyone.
May peace rule on earth
| Hi, Twv! To Define Witchcraft Would Be From The Perspective Of One... ||Aug 13th. at 9:00:28 pm UTC|
|Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) ||Age: 58 - Email |
Hi, TWV! To define Witchcraft would be from the perspective of one with over 30 years in the occult supplies trade.
Some claim it as a religion, but that imposes religious implications of doctrine and dogma, which Witchcraft contains only in the processes of working Magic and Spellcraft. Witchcraft is more of an occult tool and procedure.
Definition: Witchcraft is the practical application of traditional occult arts and psychic sciences. A Witch is an independent practitioner of Magic and dealer in occult supplies.
Independent is the key word. It releases the Witch from the constraints of a Priesthood and institutional control, as the Witch must be able to work Magic, good, bad or otherwise as each particular situation demands.
The Witch, as an archetype in the Western World's psychology is the poor man's psychiatrist, who must have a remedy in his/her bag of tricks for the purposes of that which makes the occult world go around.
He/she must be able to bring extra metaphysical power into people's lives in the area of love, luck, money, psychic insight and to rid persons of those things which plague them from the spiritual realm.
The Witch goes where normal "clergy" fear to tread.
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