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Heritage Witchcraft Tradition and Academy

Author: Grayson Magnus
Posted: November 11th. 2012
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Traditional witchcraft dates back to pre-history and represents the most ancient form of European Witchcraft. It involves no gods, no formal ritual and no worship. It is therefore atheistic by the most true definition of the term.

Traditional Witchcraft It is not related to Wicca or Neo-Paganism.

The Heritage Witchcraft Tradition currently has more than 650 members worldwide and maintains approximately 100 active students in our online academy at any given time. The academy offers open courses to the public. Students may earn a diploma in historically authentic Witchcraft and initiation into the tradition.

The underlying beliefs of authentic Witchcraft comprise a world-view known as animism; from Latin anima meaning "soul” or life". The tenets of animism are rooted the earliest spiritual ideals conceived by modern humans. The fundamental ideology of animism is that there is no separation between the spiritual and physical worlds and that all things, living or not, have spirits.

While traditional Witchcraft does not involve the worship of deities, the overall theme of the tradition is that every Witch has a familiar-spirit or "Fairy-lover" who acts as a guide and interface to the spirit world. The Familiar-spirit is usually the gender opposite of the Witch and is not to be confused with the modern idea of animal-totems which are often erroneously called "familiars".

The development of the spirit romance is deeply profound as the familiar spirit is thought to represent one's own gender-opposite soul. The roots of this tradition date back thousands of years to many ancient cultures including Sumer, Greece, the British isles. It is evidenced by the stories of Inanna, Cupid and Psyche, Tamlin, Thomas the Rhymer, Oisin and the personal testimonies of accused witches throughout history.

Underlying the development of Witchcraft as a response to Christianity was the Fairy Faith. It represented the core of beliefs upon which traditional Witchcraft was built. The Fairy mysteries represent the true "meat" of the tradition and are reserved for those who have been initiated.

Ancestry is also an important element of traditional Witchcraft. Long before the first gods were ever conceived, deceased ancestors were invoked and petitioned to grant knowledge, power and favors. A fundamental tenant of ancestral worship is that the living inherit the virtues of their ancestors. Upon death, we join our ancestors and add our own unique achievements and personal power to that legacy.




Footnotes:
The Witch Cult in Western Europe. M Murray.

Faery Mysticism. Ari Devi.

Oisin and Nimh. Traditional.

La Sorciere. By Jules Michelette.

Tamlin. Traditional

Thomas the Rhymer. Traditional


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