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Why Do People React So Strongly to Witchcraft?

Free Rune Reading. Wiccan Beliefs. Is Witchcraft Real. It is my opinion that real witchcraft and real witches do exist.

Throughout history, people’s reactions to witchcraft have started a mass panic, hysteria, disturbing witch trials, and countless executions and hangings. Witchcraft was once and still can be a very controversial topic, as it challenges other’s religions and beliefs and is against Christianity. Back when the Church was the main source of authority and guidance, reactions to witchcraft were particularly strong and heated, as there are even bible quotes ordering the instant death of any witch or wizard. Concern was commonplace, especially considering the Salem Witchcraft

Concern was commonplace, especially considering the Salem Witchcraft Trials since children were the main people afflicted. However, as time passed and humanitarianism ideas spread, reactions to witchcraft weren’t nearly as hysterical as they once were. In hindsight, the change is almost astounding when considering the strength and severity of reactions then, and the subtlety of reactions to witchcraft now.

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When reading the Bible, one should turn to Exodus 22:18 and Leviticus 20:27, in the King James Version. Exodus 22:18 reads; “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Leviticus 20:27 reads; “A man also, or woman, that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones; their blood shall be upon them.

These strong-worded quotes reflect upon the strong reactions to witches in Bible times. Back when the Word was the Truth, the way and the Light, religion was everything. In the religion of Christianity, witchcraft was abominable and disgraceful and absolutely forbidden. When one believes so strongly in something, when they come across something that contradicts their beliefs and disgusts them, there is bound to be a conflict with religions and beliefs.

Also, one might think of it this way; Picture being blind. A person walks up to the blind person and screams in their face. Now, would that person be less scared of they weren’t blind? Of course; because they would have seen it coming.

Witchcraft related to this because people tend to be afraid of things they can’t see, and the only proof they had of sorcery was confessions and the fire of fear in their eyes. Witchcraft came as a shock because it was absurd and unheard of in Christianity, and absolutely forbidden.

When people are in a state of shock, it’s only natural to overreact on many different levels. This is especially so when beliefs are inherently strong, and the way of life. Religion almost always plays a huge part in someone’s life, and this time, religion played a huge part in reactions to witchcraft throughout the ages.

 

                               Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

 

What do you think when someone calls someone a witch?

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What comes to mind? Do you think of the movie, ‘Hocus Pocus’ or do you think of the black pointed hats and the long black, slit ended dresses? What about witchcraft? Does the term “Devil worshiper” ever cross your mind? Do you think of potions and spells? For many, many generations, we have underestimated what the true meaning of a witch and what witchcraft really is. What is the history that hides behind it? Witches and witchcraft have been in our history since the ancient times. There is a little bit more than the ghost stories told on Halloween, the movies shown on TV and dressing up on Halloween.


For many centuries to the present day, Christians have lived in fear of witches. They were known as to be the devils child who only practiced black magic and thought of as the Christians “persecution”. Witches have been known to mankind since the 1200’s. Throughout the 1400’s, the examination of witches was more focus and moved from the Jews. In the church’s law, it was stated that the belief of existence and practices of witchcraft was “heresy”.

Because of what the Christians believed, churches would then torture and hunt down anyone who they thought were witches and killed the many women and only a few of the men. They even made them make the confession of flying through the midnight sky, being in love with the devil himself, practicing black magic and even turning into animals.


WITCHCRAFT: The word witchcraft comes from the word “Wicca.” Wicca means the wise one. Witchcraft is to be believed as a pagan worship and or religion, a stereotype as a “magical phenomenon. In 1000 A.D., the practice of witchcraft became a threat to the Christians and their beliefs. They believe that witches and witchcraft have been passed down through generations to generations.

From way back to the 1200’s to today in the present times, that is how long witches have been around. As of the history of witches and witchcraft, stories were used to keep the history alive inside the stories written in ancient mythology to Walt Disney’s movies. Check your family history. What and who were they. Were they witch hunters or were they a witch? There’s more to the story of Halloween or All Hallows Eve than meets the eye. What story or legend will come next?

The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692

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The Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, which resulted in 19 executions, and 150 accusations of witchcraft,
are one of the historical events almost everyone has heard of. They began when three young girls
, Betty Parris, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam began to have hysterical fits, after being discovered
sorts of engaging in forbidden fortune-telling (not dancing naked in the woods) to least’s of
senior authorities men they would marry. Betty’s father, the Reverend Samuel Parrisenior authorities
to determine if the girls’ affliction was caused by witchcraft. Although Betty was sent away

Although Betty was sent away
fairly soon, and did not participate in the trials, the other girls were joined by other young and mature
women in staging public demonstrations of their affliction when in the presence of accused “witches.”
The events in Salem have been used as a theme in many literary works, including the play by Arthur
Miller.

They are interesting to anthropologists because
they display some of the characteristics of “village” witchcraft and some of the features of the
European witch craze. Many commentators have seen the Salem witch craze as the last outbreak of the
the original European witch craze, transported to North America. As in African and New Guinea villages, the

As in African and New Guinea, the original
accusers had accusations in Salem were made against people who, in one way or accusers had
reason to fear or resent. Moreover, the first few of the accused fit the definition of “marginal”
persons, likely to arouse suspicion.

However, as in Europe, the accusations spread and came to encompass
people not involved in any of Salem’s local grudges. As in Europe, here was a belief that the accused were in league with the Devil and “experts” employed “scientific” ways of diagnosing
witchcraft.

Interestingly, during the colonial period in Africa, shortly after World War II, there were a number of
witch finding movements in Africa, which resembled the Salem episode in some ways, and had a
similar status “in between” the sort of witch hunt found in Europe and the typical African pattern.

Typically, in these movements, “witch-finders” would come in from outside a village and claim to be able to rid the village of witchcraft. At this period there was great dislocation, with people moving
around because of government employment.

 There was likely to be a more
acute problem in the U.S since the people who were named by those who cooperated with the
Committee weren’t hanged and put out of the way, just fired and left to try to lead the resistance to
McCarthyism. Namers of names sometimes found themselves with no friends at all, since
anti-Communists often still failed to trust them. The issue of resisting collaboration with the witch hunters

The issue of resisting collaboration with the witch hunters
was important enough to Miller that he altered history, and portrayed the trials as stopping
when more people refused to confess when, in fact, a significant increase in confessions probably
served to cast some doubt on the validity of individual confessions.

Taking liberties with the text is one of the characteristics of the interaction between humans and their
myths. And a charter myth is certainly what the witch hunts in Europe and Salem have become,
though they have more basis in fact than most myths. The stories of the witch hunts are charter myths

The stories of the witch hunts are charter myths
for our time, to be told by feminists, left-wing intellectuals, and lawyers each
taking what he or she needs from the story, adding or subtracting as seems fit.

Modern Witchcraft

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Magical Manipulation

Many witches do not believe in spirits, and most if not all reject belief in a literal Devil or demons. Naturally, therefore, they reject the idea that sorcery and divination are accomplished by the agency of evil spirits. Many offer naturalistic explanations for the working of magic and divination and other “psychic technologies.” On the whole, the occult community today has expanded its definition of “the natural” to incorporate elements that were earlier considered supernatural, placing them in the category of the super- or paranormal instead. Yet, they are still involved in the “old ways” — that is, the occult.

Now You See it, Now You Don’t

What has happened in the occult world in the past two or more decades is just what C. S. Lewis described in his classic work, The Screwtape Letters — which portrays an experienced demon (Screwtape) writing letters of advice to a novice demon (Wormwood):

I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalize and mythologize their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, a belief in us, (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy [i.e., God]. The “Life Force,” the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work — the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls “Forces” while denying the existence of “spirits” — then the end of the war will be in sight. (1)

Lewis’s insights on the insidious strategy of Satan — the archenemy of our souls — appear to have been right on target in regard to modern occultism. (2)

When observations like Lewis’s are made, however, it is not uncommon to hear remarks to the effect that Christians attribute to the supernatural everything they cannot comprehend — if it cannot be understood, it must be the Devil. However, this charge is unwarranted.

While it is unfortunately true that some Christians tend to hyper-spiritualize events and exclaim “the Devil did it,” or “the Devil made me do it,” this is certainly not the case with all. Many Christians have pointed out alleged demonic (or divine) occurrences which were — in fact — instances of fraud, anomalies, psychosomatic phenomena, auto- or heterosuggestion, and so forth. (3) Such Christians have demystified baffling occurrences and accounted for them by their natural causes.

Green witchcraft

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Green witchcraft is a tradition, a path and a way of life but it is not Wicca. Green witchcraft is so named green because of the herbs that is used in the tradition, the Lord and Lady of the Forrest, It’s the color of the earth and its spirits and it’s an important color for those of the British Isles. The green witch follows the path that walks closely with mother earth. They use this color to represent green dye that they use to use.

The men were allowed to go out and pick the plants but the women were the only ones allowed to use the plants to die the fabrics. Green Witchcraft is a natural magick path. It’s all about nature, the Gods and all things natural. They also feel that they need to worship a Dualistic Deity. They see a Goddess and a God Deity separate. They also work with Green medications and herbal concoctions.

Green Witchcraft has its own set of rules they follow. They really sound familiar to the normal set of rules for other traditions. The rules tell us to be careful what we do, with which who we trust, how we use our power. This all makes very good sense if you think about it. You always want to think about all of these things before you do any type of magick. Working magick isn’t a hard thing to do. Planning for it may be a little harder. You would most likely have a personal creed since the tradition is so open.

This would allow you to adjust the creed to your set of beliefs and your way of life. I really didn’t find much on a large set of creed for the Green path. The one place I did find anything on a creed was Ann Moura’s Green Witchcraft. In her book Green Witchcraft she has her own personal creed. The rituals and spells of the Green tradition are as complex and as easy as you wish them to be. If you want …you can get a copy of Ann Moura’s book here

                                                      

Witchcraft In Hollywood

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It is said by many that Hollywood is persuasive. People see something on television or in a motion picture and believe that what is shown is, in reality, true. Misconceptions will occur, and unless people are shown evidence against the delusions, it will be taken as fact. In the past, many groups have been poorly represented onscreen. Organizations such as the mafia, the government, the military, spies, gods, monsters, and others are just a small example of those prejudiced.

Since the misconceptions have occurred, much of the truth has come through for those mentioned. However, one topic that is repeatedly misrepresented in Hollywood is the practice of the Craft, more commonly known as witchcraft or Wicca according to Jeffrey Mann.
Witchcraft has been shown onscreen as evil, black magick, rather than a faith, and most people see spells cast by wiggling the nose or pointing a finger to be valid of the ‘witchcraft fable’. Is witchcraft a true, spiritual religion, and if so, are people willing to tolerate it? Many are uninformed of the religious aspect of the Craft, and those that are believe it to be false or wrong according to Jeffrey Mann. In today’s society, religious tolerance of different groups of people or cultures is extremely important.

By understanding and accepting the differences of real versus imaginary using witchcraft as the prime example, people will be able to see these groups as part of actual society and not just a fictitious, magickal portrayal in entertainment such as Bewitched, Charmed, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and The Craft. Hollywood’s portrayal of witchcraft in movies and shows is invalid. Now on reruns, the television show, Bewitched, was once very popular. Samantha and Tabitha are shown casting spells nearly every other minute of the half-hour.

The show brought forth a revival of the knowledge of witchcraft. In history, before Christianity, Paganism was a primary religion in Europe. Witchcraft is a form of Paganism, just as Wicca, Shamanism, and others are. When the Christian religion was being formed, many Pagan beliefs were still used. The Pagan tradition of Yule, the winter solstice holiday, was to bring a live tree into the house and decorate it with food, balls, and a star on top to protect the household from the evil spirits.

In the past century, a man named Gerald Gardener came forth with his ancestor’s religious practice that has been passed down generation after generation called Paganism. He began bringing forth the Wiccan movement to modern witches according to Jeffrey Mann. Bewitched was made in the midst of the sort of ‘coming out’ of all that was practiced.
Romanticizing witchcraft started with Bewitched, and from then on, a new fetish of shows and movies had begun. The Warner Brothers Network recently aired a new hour-long show featuring three sisters who have just discovered their witchy powers. They are referred to as the ‘Charmed Ones’, which are the most powerful of a long line of good witches.

Their mission is to protect the innocent against all evil. The show features many distinct realities of witchcraft. The show refers to the Book of Shadows, which is a book of memoirs, spells, thoughts, and goals, which must be handwritten and personal to that witch. The three sisters use this book for casting spells against evil, which is the basis for entertainment on the show. Freezing time, traveling to the past or future, and evaporating monsters are just some of the sisters’ outlandish powers. Religion has no part in the hour that the sisters are fighting the darkness. Witchcraft, in reality, has no ‘natural’ witches as implied in Charmed. Having ‘power’ is a belief that comes from within your soul, not from genetics.

The power of spells to witches is like the power of prayers to Christians. If Charmed was based on three Christian sisters, the show would be primarily about how they pray and have immediate and obvious results according to Jenn Vinson. Clearly, both concepts are not accurate. Praying in all religions has results personal to that worshipper, just as casting a spell is a witch. It is implied that spells are the most important part of witchcraft, which is false. Casting a spell is not necessary to be a witch; many witches are solitary and chose to practice without the use of spells.

Although Charmed uses many of witches’ tools for spells and practice, its accuracy is severely skewed in the portrayal of the religion of Wicca, or witchcraft. Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a children’s show aired by ABC on Friday night’s hotspot. A high school student, named Sabrina, uses her magick to cause more blunders than not. Although sophomoric, the show does not focus on evil, darkness, or the devil. Sabrina must keep her practice a secret; neither her boyfriend nor her best friend knows the truth.

Keeping her Craft a secret is the entertainment along with turning the school bully, Libby, into frogs and other animals. In reality, many that practice Wicca are secretive. It is not because of shame, but rather that others do not understand.
Nothing is meant to be harmful, however, many unforgiving people in this world condemn for a religion they know little about. For example, it is said that witches worship the devil. This is not only ridiculous but also wrong. Witches believe that God is everything and everywhere, just not merely a distinct entity.

All Gods and Goddesses are one God, and by calling him a different name than other religious followers do, will neither make him angry or damning. Witchcraft is moral and ethical, which nearly all religions are based upon. Sabrina is a good student, niece, and friend who chooses a different spiritual path to follow. Although Sabrina the Teenage Witch is cute and humorous, religion has little if no part in the show, unlike some more adult portrayals. The focus of evil in the motion picture, The Craft of Columbia Pictures, is the leading misconception of the film. By far the most accurate in the portrayal of the Wiccan religion, the movie follows the beliefs of four high school girls that have discovered the Craft according to Jenn Vinson.

Using all religious tools such as the pentacle in their practice, the girls focus on practicing the nature religion. Experimenting with spells, reading materials, and keeping personal Book of Shadows, The Craft keeps reality in check. The four girls attend a Christian school, while not so secretly believing something else, which occurs with many young witches. Until Nancy, one of the witches turns evil, and Sarah, another witch, discovers her ‘natural’ power, the movie is almost a perfect example of witchcraft. By focusing on one of the girls in the circle being evil, the truth of witchcraft is altered. Darkness is the focus of the second half of the movie, scaring viewers to believe that this evil occurs in all witches.

Murder and evil spells are focused upon leading the watcher to be frightful of the Craft and condemning of the religion.
All religions have followers that give it a bad name. Some Christians can be found starting cults, clans, and general mayhem. Of course, these ‘bad apples’ are not the true followers of the religion. The Craft’s evil character, Nancy, can be thought of as one psycho in a good religion which is, like The Clan, a very small proportion of the believers. Questioning the true meaning of Wicca clearly, the religion of Wicca is extraordinarily twisted as portrayed in Hollywood. After seeing a movie, is a typical reaction what is witchcraft? Or do people accept what they are shown? What can be done about this problem?

There is one solution: education. Teaching people that witchcraft is not fictitious or evil will bring forth an influx of understanding according to Jeff Mann. Some churches teach that Wicca is a devil religion that should only be regarded a cult. Realizing that religious tolerance and religious belief are two separate entities will alleviate the problem of a taboo denomination. Many believe that by viewing witchcraft as a religion, they are condoning the practice. Therefore, people look upon it as little more than magick and will never consider witchcraft to be of any God in fear of their own practice’s sins. If Hollywood released a film about a true follower of Wicca and not a romanticized version, would it sell? That is one way to have an audience understand the true meaning of witchcraft without the witchy power jargon to ‘spice it up.’

Being educated about religions not only makes us more tolerant, understanding, and open, it also awakens us to other culture’s, countries’, and ethnicity’s’ philosophies. Unless the masses are educated that witchcraft is indeed a spiritual religion, the misconceptions will continue.
There are many different religions in this world. America itself is a melting pot of ethnicity and diversity. What other country could so readily accept assorted beliefs than the ‘home of the free’? Religious persecution, emotional or physical, will be a past phenomenon. First, all people must be considered a part of society’s whole. When all members of each religion can see the other as equal, all men shall then, and only then, be created equally.

When viewing a movie or show, it is necessary to understand that the magic portrayed is imaginary. Think about it: black pointy hats, black cats, and brooms are symbols of the myth of witchcraft, just as clouds and fire are representations of Christianity in movies. Understanding that distinction will lead to understanding witchcraft as a true religion and not a fanciful fable. We should tolerate without condemning witchcraft. People in this world are fast to judge. Because the entertainment industry portrays witchcraft in a spell casting, dark, evil way that is what people are likely to believe witchcraft is. It is not some made-up magick, but rather a faith that has been stretched to fascinate people. It is not make-believe, but a real and true religion.

“Paganism is an affirmation of the beauty and sacredness of life on this earth and of our unity with it”. By understanding and accepting that one religion will look to Mecca, while another prays to God, and another worships Buddha, society will be tolerant and more open-minded. Hollywood glamorizes, and people are fast to trust it. Through witchcraft, it can easily be seen that people are quick to believe Hollywood is representing the truth, while in most cases that is far from true. Religious themes, no matter how obscure they may seem to some, should be showcased as fair and honestly as possible.

Witchcraft in the Social Order

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The newest generation in western society is being partially raised by films, literature, and music. Pop culture is taking a bigger and bigger role in the upbringing of today’s children. Images like Harry Potter flying on his broomstick during a game of quidditch, or the old lady from Brave creating potions. To the majority of Western Society, these situations are used for entertainment purposes, but many tribes and villages still believe in the power of witchcraft and see it as an enormous threat.

Weather witchcraft is still prevalent for religious reasons, old school beliefs, or economic motives, the fact still remains that it is used to show order and give power to those who are willing to give up a life to take it. With modern advancements becoming more widespread, many are trying to hold on to the traditional values of their tribes, and in the result, pushing the idea of witchcraft onto the new generation in a very aggressive way.

The Badyaranke tribe of Senegal believes witchcraft is responsible for many hardships including, health issues, economic troubles, and loss of religion

While the population of seventeenth century Malta looked to magic when medical knowledge because inadequate, yet when a negative situation arose, killing those who were thought to use witchcraft was the logical choice (Cassar, 1993:329). Both nations used witchcraft to hold on to old school religious ideas, a way to propel themselves to their economic status, and as a scapegoat. These nations showed how witchcraft was used as a source of power and a way to maintain order.
Religion
Any group of people would find it difficult to let go of traditions, and even harder to allow a new idea of religion and morals into their lives. This is …

Every type of government wants to have control over the people they govern. They want to maintain some sort of societal order, and to do so, in this context, witchcraft was the most prominent way. Through religion, economic status and scapegoating, it was possible for seventeenth century

Malta and the Badyaranke tribe to maintain a sense of order. By using witchcraft as a medium to strike fear into their communities, the leaders of said nations were able to keep the status they originally held.