posted on May, 28 2003 @ 07:26 AM
I do not practice witchcraft , belong to a coven or group of any kind nor practice this as my religion....But I did study it, met with many witches
who have devoted thier lives to it, and even had a friend who was a couple of weeks from participating in her groups ritual to become a priestess.
The first thing you may find comforting is that for the most part they are just like normal people in most respects. In fact I think many people have
friends and co-workers who practice this religion and don't know it. You can be in thier house and would never guess anything, except they usually
have one room that you won't see.(at least for the urban variety that don't have the luxury of nature and solitude when they want to
worship)....Another important point that has also been confused in the posts so far is that Wicca/Witchcraft is a religion in and of itself...Very
very old dating back to the druids which is why it's about Nature, and while it does have Magick (always with the "k" at the end) inner woven
deeply in it's practices Magick is really it's own thing all together. If you practice Wicca the Religion and Cerimonies, that is what it's
about....You can practice Magick all by itself and this just means you practice Magick.
On the Religion itself. No God or Satan in the Christian terms. Sorry folks calling a witch a Satanist makes no sense at all. Satanists worship
Satan not witches. Witches have a God (The Male part of the duality, which is the Father represented as usually horned and cloven hoved and the
darker side...Which is why the confusion of Satan occurs, but no, Satan was made up by a different belief system) Then there is The Goddess (The
Female part of the duality, which represents The Mother and the positive side) This is very important also because unlike the Male dominated views of
Catholisism, Christianity, Buddism, etc...Wicca is really more about the Goddess and a female perspective. The Mother is what gives life and nurtures
life. The mother is Beauty and Love and all that is positive.
This should start to clue you in why our more Male dominated beliefs of today (Catholics, Christians, Puritans, etc) had such a problem with witches
and burned them or drowned them or worse because these were women who were free, sexual, spiritual and were a threat to the male dominated power and
control. We won't get into this though now.
When it comes to the practice of Magick there is both a good and evil side. Why everyone including witches say they only practice good magick is
because magick works a lot like Karma...In fact a common rule in witchcraft is that what you put out comes back to you 3-fold...You practice evil that
is what you get back 3x what you put out...So they practice positive magick. I am told that there is the evil side though and it is very real, but
it's not something you're gonna find in a book store or the crap you see in movies. Also Wicca witches won't and don't talk about that side of it
nor would you, I or anyone really want to know or experience it from what I gather.
Look at it this way....it's about the duality in life, just like the yin/yang. you have to have dark with light, life with death. Good and evil are
really almost something different...If a tree dies it becomes part of nature again which brings new life. The sun sets but it also rises. I can't
really explain it any clearer than that.
Ok, another confusing thing which is taken wrong. The symbols like the pentagram and all that. Just symbols old and universal throughout history and
do not mean evil. Wicca is so much the opposite of evil and that whole idea. There is really so much more but I hope this helps a little. Feel free
to ask me anything else you want to know, but remember I don't practice so there are a lot of specifics I won't know. But I do know a lot of the
history and basic culture and practices, and like all religions it has it's own branches that will vary slightly. Keep in mind all belief systems
have traditions that seem strange or scary if unfamiliar. It depends on your perspective of what is normal to you...For example: rosary beads and
hail marys, not eating port, special clothing, or even cutting off the foreskin of a male child.
Hope that help a little though...u2u me if ya want more...