Myths about Witchcraft abound and misconceptions about Witches can cause many people to fear and distrust anyone who practices Witchcraft, Wicca, or someone who claims to be a Witch. Like most prejudices, such fear and distrust is borne out of ignorance and misinformation.
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Witchcraft Myth One - Witches are evil and worship Satan!
The first of the myths about Witchcraft and witches is that witches
are evil and worship Satan. This myth has its roots in European medieval
history where wise women were revered for their wisdom, knowledge and
wise women who used herbs and other natural materials to heal the sick,
assist in child birth, anoint and cleanse the dead were branded as
witches. Their rituals in gathering, preparing herbs and plants and administering healing
to their community was called witchcraft.
The patriarchal Christian church and the state felt threatened by such wise women.
belief that witches were associated with Satanism, devil worship and
the promotion of evil was spread and encouraged by clerics in medieval
The Christian religious hierarchy saw witchcraft as a direct
threat to the authority of Christianity and therefore their authority
This was an attempt to turn society away from the practice
of witchcraft and take away the power of wise women. They did this by
demonizing these nature-loving, gentle, caring and strong minded women
as Satanists and devil worshipers.
The concepts of the devil and hell are part of Christian theology and not of witchcraft then or now.
Many wise women were persecuted throughout the centuries with many losing their lives in murderous and tortuous ways.
witchcraft is very far removed from the worship of any evil force.
Witches and witchcraft worship and honour nature, in all its beauty and
Witches do not believe in the devil or hell.
Witchcraft Myth Two - You have to be female to be a witch!
The second of the myths about Witchcraft revolve around gender.
Gender does not matter in witchcraft. Anyone can join my coven for example.
Witchcraft Myth Three - Witches aren't real!
Hollywood, TV and the literary world are awash
with pointy hatted, green skinned, crooked nosed, warty old crones.
These fictional characters bear no resemblance to the modern day witches
that practice the Craft today.
You have most likely met and interacted
with a witch in your day to day life. Witches are ordinary people
leading ordinary lives and are among your community..
Witchcraft Myth Four - You have to join a Coven to practice Witchcraft!
A coven is the
collective name for a group of witches. Traditionally 13 witches formed a
coven so they could practice their craft together. Nowadays you can be a
solitary witch and practice your craft alone or you can join a coven,
either in person or online.
The main principle that Witches abide to is
"harm to none". Witches never harm or kill a living thing. It is
thought that "Eye of Newt" and "Toe of Frog" used by Shakespeare's three
witches were in fact Mustard seed and Buttercup. In ancient times many
healing herbs, flowers and plants were given peculiar names by the wise women.
Witchcraft Myth Six - Casting Spells and performing rituals must be done naked!
some witches and covens prefer to be "skyclad", this is the exception
rather than the rule. I suggest dressing in either all white or all
black when casting Spells.
Witchcraft Myth Seven - You have to be born a witch!
This is yet another myth that allows the
Craft to seem secretive, selective and exclusive. You do not need to
come from a long line of witches. Quite simply if you want to be a witch
you can be.
You can join my coven now. Positive energy is very important if you are to live an abundant and prosperous life and build up good karma. A great way to do this is by undertaking some charity work.
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