In the Middle Ages, Christians originally don’t believe in witches, neither can they cause serious harm. It took years for the church to recognize their existence, and when they did, they looked at witchcraft as blasphemy. Then they started idea of ‘witch hunt’, in which they persecuted people they believed or suspected as witches. Suspected witches were burned or hung in public. But where there really real witches? We will try to answer this question as briefly as possible, and we certainly have no desire to stir unhealthy curiosity in the occult.
Is Witchcraft Real?
The short answer to this question is, yes, Witchcraft is REAL.
The most widely-known witchcraft-based religion (at least in the western world) is Wicca, and it was officially recognized by the United States in early 90s. However, witchcraft comes in many different forms and types of witchcraft. Some of those who practice call themselves witches, and even among them, there are different types of witches.
Some of the common religions that relates to witchcraft include: Ceremonial Magick, Chaos Magician, Discordian, Earth Religion, Neo-Pagan, Norse, Pagan, Reconstructionist, Santeria, Tameran, Voodoo, Witta, and many more.
In the past, witchcraft is more associated with harnessing ‘supernatural powers’, and they made a bad rep for practicing black magic. This makes sorcery, magic and witchcraft somewhat synonymous.
Do Spells Really Work?
Yes, but it doesn’t work the way most people think or wish to work. Casting a spell is not some sort of using a “magic pill” that instantly takes all your problems away and gives you all the things you desire. Our general perception of spell-casting is so skewed, thanks to Harry Potter.
In general, magic in our world truly exist, just not in the fantastic-movies kind of way. As said earlier, there are many cultures, religions, ideas and schools of thoughts that prefer magical practices. The same goes to spell-casting.
Spell is viewed by witches as an art form through invoking the supernatural using ceremonies, spells, rituals, charms, etc. Spell-casting is about manipulating energy to bring out the desired result.
Is Witchcraft Dangerous?
Yes and No. Witchcraft and magic are undeniably dangerous. However, so is crossing the street, driving, swimming in the ocean, etc. Anything can be dangerous.
What you should know, and what should many people need to know is that, Witchcraft is NOT synonymous to Satanism. Though some witches worship Satan, NOT all witches believe in evil, Satan or even hell. Satan is a creation of Christian deity. Thus, witchcraft belief systems that don’t adhere with Christianity don’t believe in demons. Rather, their deities are’ immanent’, meaning they’re present within each human, making each person a deity.
The Wiccan religion for example, doesn’t accept the existence of good or evil. Rather, they see them as forces that need to be balanced. Evil is an important part of good, and it can be transformed into something positive.
Modern witches today rejects the existence of absolute truth and supports neo-tolerance. They advocate matriarchy, women’s rights, sexual freedom, and even abortion. Also, some Wiccans observe Wiccan holidays such as Winter Solstice, Halloween, etc.