I realize some people still equate witches with evil people who sacrifice animals.
This is the first page of my Book of Shadows started in 1983
“Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfil
An it harm NONE
Do what thou will”
The concept that witches were evil began at the inquisition when the Church of Rome was trying to get rid of the Old Religion and the women herbalists.
The Satanists, who we are sometimes equated with, got their ideas from Malleus Maleficarum, which is about how to torture people to get them to say they are witches and not about witchcraft as it says if you Google!
Our rituals are similar to American Indian rituals –at least the one I am aware of, which is Sioux tradition.
I will not kill anything — Not spiders: mice: insects: trees –
I believe everything that exists has consciousness and deserves respect.
I have cried on many occasions because I haven’t been able to save a bird: animal or reptile that had been hit by a car – at least I move them off the road so that they are not continuously run over.
I get upset when moths throw themselves at the window to get to the light.
This doesn’t mean there are not people out there calling themselves witches and killing animals.
Male witches are called witches,
so if someone claims to be a warlock be suspicious.
The following words had different meanings once:
Wicca meant wise or to bend
Heathen = dweller on the heath
Pagan = village dweller
Weird = magic
Sinister = left-handed
and be kind to non humans
My 19 year old son claims to be a satanist – he says “god” a bit to often.