WICCA

MISCONCEPTIONS

I realize some people still equate witches with evil people who sacrifice animals.

Not us!

This is the first page of  my Book of Shadows started in 1983

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“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.

witch hunts

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 decided to reblog this:

After telling a friend that I used to lecture on Wicca in the 1980s and early 1990s –

I told her that in the 1990s when it was becoming popular it attracted a lot of people to training courses

Her reply was “you must have made a lot of money

WE DID NOT CHARGE

Neophytes were asked to donate for candles and incense.

Back to witches not being evil.

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.

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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

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Blessed be

and be kind to non humans

Me at the first Australian Wiccan conference

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