Being a real witch and knowing it isn’t Halloween (Samhain) in the southern hemisphere I still used to make up bags of lollies for the children that called for “trick or treat”. The last time that I went to this expense so many “trick or treaters” came to my door I had to make up more bags. On my return one brat complained that I took too long. I turned her into a toad and stopped giving out treats 😛
Wicca means wise and or “to bend” ( as in bending energies)
I am a third degree initiate of The Craft.
What attracted me to Wicca in the seventies was that most of the people that I knew who were involved in Wicca were concerned about the planet and other life forms.
And Wicca is matriarchal.
I was (and still am) a vegetarian: involved with animal liberation: Greenpeace and Women’s Liberation. In later years, I was involved with trees for life.
Back then women had no rights and no status. Other life forms still have no rights or status according to homosapiens. And humans are still raping our Mother Earth.
Some people still think witches worship Satan and use blood sacrifices!
WE DO NOT!
I used to lecture on Wicca so I have researched this!
In western culture the idea of Satan worship came from the Inquisition and was taken up by what we call Satanists.
Because Wicca is a resurgence of an old religion it is difficult to find out what really happened in the distant past and I would presume they did use blood sacrifices?
In modern Wicca energy is raised by dance, as in the cone of power and by singing and chanting.
The sabbats are seasonal so in the southern hemisphere it is Beltane (May Day) when the northern hemisphere celebrates Halloween (Samhain).
This is the wheel of the year from my Book of Shadows. The Church of Rome took on the pagan sabbats because they couldn’t get rid of them. Hence mid winter, (Yule) is Christmas: Spring equinox is Easter. (A fertility festival dedicated to the goddess Eoster) and so on.