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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Witch And Warlocks Cliparts

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Witches and Warlocks have had a long history with Halloween. Legends tell of witches gathering twice a year when the seasons changed, on April 30 - the eve of May Day and the other was on the eve of October 31 - All Hallow's Eve.

 The witches would gather on these nights, arriving on broomsticks, to celebrate a party hosted by the devil. Superstitions told of witches casting spells on unsuspecting people, transform themselves into different forms and causing other magical mischief.

 It was said that to meet a witch you had to put your clothes on wrong side out and you had to walk backwards on Halloween night. Then at midnight you would see a witch.

 When the early settlers came to America, they brought along their belief in witches. In American the legends of witches spread and mixed with the beliefs of others, the Native Americans - who also believed in witches, and then later with the black magic beliefs of the African slaves.

What Exactly Is A Witch?

A Witch is a person that manipulates energy through thought, word & deed. Some use all or a combination of the following for this purpose: meditations, spells, runes, divination tools, potions, herbs, stones, and many various ritualistic practices. The Witches of old were known as the midwives, shamans, healers, herbalists, wise ones, & workers of divination in many different pagan paths & geographical locations.

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What Is Wicca?
Wicca is the name of the earth conscious religious structure that began to manifest itself around the early 19th Century, mostly rooted in the ideas & practices of the Ancient Ways of western Europe & abroad. Many authors, teachers & philosophers have perpetuated the evolvement & structure of what is known as the Wiccan Religion. There are many different traditions within Wicca containing similar belief based structures, but with varying ritual practices & guidelines for their particular path.

Are All Witches Female?
No. There have been male Witches from the earliest of times, and still are today. And to put the rumor to rest... most male Witches would not considered themselves "Warlocks". Warlock is a Scottish term derived from the Anglo Saxon word "waerloga" meaning "oath-breaker" or "traitor". This description was believed to be used for several reasons. First, it was believed that male Witches were traitors to their gender because Witchcraft was perceived to be practiced predominantly by women. The Warlock term was also used in the time of the inquisitions to describe a Witch (or so they percieved) who would give up other Witches (or non-witches) in order to escape their own possible prosecution. Hollywood often depicts male Witches as 'Warlocks" for the purpose of glamorization.

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Do Witches Practice Black Magic?

Magick is neither black nor white. It can have positive effect, or negative repercussions & outcomes, depending on the intent of the person practicing it. The practice of Magick itself is the use & manipulation of natural forces & psychic energy toward certain intent. For Witches, this process is practiced & honed over a lifetime.
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Do Witches Worship Satan?
No. In fact, Wiccans, Witches, & Pagans do not believe in, nor acknowledge the existence of a Satan, as depicted in Christian belief. That being is a product of Christian religious doctrine, not the practice of Witchcraft.

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Is Halloween A Witch's Holiday?
Yes, but we call it Samhain (pronounced sow-en). It is the Celtic New Year & celebration of the last harvest before the winter. This is the time Witches believe that the veil between the spirit world & this world is at its thinnest, which makes it the perfect time for divination work & communing with spirits that have passed on.

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