Personally, I have a black cat and a black cloak, my hair is always a mess, I definitely prefer Halloween to all other holidays and if you give me a half a chance, I will share thoughts of astrology, divination, herbs and magic for hours…
Oh, wait, I haven’t figured how to fly my broomstick (drat), although I most certainly can fly my glider, but do all these quirks of mine really make me a witch?
Many universities now offer classes in the history and practice of magick and Witchcraft. The Craft is the fastest-growing religion in America. However, I was rather amazed to have received a link from my mother on Facebook: Minister of Education launches new School of witchcraft and wizardry in KZN.
Only education and understanding can uproot misconceptions and prejudices about Witches.
What is your connection to a witch?
Firstly, you would need to define your connection to the word “Witch”.
In South Africa, we have Sangomas, traditional healers or witch-doctors and I guarantee you that they are definitely not the stereotype of witch seen in Harry Potter.
If memory serves me correctly, I think my first connection to the concept of a witch was ‘Liewe Heksie’, which is now a television series and a range of educational reading books, and ‘Wendy the good little Witch’. So is stands to reason that a witch is merely defined by your connection to the word far more than it is by the definition or terminology of a witch.
What does Google say regarding Witches?
noun: witch; plural noun: witches
- a woman thought to have magic powers, especially evil ones, popularly depicted as wearing a black cloak and pointed hat and flying on a broomstick.
synonyms: sorceress, enchantress, occultist, necromancer, Wiccan; archaic beldam; rarehex, pythoness, a follower or practitioner of Wicca or of modern witchcraft.
an ugly or unpleasant woman.
“he can marry the old witch for all I care”
synonyms: hag, crone, harpy, harridan, termagant, she-devil; More
- a girl or woman who is bewitchingly attractive.
- an edible North Atlantic flatfish.
There really is no definite one “witch” fits all, is there?
Perhaps the most pervasive myth is that Witches are Satanists.
In fact, witches don’t share the Christian concept of Satan at all.
The ‘Devil’ concept refers more to man’s ego than to the Christianized Devil.
Witches are hardly recognized by their dress style, but are most likely identified through their passion of nature and their gifts received from nature.
Remember that witchcraft has no defined style, it is literally nature based and therefore can look like anything. Perhaps it could well be a messy kitchen full of drying herbs and fresh vegetables. It can be shelves brimming with books and journals. Or witchcraft can be small windowsills with crystals and plants. It can sigils hidden under furniture. It can be pockets overflowing with shells and stones. Witchcraft is personal and beautiful.
Witches sell their souls to the devil in return for special powers:
Witches can’t buy or sell to an entity that they don’t believe exists.
This folkloric image is erroneous, yet has been fostered by some mainstream religions.
Ironically, it is these very mainstream religions that have had special powers awarded to them to burn, maim and kill people.
There are various accounts of Martin Luther’s delusional fallacy regarding witches:
“Witches are the devil’s whores who steal milk, raise storms, ride on goats or broomsticks, lame or maim people, torture babies in their cradles, change things into different shapes s tat a human being seems to be a cow or an ox and force people into love and immorality.” Martin Luther, 1522
Witches are humans who have psychic abilities
Some psychics may be Witches, but not all Witches are psychic.
Witches are sorcerers.
Witches are modern worshipers of ancient Gods and Goddesses
Witches cast evil spells on people, either for fun or revenge…
Boggledy Wobbedy You’re Now A Frog?
What is the difference between a spell and a prayer? Beseeching and invoking God to assist you in your cause when you are doing no harm. Sounds like a spell and a prayer is pretty much the same thing, but once again your connection to the word, not the deed, could misconstrue .
Although Witches do cast spells for people (with their permission), these spells are done to help others, not to harm them.
Besides, if they could, most Witches would rather turn frogs into princes!
Real Witches Do No Harm.
Witches are old, ugly hags:
The truth is, Witches come in all shapes, sizes, and ages—many are actually quite beautiful. Many young men and women are eagerly joining the ranks of Wicca.
The Crone has inspired the stereotype of ‘Old hag’ as she is a woman whose child-rearing responsibilities are behind her and who can now devote herself to her Craft.
Unveiling pertinent myths and truths of witches
Religious tolerance and respect
Finally, Witches believe in religious tolerance and respect every path as having potential for human enlightenment. Since people are different, it only stands to reason that the paths they choose to walk are different. In keeping with this outlook, you will never find a Witch standing on a street corner preaching about magick or faith.
Each Witch relies heavily on his or her inner voice or conscience in decision-making and in the way he or she wields magick. Witches believe that each person creates his or her own destiny by action, inaction, karma, and so on. This brief overview is a broad generalization at best. Be you!