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Nakhash

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Witchcraft
« on: July 25, 2012, 01:59:36 AM »
I think a lot of people automatically think Wicca and Witchcraft are the same thing. Wicca is a belief system. Witchcraft is a practice. Not all Wiccans practice witchcraft and not all witches believe in Wicca.

I'm undecided about Wicca. I'm still doing research and studying to see how well it jibes with my beliefs.

I am a practicing witch and have been one for many years. I know a lot of people think we're delusional because they assume we think we can perform like Harry Potter or Charmed or any other television/cinematic version of witches. Many people believe we worship Satan. We don't worship something we don't believe in. I follow traditional witchcraft.

If there are others here who would like to join in this discussion, please feel free to do so!
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Re: Witchcraft
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2012, 02:59:13 PM »
So what exactly do you believe then? I generally see Wiccans who either practice it or don't.....not usually someone who practices witchcraft but doesn't believe in something beyond that.

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Re: Witchcraft
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2012, 11:10:34 AM »
I would say I'm a spiritual seeker. I've been researching Judeo-paganism and usually refer to myself in that way because I'm Jewish. But I've not felt a deep emotional tie to the beliefs. I'm probably most similar to a Deist in what I believe of a higher power.

There are actually quite a few witches who are not Wiccan. Some are atheists. Some follow mainline religions like Christianity or Judaism. Voodoo, hoodoo, santeria, etc often have some ties to mainstream religions.
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Re: Witchcraft
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2012, 02:57:11 PM »
For me, the defining feature of any belief system is that it advocates good over evil, and that it allows believers to have an open mind and question those areas of the doctrine that they don't understand or identify with. Whether the belief system is tied to mainstream Christianity or not, if the doctrine is about love and charity and leading a good life, then it's fine in my book.

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Re: Witchcraft
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2012, 07:51:02 PM »
I think a lot of people automatically think Wicca and Witchcraft are the same thing. Wicca is a belief system. Witchcraft is a practice. Not all Wiccans practice witchcraft and not all witches believe in Wicca.

I'm undecided about Wicca. I'm still doing research and studying to see how well it jibes with my beliefs.

I am a practicing witch and have been one for many years. I know a lot of people think we're delusional because they assume we think we can perform like Harry Potter or Charmed or any other television/cinematic version of witches. Many people believe we worship Satan. We don't worship something we don't believe in. I follow traditional witchcraft.

If there are others here who would like to join in this discussion, please feel free to do so!

Wicca the "spiritual only" side of Witchcraft. Witchcraft includes spell casting, divination and the other "hands on work" that Wicca seeks to hide.

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Re: Witchcraft
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012, 02:15:49 AM »
I don't think Wiccan seeks to hide witchcraft. Some Wiccans don't practice witchcraft at all. And those that do are very open about the rituals and ceremonies done. Some do practice alone. I'm a solitary myself so it's not like I go running around the neighborhood telling people to come to my house and watch me perform a ritual or cast a spell.

If you visit any Wiccan website, whether for information or to join/study, you'll find plenty of spells and rituals openly available for anyone to view. Definitely not seeking to hide it.
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Re: Witchcraft
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2012, 10:48:16 PM »
Wicca the "spiritual only" side of Witchcraft. Witchcraft includes spell casting, divination and the other "hands on work" that Wicca seeks to hide.

Ah, but who determines what's good and what's evil? At the end of the day, it's different for everyone. Example, many religions believe homosexuality to be evil. Many atheists, agnostics, smaller religions and generally tolerant people don't believe it is. Who has the final word?

I've participated in witchcraft before with my wiccan and pagan friends. I describe myself as agnostic but I do practice witchcraft from time to time.

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Re: Witchcraft
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2012, 06:09:10 PM »
It's very true that in practicing witchcraft, intention is the main ingredient as to whether a spell is being done for good or evil. All magic(k) is about manipulating energy which is found everywhere. Energy is neither negative or positive. It just "is."

Of course, I may think my intentions to be pure and good while someone else might disagree. Some would say that by the very fact I'm engaging in witchcraft at all means that I'm doing something evil.

In the end, we all have to answer for our own actions in life. I feel secure enough in mine.
Nakhash Mekashefah

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