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Sorcery and Witchcraft

Updated on October 18, 2015


Sorcery is black magic that includes many hostile magical processes and that is acquired. Sorcerers learns a special technique that can be used to produce supernatural affects after receiving the same under an expert sorcerer. Usually sorcerers employ three important techniques which are as under;

Bone Pointing: This is a technique of Sorcerers in Melanesia. The sorcerer points of some magical objects at an intended victim with a goal of causing disease or death. For the magic to work the sorcerer must perform the procedure with an express of hatred. He crusts the bone in the air, twists it as if in anger in the wound and then ooze it out with a sudden jerk. Both the physical act and the emotional state of passion have to be imitated to achieve results.

Object intrusion: It is another technique of sorcerers for carrying on their act. In this technique pins or other sharp objects are struck into an intended victim. The sorcerers in tribe of India employ this technique.

Manipulation of Objects: It is another important technique used by sorcerers. In this technique the sorcerers manipulate something that was once a part of the victim; such as finger nails, fallen hair, etc. Sometimes an intended victim can be tricked into touching or using some object that has been treated in a magical way. Sorcerers in Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, India and Africa mostly use this technique. It is a form of Contagious magic.


It is an inborn and often an unconscious capacity to work evil. It is an attempt to harm others through supernatural powers. Witchcraft is a quality of an individual, no materials are required for performing. Witches are humans. Evidence of witchcraft cannot be obtained. Witchcraft can be accomplished by mere thought and emotion alone. As sorcerers use materials, evidence of sorcery can be actually found but it is not so in the case of witchcraft.

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Difference between Sorcery and Witchcraft

Sorcerers uses certain materials and techniques for harming others.
Uses thoughts and emotions, it is a quality of an individual.
Methods can be demonstrated.
Methods cannot be demonstrated.
Types of methods are definite.
Types of witchcraft, innumerable.
Evidence can be found.
Evidence cannot be found.
May be useful or harmful.
It is always harmful.
Specific places are chosen to work.
Anyplace is suitable for carrying out the activity.
Might require assistance from others.
Does everything alone.


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      thinkwicca 3 years ago

      I think sorcery is a more powerful way to impact or achieve what you want and you are the master of your fate so you decide which action is good for you or not so it is not always that what appears good to you may or maynot be good for someone else.

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      Karthik Kashyap 5 years ago from India

      I am off late reading a lot about Wicca, witchcraft and sorcery. And I plan to get into one of those.

      There are a lot of misconceptions about sorcery from what I learnt by speaking to a couple of sorcerers on the internet. Yes, sorcerers use certain powers (Non-physical entities) such as spirits and so on (at least they claim) to manipulate the earthly happenings around them whereas normal witchcraft may or may not. However, sorcery is not always used to cause harm. The sorcerers I met claim to provide services such as business improvement, health improvement and even to an extent where they provide spirit guides to always protect you against any negativity.

      I think what ultimately matters is the "intention", whether witchcraft or sorcery. If the intention is wrong, even white magic can give you harmful results. A friend of mine recently claimed that his love life is being affected by someone's intentions against it (even though the intention may not be deliberate).

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      While your explanation of witchcraft may not be correct as there are many "good witches" I am thinking your explanation of Sorcery may be. I found this interesting to read. Voted up.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I should add that witchcraft DOES involve the use of 'materials', e.g. candles, ribbons, crystals, herbs, wands, cauldrons (true) etc etc. It is so important that the truth is put out there, and that those who have the wrong ideas about witchcraft and whether it is good or evil learn that it is mostly good and actually stems back to before Christianity.

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      Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I am concerned about your assumptions on Witchcraft. In most cases it follows the rule of 'Do No Harm' and even 'love spells' are frowned upon because they interfere with one person's free will. To assume it is used as an attempt to harm others is a massive stereotype, frequently caused by watching too much TV, and/or believing too much of what various religions preach. most witches are 'white' or 'grey' witches, who only try to help or heal others. A 'black witch' is frowned upon in most circles, but if you study paganism and Wicca you would know that they risk the 'threefold return law', which essentially means that whatever they do to others comes back on them threefold, either good or bad. I hope this clears up a few major misconceptions.

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      DabbleYou 6 years ago

      Interesting yet scary information. Don't know if it's true but I'd rather not touch the subject.