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Halloween And Witchcraft

Updated on October 11, 2016

Halloween and Witches.

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Photo Credit - by Sujin Jetkasettakorn http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

What is Halloween All About?

Everyone can tell stories of Halloween.

Do you as an adult really know what Halloween is all about?

Knock at the door, and there stand children in costume, trick and treat, yes that is one side of Halloween, but there is a lot more.

Hopefully, after you have seen this article, you may understand Halloween and Witchcraft.

Happy Halloween.

Witches - True Horror (HD Real Paranormal Occult Documentary).

About Witches above video Text.

In True Horror, Anthony explores the truth behind the long established Hollywood Myths of Vampires, Demons, Werewolves, Witches and Zombies and discovers that behind the stories we've all seen on the Silver Screen lie even more disturbing origins. Unlike other documentaries where the presenter is based in the studio providing quirky links between films of reporters in the field, Anthony was hands on throughout the production. He met and interviewed experts as varied as the Head of the Vatican's Exorcism Department and Chief Druids and travelled to such far afield places as the Caparthian Mountains.

Green jacko Photo Credit Elsie Hagley
Green jacko Photo Credit Elsie Hagley

Where do Witches Black Cats and Jack-O-Lanterns Fit In

In America Jack-O-Lanterns, it's a pumpkin, but in Europe, it was often a turnip, large beet, potato or even a skull with a candle in it.

The fearsome face of the jack-o-lantern was representative of the god of the dead, Shamin, who would drive off less powerful evil spirits abroad that night.

As glimmering lights flickered over an English marsh or an Irish bog, people imagined dead souls had returned to earth.

They would place the jack-o-lantern on posts and in windows to ward off the spirits of the dead on Halloween.

"Jack of the Lantern," - Jack is another name for joker or Satan.

The jack-o-lantern is a Halloween idol that keeps alive an ancient symbol of demonic superstition.

Halloween Witch - Happy Halloween Google Doodle 2013

Witches

Witches have always been an interesting subject for hundreds of years, so when Halloween arrives every year it is hard to pass them by for decorating a room for that all important time of the year. Happy Halloween.

Witches and Black Cats. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Witches and Black Cats. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Witches and Black Cats

Where does all of this come from?

A pagan practice that was not eradicated upon the coming of Christianity was witchcraft.

The word "witch" comes from the Anglo-Saxon Wicca, or "wise one." Witches were thought to be possessors of magic.

Witches, who worship the deities of nature, have living talismans or symbols from which they derive their dark powers.

They invoke evil spirits to enter the bodies of their talismans.

Some have dogs, owls, snakes or swine for their talismans, but the most common are cats.

The broomstick is a symbol of the male organ, on which the witch mounts and leaps high around the fields to "teach" the crops how high to grow.

The notion of flying witches relates to the fact that witches believed they could fly great distances to their feasts by smearing their bodies with ointments containing drugs.

The drugs gave them psychedelic "trips" making them think they flew.

Witch hunting during Halloween became almost a national pastime in the colonial years of our nation.

But that was yesterday. Halloween is regarded as the high "Sabbath" for practicing witches today.

Halloween Night

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Photo Credit - Salvatore Vuono http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
Cool Ghost. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley
Cool Ghost. Photo Credit - Elsie Hagley

Halloween and the Forces of Darkness

Where did it all come from?

October 31st is a day of ghosts, witches, goblins, and grotesque creatures. It is also a day of orange and black, of candles and jack-o-lanterns. Costume parties and strange customs occupy the minds of western civilization, and all of this seems to be intensifying every year.

Children wearing every kind of costume imaginable, and some unimaginable, have been going from door to door for years at the end of October saying "trick or treat" and collecting bags full of treats.

In recent years, many people have been decorating their yards as cemeteries and making their houses look spooky. Even churches have Halloween parties and set up "haunted houses" as fund raising projects.

Where did it all come from, and what does it all mean?

Most people would say it is all harmless fun. Some would venture to say, "If there is any witchcraft in it, it is white witchcraft." In order to truly answer both of the questions where did it come from and what does it mean, we must go clear back to the origin of it all.


© 2011 Elsie Hagley

What are your thought's on Halloween and Witchcraft?

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      Ibidii 

      4 years ago

      I don't know first hand about Witchcraft, but I have read a lot of books. My favorite are the Harry Potter Books. Cute posters! I did not know some of these stories. Great lens!

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      floppypoppygift1 

      5 years ago

      Halloween is a mysterious holiday steeped in ancient traditions, there's no doubt about that! I love learning about the medieval superstitions that drive modern holiday traditions! Cheers~cb

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      Ah ... the magic ... what would Halloween be without witches and black cats? Happy Halloween and BOOyah!!

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