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About Magic and Witchcraft

Updated on October 22, 2015

Witchcraft at a Glance

There is a shroud of mysticism about magick and witchcraft, even after the great witch trials and hangings of the late 1600’s. The quiet mystery of the modern day witch is glamorized by Hollywood and yet confusion ensues as the general audience considers this reality taboo or perhaps implausible. The most basic explanation is a western-Christian belief system carried over from those early years; these narrow beliefs elude to witches and pagans worshiping the devil or Satan and casting mutating and wicked spells on whim. Here is a glimpse at modern day witchcraft and the art of magick.

Witchcraft is an ancient art which calls upon the natural world and utilizes the forces of nature to strengthen spells and manifest. Psychic abilities and an altered state of consciousness are all part of the journey of witchcraft. There are more practicing witches currently today then ever before in history.

Modern day witches often (but not always) refer to themselves as Wiccans. Wicca is a modern day movement developed in the 19th century. In the 1950’s many ancient pagan rituals and ceremonies passed down were reconstructed by Gerald Garner and Doreen Valiente. These teachings have become the main source for wiccans today.

Witchcraft is a Personal Journey

Practicing witchcraft however, is a more personal journey than an initiatory, cultish oddity as often portrayed. There are many wonderful books and tools for one to learn about the beautiful craft of magic. Most people interested in becoming a witch may join the wiccan movement which places a more structural, ceremonial context to highly ethereal concepts. Wiccan’s are generally members of what’s known as a coven, or group which is led by a high priestess and a high priest. They have a multitude of rituals and prayers as part of an initiation and these are written down in a sacred book called a Book of Shadows.

About Wicca

Misconceptions About Witches


Magick, Spellcasting and Ritual

While there is much glamourized negativity about magick and witchcraft; there is really nothing scary about it. It is certainly seductive, bathed in femininity centered around the goddesses and the Great Goddess but ultimately the belief system considers and acknowledges what the wise and ancient elders had to teach concerning our lives here in this world.

Although we live in a culture of advanced scientific proof and fact; many archeologists, historians and scientists struggle to unravel the puzzles left behind by these wise teachers, shamans and mystics. Ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Mayans, Native Americans and those with far Eastern philosophies have left behind marvels and secrets our society is unable to understand. The magnificently constructed structures found in places like Egypt and South American baffle modern science with their engineering prowess. There are many theories as to the possibility of these mysterious sites such as alien visitations (Ancient Aliens) and unknown technology but they are still inconclusive in their findings as yet more discoveries are made around the world.

Could magick have been real? Through a higher level of awareness and practice is it possible there was a time when manifestation of great power could be harnessed and used to create amazing things? Already there is much research on bio-energetics and the energy of the universe. Imagine if perhaps people could indeed build magnificent structures through magick, telekinesis or move mountains or part seas or even heal the sick or feed the hungry? Just a though but no more outlandish than alien interventions or humans rising from the dead.

Today witches use magick for a number of positive things. Most of these are personal or perhaps for global balance. Witches use the seasons and tides of the earth, moon and sun to strengthen their spells. They believe in a plural form of worship between the Great Mother Goddess and a God of the Sun. This duality, such as the yin and yang, represents a balance which is reverently protected.


How to Become a Witch

For those intrigued and interested in embracing their witchy side; it is not always necessary to join a coven. There are many witches who consider themselves to be solitary practitioners of magic. Tools are available as well as a plethora of books to read. Becoming a witch is more a way of life and is as simple and complex as meditating or doing yoga. It begins with a belief system that our earth is sacred and protects all that mother earth has offered.

In order to join a coven; please visit the link below which offers advice directly from the wicca establishment on how to move forward from here. In case readers are confused; do not go looking for green faced, hags riding broomsticks and cackling in the sky.


Witches Ritual

How Witches Use Magick

We all have a bit of magick within us. Since witches are protectors of mother earth, it can be said that any earthly or positive planetary based activity can be called witchcraft in modern day terms. Examples include: planting a garden of herbs, brewing a home remedy using natural elements such as teas or holistic medicines, communicating with your animals, healing your friends. In fact, the most common form of witchcraft is using herbal medicine or divination. We all know there are herbs which can bring pleasure, relaxation, and even cure ailments. Most witches use herbs for healing or in rituals. Candles and alters are also a large part of spell casting and meditation.

Magick can be briefly defined as methods of causing coincidences to happen. By defining a need, focusing on it, utilizing ancient symbols from nature or from more intellectual sources in ceremonial witchcraft, a pattern is created. That pattern is first made in the world of imagination and creativity but through the power of manifestation is brought into our reality. Harnessing nature and natural laws provides a ritualistic setting for the witch to create. There is much focus today on manifestation in our lives. “The Secret” or “Secret Laws of Attraction” for example are simply avenues of manifesting what is needed in our lives, no different from the craft of magick. It is all abou intention. With focus, much can be transformed and brought into reality.

About magick and witchcraft, it is the use of personal power in conjunction with energies, herbs, colors, guides, deities and natural objects. The success is to alter consciousness and open the mind into insightful awareness. It is here in that place where magick culminates and answers needed in our lives are given and received.


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    • adithgeorge profile image

      Adith Varghese George 

      5 years ago from Kochi,Kerala

      Thanks for a great article.You have explained a lot about witchcraft and magic in a funny way.In my opinion I do not think witchcraft and magic a spiritual act.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      Well-explained and a well-written hub. It's just unfortunate some bothered to pass judgement on it unfairly without actually reading it, or watching the video. For those of us who understand what a beautiful and spiritual and uplifting practice Witchcraft can be, this is a great guide.

    • dagny roth profile imageAUTHOR

      dagny roth 

      5 years ago from Neverland

      Hi All, just revisited this hub and was surprised at some of the malevolent comments. Well, I shouldn't say surprised, there are many narrow minded people out there. I just find it so ignorant that so many associate "wicca" and "witchcraft" with Satan. I truly hope before you pass judgement and regurgitate what you have been taught through your religious dogma you will actually read a bit first. The video above is a great comparison for Christian's who are judgemental.

      Also, I want to note I am not "wiccan" and prefer to glean my spiritual belief system from many comparisons. I respect much of the wiccan belief and the feminine aspect of the Goddess. I am not preaching this religion but I am acknowledging the beauty and inspiration it can offer many.

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      Bonny OBrien 

      5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Excellent hub! I really enjoyed reading it. It was a good refresher for me. I need to practice more often. I have my altar in my room and see it often. I have a picture of Hecate and I talk to her a lot. It is like any other religon, you must believe and pray, as well as be devoted.

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      5 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

      The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions. Even if you do not believe in hell and if yo do, do not mind going there. Just my opinion, which I suspect, you would rather I kept it to myself.


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      5 years ago from UK

      Kitty, I have to agree with you there to quite a high degree but it isn't only a call of the Gods and Goddesses, it takes dedication, hard work and a lot of study also.

      I totally back you on the fact some seem to want to be one through trends and through an anarchistic point with out realizing we mostly do this quite privately.

      It does make me giggle some of the stuff they think they know,lol.

      Lybrah, we don't need your Kingdom, we have our own, with out Martyrs.

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      5 years ago

      Those who practice magic and witchcraft will NOT inherit the kingdom of God!

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      Kitty Fields 

      5 years ago from Summerland

      Wonderfully written! You explained everything so eloquently. I think even for many who want to be a witch, it is a misconception. For me, personally, I believe that being a witch is honestly something you're called to the gods and by the spirits...and by the Earth. I don't think it's something that one can just read a book about and then say, "okay, I'm a witch." Which is something I'm seeing a lot lately on YouTube...being a witch is almost a trend now...believe it or not. Younger people read or watch Harry Potter and want to be like them...okay, I'm done venting! LOL. Loved the article, Dagny.


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