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Traditional Witchcraft is Medical Heresy: The Patriarchal Medical Establishment Vs. Witches as Healers

Posted in Alternative Health, Healing, Magical Healing, occult, spell books, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2013 by littleredridinghood
Healing and harming were both crimes, if done by women

Healing and harming were both crimes, if done by women.

In the modern age, it is a fairly established fact that witchcraft, in whatever form, is a heresy against the establishment religion, however, traditional witchcraft is, also, a heresy against orthodox science and allopathic (modern Western) medicine. Moreover, this is still probably the most dangerous and controversial heresy because there is still a state persecution of healers who stand outside the ordained class of professional men – and, the practice of medicine, at least, in the U.S., is almost entirely dominated by men.

So, when I say that the old witch hunters are still with us – that we have not changed and they have not changed even now in the 21st century – this is true, especially in the realm of medicine.

Modern Western Medicine is a De Facto Priesthood of the Old Catholic Church

If we trace the history of the witchcraft persecutions and the history of allopathic medicine in W. Europe we find that allopathy is a de facto priesthood of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, which was formed by men in the 13th century. The men who did such work could only do so through the power of the priesthood, by permission of the Church and with the blessing of a priest by his side to assure that his power was derived only from God. No women were allowed access to this new priesthood class, just as they were not allowed any other position in the Church.

By the following century, the first persecutions of women as witches were underway. While the character of the witch persecutions in W. Europe involved victims from all classes and both sexes and motivations for such violence varied, the targets were primarily women.

By our very natures, women are regarded as being “in league with the devil.” It is women who are able to bring forth new life, a power outside the authority of God and his Church. It is, also, women who knew the most about their own health and human health, in general, since it is only women who possess female bodies and it is primarily women who care for infants and children. Women as a class of people, therefore, were regarded by the authorities of church and state as evil and Satanic.

Women who healed without a "license" from the patriarchal establishment were tried and executed.

Women who healed without a “license” from the patriarchal establishment were tried and executed. Allopathic doctors actively participated in the persecutions; they conducted the sexualized examinations and torture of women and determined whether or not they were to be tried as witches.

Only men were allowed to practice medicine. Only men were allowed into this new priesthood. And once the doctors became a professional class, only men were allowed into their schools. In the United States up until fairly recently only white men were permitted to formally study allopathic medical doctoring.

This patriarchal medical establishment has survived and thrived only because of its willingness to use violence against its opponents and with the advent of socialized medicine in W. Europe and the current attempt to force allopathy on every single person in the U.S. it has almost entirely triumphed and it has done so on the sea of blood and broken bones of centuries of women as witches and women health practitioners.

The primary impetus for terrorizing, torturing and murdering unknown numbers of women in W. Europe for centuries was to rout out and destroy the last vestige of true healing – to destroy the knowledge base and those who held it – primarily women, women as doctors and women as witches, which is really all the same thing.

The Difficulty of Talking about Witchcraft as Medicine

Bloodletting: An early, dangerous and unnecessary allopathic practice.

Bloodletting: An early, dangerous and unnecessary allopathic practice.

95% or more of allopathic medicine is unnecessary. It almost always does more harm than good, but it is a difficult subject to broach with most people, even the most educated and enlightened. This is because the patriarhal establishment with its artifices of religion, pseudo-science and quackery, coupled with its complete domination of popular culture for well over two centuries in the U.S. has made it nearly impossible.

In the U.S., a country where freedom of speech is held above nearly all else, it is difficult to even write about alternative health practices without worrying about the consequences. (Oddly enough, I could churn out pornography all day and not have a care because my freedom of speech as a pornographer is protected, while my freedom of speech as an alternative healer is not.) Therefore, all kinds of disclaimers must be made. Before you even begin writing the book, you must pay homage to the various reincarnated orders of the old Holy Roman Catholic priesthood who now call themselves the FDA (Food and Drug Admin.) and the AMA (American Medical Association).

Freedom of speech – real freedom of speech – is only for those who are members of that privileged class who are sanctioned by the vestiges of the old patriarchy of medicine – the descendants of the same men who persecuted and murdered my ancestors for so many years. That enemy is never far from the door, although, now he wears a suit and tie.

But, to the people, the greatest enemy of all is the ignorance and lies perpetuated by this patriarchal medical establishment, which was nourished in the blood of centuries. Their crimes continue to this day, as they hide behind lawyers and legislation very often written by their own membership. The number one cause of death in the U.S. is allopathic medicine. It is a money-making machine whose members literally have a license to kill.

Today as in centuries past, witches – largely an underclass of women – who can heal are persecuted, although, in new ways. It is not possible to legally heal others without going through the allopathic program, which is 8 years of training (not education, but training) – ie. brainwashing. In order to even start down such a path, you would have to be a “true believer” in the religion of allopathy. You would have to be a worshiper at the altar of the patriarchal medical establishment with its priests in their white coats, bearing their emblems and ritual instruments, the stethescope and the hypodermic needle. It is unlikely that a traditional witch would ever venture down such a path.

The persecution of feminine healers continues.

The persecution of feminine healers continues.

The reason the men of medicine have persecuted and destroyed witches for centuries is because they simply cannot compete on a fair playing field. They can only succeed by terrorizing, torturing and murdering their competition almost entirely – but not quite – out of existence. This is something that the traditional witch cannot forget, especially those who have great power and knowledge of healing, because we live with a similar persecution every day. We are still forced into the shadows by the descendants of these patriarchal authorities within both religion and state. Their threats of imprisonment and violence ring in our ears with every word and deed.

After all, their laws are not our laws – they were written to allow them to persecute us and to protect only themselves. The U.S. Founding Fathers made no provisions for the protection of either women or real medicine. This was not simply an oversight. Women – some brought to the new World in chains to be servants and sex slaves to good Christian men – and witches were not allowed a say.

But, there is another reason traditional witches are not drawn to the study of patriarchal, slash-and-burn medicine. If your interest is truly in healing, it is a waste of time and money to study corpses and learn how to be a drug pusher, which is what most of this training amounts to. Maybe this is why so many doctors and men of science are Christians – there’s certainly no place for witches, no room for dissent and despite the gains of the past century, still little room for women. Men and especially white men remain dominant among allopathic doctors, especially in the U.S. – after all, it is their invention, their forefathers lied, raped and committed mass murdered for it. It is wholly theirs.

The bloodletter: Ancestor of the modern patrairchal form of medicine.

The bloodletter: Ancestor of the modern patrairchal form of medicine.

Moreover, the entire science upon which their medicine is supposed to be based is fallacious – a mystery even to its priesthood holders – while the esoteric science behind witchcraft makes perfectly explainable and logical the things that appear to this highly trained, but poorly educated, white-coated class as “miracles,” “placebo effects,” and “spontaneous healing.”

Most doctors probably don’t believe in witches or witchcraft, yet it is within the practice of witchcraft and within the knowledge base held by witches that all true healing may be found. It was and is witches who know the healing properties of various herbs, minerals and other agents and how to effectively apply them. It was the likes of Paracelsus and other men in the Church who wrote such things down and published them, of course, but the knowledge came from witches. The basis for all modern alternative healing, including homeopathy, is rooted in this knowledge. Homeopathy and related practices work the same way as witchcraft works because it is based on the same esoteric science (as discussed in “How to Write Your Own Spells for Any Purpose and Make Them Work). It is not mysterious or spooky, it’s just science – but it’s not their science, so it is either denounced it or its existence denied by the patriarchal establishment.

The Esoteric Science Behind Witchcraft Allows for Healing that Appears “Miraculous” or “Impossible” to the Allopaths

The human body, when it is fortified with appropriate nutrition, including the right minerals (and the allopaths have a superstitious fear of minerals, it seems) the energetic pattern encoded into each and every cell manifests itself as a whole and healthy organism, impervious to germs – thus belying the Germ Theory, which is the basis of allopathic medicine, especially their use of allopathic vaccines, since the mid-19th century and has been the basis of their vast, ill-gotten profits.

This is why the allopathic priesthood tells so many lies, especially, about nutrition. It has caused the average person to be terrified of certain nutrients, thus causing widespread health crises in the form of cancers, endochrine disorders, reproductive disorders, general malaise and eventually a miserable death, enabling them to better push their expensive drugs. All this they do without apology and without remorse.

Victorian doctor with his hands on a women - this was ONCE considered improper

Victorian doctor with his hands on a women – this was ONCE considered improper

Along with such belief in unproven “scientific” theories such as Germ Theory and their insistence that human beings are comprised of physical matter, they insist on resorting to aggressive means for “combatting” disease. Note, they never talk about healing or curing, but they express what they do in very war-like terms. Ever adversarial, they “fight” disease with such weapons as knives (scalpels) and radiation – and in the not-to-distant past with acid, leaches and a chisel. If they don’t know what to do about a diseased organ, their first impulse is to remove it! If they don’t know how to treat a symptom, they push pills at the patient often without informing him or her of the consequences, which are often addiction and even more dreadful side effects. It never occurs to them to work with the body’s own nature, nature herself being an anathema to the God of their origins.

Philosophically, traditional witches and alternative healers are at complete odds with the patriarchal medical establishment and the scientific orthodoxy upon which it is predicated. Mostly, they deny our existence. When they acknowledge us, they ridicule us and double-down on their lies. Alternative healing is increasingly being driven underground – the amount of regulation on alternative health care agents and devices is mind boggling and it is being done entirely secretly. (I know about it because of previous work as a freelance alternative health writer – I gave up because, one by one, all of my clients were being sued by federal agencies for all kinds of absurd reasons. Interestingly, you don’t read about these things in the daily news. That’s because they are executing this persecution very quietly so as not to stir a public outrcry.)

But, the allopaths are only interested in making money – they do not care who they maim or kill. They enter the medical field to have power within the entire patriarchal establishment (to obtain the Porsche, the house on the hill, the trophy wife, etc.). This profession grounded in scientific materialism revolves around material goods and the exploitation of those with less power in every way. They are not healers. They never cure any disease.

Patriarchal Medicine is Violent and Obscene

Victorian allopath and a woman

Victorian allopath and a woman

It’s also worthy of note that it is members of this patriarchal medical profession who have undertaken the most sadistic medical and psychological experiments, mostly on women, children, the poor and indigent and on prisoners. They had a heyday in 1930s Germany – incidentally, it is from Germany that the modern allopathic system was exported to the U.S. in the mid-19th century. It is by no means native to us and it is particularly vehement in its opposition to alternative healing because of various Women’s Health Movements. It is members of the allopathic medical profession who work with law enforcement agents and public schools, usually to no good or ethical end.  This is the modernization of their role as medical examiners and sexual torturers of witches. They are sanctioned child molesters, rapists and killers, yet most of the public believes this barbarism somehow necessary – so if you object to such perversion and brutality, you are likely to be branded a crackpot. This is how much control these brutes have over the public mind.

Real healing does not require 8 years of medical training. It does require some research and an open mind. Our methods are simple, we use our knowledge and our senses. If it works, we do it. If it doesn’t, we discard it and try, again, until we finally succeed.

Real healing is devoid of barbarism and impropriety. That should go without saying, but because of the behavior of the allopaths, it requires stating. Alternative healers don’t require you to take your clothes off and they do not insert either objects or parts of their own bodies into your privates the way allopathic medical doctors, who seem especially obsessed with inserting things into female orifices, do. There is no need for any of this; it is a natural outgrowth of their history of centuries of barbarism toward women as witches in W. Europe.

Real medicine works with the reality of nature

Real medicine works with the reality of nature

It is the methods of old, traditional witchcraft – that which is regarded as either non-existent or impossible by orthodox science, allopathy and Christianity – that makes real healing entirely possible.

Traditional Witchcraft is Alternative Healing

Alternative health works on the same esoteric scientific principles that make the other practices in witchcraft possible. For example, distance harming (black magic) is related to distance healing. It is a function of the will and energy over energy –  not mind over matter, as the doctors might say because they think of everything as matter. It is at the energetic level that all healing takes place.

By means of forbidden medicine (witchcraft), neuropathy is relieved in minutes, diseased teeth and gums are healed, grey hair returns to its normal color, healthy hair grows where hair has been lost, traumatic injuries are healed overnight, scars – sometimes decades-old – are healed and new, healthy skin grows in its place, all kinds of unsightly skin conditions are relieved and the body’s youthfulness and energy is revived and maintained. With forbidden technology based on esoteric science underlying witchcraft, kidney stones are dissolved overnight at home (this practice is absolutely forbidden in the U.S., therefore, no one who has the ability to do this talks about it here.). “Incurable” diseases are cured. Virtually every virus is eliminated. The flu is conquered in fifteen minutes. The author of this article has not experienced either cold, flu or other viral infections in the past 20-plus years because of such methods – deemed quackery and rightly called witchcraft by the establishment authorities and skeptics.

Once you have this knowledge and ability yourself, it is impossible not to be a medical heretic and a scientific heretic, as well – especially as you get more involved in the science and technology that makes such “medical miracles” perfectly logical and explainable. And while there are alternative healers who do not consider themselves witches, as far as the medical establishment is concerned, it is all superstitious hocus pocus, delusion and fantasy. Healing outside the bounds of the established medical authority is essentially witchcraft, whether the word is used or not.

Furthermore, once you have this knowledge and ability, it is likely you will become frustrated by all the misery that could be very easily and cheaply relieved – if only people had a real education about medicine. I find allopathy and allopathic practices enraging – I never fail to be angry when I hear about another man, woman or child being maimed, medically raped, tortured and murdered by the white coats.

How the Persecution of Witches as Healers Continues at the Present Time

How I want to tell you all I know! But, I cannot easily do so.  The scope of such learning is large and requires a lot of un-learning of disinformation and the telling, itself, must be done very carefully. It is especially difficult to legally discuss the use of forbidden science and technology. And, you must know that this is witchcraft – it has been forbidden, persecuted, prosecuted and driven underground for centuries in Europe and since the early 1800s in the U.S., when the European doctoring style got a foothold here. And, you must understand that those persecutors have more power than ever now because they control literally every aspect of modern life.

Now, instead of outright killing as they did in past centuries, they imprison or place in mental institutions those who step out of line. But, mostly they kill us with silence and whenever that fails, with lies and mockery. Few such healers dare to practice, although I have known a few knowledgeable women who served people in secrecy out of their homes. The legal threats from authorities loom constant and it is not something anyone who values their freedom would dare to undertake.

The result has been a sick and fearful population – a population dependent on allopathic medicine and its patriarchal system of violence, perversion and drugs in lieu of real healing. Most people are mal-nourished, poisoned and so brainwashed (thanks to the efforts of popular media – movies, television, magazines, news) that despite all the harm the doctors do to them, they still return to them for help. The difficulty is that so much of the population has unwavering faith in the religion of allopathy and reveres its priesthood in white – so, it requires deprogramming from this cult. Education alone is often not enough to free them from the cult. It requires an awakening.

Fortunately, there is a remedy for this condition… and it lies in an understanding and application of the esoteric science of traditional witchcraft. This remedy is a combination of education and personal experimentation, which allows every woman to become her own doctor and every man to become his own doctor.

For it to be effective, it must involve both the knowledge and the application of this information by every woman and man, so that they leave the faith-based religion of allopathy and enter into the experimentation and outcome-based practice of alternative medicine, which deals with reality instead of insisting on slavish adherence to unproven, allegedly “scientific” theories.

The knowledge of real healing releases all fear of disease and it makes the individual highly self-reliant. It, also, releases the fear and hysteria generated by the patriarchal medical system and its brothers in arms in the media.

This goal is not something that can be accomplished in a day or a year, but it is very much attainable. The study of real healing and its underlying esoteric science is also, a lifelong learning process. You can begin by choosing to take responsibility for your own health and resolve your own health problems. If you simply cannot imagine living without the patriarchal medical system, at least, consider looking for common sense alternative health solutions first before leaping straight toward the knife, the needle and the pills.

There is hardly a medical problem that isn’t better and more safely, cheaply and efficiently solved by alternative methods or, in other words, some form of traditional witchcraft.

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Traditional Witchcraft: Should I Worry About Bad Karma If I Use Black Magic?

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Some people regard black magic as a misuse of spiritual energy. Some define it as any act that interferes with another person’s free will and believe that no witchcraft, even healing, should be conducted without the permission of the subject. Some modern ceremonial magicians call it “the left hand path.” Some warn that it is karmically dangerous to the spell caster.

But, none of this is really relevant in traditional witchcraft. In fact, the purpose of most of traditional witchcraft is to affect the outer environment and those around us and what is commonly called black magic is only an integral part of witchcraft, itself.

The definition of “black magic” used by Winter Tempest Books authors is that it is simply malefic witchcraft, meaning it is witchcraft used for the purpose of causing harm or injury to another. Moral judgments and ethical considerations are withheld and reserved for the individual, who is the only person fit to judge his or her own particular situation. Moreover, we always advocate that, for your protection, such witchcraft should be done secretly and without violating the laws of whatever state, country or other legal jurisdiction you live in.

Some members of modern witchcraft religion state that no “real witch” would use black magic. But, if this were true, why is that that most of the documentation of witchcraft in Western Europe, New England and around the world is full to the brim with instances of curses and demonic visitations? Obviously, this assertion doesn’t hold water.

The dominant class of popular, modern religious witches often warn against the use of black magic because of a fear of it “recoiling” on the one who cast the spell. They have various names for this, such as the “Law of Returns,” and the “Three-fold Law,” and it appears that this modern dogma evolved from the Hindu concept of Karma.

The Doctrine of Karma

The ancient Hindu religious principle of Karma is similar to, but, also, differs from the modern New Age concept, which is described below. In Hinduism, which includes a belief in reincarnation, karma occurs after death and it determines the soul’s path in its next incarnation. Both this life and the next incarnation could be affected by your past deeds. At the core of the doctrine is the concept of cause and effect, the idea that your actions in this life and past ones have have effect on the present and the future. Suffering is seen as a “spiritual gift” by which a person learns and becomes stronger, so disease and other adversity is seen as part of life’s lesson.

This doctrine of karma has been recycled and revamped by Western New Agers and Christianized. Then, it was adapted by Wiccans. (Read more about the Christianization of Wicca in the U.S. in a previous article, “Differences Between Traditional Witchcraft and Wicca: How Wicca Became Mainstream Modern Witchcraft.”)

By contrast, in traditional witchcraft, suffering is not regarded as a spiritual gift. People do not need to learn cosmic lessons by disease, injury, violence, etc. There is no God or system that judges and rewards or punishes.

A danger of this kind of thinking is that it engenders the false belief other people want or deserve to suffer or that we, ourselves, deserve to suffer because of some imagined transgression in this or a past life. Crime survivors might internalize the abuses that have been perpetrated against them by others and imagine that they are somehow deserving because of some imagined bad behavior. For instance, an abused wife may be convinced that she deserves to be abused because she abused her husband in a past life – this is the kind insanity that can flourish when this notion of karma is taken to an extreme.

Karma is a religious doctrine that has no place in traditional witchcraft, which is not a religion, at all. Such thinking prevents people from looking for solutions to health issues, excuses criminal behavior and allows evil-doers to prevail.

Then, there is the negative psychological aspect of accepting this religious belief.

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Wiccan Guilt

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Wiccans believe that witchcraft and, indeed, all of life is governed by their version of the law of karma. They are constantly warning people about the dangers of bad karma and bad intent.

Among Wiccans there is a common belief that the things you do now can affect completely unrelated events down the road, either for good or evil, based on the nature of the action you have taken.

Wiccan belief is that if you send out negativity, this causes more negativity in the world, which will inevitably boomerang its way back to you. But, if you send out positive energy, positive energy will come back to you. (To that I say, if you’re a woman, try walking down a street in New York City beaming positive energy at everyone you encounter and see how much positive energy comes back to you. A word of warning: Don’t try this without years of martial arts training.)

This concept of karma within Wicca can become absurd, leading to Wiccan guilt, which is a lot like Christian guilt. Neither are mentally healthy. The New Age belief in past lives affecting the present one is similar to the the Christian doctrine of Original Sin. The Wiccan belief of being cosmically punished if you step out of line is similar to the Christian doctrine of Judgment.

Many Wiccans and New Agers swear this Westernized karmic dogma is true. This is because religious people often have a confirmation bias – if they believe a doctrine, they will look for proof of it where none exists.

For example, a Wiccan who gives a sum of money to charity, then experiences some kindness from a stranger in the next day or two might attribute the kind behavior of the stranger to having made a charitable contribution, when in fact, it was just an encounter with a kindly stranger and nothing more. If the same Wiccan had knocked down an old lady and stolen her grocery money the day before instead, he or she would still have experienced an encounter with a kindly stranger the next day. There is no cause and effect in this situation because there is no cosmic overseer judging and punishing your every move. This is simply a religious belief similar to those held by Hindus and Christians.

To further illustrate, if you think a bad thought about someone and then trip over a piece of loose carpeting and stub your toe, this injury is not a result of your “transgression.” Or, if you fail to adequately tip a waiter and a month later your house is foreclosed on, it is not reasonable to say this is because of a karmic law.

Wiccan guilt comes in when you do good, but good does not return to you – then, you may feel you have not been good enough. If some accident befalls you, a loved one dies or you become the victim of a violent crime, you may be encouraged to believe that this was because of some wrong action or thought vibration on your part. Karma-based beliefs engender a remarkable degree of self-blaming, victim-blaming and criminal enabling.

Letting Go of Harmful Beliefs

The doctrine of karma is simply a religious belief, the key word being “belief.” Such cultural and religious conditioning is a form of mind control.

Holding onto such unfounded beliefs is ultimately destructive. It leads to a state of being in which the person constantly fears they are doing something wrong. To let go of this programming, you only have to allow your rational mind to overcome this irrational and unfounded religious belief.

If you have had the misfortune of being subjected to either Christian or Wiccan indoctrination and consequently fear stepping out of line because of imagined cosmic repercussions, you may have to do some deprogramming before you feel comfortable using black magic.

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The Power of Black Magic

Fortunately, black magic can help break the chains of religious conditioning. Traditionally, black magic rituals involving such things as the recitation of the “Our Father” prayer backwards or meeting a spirit in a cemetery or a crossroad at midnight mark a witch’s passage into the world of witchcraft.

Former Wiccans who want to make a break from their religion might perform a short ritual by writing the “Rede,” “The Law of Returns” or whatever other dogmatic belief on a sheet of paper and burning it in a little ceremony to break the psychological tie to this religious philosophy.

Of course, none of this is really necessary. Simply performing acts of black magic is enough to make the break.

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The use of black magic (malefic witchcraft) is often a matter of survival. Sometimes violent crime survivors discover their ability to use it very spontaneously.

Sometimes using black magic is the right thing to do in a situation to prevent harm to yourself or someone else. Black magic can be a means of restoring justice and peace – and maintaining it.

Black magic can provide the ultimate form of protection. Once you begin practicing black magic, you will naturally require more protection, but the acquisition of this protection is part of the process of learning more about witchcraft, especially communicating with and employing spirits.

Black magic thinking has the power to release people from a sense of being victimized. It helps crime survivors regain control over their lives. If you have been through a terrible ordeal at the hands of some malefactor, black magic helps you heal, restore balance and re-establish more control over your own life.

Above all, black magic is a mindset. It is a strong self-defense mentality. It helps to undo some of the damage done to us by living in a victim-blaming society in which we are blamed for the failures and evil actions of other people. It helps to restore power and autonomy to the individual.

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Differences Between Traditional Witchcraft and Wicca: How Wicca Became Mainstream Modern Witchcraft

Posted in Black Magic, neo-paganism, occult, spell books, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2013 by littleredridinghood
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by Sophia diGregorio

There are many differences between traditional witchcraft and Wicca and while there are numerous articles on this subject – in fact, I’ve written a couple of others on this topic elsewhere – it doesn’t hurt to stress it all the more, especially for newcomers to “the craft.”

The term “traditional witchcraft” is one that has evolved in recent years to try to distinguish more historically-based and folk practices from the modern witchcraft-based religion Wicca, which has become very popular in recent decades. Wicca began in Britain in the 1950s, but was not fully exported to the U.S. until the 1970s. Wicca was first very popular on the west coast, in Colorado, Massachussetts and a few other isolated regions until it became part of mainstream pop culture with the release of the movie, “The Craft,” in 1996.

At this point, Wicca became the loudest and proudest voice among those who practice witchcraft, which has generally remained a secret or, at least, private practice for most people. But, this movie made witchcraft – or, at least, a form of it – popular, especially among high school and college aged people. Since then Wicca has remained relatively popular and it is now very often the first introduction many people have to the occult.

But, there are fundamental differences between this modern form of witchcraft, Wicca, and traditional witchcraft.

Those who wanted to take witchcraft mainstream created a “kinder, gentler” form of witchcraft for mass consumption back in the 1970s.

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How Witchcraft in the Form of Wicca Entered Mainstream Popular Culture

In 1974 there was a meeting of some neo-pagans in Minneapolis, Minnesota at which they attempted to codify the beliefs of witches, but they weren’t really talking about witches as much as Wiccans. These people claimed to speak for all witches, but they were actually a group of Wiccans looking for a way to make witchcraft more palatable to Christians.

The following is the result of their attempt to codify and define the beliefs of witches:

“Principles of Wiccan Beliefs” 1974 Council of American Witches

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We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarter.

We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary, it is sometimes called supernatural, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity — as masculine and feminine — and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.

We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. — and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it — a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft — the Wiccan Way.

Calling oneself “Witch” does not make a Witch — but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.

We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as “Satan” or “the Devil”, as defined by the Christian traditions. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

The Council that came up with this supposedly did so to counteract misinformation and dispel stereotypes, but actually they succeeded in making more of this very thing. Interestingly, this witches’ council was assembled by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, President of Llewellyn Publishing. They have been the primary publishers of books on Wicca and Neo-paganism since, at least, the 1970s. And, it is their books that are common sources of confusion about what witchcraft -at least, traditional witchcraft – is. This is because their Wiccan authors do not usually acknowledge and have even worked to deny the truth about witchcraft.

Not surprisingly, this Council of Witches, which was founded in 1973 ceased to exist by 1975 because of differences among its members.

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Black Magic, Demons and Other Spirits

“Bide the Wiccan Rede, ye must; in perfect love and perfect trust.”

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A fundamental difference between traditional witches and Wiccans is that traditional witches do not acknowledge or accept the Wiccan Rede or any other moral code. The Wiccan Rede became popular with many non-Gardnerian Wiccans. Gardnerians have never acknowledged it, their “code” is the Charge of the Goddess.

The Wiccan Rede has roots that stretch all the way back to the late 1960s and seems to stem from something said by Doreen Valiente in speech she gave.

On the other hand, traditional witches are entirely self-autonomous and do not acknowledge any code or authority, therefore, they usually have no problem with the practice of black magic. In fact, traditional witchcraft is quite a lot darker than Wicca and the the slick, glittery popular culture conception of modern witchcraft from the movies.

In contrast to traditional witchcraft, Wiccans eschew black magic. Some go a little further and declare that anyone claiming to practice black magic or work with demonic entities is not a real witch. Some, also, claim that Satanists and Luciferians are not real witches. Some Wiccans are very reactionary to this aspect of traditional witchcraft and expend a lot of energy trying to convince people that real witches don’t practice black magic or commune with the devil.

The irony is that many traditional witches don’t consider Wiccans to be real witches. And, in recent years, some Wiccans do not consider themselves to be witches and do not practice spell casting, rather they celebrate the earth and its yearly cycles.

As stated in the “Principles” above, Wicca does not recognize evil, ascribing these characteristics to forces of nature. Furthermore, most Wiccans do not believe in the existence of demons or devils. By contrast many traditional witches work with spirits of all kinds and of different natures.

Traditional witches, also, employ familiars, but they are not cats or dogs – they are spirits. By contrasts, many Wiccans translate “familiar spirit” to mean a pet.

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Traditional Witches Look and Act Like Everyone Else

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Most traditional witches, unless they’re in business as witches, do not dress any differently from other people. They, also, typically do not use telltale phrases like, “Merry Meet” and “Blessed be.” The closer we fit to the witch living alone on the edge of town with a black cat stereo-type, the more circumspect we tend to be with regard to our lives and our activities because people knowing anything about our personal business has not worked out well for us in the past.

By contrast, Wiccans tend to be very social and they dress in certain ways and use certain phrases so they can recognize each other in social settings. They are the vocal majority who are “out of the broom closet.

Wicca and the Self-help Movement

Traditional witchcraft is not a self-help movement. It is not about personal empowerment through positive thinking or affirmations. It about changing the outer world. Traditional witches are very serious about altering circumstances in the outer environment, yes, even manipulating other people. Traditional witches understand that there is a an occult science that makes this possible. Witches have a natural power to cause changes in the outer environment and they spend a lot of time studying the occult and trying to improve upon and perfect their natural abilities.

By contrast, many aspects of Wicca focus on self-help and changing things about one’s self as opposed to changing things in the outer environment. Some even forbid using witchcraft for healing without the subject’s permission.

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Wicca’s Earth-centeredness

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Unlike Wicca, traditional witchcraft is not an earth-centered religion or, for that matter, an earth-centered anything else. In fact, it’s not a religion, either. Traditional witches do not worship anyone or anything.

Traditional witches tend to rely more on history, old documents and old practices, whether from old grimoires, the writings of the Hermeticists or from folklore.

On the other hand, Wiccans tend to rely more on their own books on the subject of Wicca, which is really a completely different thing. The Llewellyn Publishing Company is probably the most important publisher to shape present-day thoughts about both Wicca and witchcraft. But, Wicca is in many ways the converse of everything that both traditional witchcraft and historical witchcraft represent.

Another closely related article to this one at this blog is: What is Traditional Witchcraft? How to Know if You are a Wiccan or a Traditional Witch.

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Witchcraft and the Occult: Good Reasons for Staying in the Broom Closet and How to Keep Your Private Business Private

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The following is an old witch’s advice for other witches, atheists, Satanists and independent thinkers who do not live in a supportive environment.

Since, at least, the 1990s when a form of witchcraft, Wicca, became mainstream, there has been a lot of discussion about “coming out of the closet” as a witch. This is usually a big question for teenagers or college students whose lives may be heavily dominated by their parents. But, it’s, also, a problem for many adults whose families, employers or general environment is dominated by religious fanatics.

Coming out of the closet is not a light consideration, nor should it be approached with a cavalier attitude. Once you’re out, it’s hard to get back in and the consequences can be very unpleasant, depending on your particular circumstances.

A lot of bigotry, some of the dangerous kind, remains in parts of the U.S. where Christianity dominates, although, if you live in a bigger city or a place like Salem, Massachusetts where witchcraft is celebrated, you might find it hard to believe. Similar intolerance may exist in other countries, as well.

If you happen to live in a less than forward-thinking place, considering the following ideas while you make your decision may be beneficial.

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The Pros and Cons of Coming Out of the Broom Closet

Even if the climate is not bad where you are now, this can change – and it has. The churches are businesses that exist with the benefit of billions of dollars annually in U.S. government taxpayer funds since George W. Bush signed the Faith Based Initiative into law by executive order. Many, also, enjoy 501-C-3 status with the IRS, which means they are classified as non-profit organizations. By claiming to be religious organizations and meeting certain standards, they are exempt from Federal and State taxation. This gives them a great advantage over other types of businesses and, as a result, they have grown abundantly in the past few years while other businesses have failed under the burden of taxes and, in some cases, the domination of Christian “morality.”

As they have grown fat on the back of the American taxpayer, they have grown more powerful. This means that where their influence was problematic a few years ago, in some places, it is becoming unbearable. In some parts of the Midwest, the South and in the Mormon Corridor, it is a challenge to find an employer or an employment situation that isn’t dominated by Christians, often very tyrannical, fundamentalist ones. If you are out of lockstep with them, you can lose your job. If you have a business, you can lose your customer base, if they find out you are not one of them.

If you conform or appear to conform to their “standards,” you won’t encounter many problems.

If you can run your business without it interfering with the laws established by the churches with regard to alcohol sales or certain types of entertainment, you are better off doing so.

For most people, witchcraft is a quiet personal practice and there is really no need to discuss it with anyone else. In your interactions with other people, let them make the first move toward any open discussion about the occult. Never initiate the discussion.

If you do have a few friends and hold meetings at your house, be discreet. If you have a spiritual development group, for example, you have a few friends who gather together each week to practice mediumship development or discuss occult-related subjects, try to keep your meetings low-key. You might even devise a cover story and tell outsiders that it is a “Bible Study” group. Religions are given special status and if people think you’re holding a Christian religious meeting, you won’t have any problems.

If you live in a heavily Christian area where people’s lives revolve around their church, you may want to devise a story to tell people who inquire about your “faith.” Usually, if you tell people you’re Catholic, the questions stop there. Many protestants don’t really like the Catholic Church, but they will respect a Catholic enough not to nag or harass them. Tailor your choice of cover story based on the area you live in.

Make a game out of dealing with Christians. If you have religious co-workers, keep them off the scent by throwing a little “Bless You,” or “Thank the Lord,” into the conversation at appropriate times. You can laugh quietly to yourself once their backs are turned, knowing that your privacy is being maintained and you are secure from being hassled.

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Tips for Staying Safely in the Closet Online and In Real Life

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The following are some ideas to consider if you want to guard your privacy online and remain in the broom closet, both online and in real life:

If you have a job working for a Christian-dominated company, do not post on “anti-Christian” sites while at work. It can be traced by your employer and people have lost their jobs this way.

Always stay anonymous online. Never use your real name, disclose your location or family relationships or anything else that could identify you to someone who knows you. There are millions of people online, but it can become a very small world in some online communities. Furthermore, never post pictures of yourself, your family, your pets. Never talk about your work place or your school. People who know you may be able to identify you just from you giving too many details.

  •     Use different UserIDs.
  •     Do not integrate social networking sites with other social networking sites or your e-mail account.
  •     Use multiple e-mail accounts.
  •     Never give personal information that could identify you.
  •     Do not give information about your location.
  •     If you suspect someone is tracking you, leave disinformation crumbs.
  •     If cornered by your employer or anyone who could do damage to your life, remember the words of Bill Clinton, “Deny, deny, deny!”

What is bad about following this advice is that when everyone follows it, it can prevent you from connecting with people you know.

For instance, I joined a closed online witchcraft group once and recognized someone I knew and was friends with by his moniker and photo. I introduced myself and we re-established contact after a couple of years. If everyone is in the closet, it’s much more difficult to make these kinds of positive connections. But, especially, if you are vulnerable, you are better off staying in the closet and letting those who have less to lose by being out (for example, this guy is the head of a Satanic order and is something of an intimidating figure to many people) do so, then you can connect with them, as you like.

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Other Reasons for Staying in the Closet

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Peace of Mind: By staying in the closet, you enjoy more peace of mind. Not wasting time and energy dealing with people you don’t want to deal with gives you more time to focus on your personal goals.

Privacy: Privacy is part of safety and security, online, at your job and in every aspect of your life. People cannot attack you very easily if they know nothing about you.
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Efficacy: It is often easier to get things done and to have influence, for example, within an organization, if you appear to be a team player. It is an easier position from which to try to persuade others to see things your way. If you come out of the closet in an “in your face” fashion, this will predispose others to oppose you in all matters.

You’re not going to change the minds of religious fanatics by being a good person or setting a good example as a witch (or an atheist). It is their goal to dominate other people and force them to conform to their “standards.” They don’t consider morality, decency, goodness or the content of a person’s character. If you have not accepted the redeeming blood of Jesus, they will regard you as “Satan.” Again, you may have a better chance of influencing them by remaining in the closet and playing along.

All of this advice is meaningless if you are fortunate enough to be living in a place dominated by educated, non-superstitious people who are grounded in reality. If you are not so fortunate, then you really must consider the danger that being out of the closet could pose to you, your safety, you family’s safety and your financial well-being.

Notes on the Regional Nature of The Problem of Intolerance of Witchcraft in the U.S.

The decision to come out of the broom closet or not is absolutely an individual choice. Each witch will have to realistically evaluate the environment he or she lives in to come to the right decision.

Coming out can be liberating and really seem like a relief. But, it can cause some problems, too.

The following is a famous example of what could go wrong:

Brandi Blackbear is a woman who was persecuted at a public school in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in 1999-2000, when she was 15-years old. Lifetime Movies did a dramatization of her story called “Not Like Everyone Else” in 2006. Brandi was not a witch, but her trouble began when she was caught reading a book on the subject of witchcraft from the library. Brandi suffered persecution at her school to an extreme until she received help from ACLU and hers became a landmark case upholding the 1st Amendment. She gave an interview in which she commented that what happened to her was partly related to the region of the country in which she lived. If she had lived in Seattle, WA or Salem, MA, it probably wouldn’t have happened.

Other recent incidents:

You may notice that most of the victims listed below are Wiccans. Wiccans are often encouraged to live openly in Wiccan books, which is just not safe for everyone everywhere, as you can see.

The woman in this story objected to having to stand and bow her head in prayer to Jesus before city council meetings in South Carolina. She was prevented from speaking, then things got worse.

‘Wynne … said her home has been vandalized and townspeople have tried to forcibly “exorcise” demons out of her, poisoned her cats and threatened to burn her house. “They flipped over my refrigerator. They squirted ketchup and mustard everywhere. They’ve written ‘Die, witch.'” (“South Carolina: Witch Persecuted by Christians” By Austin Cline, About.com GuideAugust 11,2004 http://atheism.about.com/b/2004/08/11/south-carolina-witch-persecuted-by-christians.htm)

Burnet, Texas has been the scene of two cases of witchcraft persecutions in 2003 and, again, in 2009.

In the first instance in 2003, Wiccans who ran a store in Burnet were threatened and eventually forced to leave town by the local Christians. The original KXAN report cannot be found, but an article, “The Persecution of Wiccans” by Austin Cline, remains at About.com:

“The group says they relocated to Burnet in April after pressure to leave from community groups in Kingsland. They say they’re receiving threats in one case to burn down their business.”(http://atheism.about.com/b/2003/08/03/persecution-of-wiccans.htm)

The original Austin-Statesman article about the 2009 event cannot be found, but a brief article by the same author as referenced above is found at About.com: Austin-American Statesman:

“Over the past 10 months, Allen said, threatening phone calls have poured in and strange cars have followed her home from her store at night. The police dismissed her requests for protection, she said. Allen also claims that in March, one Llano County sheriff’s deputy told her daughter that “we had a family practicing witchcraft awhile back, but we ran them out of town.” (http://atheism.about.com/b/2003/08/06/more-on-the-persecution-of-wiccans-in-texas.htm)

In South Carolina, a Wiccan couple endured extreme harassment from their neighbors and a government agency, DHHR, took their children. They had to sue the government to try to get them back after being accused of engaging in the human sacrifice of their own children.

“A family of Wiccans falsely accused of sacrificing their children during religious ceremonies sued the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources for allegedly harassing them and taking possession of their children.”

“The couple contends they have been continually harassed since moving to West Virginia in 1999.”

“On one occasion, DHHR officials and a State Police trooper were called to investigate an allegation that the couple had killed their youngest child in a sacrifice and were carrying the boy’s body with them. A later DHHR visit came from another false report that the couple’s children had been sacrificed.” (“Wiccan family files suit against DHHR” by Charles Shumaker “The Charleston Gazette,” July 28, 2004 http://wwrn.org/articles/9560/?&place=north-america&section=occult)

Another case from 2008 highlights the dangers of living openly as a witch when you have children and how government agencies that purport to protect children can be manipulated by persecutors. A family was completely torn apart and forced to flee as fugitives because of false reports to the Department of Social Services (DSS) by their Christian neighbors. ( “Pagan Persecution a National Travesty” by Lady Passion, High Priestess, Coven Oldenwilde, Asheville, NC Published February, 2008, in Oracle 20/20 Magazine. http://oldenwilde.org/oldenwilde/members/lady-passion-articles/pagan-persecution-a-national-travesty_part-1.html)

Sometimes the harassment is not as overt, but it can still be very damaging. The following is an example of how witches may be undermined or sabotaged at work. TSA worker, Carole Smith was fired from her job under the pretense of poor job performance, but it seems likely there were other reasons. As a person of integrity, she was concerned about lax security at the airport and became a whistleblower. She was, also subjected to witchcraft accusations by co-workers:

“A co-worker even complained that Smith cast a disabling spell on the heater of her car one snowy evening,” (“Wiccan Lawsuit: Carole Smith claims TSA fired her for being a ‘witch'” by Larry McShane, Daily New Staff Writer, March 31, 2011 http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-03-31/news/29386452_1_tsa-wiccan-witch-hunt)

Some witches do not feel safe or comfortable telling their own family members about their witchcraft practice. The following article is from the New York Times:

“A stay-at-home mother of two in Northern Virginia who was raised Southern Baptist keeps her Wiccan faith secret. Not even her mother knows.” (“Wiccans Keep the Faith With a Religion Under Wraps” by Stephanie Kuykendal, The New York Times, May 16, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/us/16wiccan.html)

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