Witchcraft broadly means the practice of and belief in magical skills and abilities exercised by solitary practitioners and groups. The following information will be provided to you, so you can learn how to be a witch in modern times.
Witches are and were known by a variety of names; cunning folk, warlock, ‘unbinding’ witches, blessers, wizards, sorcerers, Kahuna, shaman, and so on. Still, the definition of witchcraft is open to interpretation and debate. Cultural and religious definitions will give opposing views, and we must consider the role of the witch throughout recorded history!
Today, in the need to categorize people into boxes for social acceptance and understanding, we like to define witches as “white witches” or “black witches”, and also a new term, the “grey witch”. Many neopagan witches (mainly Wiccans), strongly identify with this concept, and profess ethical codes that prevent them from performing magic on a person without their request. The “Black” witch is often still an outcast in modern witchcraft because she/he is will to perform hexes and curses, and bend the will of another when performing a spell.
It is important to note here, that you do not have to follow Wicca to become a Witch and practice witchcraft. Wicca is a neo-pagan religion, and witchcraft is not a religion and does not require you to follow a set path to graduate into a witchy title.
“Where belief in malicious magic practices exists, such practitioners are typically forbidden by law as well as hated and feared by the general populace, while beneficial magic is tolerated or even accepted wholesale by the people – even if the orthodox establishment opposes it.” (1)
Modern Violence related to Witchcraft & Accusations
In most parts of the world today, you can openly state you are a witch, and you can practice witchcraft – and not be murdered! This is not the case in other parts of the world, where the accusation of witchcraft can still trigger of serious forms of violence, including murder. Such incidents are common in places such as: Burkina,Faso, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal and Tanzania.
Accusations of witchcraft are sometimes linked to personal disputes, jealousy, and conflicts between neighbors or family over land or inheritance.
In Tanzania, about 500 older women are murdered each year following accusations against them of witchcraft or of being a witch. Apart from extrajudicial violence, there is also state-sanctioned violence in some jurisdictions. For instance, in Saudi Arabia practicing witchcraft and sorcery is a crime punishable by death and the country has executed people for this crime in 2011, 2012 and 2014. (1)
Such incidents have also occurred in immigrant communities in the UK, including the much publicized case of the murder of Victoria Climbié
Below we will provide a few varieties of modern witchcraft that have manuals or books so you can learn this ancient craft.
Stregheria is an Italian witchcraft religion, worshipping the Goddess Diana, her brother Dianus/Lucifer, and their daughter Aradia. Lucifer is not seen as the evil Satan that Christians see, but a benevolent god of the Sun and Moon). (1)
Modern Stregheria popularized in the 1980s by Raven Grimassi, who states it evolved within the ancient Etruscan religion of Italian peasants who worked under the Catholic upper classes. (1).
The ritual format of contemporary Stregheria is roughly similar to that of other Neopagan witchcraft religions such as Wicca. The pentagram is the most common symbol of religious identity. Most followers celebrate a series of eight festivals equivalent to the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, though others follow the ancient Roman festivals. An emphasis is placed on ancestor worship.
Inspired by the works, practice and art of Raven Grimassi and Stephanie Taylor. This bust shows a naked woman covered only in her hair, crowned with a Crescent Moon and wreathed at the waist with leaves, flowers and vines. She is supported on a beautifully carved column that bears the inscription “I Evoke the Dark Sacred Night”
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