A Mouse's Tale

Random scurryings of a writer.

“At first cock-crow the ghosts must go Back to their quiet graves below.” ~Theodosia Garrison

I’ve been starting to look at various sites to refresh my desire in my faith. Lately, the one that I’ve been truly delving into is Wicca Chat. I’m going to borrow the definitions that the site has for a couple things that I have always tried to explain to some, but have simply never had the eloquence to work out into words.

Witchcraft today may be seen as the sum total of all a Witch’s practices, including but not limited to: spell casting, divination (“fortune telling”), meditation, herbalism, ritual and ritual drama, singing and dancing to raise energy, healing, clairvoyance and other psychism, creative mythology, and more.

Witch comes from the Anglo-Saxon wicce (meaning wise), which in turn derives from an Indo-European root word meaning to bend or change or do magic/religion (making it related to “wicker,” “wiggle,” and even “vicar”). It is possibly also related to the Old Norse vitki (meaning wizard), derived from root words meaning “wise one” or “seer.” “Warlock” (rarely used, for male Witches) is from the Old Norse var?lokkur, “spirit song” (not “oath-breaker”). Related words are “Pagan,” meaning a country dweller, and “Heathen,” a dweller on the heath, both of which peoples were the European equivalent of the Native Americans and other indigenous, nature-worshipping people.

Today, a Witch is a woman or man who practices a life-affirming, Earth- and nature-oriented religion, honoring Divinity in female as well as (or instead of) male aspects, and practicing Magic (which some Witches spell “magick,” to distinguish it from stage illusions). There are many different traditions of Witches, encompassing many beliefs in addition to these. Some traditions are practiced by women only, and recognize only the Divine Feminine, the Goddess. Others include men and recognize a male god in addition to the Goddess. Some traditions may date back to before the Spanish Inquisition, others have been in existence for only a few years. The strength of the Witches’ religion (also called “the Craft”) lies in its diversity; it is a living, growing religious tradition.

What Wiccans (and Witches) are not,

Wiccans are not Satan or Devil worshippers, These beings are Judeo-Christian inventions and not part of Wicca. To believe in Satan you must first believe in the monotheistic God and then his fallen angel , therefore Satanists are just another branch of the broad Judeo-Christian faith who choose to follow a dark path.

I think that it is far too often that people are willing to close their ears and eyes, looking at only the definitions given to them by a society unwilling to realize that there are other beliefs and practices in the world that many are faithful towards. On the Spiritual Keys page, I have added an Affirmation that I felt was very fitting. I think that there are too many out there that, regardless of their path, use their religion as an argument for hate and violence when there is no reason for such.

Other things that I have added this morning include a lovely breakdown of the various traditions in Paganism. There are many more, but these are the most common. Like I’ve said before in other posts and in other areas, I am very much a Kitchen Witch, and I feel that the definition that is there is the best that I have ever seen.

I have also created a page for Celtic Deities. While I don’t personally follow this listing, given that my ancestors are from Wales I would like to do a bit of research into this area so that, as I build a history book to later teach my lessons from, their genealogy courses will come directly from that as well. I’m a strong believer in that you must do more than speak of your heritage to know your heritage.

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3 responses to ““At first cock-crow the ghosts must go Back to their quiet graves below.” ~Theodosia Garrison

  1. Kristin March 12, 2010 at 8:28 am

    This is a really wonderful, informational post. Thank you for sharing it!! :)

  2. Pingback: 10-facts-and-myths-about-wicca | Wayward Wiccan

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