Witchcraft is, at its core, the use of traditional formulas to invoke our innate powers and draw upon a connection with the divine. For some this connection takes the form of a set of dualistic entities – the God and the Goddess – for others multiple, and yet still for something more abstract and cosmic. Nonetheless, that Witchcraft is an integral connection with a divine force is a premise of the Craft.
The use of energy, as well, is key in Witchcraft. Energy connects us all. The makeup of the entire cosmos is energy and it is through working with this energy that spells are cast and Witchcraft is performed. This energy may be kinetic, holistic, spiritual, and even divine. Although not a Witch proper, it was Aleister Crowley who noted that the casting of spells – and the working of magic – is energy brought into conformity with Will. This is the basis of Witchcraft at its very heart.
Witchcraft has been accused of evil throughout the ages. Verily, Witches have been persecuted. Many innocent people who were not Witches, mostly women, were also summarily tried and executed during the Burning Times. Witchcraft has therefore been not only the victim of much oppression, but also a convenient scapegoat for dogmatic religious and political officials to silence their competition. Despite all of this, Witchcraft has persevered and survived. Thanks to the power of Witchcraft, its spells, and the oaths of secrecy in Covens there has remained a strong unbroken Witchcraft lineage. Witches whose ancestors, and Covens, survived, frequently have lineages that reach back centuries.
And, so, the Witchcraft they practice also dates back centuries. Powerful spells for love and protection rooted in ancient magics still exist today. It was these very spells – spells for love and for protection – that allowed Covens to retain their faith, keep their secrecy, save their families, and survive into the modern times. Although today there is still strong opposition toward Witchcraft, it faces less persecution in the Western world than at any time in the past millennium. It is for this very reason that Witches are practicing in the open and using their spells to help others, as they did in the ancient world, before the advent of the Witch Trials.
In nearly every city you are able to find both skilled and unskilled practitioners of the Craft. Many have taught themselves, many have been newly initiated into Covens, and many are born Witches from long lineages of traditional Witchcraft families. Similarly, with the Internet Era, many of these same Witches have moved online to help promote understanding of the Craft and offer their services to those who need help.
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